04/08/13 05:02:23 PM PDT
It seemed that the script had been written for arguably Australia’s most talented and successful young poker player to go all the way and win the first ever WSOP bracelet on Australian soil. Unfortunately no one showed that script to 23-year old Bryan Piccioli. The crowd were cheering passionately for the Aussie but it was the American online phenom who crashed the party to be crowned our first WSOP APAC champion.
No doubt that Piccioli deserved this honour. He was impressive throughout the tournament, particularly late on Day 2 when his aggression needled the great Phil Hellmuth to the point of implosion. On the final table Piccoli had to bide his time with Jay Loo, Jonathan Duhamel and Jeremy Ausmus all active to his right, but once play reached short-handed he picked up some cards, applied some pressure and, in the end, caught a sweet river card to end the brave run of the "Dong".
Sadly it seems that the Aussies are building a reputation of falling at the final hurdle at the WSOP as Karamalikis becomes the fourth Australian in twelve months to miss the gold by the narrowest of margins (David Borg, Jackie Glazier and Brendon Rubie are the others).
Karamalikis collects $130,743 for a fine tournament while Piccioli adds another chapter to his growing reputation as one of the world’s finest young players with victory, $211,575 in prize money and the elusive WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Results
1st Bryan Piccioli - $211,575
2nd Jonathan Karamalikis - $130,743
3rd Junzhong Loo - $96,305
4th Jonathan Duhamel - $71,870
5th Jeremy Ausmus - $54,337
6th Graeme Putt - $41,610
7th Iori Yogo - $32,268
8th Peter Kleudgen - $25,335
9th Ryan Otto - $20,138
Thanks for following along this evening, and we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow from 12:30pm as we bring you live updates of the final table for Event #2: $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha. Good night from Melbourne!
04/08/13 04:47:01 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis was on the button when he opened to 50,000. Bryan Piccioli called and a flop hit the felt. Piccioli led with a bet here and Karamalikis folded.
Bryan Piccioli raised the button to 50,000 at which point Jonathan Karamalikis three-bet to 124,000. Picciolli shoved and Karamalikis called all-in. Here’s how their cards looked.
Karamalikis was all in and for the first time, actually had the best hand when at risk. By the time the board had ran out to the turn, it was looking like Karamalikis was going to double up. However, fate would have other ideas, with a on the river giving Piccioli a straight to send Karamalikis home as the runner-up.
With that, the USA’s Bryan Piccioli will go down in history as the first-ever WSOP APAC champion!
04/08/13 04:39:50 PM PDT
Bryan Piccioli limped the button and Jonathan Karamalikis tapped the table as the two players took a cheap flop of Karamalikis checked and Piccioli took it down with a bet of 25,000.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the button and took it down without resistance.
Bryan Piccioli raised the button and took down the pot uncontested.
Another raise and take it, this time for Jonathan Karamalikis.
Bryan Piccioli had the button and he raised to 50,000. Jonathan Karamalikis made the call and the flop landed Karamalikis check-called for 50,000 and the turn produced the Karamalikis checked and Piccioli fired again for 125,000. Karamalikis made the call and the river was the
Karamalikis checked again and Piccioli decided to take another stab at the pot with a bet of 295,000. It was a big pot and Karamalikis sat quietly before flashing the and folding. Karamalikis has around one million with Piccioli on about 2.3 million.
04/08/13 04:32:56 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis was on the button and raised to 50,000. Bryan Piccioli took only a moment before three-betting to what looked like 105,000. Karamalikis folded and Piccioli took down the pot.
With the button on Bryan Piccioli he raised it up to 50,000 and Jonathan Karamalikis folded.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the button to 50,000 and Bryan Piccioli folded.
Bryan Piccioli opened the button to 50,000 and Jonathan Karamalikis called. The first flop we have seen in quite a while showed and Piccioli bet 60,000 when Karamalikis checked. Karamalikis made the call and an hit the turn. Karamalikis once again checked and so too did Piccioli this time. The river was a and Karamalikis didn’t waste any time before checking. Piccioli did the same and then mucked his when Karamalikis showed
Jonathan Karamalikis limped the button and Bryan Piccioli checked to see the dealer turn over a flop. Both players checked here and then also checked a turn. They then also checked the river. At showdown, Karamaliklis turned over and Piccioli showed – this means it was a split pot with both players playing the board.
