Mishel Anunu has become the latest player to earn the coveted Triple Crown after winning the Jackstar Super High Roller at the most recent APLPT Queensland IV series.
The Gold Coast poker veteran, whose CV includes three ANZPT Main Event top 20 finishes as well as an APT and QPC ring, earned himself an equal share of more than $38,000 in cash after chopping with runner-up Aleksandar ‘The Jeweller’ Andrejev.
Anunu told PokerMedia Australia that he was thrilled to ‘pick up the bonus’ by completing the set, joining the likes of Jordan Bromley, Aidan Hildebrandt and Mike Maddocks on the Triple Crown honour roll.
“It’s a really good feeling, you know?” Anunu said. “You have to keep adapting to change, and especially with all these young kids coming through, the ‘average player’ is a lot better … still, you’ve always gotta take each hand as it comes and try to make the right decision every time.”
Those were similar sentiments from 2019 APL Million Main Event Champion Hussein Hassan, who added another APL major title to his Hendon Mob after taking out the $2,500 buy-in Centurion for a top prize of $21,285.
“The pressure’s always gonna be there,” Hassan said, “but the trick is to not overthink about the spot you’re in … just be patient, let the cards come your way and play your game.”
There was perhaps nobody that embodied this advice more so than Karsten Kobbing, who after finishing second to Steven Hoek in the Deep Freeze, went all the way in the 6-Max NLH for his first major title.
APL NSW Central Coast’s own Damon Jessiman then created history as the first Deafblind player to win a Deaf Poker Australia sanctioned event, taking out the 2022 Queensland State Deaf Poker Championship, before Chile’s Matias Asenjo emulated the efforts of Colombian parcero Lucho Vargas, going wire-to-wire at the final table of the APLPT Queensland IV Main Event.
It capped off a deeply emotional series for the Australian Poker League family, having learned of the passing of APL Ville 600 creator Allan McLauchlan earlier that week.
McLauchlan’s funeral service will be held tomorrow morning at 10am AEST in Mackay and livestreamed on Facebook. PMA extends their deepest condolences to Allan’s family and friends and will be sharing more of his story in the coming weeks.