D-Day: Dessmann dominates in record-breaking APLPT Melbourne series

Daniel Dessmann has staked his claim as one of the country’s rising stars after earning more than $95,000 in total prize money in the space of 48 hours at last week’s APLPT Melbourne III series.

In an effort reminiscent of Sam Adams’ powerhouse performance in the APT Brisbane Season IV Grand Final last September, the 30-year-old Victorian won both the $2,500 buy-in Centurion and then followed it up with victory in the Main Event, besting a field of 1,586 entries and in doing so becoming the first player to win two out of the three marquee tournaments on the APLPT calendar.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the wake of his monumental achievement, Dessmann shared that he had had little time to process it all as he was straight back to work in his family’s air conditioning and heating business early Monday morning.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet to be honest,” said Dessmann, “and probably not for another couple of days.  I’m still pretty cooked from the grind.”

“I must admit, I didn’t have that that much time to prepare because of work, and after winning the Main Event I had an important meeting that morning – so I went home, obviously still buzzing so I got no sleep and then I was up and about again by 6am!”

The APLPT Melbourne III series at Club Italia out in Melbourne’s west was in itself was historic, breaking the million-dollar series prize pool barrier for the first time since it launched in Queensland two years ago, with significant uptick in field sizes for the mid-to-high range price points.

Given the decline in major poker events in the Garden State since the onset of the global pandemic, it’s an accomplishment not lost on the Victorian poker community, least of all APL Major Events Director Joel Williams.

“This is an enormous achievement and reward for the tremendous effort of all involved,” Williams said, “and to achieve that feat in my hometown of Melbourne is especially satisfying.”

“I feel we have a clear mission and obligation to ensure that each and every series is an improvement on the last … this is proof that [the APLPT] is going in the right direction.”

In other major news, Khac-Trung Tran went wire-to-wire in the Jackstar Super High Roller to score his first major tournament win since 2018, while Liam Jehu also broke through for his first mid-tier major title in the Mini High Roller.

Romain Morvan shipped the NLH 6-Max, becoming the second French player behind Anthony Cierco to win an APLPT title, and Farhad Mahajerani took out the Monster Stack before Jason White closed out proceedings with victory in the $350 buy-in PLO 8-Max.

The APLPT now heads north to the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL in Sydney’s inner-west from 3-6 March, with additional stops planned for the Gold Coast in April and Melbourne in May before heading back over the Bass Strait in June for the APLPT Tasmania II series, to be held at the historic Wrest Point Casino over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

For more information, including full results, images and video from the APLPT Melbourne III series, visit playapl.com or follow the Australian Poker League Facebook page.

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