From Earth to the Moon: Matthew Howearth launches to the WPTDeepStacks Day 1C chiplead

Matthew Howearth has finished on top of the world, leading the chip counts for Day 1C at the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event with 685,000. It’s not quite enough for the overall chiplead, which still belongs to Ross Coveney, who bagged 714,000 on Day 1B.

Today marked the celebration of an event which has broken records for WPTDeepStacks globally, with 2,023 entrants officially the largest-ever Main Event field for the brand. All players were invited to tonight’s Players Party to celebrate, with the celebrations going well into the night.

Players Party festivities

Howearth took the time to speak to PokerMedia Australia after the day’s play, and said he maintained his goals for the Main Event were to “start with cashing and then go from there!”.

The North Queensland local made his way down to Sydney on Friday, arriving in the state’s capital for the first time since pre-Covid after not having played much poker at all during that time. His advice to himself coming into Day 1C were to “try and be tight, try and be patient, try and get lucky!”.

Howearth generally likes to play the bigger events as “they’ve usually got a better blind structure,” allowing him to be patient for longer. After hovering around average stack for most of the day, Howearth moved tables toward the later blind levels and got lucky soon after, “and then just ran pretty good,” in his words.

When asked what he would do if he were to come home with the top prize of over $400,000. Howearth told our Live Reporter he’d “Do some investing for sure, buy some shares, pay off some debts.”

His plan for Day 2 is simple; “Tighten up a fair bit, see what the table’s like.”

Ross Coveney carries the overall chiplead into Day 2

The numbers that matter

PMA is pleased to confirm that the numbers have been crunched, and the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event officially stands at 2,023 entries, combining to create a total prize pool of $2,690,590!

As mentioned, Day 2 will start with 316 runners. Of those, the magic number is 253; that’s how many places will be paid, with a min cash starting at $2,637. 32nd will guarantee you a five-figure score of $11,731, but it’s the final table where the money seriously starts.

Not one, not two, but FIVE players will be leaving WTPDeepStacks Sydney Main Event with a six-figure payday, with 5th place paying $115,507 up to a massive $413,006 for the title.

2022 WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event payouts (2,023 entrants, 253 places paid)

1st$413,006
2nd$275,328
3rd$204,270
4th$152,906
5th$115,507
6th$88,090
7th$67,803
8th$52,655
9th-10th$41,274
11th-12th$32,664
13th-14th$26,099
15th-16th$21,040
17th-20th$17,139
21st-24th$14,099
25th-32nd$11,731
33rd-40th$9,821
41st-48th$8,341
49th-56th$7,130
57th-64th$6,188
65th-72nd$5,408
73rd-80th$4,762
81st-89th$4,251
90th-98th$3,848
99th-107th$3,552
108th-116th$3,552
117th-125th$3,283
126th-134th$3,283
135th-143rd$3,067
144th-152nd$3,067
153rd-161st$2,879
162nd-170th$2,879
171st-179th$2,771
180th-188th$2,771
189th-197th$2,771
198th-206th$2,691
207th-215th$2,691
216th-224th$2,691
225th-233rd$2,637
234th-242nd$2,637
243rd-253rd$2,637

PMA will be bringing full live coverage for Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event on Sunday, and you can also follow the feature table on a 30-minute delay at twitch.tv/StarPokerAU.

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