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Sam Higgs Wins 2014 WSOP APAC $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

Australian Wins First Bracelet and $127,843 AUD


A total of 80 players turned out for the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific $5,000 AUD pot-limit Omaha event, building a prize pool of $376,000 AUD. From a final table that included the likes of 2010 WSOP main event champ Jonathan Duhamel and World Poker Tour title holder Mike Watson, Australian Sam Higgs emerged victorious to take the title, earning $127,843 AUD and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

“The money is awesome. You can’t ever complain about cash," said Higgs after play ended. "But winning a bracelet is the ultimate prize.”

Higgs came into the final day as the chip leader of six remaining players, but the Melbourne native with an Aussie Millions pot-limit Omaha title aleady under his belt knew that he had plenty of work to do in order to come out on top.

“It was a tough field, but PLO is definitely my preferred game. I generally do well in these tournaments. I’m my most comfortable playing PLO no matter who it’s against.”

In the end it came down to Higgs versus Watson, a Canadian pro with more than $6.9 million in live tournament earnings. Higgs started with just over a 2-to-1 chip advantage. Watson was at first able to mount a comeback, taking the chip lead shortly before Higgs retook control and stretched the lead.

On the final hand Higgs limped from the button and Watson raised to 24,000. Higgs called and the flop brought the QClub SuitJSpade Suit5Club Suit. Watson lead for 48,000 and Higgs called. The turn was the 4Diamond Suit and Watson moved all in. Higgs made the call with the 9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit4Club Suit for club flush draw, a pair and a double belly-buster straight draw. Watson held the KSpade SuitKClub Suit7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit for an over pair and the open-ended straight draw.

The 10Spade Suit on the river gave Higgs a queen-high straight, securing him the pot and the title. Watson hit the rail as the runner-up, earning $79.099 AUD for his second-place showing.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Sam Higgs $112,502 384
2 Mike Watson $69,607 320
3 Jonathan Duhamel $45,820 256
4 Jamie Pickering $32,075 192
5 Jeffrey Rossiter $23,770 160
6 Ismael Bojang $18,588 128
7 Kahle Burns $15,300 96
8 Richard Johnston $13,219 64