Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:24 AM Local Time
Time is frozen.
There are 8 minutes and 47 seconds left in Level 19 and it'll stay that way until 12:30pm tomorrow.
We've burst the unofficial final table bubble and are down to our last seven players.
Leading this heptagonal final table is Aaron Lim with a smooth 600,000. Lim won a large portion of his chips when he rivered two-pair and took a 350,000 pot off of Andy Lee.
Brendon Rubie will start second in chips with 577,000 and the rest of the table will start with:
Seat 1: Jason Gray – 159,000
Seat 2: Billy Seri – 145,000
Seat 3: Brendon Rubie – 577,000
Seat 4: Sam Higgs – 168,000
Seat 5: Andy Lee – 412,000
Seat 6: Aaron Lim – 600,000
Seat 7: Jan Suchanek – 463,000
Seri and Higgs were short-stacked through a large part of two-table play, but managed to hang on.
"We're survivors," Higgs joked with Seri when they were bagging up their chips.
Both players managed to survive a few all-ins and get just enough chips to make it to Day 3.
The day finally ended when Lee knocked out Binh Nguyen with kings against Nguyen's nines. It took a while to get our 8th place finisher but Nguyen finally fell in Level 19.
The final seven will now rest up after a difficult day. Fifty-two players started Day 2 including several pros. Jean-Robert Bellande, J.C. Tran, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Angel Guillen and Russell Thomas all started the day but fell short of the money.
Only the final three tables of the $5K 6-max saw a return on their investment, with the final 18 being guaranteed AU$10,354.
These final seven will get a bit more, they're guaranteed AU$27,722 while our eventual champion will take home AU$233,800 and a shiny WSOP APAC bracelet.
Join us tomorrow when we unfreeze the clock and play down to our fourth bracelet winner of the inaugural WSOP APAC.
While the $5k 6-max ends tomorrow, the $10K WSOP APAC Main Event begins.
Tune in tomorrow as we bring you more WSOP action from Melbourne.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:50 AM Local Time
That’s it! We’re done! As we approach 2am local time, the end has come for Binh Nguyen as our final table of seven has been set.
The final hand of the day saw Andy Lee raise to 13,000 from under the gun. Brendon Rubie called in the small blind before Nguyen moved all in for 99,000 from the big blind. Lee made the call as Rubie folded.
Nguyen opened but he’d run into the monster held by Lee. The board was spread as Rubie sighed that he’d folded ace-seven. It was too late as Lee raked in the pot to end the run of Nguyen in 8th place.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:45 AM Local Time
The strategy of fold, fold, fold, double, seems to be working so far for Billy Seri. He’s finding the big cards just when he needs them most, and even better for him is that he’s getting action.
From under the gun, Seri moved all in for 79,000. Sam Higgs thought for a moment before folding, as did Jan Suchanek, but Jason Gray decided to make the call in the big blind with Gray was hoping for a race but he was crushed by Seri’s
The board of was close to the fours but Seri’s queens held. He doubled to around 180,000 with Gray down to 190,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:42 AM Local Time
In a raised pot, Brendon Rubie and Binh Nguyen were faced with a flop. Rubie bet 13,000 from the cutoff and Nguyen called from the button.
The came on the turn and Rubie bet 27,000. It took Nguyen a bit longer to call, but the came on the river when he did.
Rubie bet again on the river, this time for 58,000. Nguyen took even longer this time, but he called again. Rubie turned over for the flush and Nguyen mucked.
Rubie is up to about 550,000 while Nguyen fell to about 120,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:24 AM Local Time
Action folded to Aaron Lim in the small blind. He decided to limp in and Brendon Rubie checked his option in the big blind to take a flop of
Lim led out for 7,000 and Rubie called as the double-paired the board on the turn. Lim let rip with a second bullet worth 18,000 and again Rubie made the call.
The river was the and Lim slowed down and tapped the table. Rubie checked behind. Lim was reluctant to show, flashing the trying to get a reaction from Rubie who was motionless until he saw two cards. Lim flashed a seven to go with it for nine-high as Rubie’s was good to collect the pot.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:17 AM Local Time
Chips at the big stack table seem to be circulating regularly.
