LIVE REPORTING: Star Gold Coast Champs $660 Big Wave Day 2

Congratulations Chin Wang ($22,498), Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave Champion!

South Australia’s own Chin Wang has picked up his third five-figure score in four months, defeating Josh Norvock heads-up for the Star Gold Coast Big Wave title and almost $23,000 in prize money!

Although he now calls Queensland home, Wang was ecstatic to have finally laid claim to his first big trophy, having finished runner-up to Sam Haddad in the Star Poker Gold Coast Summer Series Opening Event last November.

Wang dedicated his victory to former Adelaide Casino Poker Manager David Galpin, who passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

From all of us at PokerMedia Australia and The Star Gold Coast, congratulations Chin – you’ve earned it!

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast

STAR GOLD COAST CHAMPS BIG WAVE – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($660 buy-in, 161 entries, 21 players paid)

1stChin WangAustralia$22,498*
2ndJosh NorvockAustralia$20,000*
3rdStephen TopakasAustralia$9,911
4thShaun ElliottAustralia$6,033
5thMatt EvansAustralia$4,656
6thPeco StojanovskiAustralia$3,859
7thBen TurnerAustralia$3,342
8thMartin WardAustralia$2,946
9thJosh McCullyAustralia$2,568
*Denotes heads-up deal

And that brings us to the end of the Big Wave! Thank you so much for joining us here on the PMA Live Reporting blog – we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage just as much as we have bringing it to you.

We’ll be back again tomorrow from 12:30pm AEST to bring you Day 2 of the $440 Pot Limit Omaha before our next double-header on Friday with Day 2 of $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock and Day 1A of the $1,500 Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event!

Until then, thanks again for joining us and we’ll see you soon. ‘Bye for now!

Josh Norvock eliminated in 2nd place ($20,000)

As soon as play reached the heads-up phase, the tournament was paused briefly as Josh Norvock and Chin Wang discussed and shook hands on a modified ICM deal that resulted in Norvock taking home $20,000 even, while Wang was guaranteed $22,498.

The pair then duked it out for over 30 minutes before the final hand of the night which just after 9pm local time; Norvock got his money in good pre-flop with AK, ahead of Wang who called him off with A8.

Norvock kept the lead after the flop and turn of 9Q10Q, but Wang jagged the 8 on the river, thus ending Norvock’s run in second place.

Josh Norvock

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)

Stephen Topakas eliminated in 3rd place ($9,911)

Chin Wang and Josh Norvock are now set to go heads-up for the Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave title after Stephen Topakas was felted in third place.

After Josh Norvock folded from the button, Chin Wang open-shoved from the small blind with pocket fives; Topakas called all-in from the big blind and rolled up J9, but Wang soared further ahead after hitting middle set on the flop of 735.

Nothing else eventuated for Topakas after the turn and river ran out 2, 4.

Chin Wang4,535,000
Josh Norvock1,890,000
Stephen TopakasBUSTED!
Stephen Topakas

Shaun Elliott eliminated in 4th place ($6,033)

Sadly, the ultimate comeback story has been cut short for Shaun Elliott, who was just felted by Chin Wang in fourth place as the blinds ticked over to Level 27.

It was three-handed between Elliott, Wang and Topakas to a flop of 6A9; Topakas checked to Elliott who opened for 275,000, but Wang then raised all-in from the button.

Topakas quickly folded and Elliott called all-in, tabling J8 for the flush draw, but was trailing Wang’s AQ.

The 4 on the turn changed nothing, but although the river ran black, it was in the form of the K and we are now down to four.

Chin Wang4,655,000
Stephen Topakas1,015,000
Josh Norvock855,000
Shaun ElliottBUSTED!
Shaun Elliott

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)

Matt Evans eliminated in 5th place ($4,656)

Matt Evans has now collected almost $5,000 in prize money after bowing out in fifth place.

In an earlier hand, Evans found himself flipping with A10 against Shaun Elliott’s [invalid notations].

