2014 WSOP APAC: Hellmuth off to Rough Start, Jay Loo gets Malaysian First

by Jeremy Olson on October 6, 2014

The 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific has been underway for a few days now. So we’ve had time to see some interesting stories happen within the first couple of events. That said, here’s a look at the best early stories from the WSOP APAC.

Phil Hellmuth off to Terrible Start

With 13 gold bracelets to his name, Phil Hellmuth is always a threat to win. However, he hasn’t been much of a threat at the 2014 WSOP APAC. The Poker Brat busted out of today’s “Terminator” in just seven hands.

Now we should mention that he was holding pocket aces - so no harm in going all-in here. But it just goes to show that he hasn’t had much luck while busting out of the first four events without making it past Day 1.

Given Hellmuth’s previous results, we wouldn’t be surprised if he shakes off the tough early results and wins a big tournament. But until then, he’d better pray to the poker gods for some better luck.

Jay Loo gets First Bracelet for Malaysia

While there’s plenty of poker interest in Malaysia, nobody from this very large country has every won at the WSOP. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that the country is far away from both the Vegas and European-based WSOP events.

In any case, Jay Loo was happy to end the drought by winning Malaysia’s first gold bracelet. He took down Event #2 along with a $107,500 prize. And now Loo has opened the door for future Malaysians to claim victory at the WSOP.