Ivey and Negreanu Lead Final Table at Event #3 at WSOP APACWednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific has been an interesting tournament series to this point, and the WSOP APAC has also drawn in some of the biggest names in poker to this point. We’ve talked about one of the bracelets that was already awarded, and we saw that as a pay day that ended up being more than $200,000. While there have been a few different events so far, one event that drew in probably the most attention out of any of them has to be the third event, even though it only brought in a total of 81 entrants. The players took their seats for Event #3 at the WSOP APAC at the Crown Casino, and in the group of 81 we saw big names like Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Joseph Cheong, Dan Kelly, Jonathan Duhamel, Barry Greenstein, and Joe Hachem just to name a few. For those who are curious, the event was a $2,200 Mixed Game event.
As you can imagine, by the time this event had made it down to the final table, it was a loaded group that featured players who had all made some serious money throughout their years of playing poker. Two of the more popular players in the game are leading the charge as well, in Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu is a Team PokerStars Pro, while Ivey is one of the more followed players in the world, and probably one of the players who has the most fans throughout the world as well. The final table kicked off last Wednesday, and were sitting in first and second place when the final day of action began.
The prize pool for this event wasn’t quite as large as many of the events that these two players have played in the past overall, as it drew in only a total first place pay day of $50,000. The prize money was obviously still pretty nice though, and the total prize pool was worth $162,000 at the end of the day. Negreanu and Ivey though were definitely focused in on trying to win that bracelet, and Ivey is currently working on trying to catch Phil Hellmuth for the most bracelets. Ivey has won bracelets in many different events throughout his career as well at the World Series, and this would be another nice addition.
For Negreanu, he’s been taking in bracelets in scattered years starting back in 1998, and also in 2003 and 2004; while Negreanu was the World Series of Poker Player of the Year back in 2004. He actually hasn’t won a bracelet since back in 2008 though, so he’s looking to get the ball rolling again, especially with the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas coming up very soon as well.
When the final table began, we had Ivey with 144,300 chips leading the way, Negreanu in second with 129,000 chips, Brandon Wong with 86,100 chips, Kevin Song with 49,600 chips, Rob Campbell with 42,600 chips, and Graeme Putt with 36,400 chips. While first place would take home $51,840 exactly, second place was set to receive $32,039, and the payouts will continue drop a bit from there on as players were eliminated.
This tournament should definitely be a fun race to the finish to watch, especially with a strong group of players that really could see any one player winning. While Ivey and Negreanu are leading the charge, we’ve all seen some big time moves happen from major poker tournaments and their final tables, and I expect this one to be no different. Ivey and Negreanu are tough outs no matter what, but that especially stands true when they have chips. We’ll have to play the wait and see game with this tournament, but we’ll be sure to give you the final update about how the game plays out and who ends up taking down the World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
One thing that this tournament does as well is gets us ready for many more tournaments coming up in the near future, including some World Poker Tour events, the World Series of Poker, and many other tournaments out there as well.