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The $10,000 WSOP APAC Main Event has reached a final table of six!
After Thursday’s action at Crown Melbourne, there remains just two days left at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, and two big, bad final tables are left to play out.
The AU$10,000 Main Event reached its televised final table of six, andJack Salter leads the way. Those players will return on Saturday after taking a day off Friday while the AU$25,000 High Roller final table takes place. For that final table, which will see the winner earn AU$600,000, Mike Leah leads the way.
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Beginning the day with just 18 players remaining and a final table of six the goal, Sean Winter would exit on one of the first few hands before a stall in play wouldn’t see the next elimination for a further 80 minutes. Unfortunately, that elimination was the biggest remaining storyline, asBrandon Shack-Harris, who needed a top-two finish to take the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race, hit the rail.
Joachim Chia (16th), Gary Benson (15th), Alexander “AJ” Antonios(14th), JJ Liu (13th), and Jackie Glazier (12th) all exited within the hour before Baden Logan (11th) and Eiji Matsumura (10th) left the field at the unofficial final table. At this point, Day 2 chip leader Kyle Montgomeryheld the chip lead, but Jason Giuliano and Victor Teng were snapping at his heels.
Play began really slow as players took their time to settle into the unofficial final table. Local player Giuliano had other ideas, however, as he started accumulating chips at a monster rate to eventually build his stack to 2.4 million — 1 million more then his closest rival as players headed on dinner break.
Once back, Henry Szmelcer made a move but it would be Scott Davies hat would reduce the field to just eight. Davies then found a huge double holding kings against Giuliano’s ace-king before Salter turned a set against Teng.
Although Giuliano began the level as chip leader, he would soon be the short stack after doubling Henry Wang and then busted just before break when he ran kings into Kassela’s aces.
Needing just one more elimination before the televised final table of six was reached, Teng’s rise and fall would be complete when he couldn’t outdraw Salter to leave us at the following half dozen with all eyes on the AU$850,136 first prize.
With an Aussie Millions side event victory and European Poker Tour Grand Final runner-up finish this year, Salter will be looking to ride this wave of momentum into another victory here at Crown Melbourne. Holding the chip lead with 3.255 million, Salter is 35 big blinds ahead of Davies, who sits in second with 2.210 million. Davies is registering his ninth WSOP cash for the year — second of the Asia-Pacific series — and will be looking to turn his second final table appearance into a victory.
Macau and Melbourne regular Henry Wang played an exciting brand of poker and sits in third place, whereas 2010 WSOP Player of the Year and two-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela sits in fourth overall. Montgomery and local Ang Italiano round up the rear with Italiano looking to write a storybook ending to her absolutely amazing run.
Italiano won her seat into this event for just AU$130. She played two “Phase One” $65 satellites and won her second to earn entry into an AU$250 “Phase Two.” She won that before winning a AU$1,100 “Phase Three” to win her seat in this Main Event.
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