The 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific has been well represented by the locals, with six of the eight events held so far being won by Aussies. The Series, being held at Crown Melbourne, is approaching the end of its second week. Fields have been world-class, making the efforts of the winners all the more satisfying.
Luke Brabin was the first Aussie and first player of the Series to win a piece of iconic WSOP gold by taking the down opening event: $1100 NLH Accumulator for $131,365.
It was then Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend and poker royalty Jeff Lisandro (pictured) who captured his 6th WSOP bracelet by winning the $1650 Pot Limit Omaha event. There was plenty of competition on the final table where he overcame fellow Hall of Famers Jason Gray who finished in second place and Gary Benson who finished in forth.
Scott Calcagno from South Australia took down the NLH Terminator event after beating two fellow South Aussies three-handed to earn himself a WSOP bracelet and a little over $61,000.
Melbournian Sam Higgs triumphed over a field of 80 to win his first WSOP gold bracelet. Higgs had some form in PLO leading into this event having taken down the $1100 event at the Aussie Millions earlier this year. He didn’t have it easy in this event though, having to overcome 2010 WSOP World Champion Jonathan Duhamel on the final table, who eventually finished third.
Rory Young has kept to his recent good form to win the $1650 8-Game Dealer’s Choice event. Earlier this year he won the PMA event at The Star during the Sydney Championships for $31,460. This time he walked away with a WSOP gold bracelet and $42,720 for his troubles, triumphing over the experience of Sam Khouiss who finished second.
Alexander Antonios from Sydney took out the $2200 Six-Max NLH event, preventing WSOP and poker legend Phil Hellmuth from winning a ground-breaking 14th WSOP gold bracelet.
The Main Event of the Series, Event 9: $10,000 NLH, recently began on October 12 and will continue until October 18 when a winner will be crowned. A $25,000 High Roller NLH event will be the last new event of the Series that will begin on October 15.
2014 WSOP APAC event winners to date:
Event 1: $1100 NLH Accumulator, Luke Brabin, $131,365
Event 2: $2200 NLH, Jay Loo, $107,500
Event 3: $1650 PLO, Jeff Lisandro, $51,660
Event 4: $1650 NLH Terminator, Scott Calcagno, $61,250
Event 5: $5000 PLO, Sam Higgs, $127,843
Event 6: $1650 8-Game Dealer’s Choice, Rory Young, $42,720
Event 7: $2200 Six-Max NLH, Alexander Antonios, $128,784
Event 8: $5000 8-Game Mixed, George Danzer, $84,600
Photo with thanks to WSOP.com