04/08/13 04:27:14 PM PDT
Bryan Piccioli had the button and he decided to give Jonathan Karamalikis a walk.
Jonathan Karamalikis limped the button once again but this time Bryan Piccioli raised the price to 80,000. Karamalikis made the call and the two took a flop of Piccioli led out for a small bet of just 50,000 but it was enough as Karamalikis decided to fold.
Bryan Piccioli raised to 50,000 from the button and Jonathan Karamalikis thought briefly before re-raising to 135,000. Piccioli gave it up with the pot being pushed to Karamalikis.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the button to 50,000 and Bryan Piccioli made the call to see a flop of A bet of 42,000 was called to see the fall on the turn. Check, check and the river delivered the Again it was checked down with Karamalikis’ not enough as Piccioli showed for a pair of fours to take it down.
Bryan Piccioli raised to 50,000 from the button and Jonathan Karamalikis re-raised to 110,000. Piccioli folded and Karamalikis collected the pot.
04/08/13 04:19:27 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis limped the button and Bryan Piccioli checked out of the big blind. Both players checked the flop and a hit the turn. Piccioli led for 30,000 here and Karamalikis called. A completed the board on the river and both players checked.
Piccioli showed at showdown, which was enough to send Karamalikis’ cards into the muck.
Bryan Piccioli opened the button to 50,000 and Jonathan Karamalikis called. The dealer turned over a flop and Karamalikis check-called a bet of 60,000. On the turn, both players checked and then did the same on the river. Piccioli tabled which was strong enough to win the hand.
Bryan Piccioli received a walk when Jonathan Karamalikis folded the button.
Bryan Piccioli opened the button to 50,000 and Jonathan Karamalikis folded.
Jonathan Karamalikis was on the button when he limped. Bryan Piccioli checked the big blind. The flop would see Piccioli bet 30,000 and Karamalikis folded.
04/08/13 04:13:41 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis started with the button and raised to 50,000. Bryan Piccioli didn’t waste any time in getting busy as he three-bet to 140,000. Karamalikis let it go as Piccioli draws first blood in this heads-up contest.
Bryan Piccioli folded and Jonathan Karamalikis received a walk.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised to 50,000 from the button and again Bryan Piccioli three-bet to 140,000. Karamalikis didn’t want to get involved and let it go once again.
Bryan Piccioli raised the button to 50,000 and took it down uncontested.
Jonathan Karamalikis had the button and he made it 50,000 to go. This time Bryan Piccioli made the call to see a flop of Check, check to the turn card. Check, check again. The river was the and again they checked it down. Piccioli showed for king-high which was enough to take it down.
Bryan Piccioli raised to 50,000 from the button, but Jonathan Karamalikis came back with a three-bet of his own to 125,000. Piccioli reached deep and re-raised to a total of 235,000 to put the pressure back on the Aussie. Karamalikis thought for a moment before making the call.
There was a big pot in the middle before the flop was even dealt Karamalikis was first to act and he checked it over to Piccioli who bet 175,000. Karamalikis quickly announced himself all in to the murmurs from the crowd. Piccioli sighed and folded as Karamalikis closes the gap in this battle.
04/08/13 03:54:16 PM PDT
The WSOP APAC Gold Bracelet is on the table! Either Aussie Jonathan Karamalikis or the USA's Bryan Piccioli will be taking it home.
The two players are back from their break and ready to play heads-up poker. Below is how they stack up.
Bryan Piccioli – 2,022,000
Jonathan Karamalikis – 1,249,000
04/08/13 03:40:09 PM PDT
Jay Loo was on the button and opted to open to 40,000. Bryan Piccioli looked at Loo’s stack before three-betting to 95,000. Jonathan Karamalikis quickly folded the big blind and it was back on Loo, who moved all in. Piccioli quickly called and Loo was at risk.
Piccioli was way out in front, but by the time the board had ran out to the turn, Loo had plenty of outs to survive. However, the on the river would seal Loo’s fate as he exited in 3rd place to collect $96,305.
Just like that, we are down to heads-up play! The players are heading on a quick break as the stacks are sorted out.
