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After 12 hours of intense poker action, the $1,150 Monster Stack at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit The Star Sydney, was won by Andrew White (cover image) who not only grabbed his first circuit ring but also posted his career-best score of A$103,359.
A local cash game regular, White started the day closer to the bottom of the standings than the top. He held his nerve and battled it out, eliminating Blake Lockwood, Selvan Eswaralingam, Tony Kambouroglou and Linh Tran along the way to win his first major live title.
“I only started playing live tournaments in the last year and a half,” White explained. “I bricked a lot. Bricked a lot. But it’s good to finally get one on the board. I was joking earlier with a friend that I swapped a piece with that it would be nice if one of us got the win today.”(sic)
Despite his long dry spell, White said he didn’t change his strategy coming into the event. He felt like he was playing well but results just hadn’t come in yet.
“It’s just luck, mate,” White said. “These tournaments are pretty crazy. “It’s a monster stack, but we were pretty shallow by the end of it. I ran well to get here. Day 1 was crazy. I had 200k then I was down to 9k yesterday, but I got all the chips today, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Other notables who finished in the money included Daniel Laidlaw (12th for A$7,735), Jarred Graham (35th for A$2,226) and Andrew Fisher (44th for A$2,014).
1. Tony Kambouroglou – 4,100,000
2. Linh Tran – 3,800,000
3. Andrew White – 3,700,000
4. Adam Monaghan – 2,800,000
5. Blake Lockwood – 2,700,000
6. David Neumann – 2,100,000
7. Pratik Mehta – 2,100,000
8. Michael Culling – 1,025,000
9. Selvan Eswaralingam – 1,000,000
Indian-origin Pratik Mehta was the first elimination on the nine-handed final table. He lost a big pot to Tony Kambouroglou and soon thereafter his ran into Linh Tran’s . The runout was of no help to Mehta and he bounced out in ninth place.
Blake Lockwood followed Mehta to the rail in eight place when his were cracked by Andrew White’s .
White was on a roll and soon enough eliminated Selvan Eswaralingam to bring the field down to six players. Eswaralingam pitted his against White’s . The board missed both players, and White’s king-high kicker was good enough to end Eswaralingam’s run in seventh place.
During level 34 Kambouroglou opened with a raise to 650,000 and Adam Monaghan moved all-in from the small blind with . Kambouroglou called with . The dealer flipped over on the board and Kambouroglou flopped two pairs – aces and kings to send Monaghan to the rail in sixth place.
Down to five-handed play, David Neumann jammed from the button with and Michael Culling called holding . The board brought and Neumann paired his ace on the flop to eliminate Culling in fifth place.
Finishing in fourth place was David Neumann when his lost out to Tran’s , with the board giving both players a pair of aces. However, Tran’s jack-high kicker won him the pot.
About five minutes later, White opened to 900,000 from under-the-gun and Tony Kambouroglou tanked for a while before moving all-in from the big blind. White snap-called.
The community cards brought and White’s ace-king high knocked Kambouroglou out in third place.
Andrew White (18,000,000) held a commanding chip lead over Linh Tran (5,500,000) at the start of the heads-up play and it didn`t take long before a champion emerged.
When Tran open-shoved from the button with , White called with . The board spread out and White’s king-high won him his career-first live title and WSOPC gold ring along with a A$103,359 payday.
1. Andrew White – A$103,359
2. Linh Tran – A$63,903
3. Tony Kambouroglou – A$46,683
4. David Neumann – A$34,607
5. Michael Culling – A$26,026
6. Adam Monaghan – A$19,854
7. Selvan Eswaralingam – A$15,359
8. Blake Lockwood – A$12,052
9. Pratik Mehtah – A$9,590
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