Daniel Negreanu makes it five

Daniel Negreanu makes it five

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Asia-Pacific 2013 tournament series came to a close yesterday following twelve days of action with Canadian professional Daniel Negreanu claiming the coveted main event title and its AUD$1,038,825 cash prize.

A total of 405 players had anted up the AU$10,000 buy-in to play in the festival’s pinnacle event but when all was said and done it was the PokerStars-sponsored pro who walked away with a fifth career WSOP bracelet after defeating Daniel Marton heads-up.

The final session of the main event began yesterday inside the Crown Melbourne with just eight hopefuls and Benny Spindler leading the chip count when the first cards were dealt. The German pro wasted little time in putting his stack to good use and pressed the action from the stat with an aggressive brand of poker.

However, with variance against him, Spindler couldn’t keep hold of his chips as the field shrunk. By the time Russell Thomas and Mikel Habb had hit the rail, Spindler was following suit when his Ad-Td was unable to overcome the Kd-Js of Khale Burns.

With one of the toughest runners now out of contention, it was time for Negreanu to cement his position at the top of the chip count. Using his experience and timing to deadly effect, the 38-year-old effortlessly cruised through to the final stages of the tournament against Australian Marton.

Holding a ten-to-one chip lead at the start of play, the Toronto native had to watch as Marton survived a pair of all-ins before he finally claimed the title. In the end, the Aussie’s money went in the middle with a Q-J combination while Negreanu simply needed his pocket deuces to stay in front. Fortunately, the dealer was obliging and as the final card fell, the Canadian was able to scoop the final pot and bank the AUD$1,038,825 top prize.

Final standing of AUD$10,000 buy-in WSOP Asia-Pacific 2013 main event:

1 Daniel Negreanu AUD$1,038,825

2 Daniel Marton AUD$637,911

3 Winfred Yu AUD$423,225

4 George Tsatsis AUD$284,715

5 Khale Burns AUD$201,994

6 Benny Spindler AUD$146,205

7 Mikel Habb AUD$107,730

8 Russell Thomas AUD$82,721

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Tags: WSOP Asia-Pacific, Melbourne, Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Marton, Winfred Yu, George Tsatsis, Khale Burns, Benny Spindler, Mikel Habb, Russell Thomas