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Junzhong Loo Captures Malaysia’s First Gold Bracelet
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continued at Crown Melbourne on Monday with Day 5 of the series showcasing three events and awarding the second WSOP APAC gold bracelet of 2014. It was a day that saw another gold bracelet awarded, and this one was historic as Junzhong Loowon the AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold’em to win Malaysia’s first WSOP bracelet.
Up in the studio the final ten combatants took their seats for the final table of Event #2: $2,200 No Limit Holdem. Unlike the day before, the start of this final table was much more subdued with few eliminations in the early goings.
Poker SA regular Fred Chaptini was the overnight short stack and found an early double up with pocket queens, but moments later he had pocket aces cracked by the set of eights held by Aik-Chuan Nee to be the first to fall in tenth place.
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Returning ton Monday, the final 10 competitors would all had their eyes locked onto the AU$107,500 first prize and coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
After doubling up early, Fred Chaptini became the official final-table bubble boy. Then, chips were passed back and forth for close to two hours before a quick flow of eliminations saw Michael O’Grady, Feng Zhou, and Sam Ruha all eliminated in three consecutive hands before Samuel Ngai joined them on the rail three hands later after losing a race.
One of the craziest hands of the tournament — if not the entire WSOP Asia-Pacific — then saw Peco Stojanovski on the rail when he battled blind-on-blind against Nee.
After riding his luck multiple times, Martin Kozlov ran out of lives as he succumbed in fourth place. The three remaining players then swirled chips between, before a short-stacked Luke Spano lost against Loo, leaving Malaysia’s Loo (932,000) and Nee (358,000) to battle it out for the country’s first bracelet.
Nee was eliminated in second place and Loo was crowned the champion.
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