Friday April 12, 2013 : AUSSIE POKER FIRST FOR AARON LIM
Local player the first Aussie to win a WSOP bracelet on home ground
Australian player Aaron Lim became the first Aussie to win a World Series of Poker bracelet on home ground this week, joining other top WSOP players amongst his countrymen like Joe Hachem, Andrew Hinrichson, Mark Vos, Gary Benson and Mel Judah.
Lim bested 166 other entrants in the A$5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Six Max tournament at the WSOP Asia-Pacific festival in Melbourne to collect the main prize of A$233,800, an impressive follow on to his victory in the 2013 PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event last week that earned him $111,088.
When the competition reached final table stage, Lim faced Andy Lee, Jan Suchanek, Brendon Rubie, Sam Higgs and Billy Seri. It was a relatively short affair, with the action concluded in just seven hours.
When New Zealand player Jan Suchanek exited in third place for A$103,766, the heads up between Lim and Andy Lee was set, with Lee holding the lead. Lim managed to take that away from him in a double up move, and an hour later he managed to despatch his opponent with a A$144,530 take-home.
In related news, the WSOP Asia-Pacific main event promises to be a railbird-pleaser with 390 entries thus far, including a slew of big international names.
Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Benny Spindler, Brandon Cantu, David Vamplew, Brandon Wong, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Sam Trickett, 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson, Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari are all successfully through Day 1.
Daniel Negreanu and Joel Feldman top the Day 1 leaderboard.