Lim Takes One for Australia at WSOP APAC

Aaron Lim
Aaron Lim

Aaron Lim became the first Australian to win a WSOP bracelet on home soil in the WSOP APAC Event 4 $5,000 6-Max final.

Lim survived a rapid-fire start to the final table and then beat Malaysian Andy Lee heads-up to claim the bracelet and (AUD)$233,800 in cash.

“I’m incredibly honored to be the first Australian to take down a bracelet here,” said Lim.

“I was a bit concerned when two Americans took the first two events and then Phil Ivey won last night.”

A former online cash game player, Lim has been attempting to transition into live tournaments over the couple years. It seems to be going well as he won APPT Seoul three weeks ago for $111,088.

With the victory Lim becomes the seventh Australian in history to win a WSOP bracelet.

“Australia is definitely coming up in the poker world, especially in the live tournament scene,” he said.

“I think with the introduction of the ANZPT and APPT you’ll see a lot of online kids and live pros that will do very well. I think you’ll see our big-name players do well at the WSOP in Las Vegas.”

Here are the complete final-table payouts:

  • 1. Aaron Lim - $233,800
  • 2. Andy Lee - $144,530
  • 3. Jan Suchanek - $103,766
  • 4. Brendon Rubie - $74,590
  • 5. Sam Higgs - $53,615
  • 6. Billy Seri - $38,545

Brendon “Brendooor” Rubie Busts in Fourth

Brendon Rubie
Brendon Rubie

The entire final table played out in less than seven hours with noted Aussie pro Brendon Rubie hitting the rail in fourth place.

Rubie, who finished runner-up in the 4-Max event at the WSOP this summer, made an ill-timed shove with ace-eight and got snapped off by Lim with ace-queen.

The board didn’t give Rubie any help and he quickly left the final table to go play the $10,000 WSOP APAC Main Event downstairs. 

Jan Suchanek, a German who currently resides in New Zealand, didn’t last much longer and that brought about a long back-and-forth battle between Andy Lee and Lim heads-up. 

Unfortunately for Lee, he lost the pivotal all-in hands and that led to his undoing.

“I thought he played terrific,” said Lim of his heads-up opponent.

Despite just winning the $5k tournament, Lim said it was likely he will also play the $10,000 WSOP APAC Main Event, which had just begun in the Crown Poker Room.

“The structure is really good in the Main Event,” he said. “If I jump in two or three hours late I’ll still have over 100 big blinds so I’m not worried about that. I’ll take awhile just to chill and just soak it in for a bit.”

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