LIVE REPORTING: Star Gold Coast Champs Opening Event Day 1B

Hussein Hassan leads after Day 1B; that’s a wrap!

And just like that folks, Day 1B of the Opening Event is in the can!

Leading at the end of day’s play is Hussein Hassan, who bagged up 450,000 in chips; the Sydneysider is no stranger to the big time, having amassed almost USD $900,000 in tournament earnings including victory in the 2019 APL Million Main Event, the 2018 WSOP International Circuit 6-Max Event in Sydney and the 2019 WPT Australia $5K Challenge here at The Star Gold Coast.

Hussein Hassan leads after Day 1B of the Opening Event

Shem Goltz quietly amassed a stack worth 383,000 to rank second overall, while Brett Marshall (286,000) Ashley Valks (280,000) and Dan Mayoh (250,000) round out our top five for this flight.

Other big names to have made it through to Day 2 include Jaisan Patel, Nuno Da Silva, Jigs Reyes, Mishel Anunu and the Colombian wunderkind himself, QPC Main Event Champion, Lucho Vargas.

In all, there were 33 survivors from the 190 entries taken in today, with 59 players returning tomorrow. The full Day 2 seat draw for the Opening Event will be published in the morning.

This concludes our broadcast day, but the PokerMedia Australia Live Reporting Team will be back on deck tomorrow morning from 11:30am AEST for Day 2 of the Opening Event, as well as final table coverage of the $1,100 NLH Event from 12:30pm.

Finally, a friendly reminder that you still have the chance to play with PMA in Monday Night’s $440 buy-in Teams Event Wipeout! Don’t delay – head on over to our Facebook page right now and follow the steps to enter the draw – but hurry, because entries close tomorrow at noon!

Thanks again for your company and we look forward to seeing you back at The Star Gold Coast soon. Until then, it’s ‘bye for now!

Three more hands

Star Poker Gold Coast staff have now paused the clock with 10 minutes remaining – just three more hands and then we’re all done for Day 1B!

Murray’s sizzle fizzles

Lucho Vargas bounded over to the PMA hotdesk and informed the crew that there was a three-way all-in pot brewing on Liam Murray’s table, where we found the inaugural APL Poker Tour Main Event Champion at risk with 66.

Murray winced as both Ben Turner and Brett Marshall rolled up their cards; Turner showed KK, but Marshall had them dominated with AA.

Nothing else eventuated from the board of 2Q2Q9 and Marshall effectively tripled up as Murray took his leave.

Brett Marshall310,000
Ben Turner150,000
Liam MurrayBUSTED!

Level 15: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Emerton eliminated

The dream is over for Josh Emerton – at least until Monday night’s Teams Event – after he was eliminated at the hands of Dan Mayoh.

Emerton open-shoved from under the gun for his last 32,500 with 33 and action folded around to Mayoh, who woke up with 66 before the dealer spread the board of QQ2J5.

Mayoh moved up to 227,000 after that hand, but Graham Cowan is now right up there as well, now sitting behind a stack worth 250,000!

Graham Cowan

All the way with CVJ

A much-needed double-up for Corey Van Jaarsveldt, who managed to take a chunk out of Faraz Ayyaz as we hit the penultimate level of the day.

It was a classic coin-flip – Ayyaz with QQ against Van Jaarsveldt’s AK – but the APL NQ Classic Super High Roller Champion flopped two pair on the board of A3K before the turn and river repeated 8, 8 to double through.

Corey Van Jaarsveldt186,000
Faraz Ayyaz77,000
Corey Van Jaarsveldt

Level 14: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)

Adams’ double-double

Cam Adams now has a little more breathing room after two successive double-ups on Table 13, first getting his money in holding A5 against Hussein Hassan’s 1010, however he managed to turn top pair on the board of 45JAQ.

A short time later, he jammed again with A4 and found ahead against Omer Silajdzija’s Q3, but despite the flop of 756, Adams dodged the outs to the flush and improved to a straight as the turn and river ran out 5, 3.

