Scott Davies Triumphs At 2014 WSOP APAC Main EventOctober 20, 2014 7:41 am
Last weekend, the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) reached its thrilling conclusion and after five days of action it was US player Scott Davies who emerged atop the 329 player field to capture his first WSOP gold bracelet, and walk away richer to the tune of $850,136 (US$744,781).
Following his impressive victory, Davies commented: “This is the Super Bowl to me. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. When I decided I was going to play poker for a living I just remember Chris Moneymaker winning the Main Event and thought one day I might get a chance to do that.”
The $10,000 buy-in Main Event created a prize pool worth $3.125 million, and amongst the notable players cashing in at one of the 36 money places was Xuan Liu in 31st (A$21,556), Shane Warne in 22nd (A$23,441), Tobias Reinkemeier in 20th (A$23,441), Brandon Shack-Harris in 17th (A$23,441), Joanne Liu in 13th (A$31,880), and Jackqueline Glazier in 12th (A$42,194).
After the final table of six had been reached, Frank Kassela (Q-10) called Angie Italiano’s (A-10) bluff on a Q-4-2 flop and following a K-K falling on turn and river the last woman standing was eliminated in 6th for $118,769. Kassela, however, then lost two consecutive hands (A-K, A-Q) against pocket aces to exit the competition in 5th for $164,089.
Next, Scott Davies (J-J) took care of Kyle Montgomery (A-K) in 4th ($231,287), and after Henry Wang’s three-bet preflop jam with K-9 ran into the A-A of Scott Davies, the Asia-Pacific region’s last hope exited in 3rd ($343,805) to usher in the final battle between USA’s Davies and the UK’s Jack Salter for the title.
As the final showdown commenced, the two players were fairly even in chips, and it would then take just 47 hands before the deciding hand was played with Davies (6-6) and Salter (Q-10) all-in on a 6-10-10-8 board. The 3 on the river subsequently sealed Salter’s fate, who had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $516,960, while Scott Davies was awarded the WSOP APAC ME bracelet.
WSOP APAC Main Event Results:
1: Scott Davies (US) – $850,136
2: Jack Salter (UK) – $516,960
3: Henry Wang (Taiwan) – $343,805
4: Kyle Montgomery (US) – $231,287
5: Frank Kassela (UK) – $164,089
6: Angie Italiano (Australia) – $118,769