In the record books it will go down as a win for New Zealand, but Australia can at least lay moral claim to another World Series of Poker bracelet after Hun Wei Lee, better known as Andy Lee, took down the WSOP Online US$1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha event on GG Poker earlier this week.
Announced in early June following confirmation that the 2020 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was postponed – and may well be cancelled altogether – the WSOP Online series was conceived in its place with a total of 85 bracelet events running from 1 July to 6 September.
It has been described by the WSOP as the largest online poker tournament series of all time.
The US$1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha was event #37 on the schedule with Lee topping a field of 971 players to take down the US$161,886 (AUS$225,630) first prize.
Lee is certainly no stranger to the Australian poker community, having long been regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished high stakes Omaha cash game players as well as being a regular in major tournament series nationwide.
Originally from Malaysia before moving to Sydney in 2004 to study finance, he began playing poker in 2006 and within two years was producing regular deep runs at APPT Sydney and the Sydney Poker Championships.
His first major tournament breakthrough came in 2011 when he won the Star Poker Summer Series main event – the precursor to WSOP Sydney – for $270,000. Since then he has won the WSOP Sydney High Roller event in 2017 for $273,600 and an Aussie Millions ring in an $1,100 Mix Max event in 2013, as well as producing runner-up finishes in the 2013 WSOP APAC $5k 6-handed, 2017 APL Million $5k Challenge and the $25k PLO at this year’s Aussie Millions.
Lee explained to PokerMedia Australia that he still lives in Sydney but is temporarily residing in New Zealand to play the WSOP Online series.
“I’ve been listed as Kiwi, Australian and Malaysian in three separate articles,” he laughed.
Unfortunately for us Aussies, as far as nationality is concerned this bracelet goes down as one for our mates across the ditch.