Summer Series Main Event final table set; that’s a wrap!
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official: the final table of the Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event has been confirmed!
After an arduous day on the felt, Gavin Best has emerged as our chipleader with more than 5.2 million, followed closely by 2018 WSOP November Niner Alex Lynskey and Josh Norvock, who is fresh off winning three titles at the most recent Check Raise Poker Championships.
Best was unfazed by the depth of talent in the field, sticking to his game plan which was summed up in one word as he spoke with PMA after bagging up for the night: “Win.”
Final table line-up
Our final nine will return tomorrow from 12:30pm AEST (1:30pm AEDT) to battle it out for the top prize of $90,046 and the Summer Series Main Event title and PokerMedia Australia will be ringside until the final river falls.
Thanks again for your company and we’ll see you again soon – ‘bye for now!
Just as the blinds ticked over into the 26th level, the action folded to Gavin Best who shoved from the small blind, turning the screws into Paul Neville who only had two big blinds left.
Neville peeked at his hand and then decided to toss the last of his chips in before turning over J♣8♣, trailing Best’s Q♥2♣.
A queen on the flop then improved to two pair on the board of A♦4♠Q♦10♣4♥, which confirmed Neville as our 10th place finisher ($7,757) and our Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event final table!
Our wrap-up of today’s action and the final table line-up will be posted soon.
Level 26: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Josh Norvock is now behind a wall of chips worth almost 6 million after sending Viv Banala to the rail in 11th place ($7,757).
Banala got his money in good with A♦A♣ against Norvock who tabled Q♠Q♦, but winced after Norvock spiked the set on the turn with the board of J♥4♣7♣Q♥5♣.
Josh Norvock – 5,800,000
Viv Banala – BUSTED
The remaining 10 players are now hand-for-hand for the final table!
Action folded around to Gavin Best who completed the small blind before Chris Costanzo checked his option in the big blind to see a flop of 4♠7♠4♦.
Best opened for 60,000, then called Costanzo’s raise of 150,000 before check-snap-calling his shove on the turn of the 8♣.
The river A♦ was merely a formality and Costanzo cashed out for $7,757 for his 12th place finish while Best moved up to 5.3 million.
Although Janet Wyvil was able to summon the power of the poker gods earlier in the day, it sadly wasn’t to be as she was just taken out in 13th place ($6,128) by Jeremy Winlaw.
Wyvil moved all-in pre-flop with 7♠7♦, but ran head-first into Winlaw’s J♠J♥.
“Give me a seven, Alex!” Wyvil said to the dealer.
No dice – the board was spread 9♦9♥5♣10♦2♦ – and Winlaw increased his stack to 1.58 million.
Lucho Vargas has scored a big double-up, taking a chunk of change off Dustin Jung.
Vargas shoved for 430,000 after a pre-flop raise by Norvock and before Jung iso-shoved from the big blind.
Norvock got out of the way and it was off to the races – Vargas with 6♥6♣ against Jung’s A♥Q♥ – but Vargas pumped his fists and high-fived his supporters on the rail after hitting the six-high straight on the board of 5♠2♣3♣4♦J♠.
Lucho Vargas – 1,070,000
Dustin Jung – 770,000
In the first hand back from break, Qais Shanasa picked up a monster hand and another scalp, taking out Michael Clair in 14th place.
Clair ripped the last of his stack in pre-flop with K♥J♠, but ran smack-bang into Shanasa’s A♠A♥, which rivered a set on the board of 10♠6♣9♥K♠A♣.
Clair collected $6,128 from the cage while Shanasa stacked up to 2,565,000.
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Chuck the kettle on folks, it’s break time!
Sutthikiat Phetsut has been taken out by Chris Costanza in one of the last hands before the break.
Having nursed a short stack for the most part of this stanza, Phetsut got it in holding 9♥7♦ and Costanza called him off with 10♠9♦ and found himself ahead.
