The World Series of Poker (WSOP) was hosted by The Star Sydney, the competition ran from 28th November to the 18th December. With loads of poker action and quality poker tournaments offered to gamblers from Sydney. The WSOP International Circuit had an AU$5K challenge, in which Brendon Rubie finished as the winner, making him the WSOP Champion. However, it was not Brendon’s first AU$5K challenge, as he was close to winning the challenge last year, in second place. Read more here
Details on the Tournament
The AU$5K challenge tournament was a Texas Hold’em no limit affair with a total of 229 players. The prize money up for grabs was AU$1,087,750, with each player eager to make it to the final table to receive a higher payout.
The competition consisted of top pros, making it difficult for players to reach the final table. However, Brendon was one of the challengers to have a seat at the final table, alongside Sam Higgs who had a spectacular lead of chips. Sam Higgs used his chip lead to defeat Ray Liu and Antonis Kambouroglou from the table back to back.
How the AU$5K Challenge Commenced
Brendon Rubie called Charbel Boustani’s all and made his move. Brendon had a hand of jacks and aces while Charbel was holding a hand of tens. The board was good for Charbel with 8-5-3, but a jack on the river and an eight on the turn secured the win for Brendon. This resulted in Sam and Brendon going head-to-head, with Brendon raising with AU$55000 and Sam calling. Brendon then wagered 60000 on the flop, with a jack, eight and ace. Sam decided to call once again, resulting in the turn showing a seven, and Brendon betting again. Sam decided to go all in, and Brendon called. Sam had a hand of jack and eight for two pairs. However, Brendon had a two pair of aces and jacks. The nine on the river could not help Sam, as Brendon earned tons of chips.
Brendon then removed Steve Pappas and Andy Lee from the game, leading to a three-handed play, Brendon, Sam and Jordan Westmorland. Sam quickly eliminated Jordan, resulting in him and Brendon going into heads-up play. The heads-up play round lasted for two hands, as an all-in took place early. Both players were all in, Brendon holding a pocket of Queens and Sam a pocket of Jacks.
The flop fell two eights and queen, with Sam needing a runner-runner to stay in the competition. The six and ace on the turn and river placed Sam second and Brendon first.