LIVE REPORTING: Star Gold Coast Champs $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock Day 2

Congratulations Rehman Kassam ($11,590), Star Gold Coast Champs $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock Champion!

Score one for the Sydney crew! Rehman Kassam has added another major trophy to the Poker Palace cabinet, taking down the Star Gold Coast Champs $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock!

Kassam’s rail were already on standby to jump in for the celebratory winner’s photo, but it was right back down to business as Kassam headed over to late-reg for the Main Event.

Incredibly, Kassam did not use a single Time Chip during the course of the whole tournament, but one thing’s for certain: this is a moment in time that won’t ever be taken away!

STAR GOLD COAST CHAMPS BIG BOUNTY SHOT CLOCK – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($550 buy-in, 179 entries, 23 players paid)

1stRehman KassamEngland$11,590
2ndPaul O’BrienAustralia$7,775
3rdSimon PedlerAustralia$4,587
4thMike MaddocksCanada$2,790
5thRobert DamelianAustralia$2,155
6thMichael BlakeAustralia$1,786
7thHarrison DuceAustralia$1,522
8thMichal JalcAustralia$1,338
9thGloria MasonAustralia$1,159

Thanks so much for following our coverage of the Big Bounty, but there’s still more coming your way from PMA, with Day 1A of the Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event still going as we speak before we come back and do it all again for Day 1B tomorrow, so be sure to bookmark your browsers and follow along from wherever you may be.

Until we next see you on the felt, it’s ‘bye for now!

Paul O’Brien eliminated in 2nd place ($7,775)

It wasn’t long after the blinds went up that the final hand of the tournament played out, with Paul O’Brien falling agonisingly short of a Day 2 wire-to-wire victory.

Down to his last 2,065,000, O’Brien called all-in from the big blind after Rehman Kassam open-shoved from the button.

O’Brien found himself ahead with AK against Kassam’s KJ, but the flop of J62 was not in his favour.

Needing any ace or running cards to the straight, the turn and river bricked out 8, 5.

Paul O’BrienBUSTED!
Paul O’Brien

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

O’Brien battling

Rehman Kassam has surged further ahead in the chip counts, applying most of the pressure in this heads-up battle, but Paul O’Brien has managed to stem the flow in the late stages of this level.

In just some of the action we picked up on the Star Poker Gold Coast feature table, Kassam limped in from the button and O’Brien checked his option from the big blind before seeing a flop of 8QQ.

O’Brien then check-raised to 150,000 after Kassam bet 50,000 before open-shoving the turn of K, forcing the fold from Kassam.

Two hands later, Kassam came in with a button raise of 100,000 and O’Brien called before taking the pot down with a c-bet of 60,000 after a flop of 3QA.

Paul O’Brien1,800,000
Rehman Kassam2,675,000

Simon Pedler eliminated in 3rd place ($4,587)

We’re now heads-up for the $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock title after the departure of Simon Pedler!

Pedler open-shoved from the button for approximately 1,000,000 in chips with K10; Paul O’Brien folded his small blind and Rehman Kassam snap-called from the big blind with AK.

Pedler threw his Bounty Chip over to Kassam after the dealer spread a flop of 3Q3, but he immediately tossed it back when the 10 appeared on the turn.

However, that Bounty Chip was then absorbed into Kassam’s stack when the J came sailing down the river to give Kassam the Ace-high straight.

Rehman Kassam2,815,000
Paul O’Brien1,660,000
Simon PedlerBUSTED!
Simon Pedler

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

Mike Maddocks eliminated in 4th place ($2,790)

Although Mike Maddocks managed to secure a double-up through Rehman Kassam earlier, Maddocks was taken out by the Sydneysider in fourth place as we approached the start of the next level.

Kassam came in with a pre-flop raise from the button worth 80,000 and Maddocks was the only caller to make it heads-up to a flop of 3108.

