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Five Storylines to Watch at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific

From Oct. 2-18, 2014, the Crown Casino in Melbourne will turn into mecca for poker players from around the globe with 10 gold bracelet events ranging from the $ 1,100 Accumulator to the $ 25,000 buy-in High Roller.

The WSOP has only been to Australia once before, in 2013, but it was a memorable festival with Phil Ivey winning his ninth bracelet and Daniel Negreanu earning his fifth in the Main Event.

Apparently Caesars was pleased with how APAC went the first time around because this year’s festival has double the number of tournaments.

In fact the 2014 WSOP APAC will be the biggest series the WSOP has ever held outside of Las Vegas.

PokerListings will be on location for all 10 events so expect a plethora of news, photos and reports straight from Melbourne.

Here are five fascinating storylines to watch unfold at the 2014 WSOP APAC. 

1) Will November Niners Make Some Noise?

Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

For years the World Series of Poker Europe has served as a coming out party for the latest Main Event final table contestants.

With no WSOPE this year and the re-jigged schedule, WSOP APAC will be a major chance for November Niners to build a little momentum before the final table plays out.

It’s still not totally clear exactly who will make the trip but there’s a good chance we’ll see the majority of Billy Pappas, Dan Sindelar, Felix Stephenson, Jorryt van Hoof, Mark Newhouse, Andoni Larrabe, William Tonking, Martin Jacobson and Bruno Politano.

November Niners have had some notable success during the Main Event break in the past. Ivan Demidov made the WSOPE final table in 2008 with both James Akenhead and Antoine Saout following suit in 2009.

2) Will Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey Keep Winning?

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu winning the 2013 WSOP APAC Main Event.

Two of poker’s biggest stars have been an absolute terror at both the WSOPE and WSOP APAC over the last couple years.

Since 2013 Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey have made four final tables while picking up three bracelets and millions in winnings.

It’s anyone’s guess what makes both players so good away from Las Vegas. You could argue the fields in Europe and Australia are smaller or the level of competition is lower. Regardless, Negreanu and Ivey will keep traveling if they have a shot at more bracelets.

Of course they did OK in Vegas this summer too with a high-profile bet that one of them would win a bracelet. Ivey managed to win the bracelet while Negreanu picked up a $ 8.2 million for his second-place finish in the $ 1 million Big One for One Drop.

Perhaps an even better question would be as to whether anyone would take a bet against them winning a bracelet in Australia.

We wouldn’t.

3) Who Will Be the WSOP Player of the Year?

George Danzer
George Danzer is close.

A number of people complained last year that the WSOP POY was essentially limited to players who were rich enough to travel to Australia to get a headstart on the competition.

Organizers solved that problem this year by rearranging the schedule and eliminating WSOP Europe. Because the WSOP in Las Vegas took place first this year, anyone who is in contention for POY likely has enough cash to make the trip to Australia.

That means Brandon Shack-Harris, who came out of nowhere, to take the lead in WSOP POY with 752 points will almost certainly make the trip to Australia.

George Danzer, who just a hair behind Shack-Harris with 745 points, will also likely be making an appearance in Melbourne.

It could be a fantastic race-to-the-finish between both players in Australia.

There are some other dark horses however with John Hennigan, Justin Bonomo and Richard Ashby also in the top 10.

Of course the most intriguing player in the top 10 may just be defending WSOP POY winner Daniel Negreanu who finished the summer with 519 points, which makes him fourth overall.

4) Will Dan Colman Make an Appearance?

Dan Colman
Dan Colman

There’s something ironic about how poker anti-hero Dan Colman became one of the most famous poker pros in the world by skipping all interviews at the WSOP Big One for One Drop.

It helps Colman has been on one of the biggest heaters in the history of poker with over $ 20 million in earnings this year including wins in the Big One for One Drop, Monte Carlo $ 100k Super High Roller, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Obviously Colman hasn’t been doing a media tour so there’s no word as to whether he’ll actually come to Australia at all. Than again if you’re on one of the biggest hot streaks of all time you likely want to play as much as possible.

That $ 25,000 high roller seems like it would be particularly appealing to Colman.

Also interesting: Colman is fifth in WSOP POY. Of course he probably doesn’t care about that. Right?

5) Will Australian Elite Break Through?

Joe Hachem
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie?

Despite a relatively small poker community there are some incredibly gifted Australian poker players.

Poker pros like James Obst, Jonathan Karamalikis and Matthew “mjw2006” Wakeman have been dominating online for years.

Joe Hachem showed just how much the Australians can get behind one of their own so maybe it’s time for the next big thing in Australian poker.

Aaron Lim was the first and only Australian to win a gold bracelet on home soil so this year there should be at least one Aussie who collects another.


