Sydney grinder Adam Kharman has returned to Oz in style, picking up two of the marquee titles and more than $31,000 in total prize money during last weeks’ Australian Poker League (APL) Poker Tour series at Southport Sharks in Queensland.
The 27-year-old, who had spent the last 12 months crushing the European circuit, began his campaign by taking down the $600 Deep Freeze before going on to win the $2,500 Centurion.
Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the moments after his Centurion victory, Kharman was still pinching himself over just how well he had performed.
“It’s crazy, I feel so blessed, really!” Kharman said. “I was thinking to myself, was the run-good only gonna last a couple of months before coming back to Australia?”
“But now I’ve gone and shipped two tournaments in as many days – it’s ridiculous!”
Kharman also stressed the importance of training and mindset being key to long-term success in poker.
“This was the one tournament I saw myself winning … it’s important to visualise this sort of thing, but it’s not magic. You’ve still got be prepared to work hard and study to make your poker dream come true.”
These were sentiments also shared by Anthony Cierco, who became the first international player to win the Jackstar Super High Roller.
Born and raised in the Toulouse region of France, the 34-year-old bettered his fifth-place finish in the same event this time last year, making victory all the more sweeter.
“I’ve been working on my game for such a long time,” Cierco said. “Yes, I had a bit of luck, but in games like this, you need to study a lot, know [the percentages].”
“This has been my job for the last 12 years … I know that I’ve worked hard and never given up, and because of all that, I’m now here.”
In other major results, Dustin Jung broke through for his first mid-tier major title after taking out the APLPT Queensland III Main Event, fresh off his seventh-place finish in the Star Poker Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event last month to take home a top prize of $23,330.
Victoria’s Dexter McMillan took down the $450 buy-in Mini High Roller, while the Northern Territory’s Alex Krepapas picked up his single biggest score of his career after winning the Monster Stack.
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