Down to just 265,000, Evans then ripped them in from the button after a pre-flop raise from Chin Wang and a call from Stephen Topakas. Wang then iso-shoved for 1,585,000 and Topakas also called.

Topakas: JJ
Evans: A7
Wang: J10

Board: 5836K

“Wow, what a way to lose it, huh?” Topakas muttered.

“Man, I thought you would have folded Jacks there,” Wang replied.

Evans just quietly tapped the table before he walked away.

Chin Wang3,565,000
Stephen Topakas1,120,000
Matt EvansBUSTED!
Matt Evans

Peco Stojanovski eliminated in 6th place ($3,859)

Peco Stojanovski has become our latest player to fall at the final table of the Big Wave, taken out by Stephen Topakas.

Action folded around to Stojanovski who open-shoved from the small blind with 107, but Topakas woke up with JJ in the big blind, which held all the way across the board of K6A210.

Stephen Topakas1,700,000
Peco StojanovskiBUSTED!
Peco Stojanovski

Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

Elliot’s ups and downs

Shaun Elliott has been our latest final table to be rocked by The Big Wave, but managed to double up twice to keep his tournament hopes alive!

Earlier, action folded around to Matt Evans who raised all-in for his last 570,000 from the button with K5; Josh Norvock folded his small blind and Elliott quickly called to find himself in great shape with his A8.

However, Evans rivered top pair on the 49102K board to double through, leaving Elliott with just 30,000, which he jammed into the middle in the very next hand with K6.

Chin Wang snapped him off with JJ, but this time it was Elliott’s turn to get lucky, hitting a runner-runner straight after the dealer fanned out a board of 43925.

Elliott raked in the 140,000, but they went straight back in after he picked up 1010 on the button, but although Chin Wang and Norvock both called him down and checked all streets on the board of 85389, Elliott was best to back up to almost half-a-million in chips.

Chin Wang2,400,000
Matt Evans1,665,000
Josh Norvock855,000
Shaun Elliott460,000

Ben Turner eliminated in 7th place ($3,342)

Action folded around to Ben Turner, who open-shoved for the last of his stack from the small blind with Q7, but Stephen Topakas woke up with A10 in the big blind.

Although Turner jagged a pair on the 697 flop, Topakas promptly hit the gutter when the dealer peeled out the 8 from the shoe to give him the straight, which held after the river 4 completed the board.

Another valiant effort from Turner, which adds to two runner-up finishes in last month’s QPC in Tweed Heads. No doubt we’ll be seeing much more from him in the not-too-distant future!

Stephen Topakas1,665,000
Ben TurnerBUSTED!
Ben Turner

Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

Martin Ward eliminated in 8th place ($2,946)

After an earlier misstep against Shaun Elliott, Martin Ward moved the last of his money into the middle pre-flop wholding 77 but Chin Wang came in with an iso-shove, forcing the blinds out of the way before going to showdown.

Ward picked up a few more outs on the flop of 534 and then spiked the A on the turn, but the whole table reeled after the dealer produced the 7 on the river.

“Good luck guys, see you all in the Main Event!” said Ward as he took his leave.

Chin Wang1,680,000
Martin WardBUSTED!
Martin Ward

How the turntables …

Ben Turner has copped a beating in this level, now running on fumes as final action continues in the Big Wave final table.

Earlier, Josh Norvock raised to 100,000 from UTG+2 and action folded around to Chin Wang who three-bet-shoved for 420,000 from the button. Turner flat-called from the big blind, as did Norvock before both players checked down all streets on the board of 4875A.

Wang showed A8 for two pair and both Norvock and and Turner threw their hands into the muck.

Turner was then reduced to 140,000 after Matt Evans flopped a set holding 88 against his AK, but managed to claw some back through Chin Wang after rivering the bigger holding A7 against Wang’s 108 on a board of 5QJ10A.

