After a record-setting opening event at World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, Event 2, the 1,650 Australian dollar pot-limit Omaha event ($1,730) didn't quite bring the masses, but did offer an extremely talented final table that included some of the top players in the poker world. ESPN's No. 6 Dan Shak and No. 2 Marvin Rettenmaier have been dominating the tournament scene over the past few months, and with expectations for one of them to survive and capture their first bracelet, it was Jim Collopy who shined to earn his first WSOP bracelet.
At 24, Collopy has had his share of success on the felt. He's won millions online as "Mr_BigQueso," cashed in tournaments around the world and came close to a bracelet a few years ago when he finished second to Gus Hansen at WSOP Europe. As his final table approached, Collopy decided to wear the same Washington Bullets hat his friend, the Event 1 winner Bryan Piccioli, wore during his run. The hat is now two-for-two.
According to the WSOP, Collopy entered the final table with the lead and never relinquished that position. After 21 hands, Shak started off the eliminations by taking out Rettenmaier, turning a straight with Kd-7d-5c-4c to beat Rettenmaier's Kc-Qc-Qh-Jd. Australian tournament regular and ANZPT II champ Martin Kozlov was knocked out by Scott Reid in eighth and Collopy continued the trend and finished off Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah in seventh and Paul Sharbanee in sixth.
Shak, fresh off his victory in the Party Poker Premier League, was short for most of the final table and doubled up once during five-handed play before Edison Nguyen eliminated him in fifth. After a relatively calm four-handed battle, both Reid and Tino Lechich were sent home in a span of three hands leaving Collopy and Nguyen heads-up for the bracelet. For the second event in a row, it was an American versus an Australian for the title and Collopy made it a two-event streak for the U.S. as he defeated his opponent in 47 hands to win WSOP gold.
"Sugar, pass it," said Collopy on Twitter after his win.
The D.C. native is currently living in Australia, playing poker and attending culinary classes. His relaxed lifestyle suits him and his success in the region only entices him to stay longer, but he also makes his way to Las Vegas for major events throughout the year.
"Australia is definitely the country where I've run best in the world," said Collopy to the WSOP. "Skipping the snow and having a three-year endless summer of not ever having to put on socks and shoes is awesome."
The turnout of 172 players is definitely smaller than the standard bracelet events found at the WSOP, but according to the Crown Casino, this was one of the biggest pot-limit Omaha events they've ever held.
Other notable finishers included Andrew Gaw (12th), Jeffrey Lisandro (14th) and Joseph Hachem (17th).
Below are the complete results of WSOP-APAC Event 2:
Event 2: Pot-limit Omaha
Buy-in: 1,650 Australian Dollars
Prize pool: AU$258,000
Players in the money: 18
1. Jim Collopy (AU$69,662)
2. Ming Nguyen ($43,050)
3. Tino Lechich ($30,988)
4. Scott Reid ($22,712)
5. Dan Shak ($16,940)
6. Paul Sharbanee ($12,856)
7. Mike Leah ($9,923)
8. Martin Kozlov ($7,784)
9. Marvin Rettenmaier ($6,207)
10. Tony Kambouroglou ($5,028)
11. Joshua Budin ($5,028)
12. Andrew Gaw ($5,028)
13. Dean Yuen ($4,138)
14. Jeffrey Lisandro ($4,138)
15. Phillip Willcocks ($4,138)
16. Jacob Elmore-Dahl ($3,460)
17. Joseph Hachem ($3,460)
18. John Dalessandri ($3,460)