Already renowned as one of Australia’s elite poker players, Matthew Wakeman added another notch to his rapidly expanding belt this week after winning the $5k Challenge at WSOP Circuit Sydney.
Wakeman, who held a dominant chip lead coming into the second and final day of the event at The Star, took home $256,496 for his win – comfortably the biggest single live score of his career ahead of the $159,600 he claimed for finishing runner-up at the same venue during this year’s Sydney Championships High Roller event in August.
It also made amends for falling just short in the $5K Challenge at the Sydney Championships when he finished 3rd for $87,000. Needless to say, the Star Poker room has been kind to Wakeman in 2018.
As has become the norm in recent years, the $5K Challenge boasted a top-class field with the 215 buy-ins including WSOP bracelet winners Joe Hachem, Jarred Graham and Gary Benson plus the likes of Brendon Rubie, Jonathan Karamalikis, Daniel Laidlaw, Andrew Hinrichsen, Michael Kanaan, Dean Blatt, Stevan Chew, Tristan Bain and many others.
Just 16 players returned for Day 2 with Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Shivan Abdine, Robert Spano, Dejan Boskovic, Hannah Lee and Sam Khoueis among them.
None ever truly challenged Wakeman for the title though and after a length heads-up battle with Boskovic it was a first WSOP Circuit ring for a man whose star continues to rise.
WSOP Sydney Circuit $5k Challenge