Written By Carla Harris
The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) is quickly becoming one of the premier gambling events in the Southern Hemisphere. Poker players from Australia and around the world descended on the iconic Crown Melbourne to play, watch, and gamble with some of the best poker players in the world.
This year’s WSOP APAC is only the second time the tournament series has been held, but due to its clear popularity (and expanded television coverage) it is all-but-guaranteed that the WSOP APAC is here to stay.
With 10 exciting events and millions of dollars on the line, it is impossible to go over every noteworthy development in the series. The following highlights are just three of the best (but far from the only) stories from the series.
Like so many other gamblers, American-born Scott Davies came to the Crown Melbourne with the intention of taking down the APAC Main Event. Unlike everyone else, Davies was actually able to pull it off, earning a gold WSOP bracelet and AU$850,136 in prize money.
In case the AU$10,000 buyin Main Event wasn’t enough action for you, the High Roller Event featured a buyin two and a half times that size. Canadian poker pro Mike Leah won his first WSOP bracelet (and AU$600,000) in one of the most prestigious events on the global circuit. Runner-up was New Zealand poker pro David Yan (with AU$360,025 in winnings).
George Danzer is no stranger to WSOP final tables, or WSOP bracelets for that matter. Danzer’s impressive takedown of the notoriously difficult AU$5000 Mixed-Game Event earned him his third WSOP bracelet of the year, while also making him a strong contender for the WSOP Player of the Year.
With such a successful series, chances are great that next year’s WSOP APAC will be even bigger than the one that just concluded. All eyes will be on the event itself as well as the potentially impressive lineup, each Poker Star with their own fan base.