Rory Young took home the gold in Event 6 AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice — the first mixed-game event of the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific. The heat started when 89 players took seats in the first of two mixed-game tournaments held at Crown Melbourne. With a prize pool of AU$133,500 to shoot at, knowing only the top nine would be paid, Day 1 found 19 players bagging and tagging for the night.
Day 2 saw Day 1 chip leader Gary Benson hit the rail just short of the money and a string of notables left empty-handed, including Michael Guzzardi, Stuart Rutter, Jeff Gross, and multiple bracelet winners Jeff Madsen and Frank Kassela. Srdjan Brkic placed in the spot that no one wants to claim but unfortunately it is inevitable that someone will land there — the bubble boy! Others followed just short of the final table, Shivan Abdine (9th), Michael Wang (8th), and Samuel Ngai (7th).
Young came into the final table as chip leader but the field was no cake-walk, he would have to get through some tough players to end up in the top spot. Those included Australian poker veterans Sam Khouiss and Jason Gray, David Zhao, and two-time WSOP bracelet winners Brian Rast and George Danzer.
At a minimum, Danzer was looking for fourth place to take back the lead in the almost neck-and-neck race with Brandon Schack-Harris for the WSOP Player of the Year. But unfortunately, not all things go as planned.
Khouiss jumped into the chip lead when the action started and then Danzer was down to just 700 in chips. But Danzer doubled and a moment later his one pair couldn't beat Brian Rast's rivered quads.
Young wasn't sleeping through the chip wars, he went to work and took back the lead, then bounced it off to Rast, and then took it back. In the Deuce to 7 Triple Draw round, Gray ran in to Young and ended his tournament dream in fifth place. Zhao couldn't hold on to the dream either and he was next out. Then there were three.
Rast ended up all-in with the after being short-stacked and ran into Young's in the No Limit Hold'em round. A six hit the flop and turned into trips when the turn brought another one. Rast was gone in third and Young started heads-up play with nearly a 5-3 chip advantage.
Young controlled the action as the game switched from Pot Limit Omaha to Deuce to 7 Triple Draw and sent Khouiss down the slippery slope until he was almost a 4-1 dog. Even though he tried to fight back, Young's ability to continually catch his draw in the 2-7 triple draw brought the end crashing down in the final hand played during Pot Limit Omaha.
Khouiss bet the pot with the big blind holding the , Young called with . Khouiss called all-in on a board of . Khouiss had many outs to stay alive but the river sent him to the rail.
Young took home the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and AU$42,720 in prize money.
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