Matt Evans1,220,000
Chin Wang1,080,000
Josh Norvock680,000
Ben Turner350,000

Updated chip counts

Peco StojanovskiAustralia1,275,000
Ben TurnerAustralia1,140,000
Josh NorvockAustralia900,000
Stephen TopakasAustralia840,000
Shaun ElliotAustralia795,000
Matt EvansAustralia555,000
Chin WangAustralia515,000
Martin WardAustralia500,000

Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Time out!

The remaining eight players have agreed to take a 10-minute comfort break. Back soon!

Josh McCully eliminated in 9th place ($2,568)

After being crippled by Ben Turner, Josh McCully moved his last 180,000 into the middle pre-flop, only to be called off by Peco Stojanovski.

McCully: 77
Stojanovski: QJ

No love for McCully as the dealer spread a board of AJ9QK and his chips disappeared into Stojanovski’s stack, confirming him as our first elimination at this final table.

Peco Stojanovski1,465,000
Josh McCullyBUSTED!
Josh McCully

Absolute carnage!

The chips are flying every which way but loose as our Big Wave final tablists begin to turn up the heat!

Earlier, Stephen Topakas doubled through Chin Wang after his A10 held up against Wang’s 76, pairing up on the board of 2610J3.

Wang then doubled up in the very next hand, taking a punt on 63 and outdrawing Peco Stojanovski’s J8 after rivering trip sixes.

Ben Turner then decimated Josh McCully’s stack after McCully moved in with AQ, only to see Turner snap-call with AK which then improved to two pair on the 544K7 board.

Peco Stojanovski1,500,000
Ben Turner1,220,000
Stephen Topakas925,000
Chin Wang620,000
Josh McCully185,000

Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Evans doubles early

There were plenty of jabs thrown during the first level of the Big Wave final table, but Matt Evans drew first blood after doubling through Shaun Elliott.

Elliot was in great shape pre-flop after calling with 99 against Evans’ A10, but the flop of 103A was enough for Evans to take a chunk out of Elliott’s stack.

Over on the other side of the Star Gold Coast Poker Room, the $440 Pot Limit Omaha is in full swing, now up more than 80 total entries and featuring Mike Maddocks, Kiale Matthews, Chuck Caris and 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion, David Gorr.

PokerMedia Australia will be bringing you coverage of that tournament from the start of Day 2 tomorrow at 12:30pm AEST.

Star Gold Coast Champs $440 PLO

Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave final table

Ladies and gentlemen … presenting the final nine of the Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave!

Recommencing blinds are 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante with an average stack of 725,000 (29 BBs).

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast
1Martin WardAustralia605,00024
2Chin WangAustralia735,00029
3Peco StojanovskiAustralia1,420,00057
4Ben TurnerAustralia610,00024
5Josh McCullyAustralia735,00029
6Stephen TopakasAustralia505,00020
7Matt EvansAustralia275,00011
8Josh NorvockAustralia1,065,00043
9Shaun ElliotAustralia575,00023

Level 22: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)

Nick Williams eliminated in 10th place ($2,222); final table set!

Peco Stojanovski has just sent Nick Williams to the rail in 10th place and we are now just moments away from the start of the Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave final table!

It was another all-in pre-flop scenario: Williams’ A8 was ahead of Stojanovski’s A6, but the dealer spread a flop of Q62 before a repeat 6 on the turn left Williams drawing dead.

The players are now on a short break as we tally up the chips and take the official final table photo. Stay tuned!

Nick Williams

Adios Apostolou, sayonara Spinazolla

Lewis Spinazzola and Peter Apostolou were confirmed as our next two eliminations and we are now just one away from the final table of the Big Wave!

Spinazzola was the first to go in 12th place ($2,222) after getting his short stack into the middle pre-flop holding A4 but Josh McCully had him covered with 77, hitting top set on the flop of 472.

Our reporter then wheeled around to the feature table, where Apostolou found himself ahead with his AK against the A10 of Chin Wang.

