Kingdom come: Newcastle players reign supreme at APT Sydney

The Novocastrians have officially stamped their authority on the Australian poker scene, earning themselves a king’s ransom from the most recent Australian Poker Tour (APT) Sydney series.

Five players from the NSW coastal town of Newcastle – flying the banner for the Kings Poker brand, co-founded by poker industry magnate and APT General Manager Rob Dzurovski – led the charge at the Campbelltown Catholic Club last week, taking home the lion’s share of the $1.1 million+ series prize pool.

Paul Crisp‘s breakthrough victory in The Opener Mystery Bounty was the catalyst for their collective success, which also saw Billy Bremner take down the Big Chill Freezeout before Amy ‘A.J.’ Mossman and Mitchell Frost won the Super Freeze and PLO/NLH Rotation events respectively.

The biggest story for all the Kingsmen, however, was that of David Coxhell, who was coronated as the newest APT Dracakis Players Champion. Coxhell’s performance in that event resulted in his biggest career score, surpassing his previous best of $16,000 for his fifth-place finish in the Crown Victorian Poker Championship $550 NLH Event back in 2009.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia and APT Ambassador Mike Maddocks in his post-match interview, it was clear that the win meant everything.

“Coming into it, I was thinking to myself, – geez, I could really do with the money,” Coxhell said, “But sitting here now, with the trophy and the ring and everything, with all my mates from Newcastle … I’m ecstatic!”

Mike Maddocks interviews David Coxhell (video courtesy of APT & Maddocks Mindset)

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate for poker’s Old Guard as well, with Dean Blatt emerging victorious in The Grind – his first live major title in six years, along with fellow Melburnian Simon Chahine, who won the Pot Limit Omaha.

Meanwhile, the APT welcomed Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend Jeff Lisandro, who is on the circuit to promote his new book, Playing Poker Against the Mob; Lisandro finished second to Maciej Kuznierz in the Big PLO, while fellow APHOF inductee Grant Levy shipped the 8-Game, and in doing so, denied Chahine his second trophy for the series.

Yang Lei – most famous for his big win in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event back in June – also made headlines after winning the $750 buy-in Main Event for his second APT title, before Jonathan Levy closed out proceedings by winning his fifth APT trophy in The Beast.

The APT will launch its sixth season at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane in January; for more information, including images, results and feature table replays from the APT Sydney series, visit the APTLive Facebook page or log onto

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