Borders are open: International flavour as Benedikt Eberle carries lead into final day of WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event

The 2022 WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event is down to just the final three tables, from a record-setting field of 2,023 entrants.

For the last couple of years, most poker events have been domestic affairs, with border restrictions making travel difficult even domestically, let alone coming in from overseas. It’s clear – and fantastic – to see that times are changing, with the chip leader going into the final day a German-born Austrian resident in the shape of Benedikt Eberle, carrying a whopping 6,190,000 through the night.

Benedikt Eberle

Eberle, who won the 2018 Aussie Millions Opening Event, has travelled to Australia specifically to play the 20th Anniversary WPTDeepStacks series – and what a decision that’s turned out to be. He, along with the other 22 returning tomorrow, will be guaranteed a $14,099 pay day, going up to $413,006 for the coveted title.

Also bringing in some international spice is Irishman Ross Coveney, who was the overall chip leader going into Day 2, bagging on Day 1B. Coveney is still in the hunt but took some hits late in the day to bag 1,260,000. Frenchman Anthony Cierco, who has bagged 3,855,000, has over $150k in earnings in 2022 alone and will be looking to add a six-figure score to his poker resume.

Anthony Cierco

In terms of big names, though, it doesn’t get bigger than Leo Boxell. Boxell was an Aussie Millions Main Event Champion in 2000 – back when it was known as the Australasian Poker Championships – with final tables in the same event in 1998 and 2003, though Boxell’s biggest victory came in the 2011 APPT Melbourne Main Event for $330,000.

Boxell currently sits 35th on Australia’s All Time Money List, and was inducted into Australia’s Poker Hall of Fame in 2012. Boxell will definitely be one to watch over the course of the last three tables, having taken out an opponent in one of the last hands of the night to secure a decent bag of 3,550,000.

When speaking to PokerMedia Australia, Eberle, who’s recently finished studying Business, said he was “very, very tired … after a very long day, especially playing on the TV table.”

This is Eberle’s sixth trip to Australia, and although he did say he comes mainly to play poker, he also has a significant other who resides in Melbourne. An avid tennis fan, Eberle was lucky enough to score a ticket to the 2022 Australian Open Final.

When asked if he had any particular strategy for the final day, he said that he just wanted to “play it like anything else. [I’ll] try to play mostly the same tomorrow, whatever happens, happens. I’ll take whatever comes, I don’t have a certain money goal.”

One can be certain that everyone’s eyes will be on the trophy tomorrow, along with the $413,006 that comes with it.

Day 2 Seat Draw

Table 30

1Luke McCredie3,225,000
2Luke Martinelli2,280,000
3Spencer Davies1,620,000
4Ross Coveney1,260,000
5Todd Bailey1,800,000
6Yang Li1,480,000
7Martin Sagradian2,025,000
8Chuck Caris3,015,000

Table 31

1Lirui Zhang1,170,000
2Nicholas Wright3,380,000
3David Nirens2,690,000
4Najeem Ajez1,725,000
5Dean Boskovic2,460,000
6Leo Boxell3,550,000
7Darius Bucinska5,560,000
8Steven Cappelluto2,500,000

Table 32 (Feature Table)

2Mark Fester2,808,000
3Marco Perri3,270,000
4Anthony Cierco3,855,000
5Lei Yang1,555,000
6Mina Elias835,000
7Benedikt Eberle6,190,000
8Nathan Hill2,060,000

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


PMA will be bringing full Live Reporting of Day 3 from 11:30 AEST, and feature table coverage will be available at on Twitch.

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