The flop of Q97 changed nothing, but Wang spiked the 10 on the turn to take the lead. Needing any king or jack, the river 3 was a blank and we lost Apostolou in 11th place ($2,222).

Chin Wang766,000
Lewis SpinazzolaBUSTED!
Peter ApostolouBUSTED!
Peter Apostolou

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Peco peaking

Peco Stojanovski is now the first player to hit the magical million-chip mark after Scott Mulligan, Brett Marshsall and Jeff Sarkis all hit the rail.

After tangling in several big pots earlier in the day, Mulligan finally surrendered the last of his stack to Josh Norvock, getting the last of his chips in pre-flop holding 88, but was Greenstein’d on the board of 4295A to finish in 15th place.

Shaun Elliott then swallowed the last of Brett Marshall’s chips to send him packing in 14th, dominating with AQ against Marshall’s KJ with neither hand improving on the 24494 board.

Sarkis then departed in 13th place, ripping in his short stack pre-flop with 75 but was smashed by Stojanovski’s A2 that turned two pair just before we hit the new level.

All three of our eliminated players have collected $1,884 from the cage.

Peco Stojanovski1,300,000
Josh Norvock683,000
Shaun Elliott660,000
Scott MulliganBUSTED!
Brett MarshsallBUSTED!
Jeff SarkisBUSTED!
Peco Stojanovski

“Mon coeur est brisé …”

The Star Gold Coast Champs Big Wave is now down to 15 players now as we approach Level 21, with Melissa Richardson, Patrick Coffey, and Anthony Cierco all pocketing $1,565 for their efforts.

Just before Coffey was taken out on the feature table in 17th place, Richardson fell in 18th place to Stephen Topakas; despite getting her money in good with KK, Topakas’ QQ filled up on the flop of 44Q and held after the turn and river bricked out 6, 8.

Cierco then followed soon after in 16th place after copping an absolute heart-breaker against Peco Stojanovski. Cierco moved all-in pre-flop with AQ, but Stojanovski’s AQ hit the nuts after the dealer spread a flop of 1054. That’s just brutal!

Peco Stojanovski755,000
Stephen Topakas560,000
Melissa RichardsonBUSTED!
Patrick CoffeyBUSTED!
Anthony CiercoBUSTED!
Melissa Richardson

Ratul and Rowe railed, Vahe vanquished

We’ve now hit our first pay jump in the Big Wave after Ratul Sayat, Vahe Hovagimian and Hayden Rowe each cashed out for $1,258.

Sayak Ratul was the first to depart in 21st place after moving all-in pre-flop with 33, but lost the flip for his tournament life when Josh Norvock’s AQ rivered a bigger two pair on the board of 10AK10Q.

Stephen ‘The Big Show’ Topakas then took out Hovagimian in 20th place; Topakas found himself flipping with KJ against the A10 of Hovagimian, but managed to hook up on the flop of 27J which was enough to seal the deal.

Hayden Rowe was then taken out by Ben Turner in 19th place, open-shoving from under the gun pre-flop with pocket sevens, only to see Turner wake up with pocket eights in the big blind which held down all streets. GG.

Josh Norvock727,000
Stephen Topakas366,000
Sayak RatulBUSTED!
Vahe HovagimianBUSTED!
Hayden RoweBUSTED!
Sayak Ratul

Level 20: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)

Turner round, bright eyes

Ben Turner is not looking like falling apart any time soon, now up to 571,000 after eliminating Ken Demlakian on the bubble!

In an earlier hand, Turner lost a sizeable pot against Josh McCully, running his AQ into McCully’s QQ; despite turning a wheel draw on the flop and turn of 2235, McCully doubled up after the river 10 completed the board.

But it wasn’t too long before Turner faced the all-in bet from Demlakian, calling him off to find himself ahead holding AK against Demlakian’s AJ, outkicking him after the dealer spread the board of 52A610.

Ladies and gentlemen … we’re in the money!