Maddocks then check-called Kassam on all streets to end up with the last of his money in the middle after the board completed 4, 2, but although he had paired up his 86, Kassam had him well beat with his KK.

Down to three!

Rehman Kassam2,995,000
Mike MaddocksBUSTED!
Mike Maddocks

Maddocks holds on

Just before the blinds went up, Mike Maddocks found himself all-in from under the gun with A8 and found himself ahead of the A3 of Rehman Kassam who called out of the big blind.

Both players then paired up on the flop of 348, but the turn and river ran out K, 4 and Maddocks doubled through.

“I saw the Ace of Clubs and I had to call,” Kassam quipped. “It’s a shame, really.”

“Yeah, for you guys!” Maddocks replied with a wry smile.

Mike Maddocks815,000
Rehman Kassam1,355,000

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

Robert Damelian eliminated in 5th place ($2,155)

A massive turn of events here in the Big Bounty as Rehman Kassam moved up to more than 1.5 million in chips after eliminating Robert Damelian.

Action folded to Damelian who ripped from the small blind with Q8, however Kassam called him off with K5 and jagged middle pair on the flop of 2105 before the turn and river repeated 4, 4.

Damelian collected $2,155 for his fifth-place finish.

Rehman Kassam1,760,000
Robert DamelianBUSTED!
Robert Damelian

Michael Blake eliminated in 6th place ($1,786)

APT Ambassador Mike Maddocks is now the last Mike standing in the Big Bounty after taking out Michael Blake in sixth place.

Blake open-shoved from the cut-off with AJ, but Maddocks immediately iso-shoved with QQ, forcing the others out of the way before the dealer spread the board of 66410K, which did nothing to change the outcome.

A huge effort from Blake, who started this final table with just nine big blinds. Well played, sir!

Mike Maddocks700,000
Michael BlakeBUSTED!
Michael Blake

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

Harrison Duce eliminated in 7th place ($1,522)

Harrison Duce has just busted in seventh place, taken out over the course of two hands as we head into the 26th level of play.

Earlier, Duce was crippled down to 190,000 in chips after losing a critical flip holding 55 against the K10 of Michael Blake, who made two pair on the board of 3810JK.

Duce then ripped in the remainder from the button holding A6 and found himself in a fair fight against Robert Damelian’s K8, but Damelian tripped him over on the flop of KQK before the turn and river ran clean 3, 6.

Rehman Kassam1,100,000
Robert Damelian620,000
Harrison DuceBUSTED!
Harrison Duce

Michal Jalc eliminated in 8th place ($1,338)

Rehman Kassam has now also moved past the one-million chip mark after taking out Michal Jalc in eighth place.

After Kassam raised to 50,000 from under the gun, action folded around to Jalc who shoved with A9 but found himself well behind the AK of Kassam.

Both players flopped top pair on the 36A48, however Kassam had Jalc outkicked in every sense of the word.

Rehman Kassam1,100,000
Michal JalcBUSTED!
Michal Jalc

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

Break it down, colour ’em up

Our remaining eight players have now taken another 10-minute break, which will also allow the Star Poker Gold Coast staff to change up the orange T1,000 chips and then race off before the start of the new level.

Paul O’Brien1,290,000
Rehman Kassam773,000
Mike Maddocks676,000
Michal Jalc580,000
Robert Damelian533,000
Simon Pedler324,000
Harrison Duce288,000
Michael Blake141,000

Gloria Mason eliminated in 9th place ($1,159)

After Robert Damelian min-clicked to 40,000 from UTG+1, Rehman Kassam shoved from middle position and action folded to Gloria Mason who called all-in from the big blind.

Damelian used up three Time Chips before eventually making the call.

Damelian: AK
Kassam: AK
Mason: K3

Mason failed to improve on the 62682 board and was chopped out of the tournament in ninth place.

“Who gets the Bounty Chip?” Kassam enquired.

“I think you split it,” Maddocks replied.

“Tell you what,” Kassam said to Damelian. “Whoever has the least money in their bank account gets it?”

