Day 1A of the inaugural WPTDeepstacks Gold Coast Main Event at The Star Gold Coast has come to a close with Hussein Hassan finishing top of the chip counts with a massive 533,000.
After 11 hours of play, just 54 players from a massive 340 entries made it through to Day 2, led by Hassan – an Australian tournament regular best known for his win in the 2019 APL Million.
No doubt we’ll see plenty of the vanquished back on Friday for Flight 1B or on Saturday for the third and final flight of the main event.
There were plenty of familiar names on show Thursday too, led by 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne – the latter holding steady to carry a 162,000 stack into Sunday’s Day 2.
Others to try their luck were Jonathan Karamalikis, Angel Guillen, Alex Lynskey, Didier Guerin, Ehsan Amiri, Tristan Bain, Brendon Rubie, Billy Argyros, Tyron Krost, Najeem Ajez, Gary Benson, Mel Judah, Ricky Kroesen, Jason Gray, Robert Damelian, Luke Martinelli, Andrew White, Shivan Abdine, David Gorr, Graeme Putt, Dennis Huntly and 2019 WPT Australia champion Hari Varma.
Most fell by the wayside but there were some notable making it through, including Lynskey, Amiri, Rubie, Argyros, Benson, Damelian, Martinelli, White and Abdine.
The top 5 chip counts at the end of Day 1A are:
Hussein Hassan – 533,000
Alex Lynskey – 493,000
Chuck Caris – 424,000
Gary Benson – 417,000
Pete Robinson – 362,000
There are still two more Day 1 flights to go here at The Star Gold Coast, so be sure to visit pokermedia.com.au from around 4pm Friday as we continue our live coverage of the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast Main Event.
There will also be exclusive video content available on the PokerMedia Australia facebook page, including a special livecast from 4.15pm AEST Friday featuring the WPT’s Lynn Gilmartin and Ashleigh Lawrence.