The 2011 Asian Pacific Poker Tour has crowned its first champion with Australian David Allan converting his day 1 chip lead into a title at the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event on Sunday.
The chip leader for the first two days of the tournament, Allan walked away with a tournament record $110,600 first prize joining fellow Australians Danny Chevalier and Julian Cohen as well as German Marcel Schreiner as Queenstown Snowfest Main Event Champions.
While Allan was the champion, most of the early attention at the final table was focused on Team Pokerstars Pro Bryan Huang who was attempting to confirm his status as the best player in Asia-Pacific. Huang’s tournament was ended when his pocket sevens were dominated by Jordan Westmorland’s pocket kings putting him out in 7th place.
Allan entered the final day of the tournament, when the field was reduced to a single table, in 3rd position with 393,500 in chips behind Ken Demlakian and Jordan Westmorland. However, after a couple of hours of play it was Westmorland who held a big chip lead. Unfortunately for Westmorland, he lost a large amount of chips to multiple players and was eliminated by Demalakian in 3rd position, giving Demalakian a chip advantage going into heads-up play.
Allan slowly ground away at Demalakian’s advantage taking the lead just before the two-hour mark of the heads-up battle and it wasn’t long after that Allan’s 10 high flush beat Demalakian’s two-pair to give Allan the title and the money.
Allan considers himself an online poker professional and appeared underwhelmed at his first ever live tournament victory.
“ It’s good to do something in a live tournament, but I’ve always said in the past that there is a lot of variance in live tournaments so I can’t really turn around now and say there was a large degree of skill in winning one,” Allan said in a post-tournament interview.
Allan will head to Sydney and Melbourne to play in the upcoming APPT tournaments in Sydney and Melbourne.
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