That elicited a ripple of laughs around the table, but all’s fair in love and war, as the bounty was indeed split.

Mike Maddocks811,000
Rehman Kassam478,000
Gloria MasonBUSTED!
Gloria Mason

On the attack with A-J

As the blinds ticked over to 10,000/20,000 (20,000) Mike Maddocks and Simon Pedler went heads-up to a flop of 742; Maddocks check-called Pedler’s bet of 35,000, then repeated his action after Pedler fired out 60,000 on the turn of the 7.

Both players then checked down the river J, with Maddocks’ AJ enough to take it down.

A short time later, Paul O’Brien came in with a raise to 40,000 and found three callers to go four-handed to a flop of 102A. Both Harrison Duce and Michal Jalc checked out of the blinds and O’Brien led out for 55,000; Duce was the only caller, making it heads-up to the turn of the 5, which both players checked.

Duce then opened for 60,000 after the dealer produced the J on the river. Duce tabled 107, but O’Brien was best with his AJ and became the first player to move past the one-million chip mark.

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

Blake doubles

It was a slow start to the final table of the Big Bounty as our nine remaining players traded jabs for the most part, however Michael Blake has just scored a crucial double-up through Rehman Kassam.

After Kassam came in with a raise from under the gun, Blake shoved from the +1 position and the others got out of the way before the cards were tabled.

Blake: AJ
Kassam: 66

Blake then hooked up on the 39J flop before going on to river two pair after the board completed 7, A.

Michael Blake236,000
Reham Kassam592,000

$550 Big Bounty final table

Our final nine come into the very start of Level 20, with Paul O’Brien still leading the charge while Michael Blake has squeaked in with nine BBs. Best of luck to everybody!

1Simon PedlerAustralia479,00032
2Harrison DuceAustralia618,00041
3Michal JalcAustralia555,00037
4Gloria MasonAustralia144,00010
5Paul O’BrienAustralia955,00064
6Robert DamelianAustralia621,00041
7Rehman KassamEngland590,00039
8Michael BlakeAustralia133,0009
9Mike MaddocksCanada445,00030

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

The Follet fallout

The final table of the $550 Big Bounty has now been locked in after the elimination of Antoine Follet at the hands of Day 2 chip leader Paul O’Brien!

Follet moved all-in before the flop with K10 but needed help against O’Brien’s QQ, but although he turned trips on the board of 810510, O’Brien filled up with the river Q to confirm Follet as our 10th place finisher.

“That’s an interesting one for the blog!” O’Brien quipped to our reporter as he raked in his chips.

Paul O’Brien955,000
Antoine FolletBUSTED!
Antoine Follet

Kroesen cut, Nives out

Just one elimination away from the final table of the $550 Big Bounty, with Michal Jalc taking out two players in quick succession.

In one of the first hands back after the break, Kroesen opened for 50,000 after a flop of 475 holding A3, only to then see Michal Jalc shove from behind.

Kroesen called all-in, but found himself in a world of hurt against Jalc’s 44. Both the turn and river of 7, 8 were the right colour, but the wrong suit. Game over.

Jalc then claimed Nives Ceccado’s Bounty Chip after he managed to flop a queen holding KQ against her JJ when the dealer fanned out a board of 53Q6A.

Michal Jalc645,000
Ricky KroesenBUSTED!
Nives CeccadoBUSTED!
Nives Ceccato

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

Break time

Our 12 remaining players are now on a 10-minute break.

Healesman hurting

Just as our players began to make their way out of the tournament area, Graham Healesman moved all-in 98, but found himself up against the KQ of Harrison Duce.

Duce picked up a second queen on the 5Q4 flop, but a 10 on the turn gave Healesman the gut-shot straight draw.

However, Harrison’s hand improved to two pair with the river K and we lost one more.