Ben Turner571,000
Josh McCully562,000
Ken DemlakianBUSTED!
Ben Turner

Cassell crushed

It was a rollercoaster stanza for Jennifer Cassell, who has just fallen in 23rd place at the hands of Josh Norvock.

Cassell was crippled in an earlier hand by Chris Savelle after running her KJ into his A10, but despite picking up the open-ender on the 2Q10 flop, Sevelle held after the turn and river blanked out 3, 4.

Cassell managed to triple up two hands later, but in her first hand after the break, she jammed pre-flop with 55 and found herself flipping against the A10 of Josh Norvock.

The flop of 979 improved her hand to two pair, but Cassell was “Norvock’d” as he hit the runner-runner straight with the turn and river of 8, 6.

And just like that folks, we are on the bubble!

Josh Norvock753,000
Jennifer CassellBUSTED!
Jennifer Cassell

Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)

Break time

Our remaining 23 players are now on 10-minute break. Back soon!

Chin chips up

Just two more bust-outs until we hit the money, with Simon Pedler, Jusin Lowe and Chris Thompson all eliminated before the first break of the day.

Earlier, Pedler was sent to the rail after he moved all in pre-flop holding K8, but ran into Martin Ward’s AQ, which turned top pair after the dealer spread a board of 6107A2.

Then in one of the last hands to be played out before the break, Chris Savelle got his money in good with AQ, but was outdrawn by Shaun Elliott’s KQ that also turned a pair on the 5210K4.

But Chin Wang is now the overall chip leader, taking out Justin Lowe after waking up with AA against Lowe’s AK, with neither hand improving on the board of 2J9106.

Chin Wang695,000
Martin Ward368,000
Shaun Elliot260,000
Simon PedlerBUSTED!
Chris SavelleBUSTED!
Justin LoweBUSTED!
Chin Wang

Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Three more gone

Lewis Spinazzola and Ken Demlakian are now both close to the half-million chip mark after each taking out another player as action continues in the Big Wave.

Earlier, Spinazzola took out Lloyd Loosin, waking up with QQ after Loosin open-shoved with A6, but failed to overtake despite hitting a pair on the 39J6K board.

Demlakian then managed to take out Hussein Hassan over on the feature table after managing to spike an ace on the flop with his A-4o and cracked Hassan’s pocket jacks.

And Peco Stojanovski is still in contention, winning a crucial flip holding AK against David Sebesfi’s 1010 after hitting the overpair on the board of AJ389.

Lewis Spinazzola493,000
Ken Demlakian480,000
Peco Stojanovski272,000
Lloyd LoosinBUSTED!
Hussein HassanBUSTED!
David SebesfiBUSTED!
Ken Demlakian

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Omer gone, Elias eliminated

Our reporter caught up with Omer Silajdzija who had just come back in from the balcony after taking some time to cool off, but he was kind enough to share the details of his elimination.

Silajdzija had called Jeff Sarkis’ pre-flop raise holding 9-8 and hit two pair on the flop of Q-9-8, but they then got all their money in when a repeat eight appeared on the turn. Sarkis, however, had hit the bigger boat with pocket nines. Game over.

Mina Elias was also eliminated at the hands of Ben Turner, getting all his money in with KQ pre-flop, but Turner woke up with AQ which went on to hit top pair on the board of 23A64.

Jeff Sarkis300,000
Ben Turner287,000
Omer Silajdzija BUSTED!
Mina EliasBUSTED!
Jeff Sarkis (right) and Ricky Kroesen – both on 300K!

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Wilson wasted, Morck no more

Lewis Spinazzola’s better half will be pleased to know that he’s still well and truly alive in this tournament, now past 350,000 in chips after eliminating Tim Morck.

Morck got the last of his money into the middle before the flop with A-Q, however Spinazzola woke up with pocket queens, with neither hand improving on the board to reduce the player count by one.

