2013 WSOP Asia Pacific Event #2 Day 1: Andrew Gaw Leads With 29 Remaining

Posted at 11:45 2013-04-08 by Brett Collson

The second bracelet event of the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific began Sunday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The AUD$1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha event attracted 172 players, creating a prize pool of AUD$258,000, and after eight levels of play on Day 1 only 29 players were left competing for the AUD$69,662 top prize.

Andrew Gaw will be the frontrunner when play resumes on Sunday. Gaw bagged 69,800 in chips early Monday morning when play came to a close. Among the notables chasing Gaw on Monday will be Dan Shak, Marvin Rettenmaier, Joe Hachem, Sam Trickett and Mike Leah.

Event #2 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

Gaw's biggest pot came courtesy of Rettenmaier late in the day. According to WSOP.com, the two players saw a flop of {K-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts} with one player already all in. Rettenmaier bet 3,825, and Gaw called to see the {5-Hearts} fall on the turn. Rettenmaier fired again, this time for 8,225, and Gaw opted to move all in for an additional 2,525. Rettenmaier called, and the hands were revealed:

Short stack: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Gaw: {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Rettenmaier: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

Gaw was out in front with a flush and his hand held up through the {6-Clubs} river. He finished the day barely ahead of Aussie player Antonis Kambouroglou, known as "Toothpick Tony" Down Under.

Eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey made his WSOP-APAC debut in Event #2, but was unable to survive the day. Ivey arrived minutes before registration closed, and his day ended just hours later when he got his short stack in with {5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} on a flop of {7-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. While his ace-king high was in front of his opponent's {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Spades}, the {10-Spades} on the river completed the other player's flush to send Ivey packing.

Also hitting the rail on Day 1 were Daniel Negreanu, Benny Spindler, JC Tran, Nam Le and Erik Seidel.

Day 2 will begin at 12 p.m. local time on Monday and won't end until a final table is reached. Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for a full recap at the conclusion of play.

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