WSOP APAC: Apr 5; Kelly leads Accumulator gang after day 1A

WSOP APAC daily wrap – April 5

After months of anticipation, the first World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific kicked-off at Crown Melbourne yesterday with the first of three day one flights in the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator event.

A staggering line-up of the world’s biggest names in poker trekked into the Crown Poker room, tallying 329 players. After welcomes from Joe Hachem and WSOP TD Jack Effel (pictured, with thanks to eight one-hour levels, just 47 remained.

The cream rose to the top too, with online poker refugee Dan Kelly topping the count on 66,250. He finished just a handful of chips ahead of another American, Alek Givotovsky, who picked up two cashes at the recent Aussie Millions.

Others who have made a solid start to their ‘Accumulator’ stacks included 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth and Mike Watson.
Minh Phuc Nguyen was the highest placed Aussie, with his stack of 43,950 good for third overall. Tristan Bain, Andrew Scarf, Will Jones, Craig Ivey and our own 2011 WSOPE bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen are also assured a day two start.

Among the internationals who fired their first Accumulator shot but failed to progress were Antonio Esfandiari, Marvin Rettenmaier, recent ANZPT Sydney third-place finisher Dominik Nitsche, Bertrand Elky Grospellier and reigning Aussie Millions champ Mervin Chan.

The line-up of Aussies gearing up for another shot at WSOP gold featured Jeff Lisandro, Gary Benson, Grant Levy, Aaron Benton, David Gorr, Brendon Rubie, Jackie Glazier, Jonathan Karamalikis, James Obst, Sam Khouiss, Bruno Portaro, Daniel Neilson, Stevan Chew and 2012 Aussie Millions winner Oliver Speidel.

Under the format of that event, all chips accumulated each day, will be bagged, tagged and returned to the player on day two of the event, where they will be combined with any other chips the player has accumulated during the other opening flights.

Anyone who busts in one flight still has the ability to play in the other flight(s). Any player with any chips at the end of each starting flight will make it through to day two of the event, to begin on Sunday April 7 at noon.

Players will start with a stack of 3000 with levels of 60 minutes and late registrations for four levels. Day 1B is scheduled to kick-off at noon. The structure for each of the day one flights is:

Level 1: 25-25
Level 2: 25-50
Level 3: 50-100
Level 4: 75-150
Level 5: 100-200
Level 6: 100-200 (ante 25)
Level 7: 150-300 (ante 25)
Level 8: 200-400 (ante 50)

WSOP APAC event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator day one flight one chip count (329 players, 47 progressed to day 2)

Dan Kelly 66,250
Alex Givotovsky 65,600
Minh Phuc Nguyen 43,950
Frank McColgan 43,500
Jonathan Duhamel 41,850
Barry Greenstein 41,050
Tristan Bain 39,025
Mufit Brahim 33,225
Nicholas Roth 33,150
Andrew Scarf 33,025
Dominic Lindner 32,375
Peter Kotsiris 29,425
Kale Halstead 29125
Junzhong Loo 26,050
Roy Hills 25,500
Malcolm Hadji 25,000
Craig Blight 22,125
Jacob Elmore-Dahl 21,450
Nurlan Boobakov 20,650
Phil Hellmuth 20,650
Luca Borreggine 20,300
Will Jones 19,525
Michael Watson 18,450
James Houppner 17,975
Samuel Kennedy 15,850
Najib Moubayed 15,450
Mile Krstanoski 14,375
Michael Leah 13,850
Jeremy Simon 13,825
Homan Houshiar 12,475
Craig Ivey 11,975
Wei Bing Low 11,900
Stephen Parker 11,625
Ian Aldridge 11,600
Ryan Pignatelli 10,300
Damien Sideridis 9900
Andrew Nguyen 9725
David Brand 8575
Jackson Sargeant 8500
Andrew Hinrichsen 7675
Glenn Stampetta 7425
Minh Hau Nguyen 7075
Patrick Crivell 6825
Ben Gardner 5850
Chin Shim 5250
Paul B Birman 5100
Mikkel Habb 5000

Aussie WSOP fact

Just days after winning the $5000 Seven-Card Stud event and his second WSOP gold bracelet, Mel Judah reached the final table of the 1997 Main Event. Judah eventually finished third for USD $371,000 after braving the heat and wind of Las Vegas at the final table, which was played outdoors under the canopy on Fremont St! Stu Ungar collected his third Main Event title that year.

What’s on today at Crown Melbourne

Noon Event 1: $1100 NLH Accumulator day 1 flight 2

2.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2 Satellite

4.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2 Satellite

7.10pm $1350 WSOP APAC Step 3 Satellite (one in eight win)

8.10pm $250 Event 1 Satellite (one in five win)

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