Bryan Piccioli Takes Down WSOP APAC Accumulator EventTuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker is getting closer and closer, and we’ve been watching a few of the different Circuit Events that have been going on. One event that caught steam was the first ever of its kind, which was the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific event, and they ended up giving away their first bracelet to the eventual winner. The event was held at the well-known Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and the event was taken down in the end by an American player named Bryan Piccioli, who won the first place pay day of AU $211,575, which equals out to right around $220,419 in USD. Piccioli just recently turned 24 years old, and he is probably more well-known as an online poker pro, since he’s brought in an impressive $5 million+ in his time playing online.
The online game is really his specialty, and he plays under the screen name “theczar19”, and also plays at Full Tilt Poker under a different name in “enterthewu19”. Obviously the relaunch of Full Tilt was big for some of the big time tournament players, as they feature some big time events and many constantly running games that only a few sites were able to have going due to their traffic. Piccioli has really began upping his live tournament resume as of late though, mainly thanks to the five cashes that he’s had in the 2012 World Series of Poker, and also the final table that he made it to at the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event that he played in. In total now, he’s brought in more than $600,000 in live tournament scores throughout his career as well.
This most current event was one of the brand new “Accumulator events” which allowed players to enter into the action on any of the three different starting flights. Players were able to play in as many of the different starting flights as they chose to, and it didn’t matter whether or not they had busted out previously. On top of that though, they were able to keep all of the chips that they won throughout the different starting days when Day 2 began. Interestingly, Piccioli couldn’t make it through either Day 1A or Day 1B, meaning that he really needed to grind it out to get the job done here. He really took advantage of the chips that he did have though, and when the action got down to the final table, he was sitting as the chip leader with 790,000 chips.
When the final table action began, he had a few players looking up at him who definitely could put a scare on anyone. These players included the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion in Jonathan Duhamel, who held 537,000 chips, and Jeremy Ausmus, who finished fifth in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, and he had 447,000 chips. This definitely wasn’t an “easy” win for Piccioli by any means, and he wasn’t able to hold that chip lead from start to finish. He was at the top of the standings though through the bulk of the time, and when the heads up match began it featured him up against Jonathan Karamalikis, and he had quite a nice chip lead as well. The stacks sat at 2.022 million against the 1.249 million of Karamalikis.
Karamalikis was the favorite as he was representing the host country in this one, and the Australian fans were definitely making some noise for their home favorite. He was able to pick up some chips and make things a whole lot more interesting, but after Piccioli began taking over, it looked like the win was just going to come in a short matter of time. On the last hand the two players raised back and forth before Piccioli moved all in with A-8, and Karamalikis called with pocket tens. On the river, Piccioli was able to hit a straight with his Ace, and helped him win that first bracelet.
The totals ended up being the $211,575 that he took home for first place, while Karamalikis got $130,743 for second place. Jay Loo finished in third, fourth went to the previously mentioned Duhamel, Ausmus finished in fifth, Gaeme Putt was sixth, Iori Yogo was seventh, Peter Kleugden was eighth, and to round out the final table was Ryan Otto in ninth.