Heimiller and Longmore Lead, Colman Accumulates at WSOP APAC

Dan Heimiller

Flight 1b chip leader Dan Heimiller (Photos courtesy of Poker Asia Pacific)

Two flights. One day. Accumulate.

That was the equation for players on Friday as the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continued at Melbourne’s stunning Crown Casino. It was only Day 2 of the series, but already players were forced to reach deep to fire second and third bullets into Event #1: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator.

Getting in early for Flight 1b

Several new faces made their first appearance at the WSOP APAC on Friday afternoon for Flight 1b of the Accumulator Event. Some of those included Dan Heimiller, Jeff Madsen, 2012 Big One For One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari and the reigning WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu.

Negreanu’s stay was brief as he committed in the second level of the day with 9T on a nine-high, all-club board, only to run into Ryan Riess’ AK nut flush.

The Accumulator format allowed players who were already successful in Flight 1a to try and pad their stack even further. Several players attempted to do exactly that, including PokerStars Pro George Danzer, Aaron Lim, Gary Benson, Jamie Pickering and Julius Colman, but they soon discovered that getting through multiple flights of an Accumulator is not as easy as it sounds.

“The frequency of it happening is basically your in-the-money percentage, multiplied by itself, multiplied by the complement by 3…which sounds complicated,” explained Melbourne local Daniel Levy.

Levy is an author of a College Mathematics textbook and studying a double degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics at University. If there’s anyone in the Crown Poker Room remotely qualified to talk about the math behind the Accumulator format, it might just be him.

“The key number is that I worked out is that on average, 12% of the time you’ll take more than one stack through,” said Levy.

“So that means you could play ten of these events, and fire three bullets each time, and you’re only going to take two or more stacks through just once on average. And to take stacks through in all three flights is just 1%.”

The math seemed to work out for Levy who was one of those who managed to navigate his way through Flight 1b as just 33 bagged up chips from a starting field of 227 players.

Another to safely reach Day 2 was three-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Madsen.

Jeff Madsen

Jeff Madsen

“I just flew in this morning, so I’m pretty tired,” explained Madsen after bagging up a very competitive stack of 35,800 chips. “I got in right on noon and I knew I was going to hop straight into the tournament today. I just wasn’t sure if I would play the second heat.”

Madsen’s feeling towards accumulation echoed those of Levy, but perhaps without the mathematical jargon.

“I think I’ve bagged enough now, so I’m just going to go to sleep!” chuckled Madsen.

“I think 35,000 is decent. I mean, it’s valuable to add more chips but you’re also doubling your investment. If I had like 10k, I’d have to play the other heat. But I have a stack to play with now, so I’m feeling good!”

While Madsen and Levy both occupied a place in the top ten, they trailed Flight 1b chip leader Dan Heimiller. After late registering for the event, Heimiller was able to quietly go about his business before picking off a big bluff late in the day to claim the official 1b chip lead.

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator Event Flight 1b Top Ten
Dan Heimiller – 50,700
Piyush Gupta – 47,500
David Bowen – 45,325
Daniel Levy – 40,500
Minh Nguyen – 39,450
Luke Brabin – 38,500
Jeff Madsen – 35,800
Gijs Voppen – 30,900
Daniel Murphy – 28,075
Giacomo Fundaro – 23,650

A final bullet on Flight 1c

Flight 1c of the Accumulator Event consumed the Crown Poker Room in the evening session, providing a different platform for each of the 187 participants. For some, it was a desperate fling with a “third time’s a charm” mentality. Others had been more successful in the earlier flights and were hoping to accumulate. However for many of the locals in the field, they treated the final flight as typical MTT freezeout. One shot at glory.

Whatever their background, the three flights combined to form an overall total field of 611 entrants for the event, which is in fact a 43.7% decrease from the 1,085 players who participated in the equivalent event in 2013. Prize pool information will be made available when play resumes on Saturday afternoon.

For some, it’s not all about the money, and after bagging up chips in Flight 1b, Antonio Esfandiari took a quick break before jumping back into the action on 1c. It would potentially present a long day at the office for “The Magician” as he looked to increase his chances of a bracelet, but ironically, it was a man with a nickname of “The Jeweller” who ended his evening. Steve Lindeblad is one of the characters of Australian poker, and his full house was too strong for Esfandiari who missed his open-ended straight draw.

Jonathan Duhamel, Ryan Riess, Ami Barer, David Yan, Van Marcus and 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth were just a few of those to fire three bullets unsuccessfully into the prize pool.

As the clock ticked passed 3am local time, the final cards were finally dealt on a long day. Peter Longmore would emerge as the Flight 1c chip leader as 31 players survived the final flight, but his stack of 43,875 puts him behind the leaders of the two earlier flights.

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator Event Flight 1c Top Ten
Peter Longmore – 43,875
Thomas Gleeson – 32,500
Rory Young – 32,425
Andrew Roberts – 25,325
Hussein Mrad – 24,975
Michael Wang – 24,000
Christopher Gurney – 22,500
Simon Chahine – 22,075
Colin Galloway – 21,925
Julius Colman – 21,475

Julius Colman

Julius Colman

WSOP Player of the Year leader Brandon Shack-Harris made it through to Day 2 on the short stack, while Julius Colman, along with Mace Turco, became the only two “accumulators” of the event. Colman added 21,475 to the 7,375 chips he bagged up during Flight 1a, while Turco’s 16,050 from 1a was padded with an additional 20,625 during Flight 1c.

Super Saturday

Saturday will see the surviving 93 players come together for Day 2 of the $1,100 NLHE Accumulator Event where the goal will be to burst the money bubble before surging towards the final table of nine. Play recommences at 12:30pm local time.

Meanwhile Event #2 of the schedule will get under way at 2:10pm local time with another strong field expected for the $2,200 No Limit Holdem event.

The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific runs from October 2-18 in the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia.

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