2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1, Session 2

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Players to follow

anc-day1-0105While some of the participants may be unknown to the public, a good handful will be worth mentioning for their previous results in other poker events. We have already highlighted Julius Colman and David Borg – of the entire field the two of them have cashed for almost $1,5 million. From India Abhishek Goindi will remember a heads’up battle for almost $300,000 against China’s Nicky Jin, a fight he lost to the Chinese pro back in 2012 – and here they are now, competing for their nation’s pride and participation in the Nations Cup Final!

Back in 2011 at the first ever IFP individual World Championship “The Table”, Japan’s Kinichi Nakata finished 9th overall and cashed $10,000. He has already shown his strength and finished the first 30 hands session second overall individually and will be one to keep an eye on for the MVP title.

Standings after 60 hands:

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Movers and shakers

Standings after 50 hands:

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Australia takes a hit


While play has been keeping up pace on most tables, one is trailing a notch. On table 1 Australia’s David Borg seems a tad impatient, commenting on how tough the table is playing. Immediately after we follow hand #33 play out:
David Borg UTG raises to 150, A fold from Fu Jun and Stas Tishkevich is followed by a re-raise from Daniel Chua to 525. Japan’s Kinichi Nakata calls from the SB, Harsh Saraf folds in the BB, David Borg calls. Three players to the flop, a total of 1,625 in the pot.
The flop comes 5h Kd 9s David checks, Daniel bets 975. Kinichi folds, David calls. The turn brings 8c. David checks, Daniel bets 1,975, and David immediately announces “all-in!” Daniel quickly calls generating a frustrated sigh from David “you must be good”. Smartphones on their back (!), David is holding KJh but Daniel has flopped top two pairs with Kc 9h. The Queen on the river brings no help for David and Australia takes a hit.

Standings after 40 hands:

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2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1, Session 3

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Leaders locking horns

anc-day1-065724Hand 86, Table 1:

China’s Yang Chong Xian UTG raises to 175 and action is folded to Australia’s Queenie in the SB who calls followed by another call from Israel’s Asi Moshe in the BB. Flop comes 4c Jh 9s. Queenie leads out with a bet of 700, Asi folds, Yang calls. The turn reveals Jc, Queenie continues with a bet of 1,600, Yang calls. The river is 8d. Queenie triple barrels with a bet of 3,000. After a second or two Yang moves all-in, and Queenie tanks. Eventually she says “I don’t think you have a jack” and calls the all-in. She was right and wrong at the same time. Yang did not have the jack but his pocket pair of 10s was enough to beat the Aussie’s K8 and he scoops a nice pot for the home team.

Standings after 90 hands:

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Australia back on top

After briefly conceding the top rank to the host from China the Aussie team has retaken the lead by a mule’s hair.

Standings after 80 hands:

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More on points


As mentioned in an earlier post the points system rewards first the team’s relative performance based on their total score in a hand by ranking it 1st through 8th, crediting the hand winners 8 points and the biggest losers just 1 point. That makes the average score in a hand 4.5 points and logically by the end of the competition the average score will be 240 hands * 4.5 = 1,080 points, making that the probable threshold for each team as half the field will qualify for the Nations Cup Final.

There is a lot of play left and there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up to the current leaders. After day 1 the team captains will be provided with full stats on today’s action so they can analyze and strategize before the final run tomorrow Sunday.

Standings after 70 hands:

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2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1, Session 4

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Mongolia fighting back

anc-day1-075539Table 1, hand #109.

Action is folded to Asi Moshe in seat 5 who finds the calling chips, Yang follows suit in seat 6, Bold Uundai raises to 200 on the button. Sangeeth Mohan calls from the SB as do both Asi and Yang. The flop comes out 9d 10s 2h. Check-check is followed by a 600 bet from Yang. Bold finds a raise to 2,000 and Yang immediately announces all-in, Bold calls. Hands revealed: Yang is ahead with Q 10, Bold is holding 10 8, no flush draws. The turn brings a queen leaving Bold with extremely slim chances to catch up, he needs a jack and a jack only. The river – a jack!! Mongolia makes a dent in the Chinese lead.

Play is almost coming to an end for day 1, most of the players have headed for dinner, and we will be rounding off the Day 1 action in our next update.

Standings after 120 hands:

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A minute with Joe Barnard

Standings after 110 hands:

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A minute with Joe Barnard

anc-day1-5220As a relatively new format and technology the Match Poker concept is under constant scrutiny and always in the process of improving. After a hectic start to the day we found a more relaxed “COO” Joe Barnard in the corner of the room with a bottle of water in his hand, catching a moment for himself. Guess we ruined that moment when we asked him a couple of questions:

Your immediate thoughts on the event today? “This is living and breathing proof that poker is a sport.” On the question of where Joe has seen the most important improvements since the European nations Cup in Cyprus Joe replies “improved and faster technology, pot-limit preflop, shorter sessions with no substitutions, multiple seat draws from session to session, mood of the staff and in particular for the teams and their players a much better service in shape of frequent and actual standings and stats made available for analysis”.

