It took 2 full days and the skill and patience to surpass 328 players but Kumar A has surpassed them all to be crowned champion here in the Star Poker Room of the 2018 Sydney Championships Monster Stack Event.

Kumar played a solid game throughout the entire event and was a worthy winner. He sat with an impressive stack through most of the tournament and rarely put a foot wrong as he picked up $77,093 for the biggest win of his tournament career.

"This was a really good tournament," Kumar told the Star Poker Live Reporting Team, "A great structure. Day 1 is excellent because you have such a big stack and can play a lot of post flop poker. Then on Day 2 the event starts to feel more like a turbo. It is really good as it tests a whole range of poker skills."

For Kumar, it was his ability to change styles that he contributed to being one of the major factors to his going on and winning this event. 

"Today was all about aggression," Kumar continued. "It was about finding the right spots to be aggressive in order to reap the benefits." 

Well, reap the benefits he certainly did as he found himself on a final table with a bunch of players who are relatively unknown in professional poker circles. The exception being Lior 'The Lion' Segre who is a regular in the Star Poker Room with over $130,000 in cashes to his name and Kye Mclean who recently final tabled a Public Holiday $50,000 guarantee at the Star for just under $15,000.

This tournament was a great opportunity for someone to step up and make a name for themselves and whilst Kumar went on to be our victor, a special mention has to go to Timothy Stamoulis. 

Stamoulis brought the whole package to the final table, including a highly charged and energetic cheer squad who were cheering Stamoulis on all the way. The cheering certainly worked and made Stamoulis hungry for more, he personally removed more than half of our final table contestants with his enigmatic play. 

His great play got him all the way to heads-up play but it was Kumar who would take the spoils and the victory.

Be sure to keep an eye out for both of these players as the Sydney Championships head into their second week here in the Star Poker Room.