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Posted by : ikelos on Monday, November 01, 2010 permalink
Bryan Huang has been a ubiquitous presence on the Asian poker circuit ever since it started gaining ground in 2006, and he has won numerous awards and accolades in addition to his impressive haul of $444,901in live tournament cashes. He was named Rookie of the Year by Bluff Australasia in 2008 and is currently top of the PokerStars Asia Player of the Year leader board.

Now he has one more trophy to add to his collection, having been named Baller Player of the Year 2010.

Huang endured a slow start to 2010, but finally got into gear at the Macau Poker Cup in March. He was then faced with a major setback in May, while the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau was in full swing – he was admitted to hospital with a high fever, rendering him unable to compete.

In spite of this, he has made 15 final tables this year, including a third-place finish at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines, a runner-up finish at the Macau Poker Cup in May, and a win at the October Macau Poker Cup Special.

Baller Awards judge David Jung, who was instrumental in signing Huang to Team PokerStars Pro Asia in his former role as PokerStars’ Regional Director for Asia, was effusive in his praise for the 25 year-old Singaporean.

“15 final tables says it all,” said Jung. “Does anyone work harder than Bryan?”

“He has talent, focus and dedication, the whole package. I can tell you that Bryan Huang will still be rocking the final tables at events around the region every year.”

Baller Managing Editor Benjamin Lee, who was also a member of the judging panel, said that Huang was a deserving recipient of the award because he was a credit to the game of poker, both on and off the felt.

“Considering the amount of success he has had, Bryan is incredibly humble,” said Lee, who is also from Singapore.

“He is a role model to anyone who plays the game, pros and amateurs alike. Bryan is a living example of how poker is a gentleman’s game, a game of skill and a game of dedication. He carries himself like a consummate professional. If ever any young player is in need of inspiration, he or she should look to Bryan.”

The judging panel was made up of Jung, Lee and Full Tilt’s Paul Khoury – also known as the ‘Australian Voice of Poker’. Each of the judges ranked the five nominees from first to fifth, with the nominees receiving 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points respectively for their position in each of the judges’ submitted rankings.

Huang led the overall standings with 16 points. Australia’s Tony Hachem, who has also had a fantastic year, placed second with 10 points, while New Zealand’s Simon Watt, who famously took down a WSOP bracelet after defeating Tom Dwan heads-up, placed third with 9 points.

The final standings were as follows:

1. Bryan Huang (16 points)

2. Tony Hachem (10)

3. Simon Watt (9)

4. Raymond Wu (8)

5. Binh Nguyen (5)

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