The board of K♦6♦4♠J♥8♣ saw Costanza take it down and bring Phetsut’s Main Event run to an end in 15th place.
Chris Costanza – 3,100,000
Sutthikiat Phetsut – BUSTED
Best keeps getting better
Gavin Best continues to put his best foot forward, now up to almost 2.5 million in chips soon after the field was reduced to two tables.
Earlier, Bert Perry was seen departing the Star Gold Coast Poker Room in a flash, having been felted at the hands of Alex Lynskey in 18th place.
Perry had shoved UTG+1 with A♦9♣ and action folded round to Lynskey in the big blind, who snapped him off A♠K♦ before hitting top-top on the board of 7♦2♦K♣6♥8♦.
Andrew Abdy was then eliminated in 17th; on a flop of 8♦6♠7♦, Viv Banala bet 125,000 and Josh Norvock called before Andrew Abdy shoved for his last 485,000.
Banala called and Norvock quickly mucked before Banala showed down 9♥9♠ for the overpair against Abdy, who had flopped the straight with 10♣9♣. Incredibly, the turn and river came running 8♠, 8♣ to give Banala the boat and the bust-out!
Matthew Howearth then departed in 16th place, losing the flip for his tournament life with J♠J♣ against Best’s A♣K♣ after spiking an ace on the board of A♠9♣5♦3♥3♠.
Cassell cut, Batey bounced
The eliminations are coming through thick and fast, with Jennifer Cassell bowing out in 20th place before Batey busted in 19th place.
Earlier on Table 13, Qi Xu opened from the hi-jack with pocket kings and Jen Cassell shoved her last 360,000 over the betting line from small blind with K♦10♣.
Xu snap-called, and whilst the flop brought down three diamonds, the turn and river blanked out and Xu chipped up to 2.93 million.
Meanwhile on Table 12, Banala limped from under the gun and action folded around to Batey on the big blind, who shoved for 330,000.
Banala agonised over the decision for quite some time, but eventually made the call to find himself flipping with 7♠7♣ against Batey’s 10♠9♦.
The dealer spread the board of 6♣4♦J♦2♣K♣, sending Batey to the rail and increasing Banala’s stack to 1.66 million.
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Bevis bounced, Sokhanvar felted
After being taken out by Adam Bevis on Day 1a, Martin Ward was able to exact his revenge, taking him out as we approach the next level.
Bevis raised from middle position to 90,000 and Ward responded to his immediate left by three-betting to 275,000. Bevis jammed and Ward snap-called, showing down A-K and stayed ahead on all streets against Bevis’ A-Q to move up to 2.4 million as Bevis headed to the exits.
Shan Sokhanvar (pictured) has also been eliminated at the hands of Qi Xu, who paired up his king holding K-8 against Sokhanvar who moved all-in with Q-Js.
McKinnon cast out
Having just lost a hand a massive hand to Josh Norvock, Duncan McKinnon shoved his remaining 120,000 from under then gun and found calls from both Viv Banala and Dustin Jung in the blinds to go three-handed to a flop of 8♠4♦6♥.
Banala checked and Jung pushed all in for 360,000. Banala winced and folded, Jung turned over 8♥7♥ and McKinnon rolled up J♦5♥.
The A♠ on the turn and river 5♦ made no difference and McKinnon took his leave.
Josh Norvock – 2,300,000
Dustin Jung – 745,000
Duncan McKinnon – BUSTED
Jaucian and Abernethy axed
As the blinds ticked over into the new level, Victor Jaucian found himself up against Chris Costanza once again, moving all-in pre-flop with K♦Q♠ against Costanza’s A♠7♥
The flop of J♥10♦2♠ gave Jaucian an open-ended straight draw, but the turn of the 4♣ and 6♦ on the river were no help and Jaucian has now collected his cash from the payout desk.
