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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Australia winning the first bracelet of the 2014 WSOP APAC, Joe Hachem taking to the felt and Ryan Riess talking about the reason he plays poker.
1) Melbourne’s Luke Brabin Takes Event 1 for Australia
It didn’t take long an Australian to claim gold at the 2014 WSOP APAC.
In the very first event of the series Melbourne local Luke Brabin outlasted all 611 players to become the second Australian to win a gold bracelet on home soil (the first was Aaron Lim in 2013).
Brabin took home $131,365 for his efforts and a story for the ages. He was understandably excited to claim one of poker’s greatest honors. He told the WSOP:
“Winning a bracelet was an absolute ultimate goal of mine in poker."
So after winning only one bracelet in the 2013 WSOP APAC, Australian players are already a perfect 1-0 in the 2014 edition. Can they make it 10-0 and lock out the visitors completely?
2) Joe Hachem Makes his 2014 WSOP APAC Debut
On a day where Australian won a gold bracelet, the biggest poker pro in the history of the country played his first WSOP APAC event.
Joe Hachem took a seat in Event 3 $1,650 PLO with the intention of finally winning that highly-coveted second WSOP bracelet.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Hachem as he busted midway through the day.
On the bright side he still has six more chances to win a bracelet thanks to the extensive APAC schedule.
It’s hard to imagine anything better for Australian poker than its most famous player winning a bracelet on home soil.
Despite a growing community of players in Australia, Hachem remains far-and-away the biggest all-time winner with $11.8 tournament earnings.
3) Riess Plays to Be the Best
It’s been nearly a year since Ryan Riess won the WSOP Main Event and he still believes he can be one of the best poker players in the world.
We talked to Riess and a number of poker pros today about what actually motivates them to play poker in the first place.
Check out Riess' answer in a short SoundCloud clip below: