Brisbane’s Alex Lynskey has capped an incredible year on the live poker scene by winning the WSOP Circuit Sydney main event at The Star.
Lynskey, who gained international acclaim when he made the final table of the WSOP main event in July – eventually finishing seventh for a hefty US$1.5 million payday – topped a record WSOP Circuit main event field of 1,191 starters to claim the biggest title of his career and another AU$303,705 in prize money.
He also wins entry to the WSOP Global Casino Championship in the United States next August alongside WSOP Sydney Casino Champion Luke Martinelli, who topped the points race by finishing fourth in the main event and winning the AU$20,000 High Roller.
Lynskey did it the hard way at the WSOP Sydney Circuit main event final table, having to overturn a significant heads-up deficit against eventual runner-up Matt Pongrass before finally earning his first WSOP Circuit ring.
Since finishing second in the 2017 WSOP’s The Marathon event for US$427,000 last year, Lynskey has been on quite the roll, reaching multiple final tables including a recent ninth place finish for US$155,000 in the Caribbean Party Poker main event in Nassau.
He gained global recognition with his WSOP main event final table run where he unfortunately found himself card dead when it mattered most, but success in Sydney seems just the start for this star on the rise.
WSOP Circuit Sydney Final Table Results
1. Alex Lynskey – $303,705
2. Matt Pongrass – $188,188
3. Rahul Rastogi – $138,113
4. Luke Martinelli – $104,359
5. Sam Capra – $79,638
6. John Sormi – $61,298
7. Barry Forrester – $47,736
8. Justin Layden – $37,570
9. Cameron Chen – $29,976