Andy Lee raised to 13,000 from the button and Brendon Rubie called. The flop came and both players checked, bringing the on the turn.
Rubie check-raised Lee's 14,000 bet to 38,000 and Lee called. There was a on the river and a bet to 67,000 from Rubie.
When Lee called, Rubie turned over for the flush and Lee mucked.
Rubie won the 246,000 pot and was up to 480,000. Lee on the other hand was chipped down to about 250,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:07 AM Local Time
One of the two remaining tables in particular has produced a fascinating line up with three of Australia’s most talented up and coming players. Brendon Rubie is already an established force, but watch out for Aaron Lim and Andy Lee in future. Both have already won major titles, at home and abroad, and are ready to break out onto the world poker stage here at the WSOP APAC.
The three players, as well as American Binh Nguyen, have created a great dynamic, and Lim was able to recently cash in on that.
Lim three-bet to 31,000 on the button following the open from Andy Lee. It wasn’t the first time Lim had three-bet in position, and Lee decided to call to see a flop. Lee changed things up by leading for 28,000 with Lim making the call.
Both players checked the turn and the appeared on the river. Lee led out with a bet of 40,000 and Lim thought for a few moments before raising it up to 106,000. Lee made the call but mucked when Lim tabled for two pair. Lim is now up to 520,000 and into the tournament lead with Lee back to 375,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:56 AM Local Time
Players are back from their break and are ready to play down to an unofficial final table.
Stay tuned as we bring you the last bustout of the day.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:41 AM Local Time
Players are on another 15-minute break.
Before the break, the floor announced that we won't be playing down to six players. Instead, we'll lose one more player and then break for the rest of the night.
The final seven players will return for the unnofficial final table tomorrow at 12:30pm (AEST) and play down to a winner.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:38 AM Local Time
The two big stacks at the short stack table went at it in a battle of the blinds.
Jan Suchanek raised to 13,000 from the small blind and Jason Gray called from the big.
The flop came and Suchanek led out for 15,000. Gray raised to 50,000 and Suchanek called, bringing a on the turn.
Both players checked and a came on the river.
Suchanek put out a pile of blues worth 100,000 and Gray looked at his cards.
"You win," Gray said.
Gray then showed and threw his hand in the muck. Suchanek then showed and took the pot.
Suchanek is up to 370,000 while Gray fell to 280,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:21 AM Local Time
Billy Seri had picked up aces just a few minutes earlier so he was pretty chuffed to look down and find once again. He opened to 15,000 from the cutoff before a rather boisterous Jan Suchanek popped it to 45,000.
Seri quickly responded by moving all in for a total of 90,000 and Suchanek was committed to calling with his
The flop of brought hope for Suchanek with a straight draw, and his hopes increased even further when the the turn. Suchanek now had any ten or heart to snatch the pot but the river was the
Seri clapped his hands with delight as his patience was rewarded with a double up to around 190,000 with Suchanek slipping to 290,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:18 AM Local Time
Andy Lee raised to 11,000 from the cutoff and Aaron Lim called from the button. Brendon Rubie re-raised to 36,500 from the big blind, Lee called and Lim folded.
Lim threw his hand in the muck and the flop came
Rubie bet 34,000 and Lee re-raised to 76,000. Rubie tanked and then threw his hand in the muck.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:49 PM Local Time
Andy Lee is proving to be a beast in this 6-max event.
On the first hand, Lee raised to 8,500 pre flop and David Yan called on the big blind.
The flop came down:
Lee bet 9,000 and Yan called quickly.
The turn brought a eliciting a 17,000 chip bet from Lee. Yan again called quickly.
The river was the and Lee put together a final bet of 32,000. Lee insta-called.
Lee turned over and Yan insta-mucked.
Reeling from the hand, Yan proceeded to get into a raising war with Lee two hands later, pushing his 160,000 stack into the middle and getting a quick call from Lee.
Lee flipped the crushing Yan’s
The board ran out:
Giving Yan two-pair on the flop, Lee a re-suck-out on the turn, and Yan an inferior full house on the river. That’s his tournament over and a $19,940 pay day.
