Brits Wins the WPT Emperor’s Palace Poker Classic 2013

November 12, 2013

The 12th Season of the World Poker Tour has been a stunning one and the conclusion of the Emperor’s Palace Poker Classic, held at the Palace of Dreams, was evidence of that. After four long days, a winner was finally announced with Daniel Brits claiming the top spot. He defeated the previous day’s chip leader, Eugene du Plessis, in a 3 hour stand-off with both players unwilling to give up. Brits, who is one of the recognized poker players in the circuit, put his name on the Champion’s Cup and took $132,128 for his efforts.

Chamani finishes in 6th position

The 25th level of the tournament saw the first elimination of the finals table when Ronit Chamani lost her cool against Wesley Wiengand and Rob Fenner. The blinds stood at 15,000 and 30,000 with a 5,000 ante and Fenner opened the hand with an all-in raise to 355,000 from under the gun. Chamani, who struggled to reach the final leg of the competition, called the raise by moving all in as well. Wiegand, saw his chance to double up on his chips and made the call from the big blind.

The three shortest stacks in the competition went all in with all three players drawing an Ace. Weigand was holding the highest kicker, the King, while Fenner was holding a Ten of Spades and Chamani was holding a Jack of Hearts. The Flop drew a smile on Fenner’s face as he grabbed the top pair with the 5 of Clubs and 3 of Diamonds, not doing much good for the other two players. The turn gave Fenner a flush draw with a 3 and Queen of Clubs on the River made the difference as Fenner grabbed the pot win. Chamani finished in 6th place with $26,504 against her name and Wiegand was crippled with that loss.

Wiegand follows Chamani out of the competition

In the very next hand, Wiegand was sent packing out of the competition in 5th Place as the previous move reduced his stack to a mere 75,000. It did not help when Brits opened the hand with a 65,000 raise which prompted Wiegand to move all in from the small blind in the hope of recovering his lost chips. Fenner wanted a piece of the action and called the raise. The Flop showed an Ace of Hearts, Ten of Diamonds, and a 5 of Spades which did not do well for both players as they checked.

The Turn showed a 9 of Diamonds which pushed Brits to make a raise to 110,000 which Fenner check-calls. The river showed a 7 of Clubs and Brits raised again to 210,000 which managed to scare of Fenner as he folded. Brits showed his Ace-King off-suited hand which was good enough against Wiegand’s hand as he mucked. He left the competition in 6th place with $33,130.

Surprise exit for Nitsche

One of the players who everybody was looking forward to win the competition was sent packing from the competition three hands after Wiegand was shown the door. Nitshce was desperate to make amends for his loss in the previous hand when he lost most of his stack to Fenner. He then shoved all his chips in the next hand for 405,000 which was enough incentive for Brits as he wanted to collect the lost pieces.

Brits, who was holding an Ace-Queen off-suited hand, and Nitsche, who was holding an Ace-Jack suited hand, patiently waited for the board to show the cards. Nitsche breathed a sigh of relief when he picked up a pair in the flop after a King of Diamonds, Jack and 8 of Clubs showed. However, he was out in the next hand when a ten of Clubs showed on the turn to give Brits the straight. The River was a consolation card for Nitsche as he left the finals table in 4th Place with $44,316.

Fenner and Du Plessis out in 3rd and 2nd place respectively

It took a while for the next player to get eliminated and in the 27th level of the competition, the finals table saw another player bite the dust. His 10-9 suited hand was not good enough against du Plessis’ 6-7 suited hand as du Plessis picked up top pair in the flop. The turn and river were of no consequence as Fenner left the competition in 3rd place with $59,634. Du Plessis was the last to go as both players fought through 4 levels of heads-up play that lasted three hours.

The 31st Level saw du Plessis open the hand with a 200,000 raise which Brits calmly called. The flop showed a Queen of Diamonds, 7 of Spades, and 2 of Diamonds which prompted du Plessis to make an all in move. Brits called the raise and waited patiently for the cards to show. He had landed a pair in the flop, holding a Jack-7 hand and Brits was drawing dead with a Queen-8 off-suited hand. Du Plessis was in a great position as he was also in the run for a flush draw however, the river was his undoing as the Queen of Clubs gave Brits the top pair. Du Plessis finished in 2nd place with $92,708.