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The Leisure World Poker Series VI: The Season 1 Finale and CNY Bonanza

Posted by : ikelos on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 permalink
6 months, 6 main event champions, our first $888 event champion, side events galore, hundreds of kakis, and almost $300,000 in prize money awarded. What a first season it has been for the LWPS, and what a statement it’s made on the growth of the game in the region. The season finale was all we expected it to be and more, with a record busting 114 entries for the Main Event, the Series’ biggest Main Event prize pool yet, the always popular Bounty event, as well as some non-stop Sit n Go side action. The Pokerkaki Team even found time to sit in with players across several Sit n Gos, with an aggregate performance that strongly suggests we ought to stick to working the floor.

$888 High Roller Event

The LWPS VI was kicked off properly on Friday evening with the Series’ first ever High Roller Event. The small field of 26 featured a gallery of LWPS Main and Side Event champions, a delegation of players from Kuala Lumpur, some seasoned campaigners of the regional poker scene, as well as Pokerstars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang, who took time out to grace the occasion. Three lucky contestants also picked up an $888 seat each in a lucky draw conducted before the event, courtesy of the LWPS.

Everything was up for grabs when tournament favourite Bryan Huang was eliminated in 8th place in a remarkable showdown with LWPS IV champion Mohd. Zulfahmi, whose Ace high bluff turned out to be the best hand. In a tough, tough bubble, it was the luckless Paul Wee who exited in 6th after Zul’s KT outran his pocket 8s all in pre-flop. Anton Wijaya, who’d navigated his stack over 2 days without much help from the deck, hit the rail in 5th for $1,680, and he was soon followed by the affable Englishman David Benoy, who cashed for $2,000. In a prolonged 3 handed battle, chip leader Zul found his stack slowly whittled away by the aggressive Sam Nee and crowd favourite ‘Uncle’ Bobby Cheong, who doubled through on Zul twice. Shortly after, another flip with Sam would send Zul to the rail, good for a $3,000 cash.

A big crowd gathered for the heads-up contest, with many a curious onlooker wandering in from the casino. Like a gun-slinging contest however, the heads-up match was abrupt and short-lived. Both players managed to get their stacks in the middle with a Q on the turn, with Bobby’s Q3 drawing dead against the 2 pairs of Sam Nee. Alongside roars of approval from the Malaysian contingent, the LWPS crowned its first ever high-roller champion, with the inaugural High Roller trophy heading to roost in Kuala Lumpur.

$250 Main Event

The final table of the Main Event featured a host of luminaries, most notably LWPS Rebuy champions Paul Wee and Daniel Chua, experienced competitors Goh Han Ruo and Travers Tan, and the all smiling, all conquering Champagne Tan, who’s been taking the region by storm over the last few months. Also present were first time final tablers Jerry Lai, the ultra aggressive Poh Ying Hui, Jason Wong, and the talented Neo Zhi Han.
The action was fast and furious from the get go, with Jerry, Travers and Han Ruo all departing in quick succession. The quiet and unassuming Jason Wong was next to depart, when he moved his short stack into the middle from the button, only to find Neo Zhi Han making a quick call from the big blind with AT. The board bricked out for Jason, who nevertheless deserves plaudits for his 6th place finish in his maiden tournament outing.

Time also ran out for Poh Ying Hui, who’d been accumulating a lot of chips coming into the final table. After taking a couple of hits in some tricky spots, he went all-in with A2 on the button, only for Champagne to make a quick call and table AJ. The board brought no help to either player and Ying Hui was sent to the rails with his satchel $1,400 heavier. Daniel ‘Dangerous’ Chua was next to go when his KJ pre-flop shove failed to improve against Neo Zhi Han’s A8. Zhi Han’s roll however, was ground to a halt several hands later when he moved K3 into Champagne’s big blind. Champagne again tabled AJ, and almost instant death was upon K3 when the board brought J J 4. The runner runner didn’t materialize and the Main Event lost Zhi Han in 3rd place.

The final hand of the Main Event came when Paul Wee, severely outchipped, was priced in to move his remaining chips into the middle with 6 9. He found a ready caller in Champagne, who tabled K10. The resulting 5 7 Q A 7 board brought home the bacon for Champagne, who adds an LWPS Main Event title to her already impressive trophy cabinet, capping off the best few months of her poker career thus far. Look out for this charming lady soon at a tournament near you!

The Pokerkaki team congratulates all winners, and warmly thanks all participants for making it a fantastic Leisure World Poker Series Season 1. We also thank Leisure World, DafaPoker,, Corona Extra, Baller Magazine and Cartamundi Asia-Pacific for making everything possible. Keep your eyes peeled for news of Season 2, coming very soon.

Full Results

Dafa Poker UD$500 Freeroll:

1st: Dadzz Ranada - USD$100 + LWPS VI ME Seat
1st: Jerry Lai - USD$100 + LWPS VI ME Seat
3rd: Robert Tok – USD$50 + LWPS VI ME Seat
4th: Kumar –USD$50
4th: Lin Wei Wei –USD$50
4th: Daniel Lee –USD$50
4th: Chew Aik Kah –USD$50
4th: Lucius Chua –USD$50

$888 High Roller Results:

1st: Sam Nee -$7,500*
2nd: Bobby Cheong - $6,000*
3rd: Mohd. Zulfahmi - $3,000
4th: David Benoy - $2,000
5th: Anton Wijaya - $1,680

*2 way chop, with remaining players playing for trophy + $1,500

$250 Main Event Results:

1st: Champagne Tan - $5,500*
2nd: Paul Wee - $4,000*
3rd: Neo Zhi Han - $4,000*
4th: Daniel Chua - $4,000*
5th: Poh Ying Hui - $1,400
6th: Jason Wong - $1,000
7th: Goh Han Ruo - $780
8th: Travers Tan - $600
9th: Jerry Lai – $480
10th: Freddy Kwek - $400
11th: Aaron Ong - $360
12th: Lee Song Yong - $360
13th: Sam Tuang - $360
14th: Vernon Heng - $360
15th: See Jin Kun - $360
16th: Chee Chenghui - $360

*4 way chop, with remaining players playing for trophy + $1,500

$250 CNY Bounty Results:

1st: Kenneth Kee - $2,500
2nd: Hazel Chong - $1,400
3rd: Chee Chenghui - $800
4th: Lee Wei Hong - $600
5th: Dadzz Ranada - $450
6th: Lee Ching Pey - $360

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