It's been a great tournament for Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang. It's a tremendous sign when a player can navigate their way quietly through the field to the final table without really being noticed. It means that rather than relying on having to win an enormous coinflip or spiking a river to get lucky, the player has shown great patience and skill to manoeuvre themselves to collect uncontested pots with little to no risk. Huang did exactly that in this tournament.
So it was surprising, and a little unfortunate, to see that the first time we'd observed Huang get a little aggressive with a big move in this tournament, that he got picked off by a monster hand.
The action started with a min-raise by Dave Allan under the gun to 16,000. Jordan Westmorland found voice for the first time on the final table with a re-raise to 39,000 from middle position. Action then folded to Huang in the small blind. He looked down at his cards and slid all 203,500 chips into the middle. Allan thought for a moment and folded, but Westmorland gave a nod and made the call.
Huang knew he was in trouble with 7♦7♥ as Westmorland tabled a powerhouse K♣K♥. The board ran out T♣A♣J♦Q♦2♦ to leave Westmorland with a winning straight to see Huang finish in 7th place to pick up NZ$19,100 for his time in Queenstown.
No title this time around but another great result for one of the best tournament players in Asia.