Scott Davies Becomes the WSOP Asia Pacific Champion

October 31, 2014

It was an exhilarating finale as the 2014 WSOP Asia Pacific Championship came to an end with Scott Davies rising as the champion that saw a total of 329 participants vying for the top prize $850,136 as well as the WSOP bracelet. It was the first championship victory for the American who was over the moon after the victory. He described how it was so difficult for him to take the decision of playing poker as a professional and how as a youngster he used to watch Chris Moneymaker bagging the same event and now he finds himself achieving the same feat. Read more

George Danzer Gets the Better of Brandon Shack Harris to Bag the Coveted Title of 2014 WSOP Player of the Year

October 23, 2014

With the WSOP APAC 2014 drawing towards an end, the time has come to award the WSOP Player of the Year title to George Danzer who got the better of Shack-Harris. No other title runs in the past could possibly measure up to the level of competition that went on between the two excellent players for an entire season.

Back and forth battle between Danzer and Shack Harris

Danzer had started the year in fifth place in the Event 5: $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. In his next event he went heads up with Shack-Harris who had come off of a dream start in the Event 3: The Pot-limit Omaha by bagging the first bracelet in his first event of the year.

That was the Event 18: $10,000 Razz and was being held for the first time in 45 years. In that event George Danzer outperformed Shack-Harris to win his first bracelet of the year. Shack-Harris settled for the second place, yet he had all the time he needed to cease an opportunity and for the length of that series he made four final table appearances and had cashed in another two events, but Danzer got the better of him with a second bracelet win at the Event 38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.

The margin was still narrow during the start of the APAC and this was when the duel gained center stage. After both had cashed in each of their opening events the momentum seemed to shift back and forth in between and shuffled three times in this tour alone. They even crossed tables for the second time in the No Limit Hold’em Accumulator in which Shack-Harris had fallen 30 spots behind Danzer.

Danzer then managed two final table appearances in his last two events of the season. The first one being the APAC Event 6: AU$1,650 Dealer’s Choice in which he ended up at 6th and in the AU$5,000 Mixed Event in which he won his third and the final bracelet of the season. With these two lavishing performances at the very closing stages he had gained an upper-hand over Shack-Harris.

Last ditch effort by Shack Harris

For Shack-Harris, it was hard to imagine the shift in the paradigm especially after a fantastic start to the year. He came into many of the APAC events not only as one of the favorites for the bracelet glory, but also as one of the major forerunner in the league for the POY title by also keeping last year’s title holder Daniel Negreanu in the shadow.

He was believed to be active in the title run after he managed to appear on the final table of the AU$1,650 No Limit Hold’em Terminator event. He needed a second place finish or better to race back to the top, but he fell out at sixth place. He even earned his spot in the AU$10,000 Main Event where had to finish second or better to earn his POY. He railed out for the 17th place after his pocket jacks were cracked by ace-of-spades and nine-of-diamonds of 2010’s POY winner Frank Kassela.

He knew he had one more shot at the high-roller event where he needed to finish fourth or better to qualify for the title and he bravely went ahead and registered. On the flop of queen-of-hearts, queen-of-diamonds and eight-of-hearts he held king-of-spades and queen-of-clubs while his opponent Sean Winter had a pair of aces that gave him a chance to find some momentum. Then the nine of clubs hit the turn and Shack-Harris crashed by the ace-of-spades that fell on the river. With that he was railed out of his last event and the last shot for the year’s POY title.

Danzer is the first ever WSOP POY since the year 2010 when Jeffery Lisandro achieved that feat. Since then, it is the second time that a player bagged three bracelets in a single calendar year. The feat is not memorable only for the dramatic, almost scripted-like course of events, but also for the competent gestures that both the men portrayed during the game’s longest POY battles that has went down in the history books as one of its defining moments. For George Danzer and for the fans of poker, there is a good reason to celebrate.