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Day 9 from the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific marked the most exciting day of the festival yet.
The highlight on Day 9 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific would see the final six players head to Studio 3 at Crown Melbourne for the conclusion of the $1,650 Dealer’s Choice 8-Game Event.
First, you had Rory Young capture the title in the AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer’s Choice event with George Danzer finishing sixth and pulling back within a few points of Brandon Shack-Harris in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Then, there was Phil Hellmuth who reached the final table of the AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event alongside 2014 November Niner Bruno Politano. Finally, the AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed event kicked off and attracted an elite field of competitors looking for a shot at a gold bracelet.
All of that happened in just one day of poker inside the walls of Crown Melbourne
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Young Wins Dealer’s Choice
The first mixed-game event of the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific come to a conclusion on Friday with Rory Young claiming gold in Event 6: AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer’s Choice.
Young would lead coming into the final table, but he would be up against some formidable company that included Australian poker veterans Sam Khouiss and Jason Gray, youngster David Zhao, and two-time WSOP bracelet winners Brian Rast and Danzer. Danzer would be eyeing at least a fourth-place finish so he could once again snatch back the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race from Shack-Harris, but things wouldn’t quite work out for the German.
Action began with players arriving late, but once the cards were in the air, it would be Khouiss surging out into the chip lead before Danzer was crippled to just 700 in chips. The following hand, Danzer doubled, but on the next hand after that, the German’s one pair wasn’t enough to keep him alive once Rast rivered quads.
Young took back the lead, then gave it to Rast, then found it back in his possession before Gray’s fight with the short stack ended at the hands of Young in 2-7 triple draw when Gray’s nine-seven wasn’t to defeat Young’s eight-six as he fell in fifth place. Zhao would be the next to go and the final table was down to three.
Rast soon was pushed down to the short stack before his final hand occurred against Young’s. From the onset of heads-up play, Young dominated the action as the games switched between pot-limit Omaha and 2-7 triple draw — very similar to how the entire final table played out. Khouiss was pounded down to worse than a 4-to-1 dog, but the Sydney-sider continued to fight. Unfortunately for him, it just wasn’t his day as Young continued to outdraw him in 2-7 triple draw over and over before the final hand played out in pot-limit Omaha.
The brash youngster Young played very controlled and aggressive poker throughout the final table and previous days, and for his efforts will be taking home the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and AU$42,720 in prize money. Congratulations to Young and all the in-the-money finishers for their efforts in this one.
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