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5 Must-Watch Players at 2014 WSOP APAC

2 October 2014, By: Pokerjunkie.com
The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific kicked off today with the first of 10 bracelet events. This is the last chance for players to win the coveted gold bracelet and earn points towards Player of the Year.
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The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific kicked off today with the first of 10 bracelet events.

This is the last chance for players to win the coveted gold bracelet and earn points towards Player of the Year.

This year's series has the potential to produce a ton of epic poker moments. Below are a few players we believe could help make some of those moments happen.

Daniel Negreanu

Not that we really need a reason to follow Daniel Negreanu in any tournament, but this year's WSOP-APAC is special for a myriad of reasons.

First, Negreanu returns to the land down under as the defending WSOP-APAC Main Event champion. He is also the current leader for the WSOP's Player of the Year race.

Negreanu had a stellar WSOP. He cashed nine times with a pair of runner-up finishes. His most impressive finish was obviously his runner-up in the $1 million Big One for ONE DROP event. He earned $8.28 million and took over the top spot on Poker's All-Time Money List.

Negreanu won two bracelets in 2013 and has come close twice already this year. Will the third time be the charm for Kid Poker?

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth had a ton of deep runs this summer at the World Series of Poker but bracelet #14 eluded him.

Hellmuth cashed seven times this summer and made three final tables. He had the chip lead heads-up in the $1,500 Razz Event but Ted Forrest made a stellar comeback to win his sixth career bracelet.

Hellmuth only cares about one thing, making history and winning bracelets. A win at the Crown would make him one of only two players to win bracelets in all three World Series venues.

If Hellmuth makes a final table don't be surprised to see him turn it into overdrive and take down #14.

Phil Ivey

You can't mention one Phil without the other. Phil Ivey tied Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for second all-time this summer with his 10th career bracelet victory.

Prior to his bracelet win Phil was clearly struggling at the 2014 WSOP. When he made the final table of the $1,500 Eight-Game he stepped up his game and once heads-up play was reached it was academic.

Ivey only cashed once in the inaugural WSOP APAC, and that was for his ninth bracelet. Like Hellmuth, expect Ivey to win #11 if he makes a final table in this series.

Mike Leah

Best year ever. That sums up 2014 for Mike Leah. At the beginning of the year Leah set a myriad of goals for poker and he has accomplished a number of them.

Among those accomplishments were two WSOP circuit ring victories, a WSOP-C casino champion title and his first career seven-figure score. He has $1.58 million in earnings this year.

One goal on that list has eluded him? His first WSOP bracelet.

Leah cashed four times at the 2014 WSOP, including a sixth-place finish in the $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event.

The WSOP APAC will be his last chance to win a bracelet in 2014 so expect him to give it his all.

Daniel Colman

While he won't talk to the media much about it Daniel Colman is on the greatest run in tournament poker history. He has won $21,058,153 in 2014.

He only had $504,699 in career cashes before this year.

Keep in mind that only $15.3 million of that total came from his victory in the Big One for ONE DROP. He also finished third in the $10,000 NL Heads-Up Event this summer.

It's unlikely that Colman will play a full schedule of events but we will likely see him in the Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller.

If he can continue his hot streak Colman will likely walk away with his first WSOP bracelet.

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