Alex Lynskey is once again the toast of the nation after defeating a field of 475 entries to take out the Star Poker Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event.
The 2018 WSOP November Niner, who went on to win the WSOP International Circuit Main Event in Sydney that same year, now has more than AU$5.6 million in career tournament earnings and jumps one spot up the Australian All-Time Money List to #7 over David Steicke.
His victory followed a roller-coaster final table on Monday that saw him take the chip lead early before becoming the short-stack three-handed, only to claw his way back to take a commanding chip lead into heads-up play against Gavin Best.
On the final hand and facing a 7:1 chip deficit, Best shoved with 9♦10♦ and was called by Lynskey with A♦J♠. The 5♣Q♣3♦7♥5♥ bricked for both players – enough for Queenslander Lynskey to add a major title tournament on home soil to his glittering resume.
Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the wake of his victory, Lynskey said he was pleased to have gone all the way this time around after finishing third at the same venue in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event in May.
“It does feel good, yeah,” Lynskey said. “It was a pretty brutal way to have busted last time, but it felt really good to run so pure and get the job done.
“Once I had the chip lead, I tried to apply as much pressure as possible and grind it out. Poker is a game of luck, so I wouldn’t say it’s deserved or justified … I picked up the right hands at the right time to finish the job, I suppose.”
Lynskey also revealed that he’ll be taking more time for himself in 2022 but will jump into a few more major events on the local circuit.
“I’m planning to play less poker in general … maybe the [WSOP] Main Event next year, but that will be the extent of it,” he said.
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