Andy Lee on the other hand is powering towards the final table with a stack of over 600,000.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:44 PM Local Time
It was a double play that ended in a double up.
Binh Nguyen raised to 8,500, Sam Higgs went all-in and Nguyen folded.
The next hand Nguyen raised to 8,000 and Higgs moved all-in again. This time Nguyen called.
The board fell and Higgs doubled up to about 200,000 while Nguyen went down to 230,000.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:41 PM Local Time
Lim went down and up.
The first hand was an emphatic display of the preflop madness that's been running the six-max. Brendon Rubie raised to 8,000 from UTG and David Yan re-raised to 20,500 from the button. Andy Lee folded from the small blind and Aarom Lim four-bet to 43,500.
Rubie folded and Yan put in a five-bet to 72,500.
Lim tanked for a few minutes and eventually folded.
Then Lim got a few of those chips back from Rubie.
Lim raised to 8,000 from the button and Rubie re-raised to 20,500 from the small blind. Lim called and the flop came Rubie bet 18,000 and Lim called, bringing the on the turn.
Rubie checked-called Lim's 40,500 bet, bringing a on the river.
Rubie checked again and this time Lim bet a bit stronger. Lim moved all-in and Rubie took a few minutes to fold.
Lim is now at about 310,000 while Rubie was left with 315,000.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:28 PM Local Time
While the six-max tournament plays down to the final table, a huge satellite for the Main Event of the WSOP APAC is also being played out here tonight.
No less than 260 players laid down 1,350 dollars to play in the Step 3 Satellite for the Main. That has made a huge prize pool of $325,000, which equates to seats for 32 players and $5,000 for 33rd.
The 34th player will probably have their worst poker night in a long, long time.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:10 PM Local Time
In one hand, Aaron Lim lost almost 40,000 to Brendon Rubie. He called Rubie’s preflop raise of 8000 and both players checked the flop of On the turn Lim check-called 9000 and then did the same on the for a much bigger bet of 21,500, and mucked when Rubie turned over
The next hand, however, saw Lim bounce back with collecting the prized scalp of Dominik Nitsche. When action was folded to him in the small blind, Lim made a min raise to 8000, which induced an all in shove from Nitsche in the big blind for 87,500.
Lim didn’t sweat the call too much, knowing his opponent might be pushing with a wide range in this spot. The call came and Lim’s was in front of Nitsche’s
The dealer delivered to give Lim a Broadway straight and send his stack up to 265,000 as Nitsche bowed out in 10th with a $19,940 payday.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:49 PM Local Time
Breaks seem to be a catalyst for eliminations today.
On one of the first hands back from break, Brendon Rubie raised to 8,000 and David Yan re-raised to 19,000 from the button. Ashley Mason was short-stacked and on the button and moved all-in for 97,500.
Rubie quickly folded and action was back on Yan. Yan had the dealer count out Mason's stack, it was an extra 78,500 to call.
Yan called and we had a showdown:
Mason was ahead but the flop gave Yan a pair. The turn was a and the came on the river.
Mason was out in 11th, earning $14,353. Yan on the other hand was up to about 260,000.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:35 PM Local Time
Players are on a 15-minute break.
You can take a 15-minute break too, but come back, there's more $5,000 six-max action.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:29 PM Local Time
The flops are getting fewer and far between as the players amp up the aggression.
Andy Lee in particular is getting involved. Nitsche opened to 6,000, the standard opening bet at the table. Lee popped it to 16,000 from the button. Nitsche thought for a minute before putting in a fourth bet to 28,000.
Lee thought about his options for a couple of minutes, before asking how much his opponent was playing. Nitsche told him he started the hand with 140,000.
That was enough for Lee, who announced he was all-in. Nitsche turbo-mucked his hand.
Brendon Rubie told our reporter that it was the same every hand at the table. Nearly every pot was 4-bet pre flop and flops were a rarity. Rubie seems to be enjoying the action.
Andy Lee is now sitting on a stack of 285,000