APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: Fear the Player of the Year
As Flight 3 of the Aussie Millions Main Event had the Crown Poker Room bustling, the second break of the day saw 2014 ANZ Player of the Year David Lim officially awarded his trophy.
"It felt really great receiving the actual award here at the Aussie Millions, it was an honour" he said in between the action at the tables.
Lim secured the POY award in dramatic fashion on the final stop of last year in Auckland. He needed to make the money and after a tense bubble, scraped through and locked up the POY honours.
The Aussie Millions Main Event is the first stop on this year's Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the first tournament of the year to award ANZ POY points.
Lim is at the tables today busy working on defending his title.
"The plan is to defend the POY title this year, I'll definitely be playing all the stops again."
After only a few hours of play he's already off to a good start, accumulating chips on top of the 30,000 starting stack.
"I'm already up to about 45,000 so I'm doing well and feeling comfortable."
There may be an added element of fear for the other players at the table as Lim is sporting a Player of the Year patch on his chest.
"I'm not sure if wearing the patch makes people play differently against me, but it's definitely something that people have noticed and asked me about. They want to know what I won, which is nice actually."
He will have to navigate through some tough competition in a poker room riddled with big name pros and high stakes regulars. Connor Drinan, who played the One Drop $1 million buy in event last year, is sitting directly to Lim's left.
Lim gained entry into the Aussie Millions Main Event as part of his ANZ Player of the Year prize, and will also be freerolling the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) later in the year.
The next ANZ Player of the Year will receive approximately $17,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to become a sponsored player in the ACOP main event. A tournament that Lim is also looking forward to.
"The Aussie Millions is probably the one I've been looking forward to most this year, but I'm also really excited to play the ACOP later in the year."
Another player in today's field who had a stellar 2014 is Asia Player of the Year, Pete Chen. The Taiwanese poker pro is one of hundreds vying for the Main Event crown and one who will be looking to have another successful year in poker.
There is no doubt that these two reigning 'Player of the Year' champions will be ones to watch.
We will be following the progress of both Lim and Chen closesly to see if they can continue their success, so be sure to keep it locked on the APPT9 Aussie Millions page for continued live updates, stories, interviews and more.
Brad Kain contributed to this article