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[SG/MY] Battle on the High Seas IV Tournament Report

Posted by : DM101 on Monday, June 01, 2009 permalink
With lots of poker regulars unable to make the trip up to play the tournaments, there were concerns that this month’s events would suffer as a result. These concerns proved unfounded, as both events managed to smash previous prize-pool records, turning the main event into the largest ever since the inception of the Battle on the High Seas. Lots of new faces participated in the tournaments over the 2 event days, with many going deep and making big scores; demonstrating conclusively that there is no shortage of talent in the Singapore poker community. The events were also graced by poker players from different part of Asia like Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia, all whom had come out for some good competition, and a share of the spoils.

Big and bigger battles were also fought at the cash game tables in the Long Jie poker room, with the 3/5 No-Limit Holdem and 2/2 Pot-Limit Omaha games providing lots of excitement for players and onlookers alike. After a long weekend of intense concentration and hard work, several players chose to unwind with a session of Indian Poker (roughly similar to Liar’s Poker, adapted to a Texas Holdem format) in the poker room, with only drinks as stakes. Suffice to say there was a lot of giggling, screeching, roaring and trash-talking, with one high-stakes pro passing out early on ‘under the influence’.

Nothing quite like a poker weekend.

$350 Second Chance Main Event:

36 runners bought-in for the first ever Second Chance tournament in the series, which permitted players 1 rebuy at any point for the duration of the tournament. In order to exercise the rebuy option however, the player had to bust. Needless to say, poker players do not take elimination lying down, the consequence of which being a hefty prize pool, with 1st place awarding $7,270.

Play kicked-off at 930pm, with players sitting on stacks deep enough to ensure no eliminations in the first 2 levels. Previous main event winner and runner-up Ricky Foo and Raiden Kan were making the early running for back-to-back final tables, nursing stacks that seemed to grow magically every time this reporter looked. Also accumulating chips were Daniel Chua and the impeccably dressed Ye Jun De, both by picking up an endless series of small pots.

Play tightened up considerably when 18 players remained, with no one keen to miss out on the 5 money spots. Chinese player Wang Xiao Guang opted to rebuy at this juncture, and rebuilt his stack very quickly by demonstrating to all other contestants that he wasn’t afraid to get everything in the middle at the drop of a hat. Meanwhile, young up-and-comer Lee Han Ting was quietly accumulating a fortress of chips by eliminating several players from his table, establishing a sizeable chip lead over the rest of the field.

Raiden Kan’s attempt at a back-to-back cash came to an end when he was crippled in a decisive hand with Daniel Chua, his pocket aces finishing second best to Chua’s Kh Jh. At the end of 12 levels, 6 players remained, and they would resume at 1pm on Saturday to fight the bubble.

With a 4 of the final six players still allowed to exercise their rebuy options, it took almost an hour and a half for the bubble to burst. The three short stacks, Ye Jun De, Bob Cheong and Wang Xiao Guang were doing a merry dance, all managing to double through when all-in. In the end, the bubble player was none other than defending champion Ricky Foo, whose AK was comprehensively crushed by Lee Han Ting’s K8. Lee, who had more than three quarters of the chips in play at his zenith, was beating on the other players at whim, playing the bubble with the experience and sophistication of seasoned professional.

With the bubble burst, the wonderfully entertaining ‘Uncle’ Bobby Cheong and Ye Jun De found themselves with chips stacks only sufficient for posting the antes and blinds. In the resultant three-way all-in, both players were eliminated, chopping the prize money for 4th and 5th place. Wang Xiao Guang was next to go after an outstanding run, pushing the last of his chips into Daniel Chua’s A9, his 107os failing to improve.

Heads-up play lasted barely 20 minutes, with the considerably outchipped Daniel Chua obliged to quickly find spots to double through. After picking up a couple of pots, Daniel found himself in contention again, even managing to establish a small chip lead. Finally, both players got everything in the middle pre-flop, with Chua showing AcTs, and Lee showing a dominated Jd 10d. There was considerable excitement on the rail when the flop showed5d 7d As. A Kh on the turn brought no help to either player, while a 4c on the river sealed the win for Daniel Chua, an experienced player overdue a big tournament finish.

Here are the final results for the main event:

1st – Daniel Chua - $7270
2nd – Lee Han Ting - $4320
3rd – Wang Xiao Guang - $2590
Joint 4th – Ye Jun De - $1550
Joint 4th – Bobby Cheong - $1550

$115 Rebuy Event:

30 players anted up for this extremely popular event, which also continues to go from strength to strength. Once all rebuys and add-on had been accounted for, the tournament board showed a grand total of 38 rebuys and 28 add-ons. Play lasted for 7 hours, with notables Alex Loon and Main Event moneymaker Ye Jun De finishing strong. The event however, was dominated by promising fresh faces in the community, with eventual champion Victor Tan picking up a tidy packet after outlasting Alex Loon heads-up.

Here are the final results:

1st – Victor Tan - $4400
2nd – Alex Loon - $2200
3rd – Ye Jun De - $1300
4th – New Shao Jiunn - $1000
5th – Anant Prabhakar - $800

Pokerkaki congratulates all the winners! See you all next month!

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