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Fedor Holz Claims WCOOP Main Event for $1.3m, Isildur1 9th

Outlasting a final table that included Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom, Faraz “TheToilet 0″ Jaka, Elior “CrazyElior” Sion, Todd “MaltLiquor40″ Sisley and Dylan “Pokerl)evil” Hortin, Holz claimed $ 1.3m for the win.

With an original $ 1.8m due to the winner, the remaining players six-handed agreed to an ICM deal that left $ 200k on the table to pay for.

Incredible Year for Holz Gets Even Better

A massive 2,142 players registered for the last of this year’s 66 WCOOP events and 36 hours after the start only two were left – Holz, who lives in Austria, and Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins from Brazil.

Heads-up play only lasted a few minutes and it came to a memorable end when Holz hit quads on the river to best Martins’ full house.

wcoop 2014 final hand
Quad 10s a fitting way to finish

It’s been an incredible year for the young German poker pro who only a month ago topped the Gold leaderboard at EPT Barcelona by winning a side event and cashing in three more.

We caught up with him in Barcelona and learned about his major staking activities which, by the sounds of it, included mentoring another WCOOP Main Even champ PlayinWasted.

Now it looks like it would be a very good idea to invest in him, too, as he has just become the new champion of the online poker world.

After the six-way deal on the final table, these are the payouts:

1. Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz, Austria – $ 1,300,000* 2. Yuri theNERDguy Martins, Brazil – $ 708,251* 3. neckbr4ake, Germany – $ 651,430* 4. Elior CrazyElior Sion, UK – $ 780,227* 5. Faraz TheToilet 0 Jaka, Poland – $ 945,000* 6. “19Dan86”, UK – $ 769,813* 7. Dylan Pokerl)evil Hortin, Canada – $ 214,200 8. Todd MaltLiquor40 Sisley, Canada – $ 160,650 9. Viktor Isildur1 Blom, UK – $ 107,100 *6-way deal

Blom Out First at Final Table After Running Jacks into Kings

Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom: As good as advertised

At the time of the deal Holz held a large chiplead, so even without the $ 200,000 that was left to play for he was sure to leave with the largest paycheck.

The only player potentially able to win even more was Faraz Jaka, who eventually busted in fifth place.

At that time Viktor Blom was already shaking off the frustration of making a final table in such a big event and then having to leave first.

The Swedish online legend who rarely plays tournaments but has won the SCOOP Main Event title, showed he’s always a force to be reckoned with.

He was the chip leader as action got close to the final table but lost most of his stack in a big JJ > KK hand against Sion.

High-Profile Players All Over Final 16

The whole final table was studded with professionals with both Canadians Dylan Hortin and Todd Sisley and Elior Sion from Britain.

Martins, by the way, didn’t just start playing the WCOOP main event on Sunday evening. He also registered for a $ 162 regular tournament on PokerStars and beat out 2,130 players for a win and $ 50,000. Both Martins and Holz satellited into the main event, generating an even better ROI.

Sion had reached another WCOOP final table just hours before the main event started in event 63, $ 2,100 HORSE, and came third for $ 41k.

Several other high profile players just missed the final.

Full Tilt Million winner Jeremy EndlessJ Menard came 11th and Francisco Chiconoglu Nogueira in 12th had already locked up a WCOOP title this year in event 53, $ 215 NLHE Big Antes.

Former Sunday million winner Andrius benislovas Bielskis busted in 13th place and Andre Akkari had his best result as a member of the PokerStars pro team member finishing in 16th place.

Mr Negreanu (Not that Negreanu) is Player of the Series

The winner of the tournament leader board of the 2014 edition of the World Championship of Online Poker is Alan Mr Negreanu Gold from Great Britain.

Impressively, he managed to do so without winning any of the events. However, he cashed 17 times and made two final tables. In Event 15, $ 320 Stud, he earned second place.

Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold

Gold’s 17 cashes was topped only by former SCOOP champion vovtroy from Russia, who reached the money spots of 19 WCOOP tournaments.

Nicolas PKaiser Fierro from Chile and RolldUpTrips managed to reach three final tables but the most dangerous and efficient players of the WCOOP 2014 were Scott AggroSantos Margerson (UK), Assad91 (Norway) and WhatIfGod (Sweden).

All three players reached two final tables each and won both.

Canada turned out to be the country with the most cashes, most money won, most final table, and most entrants to the WCOOP 2014 but Russian players won the most events: nine compared to eight Canadian wins.

The $ 5,200 WCOOP main event featured a $ 10,000,000 guarantee that was surpassed at $ 10,710,000. Overall almost $ 62m was won over the course of the last three weeks.

You can find a complete list of all results on the WCOOP homepage.


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