Although the poker world may have been eyeing Phil Hellmuth as he made a run for his 14th gold bracelet in Event #7 AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, we would be willing to bet not one of the three left in the battle were disappointed when he left in fourth place. Australia’s Alexander “AJ” Antonios stepped up to the plate and hit a home run right over the heads of the 242 players that were in the race for the AU$128,784 first-place prize and poker's most sought after trophy, a WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Results
The final day action kicked in at midday with six players ready to take no prisoners as they went to war with chips. Bruno Politano, a member of this year’s November Nine, made a run for a life raft on Hand #7 of the final table with his short stack of chips. His was out in front but Hellmuth held the and even though the flop was kind, the turn brought a king. The river was a blank and Politano was out in sixth place for AU$19,809 in prize money.
The five-handed table kept the chips moving back and forth for quite some time without any major noise but Yu Kurita finally broke the silence with a four-bet holding pocket jacks. Michael Tran came in with and the ace on the flop kept Tran in the lead and ended up producing a full house to send Kurita's chips to him and her to the rail in fifth place with AU$27,624.
Hellmuth lasted another 34 hands and put his last 72,000 all-in preflop with the . Tran called with the . The board ran out with the. Hellmuth's 14th bracelet quest was over for the day. He went home in fourth place with AU$38,909 in prize money.
Then the grind set in again, it would be over three hours of three-handed play before Steven Zhou button raised to 25,000. Antonios called from the small blind. Tran came in from the big blind to see a flop of . The board brought a check from both Antonios and Tran and Zhou bet 32,000. Antonios check-raised to 107,000. Tran folded, and Zhou insta-shoved for 341,000.
Antonios asked for a count after allowing an expletive to slip. He called after a moment of deliberation.
Zhou had a pair of kings, Antonios was drawing to a flush and an ace. The added another out to Antonios' draw but the on the river sealed the deal. Zhou was on his way home with third place as his trophy and AU$79,646 in cash.
Antonios went into heads-up play with a 6-1 chip lead. Just 23 hands later, his sent Tran’s to the dead card pile after all-in preflop action.
Antonios took home the title in the 2014 WSOP APAC Event #7 $AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em for AU$128,784 and his first WSOP gold bracelet!
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