WSOP APAC: Sam Cohen Off to a Great Start in the Accumulator

sam-cohenToday the first event of the World Series of Poker Asian-Pacific kicked off at the Crown Melbourne in Australia. It was the NL Hold’em $1,100 Accumulator event with three day 1 starting flights. In this format every player can play as many starting flight as they want, and if they survive to Day 2, they combine all of their Day 1 stacks.

On Day 1A 197 players took their seats after Australia’s bracelet winner Jackie Glazier had announced “shuffle up and deal”. Among the players were three WSOP Main Event champions: Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel and Ryan Riess. Other notables in the field included Russel Thomas, Ami Barer, Jonathan ”xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis and WSOP Player of the Year contender George Danzer.

Among the women in the field were strong players as Kitty Kuo, Vanessa Rousso, Jackie Glazier and Samantha Cohen.

The players started with only 3,000 in chips and a turbo structure with 60 minutes blind level. One of the first to get knocked out was the current #2 on GPI Asia, Kitty Kuo, when she was all-in with AK and ran into pocket queens:

Unfortunately Jackie Glazier didn’t have any home advantage today, when her pair of kings fell short to a pair of nines:

After around 5 hours of play PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso was sent to the rail, when she called a raise with . Rousso was up against pocket jacks and was unable to improve.

Sam Cohen had a much better day even if it was a turbulent one according to the WSOP blog. On the first level of the day Cohen hit a set on the flop with her pair of eights, which improved to a full house on the river. Fortunately her opponent chose to pay her off with a pair of aces.

With blinds at 100/200 Cohen was involved in a raising war with pockets jacks. Her opponent was ahead with a pair of queens and the hand saw Cohen’s stack shrink to 1,750. A couple of hours later Cohen 3-bet shoved with AK and was called by an opponent holding AJ. Cohen’s hand held up and she double up to 11,000 in chips.

At the end of the day Cohen was able to bag 19,000 after sending German player Ismael Bojang to the rail with AK vs. his pocket tens. Only 30 players survived Day 1A of the Accumulator, and plenty will return tomorrow to play Day 1B. But Cohen will not be one them:

Day 1B of the Accumulator will start tomorrow at 12:10 local time.

Photo: Sam Cohen, Paddy Power Poker.

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