Thu, Jan 17, 11:49am by Staff Writer
The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) at The Star Sydney has been a tremendous success for a number of years, with Aussies coming out in their droves to pay homage to the greatest poker institution in the world.
Alex Lynskey was the headline act coming into the final table after finishing seventh in the WSOP Main Event for $1,500,000 and ninth in the $5,300 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party event for $150,000 recently.
It was no surprise he ended up on top given it was a final table bereft of experience except for the 2009 Aussie Millions fifth-place finisher Sam Capra, and the new WSOPC Star Sydney A$20,000 High Roller winner Luke Martinelli, who fell in fifth and fourth place respectively.
Lynskey took on Matt Pongrass in heads-up action and needed all of his big-time experience and a little bit of luck to overcome a massive 29.1 million versus 6.5 million chip deficit.
The pivotal hand saw Lynskey call an all-in with ATo only to run into KK, but an ace on the flop handed Lynskey a lifeline.
Lynskey used that momentum to take the chip lead, and he never lost it, ending the event when his pocket treys rivered the third trey when all-in versus Pongrass’s pocket sevens.
After turning a heads-up battle with Matthew Pongrass around, Alex walks away with $422,796 and the WSOP Main Event Gold Ring topping off his successful year on the international poker scene!https://t.co/Kxfpqvu8jE pic.twitter.com/zeBA6a35pa
— Star Poker Sydney (@StarPokerSydney) December 17, 2018
In addition to the $303,705 first prize, Lynskey wins a seat into the WSOP Global Casino Championship and a shot at a WSOP bracelet.
The win sees Lynskey move to $3.7m in lifetime live tournaments earnings good enough for sixth place in the Australian All-Time Live Tournament Money List after leapfrogging Kahle Burns, Mel Burns and Michael Addamo.
It’s his third most significant score, in 2017 he finished runner-up to Joseph Di Rosa Rojas in the $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em The Marathon for $426,663, so this win has been coming.
Final Table Results
Attention now turns to Melbourne here the 2019 Aussie Millions kicked off on January 15th at Crown Casino.
There is an expectation that this years participation numbers could exceed the record 800-entrant field from last year for this A$10,600 event.
Tournament director Joel Williams told Poker News that in 2018, more than half of the 800-strong field earned a seat playing in a satellite, and they are on course to beat that number.
“Satellites have been running, and players have already shown up in droves. Support for the 2019 series is also at an all-time high with local players already ensuring internal satellites currently sit almost 25 per cent in front of this time last year,” Mr Williams said.
There are a few more new features at this years Aussie Millions with The Big Blind Ante featuring in event events, with an A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller buy-in on February 3.
Some other highlights of the event include the A$25,000 challenge on January 25 and the A$100,000 challenge on February 1.
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