Australian poker players are making their mark on this year's World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. Australian Scott Calcagno, weighing in at 29-years young has taken home the gold in Event 4 AU$1,650 No Limit Hold'em Terminator and added AU$61,250 to his tournament career winnings!
The Terminator is a unique format of poker and 250 players took seats to battle it out and prove players from Melbourne aren't the only ones that can tango in that poker medium. Anyone that eliminated a player with a red Terminator chip picked up $500 for each one. Obviously the true goal is to take as many out along the way as possible but to end up at the top of the field and take home the biggest share of the AU$250,000 prizepool.
The decision was made on Day 1 — as play reached the end-of-day — to continue until the money bubble broke. The 2013 World Champion Ryan Riess ended up busting out with aces which were cracked by runner-runner straight to become the bubble boy without a payday. The final 27 players returned on Day 2 and played down to the final nine. Along the way some of the notables that headed for the rail were Dylan Hortin (26th), Josh Barrett (23rd), Ismael Bojang (20th), Peter Aristidou (19th), Daniel Neilson (18th), Richard Lyndaker (17th) and Mike Watson (13th).
The chip leader heading into the final table — by a huge margin — was Nelson Maccini. Have you ever paid attention to the fact that while one person's moment to shine in the spotlight gets overshadowed by other factors that are going on at the same time? So it was with the final table, would Tony Hachem join his brother Joe as a WSOP bracelet Winner? Would Brandon Shack-Harris win his second WSOP bracelet of the year and also build his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race?
Joe Cabret was the first to go when his aces were cracked by Calcagno's flopped set. Hachem was next — his couldn't beat Henry Tran's aces. Tran was gone in 7th after he moved in holding the and Nick Piskopos' held up.
Shack-Harris would have to wait for another time as his bracelet quest ended in sixth place when his got beat up by Calcagno's . The board's two pair took care of his deep poker run and he was out. Day 1 chip leader Piskopos ran into Maccini's flopped set when he tried to win with top two pair. Duncan McKinnon was gone in fourth place and appeared to be the only player out of the final 27 that had not picked up a terminator button along the way. Then Andrew Dales busted in third place and Calcagno and Maccini were going to have a go at heads-up — almost dead even in chips.
Although play started out slow, Calcagno jumped out to a two-to-one advantage after he got paid off holding against Maccini's . Maccini fought back, and as quickly as Calcagno picked up chips, he gave them back while trying to run a bluff with queen-high against Maccini's two pair. Maccini was sitting with a two-to-one advantage.
The chips stacks flipped again when Calcagno flopped a set of fives and got a double on the river against Maccini. Playing a chip stack is all about pressure and that's what Calcagno did until he had Maccini right where he wanted him.
The last showdown — Hand #272 — brought a button raise from Maccini to 24,000. Calcagno called. The flop came . Calcagno checked and Maccini bet 30,000. Calcagno called.
The hit the turn and Maccini bet out 50,000 in answer to Calcagno's check. Calcagno called after pausing for a moment. The on the river completed the board. Calcagno led out with a bet of 300,000 which would put Maccini all-in. Maccini called and tabled showing two pair. Calcagno turned over the and that was the end of Maccini's deep run.
Calcagno took down the AU$61,250 first prize and 12 terminator buttons (worth AU$6,000) — including his own.
Calcagno has now joined the elite group of Australian WSOP bracelet winners that includes Jeff Lisandro, Joe Hachem, Gary Benson, Mark Vos, and Andrew Hinrichsen!
Read the full results of the Terminator event over at PokerNews Live Reporting.
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