Shaun Zammit and Sam Adams have both etched their names into Australian poker folklore amidst a slew of huge results coming out of the second edition of the WPT League Gold Coast Quarterly Poker Championship (QPC) at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
Zammit, a 30-year-old former forklift driver turned poker pro, became only the second player in history after Frank Marino to ship the QPC Main Event twice; the first win in 2019 having kick-started a two-month-long hot streak in Las Vegas worth more than USD $140,000, including a min-cash in the WSOP Main Event.
“I went over there with a USD $15K bankroll and almost went busto,” Zammit recalled, “but on the last day before we were due to fly back, I ended up winning and it just blew up from there.”
The win came as some much-needed reprieve to Zammit, who was quick to kick off celebrations with good friend and reigning APLPT Sydney Champion James Gill, who had been rooming together throughout the week.
“It’s been a while since my last decent score,” he said, “I’ve bricked the last three or four series that I’ve played, so it’s a relief to finally end the downswing.”
In all, Zammit cashed out more than AUD $35,000 this weekend after capturing his third career QPC ring the night before with a clutch performance in the Terminator Event.
WPT LEAGUE GOLD COAST QPC MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($175 buy-in, 1,118 entries)
|2nd||Graeme “Kiwi G” Putt||$22,340*|
In other major results, Sam Adams successfully ran the gauntlet once again to go back-to-back for the QPC Player of the Series title, finishing 160 points clear of Mike Rowley. The race to the finish came down to the wire, however the Kiwi ex-pat held on after finishing third in the Pot Limit Omaha, which was taken down by 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Shurane Vijayaram.
WPT LEAGUE GOLD COAST QPC – PLAYER OF THE SERIES RESULTS
Queensland local Will Davis finished in third, picking up his first career QPC ring in the 8-6-2 Mix Max, while Aitor Marin and Jordan Bromley tied for fourth. After Marin came through for his maiden major title in the Shootout, Bromley took down the Reload and became the first player in Australian history to win the mid-tier series ‘Triple Crown’.
But the biggest story out of Aquis Park was that of newly minted dual citizen Michael Maddocks, who after finishing second to Will Davies in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event, went one better in the PLO 6-Max to defeat Adams heads-up for the title and AUD $9,790 in prize money.
In all, the five-day series turned over a total of $1,127,130, which all but crushed the total of $800,000 in guaranteed prize pools.