Monday April 15,2013 : NEGREANU TAKES WSOP ASIA-PACIFIC MAIN EVENT (UPDATE)
Drought ends for amiable Canadian poker pro
Daniel Negreanu bested a field of 405 taking home the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event title, his fifth WSOP bracelet and a USD$1 081 750 prize after triumphing over Daniel Marton in heads-up play.
This win brings Negreanu's live winnings up to $17 471 425 ranking him close behind Erik Seidel on the all-time money list and ending his dry spell since 2008..
Negreanu dominated the final table action but faced some breath-holding moments while in heads-up against Australian poker pro Marton who proved to be a tough competitor.
"With this win, I achieved a few of my goals. Winning a million dollars in a tournament, winning a major tournament. That list of goals I usually set is really lofty. I set eight or ten and I am happy to get three or four and I feel like I’ve got three already, so, who knows? Maybe I will get all eight."
The AU$10,000 WSOP APAC Main Event tourney generated a prize pool of $3 847 500 with the top 40 finishers making the money.
Final table results ended up:
1. Daniel Negreanu – $1 038 825
2. Daniel Marton – $637 911
3. Winfred Yu – $423 225
4. George Tsatsis – $284 715
5. Kahle Burns – $201 994
6. Benny Spindler – $146 205
7. Mikel Habb – $107 730
8. Russell Thomas – $82 721
In related news, Phillip Gruissem took the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific $50,000 Re-Entry High Roller title adding AUD$825 000 to his career winnings.
Gruissem's making the most of the poker action in Melbourne having placed second in the Aussie Millions $25 000 Challenge where he took home AU$187 000.
His total live tournament winnings now total over $4.8 million.