Lim Claims First Australian Gold at WSOP Asia Pacific
It took four attempts but Australia has their first bracelet from home soil with Aaron Lim winning the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Event 4: AU$5,000 6-Max Hold’em title!
167 players took to the felt three days ago to play one of the more aggressive formats of poker we have on the circuit, and with the biggest buy-in on the WSOP APAC schedule so far, the price of entry was matched with the calibre of players that took a seat in the Crown Poker Room.
Day 1 and 2 played at a furious pace, and when action re-commenced today there were just seven players in the hunt for WSOP gold. With five Australians in the hunt it felt like a near lock for the first home turf-won bracelet but with Australian’s Jason Gray, Billy Seri, Sam Higgs and Brendon Rubie all bowing to the rail the three-handed race would be contested by a New Zealander and a Malaysian as well as just one lone Australian.
Once Jan Suchanek fell in 3rd place after running an all-in bluff, many were expecting that the heads-up battle would be over, but with the experienced Aaron Lim and Andy Lee holding a mountain of chips each, neither player wanted to let WSOP gold slip through their hands too easy.
Chips were traded back-and-forth with each player holding a dominating chip lead, but in the end it would be Lim turning a flush against Lee’s nut flush draw that would see the momentum swung squarly into the Australian’s favor. And just a few hands later Lim would strike gold on the river to end Lee’s quest at becoming the first Malaysian-born WSOP bracelet winner as Lim was crowned the champion and recipient of the AU$233,800 first prize.
Final Table Payouts
1st: Aaron Lim (AU$233,800)
2nd: Andy Lee (AU$144,530)
3rd: Jan Suchanek (AU$103,766)
4th: Brendon Rubie (AU$74,590)
5th: Sam Higgs (AU$53,615)
6th: Billy Seri (AU$38,545)
With this victory, Lim becomes the first Australian WSOP bracelet winner on home soil and joins the likes of Joe Hachem, Jeffrey Lisandro, Andrew Hinrichsen, Gary Benson, Mark Vos, Christina Pie and Mel Judah as Australian WSOP Champions. Congratulations to Aaron Lim!
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