Bryan Piccioli, a 24-year-old graduate of Allegany-Limestone High School, won the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific over 1,084 other entries on Monday in Melbourne, Australia. Piccioli outlasted the field to win his first WSOP bracelet and $211,575 (Australian).
Piccioli entered the final table on top and faced a field that included 2010 WSOP main event champion Jonathan Duhamel, Australian superstar Jonathan Karamalikis and 2012 main event final table member Jeremy Ausmus. Ausmus and Duhamel were eliminated first. In a 27-hand battle, Piccioli eventually reined over Karamalikis as his A-8 rivered a straight on a 9-4-5-3-2 boat to defeat Karamalikis’ 10-10.
“It was a lot of fun [playing against Karamalikis],” said Piccioli. “He is a very tough opponent, obviously, and I was hoping I would be heads-up against someone else besides him because I knew it was going to be pretty tough.”
Piccioli went to Australia in January for the Aussie Millions and stayed for the WSOP. It was his ninth career WSOP cash, second WSOP final table and largest live tournament score.