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2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (APAC)

Saturday, April 13, 2013 to Sunday, April 14, 2013

A$40,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em (Rebuy)

  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $2,156,000
  • Entries: 44
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, April 14, 2013 11:33 PM Local Time

The 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific AU$50,000 High Rollers event has come to an end with German Philipp Gruissem crowned champion!

37 players took to the felt on Saturday with seven of those rebuying to form a prizepool of AU$2,156,000. Only 11 players would return today and the action was quick as Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel and Devan Tang were all sent to the rail before the final table of eight was formed.

Chips were traded around the table before Marvin Rettenmaier would commit holding    but would run into the    of Joseph Cheong. Cheong spiked a straight on the turn and the remaining six players were in the money. Tom Hall, Elton Tsang and Lo Shing Fung were the next players out before a three-handed battle would become a heads-up match when Paul Phua was outdraw by Gruissem.

The heads up action between Gruissem and Cheong would flow back and forth before Gruissem took a huge lead when he rivered a flush after being outdrawn on the turn. Just a few hands later Cheong’s pair would be rundown by Gruissem’s suited connectors as he was crowned High Rollers Champion and awarded the AU$825,000 first prize.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 11:28 PM Local Time

Joseph Cheong has been eliminated from the High Roller event.

After Philipp Gruissem's double up, players ware pushing all-in nearly every hand without getting called. Gruissem had taken to the habit of squeezing his cards and announcing how many outs he had to call. 

He squeezed his first card and Cheong asked how many outs he had.

Gruissem said he wasn't sure, but after squeezing his second card he said, "This is definitely one of those."



The     flop gave Gruissem a pair and the   turn and   on the river gave him the victory.

Cheong will get $511,000 for his runner-up finish while Gruissem will score his biggest cash of ever with $825,000.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 11:18 PM Local Time

Philipp Gruissem bumped it up on the button to 240,000 and Joseph Cheong announced he was all in. Gruissem made the call and pushed out a stack of chips to be at risk.


With Gruissem in the lead, the     flop gave Cheong the advantage, but the sweat-tastic   would land on the turn to give Gruissem outs with any ace, ten, nine, club or four for a chop.

The dealer burned and turned and delivered the   on the river to give Gruissem the double to 4,800,000 as Cheong slipped to 1,800,000 in chips.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:55 PM Local Time

After exchanging a few preflop raise wins and the occasional flop, we finally have a major hand here in the AU$50,000 High Rollers.

Philipp Gruissem opened the button to 240,000 and Joseph Cheong pushed all in for for just over 2,400,000. Gruissem instantly made the call and the cards were tabled.


With Cheong trailing, the     flop changed little, but it would be the   on the turn that would thrust him into the lead. The   landed on the river and Cheong moved to 4,800,000 in chips as Gruissem slipped to 1,800,000.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:26 PM Local Time

From the button Paul Phua opened to 180,000 only to have Philipp Gruissem move all in from the big blind. Phua - with roughly 1,020,000 behind - went into the tank for close to two minutes uttering a few words here and there. Eventually Phua announced a call and pushed his chips into the pot.

"Oops!" stated Gruissem as he tabled his    to be behind Phua's   

The dealer spread a     flop to keep Phua in the lead and with a chance to double back to be right in this game. Unfortunately for Phua, the   on the turn would shift the advantage to Gruissem, and as the   landed on the river, Phua would have to be content with a AU$325,000 payday as both Gruissem and Cheong are now heads-up for the title.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:52 PM Local Time

We've lost another player.

The post-dinner bustouts transcends all buy-ins. 

Philipp Gruissem raised to 120,000 from the button and Lo Shing Fung moved all-in for about 600,000 from the big blind. Gruissem called and Fung's tournament was about to come to an end.

Fung showed    and Gruissem showed    

The     flop paired Fung's ace, but the turn and river would flush it away. The turn was a   and then the river brought a   giving Gruissem the flush and the pot.

Fung was out in 4th place and earned $225,000.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:32 PM Local Time

Lo Shing Fung limped in from the cutoff, as did Elton Tsang from the button before Joseph Cheong completed the small blind and Philipp Gruissem checked his option.

Tsang bet out 125,000 on the     flop with only Cheong making the call as the   rolled off on the turn. Cheong checked and Tsang slid out a bet of 250,000. Cheong paused for a few moments before moving all in with Tsang making the call for roughly his last 500,000.