04/08/13 03:35:23 PM PDT
Bryan Piccioli was first to act on the button and he came in for a raise to 45,000. Both opponents folded and Piccioli would stack up the blinds and antes.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the button to 40,000 and Bryan Piccioli made the call in the big blind to see a flop of Piccioli checked and then folded when Karamalikis put out a bet of 50,000.
Jonathan Karamalikis was given a rare walk and flashed ace-queen!
Jonathan Karamalikis limped in from the small blind, before Jay Loo raised to 65,000. That price was too much for Karamalikis who let it go.
Another rare move was Jonathan Karamalikis limping the button. Jay Loo completed the small blind and Bryan Piccioli checked as we had ourselves a family pot! The flop landed and Piccioli’s bet of 42,000 was enough to take it down.
04/08/13 03:30:23 PM PDT
The 100th hand of the WSOP APAC final table would see Jonathan Karamalikis open the button to 45,000. Jay Loo then three-bet to 105,000 and it was back on Karamalikis who four-bet all in. Loo quickly folded and Karamalikis won the pot.
Jay Loo had the button and raised it up to 40,000. The blinds folded and Loo took the pot.
Bryan Piccioli opened the button and yet again there was no action as this time Piccioli took the blinds and antes.
Jonathan Karamalikis opened the button and for the third hand straight there was no action as Karamalikis won the blinds and antes.
Folded to Bryan Piccioli in the small blind, he raised it up and picked up the pot when Jonathan Karamalikis folded the big blind.
04/08/13 03:25:33 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the small blind and Jay Loo defended with a call to see a flop of Karamalikis checked and Loo took the opportunity to bet 40,000. Karamalikis made the call and the fell on the turn.
Karamalikis checked and Loo checked behind as the landed on the river. Karamalikis tapped the table for a third time, with Loo taking a couple of moments before checking as well.
Loo opened for queens and fives which was good to win the pot.
The button was with Jonathan Karamalikis and he raised to 40,000. His opponents both folded to give Karamalikis the uncontested pot.
Bryan Piccioli raised to 52,000 from the small blind and Jonathan Karamalikis made the call. The flop arrived and Piccioli bet out 56,000. Karamalikis raised more than a stack of yellow chips, but before the amount could be determined, Piccioli’s cards were into the muck.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised to 45,000 from the small blind but Jay Loo responded with a three-bet to 110,000 in the big blind. Karamalikis wasn’t done with quite yet as he four-bet to 225,000. Loo instantly folded and more chips headed the way of the Aussie.
04/08/13 03:19:47 PM PDT
Jay Loo folded the button and Bryan Piccioli raised to 52,000 from the small blind. Jonathan Karamalikis called from the big blind and the dealer flipped over a #qh flop. Piccioli let for 65,000 here and Karamalikis called.
A hit the turn and Piccioli said something to Karamalikis before betting 123,000. Karamalikis then appeared to try and raise. Apparently Karamalikis had checked out of turn, and despite trying to move all in here, he had to simply make the call as the ruling stated that by acting out of turn, he forfeited his right to raise. The dealer then completed the river with a Piccioli checked here and Karamalikis bet 300,000. Piccioli quickly folded and Karamalikis picked up the handy pot.
The crowd went wild as Karamalikis raked in the pot. So wild in fact, that someone in the crowd fell off their chair. We can’t confirm it, but it appears it may have been Karamalikis’s father. Or at least an odler gentlemen who was definitely part of Karamalikis's rail.
04/08/13 03:11:03 PM PDT
Jay Loo opened to 40,000 from the button, but Jonathan Karamalikis popped it up to 100,000 from the big blind. Loo thought for a bit but let it go.
The button was with Bryan Piccioli who raised to 45,000. Jay Loo called in the big blind to see a flop of Loo was first to act and he led out with a bet of 45,000. Piccioli tossed out calling chips and the fell on the turn.
Loo fired again for 100,000 and this time Piccioli quickly folded as Loo raked in the pot.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised the button to 40,000 with Bryan Piccioli making the call in the big blind to see a flop of Piccioli checked to Karamalikis who bet around 50,000 but before they hit the felt, Piccioli’s cards were in the muck.
04/08/13 03:05:34 PM PDT
Jay Loo was on the button and let his hand go. Bryan Piccioli raised to 52,000 from the small blind and Jonathan Karamalikis folded the big blind.
