WPT League Sydney QPC Main Event final table set; that’s a wrap!
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting your final nine of the WPT League Sydney Main Event!
Heading into the finale with the chip lead is Chad Inabinet, who bagged up 8,975,000 in chips to eke out a slender margin over Van Le, who bagged up almost 8,275,000.
Between the pair, they hold more than 55% of chips in play, but given that they’ve been drawn side-by-side, it should make for a very interesting table dynamic.
Still, anything can and often does happen in poker – and given the action we’ve witnessed today, expect plenty of fireworks across the felt from the get-go!
WPT LEAGUE SYDNEY QPC MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE
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Adam Kelly eliminated in 10th place ($5,800)
In the final hand of the night, action folded to Kelly who open-shoved from the cutoff for more than 100,000 with K♠10♠, ahead of Adrian Pachecho who called out of the small blind with Q♥2♥.
Pacheco then spiked middle pair on the flop of 3♥A♣Q♦, but although there was a glimmer of hope with the gut-shot Broadway draw, the turn and river 5♣, 2♠ to give Pacheco two pair and bring today’s proceedings to a close.
And with that, the final table of the WPT League Sydney QPC Main Event has officially been set! We’ll be back shortly to wrap things up – stay with us!
Kurt Simpson eliminated in 11th place ($5,800)
It was a less-than-ideal stanza for Kurt Simpson, who after taking a big hit in an earlier hand, nursed his short stack through to the start of the 27th level before falling to Van Le.
After a min-raise from Le pre-flop, Simpson shoved for his last 1.1 million in chips and action folded back to Le who called him off with A♠7♠, which trailed A♥K♠.
Van picked up the nut flush draw on the flop of 9♠10♥2♠ and then hit it after the turn and river J♠, 9♦ completed the board. D’oh!
Level 27: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)
Inabinet banks big
Another twist to the QPC Sydney Main Event plot here at the Pavilion, with Chad Inabinet wrestling the chip lead from Van Le as we head into Level 27.
Action folded to Inabinet on the button who min-clicked to 250,000; Adam Kelly folded his small blind and Le defended his big blind, making it heads-up to a flop of 2♥3♦4♣.
Le check-called Inabinet’s c-bet of 250,000 and then checked again after the dealer peeled off the 10♣ on the turn, prompting Inabinet to fire out an opening bet worth 350,000
Le then check-raised to 700,000, only to then see Inabinet return serve with a re-raise of 1.7 million. Le flat called, then check-called Inabinet’s all-in bet of 2.15 million on the river 4♠.
A full house for Inabinet and an even fuller stack, now worth nine million in chips while Le drops to less than 6 million.
Neoklis Gkoulelis eliminated in 12th place ($5,800)
From under the gun, Van Le raised to 300,000 and action folded around to Neoklis Gkoulelis who shoved from the small blind. Robert Kwan folded his big blind and Le insta-called, quickly turning over A♥A♣, which dominated Gkoulelis’ 10♦10♣.
The board of 3♣4♠7♦4♦Q♥ changed nothing except for the number of players remaining on the tournament clock, with Gkouleils now $5,800 richer while Le now holds almost 10 million in chips!
Updated chip counts
Level 26: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Having been up amongst the chipleaders earlier in the day, Stefan Todorovic’s evening session took a turn for the worse and has since been eliminated by Adrian Pacheco.
Action folded around to Pacheco who raised to 175,000 from the cut-off pre-flop; Dominic Galati folded from the button before Todorovic shoved from the small blind for 230,000. Peter Kassiotes folded on the big blind and Pacheco made the call.
The flop of 7♣3♦A♠ gave Pacheco two pair, which held firm after the turn and river blanked out 5♥, K♠ to confirm Todorovic as our 13th place finisher, good for $4,700.
Our final 12 players are now on a 10-minute break – updated counts coming your way shortly!
Ashor to ashes, Grael left Won-ting
Ashor Shlemon and Grael Won have now also cashed out from the Pavilion leading up to the next break of the evening sesson after both players were eliminated by Dominic Galati.
Having nursed his short stack through most of this stanza, Won moved it into the middle pre-flop holding 10♠8♠, but needed help against Galati who rolled over A♦J♦.