Cam Adams53,000

Stack ’em to the top

As we headed into the final break of Day 1B, it appeared we had a new challenger in the form of Chun Chang, who was on a stack worth 168,000 but has since taken a hit after cards got back in the air.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to catch Dan Mayoh though, who’s on 290,000, along with Ben Turner, who’s grinded his way back up to 267,000!

Three more levels of play and then we bag and tag for the night. Stay with us!

Level 13: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

Break time

Our remaining 65 players are now on their final 10-minute break of the day.

He works hard for the money

PMA protégé Josh Emerton has got grind on the mind, now almost double the starting stack as we approach the final break of the day.

In an earlier, hand, action folded around to Minseok Kim who limped in from the button; the small blind folded and Emerton checked his option on the big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 1093.

Both players checked, then Emerton check-called Kim’s bet of 2,000 after the dealer produced the 4 on the turn, then check-called again after Kim fired out 7,000 when the 9.

Emerton tabled A5, prompting Kim to tap the table and say “You’re good,” before mucking his hand.

Simon Pedler didn’t fare as well, however, eliminated over the space of two hands; we can also confirm that Chuck Caris, Ken Demlakian, Mike Maddocks and Luci Bonaccorso was also amongst those to have been sent to the rail and are now in action over at the $1,100 NLH Event.

Josh Emerton56,900
Josh Emerton

Bye-bye Bromley

The hits just keep on coming on Table 8, with Jordan Bromley now on the casualty list after being eliminated by Adrian King.

Bromley shoved with K-Qo before the flop and found himself flipping for his tournament life against King’s 22.

“That’s okay, I’ll take some high cards!” Bromley said to the dealer.

No dice – the flop of 578 weren’t quite high enough.

“No paint at all? Come on, man!” Bromley joked.

Indeed, there was no more paint, as the turn and river bricked 8, 10 and thus Bromley was no more.

Adrian King39,500
Jordan BromleyBUSTED!
Adrian King

Level 12: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

Patel pads his stack; Wayne wasted

More all-in action on the far side of the Star Gold Coast Poker Room, this time between Dylan Wayne, Jaisan Patel and Alex Andreas, who all got their money into the middle pre-flop.

Wayne showed down 88 against Andreas’ QJ and Patel’s A10, however the dealer spread the board of 2JQKK to give Patel Broadway.

With Andreas taking down the sidepot, Wayne was sent to the rail.

Jaisan Patel148,800
Alex Andreas132,000
Dylan WayneBUSTED!
Jaisan Patel

G’day, Angel!

Over on Table 7, our crew caught up with Angel Guillen, who’s now back in action for the first time since February 2021, after he finished runner-up in the QPC Super High Roller Event at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Guillen told PMA that he and his wife – WPT anchor and Australian Poker Hall of Famer Lynn Gilmartin -had been focusing on looking after young Bodhi as they prepare for a big year ahead, including the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Sydney series at the end of the month.

Guillen has certainly been enjoying his time here though, sharing space with several notables, including Jigs Reyes and Nuno Da Silva, who all went into a flop of AQQ.

Reyes and Guillen checked to Da Silva who led out for 3,000; Guillen folded and Reyes check-called, then forced Da Silva to fold after opening for 15,000 when the dealer peeled off the K on the turn.

As our reporter took down the counts, Rauran Toye made sure that we also noted the stack of Ashley Valks, who’s now holding more than 170,000.

“That’s my teenage prodigy!” Toye exclaimed as he pointed to Valks’ stack. “Make sure that you put that down in the blog!”

Ashley Valks173,500
Nuno Da Silva96,000
Jigs Reyes93,000
Rauran Toye86,000
Angel Guillen24,200

Level 11: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)

Show me the money!

The numbers are in! 346 total entries for this year’s Star Gold Coast Champs Opening Event has garnered a total prize pool of $233,550.

Top 44 players will be paid a minimum of $1,191, while tomorrow’s champion will take home a tidy $49,611. Tasty!


Level 10: 800/1,600 (1,600)


Dan Mayoh has now been confirmed as the overwhelming chip leader in Day 1B of the Opening Event, taking out another opponent just as the clock ticked over to Level 10.

