WSOP APAC: Apr 9; Collopy in pole position for shot at PLO gold

WSOP APAC daily wrap – April 9

A huge day at Crown Melbourne ended late yesterday with the first WSOP APAC gold bracelet winner decided (click here for details), the final table for the $1650 PLO event decided and the field in the $2200 Mixed Event slashed to the final 32.

Day two of the PLO event started with 29 players and Andrew Gaw of the Philippines leading the way.

The majority of Gaw’s stack ended with Dan Shak, who finished the day third in chips while Melbourne-based American player Jim Collopy built his stack back from less than 10,000 to take the chip lead into the final table.

Minh Nguyen, Tino Lechich, Paul Sharbanee, Martin Kozlov and Scott Reid represent the local hopes, while ‘Toothpick’ Tony Kambouroglou, Dean Yuen, Jeff Lisandro and Joe Hachem finished in the money.

WSOP APAC event 2: $1650 Pot Limit Omaha end of day one chip count (172 players; 18 players paid; nine players remaining; total prizepool $258,000)

Jim Collopy 209,200
Minh Phuc Nguyen 122,200
Daniel Shak (USA) 102,700
Tino Lechich 85,000
Paul Sharbanee 77,200
Michael Leah (Canada) 71,200
Martin Kozlov 47,400
Marvin Rettenmaier (UK) 33,500
Scott Reid 28,400

Payouts (Australian except where indicated)

1 $69,662
2 $43,050
3 $30,988
4 $22,712
5 $16,940
6 $12,856
7 $9923
8 $7784
9 $6207
10 Tony Kambouroglou $5028
11 Joshua Budin $5028
12 Andrew Gaw (Philippines) $5028
13 Dean Yuen $4138
14 Jeff Lisandro $4138
15 Phillip Willcocks (NZ) $4138
16 Jacob Elmore-Dahl (USA) $3460
17 Joe Hachem $3460
18 John Dalessandri $3460

• A small but star-studded field steadily built through the day leaving 81 players in pursuit of the $2200 Mixed Event gold bracelet.

Those who came and went on day one included JC Tran, Joe Hachem and Brandon Cantu but there will be plenty of big names returning to the felt at Crown Poker today.

The top three comprises Brandon Wong along with Aussie duo Rob Campbell and Aussie Millions main Event runner-up Joe Cabret while Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Dan Kelly, Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Hellmuth are all still in contention for the title.

The disciplines for this Mixed Event are No Limit Hold’em, Seven-Card Stud, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 Or Better, Seven-Card Razz, Pot-Limit Omaha, Limit Hold’em, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 Or Better and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

WSOP APAC event 2: $2200 Mixed Event end of day one chip count (81 players; nine players paid; 32 players remaining; total prizepool $162,000)

Brandon Wong 42,925
Robert Campbell 33,350
Joe Cabret 31,150
Bertrand Grospellier 31,100
Jan Suchanek 25,225
Corbin White 24,550
Phil Ivey 21,425
Chau Giang 20,850
Barry Greenstein 18,375
Sam Khouiss 18,050
Mel Judah 17,550
Dale Townsend 17,300
Daniel Negreanu 16,700
Daniel Kelly 16,050
Ryan Otto 15,350
Xin Zhao 15,050
Jonathan Duhamel 14,650
Graeme Putt 14,100
Eric Sclavos 11,075
Kevin Song 9950
David Gorr 8775
Chad Brown 8600
Bill Argyros 7825
Tsang Yan Shing 7800
Mike Leah 7175
Tim Frazih 6625
Eugene Katchalov 6025
Phil Hellmuth 5625
Binh Nguyen 4375
Hussan Kamel 4325
Dane Coltman 3175
Peter Aristidou 1450


1 $51,840
2 32,039
3 $22,427
4 $16,336
5 $12,020
6 $8978
7 $7200
8 $6002
9 $5158

Aussie WSOP fact

To this day, Aussie Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson is glad he defied common sense to take part in the event that ultimately brought him a WSOP bracelet. Exhausted after three days of non-stop action and desperately needing sleep, Benson nearly didn’t make it to the $1500 Seven-Card Stud as he contemplated some much needed rest, but would go on to claim the USD $148,200 first prize.

What’s on today at Crown Melbourne

10.10am $80 WSOP APAC Step 1
Noon Event 3: $2200 WSOP APAC Mixed Event day 2
12.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2 Satellite
2.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2 Satellite
4pm Event 4: $5000 WSOP APAC No Limit Hold’em Six-Max

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