During the 2011/12 Circuit season Huy Quach rose to the top of a 748-player field and laid claim to the first ever World Series of Poker Circuit ring offered at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California.
Fast-forward two years later and Quach was able to once again rise to the top of the first event on the schedule to earn his second Circuit ring and $18,000 in first-place prize money.
“There were several short stacks,” Quach recalled about the final table after his victory. “It was fun. It was fun but it was not easy.” There were indeed several short-stacked players who returned for the second day of play.
These short stacks fell one after the other, allowing the final table to wrap up in around four and a half hours. Before he knew it, Quach was heads up with the chip lead against Mike Maarup. It was here, however, where the pace of the final table would slow down.
Maarup dealt a severe blow to Quach about fortyfive minutes into heads up play.
Maarup found himself all in with ace-queen before the flop against Quach’s pocket sevens. A queen on the flop allowed Maarup to double up and assume the chip lead.
“On the final hand, the two players found themselves in the ultimate preflop race situation with Quach holding ace-king to Maarup’s pocket queens. An ace came on the flop and sealed the deal for Quach. That said, his disdain toward the hand ace-king left him feeling nervous heading to the community cards.
“I was at the WSOP at the Rio in a $1,500 buy-in. I came into the final table as the chip leader and had aceking six times. I lost every hand. I hate that hand. I even told [Maarup] I hate that hand! But now I like that hand!” Despite any previous hatred, Quach will now be immortalized as a two-time WSOP champion while holding the ace-king. Not a bad redemption story for big-slick.
THE BICYCLE CASINO WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT EVENT 1 3/6/13 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM BUY-IN $365 PLAYERS 245 PRIZE POOL $73,500 1. Huy Quach . . . . . .$18,000 2. Michael Maarup . . . $11,125 3. Alexander Greenblatt $8,040 4. Anthony Nguyen . . . $5,915 5. Jesus Sanchez . . . .$4,430 6. Kirt Suihkonen . . . $3,375 7. Cludo Georgiadis . . $2,615 8. Thomas Bochynski . . $2,060 9. Robert Gau . . . . . $1,650