The Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, was in the spotlight on Monday when the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific moved into Day 5. Junzhong Loo set a new record in poker history by winning the AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em and claiming Malaysia's first WSOP bracelet.
Event 2: AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold'em kicked off on Saturday and 215 players entered the field to create a AU$430,000 prizepool but the starting field ended the day with 31 players heading into Day 2. The second day found the field dropping to the final 10 when play was halted before the final table was reached because a health concern developed with Aik-Chuan Nee. The final 10 came back on Monday ready to go to war for the AU$107,500 first prize and coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Fred Chaptini took the pressure off of the other nine by becoming the official final-table bubble boy — his was cracked by Nee's .
It was close to two hours before the next player dropped and then it was three in a row — on three consecutive hands: Michael O'Grady, Feng Zhou, and Sam Ruha. Three hands later Samuel Ngai was right behind them after losing a race.
The next to go happened when Need looked down to the from the small blind and Peco Stojanovski checked his to see the flop. Unfortunately for Stojanovski, he called a bet to see the hit the turn. Another bet from Nee with Stojanovski making the call brought the River. Nee bet 48,000 and Stojanovski moved all-in for 148,000. Nee's flopped straight flush sent Stojanovski to the rail in fifth place.
Martin Kozlov went out in fourth place with on a no-help board against Junzhong Loo's .
Luke Spano went all-in holding the against Loo's and watched his gold bracelet dream turn to smoke as he left in third place.
Malaysia was sure to win a bracelet with Loo (932,000) and Nee (358,000) battling it out for a country first. Nee made a run but wasn't able to move too far before Loo put more distance between their chipstacks.
The final hand saw Nee all-in with the against Loo's . The flop and the turn followed by the river sent Nee out of the competition and Loo stood at the top.
Final Table Results
|7||Sam Ruha||New Zealand||AU$15,867|
It's not every day that you get to play for a WSOP gold bracelet against a friend — heads-up even — that you taught to play poker, and beat him! That's how the final table came down. Loo's aresenal of poker skills may not all have been shared with his good friend Nee.
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