Bryan Piccioli opened the button 45,000 and Jonathan Karamalikis folded the small blind, while Jay Loo called out of the big blind.
On the flop, Loo checked and Piccioli bet 32,000. Loo made the call and a scary hit the turn. Loo led this time, making it 40,000 to go. When Piccioli called, the dealer completed the board with an innocent looking on the river. Loo kept up his aggression, betting 120,000 here. Piccioli hesitated for only moment, before raising to 255,000. Loo quickly called and tabled while Piccioli held #ah with both players having the straight to chop the pot.
Jonathan Karamalikis was on the button and raised it up to 40,000. Bryan Piccioli was the lone caller out of the big blind. Both players checked the flop, just as they did on the turn. The river was a and both players checked. Karamalikis tabled his which was enough to win the hand.
04/08/13 02:58:03 PM PDT
Bryan Piccioli raised to 45,000 on the button and took it down uncontested.
From the blinds, Bryan Piccioli and Jay Loo saw a cheap flop of and both players checked. Loo led out for 20,000 on the turn and Piccioli called as the landed on the river.
Loo’s river bet of 35,000 was quickly called but Piccioli mucked when Loo showed for two pair.
Jay Loo had the button and came in with a raise to 40,000. Jonathan Karamalikis made the call in the big blind to see a flop of Karamalikis checked and Loo bet 35,000 which was good to collect the pot as Karamalikis tossed his cards to the dealer.
Jonathan Karamalikis raised to 50,000 from the small blind and Jay Loo didn’t fight it as he folded his big blind.
Jonathan Karamalikis held the button and he raised it up. The blinds folded and Karamalikis collected another pot.
04/08/13 02:52:06 PM PDT
Jonathan Karamalikis opened the action to 40,000. Jay Loo three-bet to 105,000 and the action was back on Karamalikis, who decided to let his hand go.
Bryan Piccioli raised it up from the small blind and Jonathan Karamalikis folded the big blind, sending the small pot to Piccioli.
Folded to Jonathan Karamalikis in the small blind, he put the extra chips in to make the call. Jay Loo was in the big blind and made it 45,000 more to go. Karamalikis made the call and the dealer turned over a flop. Karamalikis was first to act and checked, while Loo bet 55,000. Back on Karamalikis and he would raise it up to 120,000. That bet was too much for Loo as Karamalikis scooped the pot.
Jay Loo folded the button and Bryan Piccioli raised it up to 52,000 from the small blind. Jonathan Karamalikis called out of the big blind. The flop was spread on the felt and Piccioli put in a continuation bet of 48,000. Karamalikis flicked out a call and an was flipped over on the turn. This time Piccioli led out for 130,000 and Karamalikis thought for quite some time before calling.
The board was completed with a on the river and Piccioli checked. Karamalikis also quickly checked and then mucked when Piccioli tabled –for a full house.
04/08/13 02:43:11 PM PDT
Bryan Piccioli opened to 45,000, before Jonathan Karamalikis moved all in for around 375,000. Jay Loo quickly called as Piccioli moved out of the way.
Karamalikis was in trouble but the crowd gave a roar when the board ran out Karamalikis spikes his two outer for a big double up! Karamalikis is back in business now with around 750,000 in chips.
04/08/13 02:40:17 PM PDT
The three players are back from their quick break. Below is thier chip counts.
Bryan Piccioli - 1,674,000
Jay Loo - 1,207,000
Jonathan Karamalikis - 386,000
04/08/13 02:34:52 PM PDT
Jay Loo was on the button when he raised it up. The blinds got out of the way and the rich got richer.
Bryan Piccioli was on the button and raised to 35,000. Jay Loo called from the big blind. The flop would see Loo check and Piccioli bet – enough to win the pot.
Jonathan Karamalikis moved all in from the button and picked up the blinds and antes.
Jay Loo opened the button and Jonathan Karamalikis promptly moved all in for around 200,000 from the big blind. Loo made a quick call and the two players turned their hands over.
The local crowd called for an ace as a flop was spread on the felt. When a hit the turn, they changed their tune and cheered for a deuce. It wasn’t a two, but a on the river was just as safe as Karamalikis raked in the double up.
The players have gone on a quick two-minute toilet break.