Monday February 4,2013 : CHAN VICTORIOUS IN MAJOR AUSSIE POKER TOURNAMENT
After eight days and delays due to television crew union rules, Malaysian pro takes home A$1.6 million
It's taken eight days of highly competitive poker exacerbated by delays due to television union rules but on Sunday the honours, the A$1.6 million first prize, a new Chrysler 300C, a A$40,000 LK jewellery bracelet and the 2013 Aussie Millions main event trophy went to Malaysian pro Mervin Chan (29).
The day started with the three remaining final table survivors, Chan, Patrik Antonius and Joseph Cabret returning to the felt to finish a contest that had been suspended at 5.30 am that morning after a gruelling 15 hours.
Starting as chip leader in what turned out to be a short session was Joseph Cabret on 7.72 million, followed by Chan (5,67 million) and Antonius (5,56 million). But it was Chan who turned on the pressure, ousting first Antonius for A$600,000 and then Cabret a few hands later for A$1 million in a two hour blitz that saw him triumphant against such formidable opposition.
Chan was gracious in victory, praising his opponents and saying it had been a privilege to compete against such talent. Remarkably, it was Chan's first major tournament.
The other members of the final table, Dan Shak, Jay Tan, Jarrod Glennon and David Yan all took home six-figure prizes.
At 629 hopefuls, this year's entry list was disappointingly the smallest since 2006.