The after Damien Bennett was eliminated, Craig Abernethy got the last of his money into the middle with K♠7♠ pre-flop, but Matthew Howearth (pictured) woke up with Q♦Q♣, which improved to two pair on the board of 4♥J♣A♥6♥6♦, sending Abernethy to the rail as Howearth chipped up to 1.45 million.
Tournament staff have now reduced the field to three tables.
Level 23: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Over on Table 13, Justin Lowe raised to 100,000 from late position and Janet Wyvil called from the small blind before Aroha Ngata shoved from the big blind.
Lowe called and Wyvil folded, showing down 9♥9♣ and found himself off to the races against Ngata who tabled Q♥10♦.
Ngata then flopped two pair on the board of Q♠10♠6♦5♦7♦ to double up to 610,000.
A short time later, Victor Jaucian open-shoved from under the gun with pocket sevens, only to see Chris Costanza wake up with aces in the big blind. With the board improving neither hand, Costanza moved up to 850,000 while Jaucian was crippled to 170,000.
Neville trips up
It’s been a great run for Paul Neville so far, who has just doubled through Alex Lynskey to keep his Main Event dream alive as we approach the business end of Day 2.
Neville confirmed with our reporter between hands that he took out APL Ambassador Jackie Glazier in the previous stanza, waking up in the big blind with A-Q after she shoved from late position with A-T.
Neville then got back into the action, defending his big blind after a pre-flop raise from Jennifer Cassell and a call from Lynskey to see a flop of 9♠3♥K♥.
All three players checked, then Neville open-shoved for 260,000 after the K♠ came down on the turn. Cassell insta-folded, Lynskey tanked for a minute or so before calling off.
The river Q♣ completed the board and confirmed the double-up.
Alex Lynskey – 1,550,000
Paul Neville – 600,000
Jennifer Cassell – 460,000
Qais on point
After coasting through most of the day, Mark Ericksen found himself on a massive downswing and has since relinquished the last of his chips to Qais Shanasa, who now holds a stack worth almost one million.
The action folded around to Shanasa who raised from the hijack; Mark Ericksen shoved from small blind and Chris Costanza folded the big blind before Shanasa snap-called, his A-J far ahead of Ericksen’s KT.
Ericksen never caught up and was eliminated in 31st place, while Shanasa moved up to 990,000.
The PMA Live Reporting Team can also confirm that Shane Parker has been eliminated, getting his money with 5♥5♣, only to lose the flip for his tournament life against Gavin Best’s K♣10♠ after he turned Broadway on the board of 6♠A♣J♦Q♦7♠.
Final four tables
Table 10 – Feature
Allstars Poker head honcho Andrew Abdy is holding his own in the Summer Series Main Event, eliminating David Clark to reduce the field down to four tables just after the break.
The action folded around to Clark who ripped it in from the button with A♥10♠, only to be called off by Abdy who showed down A♦K♣.
No help for either hand on the board of 7♦Q♥8♣4♥2♦ and Abdy’s Ace-high was best.
Andrew Abdy – 870,000
David Clark – BUSTED
A full round of counts of all our remaining contenders will be coming your way shortly!
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Stretch those legs!
Our remaining 37 players are now on another 10-minute break.
Our reporter was called over to a hand developing at Aroha Ngata’s table; Adam Bevis had limped before Mark Ericksen raised to 55,000 from late position.
Chris Costanza shoved his big blind, Bevis re-jammed, and Ericksen tank-folded.
Bevis picked up a whole bunch of outs after the flop and turn of Q♣9♣6♠K♠, but missed all the draws after the dealer brought down the river7♣.
Chris Costanza – 740,000
Adam Bevis – 310,000
Robert Damelian was kind enough to stop by the PMA hotdesk and let us know how he was eliminated by none other than Bert Perry, who is now sitting behind a stack worth almost two million.
Perry min-raised from late position pre-flop and Damelian defended his big blind with T-9o. The flop came down 5-7-8 with two clubs; Damelian checked it over to Perry who continued for 60,000.
