Waiting is a big part of playing poker and that's what Daniel Negreanu did — five long years where he played his heart out trying win his fifth World Series of Poker gold bracelet. It did happen, it's big news, and Negreanu must be dancing after winning the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event in Melbourne, Australia earlier today.
Negreanu was up against a field of 405 runners when he took down the first place prize of AUD$1,038,825 and the prestige of winning the first WSOP APAC Main Event bracelet. The Team PokerStars Pro ran over a tough final table that included Russell Thomas, Benny Spindler and Winfred Yu, and finished it off by taking out Daniel Marton heads-up to claim his first WSOP Main Event title.
Negreanu is now tied with Stu Ungar, Jeff Lisando, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Scotty Nguyen, and others in the WSOP record books with five bracelets.
WSOP APAC Main Event Final Table Results
Spindler started the day as chip leader. During the first level Negreanu hit the top of the leader board.
2012 Octo-Niner Thomas hit the rail first. Thomas, was the chip leader with 15 remaining in this event, but he was short-stacked and never could get any momentum. Thomas’ last hand was a three-bet shove over the top of George Tsatsis’ raise for around 400,000. Thomas held the against the of Tsatsis, and the board ran out . Thomas finished in eighth place for AUD$82,721.
Two players immediately hit the rail on back-to-back hands after the dinner break. Mikel Habb went first after moving his short stack all-in with the and Yu called with the . The board sent Habb over to an interview with Lynn Gilmartin before he collected AUD$107,730 for his seventh place finish.
Spindler moved all in preflop on the very next hand for 535,000 holding the ; Burns called with the . The flop hit Burns and the turn and the river did nothing for Spindler. It was a disaster for the German pro but he shook the hands of each of the remaining players before leaving the tournament area in sixth place for AUD$146,205.
Burns finished in fifth place for AUD$201,994; the Crown Casino regular put the last of his chips in preflop holding the to find out he was up against Negreanu's . The dealer put up the to find a gutshot draw for Burns. The on the turn was a blank and the on the river closed out the Aussie's tournament.
When the blinds were 30,000/60,000/10,000, Negreanu raised from under the gun to 130,000 and Tsatsis three-bet to 290,000 from the button. Negreanu called to see a flop of . Negreanu check-called the 275,000 and the hit the turn. Tsatsis bet 510,000 after Negreanu checked. Negreanu answered with a check-raise for all the chips and after a momentary pause Tsatsis sent the rest of his chips into the middle.
Negreanu hit the on the river to eliminate Tsatsis in fourth place for AUD$284,715.
"Get it in bad, get lucky. That's fun, too!" Negreanu said as he stacked the pot. He had 9 million in chips compared to the combined 3.3 million of Yu and Marton.
Yu had been all-in numerous times during the tournament and survived, but it ended with his ninth all-in confrontation. Yu was on the button and raised to 150,000 to find Negreanu calling from the big blind. The flop brought a check from Negreanu and Yu moved all in. With an insta-call Negreanu beat him into the pot. Daniel turned over the for a flopped flush, and Yu would need runner-runner with his to stay alive. The turn sealed it for Negreanu, and Yu had to settle for third place and a payday of AUD$423,225.
Negreanu had a 10-to-1 chip lead over Marton when heads-up play began but the road ahead was still filled with frustration for Negreanu. Hand No. 200 found Marton raising his button to 125,000 and Negreanu reraised all in. Marton instantly called.
Negreanu was begging for the end but the flop gave Marton an open-ended straight draw along with over card draws. The turn brought the and Negreanu was only one card away from the title when the came off on the river to give Marton a straight.
Negreanu raised to 125,000 as the match continued and Marton shoved for 1.7 million more. Negreanu got a count on Marton’s stack and then called to discover he was in great shape to take down the victory.
The flop looked good for Marton and he spiked the gutshot on the turn. Negreanu kicked the table in frustration and didn’t even notice the on the river gave each of them half the pot.
It took 11 more hands for Negreanu to put the finishing touches on his own tension and urgency. Marton raised to 125,000, and Negreanu moved all-in. Marton called.
The dealer put out a flop. The on the turn was a safe card for Negreanu and the on the river ended the heads-up match. Negreanu appeared to be relieved at first – then the happiness rolled out of him as he held bracelet number 5.
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