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Last night the first-ever WSOP bracelet was awarded in Australia but it wasn't won by an Australian. American poker pro Bryan Piccioli defeated home-town hero Jonathan Karamalikis to win his first gold bracelet and $211,575. In today's Daily WSOP Asia Pacific video show we find out how Piccioli got into poker and how much this victory means to him. Keep watching for all the highlights from the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific.
Matt: Welcome to the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific. Last night, at this very table, our first gold bracelet was awarded, but it didn't go to an Australian. American Bryan Piccioli, the hometown hero John Keir Melakes [SP] for his first WSOP victory. Tonight, we're going to find out a little bit more about our first champion.
Announcer: Broker was edeuced [SP] Bryan Picciolo has just won this event.
Bryan: Feeling very good, obviously. Once I got short handed in the tournament, it was pretty tough. Everyone quite good, John O. and Jay. Jay played really well I thought. Jeremy Ausmus and [inaudible 01:06] obviously to World Champion in Octo-Niner last year. I just happened to get lucky in a few spots. Pick up the right cards and that was that.
Announcer: The winner of the very first WSOP gold bracelet in the Southern Hemisphere is a gentleman I would like to introduce to you today, and our first ever WSOP event in Melbourne, 23 year old, Bryan Piccioli.
Bryan: It's every poker player's dream to win a bracelet. I didn't think that day was going to come for a while but I've been playing for a long time. I've dedicated pretty much my entire life to this game and it feels really good to finally get the job done. Yeah, I've been here since just before the Aussie Millions started in January. There was a two-month gap between Aussie Millions and WSOP APAC. I figured I might as well just stay out here during the gap in between, hang out, go on a couple of adventures. Australia is a great place to do that. It's beautiful here.
I actually got into poker was from my dad. He played and still plays a couple nights a week in a Cash Game in a local casino near my house where I grew up so I was always around the game growing up. When I was around 15, I started playing play money online, just messing around with the game. I just fell in love and still in, here I am.
Yeah, my dad is ecstatic. He was up watching in the middle of the night because you know, the time zones, we're in Australia, he's back home in the states. I think the final table started at around midnight on the East Coast in the U.S. so he's definitely sleeping at that hour normally, but he was up watching the whole final table and I believe my mom and my sister both got to watch most of it too. It was great having my whole family watching me from home.
There's not many things that I would lose sleep over but making a World Series Final Table definitely made me feel like I was back waiting for Santa Claus to come into my living room.