2015 New Zealand Poker Open: Find out how Dan Sing claimed his first major championship title

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Auckland poker player Dan Sing bagged his first major championship title by winning the 2015 New Zealand Poker Open in the Sky City Auckland Poker Room over the weekend.

Sing was one of the 176 players who all paid $1,100 to join the NCPO Main Event which generated a prize pool of $176,000.

The field was full of some of the finest poker talents in New Zealand with a few Aussies around who ventured over the Tasman to be part of this event.

During the final round, it was Koray Turker who had the big stack, while Sing had risen from one of the shorter stacks at the start of the day to be right in the competition.

However, when the experienced duo of Cole Swannack (6th) and Turker (5th) fell in quick string, a good opportunity opened for Sing to claim the most-coveted championship title.

After a thrilling two-hour heads-up battle with Wellington player Charlie Hawes, the Auckland native finally captured the title and top prize of NZ $50,860. Hawes, being the 2nd-prize winner, walked away with $33,090. Not bad for the Wellington local.

With Sing’s latest score, he will surely climb into the top 25 all-time money earners from New Zealand. Well, it sounds cool but many poker fans are now wondering: will Sing still dominate the poker table in the next event? Can he really sustain his winnings and earnings?

We’re not quite sure about that, but let’s give the man a chance. After all, he’s still on cloud nine following his recent victory.

If his success continues in the poker world, Sing might be a threat to local poker players in New Zealand. And maybe, he will be the next Daniel Negreanu or Phil Ivey in the future. Why not? We never know what the future holds for this promising Auckland poker player.

Anyway, to those poker players and enthusiasts, clear your future schedule because the next major tournament on the local Kiwi poker calendar will be the $550 Sky High Multi-Day Event to be held on June 26-28 in the Sky City Auckland Poker Room. See you there!

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