Alan Wilson followed Morck to the rail soon after, jamming his remaining chips over the line with A5, only to run into the AQ of Josh McCully.

Despite picking up the gut-shot after the flop and turn of 72104, the river 9 was a brick and Wilson was eliminated.

Lewis Spinazzola358,000
Josh McCully293,000
Tim MorckBUSTED!
Alan WilsonBUSTED!
Lewis Spinazzola

Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Fan tanned, Perry punted

The cry of “all-in” call went up from Table 13 within the first five minutes of this level; Yitian Fan had moved all-in after a flop of J72 holding QQ to find himself still ahead of Matt Evans’ KQ.

However, Tan was flushed out after the turn and river ran out 5, 2.

At the same time, Bert Perry was eliminated over on our feature table by Hussein Hassan and has since been replaced by Ken Demlakian.

As Hassan recalled, Perry raised from late position holding pocket fives and Hassan defended his big blind with 87 before spiking trips on the flop of 774.

Hassan then check-raised to 26,000 after Perry fired 10,000; Perry shoved and Hussein called, but with the turn and river blanking out, Perry was sent to the rail.

Matt Evans210,000
Hussein Hassan202,000
Yitian FanBUSTED!
Bert PerryBUSTED!
Yitian Fan

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now back in the air for the Big Wave!

Level 15: 3,000/5,000 (5,000)

Please hold …

Tournament staff have advised that there has been a delay to the start of today’s proceedings due to an IT issue, which is being sorted out as we speak.

Play will now recommence at 1pm AEST – thanks for your patience!


Players Remaining37
Total Entries161
Recommencing Blinds3,000/5,000 (5,000)
Average Stack176,000 (35 BBs)


Players Paid21
Minimum Payout$1,258
First Prize$25,675
Total Prize Pool$96,600

Press play

Day 2 of the Star Gold Coast Champs $660 Big Wave is almost upon us and the PMA Live Reporting Crew are standing by for the restart!

Out of the 161 total entries that bought into Day 1, 37 players survived and will return to their original table and seat positions.

This is due to Star Poker Gold Coast and Queensland Government regulations, which state that in the event that a multi-day tournament does not offer more than one Day 1 flight, play continues until the end of the advertised blind level before the game is effectively paused.

Given that players would have undoubtedly taken some time to reflect on their own game and that of their opponents, that could lead to some interesting developments in the table dynamics and especially given that we’re close to the money.

However, only one will take home the trophy and the top prize of $25,675, so be sure to follow PMA for every bluff, sweat and tear from 12:30pm AEST and right up until the final river falls!

Current seat allocations and chip counts

Table 7

2Lloyd Loosin125,500
3Tim Morck (D)153,000
4Ratal Sayak (SB)111,500
5Lewis Spinazzola (BB)164,500
6Brett Marshall79,500
8Justin Lowe151,500
9Martin Ward306,000

Table 8

1Jennifer Cassell (D)239,000
2Melissa Richardson (SB)127,500
3Josh Norvock (BB)231,500
4Mina Elias184,000
5Shaun Elliot265,000
7Nick Williams153,500
8Scott Mulligan212,000

Table 10

2Bert (John) Perry103,500
3Ben Turner219,000
4Hayden Rowe77,500
5Peter Apostolou (D)266,000
6Patrick Coffey (SB)240,000
7Hussein Hassan (BB)210,500
8Alan Wilson84,000
9Chin Wang184,500

Table 12

1Ricky Kroesen247,500
2Jeff Sarkis (D)154,000
3Peco Stojanovski (SB)160,000
5Vahe Hovagimian (BB)587,000
6David Sebesti186,000
8Omer Silajdzija161,500
9Anthony Cierco54,500

Table 13

1Ken Demlakian236,000
2Chris Savelle81,500
3Yitian Fan56,000
4Simon Pedler146,000
5Dennis Huntly98,000
6Matthew Evans (D)136,500
8Josh McCully (SB)174,500
9Stephen Topakas (BB)144,000

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