Damelian check-raised to 210,000, but then Perry shoved and Damelian called all-in, turning up pocket kings which held after the turn and river bricked.
Bert Perry – 1,985,000
Robert Damelian – BUSTED
Perry on a tear
Bert Perry now holds a stack worth 1,180,000 after two big hands against Alex Lynskey and Jimmy Ghobrial.
Earlier, action folded to Lynskey who raised to 50,000 from the button before Perry shoved with A♣Q♣. Lynskey called and turned over 9♦9♣, but Perry turned top-top on the board of 7♦4♣3♥Q♠2♦ to get the double-up.
Perry then picked a huge scalp in the form of Jimmy Ghobrial, who started Day 2 with the overall chip lead. Down to just 10 bigs, Ghobrial jammed with Q♥9♥ and Perry called before showing down 7♠7♥
The flop and turn of Q♠A♥4♠4♦ had Ghobrial ahead with two pair, but a miracle 7♦ gave Perry the full house and the scoop!
Aidan Hildebrandt has been spotted heading to the cage as our remaining 46 players continue their quest for Summer Series Main Event glory.
Hildebrandt jammed for his last 250,000 with K-Qo and action folded to Andrew Ryland, who iso-shoved for 500,000 with A-Ko before improving to two pair on the board of A-J-2-5-2.
Faraz Ayyaz was also eliminated at the hands of Duncan McKinnon, shoving for his last 240,000 with A-To against McKinnon, who called him down with A-K, with neither hand improving on the seven-high board.
Level 21: 12,000/24,000 (24,000)
Bevis stacks Setton
Our reporter caught action heads-up between Dwan Setton and Adam Bevis on a flop of 6♦2♠7♦; Adam Bevis fired out a bet and Setton begrudgingly called all-in for his last 5,000 before he turned over A♠10♣
Bevis had paired up with 8♠6♣ and held after the dealer produced the 2♥ and river K♠.
Adam Bevis – 450,000
Dwan Setton – BUSTED
Updated chip counts
‘Jimmy G’ takes out three
In all our years of live reporting, the PMA team have certainly come across plenty of double KO’s, but we’re still lost for words after witnessing a rare triple elimination, with almost all the chips going the way of Jimmy Ghobrial.
It was five-way-all-in-pre-flop pandemonium as our field reporter picked up the action; Ghobrial had tabled 10♠10♥ and had everyone else covered except for Bert Perry, who rolled up A♥K♣.
Dean Williams, Fred Jones and Rick Thomas were then all given their cue to depart after the board ran out 9♥4♠2♠7♦7♣, with Ghobrial scooping the pot.
Jimmy Ghobrial – 675,000
Bert Perry – 372,000
Dean Williams – BUSTED
Fred Jones – BUSTED
Rick Thomas – BUSTED
Karyar crashes out
Down to less than a single big blind, Ben Karyar committed his last 10,000 from UTG +1 and the action folded around to Josh Norvock who took back 6,000 off his big blind, but there was a bit of a wait as the other tables finished playing out their hands.
Our reporter crossed over Table 8, where Jennifer Cassell opened for a bet of 85,000 on the river with a board that read 2♥3♣J♥Q♣10♦. Clearly feeling the pressure, her opponent folded and then the crowd rushed back over to Norvock and Karyar to witness the flip.
No love for Karyar as the dealer spread the board of Q♥2♥9♥J♥4♦, confirming him as the Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event bubble boy.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official – we’re in the money!
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Lowe on a high
A couple of small double-ups as hand-for-hand play continues, with Justin Lowe (pictured) getting his money in with A♠J♠ against Chen Gue’s Q♠Q♣ and then rivering trips after the dealer spread a board of J♣A♥3♥2♥A♣.
Scott Mulligan also managed to take a bit of change of Alex Lynskey, waking up with with A♥A♣ and shoving after Lynskey’s pre-flop raise. Lynskey was priced in and called with A♠4♥, but the case ace on the turn left Lynskey drawing dead as the board came down Q♣3♣10♥A♦6♥
Still at 61!
