Australasian Poker Challenge Winners

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Australasian Poker Challenge


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. 

Tournament Winners

APC Main Event 17 to 21 March 2016

Alex Lynskey

$221,112

Ray Lapitan

$139,416

Andy Lee

$78,144

James Rann

$60,384

Peco Stojanovski

$49,284

Zhi Ma

$39,960

Nick Polias

$31,080

Suraj Dutt

$23,976

Rined Namrood

$17,760

 

Bounty Sunday 20 March 2016

Errolyn Strang

$11,040

Zac Vigar

$7,360

Yanji Ge

$5,336

Connie Lai

$3,496

Alexander Astudillo

$2,576

Liem Nguyen

$1,932

Ronald Bean

$1,656

Igai Augarten

$1,380

Dean Blatt

$1,104

Jamie Crawley

$920

 

Pot Limit Omaha Thursday 17 March 2016

Tam Troung

$13,500

Alexander Horowitz

$9,000

Guilliano Nobili

$6,520

David Campbell

$4,280

Geoffrey Henshaw

$3,150

Sam Higgs

$2,360

Milan Gurang

$2,025

Khac Tran

$1,690

Benjamin Benoit

$1,350

Bassam Habib

$1,125

 

$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.

David Wang

$48,280

Jim Pizanias

$35,570

Henry Wang

$26,680

Alex Lynskey

$21,600

Andrew Lichtenberger

$17,790

Emmanuel Seal

$15,250

 

Teams Tuesday 15 March 2016

Ishmail Sahin

$10,200

Peco Stojanovski

$6,800

Natt Armstrong

$4,930

Johnathan Maurer

$3,230

John Michael

$2,380

Ali Elsalim

$1,785

Paul Tartak

$1,530

David Sanis

$1,275

Josh Mitchell

$1,020

Andrew Li

$850

 

Turbo Monday 14 March 2016

Pankaj Gogia

$12,300

David Hirst

$8,364

Michael O'Grady

$6,396

Alexander Horowitz

$4,674

Michael Bouskila

$3,198

Sam Ioannou

$2,583

Gavin Tinline

$2,091

Adrian J Slater

$1,722

Daniel Simmons

$1,476

 

Poker Media 6 - Handed NLH 13 to 14 March 2016

Final table 14 March 2016

Khac Tran

$32,760

Theo Dharmasaputra

$22,050

Jason Sarkis

$16,380

Bassam Habib

$10,710

Shivan Abdine

$8,190

George Moussa

$6,615

Gavin Tinline

$4,095

 

Ladies Tournament NLH Saturday 12 March 2016

Mayra Ramos

$5,940

Christine Hia

$3,960

Connie Diakovasillis

$1,980

Casey-ley Moane

$1,320

 

APC Opening Event 8 to 13 March 2016

Final table 13 March 2016

Alexander Lynskey

$52,680

Daniel Tsui

$33,504

Steve Pappas

$23,048

David Campion

$16,726

Nicholas Wright

$11,511

Demetris Lambrianides

$7,639

Yibo He

$5,768

Paul Murphy

$4,605

Michael Kyriakou

$3,846

Errolyn Strang

$3,187