$10,000 Main Event

Montgomery Leads Advancing 70 Players; Glazier and Teng Thrive

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Kyle Montgomery

The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific continued Tuesday with Day 2 action from the AU$10,000 Main Event, a tournament that attracted 329 players and created a prize pool of AU$3.125 million. The money will be distributed to the top 36 players with the winner taking home AU$850,136.

Day 2 began with 182 returning players from the two starting flights, as well as five players that opted to take advantage of late registration. After six 90-minute levels of play, just 70 players remained with Kyle Montgomery and his chip stack of 595,000 leading.

Montgomery vaulted into the chip lead in the last level of the night when he and Timo Pfutzenreuter created an all-in, seven-bet, 500,000-chip pot. Not surprisingly, it was a brutal aces-versus-kings cooler, but fortunately for Montgomery he was on the good end and took down the pot after the board ran out {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

Others who thrived on Day 2 were Victor Teng (511,800), Jackie Glazier (444,700), Ivan Zhou (430,000), and Henry Wang (307,100), to round out the top five.

Glazier steadily increased her stack throughout the day by winning crucial pots holding the best hand. For instance, in Level 10 (600/1,200/200) an under-the-gun player raised to 2,400 and Glazier pushed back with a three-bet to 5,100 from the hijack. Action folded back to the initial raiser and he opted for an all-in four-bet to right around 42,000. Glazier snap-called, and for justified reason, as she had the {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} to her opponent's {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}.

Glazier woke up with the goods, but her opponent did receive a little help on the {4-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop. The {10-Diamonds} turn made things very interesting as Glazier needed to dodge diamonds in addition to a king. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {2-Clubs}. Glazier breathed a big sigh of relief as her opponent commented that had the hand played out differently they'd likely have gotten it in on the flop anyway.

Of course, not everyone was as fortunate. Among the throngs of players to hit the rail were Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Russell Thomas, Joe Hachem, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Ismael Bojang, Bruno Kawauti, and George Danzer, who currently leads the WSOP Player of the Year race. Interestingly, the man behind Danzer, Brandon Shack-Harris, is still alive in the Main Event with 221,100, meaning the race is still very much alive.

Others who will be returning for Day 3 are 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela (267,500); 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific bracelet winners Alex Antonios (228,000) and Sam Higgs (117,800); European Poker Tour Grand Final runner-up Jack Salter (171,500); Australian sports legend Shane Warne (162,300); former $50,000 Poker Player’s champ Brian Rast (136,600); Day 1a chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier (93,900); and 2010 WSOP champ Jonathan Duhamel, though he is on life support with just 3,000 in chips.

Day 3 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time, and the field will play six more 90-minute levels. During that time, they’ll reach the money and play their way toward the final table. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from the floor of Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, so stay tuned for much more excitement from this event.

Oznake: Kyle Montgomery