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    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 by t2admin

PokerStars APPT Auckland Crowns Winner David Craker

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour, sponsored by PokerStars.net, finished up its stint in Auckland, New Zeland this weekend as native local Daniel Craker brought pride to the city by taking the crown. In what became New Zealand’s largest live poker event ever, Craker was awarded $257,040 for the impressive 1st place win.

The SkyCity Casino in Auckland set the scene for the final table of nine, which had begun as a field of 306. A $3k buy-in boosted the overall prize pool to about $800k. Among the competitors were some of America’s top poker pros, who couldn’t resist the chance to get in on such a historic event. The enormity of the tournament was nearly overwhelming for New Zealand, who has never seen the game of poker to be so incredibly popular before now.

In what would become the final hand of the event, Craker was playing tight poker against heads-up opponent Matthew Konnecke of Australia. With Pocket 2s, Craker went for gold. Konnecke’s As-9s seemed strong enough, but by the end of the race, Craker’s twos would hold on to win the poker tournament.

Two final tablist, Craker and Wai Kwan Yuen of the UK, had been awarded seats in the PokerStars APPT Event via satellite competitions, making their 1st and 9th place respective cashes all the more sweeter.

Below are the final table results and cash rewards from PokerStars APPT Auckland.

1st – Daniel Craker (New Zealand) – $257,040
2nd – Matthew Konnecke (Australia) – $162,972
3rd – Wang Che Jung (New Zealand) – $85,680
4th – Dan Sing (New Zealand) – $59,976
5th – Luke Stanford (New Zealand) – $46,267
6th – Nathanael Seet (Singapore) – $34,272
7th – Jani Karke (Finland) – $25,704
8th – Michael Mariakis (Australia) – $19,706
9th – Wai Kwan Yuen (United Kingdom) – $14,565

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