Our reporter picked up the action on a board of 49810; the all-in player had tabled K2 for the second nut flush, but found himself dead in the water after Mayoh flipped over AJ.

The river 4 was merely a formality and another one bit the dust as Mayoh moved past the 200,000-chip mark.

Dan Mayoh211,500
Dan Mayoh

Count ’em up

Minseok Kim still topped the counts as our remaining 94 players return from the break, however David Sebesfi has now entered his name into the leader board as our unofficial second chip leader, just over Mishel Anunu.

The Opening Event is now officially locked out at 346 entries, generating a total prize pool of $233,550! Prize pool dividends will be released shortly.

Minseok Kim140,900
Mishel Anunu119,400
David Sebesfi119,000
Dan Mayoh106,000
Hussein Hassan102,600
Cam Adams89,900
Kiale Matthews85,500
Lucho Vargas84,400
Faraz Ayyaz84,000
Paul Rochford78,300
Jigs Reyes74,000
Ricky Kroesen73,300
Jordan Bromley67,000
Craig Abernethy65,500
Lee Bradbury63,200
Omer Silajdzija57,300
Dylan Wayne57,000
Janine Butler49,000
Aidan Hildebrant48,500
Liam Murray48,200
Rauran Toye45,200
Tala Posala43,200
Graham Cowan41,400
Mike Maddocks36,300
Janet Wyvil35,400
Jennifer Cassell30,000
Taner Durust25,600
Josh Emerton24,600
Ken Demlakian15,100
David Sebesfi

Level 9: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Break it down

Our players are now on a 10-minute break. Stretch your legs while we grab the counts!

Lucho gets lucky; Colless crushed

Another huge hand over on Mike Maddocks’ table has resulted in the elimination of Brooke Colless, who rose to prominence after her deep run in last year’s WPTDeepStacks Main Event.

After Lucho Vargas raised to 2,200 from under the gun, two more players called, along with Luci Bonaccorso from late position before Colless shoved from the small blind.

Vargas iso-shoved over the top, forcing the other two callers out of the way, but before Bonaccorso had a chance to act, Vargas opened his cards, under the impression that there was no further action.

The other players started to protest, but floor staff were quick to intervene, confirming that Vargas’ hand was still live.

“I guess I’m in with a chance,” muttered Bonaccorso as she made the call – and she was, tabling A9, ahead of Vargas’ KQ and Colless’ 74.

Nothing changed after the flop of 226, but the 4 improved Colless to two pair and put her in with a chance for a triple-up.

However, Vargas slapped the table in celebration after he spiked the K on the river.

“VAMOOOOOO!” cried Vargas, pumping his fists before raking in the pot.

“You got very lucky there!” Bonaccorso said.

“Lucho the luckbox!” joked Aidan Hildebrandt.

“Can you teach me how to do that?” quipped Maddocks. “I wanna be like Lucho!”

Lucho Vargas82,500
Luci Bonaccorso10,500
Brooke CollessBUSTED!
Luci Bonaccorso

Arise, Ayyaz

Faraz Ayyaz is now up to 83,000 in chips after taking out another opponent at the start of Level 8.

Our reporter witnessed an unknown player heading to the exits after he got the last of his stack in with J9, but Ayyaz had rolled up 87, which paired up on the flop of 1086 and then improved to a straight after the turn and river ran out 5, 4.

The field now sits at 180 entries (including 60 re-entries), with only this level and the break remaining before Day 1B is locked out.

Level 8: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Wham, bam, thank you Fam

The cry of “All in, call!” from the dealer at Table 17 had the PMA Live Reporting Team jumping out their seats at the hotdesk to catch the action as the cards were being tabled.

Aidan Hildebrandt held 88, well ahead of an unknown opponent who was gambling with 64, but both players were dominated by Eban Fam’s AA.

As Lucho Vargas filmed the action on his phone, the dealer spread a flop of A510, but he almost dropped it in shock after the A came down on the turn to give Fam quads!

The river J completed the board to give Hildebrandt the bigger flush and the sidepot, eliminating the shortest stack.

