Tue, Oct 21, 7:22pm by Brad McGrath
FOR the last fortnight the Australians have largely been dominant at the WSOP APAC event being held in Melbourne, but when the Main Event was there to be won it was the international raiders who stole the show.
American pro Scott Davies was crowned the WSOP APAC champion at Crown Casino late on Saturday night after beating out a field of 329 and claiming a first prize of AUD $850,136.
Davies, who now resides in Vancouver, Canada, defeated English pro Jack Salter in the heads-up battle to claim the largest live poker prize of his career, eclipsing his previous best of $111.942, won earlier this year in a US $10,000 Hold ‘em event at the WSOP in Las Vegas.
The sub plot of who would be crowned the WSOP player of the year failed to eventuate when Brandon Shack-Harris, who needed to win the Main Event or finish second to overtake George Danzer, was eliminated in 17th position.
But the battle was epic.
Shack-Harris began the APAC event with a small lead in the POY over Danzer and when both cashed in the opening event the knives were out.
Danzer took the lead when he outlasted his rival by 30 positions to win the Accumulator event to pull level in the standings.
Shack-Harris then cashed in another No Limit Hold’em event and then made another final table to stake his claim for POY honours.
Danzer made a final table of two events, including the Dealer’s Choice 8-Game, in which he finished sixth.
Danzer then found himself on his fifth final table of the series, winning the $5,000 Mixed Event which gave him the lead in the POY.
The WSOP series in Melbourne ran from October 2-18 and featured 10 gold bracelets, in which six of them were won by Australians.
The final six players of 2014 World Series of Poker – Asia Pacific ‘Main Event’ were Davies ($850,136), Jack Salter ($516,960), Henry Wang ($343,805), Kyle Montgomery ($231,287), Frank Kassela ($164,089) and Angela Italiano ($118,769).
The best of the Aussie contingent was Italiano who easily claimed the largest cash of her poker career.
Davies, who writes a blog “the quest for a WSOP bracelet”, fulfilled his long held goal in poker when Salter raised 105,000 with pocket sixes.
Davies bet to 300,000 and Salter called and the flop fell revealing 10, 10, 6 and when Davies revealed his cards he had the 10, his trip 10s beating the trip 6s.
CANADIAN pro Mike Leah entered the final table of the $25,000 high roller no limit hold’em event with double the chips of his nearest opponent.
But that did not mean he was without challengers.
Well-known names Brian Roberts, Sam Khouiss, Jonathan Duhamel, Jesse Sylvia and David Yan were his rivals for the $600,000 first prize.
Roberts was first to go in sixth place, before Khouiss and Duhamel were eliminated by Sylvia on the same hand.
Sylvia fell next, leaving Leah and Yan to battle it out heads-up. It was a first for Leah who had never been down to the final two in a WSOP event, despite being around the scene for years.
Leah won plenty of small pots which Yan on the back foot early in the heads-up battle, with Yan eventually doubling, which put him back in the contest. But Leah continued to wear him down and eventually his K-7 was too strong for his K-4.
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