Day 2 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event saw 182 survivors return to the Crown Poker Room to continue the WSOP APAC journey. They were joined by a handful of late registrations on day two, including Scott Clements, JJ Liu and David Steicke, to boost the total number of entrants to 329.
Now with another six levels of play under the bridge, that number has been reduced to just 70 players with Kyle Montgomery landing a huge late pot with pocket aces against pocket kings to snatch the end-of-day chip lead.
The Main Event is delicately poised at the end of Day 2 with the prize pool of AU$3,125,500 to be shared among the top 36 place finishers. A min-cash is worth AU$20,003 which means we’re in for some nervous moments during Day 3 on Wednesday. Reaching the final six players will earn players six figures, while the top prize they are all striving for is worth AU$850,136 and, of course, the priceless WSOP APAC gold bracelet.
However the goal for Day 2 was simply to survive the day, but that proved too much for some with Billy Argyros, Tony Hachem, Russell Thomas, Fabian Quoss, Winfred Yu, Joe Hachem, Jeff Lisandro, Greg Merson and 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth among the early casualties.
At the dinner break there were around 100 players remaining with a familiar face for the locals sitting on top of the chip counts.
Australian poker Queen, Jackie Glazier had a massive day on her home town felt of the Crown Poker Room. She was already settled inside the top ten counts when the day began and that’s a position she never relinquished during the day.
“I haven’t had a great year so it’s good to be playing well in the Main Event,” said Glazier during the dinner break. “Especially when the earlier WSOP events didn’t go too well either. I’m hopefully saving my best for the Main Event!”
Glazier got her day motoring when she rivered a flush against two opponents (one was all-in) who both held top pair. Sadly she couldn’t induce a river bet from her live opponent, Luke Edwards.
“Luke bet small on the turn, so I was definitely priced in for the river. When I hit the flush, I thought the only way I can get paid by Luke is if he bets, so I checked it, but he checked back which was disappointing. But Luke did say that even if I bet small on the river, he was folding.”
Either way, that hand kick-started Glazier’s day and with some chips in hand, she was able to go to work. After picking up pocket aces against ace-king in the fourth level of the day, Glazier found herself as chip leader at the main break.
With several deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas to her credit, Glazier knows that she has the experience and stamina to take her a long way in this event.
“I’m used to playing long tournaments. I think my game will change as we get deeper but at the moment I’m trying to stay a little conservative while being able to still use the chips I’ve got,” explained Glazier. “There’s no point having chips if I’m not going to use them. I’m going to use my usual aggressive style but nothing too high variance.”
And that’s exactly what Glazier did as she continued on her merry way to a stack of 444,700 which was good for a spot in the top three counts at the end of play.
Another big stack on Day 2 belonged to another player with plenty of experience at the World Series of Poker. Frank Kassela’s two bracelets and six cashes in 2010 was enough for him to grab the WSOP Player of the Year award that year and he’s hoping to bring that success Down Under.
A key hand for Kassela saw him tangle with pro Jonathan Little. The flop read QJ3 and Little check-raised the flop before betting again on the 4 turn.
“He check-raised the flop, and I think his hand was playing pretty face-up at that point, so when he bet out so big on the turn, it was just an easy snap-shove from my point of view,” explained Kassela reviewing the hand.
Kassela only held A3 for bottom pair, but he was convinced that Little was drawing. He was right. Little made the call with 56 for a combo draw, but bricked the river to be eliminated from the tournament.
“I was stunned that he tanked that long and then made the call, but any time you can get somebody to stick it in with six-high, it’s always a good position to be in,” said Kassela. “I could’ve had him crushed too. I could’ve had a bigger flush draw, so it was shocking to me that he made that call there.”
It’s Kassela’s first time to Australia, but it wasn’t so much the Main Event which attracted him, but more the fact the WSOP schedule included so much variety.
“I don’t even play much No Limit Hold’em. I like playing the mixed games and I like playing the Dealer’s Choice events. So when I heard they had scheduled those two events, I was like, ‘Let’s go!’”
Kassela managed to bag up 267,500 in chips after Day 2, good for a top ten stack, and although he has eyes firmly on the WSOP bracelet, he knows there’s still a long road ahead to get there.
“That’d be awesome. To come down here and win the Main Event bracelet. That’s what I’m shooting for! But right now, it’s slowly grinding that stack up, make it to the final table and then take a shot at the win. That’s my plan!”
Others joining Kassela on Day 3 include WSOP APAC bracelet winners AJ Antonios and Sam Higgs, EPT Grand Final runner up Jack Salter, Day 1a chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier, 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel and Australian cricket legend Shane Warne.
WSOP APAC Main Event Day 2 Top Ten
Kyle Montgomery – 595,000
Victor Teng – 511,800
Jackie Glazier – 444,700
Ivan Zhou – 430,000
Henry Wang – 307,100
Sean Winter – 269,400
Frank Kassela – 267,500
Shao Liu – 250,100
Alexander Antonios – 228,000
Brandon Shack-Harris – 221,100
Time for the big boys to battle
For those already eliminated from the WSOP APAC Main Event, there one more chance to redeem the series. This one is not for the faint of heart however, with the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Event set to attract the best of the best. This field won’t be big, but the field will be stacked with talent and provide one of the best chances for a WSOP bracelet in decades. The High Roller will kick off at 6:10pm local time.
For everyone else, it’s Day 3 of the Main Event. Play will recommence at 12:30pm with a shorter day expected as the money bubble will burst before playing down to the final two or three tables.
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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