A weekend of WSOP Asia-Pacific winners

A weekend of WSOP Asia-Pacific winners

Monday, 15 April 2013

The ongoing World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Asia-Pacific tournament series held its Caesars Cup and AUD$50,000 buy-in High-Roller events over the weekend with Philip Gruissem emerging victorious alongside Sam Trickett and his Team Europe compatriots.

The one-day Caesars Cup invitational event saw Trickett partner with Gruissem in addition to Tobias Reinkemeier, Dominik Nitsche and Sam Holden to destroy Joe Hachem’s Asia-Pacific all-stars before lining up against Team Americas.

Although this was a non-bracelet event, the competition was fierce with the defending champion Team Americas, which was being led by Phil Ivey, soon falling behind Team Europe before staging a dramatic comeback thanks to the efforts of Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.

It was then Sussex resident Holden’s time to shine as he took on Greg Merson and snatched an advantage courtesy of his pocket tens outrunning the American’s Qc-Js. With his opponent crippled, Holden was able to finish the job with pocket eights against Merson’s Qh-4c.

After the dealer failed to offer Team Americas a reprieve, the final pot and Caesars Cup trophy was pushed towards Holden and Team Europe.

As the dust settled on the Caesars Cup, the High-Roller event was also coming to a close inside the Crown Melbourne with 37 unique runners creating a top prize of AUD$825,000 for the winner.

After achieving success in the Caesars Cup, Gruissem managed to ride this wave of momentum and claim the title after a tense heads-up battle with Joseph Cheong.

Despite falling behind the American, Gruissem played a patient game that eventually earned him a double up before he was able to close out the match with Qd-Jd against Cheong’s pocket sevens.

Final standing of AUD$50,000 buy-in High-Roller event:

1 Philip Gruissem AUD$825,000

2 Joseph Cheong AUD$511,000

3 Paul Phua AUD$325,000

4 Lo Shing Fung AUD$225,000

5 Elton Tsang AUD$155,000

6 Tom Hall AUD$115,000

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Tags: WSOP Asia-Pacific, Phil Ivey, Tobias Reinkemeier, Philip Gruissem, Dominik Nitsche, Sam Holden, Joe Hachem, Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Joseph Cheong, Caesars Cup, Melbourne