New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw is the 2019 Sydney Championships Main Event winner after outlasting a record field of 600 starters to claim the title and a $352,800 first prize.
Claiming his first major live trophy after finishing seventh at this year’s Aussie Millions, Crawshaw can also lay claim to topping the biggest ever Sydney Championships Main Event with the 600 who stumped up the $3,000 entry fee smashing the previous record of 522 set 12 months ago.
He also managed to survive a tough final table featuring a number of well-known members of the local poker scene including Corey Kempson, William Qiu and Bernie Stang. In the end it was Sydney’s Mark Lassau that Crawshaw defeated heads-up for the title thanks to a dramatic final hand in which he turned a flush holding KJ to crack Lassau’s KK.
In winning the Sydney Championships, Crawshaw joins some elite company to have done so before him such as inaugural winner Jarred Graham (2009), fellow WSOP bracelet winner Martin Kozlov (2014), Daniel Laidlaw (2013), Kahle Burns (2016) and the sole female winner in the event’s 11-year history, Errolyn Strang (2011).