Martin Kozlov wins the 2014 Sydney Championships Main Event after outlasting the likes of Daniel Neilson, Jarred Graham and Sam Capra on a tough final table.
The Asian-Pacific poker circuit is puffing away quite nicely. The Macau Cup is getting into the thick of it, in the gambling mecca of the world, and The Star in Sydney has just pulled down the curtain on the 2014 Sydney Championships.
As always, the star attraction was the A$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Main Event, and the experienced Martin Kozlov defeated Bernard Beh, in heads-up action, to take the first prize of $171,080.
235 players contested the event, over two starting flights, including the former World Series of Poker (WSOP) World Champion, Joe Hachem, and the former Aussie Millions Main Event winner, Tyron Krost.
Neither of those two giants of Southern Hemisphere poker made it through to the latter stages of the tournament, but the Sydney faithful were given a quite sumptuous final table.
Former third place finisher at the 2011 EPT San Remo Main Event, Daniel Neilson, 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event final tablist, Sam Capra, and WSOP bracelet winner and Sydney Championships specialist, Jarred Graham, all making the grade.
With an EPT and WSOP final table appearance under his belt, Kozlov, is no stranger to life at the deeper end of big tournaments, but it’s his first major title since taking the $2,700 NLHE Main Event at the ANZPT in Melbourne, back in 2010, where he beat James Obst in heads-up action.
Final Table Standings
1st. Martin Kozlov – $171,080
2nd. Bernard Beh – $108,570
3rd. Sam Capra – $61,194
4th. Andrew Yam – $49,350
5th. Daniel Neilson – $41,125
6th. Steve Pappas – $34,545
7th. Jarred Graham – $27,965
8th. Ismail Ismail – $21,385
9th. John Parker – $16,450