The first event of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific has concluded with Aussie Luke Brabin (pictured) triumphing to earn a coveted WSOP bracelet. Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator, being played at Crown Melbourne, attracted a field of 611 players which generated a first prize payout of $131,365.
As reported by wsop.com, Brabin overcame the other eight Aussie players on the final table, fittingly ensuring that the first bracelet of the series would remain ‘Down Under.’
Brabin, a 34-year old Sydney-born Melbourne local, once involved in the sports betting industry, has considered himself a professional poker player at various times of his life.
“Winning a bracelet was absolutely an ultimate goal of mine in poker,” Brabin said after his victory. “The World Series of Poker is just the pinnacle of events, so obviously it means something more than winning other random tournaments here in Australia. I will definitely be sticking the bracelet up for everyone to see somewhere in my new home,” Brabin said. “This is the start of a new time in my life. I’ve been through some dark times in the past and I’m just looking for more success and to just keep going.”
The field included several prominent Australian and international players including WSOP bracelet winners Brandon Shack-Harris, Antonio Esfandiari, George Danzer and Jeff Madsen, 5th placed 2013 WSOP APAC Main Event finisher Kahle Burns, eventual runner-up Didier Guerin, and notables Julius Colman, Jamie Pickering, ‘Toothpick’ Tony Kambouroglou and Gary Benson.
Final table results were as follows:
Event 1: $1,100 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator
1st: Luke Brabin – $131,365
2nd: Didier Guerin – $81,220
3rd: Daniel Murphy – $59,334
4th: Steve Lindeblad – $43,986
5th: Ryan Hong – $33,080
6th: Zane Ly – $25,234
7th: Brian McAllister – $19,521
8th: Piyush Gupta – $15,318
9th: David Profaca – $12,189
Photo with thanks to WSOP.com