Play in the Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event is now hand-for-hand after the elimination of Najeem Ajez in 62nd place.
Earlier, Ajez got his money in with A♠Q♦, but lost the crucial flip against the 8♠8♣ of Brad Wilson after the dealer spread the board of 10♠7♥2♣5♥10♦.
Down to 140,000, Ajez got them into the middle in the very next hand after a flop of 4♣7♦9♠. Lynskey iso-shoved, forcing Mark Ericksen out of the way before Ajez rolled up J♥4♦, only to be kicked out by Lynskey’s A♥4♠ as the turn and river Q♦, K♠ completed the board.
Alex Lynksey – 950,000
Brad Wilson – 470,000
Najeem Ajez – BUSTED
Just one more until the money, folks! Stay with us!
Lynskey sinks Woolsey
From under the gun, Alex Lynskey min-clicked to 32,000 and the action folded to William Woolsey who shoved for 162,000 from the cut-off. Bob Potter folded from the button, the blinds got out of the way and it was off to the races.
Woolsey was in great to double up as the flop and turn was spread [invalid notations] completed the board to give Lynskey the nuts.
And with that, we’re down to 63 runners!
Alex Lynskey – 770,000
William Woolsey – BUSTED
Updated chip counts
Level 19: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)
Take a breather!
After a marathon three-hour stanza, our remaining 64 players are now on a 20-minute break. Back soon!
In one of the last hands before the break, action folded around to Andrew O’Hanlon who open-shoved for his last 98,000 with A♦5♠
Sutthikiat Phetsut called and found himself well ahead with 9♥9♦, which improved to a set on the board of 9♠10♦2♣5♦4♥.
That’s one more out the door as Phetsut now sits behind a stack worth 435,000.
Swings and roundabouts for Setton
Dwan Setton’s stack has been see-sawing as we approach the first break of the day, but the APT Gold Coast Goliath Champion managed to take out Liam Murray before doubling up Aroha Ngata.
Earlier, after Murray completed the small blind, Setton moved all-in from the big blind with A♣3♣, only to see the APLPT Queensland Main Event Champion snap him off with pocket kings.
However, the board ran out Ace-high to send Murray to the rail, reducing the field to 69.
A short time later, Setton opened to 40,000 and Ngata three-bet it to 100,000 from his immediate left. Setton mulled it over before announcing all-in and Ngata called, turning up K♥K♣, which held all the way down the board of 9♠7♠3♣8♣8♥ against Setton’s A♠J♥.
Aroha Ngata – 526,000
Dwan Setton – 126,000
Liam Murray – BUSTED
Rauran Toye was there to give Mina Gerges a shoulder to cry on after he was sent packing at the hands of Michael Clair.
Gerges had moved the last of his money into the middle with K♣10♦, but ran into Clair’s A♦K♥, with neither hand improving on the board of 6♥2♠5♥6♣4♠.
Another one bites the dust as Clair chips up to 295,000.
A milly for Mark
Our reporter was called back over to Table 17 with a massive hand in progress. Brad Wilson had min-raised UTG+1 and received calls from Mark Ericksen in the cut-off and Najeem Ajez on the button, as well as Martin Ward and William Woolsey in the blinds.
Action then checked to Ericksen after a flop of K♥9♥Q♦; Ericksen bet 30,000, Ajez and Woolsey called whilst Ward and Wilson withdrew to make it three-handed to the turn of the 3♦.
Woolsey and Ericksen checked, Ajez shoved for 298,000 and Woolsey tanked before tossing his hand into the muck.
Ericksen chuckled. “Good bet, actually! You know I have two hearts.”
“I don’t mind a call with two hearts. You might miss!” Ajez replied.
Ericksen let his hand go and Ajez raked in the pot – not that it mattered much to Ericksen though, as he’s now the first past the magical million-chip milestone!