With Cheong in the lead with a flopped straight, the river landed the   to end Tsang's tournament in 5th place for a AU$155,000 in prizemoney as Cheong moves to roughly the 2,000,000-chip mark.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:20 PM Local Time

We are once live in the $50,000 High Roller. The five players will now set about finding a winner after a 45 minute dinner break.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:24 PM Local Time

From under the gun Tom Hall pushed his last 75,000 into the pot and Joseph Cheong re-raised to 150,000 next to act. Lo Shing Fung made the call to see the dealer spread a     flop. Fung moved all in and Cheong quickly folded.


The   on the turn gave Hall a few additional outs before the   completed the board on the river to end Hall’s tournament in 6th place for AU$115,000 in prize money.

Following the elimination of Hall, the remaining 5 players are headed on a 45-minute dinner break. Play will re-commence at roughly 9:15 p.m. local time.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:20 PM Local Time

We had another double up at the final table.

Elton Tsang moved all-in from under-the-gun and Tom Hall reshoved from the hijack.  

The rest of the table got out of the way and we had another high roller showdown.



The board came       and Tsang doubled up to just above 1 million. Hall on the other hand was left with around 80,000, under two big blinds.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:58 PM Local Time

Paul Phua got another one.

Philipp Gruissem raised to 115,000 from the small blind and Paul Phua thought on the big blind. He counted aloud in his native tongue and eventually moved all-in.

Gruissem snap-called and showed    We had a flip when Phua who turned over   

The board came       and Phua doubled up to 1.42 million. Gruissem on the other hand went down to about 600,000.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:51 PM Local Time

From the button Joseph Cheong opened with a raise only to have Marvin Rettenmaier move all in for just under 300,000 from the small blind. Cheong made the call and the cards were placed on their backs.


With Rettenmaier in the lead, the     wasn't the best flop he could have hoped for as Cheong increased his outs by 8. The turn of the   gave Cheong the nut straight and also a re-draw to hearts, but it still left Rettenmaier outs to a bigger straight.

Unfortuntely for Rettenmaier the river landed the   to send him to the rail as our bubble boy in 7th place.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:40 PM Local Time

We had our second TV table all-in and call. 

Paul Phua and Elton Tsang got were the two participants of this encounter. Tsang was at risk and showed    to Phua's   

The     flop was filled with diamonds for Tsang and the turn was a   The   came on the river and Tsang hit the nut flush.

Tsang is now past the 1 million mark while Phua dips under it.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:27 PM Local Time

Paul Phua opened to 80,000 only to have Elton Tsang three-bet to 200,000. With the action back on Phua, he moved all in for 615,000 and Tsang instantly called.


With Phua in great shape to double, the       would ensure him the double to 1,280,000 while Tsang dropped to roughly 400,000.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:08 PM Local Time




The final table of the $50K WSOP APAC High Roller is now underway. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 7:04 PM Local Time

Our TV table for the $50K High Roller is set. 

We lost one player just after the break and players are now strapping on microphones and taking a seat at the feature table. 

Seat 1: Tom Hall - 1,730,000

Seat 2: Joseph Cheong - 1,705,000

Seat 3: Marvin Rettenmaier - 455,000

Seat 4: Philipp Gruissem - 1,675,000

Seat 5: Paul Phua - 590,000

Seat 6: Lo Shing Fung - 305,000

Seat 7: Elton Tsang - 1,140,000

Play will resume when the players are camera ready. Not only have we reached the TV table, we've also reached the bubble, with only six players will cash in this event. A min-cash here is worth six figures $115,000 to be exact. 

Our eventual champion will take home $825,000 the second-largest prize awarded during the WSOP APAC. 

Stay tuned for more High Roller action right here or check out our WSOP APAC live stream

Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:40 PM Local Time

From early position Kyle Cheong pushed all in for 670,000 and Joseph Cheong pushed next to act for just under 900,000.


The flop of     changed little, but the   on the turn gave Kyle an additional eight outs to go along with his two sixes. Unfortunately for the Western Australian, the river landed the   to send him to the rail in 8th place and leave the final seven players on the bubble for AU$115,000 in prizemoney.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:34 PM Local Time

The cards are now back in the air with the blinds 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000-ante.

Players have been instructed that they won't be heading into the TV until we have one more elimination.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:28 PM Local Time

The remaining players are heading on a 15-minute break. Here are the updated chip counts.

Philipp Gruissem – 1,707,000
Elton Tsang – 1,420,000
Joseph Cheong – 890,000
Paul Phua – 660,000
Tom Hall – 639,000
Kyle Cheong – 631,000
Marvin Rettenmaier – 465,000
Lo Shing Fung – 356,000

Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:10 PM Local Time
The final eight players are currently passing chips round to each other. With multiple players asking for a break, it seems as though they are just trying to see out the level before they are taken into the TV final table along with getting a short 10-minute break.