STAR POKER: Dean dominates final day to win Sydney Champs title

Dean Yuen (pictured) overcame a 2:1 chip deficit heads-up to capture the 2012 Sydney Poker Championships Main Event title and the first prize of $127,133 at The Star in Sydney yesterday (Sunday).

Playing controlled poker with selected bouts of aggression, Yuen came into the final day as one of 12 remaining hopefuls and by the time the final table was decided he sat poised in fifth spot on the leaderboard. However, as the short stacks began to fall and the pressure rose, it was Yuen that showed the greatest composure.

Although he entered heads-up play facing a near 2:1 deficit to eventual runner-up David Borg, he quickly clawed his way into the chip lead before all but sealing victory when he turned the bigger boat with A-10 v Borg’s 4-4 on an A-10-4-10-2 board.

Borg owns one of the more remarkable records in Aussie tournament poker. His four previous major cashes are all top two finishes, including a recent cash of USD $410,517 for second in a $1500 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2012 WSOP. He added another $80,374 here.

Kahle Burns underlined his status as one of the big improvers on the local scene with third while other notables to cash included popular Asian-based pro Bryan Huang (fifth), Suzy Khoueis (seventh), David Allan (eighth), Tony Kondevski (13th), Star Poker ambassador Aaron Benton (14th), former ANZPT Sydney champion Michael Kanaan (15th) and John Caridad (35th).

On behalf of the PMA team, we’d like to congratulate the Star Poker team on another highly successful championship series and we look forward to heading back to Sydney in later this year for the second Star Poker Summer Series.

2012 Sydney Champs Main Event results

1 Dean Yuen $127,133
2 David Borg $80,374
3 Kahle Burns $44,989
4 Stephen Buchanan $34,880
5 Bryan Huang $28,560
6 Ismail Ismail $23,253
7 Suzy Khoueis $18,450
8 David Allan $13,901
9 Jimmy Ghobrial $10,616
10 Yal Kaya $7079
11 Luis Arrilucea $7079
12 Mitch Macedo $7079
13 Tony Kondevski $5813
14 Aaron Benton $5813
15 Michael Kanaan $5813
16 David Tam $5308
17 Jimmy Tran $5308
18 Ronnie Shabtay $5308
19 Andrew Davis $4802
20 Luca Borreggine $4802
21 George Daskalakis $4802
22 Chris Bridle $4297
23 Laurence Hall $4297
24 Narbeh Hovsepian $4297
25 Cale MacLean $3791
26 Con Angelakis $3791
27 Ramy Tadros $3791
28 Karib Karib $3285
29 Loan D. Lazar $3285
30 Edgar Florez Montenegro $3285
31 Steve Yibo Zhou $3033
32 Peter Dykes $3033
33 Michael Levy $3033
34 Sefehr Naderi $2780
35 John Caridad $2780
36 Fred Alam $2780
37 Phillip Georgiou $2780

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