Rory Young was the least experienced player returning for Day 3 of the AU$1,650 Eight Game Dealer’s Choice event at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. He was up against a total of four bracelets, an Australian Poker Hall of Famer and a contender for WSOP Player of the Year – but he outlasted them all to claim his first bracelet and $37,469.
“I chose Deuce to Seven every time except for once. I love the game – I do think that’s my best game outside of No Limit Hold’em,” Young said. “In terms of accumulating chips on this final table, that was my best game. I think there were a couple of players who weren’t as good at that game. In saying that, I also hit a couple of big hands in Deuce to Seven when I really needed to, which helps.”
“I felt like a couple of the games I played quite well, but having Brian Rast on my direct left was really tough,” said Young. “I managed to get lucky in a couple of pots against him and George Danzer went out early, which helped.”
Danzer faced off against Zhao during a round of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and got scooped when the German made an eight-seven low and Zhao made an eight-six low with a pair of sixes. Danzer was crippled, got all his chips in two hands later but lost his final hand when Rast made quad fives and Danzer only made a pair of kings. The German was eliminated in sixth place and needed to finish fourth or better to pass Brandon Shack-Harris in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year standings.
Close to two hours later during a round of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Gray and Young got involved in a battle of the blinds. They both drew two cards on the first draw, Young stood pat the final two draws while Gray drew one card twice. Gray tabled a nine-seven low and Young turned up an eight-six low to send Gray to the rail. It was Gray’s second final table of the Series after finishing runner-up in the Pot Limit Omaha event.
Around 30 minutes later the four-handed table played a round of PLO between Khouiss and Zhao. They went to a A 7 4 flop, Khouiss bet pot and Zhao moved all in. Khouiss called with A J J 4 and Zhao tabled A T5 4 for the same two pair. The board completed Q 2, Khoiss made the nut flush and Zhao was eliminated.
Ten minutes later the game switched to No Limit Hold’em, Young moved all in from the small blind and Rast called from the big. Young tabled Q 6 and Rast was ahead holding pocket eights. The board ran 6 3 3 6 A, Young made trip sixes and Rast was eliminated in third place.
Young began heads-up play with the chip lead holding 242,500 to Khouiss’ 158,000. The pair played for a little over an hour and Young never gave up the lead. The final hand came during a round of PLO and they went to a 8 6 5 flop. Khoiss check-called, the turn came Q, Young bet enough to set Khoiss all in and he called after a few moments of thought. Young tabled Q T T 4 for top pair and Khoiss turned up A T 9 8 for a couple of straight draws. The river came T, Young made a set of tens and won the bracelet.
Final Table Payouts
- Rory Young – $37,469
- Sam Khouiss – $23,152
- Brian Rast – $16,207
- David Zhao – $11,805
- Jason Gray – $8,685
- George Danzer – $6,488
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