Mark Ericksen – 1,022,000
Najeem Ajez – 517,000
William Woolsey – 282,000
Level 18: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Over on Table 10, Damien Bennett raised pre-flop before Bert Perry defended his big blind to see a flop of 6♣7♣5♣. Perry check-called Bennett’s post-flop bet, then jammed the rest of his chips in when the J♠ appeared on the turn. Bennett snap-called.
The rest of the table were up in arms after the 7♥ fell on the river to give Bennett the boat. Suck-re-suck!
Bert Perry – 435,000
Damien Bennett – 237,000
Over on Table 16, Tyler Beams had raised to 22,000 and Viv Banala defended his big blind to make it heads-up to a flop of 2♦5♥7♣. Banala checked his option and Beams continued for 60,000.
Banala then check-shoved and Beams called, revealing 6♥6♦ which had been outdrawn by Banala’s 7♠6♠.
The turn of the 4♥ and river 9d changed nothing and we’re now less than two tables away from the money bubble!
Viv Banala – 630,000
Tyler Beams – BUSTED
Liang goes bang
The action is now moving thick and fast throughout The Star Gold Coast Poker Room, with Bin Liang sending Mehrdad Mousapour to the rail – and just in time for the start of the $440 buy-in PLO, which is about to get underway!
Mousapour raised pre-flop with A♣K♣ before Liang three-bet holding Q♠Q♥, making it heads-up to a flop of 5♦3♣J♣.
Mousapour then check-shoved after Liang’s opening bet, but Liang called tabled the overpair and managed to fade the flush draw after the turn and river bricked out 9♥, 4♦.
Bin Liang – 870,000
Mehrdad Mousapour – BUSTED
Chin Wang’s run in the Summer Series Main Event has come to an end, taken out at the hands of Duncan McKinnon (pictured).
Our reporter caught the details just as the dealer was pushing the pot over to McKinnon; Wang had moved the last of his money into the middle holding K♦J♦, but found himself behind McKinnon’s A♦Q♦, which flopped top pair and then held all the way down the board of 8♠A♠6♣4♥9♥.
McKinnon moved up to 586,000 as Wang headed to the exits.
Main Event payouts
The Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event field is now down to 80 players, but only 60 will be cashing out from this tournament with a minimum payout of $1,720, with our eventual champion taking home a tidy $90,000 and change.
Level 17: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Another all-in-call, this time on Table 17, AKA the Table of Death, featuring Day 1A chipleader Brad Wilson, WSOP November Niner Alex Lynskey, Day 1B headliner Mark Ericksen and Najeem Ajez.
Local legend Bob Potter had shoved over Ajez’s raise and Brad Wilson had re-shoved from the blinds, putting Ajez to a decision for his tournament life.
Eventually, Ajez open-folded7♦7♣, saying he thought he had the best hand, but couldn’t risk it.
Wilson tabled A♠K♣, well ahead of Potter’s A♥10♣. Although Ajez wasn’t particularly happy about his fold, it was Wilson that cried out, “Oh, come on!” in exasperation as the dealer gave Potter trips on the flop of 10♥10♠8♦.
The turn and river ran out 2♦, J♥, doubling Potter up to 286,000. Wilson dropped to 374,000, while Ajez is now on 467,000 heading into the Level 16.
Over on Table 20, the action folded to Antoine Follet who raised to 16,000 from middle position before Josh Norvock called on the button.
Sutthikiat Phetsut then shoved for his last 125,000 in the small blind. Follet took his time, looking at the clock several times before releasing his hand. Norvock, however, double checked his cards before tossing in the calling chips to put Phetsut at risk.
Neither hand improved on the board of 5♠3♣J♠A♥8♦ to give Phetsut another double-up.
Josh Norvock – 375,000
Sutthikiat Phetsut – 274,000
Antoine Follet – 640,000
Will sets up
Our reporter caught some action between Will Davis and Gavin Best (pictured) as they got all their money into the middle on a flop of 7♦4♦10♥ (below). Best rolled over K♠K♥ for an overpair, but Davis had hit top set with his 10♦10♣.
