Daniel Negreanu Wins 2013 WSOP APAC Main EventApril 15, 2013 5:19 pm
Daniel Negreanu has won the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) Main Event, after defeating a field of 405 players over five days to capture a gold bracelet, and collect the $1,038,825 first place prize.
As the eight-seated final table got underway in Melbourne, Australia, Benny Spindler was the chip leader on a 2.931m stack, followed by Daniel Negreanu (2.437m), George Tsatis (2.321m) and Daniel Marton (2.16m). Also vying for a shot at the WSOP title was Kahle Burns (905k), Mikel Habb (551k), Russell Thomas (490k) and Winfred Yu (367k).
First to leave the arena was Russell Thomas in 8th ($82,721), after moving his short-stack all-in pre-flop with A-10 only to be called by George Tsatis with A-J. He was followed by Mikel Habb in 7th, who picked-up $107,730 in prize money after his pocket tens shove foundered against the A-Q of Winfred Yu.
Next, start of day chip leader Benny Spindler put his tournament hopes on the line when he moved his remaining 535k stack to the centre of the table holding A-10. Kahle Burns (K-J) opted to call and with the board rolling out 9-9-K-4-6, Spindler bowed out in 6th place for $146,205. However, Burn’s celebrations were short-lived and he was the next to fall in 5th ($201,994) holding Q-J to Negreanu’s A-K.
At this stage, George Tsatis was the second biggest stack at the table behind Negreanu, but after several unlucky beats Tsatis’ impressive run came to an end with his unluckiest hand to date. After being dealt J-9, Tsatis got Negreanu (A-Q) to call his all-in on a Q-J-J-4 board, only for a Q to fall on the river, thus eliminating Tsatis in 4th for $284,715.
On the other hand, Winfred Yu seemed to survive every all-in he was involved in but eventually his luck ran out holding A-K to Negreanu’s J-9, and after he went out in 3rd ($423,225), Daniel Marton and Negreanu went heads-up for the title. Nevertheless, Negreanu held a massive 11m to 1.15m advantage over his Australian opponent and eventually the defining hand was played with Marton holding A-7 to Negreanu’s pocket twos. With no help from the board, Marton then finished the runner-up for $637,911, while Negreanu won his 5th career WSOP bracelet.