The flop of K♥J♠5♥ put Galati further ahead, but although a glimmer of hope came for Won with the turn of the [invalid notations] was a brick and Galati moved back up to almost three million.
Galati then felted Shlemon soon after, iso-shoving from the button after Asher open-jammed from under the gun. Shlemon turned up 6♠6♦, but lost the flip for his tournament life after Galati’s A♦K♥ flopped top-top on the board of 4♠A♣3♥8♠9♥.
Elwood cut down to size
After landing a critical hit on Tom Elwood earlier in the level, Van Le delivered the killer blow to send him to the rail and increase his lead in this Main Event.
The duo went heads-up to a flop of 9♠5♠10♣, where Elwood opened for 100,000 before Le raised it to 300,000. Elwood called and then check-called Le’s bet of 300,000 on the turn of the 5♥ before open-shoving on the river 8♣.
Le called him off and Elwood showed 9♣4♦, but was given his marching orders after Le rolled over A♠9♥ to increase his stack to more than eight million.
Level 25: 50,000/75,000 (75,000)
Huynh and Green gone
The QPC Main Event is now down to two tables, with Mark Green and Steven Huynh now both having cashed out here at the Pavilion.
Earlier, Huynh moved the last of his money in pre-flop with A♠7♥, but found himself trailing the A♣K♦ of Adrian Pacheco, with no change after the 5♣9♦2♣8♦2♥ board was spread.
Green open-shoved for the last of his short stack with A♦J♥, but was crushed by Robert Kwan’s Q♥Q♣ that held all the way down the board of 9♦10♣6♠9♥2♥.
In a huge turn of events, Van Le has just shipped a MONSTER pot on Table 2 to decimate Tom Elwood’s stack and eliminate David Rodwell to take the chip lead in the QPC Sydney Main Event!
Action folded around to Van Le who raised from the cut-off before Rodwell shipped in his last 325,000 from the button. Elwood called out of the big blind, as did Le to make it heads-up to a sidepot on a flop of 4♣3♣10♦.
Elwood then opened for 300,000, only to then see Le raise it to 1,000,000 straight. Elwood called, then open-shoved after the turn of the A♠. Le snap-called.
Although Elwood had a whole heap of outs, the river 4♥ wasn’t one of them … needless to say, Le was absolutely euphoric!
Level 24: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Arsn’s all done
It’s been another stellar run from Arsn Younadem, however his Main Event journey has come to an end in one of the first hands after the dinner break.
All the money was in the middle pre-flop; Younadem held 8♦8♣, but he was in a world of hurt against Grael Won, who tabled Q♥Q♠. A third queen on the board of 6♣Q♣9♠2♦K♦ was more than enough to slay “The Assyrian Warrior”, ending his run in 23rd place.
Then after Mark Green took out Leon Sadr, Zoran Janjetovic jammed the last of his chips in with K♥J♥ and found himself in a fair fight against Tom Elwood’s A♠6♣, but lost after Elwood spiked a small pair on the 5♠7♣6♥2♦8♥ board.
Elwood’s no-holds-barred style of play now has him sitting behind a stack worth more than six million!
Updated chip counts
Here it is, folks: the full tournament betting disc distribution amongst the 23 players still in the hunt for the WPT League Sydney QPC Main Event title!
Level 23: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
All’s well for Elwood
Tom Elwood has gone on a tear in the final minutes of this level, taking out two more before our remaining 23 players headed off on a 30-minute dinner break.
Elwood’s first casualty was Chad Awerbuch, his J♦J♣ holding against Awerbuch’s 10♥ after the board was spread 3♣4♣7♦A♥A♦.
Ivan Zlomisic was then moved into a vacant seat to balance the tables, but his time there was short-lived, running his 10♠10♥ into Elwood’s J♠J♦, with the board of K♥2♠8♠7♠4♦ failing to improve either hand.
Then in the last hand on the feature table, Kurt Simpson outkicked Yung-Chiang Chen, his A♥K♥ best against Chen’s A♠Q♠ on a board of 4♣9♠A♦9♥8♦.
Time to rustle up some chips, of both the potato and clay variety. Back soon!
Marsom and Fulop fall
Down two more here in the Main Event, with Glenn Marsom and Jacob Fulop both sent to the rail as we head towards the next break of the night.
