Players aplenty as Rauran Toye wins Gold Coast’s WPT League Quarterly Poker Championship main event

QPC main event champion Rauran Toye

Brisbane’s Rauran Toye looked set for a frustrating run through last week’s WPT League Quarterly Poker Championship (QPC) after bubbling both the Opening and Shootout Events, but the 29-year-old managed to find form at the right time to overcome a massive field of 1,400 entries and win the QPC Main Event.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia on Monday, Toye revealed that he’s also due for a bonus $2,000 payout from a prop bet made with friend Nicolas, who laid him 100:1 odds on wining a ring this year.

Nevertheless, Toye was relieved to have picked up the big score. 

“Out of all the tourneys of the series, that’s the one I wanted to run good in, so I’m happy to get my bad beats in the earlier [ones],” he said.

QPC Main Event final table results:

PositionNamePayout (AU$)
1stRauran Toye $30,000*
2ndBrian Chan $26,790*
3rdKieren Edmonds $14,980
4thBernard Wong $11,390
5thCash Ellis$8,680
6thCharlie McMahon $6,690
7thElise Depauw$5,200
8thMele Poulivaati $4,110
9thEduardo Drapichinski $3,270

*Denotes two-handed deal.

High stakes, high quality

As one of the very first leagues club venues to offer cash buy-in tournaments outside of a casino back in the early 2000s, the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads has a long standing reputation for as one of the premier destinations on the Australian poker circuit.

There was no questioning that fact as hundreds of players flocked to the WPT League Quarterly Poker Championship (QPC) series last week, with 21 tournaments on offer across the five-day schedule.

Among them was none other than 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Joey Weissman; the American pro having been on a working holiday here in Australia since the beginning of January. Weissman certainly made his presence felt, scoring a maiden QPC ring in the $1,150 buy-in Super High Roller Event where he defeated 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Stewart Scott in a highly entertaining heads-up battle.

In his post-match interview, Weissman praised Scott for his ability as well as the broader hospitality he and partner Nellie have enjoyed during their time Down Under.

“Every interaction I’ve had has just been really positive,” he said. “There are a lot nice people in poker in general, but the quality and the quantity of what I’ve discovered here … we weren’t anticipating being in Australia for this long, but we’ve just never wanted to leave!”

Joey Weissman with partner Nellie

QPC Super High Roller final table results:

PositionNamePayout (AU$)
1stJoey Weismann $30,015*
2ndStewart Scott$21,855*
3rdJohn Perry$14,310
4thJohn Buckroyd$10,520
5thScott Reid$7,860
6thAidan Hildebrandt $5,980
7thSonny Ho$4,620
8thMaz Vojdani $3,630
9thDan Smiljanic $2,900

*Denotes two-handed deal.

Action aplenty

In other major results, Kiwi prodigy Sam Adams, who won the most recent APT Brisbane Player of the Series, picked up his second ring after winning the $110 buy-in Shootout Event.  Jayson Ackland, who also enjoyed success at Eatons Hill last month by winning the APT Deep Stack, scored his biggest career cash after besting a field of 254 entries to clinch the $450 buy-in High Roller.

Josh McSwiney improved on his bronze medal finish in the Aussie Millions Deep Freeze, earning himself a $20,000 payday and his first QPC ring in the $3K Challenge, while croupier Vesna Pope took home the gold in the Super Stack Event, with Veronica Phillips and Jade Mitchell filling up the other spots on the podium.

In all, a total of $643,380 in cash and prizes were given away over the course of the week, with all prize pool guarantees reached or exceed. This also included the payouts for the QPC Player of the Series, with Michael Henderson holding off best mate Josh Norvock for the title.
Stephen Mudgway, who won the Mix Max Event, finished in third place over Matt Medici, while Deep Stack Event winner Cash Ellis rounded out the top five.

Michael Henderson

QPC Player of the Series final standings:

PositionNamePointsPayout (AU$)
1stMichael Henderson 940$12,870
2ndJosh Norvock 850$8,040
3rdStephen Mudgway 840$6,440
4thMatt Medici 790$3,220
5thCash Ellis 780$1,600

The next QPC in Tweed Heads will be held from 20 to 24 May 2020; for more information on this and other major WPT League events, log onto au.wptleague.com.

Full results and feature table broadcasts, including the final table of the QPC Main Event, are also available on the WPT League Tweed Coast Facebook page.

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