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2013 WSOP Asia Pacific Event #2 Day 2: Jim Collopy Leads as Final Table is Set

Posted at 09:00 2013-04-09 by Matthew Pitt

The second World Series of Poker bracelet to be awarded in Australia will be won on Tuesday after Event #2, the $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha event, reached its final table. Leading the nine remaining players back into battle at The Crown Poker Room is Jim “Mr_BigQueso” Collopy.

Collopy was one of thousands of poker players left wondering what to do with their lives when Black Friday occurred and took away their livelihood. The Washington DC native decided that he still wanted to play online poker for his main source of income, so packed his bags and jetted off across the world to Melbourne, Australia. Now he is in the hunt for a WSOP Asia Pacific bracelet as he leads the final nine players in Event #2. The 24-year-old fell just short of WSOP glory at the 2010 WSOP Europe £10,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up where he finished runner-up to Gus Hansen. Collopy will get his shot at redemption in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Day 2 of this event started with 29 players but one by one, they fell by the wayside. One of the first player eliminated was the British superstar Sam Trickett. He committed his stack with {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and lost to Minh Phuc Nguyen’s {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts} when the board ran out {A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}.

Trickett finished outside of the money places but Australian legend Joe Hachem’s 17th place finish bagged him $3,460. Others who made it into the money places included Jeff Lisandro (14th for $4,138) and the Day 1 chip leader Andrew Gaw (12th for $5,028).

When the final table commences at 12:30 local time, the final nine players will sit down knowing they are just eight eliminations away from having their name written into poker’s history books. As already mentioned, Collopy is the man to catch but there are some amazing players participating in the finale.

Dan Shak, fresh from winning the PartyPoker Premier League VI is there, as is IveyPoker Pro Mike Leah. The only man to win back-to-back World Poker Tour events Marvin Rettenmaier is also present, as is Paul Sharbanee. Here’s how the final table of WSOP-APAC Event #2 lines up:

SeatPlayerChips
1Dan Shak102,700
2Mike Leah71,200
3Marvin Rettenmaier33,500
4Martin Kozlov47,400
5Minh Nguyen122,200
6Scott Reid28,400
7Tino Lechich85,000
8Paul Sharbanee77,200
9Jim Collopy209,200

When play resumes the blinds will be 1,200/2,400 with no antes in play.

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