Harrison Duce630,000
Graham HealesmanBUSTED!
Graham Healesman

Vigar vanquished, Sebefsi shut out

Another two bust-outs in the Big Bounty, this time with Zac Vigar and David Sebesfi both hitting the rail as we approach the break.

Vigar was the first to go after his moved all-in after a flop of 248, picking up a pair with his K2, but Paul O’Brien’s A5 improved to a straight after the turn and river came running 6, 7.

Sebesfi then found himself all-in pre-flop with A5, but failed to improve on the board of 89QQ7 against the KK of Gloria Mason.

Paul O’Brien590,000
Gloria Mason335,000
Zac VigarBUSTED!
David SebesfiBUSTED!
Zac Vigar

Tran trounced, Mallett whacked

There’s been a flurry of action in this level, with Minh Tran and Mitchell Mallett our latest eliminations from this tournament.

Earlier, Tran moved the last of his chips in on a flop of 1074 holding 7-2, however Robert Damelian had him beat with his 10-2 which held all the way down fourth and fifth streets.

A short time later, Mallett made his move with AJ and found himself ahead of Mike Maddocks’ Q10, but the Canadian mindset maven turned a pair on the board of 42KQ6.

Robert Damelian510,000
Mike Maddocks500,000
Minh TranBUSTED!
Mitchell MallettBUSTED!
Mitchell Mallett

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

Better late than never

Although Simon Pedler has only just arrived to resume his seat in the Big Bounty today, he’s already scored a big double through David Sebefsi as we approach the next level.

All the money was in the middle pre-flop, with Sebefsi’s AK flipping against Pedler, who was at risk with 1010, but he managed to flop a set on the 6710K2. Weeeeeeee!

Simon Pedler246,000
David Sebefsi142,000
Simon Pedler

Locsin locked out

Another elimination from the Big Bounty, this time with Lloyd Locsin taken out at the hands of Sydney’s Rehman Kassam, who flew in last night with his best mate and WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast Main Event Champion, Will Davies.

Locsin had moved the last of his chips over the line with AQ, however he lost the flip for his tournament life against Kassam’s 77 after turning a set on the board of 3987J.

Rehman Kassam460,000
Lloyd LocsinBUSTED!
Lloyd Locsin

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

Mike drop

Our first “Mike Battle” has transpired with Mike Maddocks and Michael Mariakis clashing in a pot on Table 29, which also features Michal Jalc and Michael Blake.

All the money was in the middle pre-flop; Mariakis was at risk with AQ, ahead of Maddocks’ K6, but the APT Ambassador flopped top pair on the board of 59K109 to send Mariakis to the rail.

The field in the Big Bounty is now down to two tables, with Adrian King, Jacob Soetens and Russell Fogarty all eliminated during this level.

Mike Maddocks395,000
Michael MariakisBUSTED!
Michael Mariakis

The Miller blues

Over on Table 28, our reporter picked up the action on a board 642A10, where Shane Miller was facing a bet from Robert Damelian on the river after heavy action on all streets.

Miller was in the midst of a heated discussion with the dealer, who had advised him to refrain from talking about the hand whilst there was action pending.

“So you’re telling me that I can’t talk about what’s out there and the betting action, even though it’s just him and I in the hand?” Miller said, pointing at the board and Damelian.

“That’s correct.” the dealer replied.

In his frustration, Miller leaned back in his chair and tossed in a blue chip, not realising that it was the dark blue Bounty Chip, as opposed to the light blue Time Chip, which meant under the Star Poker Gold Coast rules, Miller was all-in.

“Hang on, NO! I want more time!” shouted Miller. “FLOOR!”

Tournament officials rushed over to intervene and confirmed that the ruling was correct, which prompted a snap-call from Damelian.

Damelian: A10
Miller: A3

“What a stupid rule, this is bulls**t … yeah, yeah, nice hand, sir.” muttered Miller angrily as he pushed his chips into the middle of the table, causing them to splash everywhere before storming out of the room with his payslip.

