The newest edition to the Asia-Pacific poker scene was held at The Star Poker Room from 8 to 22 March 2016 with the inaugural Australasian Poker Challenge (APC).
The $2,200 APC Main Event featured three Day 1 flights and was Australia’s largest repechage event, meaning players who busted an early flight could buy back in to one or both of the remaining flights. The final field of 444 runners created a prize pool of $888,000.
More than 1,500 players took part across the nine event schedule with the popular $330 Opening Event attracting 878 runners.
Some of the best local and international talent descended upon The Star across the seven event schedule, including Australia’s WSOP champion Joe Hachem, American high stakes pro Andrew Lichtenberger and WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Lisandro, Gary Benson, Mel Judah, Alexander Antonios, Andrew Hinrichsen, Jarred Graham, Rory Young and Sam Higgs.
25-year-old rising star Alex Lynskey, from Brisbane, began the week by winning the Opening Event for $52,680 then went one better by taking down the very first APC Main Event for $212,112.
By the time the final table of nine players was set he sat fifth in the chip counts but his skills shone through when it mattered most as he proceeded to build the big stack before outlasting runner-up Ray Lapitan in an epic heads-up battle that lasted three hours.
Aside from his prize money, Lynskey took home the inaugural APC Main Event trophy as well as a diamond and ruby encrusted gold ring from Cerrone valued at $9,500.
The $5k Challenge was the other event of note, attracting 126 entries and being won by local pro and High Rollers specialist Daniel Neilson.
APC Main Event 17 to 21 March 2016
Bounty Sunday 20 March 2016
Pot Limit Omaha Thursday 17 March 2016
$5K Challenge 16 to 17 March 2016
Final table 17 March 2016
Official winner Daniel Neilson.
Deal completed between Daniel Neilson, Jarred Graham and Corey Kempson for 3 last place money spots.
Teams Tuesday 15 March 2016
Turbo Monday 14 March 2016
Adrian J Slater
Poker Media 6 - Handed NLH 13 to 14 March 2016
Final table 14 March 2016
Ladies Tournament NLH Saturday 12 March 2016
APC Opening Event 8 to 13 March 2016
Final table 13 March 2016