Bryan Piccioli wins WSOP APAC Event #1
It seemed that the script had been written for arguably Australia’s most talented and successful young poker player to go all the way and win the first ever WSOP bracelet on Australian soil. Unfortunately no one showed that script to 23-year old Bryan Piccioli. The crowd were cheering passionately for the Aussie but it was the American online phenom who crashed the party to be crowned our first WSOP APAC champion.
No doubt that Piccioli deserved this honour. He was impressive throughout the tournament, particularly late on Day 2 when his aggression needled the great Phil Hellmuth to the point of implosion. On the final table Piccoli had to bide his time with Jay Loo, Jonathan Duhamel and Jeremy Ausmus all active to his right, but once play reached short-handed he picked up some cards, applied some pressure and, in the end, caught a sweet river card to end the brave run of the "Dong".
Sadly it seems that the Aussies are building a reputation of falling at the final hurdle at the WSOP as Karamalikis becomes the fourth Australian in twelve months to miss the gold by the narrowest of margins (David Borg, Jackie Glazier and Brendon Rubie are the others).
Karamalikis collects $130,743 for a fine tournament while Piccioli adds another chapter to his growing reputation as one of the world’s finest young players with victory, $211,575 in prize money and the elusive WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Results
1st Bryan Piccioli - $211,575
2nd Jonathan Karamalikis - $130,743
3rd Junzhong Loo - $96,305
4th Jonathan Duhamel - $71,870
5th Jeremy Ausmus - $54,337
6th Graeme Putt - $41,610
7th Iori Yogo - $32,268
8th Peter Kleudgen - $25,335
9th Ryan Otto - $20,138
Thanks for following along this evening, and we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow from 12:30pm as we bring you live updates of the final table for Event #2: $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha. Good night from Melbourne!
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