Aidan Hildebrandt43,800
Eban Fam27,500
Eban Fam

Level 7: 400/800 (800)

Horses for courses

Our reporter stopped by on Table 15 as 2021 QPC High Roller and APT Brisbane Players Champion Dylan Wayne was chatting between hands about the methods he used to track his career goals.

“I have a graph on the back of my bathroom door with a little racehorse to map out my earnings,” he explained, “but it hasn’t really moved all that much lately!”

There’s certainly been a lot of movement between two of his tablemates though, with Ali Zebarjad and Nick Williams clashing in a couple of pots.

Earlier, Williams got his money in holding 88 and found himself off to the races against Zebarjad’s AQ, but Williams hit top set on the flop of 482.

A minor sweat came on the turn with the 5, but the river J saw Williams double up.

Two hands later, Williams got his money into the middle again on a board that read 10K108; Williams tabled KQ for two pair, but Zebarjad was already first past the post, having booked up on the flop with his K10.

Dylan Wayne41,300
Ali Zebarjad19,000
Nick Williams17,700
Dylan Wayne

Anunu hooks one

Over on Table 15, action folded to Paul Rochford who min-clicked for 1,200 before Corey Van Jaarsveldt called from the hijack. Mishel Anunu also called from the button, along with Bruno Da Silva from the big blind to make it four-handed to a flop of 2QK.

All four players checked their option after the flop and repeated the action after the dealer produced the 4 on the turn; after the 5 appeared on the river, the players checked through to Anunu who fired 2,000.

Rochford was the only caller, but mucked his hand after Anunu tabled JJ.

Paul Rochford89,300
Corey Van Jaarsveldt32,500
Bruno Da Silva32,500
Mishel Anunu27,000
Mishel Anunu

Level 6: 300/600 (600)

Spin it up!

More action on Table 17, where Lucho Vargas got busy early, shoving with AK pre-flop against his opponent’s QQ, but won the flip for his tournament life after turning two pair on the board of 78A89.

A short time later, Belinda Oosthuizen got the last of her money in with Q-T on a board of A-Q-K-x-x, but lost against her opponent’s A-6.

Russell Fogarty then found himself in a three-way all-in on Table 16 with QJ, only to run into the pocket jacks of Lewis Spinazzola and another player’s pocket nines.

Spinazzola scooped with the jacks to send Fogarty to the rail.

Lewis Spinazzola65,000
Lucho Vargas48,500
Belinda OosthuizenBUSTED!
Russell FogartyBUSTED!
Lucho Vargas


Reigning QPC Main Event Champion Lucho Vargas and APT Ambassador Mike Maddocks were amongst those to late-reg during the last stanza, however a new chip leader has emerged in the form of Minseok Kim, who has broken the 100K mark.

Minseok Kim131,500
Hussein Hassan90,500
Tala Posala80,500
Dan Mayoh71,000
Paul Rochford68,000
Jordan Bromley67,000
Kiale Matthews67,000
Craig Abernethy66,500
Dylan Wayne57,000
Nuno Da Silva53,500
Aidan Hildebrant49,500
Janine Butler49,000
Chuck Caris40,500
Rauran Toye39,000
Mike Maddocks36,000
Jigs Reyes33,000
Jennifer Cassell31,500
Ken Demlakian28,800
Brooke Colless28,300
Liam Murray26,000
Taner Durust25,600
Josh Emerton23,200
Faraz Ayyaz22,800
Minseok Kim

Level 5: 300/500 (500)

That’s lunch

Players are now on a 20-minute comfort break. We’ll have a round of counts for you after play resumes.


In one of the last hands of the first stanza, Belinda Oosthuizen got the last of her chips in with KK and found herself in great shape against the QQ of Cam Adams.

Both players hit two pair on the board of 10A106J, but it was enough for Oosthuizen to score the much-needed double-up.

Belinda Oosthuizen13,500
Cam Adams61,500
Belinda Oosthuizen

Jigsy jigged

There’s been action a’plenty over on Jigs Reyes’ table, however the 2020 APT Brisbane Players Championship winner has just been eliminated as we approach the first break of the day.