Over on Table 6, action folded to Adam Kelly who raised to 80,000 from the hijack; Tom Elwood called from the cutoff before Marsom three-bet-shoved from the button. The blinds and Kelly all got out of the way before Elwood called.
Elwood spiked a nine on the flop of 9♣2♠4♥, but although Marsom picked up the gut-shot straight draw with the 7♠, the river J♦ was a blank and Marsom’s day was done.
Fulop then moved all-in over on Table 2 a short time later holding K♥J♥, only to see Van Le wake up with J♠J♦. The flop and turn of 10♠6♦9♥A♦ brought a bit of a sweat, but a repeat 6♣ on the river sealed Fulop’s fate.
Two milly for Inabinet
Chad Inabinet has now moved beyond two million in chips, taking a big pot off Arsn Younadem.
Our reporter picked up the action heads-up between them into a raised pot on a flop of J♦2♥K♣; both players checked, and then the action repeated on the turn of the 5♦.
Younadem then checked his option on the river of the [invalid notations]; Poulivaati had hit the King-high straight with her 10♣9♣, but reeled after Green tabled A♦10♦ for Broadway.
The turn and river of 4♥, 5♣ were merely a formality and we’re now down to just 30 players as we approach the 22nd level of play.
The PMA Live Reporting Crew ran into Josh Stone, who had just been eliminated at the hands of Adrian Pacheco over on Table 1 as the field dropped below 35 players.
As Stone recalled, he had moved all the money in on the turn with K♦10♠ on a board of 9♣7♣7♦Q♥, but despite hitting the Jack on the river for the straight, it was in fact the J♣, completing Pacheco’s nut flush.
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Mansour’s still sweet
Elias Mansour has just managed to double through Mai Nguyen as we head towards Level 21.
From under the gun, Mansour raised to 60,000 and action folded around Nguyen who called from the big blind.
“I’ll check dark,” Nguyen said as the dealer spread a flop of 7♠6♦A♣.
Mansour then opened for 100,000 and Nguyen called before she check-called after he shoved on the turn of the 3♠.
The river 9♥ completed the board and Nguyen’s stack was reduced to less than 800,000.
The Chads are great
Over on Table 6, Chad Awerbuch is now seated next to Chad Inabinet, with our reporter picking up some action with both players against Tom Elwood to a flop of 9♦A♥10♠.
Before Inabinet had a chance to act, Elwood quickly fired out a bet of 80,000. Play was stopped and the floor was called over to confirm that the bet would stand unless the action changed.
Inabinet then pushed out a bet worth 180,000 and Awerbuch folded.
“Okay, I’ll follow,” Elwood said as he put in the chips to call.
The dealer then peeled off the 3♣, which prompted Inabinet to move all in; Elwood cursed loudly and repeatedly and slapped his cards with the back of his hand before tossing them into the muck.
Pavilion floor staff gave Elwood an official warning for the out-of-turn action after that hand, but having recently incurred a repeat infraction, he’s now been sent off for an orbit.
Level 20: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)
“YES! C’MON BABY, LET’S GO!”
The PMA Live Reporting Crew were drawn to the feature table as QPC Sydney Arctic Blast Champion Amjed Slewa was celebrating after taking out Steve Tupua.
After Tupua had raised pre-flop to 55,000, Slewaa called before checking his option on a flop of K♥4♥3♦. Tupua opened for 120,000, Slewa check-shoved and Tupua short-called, turning over [invalid notations].
Nothing changed after the turn of the J♦, but incredibly, Slewa spiked two pair with the 10♣; Slewa was thrilled, having extracted the ultimate revenge after been bluffed off a previous hand by Tupua.
“I told him that after that happened, I was gonna crack his aces!” Slewaa exclaimed.
Then in the very last hand before the break, Kurt Simpson rocketed up the counts to more than 1.5 million after Habib Chamma moved all-in with A-10 after a flop of A-9-3, but was outkicked by Simpson’s A-Q.
Our remaining 42 players are now on another 10-minute break.
Khouiss and Psarras dethroned
Sydney’s leading ladies in Michelle Psarras and Suzy Khouiss have also been confirmed amongst the latest wave of eliminations, with the Main Event field now down to 49 players.
