Daniel Smilijanic who will carry the overall chip lead into Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast main event after topping a mammoth Day 1C field.
Smilijanic finished the third and final Day 1 flight with a monster stack of 620,500 – leaving him as the only Day 1C player to top the half-million chip mark and well clear of Day 1A’s Hussein Hassan (533,000).
It was a record-breaking day in The Star Gold Coast poker room, with 443 entries pushing the final main event field to 1,113.
This year’s WPT DeepStacks Gold Coast is now the largest WPT main event field in Asia-Pacific history, bettering the 898 players that took their seats at WPT National China in 2014. It is also largest prize pool for a WPT tournament at The Star Gold Coast ($1,502,550), beating the $1,480,500 from WPT Australia in 2019.
The total 2,866 entries across all events so far, not including satellites, has bettered the 2,642 entries at WPT Vietnam in 2019, while the 3,799 entries including satellites has topped the WPRT Vietnam’s 3,103.
The top 5 chip counts from Day 1C were as follows:
Daniel Smilijanic – 620,500
Simon Chahine – 497,500
John Chu – 412,000
Thomas Owda – 402,000
Graham Purua – 396,500
Other notables include Corey Kempson with 344,000, Josh Mitchell with 351,000 and Chris Zenanos with 358,500.
Just 67 of Saturday’s 443 entries progressed to Day 2, joining the 52 from Day 1A and 46 from Day 1B. In total, 165 players will return Sunday with hopes of claiming the $252,728 first prize.
Play resumes at 11.30am Sunday. Be sure to visit at pokermedia.com.au as we bring you all the Day 2 action from The Star Gold Coast.