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Aussie Wins Maiden World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Friday, June 21st, 2013

Australian Jarred Graham joined good-friend Joe Hachem as a WSOP bracelet winner by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Graham was the short stack with only fourteen players left in the tournament but staged a remarkable comeback to take down the first place prize of $255,942, in what was only his second ever WSOP tournament.

The semi-professional poker player was delighted to be the first Australian winner of a bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker.

“It feels great to come here and win, this is my first World Series,” Graham said.

“It helps having everyone (fellow Australians) here supporting. It makes a big difference. The poker community is tight and I was happy to see them here with me.”

Graham played extremely well to claim victory with former bracelet winners Perry Green and Barry Greenstein as well as perennial WSOP runner-up Marco Johnson providing stiff competition at the final table.

At one stage it looked as though Greenstein was on his way to his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet but he was eliminated by Graham in third place while Johnson fell just short of tournament victory for the third time in his WSOP career.

“Playing with Barry Greenstein and Marco Johnson was great,” Graham said.

“We played for a while three-handed and they are really tough players, so I enjoyed winning.”

Australian poker players have achieved a number of excellent results at the World Series of Poker in recent years (highlighted by Hachem’s win in the 2005 WSOP Main Event) and Graham joins Joe Hachem, Gary Benson, Billy Argyos, Tony G, Mel Judah, Jeff Lisandro, Mark Vos and Marsha Waggoner as Australian winners at the World Series of Poker.

Graham said he is not happy with only one bracelet and will be entering the remaining Pot-Limit Omaha events at the 2013 World Series of Poker.


David Chiu Wins Fifth World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013

David Chiu defeated the most stacked final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker to win the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Title and his fifth WSOP bracelet.

Chiu claimed the first place prize of $145,520 but, more importantly, joined the list of elite poker players to have won five gold bracelets.

The fifty-two-year-old needed all his skill and experience to negotiate a final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners such as Freddie Ellis, Michael Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, Gary Benson and Adam Friedman.

Chiu said the victory was made even more special by the quality of the other players at the final table.

“This one means a lot, because there were so many tough players at the final table,” Chiu said.

“Everybody here was a great player and all professionals.”

Chiu is considered one of the nice guys of poker and lived up to that reputation by dedicating his victory to former Los Angeles Lakers owner and poker player Jerry Bruss who passed away earlier this year.

“I am dedicating this gold bracelet to Dr. Jerry Buss,” Chiu said.

“This is for him, because he had so much love for this game.

“We all miss him so much, I wanted to do this for him and it’s why I played so hard to win.”

Chiu had to wait eight years to win another WSOP bracelet but he doesn’t believe the game has passed him by, especially in games like stud.

“All the younger guys play No-Limit Hold’em, but the old-school guys still have Stud and all the mixed games,” Chiu said.

“If I did not think I have what it takes to play, I would not compete.”

With his fifth World Series victory Chiu joins some of the poker elite, like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson and Gary Berland, as the holder of five World Series of Poker bracelets but said he will continue to maintain a low profile.

“I’m really low key, I’m not into being a celebrity,” Chiu said.

“I’m just a normal person who likes to play poker.”


Alt Wins ANZPT Sydney Main Event

by | Published: Monday, March 25th, 2013

Dinesh Alt won the Sydney Main Event of the Pokerstars Pokerstars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour at Sky City Casino this weekend.

Alt ended the amazing run of Dejan Divkovic, who was looking to claim back to back ANZPT titles, and took home the first place prize of $226,320.

It looked as though Divkovic was going to win his second ANZPT trophy when he took the lead at the start of the heads-up battle but his chip stack was crippled when he went all-in with a set of sixes only to be called by Alt who had a jack-high straight.

Alt travelled all the way from Switzerland for the event and was delighted to have claimed victory after an extremely long final table.

“I am feeling very good, I’ve never had this feeling before because I’ve never won much money before and this is my first big event,” Alt said.

Alt won a qualifier at Pokerstars Pokerstars and has managed to turn his initial outlay of $40 into $226,320 and an ANZPT Trophy.

“I just can’t believe it, it is very cool,” Alt said.

The final table was stacked with poker talent with ANZPT Perth winner Divkovic and Australian poker legend Gary Benson both taking big stacks into the final day of the event while Alt had one of the smallest stacks at the table.

“I had a lot of luck as I was a small stack and won two all-ins,” the Switzerland native said.

“I had some good hands and I just tried to play my best.”

The result was Alt’s first cash in a live poker tournament as before yesterday he could even be found on the Hendon Poker database.

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Poker Superstars Still in Aussie Millions Main Event Contention

by | Published: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Poker superstars Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey are among thirty-six players still in contention to win the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event.

Antonius had a stellar day 3 and is now in second position just 87,000 chips behind chip-leader Ray Ellis.

The Finish phenom controlled his table for much of the day but really added to his chip stack when he eliminated Wei Low while holding pocket aces.

As usual Phil Ivey was heavily involved in the action despite starting the day with a relatively low chip-stack.

Early on day three Ivey got his aces all-in against Gary Kane’s Ace-King and when the board was no help to Kane, Ivey was back in the tournament.

Ivey continued his run of eliminating players when the tournament was on the bubble.

Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson felt good when he got his remaining chip-stack all-in while holding pocket tens but was crushed when Ivey turned over his own pair of pocket jacks.

Benson needed some luck and got it on the flop when he hit a ten to make a set but couldn’t avoid a nine on the river that gave Ivey a straight.

However, Ivey had his share of bad luck throughout the day and heads into day four with just under 400,000 in chips.

In an interesting twist to a regular tournament format the remaining thirty-six players will now be split into six tables of six players each.

It is expected to be a long grind to the final table as they will be playing down to a table of six.

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