Robert Damelian625,000
Shane MillerBUSTED!
Shane Miller

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

The Marshall mash

From under the gun, Brett Marshall moved the last of his money in pre-flop with AK and found one caller in Nives Ceccado, who tabled JJ.

The dealer peeled out a flop of J95 to give Ceccado top set before the turn and river bricked 7, 10, confirming the Opening Event seventh-place finisher as the stone bubble in this tournament.

And just like that folks, we are in the money!

Nives Ceccado190,000
Brett MarshallBUSTED!
Bret Marshall

Big Bounty bubble-bubble

More action on Table 29, this time with Nikki Lewis moving all-in from UTG+1 with QQ, only to then see Mike Maddocks wake up with AA from the cut-off.

With neither hand improving on the 6J3108 board, Lewis was sent to the rail and we’re now on the bubble!

Mike Maddocks290,000
Nikki LewisBUSTED!

Kroesen’s kitty clips Mariakis

We’ve had our first all-in of the day already, with Ricky Kroesen open-shoving from middle position pre-flop before action folded to Michael Mariakis on the button.

“How much is it?” asked Mariakis as he pointed at Kroesen’s stack.

“71,000 … and a cat.” replied Kroesen, placing his kitty card protector gently over the line.

Mariakis threw in one Time Chip before eventually making the call.

Mariakis: AQ
Kroesen: A5

Although Mariakis soared further ahead after the flop of J49, he spiked the small pair and held after the turn and river 5, K completed the board.

Ricky Kroesen158,000
Michael Mariakis115,000
Ricky Kroesen

Cards in the air!

Play is now back underway in the Star Gold Coast Champs $550 Big Bounty!

Players will have 30 seconds to act, however should they need a little more time to mull it over, they may throw in one of their Time Chips for an additional 30 seconds. Players may also redeem multiple chips in the same turn.

Each player that survived Day 1 were awarded an additional six time chips on top of the half-dozen they received yesterday, so assuming they didn’t use any of their Time Chips yesterday, a player can have up to an additional three minutes in reserve.

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

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, hello and thank you once again for tuning into PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage of the Star Gold Coast Champs!

As Mina Elias barnstormed his way to victory in the $440 Pot Limit Omaha, action kicked off in the $550 Big Bounty Shot Clock, which brought in a total of 179 entries and generating a total prize pool of $89,500.

25 players will return to un-bag today and leading the pack is Paul O’Brien with 368,000 in chips, followed by Robert Damelian (358,000), Graham Healseman (349,000), Antoine Follet (307,000) and Mike Maddocks (276,000).

This also puts us just two eliminations from the money, with a min-cash worth $425 while tonight’s champion will take home $11,590. Regardless of where they finish, every player will take home $250 for every Bounty chip they have picked up along the way.

STAR GOLD COAST CHAMPS BIG BOUNTY SHOT CLOCK – PAYOUTS ($550 buy-in, 179 entries, 23 players paid)


We’re almost ready to go ladies and gents, so stay with us as the PMA crew bring you all the action from the Big Bounty from 11:30am AEST, which leads into Day 1A of the Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event at 12:30pm. See you soon!

Day 2 seat allocations and chip counts

Table 27

1Adrian King85,000
2Harrison Duce124,000
3Zac Vigar156,000
4David Sebesfi263,000
5Nives Ceccado134,000
6Graham Healesman349,000
8Lloyd Locsin178,000

Table 28

1Paul O’Brien368,000
2Russell Fogarty67,000
3Robert Damelian358,000
4Brett Marshall72,000
5Minh Tran125,000
6Jacob Soetens59,000
7Shane Miller79,000
8Antoine Follett307,000
9Simon Pedler133,000

Table 29

1Michael Mariakis149,000
2Mitchell Mallett274,000
3Gloria Mason173,000
4Rehman Kassam234,000
5Michal Jalc182,000
6Nicole Lewis87,000
7Ricky Kroesen71,000
8Michael Blake226,000
9Mike Maddocks276,000

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