Rory Young defeats Sam Khouiss in heads-up action to capture the World Series of Poker bracelet in the Asia-Pacific Event#6: $1,650 8-Game Dealers Choice; and George Danzer retakes the Player of the Year race with another final table berth.
Young by name and young by nature, as the cherubic looking Australian, Rory Young, defeated his fellow countryman, Sam Khouiss, in heads-up action, to take the $42,720 first prize, and coveted gold bracelet, in Event #6: $1,650 8-Game Dealers Choice.
Another bracelet for the Aussies, but another small field; not that Rory Young will care one iota. The young Australian came into the final table as the chip leader, and he left with every single one of them, as he played the game of his life.
Only 89 players entered the event, and the first prize of AU$47,720 was so small, it didn’t even eclipse Young’s biggest score to date – a fifth place finish in an AU$2,200 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Main Event at the ANZPT in Sydney for AU$48,300. If there was ever an opportunity for bracelet hunters, the world over, it is happening right now in Melbourne.
The Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson was leading the final 19-players at the end of Day 1, but the former WSOP bracelet winner, was unable to make the money. Two well-known players did make the money, as did a young man who is trying his very best to make a name of himself during this series.
Multiple bracelet winner, Brian Rast, made the final table. Bracelet-less since 2011, Rast was confident of adding more gold to his jewelry box, but had to settle for a third place berth; and the WSOP Player of the Year (POY) race continued to make all the headlines, after George Danzer made the final table to replace Brandon Shack-Harris at the top of the leaderboard. A sixth place finish for trickyscarfy handing him enough points to take pole position in that one.
The young man who is currently making a name for himself is Jason Gray. The former ANZPT Main Event winner will play any game you can throw at him, and Gray added a fifth place finish to the runner-up spot he earned in the AU$1,650 Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) event earlier in the week.
WSOP-APAC Event #6 Results
1st. Rory Young – AU$42,720
2nd. Sam Khouiss – AU$26,402
3rd. Brian Rast – AU$18,482
4th. David Zhao – AU$13,462
5th. Jason Gray – AU$9,904
6th. George Danzer – AU$7,399