LWPS IX: Non-Stop Poker, Two New Champions, and a Whole Lot of Singing and Dancing
Posted by : ikelos on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 permalink
Where does the time go? Another action-packed LWPS weekend has just whizzed past, and all of a sudden we find ourselves in the middle of the second season. With so much having happened during LWPS IX, it's hard to know where to begin, so forgive this writer his breathlessness. We crowned a brand new Main Event champion, our first Greed Event winner(s), as well as our inaugural LWPS Idol. The event was also graced by Pokerstars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang, who managed to make it fairly deep in the Main Event, before heading off home to prepare for APPT Melbourne. We wish him all the best in Australia.
The weekend was punctuated by many highlights, most notably the keenly contested LWPS Idol Contest, which took place at the Paradise Lounge on board the MV Leisure World. The 7 contestants wowed the crowds with their vocals, across a difficult competition structure where each performer would be required to sing in 2 languages. Bryan Huang established himself as the early favourite after he had the crowd swooning with Enrique Iglesias' 'Hero'. His march to the final stages was closely matched by the fabulous Feyrine Wong's pitch perfect version of the Cranberries' Zombie, and Ricky Foo's one man duet 'One Night in Beijing'. The contest came right down to the wire in the end, and when the dust had settled and the scores were tallied, Ricky Foo had nudged Feyrine Wong for the LWPS Idol title by a solitary point, picking up an entry to the following day's Greed Event. Pokerkaki salutes all the idol contestants for participating, and for being the fantastic sports they all were.
Play resumed on Sunday morning after the money bubble was broken late Saturday night. Having cashed, and with the pressure off to a certain extent, the remaining 13 players lost no time in getting into the thick of things, with the short stacks looking to get an early double through to position themselves for a deep surge. The first of these casualties was Ricky Foo, who was quickly followed to the rail by Bryan Huang, after both found their hands outrun by opponents. Next to fall in fairly quick succession were Travers Tan and Cheney Wong, the former in fairly dramatic fashion after making a tough turn call, the latter bubbling the final table.
Mark Wen and the talented Steve Ng also found the going tough early in the final table. It was a great run for Steve in his maiden LWPS outing, and it was good to see Mark back amongst the cashers after a quiet spell. Positioning themselves nicely for a deep, deep foray were Suriya Thevar, who sprang into the chip lead after eliminating several players in quick succession; ‘Dangerous’ Daniel Chua, and Ye Renjie, who’d won his seat in the Pokerstars Freeroll event on Saturday. Malaysian Puvanarajah was eliminated in 7th place, after he unwittingly got involved in a 3-way pot with Soh Chye Wei and Ye Renjie. The short stacked Soh Chye Wei managed to triple through, while Renjie scooped up the large side pot.
Time also ran out for the affable Shaun Peh - who found his chip disadvantage too large to overcome - and for Chang Huan Bin, making his 2nd consecutive LWPS final table. Huan Bin managed to go one better on this occasion, cashing out in 5th place for $1,400, while Shaun (another one to look out for) locked up $1,100 for 6th position. Soh Chye Wei, the man who had his tournament life on the line on possibly more occasions than anyone else, finally found his run derailed in 4th place in another all-in pre-flop confrontation, his AQ failing to improve against 55. He picks $1,900 for his troubles.
Meanwhile, Daniel Chua had been quietly accumulating chips without ever seeming to place his tournament life at risk. A seasoned campaigner and previous champion of the LWPS Rebuy event, Daniel wrested the chip lead from Suriya, finally putting paid to the 18 year old’s hopes when his AK bested Suriya’s A5 on a board of A K 9 8 Q. A none too shabby showing for Suriya in his first live poker event, his 3rd place finish leaving him $2,700 to the good.
With a 5-1 chip deficit moving into heads-up play, it was never going to be easy for the plucky Ye Renjie who battled on gamely nevertheless. Forced to take stand with his dwindling stack, he moved his remaining chips into the middle with Q9, and was unfortunate to find Daniel tabling K9 for a dominating hand. The 7 8 7 flop brought no joy for Renjie, and the remaining cards failed to produce the Q. In spite of his agonizingly close finish, Renjie will, we trust, take consolation from having turned $20 into $3,500. Pokerkaki.com congratulates Daniel Chua for shipping the first place prize of $5,000, the coveted LWPS Main Event trophy, for joining the illustrious gallery of Main Event champions, in addition to being only the second player to have won both a Main and Side event at the LWPS.
The Pokerstars Freeroll:
1st: Bryan Huang - LWPS VII ME Seat + T$50
1st: Raja Aiman – LWPS VII ME Seat + T$50
1st: Ye Renjie – LWPS VII ME Seat + T$50
4th: Sivakumaran – T$50
5th: Sim Hiang Chye – T$50
6th: Ronald Wong – T$50
7th: Feng Zhao – T$50
8th: Leonardo Perazzi Zanolin – T$50
$250 Main Event:
1st: Daniel Chua - $5,000
2nd: Yeo Renjie - $3,500
3rd: Suriya Thevar - $2,700
4th: Soh Chye Wei - $1,900
5th: Chang Huan Bin - $1,400
6th: Shaun Peh - $1,100
7th: Puvanarajah - $800
8th: Steve Ng - $600
9th: Mark Wen – $500
10th: Cheney Wong - $400
11th: Travers Tan - $400
12th: Bryan Huang - $400
13th: Ricky Foo - $400
Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Satellite
1st: Ng Saing Leng – MPC Red Dragon Seat
The Corona Extra Greed Event ($500 Additional to Champion)
1st: Feng Zhao - $3,540 + $500 (Courtesy Corona Extra)
2nd: Dhanesh Chainani - $3,540
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The LWPS congratulates all winners, and thanks all participants for making it a wonderful LWPS IX. Massive thanks are also in order to our venue partners Leisure World, and our sponsors Pokerstars, Corona Extra, Cartamundi Asia-Pacific, and Youbet.com, without whom none of this would be possible.