WSOP APAC: Piccioli pips Karamalikis at the post for first bracelet

On a day that will be immortalised in Australian poker history, US pro Bryan Piccioli (pictured above, with thanks to Crown Poker) was confirmed as the inaugural WSOP APAC gold bracelet winner.

In the finale of the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator event, the final battle for the gold featured two of the most successful online players of recent times, Piccioli and Australia’s Jonathan Karamalikis.

But like David Borg, Jackie Glazier and Brendon Rubie at last year’s WSOP, Karamalikis fell at the final hurdle in what would have been a dream result for the host nation. Piccioli started with just shy of a 2:1 chip lead and dispatched the Aussie inside 30 hands.

He earned just over $130,000 as runner-up while Piccioli, making his second WSOP final table appearance, pocketed $211,575 after prevailing over a field of 580 players who generated almost 1100 buy-ins thanks to the unique format of this event.

The final table featured no shortage of talent. The final table headliner was Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, who was looking to add a second bracelet to his 2010 WSOP Main Event title, only to fall in fourth. Australia’s other final table representative, future Hall of Famer Graeme Putt, was sixth.

A host of the international contingent of players who made the trip to Melbourne started the trip off with a cash including Barry Greenstein (75th), Mike Watson (44th), (36th), Melanie Weisner (34th), Dan Kelly (28th), Phil Hellmuth (20th), and Antoine Saout (13th).

The October Niners from last year’s Main Event final table had an especially strong showing. Four of them played in this event and all advanced to the second day of play. Jake Balsiger finished out of the money, but both Russell Thomas and Jesse Sylvia cashed, while Jeremy Ausmus made it all the way to the final table, busting out in fifth place.

Ausmus was one of 15 players who “accumulated” chips across multiple days in this event. No player was able to bag up chips on all three starting days, but 15 were able to do it twice.

WSOP APAC event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator results (580 players; 1085 buy-ins; 90 players paid; total prizepool $1,085,000)

1 Bryan Piccioli (USA) $211,575
2 Jonathan Karamalikis $130,743
3 Junzhong Loo (Malaysia) $96,305
4 Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) $71,870
5 Jeremy Ausmus (USA) $54,337
6 Graeme Putt $41,610
7 Iori Yogo (Japan) $32,268
8 Peter Kleugden (Germany) $25,335
9 Ryan Otto (NZ) $20,138
10 Ash Gupta $16,199
11 Alek Givotovsky $16,199
12 Oliver Gill $16,199
13 Antoine Saout (France) $13,183
14 Daniel Laidlaw $13,183
15 Kyle Halstead $13,183
16 Homan Houshiar (Canada) $10,861
17 Brandon Shim $10,861
18 Frank McColgan $10,861
19 Norman Shill $9049
20 Phil Hellmuth (USA) $9049
21 Kevin Sharp $9049
22 Dean Blatt $7628
23 Peter Kotsiris $7628
24 Haibo Chu $7628
25 Kasey Robertson $6499
26 Luke Spano $6499
27 Simon Moshi $6499
28 Dan Kelly (USA) $5599
29 Christopher Pereira (France) $5599
30 Nick Morales $5599
31 Samer Fakhoury $4883
32 Jesse Sylvia (USA) $4883
33 Stevan Chew $4883
34 Melanie Weisner (USA) $4307
35 Thang Truong (USA) $4307
36 Jackie Glazier $4307
37 Phillip Libeau $3841
38 Dylan Honeyman $3841
39 Antonis Kambouroglou $3841
40 Samantha Cohen (USA) $3841
41 Patrick Crivell (USA) $3841
42 Daniel Levy $3841
43 Sean Lannon $3841
44 Mike Watson (Canada) $3841
45 Nathan Bevan $3841
46 Paul Hill $3461
47 Jeff Frerichs (USA) $3461
48 LeAnne Anderson (NZ) $3461
49 David Brand $3461
50 Karan Punjabi $3461
51 Trevor Saunders $3461
52 Craig Blight $3461
53 Russell Thomas (USA) $3461
54 Mufit Brahim $3461
55 Jeremy Simon $3147
56 Eui Kim (Canada) $3147
57 Ian Aldridge $3147
58 Andrew Hinrichsen $3147
59 David Naughton (Ireland) $3147
60 Arthur McMahon $3147
61 Mile Krstanoski $3147
62 Najib Moubayed $3147
63 Minh Phuc Nguyen $3147
64 Samuel Bernard (New Caledonia) $3147
65 Josko Markovic $2897
66 Martin Kozlov $2897
67 Roy Hills $2897
68 Tristan Bain $2897
69 Paul B Birman $2897
70 Dimitrios Tremmos $2897
71 Guang Ta $2897
72 Bernard Beh $2897
73 Craig Ivey $2669
74 Dominic Lindner (Germany) $2669
75 Barry Greenstein (USA) $2669
76 Ivan Zalac $2669
77 Laurence Hall $2669
78 Jason Lee $2669
79 Dale Raynes $2669
80 Peter Longmore $2669
81 James Hoeppner $2669
82 Sam Georges $2452
83 Aaron Benton $2452
84 John Dalessandri $2452
85 Luca Borreggine $2452
86 Ryan Pigatelli (Canada) $2452
87 Bradd McGarrity $2452
88 Patrick Fletcher $2452
89 Henry Szmeller $2452
90 Andrew Scarf $2452

• Additional reporting, wsop.com

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