Davis then improved to a full house with a repeat 7♥, which held after the river 9♦.
Davis doubled up to 386,000, but it was of little concern to Best, who holds a huge stack worth 782,000!
Level 16: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
101 players remain in the Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event, with Josh Hutchins, Mark Taylor, Omer Sliajdzija and Kalan Shuttlewood amongst those spotted heading to the exits, along with Nikolas Schlie, who was eliminated at the hands of Mustafa Shahedi.
Schlie attempted to double through Shahedi an earlier hand, getting his money in holding A♥K♥ after a flop of A♦6♣8♥, but was resigned to chop it up as Shahedi also tabled A♠K♣, with both players boating up as the turn and river rand out 6♠, A♣.
A short time later, Schlie raised to 18,000 pre-flop with A-T and was called by Shahedi to go heads-up to a flop of 5-6-7 rainbow. Shahedi check-called Schlie’s bet of 30,000, then check-called again after Schlie jammed the last of his chips in with a nine on the turn.
Shahedi rolled up 9-7 for two pair, which held after the river bricked to end Schlie’s run.
Mustafa Shahedi – 480,000
Nikolas Schlie – BUSTED
Phetsut finds a double
Sutthikiat Phetsut has doubled through Rick Thomas after fading a flush draw to move up to 158,000 in chips.
As Phetsut recalled, he and three other players called Aidan Hildebrandt’s pre-flop raise to see a flop of Q♥8♥-X before Phetsut jammed the last of his stack into the middle holding K♠Q♣.
Thomas iso-shoved holding A♥J♥ and everyone else got out the way before the two players went to showdown, but the turn and river bricked to keep Phetsut’s Main Event dream alive.
Thomas’ stack was reduced to 158,000 after that hand.
Attract, believe, receive!
Prior to the start of play, Janet Wyvil approached our man on the ground to inform that she was going to be all-in on the first hand with pocket kings.
Moments later, Wyvil called our reporter over again and she had indeed shoved her first hand and was on her feet and grinning from ear-to-ear.
Action was pending, as Nic Nichols had called after his initial 12,000 raise from the button. Lawford Edwards released his hand, prompting the showdown between Nichols and Wyvil.
As soon as the cards were tabled, the table erupted as Wyvil revealed – well, not kings as promised – but something even better.
Wyvil comfortably doubled through after booking up on the board of 3♠A♦9♥5♦9♣. Now that’s what we call a prime example of manifesting #POSITIVITY!
Janet Wyvil – 158,000
Nic Nichols – 295,000
Lawford Edwards – 148,000
Away we go!
Cards are now in the air for Day 2 of The Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event!
Recommencing blinds are 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 BB Ante. 111 players remain from the 475 entries taken in over the last two days, giving us an average stack of 215,000 (or 36 ‘bigs’, for those of you keeping score at home).
Payout dividends coming soon!
Level 15: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Welcome to Day 2 of the Star Poker Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event!
After two thrilling Day 1 flights that saw 475 entries create a hefty $475,000 prize pool, just 111 players will return this afternoon with dreams of making it to the final table and, hopefully, lifting the trophy come Monday afternoon.
With the cream of Queensland’s poker crop coming out to play, there are plenty of big names still in the field including 2018 WSOP November Niner Alex Lynskey and WSOP bracelet winner Jackie Glazier, plus the likes of Najeem Ajez, Mina Gerges, Rauran Toye and Josh Norvock.
But leading the way is Jimmy Ghobrial, who bagged and tagged a stack of 563,000 on Saturday – just enough to put him ahead of Mark Ericksen with 560,000.
PMA will be live from from 12:30pm AEST (1:30pm AEDT) today to bring you all the action as it happens.
Day 2 seat draw
|5||Andrew O Hanlon||98,000|