• August 1, 2021

2014 WSOP APAC Day 8

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The first week of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) is done and dusted with Australia claiming three of the four bracelets awarded.
Day 8 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific saw a quick finish to the AU$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha final table, where Melbourne tattoo shop owner Sam Higgs defeated Mike Watson in heads-up play to capture his first gold bracelet.
It was local Sam Higgs who dominated proceedings late on Day 2 of the event to come into the final table with an overwhelming chip lead. In fact, Higgs had over half the total chips in play with just six players remaining.
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With the conclusion of the fifth event, the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific is officially halfway over. On Tuesday, the AU$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament attracted 80 players that created a prize pool of AU$376,000, but on Thursday just six of them returned to the Crown Melbourne to play down to a winner. It’d take just three hours and 110 hands for Melbourne to walk away with the AU$127,843 first-place prize.
Higgs is known for his aggressive style, and he’s happy to splash around in big pots, so this final table was either going to see the Higgs whirlwind continue or one of the other five was going to get the double up required to shake things up.
Things got off to a quick start when, on just the third hand of the day, action folded to Watson in the small blind and he raised to 12,000. German pro Ismael Bojang responded by three-betting the size of the pot, Watson four-bet, and Bojang got all in for roughly 55,000 total.
Jamie Pickering found a double up to gain some breathing room, but fellow Aussie Jeff Rossiter was unable to do the same. Rossiter was all in  but ran into Mike Watson’s hand. A king on the turn was enough to leave Rossiter drawing dead and to the rail in fifth place.
The next to go was Day 1 chip leader Jamie Pickering, and he was followed out the door by 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel.
Sam Higgs would carry a two-to-one advantage into heads-up play against Mike Watson with both gunning for their first WSOP bracelet.
Watson evened things up before snatching the lead with a flopped set, but the aggression of Higgs allowed him to regain the ascendency before the final hand unfolded.
Higgs began heads-up play with a slight chip lead, but within three hands Watson took it over. Not to be deterred, Higgs retook the lead and then set about slowly whittling away at his opponent. After 55 hands of dueling, which was Hand #110 of the final table, Higgs limped from the button and then called when Watson, who by this time was at a 5-1 chip disadvantage, raised to 24,000.
Higgs, who won a pot-limit Omaha event back in January at the Aussie Millions, captured his first WSOP gold bracelet and the AU$127,843 first-place prize.
It’s Mike Watson’s third time as a bridesmaid at the WSOP as Australia wins yet another bracelet with Sam Higgs grabbing the gold and top prize of $127,843.
$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Results
1st Sam Higgs – $127,843
2nd Mike Watson – $79,099
3rd Jonathan Duhamel – $52,068
4th Jamie Pickering – $36,449
5th Jeff Rossiter – $27,011
6th Ismael Bojang – $21,123
7th Kahle Burns – $17,386
8th Richard Johnston – $15,021
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