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Rory Young Wins 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Dealer's Choice Event

Australian Wins First Bracelet and $42,720 AUD


A total of 89 entries turned out for the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific $1,650 buy-in eight-Gamed dealer’s choice event, but in the end only one walked away with the title and the first-place prize of $42,720: Rory Young.

For the win the Australian earned his first WSOP gold bracelet, the aforementioned prize money and 192 Card Player Player of the Year points.

“I’m feeling pretty happy right now!” said Young after the win. “I mean, I’m very surprised because I didn’t know how to play a couple of the games very good coming into the event. Luckily the games I don’t play good just weren’t chosen that often.”

In the dealer’s choice event the player with the special ’dealer’s choice’ button chose one of eight games available and then that was played for a full orbit before the special button was pushed to the next player. The available games were no-limit hold’em, seven-card stud, Omaha eight-or-better, razz, pot-limit Omaha, limit hold’em, seven-card stud eight-or-better and 2-7 triple draw lowball.

Young made light of his skills in some of the games, but surely was proficient because he was able to overcame a tough final table that included the likes of WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer and former champion of the eight-game_WSOP_ $50,000 Poker Players Championship Brian Rast. Danzer had to place fourth or better in this event to overtake the lead in the WSOP’s POY race and surpass current leader Brandon Shack-Harris. He fell just short, but the battle remains close with only a few events left for the two frontrunners.

“It was a really tough final table,” Young said. “To be honest, I just ran really pure. I would say, I was the worst or at least second worst player at the table.”

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Rory Young $37,469 192
2 Sam Khouiss $23,152 160
3 Brian Rast $16,207 128
4 David Xin Zhao $11,805 96
5 Jason Gray $8,685 80
6 George Danzer $6,488 64
7 Samuel Ngai $5,203 48
8 Michael Wang $4,337 32
9 Shivan Abdine $3,728 16