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Aussie Luke Brabin wins first bracelet of WSOP APAC

Mon, Oct 6, 7:18pm by Brad McGrath

One down, nine to go.

The opening event of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific reached its climax yesterday with Australian Luke Brabin winning ‘the Accumulator’.

Remarkably it was just the Queenslander’s 35th live tournament and his first ever WSOP event, with the victory netting him AUD $131,365 and a coveted gold bracelet.

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Giant Killer: Aussie Luke Brabin has claimed the first bracelet of WSOP APAC 2014.

In total 10 WSOP gold bracelets will be handed out over the course of the tournament, which winds up with the Main Event, finishing on October 18.

Brabin entered Sunday’s play as the clear chip leader in the $1,100 NL Hold’Em Accumulator event, with nine other players still in the mix for the title.

During the first 20 hands of the final day’s play, four players were eliminated, before play slowed down.

The next player to be eliminated was Zane Ly, who survived 49 hands, followed to the rail, soon after by Ryan Hong.

This left four players to battle it out.

Stephen Lindeblad was then eliminated in fourth place by Brabin, before things really began to get interesting.

After over 100 hands play, Brabin and Daniel Murphy played out the biggest pot of the tournament with both players having trip 10s.

Brabin had the higher kicker with his 10, 9 defeating Murphy’s 10, 2 and earning him a 1.5 million chip pot.

This left Brabin with 1.617 million chips heads-up against Didier Guerin, who had just 216,000 chips to his name.

Guerin fought bravely, but Brabin’s sheer weight of chips proved too much. Eventually succumbing when his 9, 8 suited ran into Brabin’s K, Q.

Brabin was presented with his bracelet and winner’s cheque on Monday afternoon AEST time.

Hellmuth lasts just minutes in $1,650 Terminator

HE might be the most decorated player in WSOP history.

But Phil Hellmuth is not immune to bad luck after being knocked out of the $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Terminator (event 3) a few hands in at Crown Casino on Monday afternoon.

Hellmuth, who had pocket Aces, called a pre-flop raise from Jackson Strangward, who had J, 10 of Hearts.

Strangward hit a straight and that was the end of Hellmuth, eliminated by a young Australian with just $7,729 in winnings to his name.

In comparison, Hellmuth has won over $18 million playing live.

Brandon Shack-Harris was the early chip leader in this event, which also lost Canadian Daniel Negreanu.

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