Standings after 100 hands:

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2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1 Summary

ANC Day 1 Wrap Up

anc-day1-134Play has concluded and data has been processed by Joe Barnard. Team captains have received hand histories and stats on all 120 hands played and it is now up to them to analyse and interpret and perhaps make adjustments to their play and strategy.

Before play commenced Mongolia was the only team without a public track record and they tried to turn that into an advantage early on – in particular Bold Uundai was a very active player willing to risk a lot of chips to take down the pots and run over his table. It worked! He performed way above the rest of the field over the first 30 hands and pulled his team clear of the field and into a solid first place. However, it seemed like he ran out of steam going into session 2, the rest of the table picked up on his tendencies and played back, now more willing to take flips and go for the big pots confronting him with less than premium holdings. Mongolia took a virtual rollercoaster ride from top to the very bottom of the scoreboard and they will need to work their mystery magic on Day 2 to get back into the game.

Looking at the personal stats from key players in the teams it seemed likely that Australia, Israel, China and India would be the favorites to take the important top four spots, and so far only India has disappointed a bit. The team arrived as the very last competitors and question is if a stressful trip took its toll on the players’ focus.

After Mongolia started sliding it was Australia and China who took over on the leaderboard for the rest of the day, taking turns in the lead. The two teams are virtually tied before the final day, but a lot of points are still at stake and it is still anybody’s game.

player-19MVP of the first four sessions of play:

Session 1 – Bold Uundai/Mongolia

Session 2 – Wu Sai/CPG

Session 3 – Sangeeth Mohan/India

Session 4 – Queenie Kwan Yee Kim/Australia

Overall MVP standings going into Session 5:

1. Wu Sai/CPG

2. Sangeeth Mohan/India

3. Eyal Eshkar/Israel


2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 2, Session 1

Australia back on top

anc-day2-0604The battle for first keeps changing. 10 hands ago China held the lead, but the aussies just took it back. Further down Singapore and Israel are consolidating their qualifying positions, and it looks like it is getting closer to crunch time for India and Japan if they are serious about competing for the top spots.

Table 2, hand #138

Action is folded around to Singapore’s Freddy Kwek on the button who raises it to 125. Harsh Saraf folds from the SB, but China’s Ted Wang reraises the pot for an extra 275, Freddy calls. The flop comes 2c 9d Qc, both check. The turn is 3d, Ted leads out with a bet of 600. Freddy raises to a total of 1,900, Ted re-raises to 6,900, Freddy moves all-in and Ted calls. Much to the surprise of the other players Ted reveals Ad Jh for ace-high with no draws, Freddy is ahead with QdJd – and the river brings no help for China and Team Singapore makes a nice score.

Standings after 150 hands:

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Mongolia struggles

anc-day2-0607Hand 124, Table 8

Huang Wen Fei folds UTG, Takuya Suzuki in seat 2 raises to 125, it is folded to Daniel Chua who calls from the SB, Bold Uundai calls from the BB.
The flop is dealt – 9c Ks 8c – Daniel checks to Bold who takes the lead with a bet of 575. Takuya folds, Daniel calls. The turn brings 9d, Daniel checks, Bold moves all-in. After a few moments Daniel makes the call and reveals a pair of Queens, Bold is on an open-ended straight draw with 67o which he fails to get when Jd is exposed on the river. Mongolia drops another chunk of chips.

On table 3 we find the current leader in the MVP race Wu Sai, let’s follow the action in hand #133:

In seat 4 Enkhtuvshin Davaasuren from Mongolia raises UTG to 175. Manish Adnani in seat 5 folds, Wu Sai reraises to 600. Gani Weiss on the button folds, Kyle Sharpe folds in the SB as does Kinichi Nakata in the BB. Action back on Enkhtuvshin who re-pots it to a total 2,550. Action back on Wu Sai, who re-repots it for another 3,825, the Mongolian player calls. The flop is Qc 3h 5c. Enkhtuvshin announces all-in, Wu Sai snap-calls. She is way ahead with pocket rockets against Enkhtuvshins 77, and there is no help for him when the 2d appears on the river. Wu Sai with another solid score for herself and Team CPG.

Standings after 140 hands:

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Tight fight for fourth

Sanya is a great host of IFP’s first Asian Nations Cup.

Singapore and Israel are making a charge for the qualifying spots.

Standings after 130 hands:

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Teams are getting ready

Breakfast time on the final day, the teams are gathering in groups to work out their game plan for the final stretch. We caught up with the Australian team, everybody dressed in uniform, going through the data from Saturday’s sessions. David Borg: “We expect all other teams to be folding to our bets today!” Laughs around the table, team captain Julius Colman adds: “We are proud of Queenie’s performance last night, but most of us had a horrendous performance in session 4 and we are all determined to improve today – go Aussies!”

We also found a few players from Team China, Nicky Jin shared his thoughts with us: “We believe the team as a whole delivered a pretty good performance all day yesterday, and we have high hopes on our chances to win this trophy!”

Huang Bing Fu of the CPG team tongue-in-cheek: “Our main goal today is to take down Team China!” A couple of the players from Team Japan looking seriously focused on their way to the playing area: “We are not content with our current standing and we are making adjustments to our strategy so we can move up and compete for the trophy.”