Molto bene: Losi triumphs in WPTDeepStacks Sydney $2K NLH as Lewkowski wins big in $330 NLH Freezeout

Francesco Losi‘s stellar performance at the final table of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney $2K NLH has earned him the biggest tournament cash of his career, pocketing $107,000 in prize money.

The 36-year-old grinder, who moved to Australia from the eastern Italian province of Pescara five years ago, said that he was “very happy” with the way he played, besting a field of 261 entries that featured many of Australia’s biggest names.

“I felt really comfortable coming into the last three tables, really playing my A-game,” Losi said. “I know that I played my best, but I was really lucky that I didn’t have any coolers or anything like that.”

Losi praised his fellow final tablists for their efforts, telling PokerMedia Australia that he had enjoyed the opportunity to meet and play alongside so many of our nation’s finest over the last couple of days.

“The field was a lot tougher than I expected, but I was able to learn a lot from everyone over the last three days about Australian poker. It was a really nice experience.”

The final table of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney $2K NLH was one of the toughest line-ups assembled to date, headlined by 2019 WPT Australia Main Event Champion Hari Varma, along with three of Australia’s prominent members of the Old Guard: Mike ‘The Tank’ Ivin, David Saab and Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson.

WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY $2K NLH ($2,000 buy-in, 261 entries, 33 players paid)*

1stFrancesco LosiItaly$107,000
2ndTravis O’GradyAustralia$75,276
3rdGary BensonAustralia$48,155
4thJulian WarhurstAustralia$29,292
5thLiam JehuAustralia$22,621
6thMike IvinAustralia$18,745
7thHari VarmaAustralia$15,738
8thDavid SaabAustralia$13,154
9thTerence CleeAustralia$10,702
*Final table results shown; full results available at

George Lewkowski then closed out the night with victory in the $330 NLH Freezeout, battling back against two-time APLPT Melbourne champion Patrick Barba heads-up to win the title and $26,098 in prize money.

The win meant a great deal to the Western Australian viticulturist and adds to his epic run in the 2019 WSOP Big 50, where he finished as the highest-ranked Aussie in 124th place out of 28,371 entries – the largest live tournament field in history.

WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY $330 NLH Freezeout ($330 buy-in, 429 entries, 54 players paid)*

1stGeorge LewkowskiAustralia$26,098
2ndPatrick BarbaAustralia$18,293
3rdScott Hamilton-HillAustralia$11,762
4thJenaro SodictaAustralia$7,909
5thMarcial DiasAustralia$6,081
6thHaoming YuanAustralia$5,045
7thMina GergesAustralia$4,228
8thGlenn CompletoAustralia$3,417
9thTom MaguireAustralia$2,610
*Final table results shown; full results available at

PMA continues its Live Reporting coverage of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney series with Day 1 of the $440 PLO, which then leads into Day 2 of the Big Bounty and Day 1A of the $1,500 buy-in Main Event on Thursday.

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