Japanese player clinches Aussie Millions title

Japanese player clinches Aussie Millions title

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Asian poker scene is gaining momentum at the moment and the giant continent's love of poker could now grow even more following last night's victory in the fourth event of the ongoing Aussie Millions Poker Championship by Japanese player Yosuke Sekiya.

After anteing up alongside 205 other players, Sekiya managed to take down his first tournament on Australian soil for $41,200.

The $1,100 mixed no-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha event proved to be one of the most hard-fought tournaments of the festival with player’s poker dexterity being tested across the two-day session.

However, as the tournament entered the final stages it was Sekiya who produced the best performance, demonstrating that even players from emerging poker nations are capable of success in non-hold’em disciples.

At the start of the finale it was Sam Higgs who seemed in control but Sekiya emerged as the front-runner the more the field was whittled down. A back-and-forth battle between Higgs and Sekiya then occurred with both snatching the momentum at various times.

The blinds eventually played their part in the final outcome with Higgs losing ground before getting desperate and calling all-in with Ac Jh.

Fortunately, Sekiya only had Qd Js but bad luck struck Higgs after the money was in the middle as the board ran out 8s 8d 3h 9s 10d.

Sekiya’s straight clinched the pot and the tournament and sent Higgs to the rail with $28,840 in second place.

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Tags: Sam Higgs, Aussie Millions, Yosuke Sekiya