Highroller tournaments tend to become the focal point of attention, which is bad news if we are to ask several poker professionals. On the other hand, these events attract some of the best players out there, with the WSOP Asia Pacific High Roller event making no exception. It is only fair to assume that they will keep acting as magnets for pros and with prize pools that exceed $4 million, the Australian events are among the most effective ones.
Mike Leah was one of those willing to pay AU$20,000 to participate in this tournament, and there were enough players to push the competition over the threshold of three days. One by one, poker pros and amateurs were eliminated, with just six of them surviving the first two days and Mike was one of them. At this point, it was announced that the winner would claim the first prize of $600,000 and the corresponding bracelet, which only added pressure on the six finalists.
The action was intense throughout the final day and the most important moments are briefly presented at http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-reports-from-wsop-apac-25k-high-roller-final-table-here-84090. There were several poker professionals who made it this far and Jonathan Duhamel and Brian Roberts stood out from the crowd. The former won the World Series of Poker main event and has emerged as one of the most successful online poker players.
He had a decent stack at the table and loads of experience, which makes him extremely dangerous, even for the chip leader. Duhamel took advantage of the fact that other players were reluctant to attack him early on and increase the size of his stack enough to outshine for players. As they were sent to the rail, the Canadian was optimistic about his chances to make three handed play, but he lost a big pot when he expected it less.
Jesse Sylvia was the beneficiary and after taking most of his chips, he continued to play aggressive poker against their two remaining players. Luck deserted him at the worst possible time and all those profits went the drain soon after, with the stack being almost evenly split among Mike Leah and David Yan. This left the two players evenly matched ahead of the heads-up and it took a while for Mike to win the decisive hand and the $600,000 prize.
2014 has been extended here for the Canadian player, who won in excess of $2 million, with this prize only adding on his previous profits. Check out the complete list of WSOP finalists:
|2||David Yan||New Zealand||$360,025|