Australasian Poker Challenge: Lynskey wins the Main Event, Neilson the A$5k Challenge

Alex Lynskey wins Australasian Poker Challenge Main Event for A$221,112 

The Australasian Poker Challenge is perhaps not quite as well known as the Aussie Millions, but with a wealth of talented players, and six figure top prizes on offer, it has certainly been an interesting series. The Main Event saw 444 players buy in for AUD 2,000 creating a prize pool of AUD 888,000, of which just over  A$221,000 was awarded to the eventual winner.

Having already won the opening event of the series, Alex Lynskey was always going to be a serious threat in the Main Event once he started to accumulate chips. With 36 remaining he held the chip lead, and after a few fluctuations along the way, eventually managed to convert his position into 1st place. Alex Lynskey is no stranger to success on the live circuit, having finished 4th place in the Aussie Millions Main Event just two months ago for $311,530. He also took 6th place in the WPT Choctaw Main Event in July 2015, and 9th in the Aussie Millions Main Event in 2015. He has a total of $812,342 in live cashes.

Final Table Payouts (AUD)

1st: Alex Lynskey – 221,112
2nd: Ray Lapitan – 139,416
3rd: Andy Lee – 78,144
4th: James Rann – 60,384
5th: Peco Stojanovski – 49,284
6th: Zhi Ma – 39,960
7th: Nick Polias – 31,080
8th: Suraj Dutt – $23,976
9th: Rined Namrood – $17,760

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Alex Lynskey (Photo Poker Media Australia)

Daniel Neilson wins A$5k Challenge  

The 5K Challenge was another exciting event at the APC this year, with certain aspects echoing the Main Event. The man who propelled himself into the chip lead at the end of day 1 went on to conquer all before him, and like Lynskey, he certainly had the tournament pedigree to suggest his victory was no accident. Daniel Neilson has been banking big cashes in live events since 2008, and has just shy of $2,000,000 in live cashes. Some of his highlights include 3rd place in the EPT San Remo Main Event for $392,935, and 2nd in the Star Poker Summer Series Main Event for $117,343. He took victory in an Aussie Millions side event early last year, and won the A$5K Challenge at the Sydney Championships in August last year. Neilson took home A$104,495 for his latest result at the APC.

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Daniel Neilson (Photo Poker Media Australia)


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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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