The $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Terminator event was by far the most exciting tournament of all those that took place in the first stage of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. It attracted poker professionals and amateurs alike, with the bounties turning the heat up a notch and inviting players to shift into a more aggressive gear. http://www.pokerguru.in/article/Scott-Calcagno,-Sam-Higgs-and-Rory-Young-Win-Bracelets-at-2014-WSOP-APAC has in-depth coverage of the entire event.
Scott Calcagno was one of those who decided to pay $1650 out-of-pocket to participate in this tournament, but there was no shortage of poker professionals. Among those who were credited with an excellent chance of winning the event were Jeff Lisandro, Gary Benson, Andrew Hinrichsen and Joe Hachem. The Australian is one of the best players from this country and a proud winner of the World Series of poker main event, but this time, he didn’t even make the money.
The winner was guaranteed a prize exceeding AU$61000 which would mean a return on investment of almost 35 times. The prospect of winning a five digit amount early in the series was alluring for hundreds of players, with exactly 250 of them sitting down at the table. One by one they were sent to the rail and the third day of the competition saw only 27 players returning, with Scott among those leading the pack.
He had a significant stack to play with and he put it to good use, by pushing short stackers around and he doubled up in the first two hours of play. Action was far more intense compared to the previous stages and the final table was dominated by Nelson Maccini who quickly closed the gap separating him from the leader. As a result of eliminating three players in a row, Nelson overtook Scott and became the chip leader, a position that he retained all the way to the heads up.
The top five players five were all Australians, in fact of the nine finalists a single American was present, with Brandon Shack-Harris big also involved in the GPI Player of the Year race. He eventually lost the competition to George Danzer and in this particular event had to settle for $11,000. Calcagno survived the heads up despite having the shorter stack and want the first prize at the expense of Nelson Maccini: