2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1, Session 1

How do you score?

anc-day1-4979You will notice that we display two scores, one for overall chip gain or loss and one for the team points won. The latter is the one which is determining the eventual ranking, but the chip count can come into play as a tie breaker.

For every hand played, a team will have played all 6 positions and will compare their net chip gain or loss as a team against the other teams. The winner of the hand will be awarded 8 points, 2nd place 7 points and so forth. The team with the worst performance in the hand will be awarded 1 point. If two or more teams get the same chip result they will share the points in play, i.e. if three teams share 2nd place they will share 6+5+4 points, giving them each 5 points.

Standings after 30 hands:

PositionNationChips1st Session PointsChange
1stMongolia+26132149
2ndAustralia+318147.5
3rdChina-8854139
4thIndia-8703138=
5thSingapore-3043132
6thIsrael-4846129.5
7thCPG-839125
8thJapan-164120=

It is For Real Now!

anc-day1-021913As the scores have started to count and the tally has started to run on the monitors displayed throughout the playing area, the participants have started out quite concentrated. The scope of this grand championship is making an impact on most. One exception seems to be at Table 6 where Singapore’s Jacky Wang and India’s Sangeeth Mohan are chatting it up and spreading laughter around the felt. At table 3 Australia’s Queenie Kwan Yee Kim called a river bluff by Japan’s Tsuneaki Takeda and has likely added to a positive score for the Aussies.

Here are the current standings after 20 hands:

PositionNationChips1st Session PointsChange
1stAustralia+8243103.5=
2ndMongolia+50232102=
3rdIsrael-262195
4thIndia-592894
5thChina-1337986.5
6thCPG-943982
7thSingapore-1856882
8thJapan-853975

Asian Nations Cup started

Players have had a healthy practice session, and the competition is now underway, 6-handed on 8 tables. Play has been swift and smooth and Robert Huxley is optimistic about getting through all 120 hands without delay. We will be updating you throughout the session with updates every 10 hands.

Here are the current standings after the first 10 hands:

PositionNationChips1st Session PointsChange
1stAustralia+1967558=
2ndMongolia+2186849=
3rdCPG+373646=
4thIsrael-1233244=
5thJapan+495042=
6thIndia-777842=
7thChina-1075041=
8thSingapore-1936838=

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:

PositionNationChips2nd Session PointsChange
1stAustralia+2854297.5=
2ndChina+36525285.5=
3rdIsrael+14629276.5=
4thSingapore-12761273.5
5thIndia+122269.5
6thMongolia-12904254.5=
7thJapan-12975252
8thCPG-15489251

Movers and shakers

Standings after 50 hands:

PositionNationChips2nd Session PointsChange
1stAustralia+27193264.5=
2ndChina+27571236=
3rdIsrael+2054224.5
4thIndia+122269.5
5thCPG+13661216.5
6thMongolia-16668215
7thSingapore-31893214
8thJapan-14414206=

Australia takes a hit

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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:

PositionNationChips2nd Session PointsChange
1stAustralia+11443205.5
2ndChina+3846147.5
3rdSingapore-68182
4thIsrael+2579179.5
5thMongolia-2568178
6thIndia-16928175
7thCPG+7269170=
8thJapan-5564164=

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:

PositionNation3rd Session PointsChange
1stChina432
2ndAustralia422
3rdIsrael411.5=
4thSingapore407
5thCPG403
6thJapan393
7thIndia388.5
8thMongolia383

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:

PositionNation3rd Session PointsChange
1stAustralia380
2ndChina379.5
3rdIsrael377=
4thIndia352.5
5thSingapore352
6thMongolia347.5
7thCPG346.5
8thJapan345=

More on points

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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:

PositionNation3rd Session PointsChange
1stChina336.5
2ndAustralia332.5
3rdIsrael324.5=
4thSingapore319=
5thIndia306=
6thCPG302
7thMongolia300.5
8thJapan299

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:

PositionNation4th Session PointsChange
1stAustralia580
2ndChina577
3rdCPG544.5
4thIsrael543
5thSingapore537
6thJapan514=
7thIndia504
8thMongolia484.5

A minute with Joe Barnard

Standings after 110 hands:

PositionNation4th Session PointsChange
1stChina542=
2ndAustralia530=
3rdSingapore499=
4thCPG498
5thIsrael496.5
6thJapan473.5
7thMongolia461.5
8thIndia459.5

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:

PositionNation4th Session PointsChange
1stChina492=
2ndAustralia476=
3rdSingapore458
4thIsrael455.5
5thCPG455=
6thIndia425.5
7thJapan425
8thMongolia413=

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