WSOP APAC: Apr 14; Thomas eyes back-to-back Main Event final tables

WSOP APAC daily wrap – April 14

Just 15 players remain in the hunt for the first WSOP APAC Main Event title after day three of the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship event at Crown Melbourne yesterday.

Having finished fourth in last year’s WSOP Main Event, Russell Thomas (pictured, with thanks to Crown Poker) sits atop the chip count and well positioned for back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables after the field was slashed from 94.

As reported on, Thomas was in the middle of the pack of the 94 returning players. It was only after Rupert Elder’s elimination in 41st place burst the money bubble that Thomas began to really climb the counts.

After busting a couple of players in smaller pots, Thomas then busted Balleur Gaetan when he picked up pocket kings to Gaetan’s A-Q to move to 1.8 million and the top of the counts.

He ended with 1.677 million, which puts him just in front of German pro Benny Spindler, who spent most of the day as chip leader and ended with a more than respectable 1.5 million.

Experienced campaigners Daniel Negreanu and One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari are also in the mix, as is Winfred Yu. Esfandiari almost went out of the tournament as the bubble finisher, but managed to double up twice during hand-for-hand bubble play to keep him in the hunt for another bracelet.

Should Negreanu make it to the final table, he will be the first person to final table both the WSOPE and WSOP APAC Main Events, while Thomas would be the first player to final table both the APAC and WSOP Main Events.

Other notables who made the money included Erik Seidel (39th), Jeff Lisandro (35th), Kevin Song (30th), and 2007 Main Event final table participant Raymond Rahme, who was eliminated in 17th place.

Kahle Burns leads the local charge in third place with Tino Lechich, Raj Ramakrishnan, Michael Pedley and Joel Feldman among the players hoping to keep the gold bracelet on home soil. Play recommences at 3pm today.

WSOP APAC event 5: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event end of day three chip count (405 players; 40 players paid; 15 players remain; $3,847,500 prizepool)

Russell Thomas 1,677,000
Benny Spindler 1,505,000
Kahle Burns 1,469,000
Daniel Marton 1,325,000
George Tsatsis 1,161,000
Antonio Esfandiari 1,050,000
Daniel Negreanu 827,000
Tino Lechich 654,000
Raj Ramakrishnan 644,000
Mikel Habb 439,000
Yaser Gueden 385,009
Winfred Yu 354,000
Jordan Westmorland 321,000
Michael Pedley 310,000
Joel Feldman 187,000


1 $1,038,825
2 $637,911
3 $423,225
4 $284,715
5 $201,994
6 $146,205
7 $107,730
8 $82,721
9-10 $65,408
11-12 $51,941
13-14 $39,245
15 $31,549

16 Eddie Tran $31,549
17 Raymond Rahme $25,778
18 Chane Kampanatsanyakorn $25,778
19 Mark Betts $25,778
20 Matt Rolfe $25,778
21 Michael Weiss $25,778
22 Tom Watkins $25,778
23 Khylon Hanegraf $25,778
24 Todd Terry $25,778
25 Michael Turnley $22,316
26 Balleur Gaetan $22,316
27 Oliver Gill $22,316
28 Tan Seet Pin Calvin $22,316
29 Martin Dimitrov $22,316
30 Kevin Song $22,316
31 Minh Nguyen $22,316
32 Joseph Cheong $22,316
33 Mitch Carle $20,392
34 Omeed Nikdin $20,392
35 Jeff Lisandro $20,392
36 Derek Cheung $20,392
37 Sherrie Krampel $20,392
38 Daniel Koninger $20,392
39 Erik Seidel $20,392
40 Binh Nguyen $20,392

• A field of 37 players slowly built throughout the afternoon for the $50,000 buy-in non-bracelet High Roller event with the regular high stakes suspects out in force.

An additional seven rebuys helped build a prizepool of more than $2.1 million, which will be shared among the top six players.

Those who failed to survive day one included Mike Watson, Dan Shak, Richard Yong, John Juanda, JC Tran, Jean-Robert Bellande, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Andrew Robl and Sam Trickett while the local casualties included Daniel Neilson, Jeff Rossiter, Aaron Lim, Jason Gray and Jonathan Karamalikis.

Joseph Cheong is the only player with more than one million in chips while the list of contenders also features two former WSOP Main Event winners (Joe Hachem and Jonathan Duhamel). Play resumes at 4pm today to allow for the filming of the Caesars Cup event earlier today.

WSOP APAC $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller w/ rebuy end of day one chip count (37 players; seven rebuys; six players paid; 11 players remain; $2,156,000 prizepool)

Joseph Cheong 1,500,000
Elton Tsang 937,000
Paul Phua 815,000
Lo Shing Fung 612,000
Jonathan Duhamel 604,000
Philip Gruissem 530,000
Tom Hall 389,000
Joe Hachem 371,000
Marvin Rettenmaier 354,000
Devan Tang 223,000
Kyle Cheong 214,000



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