Reyes quietly beckoned us over Table 18 for an earlier hand, where after some heavy action between Chuck Caris and Taner Durust on a board of 6Q679, Caris shoved for his last 20,000 before Durust made the call.

Caris tabled Q8 for two pair, which prompted Durust to throw his hand into the muck

“I had jacks,” Durust moaned.

A short time later, Reyes got the last of his money in with pocket fours, only to then see Janine Butler wake up with aces with neither hand improving on the jack-high board.

Janine Butler51,500
Chuck Caris40,500
Taner Durust22,500
Jigs ReyesBUSTED!
Janine Butler

Level 4: 200/400 (400)

Mayoh spreading the word

Having flown in earlier today to grind the high-stakes Omaha cash games, two-time Aussie Millions championship ring winner Dan Mayoh decided to take a stab in the Opening Event and approached the PMA Live Reporting desk soon after winning a big pot against Ben Turner.

“Dumb luck Dan, that’s me!” he exclaimed. “UTG+1 raised to 500 and +2 calls. Action folded to me and I had KQ. I meant to raise to 1,500, but I got my colours wrong and misclicked for 5,500.”

“[Turner] then shoved from the button with AK; it folds back to me, I think about it and then decided to gamble. I call.”

“Flop came down A102 for a nice sweat, but the turn and river came down 5, J. Bink!”

Dan Mayoh94,000
Ben Turner28,500
Dan Mayoh

Photo time!

Level 3: 200/300 (300)

Lin binned

Over on Table 8, our reporter picked up the action on a board that read Q975; Faraz Ayyaz, who final tabled last month’s QPC Alpha Event, had checked to Yuan-Che Lin who had open-shoved from late position.

After mulling it over for about two minutes, Ayyaz made the call and rolled up KK, dominating Lin’s JJ.

The river 4 improved neither hand and after a quick count, Lin was confirmed as our first elimination of Day 1B.

Faraz Ayyaz92,000
Yuan-Che LinBUSTED!
Faraz Ayyaz

Nuno takes a hit

Over on the feature table, where PMA’s own Josh Emerton is seated along with Jack Brown and Duncan McKinnon, action folded to Jeremy Winlaw in the small blind, who moved as if to fold then stopped.

“You can check,” said the dealer, and he did. Nuno da Silva then checked his option in the big blind and both players saw a flop of 847.

Winlaw bet 200, and was called, then check-raised to 900 the turn of the 6 after Da Silva’s bet of 300.

Winlaw then bet 1,900 on the river A, which saw Da Silva tank for a while before making the call. Winlaw showed down [invalid notations]Qh5s[invalid notations] and Da Silva mucked his hand.

Jeremy Winlaw38,600
Nuno Da Silva6,200
Nuno Da Sliva

Level 2: 100/200 (200)

Noted notables

Plenty of big names sighted already amongst the 81 entries, including Brooke Colless, Jigs Reyes, Paul Rochford, Taner Durust and Duncan McKinnon, along with the Da Silva twins, Bruno and Nuno.

Triple Crown winners Jordan Bromley and Aidan Hildebrandt are also on the felt, while Russell Fogarty, Liam Murray, Hussein Hussan and Chuck Caris are amongst those to return for another shot today.

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now in the air for Day 1B of the Opening Event! As per yesterday’s flight, all players will start with 30,000 in tournament chips.

15 levels will be played, each 30 minutes in duration, which will see our players bagging and tagging at approximately 7:30pm local time tonight.

Late entries and re-entries will be made available until the end of Level 9.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBB Ante

Level 1: 100/100 (100)

Welcome back to The Star Gold Coast for our continued coverage of the 2022 Star Gold Coast Champs!

Today promises to be another bumper day of action as players begin make their way in for Day 1B of the $750 buy-in Opening Event, but we’re also expecting to see some of Australia’s best and brightest duke it out in Event 2: the $1,100 NLH, which kicks off at 5:30pm tonight. PokerMedia Australia will be ringside for that tournament from Day 2 tomorrow.

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