Before the bubble burst, David Rodwell decimated Khouiss’ stack, cracking her A♠A♣ with his 10♥10♦ after hitting a runner-runner straight on the board of Q♥9♠K♣4♦J♥.
Down to 73,000 in chips, Khouiss moved them all in pre-flop with A-K, but lost the flip against Rodwell’s pocket queens before Psarras was flushed out by Arsn Younadem.
Karam and Campbell crushed
Down to 52 runners now, with Karam Bahi and Brian Campbell amongst those to have been eliminated after the bubble was burst.
Almost immediately after Cameron Chen was sent to the rail, Bahi jammed with pocket jacks, however Grael Won woke up with pocket kings and held.
At the same time, Campbell jammed with pocket jacks, however Ivan Zlomislic woke up with – yep, you guessed it – pocket kings, and held!
Level 19: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Kanan and Chen cut
A swift uptick in the action across the felt here in the Pavilion has now moved us into the money here in the WPT League Sydney QPC Main Event!
George Kanan was the first to go in 65th place, making his last move with A♦3♦, however Eric Xu snap-called with 9♦9♣, which filled up on the board of 7♦9♥Q♣5♣Q♠.
As Kanan took his leave, our reporter wheeled around to Table 5, where Domenic Galati and Cameron Chen were heads-up into a huge pot, Chen having called down Galati’s bets on all streets across a board of 2♥7♠J♠Q♣2♣.
Although Chen had hit two pair with his A♠J♦, Galati rolled over 6♠2♠ for trips and thus confirming Chen as the stone bubble.
May the fours be with you
Down to 65 players in the Main Event now, with Nick Antoinette and Frank Mezzasalma amongst those to have also hit the rail.
Earlier on Table 3, Mezzasalma open-shoved with A♣K♠, but bellowed in frustration after Marco Perri woke up with Q♥Q♦.
“Why, why did I do that? WHY?” cried Mezzasalma, as the dealer fanned out the 8♠8♣10♦6♣2♠ board.
“Darling, you had to shove there!” replied Michelle Psarras. “You’re short-stacked!”
As Mezzasalma was consoled on the rail, Antoinette jammed the remainder of his chips in with 10♠10♣ over on Table 5, but ran face first into the A♦A♣ of Shane Pearce before the dealer ran out a board of 8♦4♣4♠4♦4♥. Quads with the Ace kicker FTW!
Level 18: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)
Action has slowed down considerably here in the Main Event, however Mathew Stafa and John Yacoub have both been eliminated out on Table 4.
In the very first hand after the break, action folded around to Stafa on the button who raised all-in from the button 141,000 before Edson Wu three-bet it to 250,000 from the small blind. Josh Stone then jammed from the big blind and Wu quickly called.
Stafa managed to pair up on the flop of Q♦3♣7♥, but Stone held firm as the turn and river ran out 9♦, 3♠ to effectively triple up and send Stafa packing.
Some time passed before Yacoub open-shoved after a flop of 2♦3♦10♦ holding 7♦6♦ for a flush draw, but Grael Won double-fist-pump-snap-called with Q♦Q♣.
The 7♣ on the turn opened up a few more outs, but the river 10♠ was no good for Yacoub, reducing our field down to 69.
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Mai’s feelin’ fine
Our Main Event field has been reduced to 74 players, with Jai Duffy amongst those to have been taken out before the first 10-minute break of the day.
Duffy was eliminated at the hands of Mai Nguyen just before she was moved onto the WPT League Sydney feature table alongside Steve Tupua and Theo Dharma; although Duffy got his money in with A-K, Nguyen woke up with pocket queens and held after the board ran out 6-7-J-9-10.
Elias Mansour then got himself on the right end of a three-handed all-in-pre scenario against Yung-Chiang Chen and James Lai.
Chen took the critical hit as we said goodbye to Lai, but that said, there’s still one more opportunity to score some QPC bling, with the $450 buy-in Big Freeze now underway in Pit 2.
Level 16: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
More for Elwood
Tom Elwood has now joined Van Nguyen in the millionaire’s club as action continues at a frenetic pace here in the QPC Sydney Main Event.
Elwood got there after taking out Liet Ung on Table 5, calling him off with A♦Q♣ against Ung’s 8♦8♣, but Ung lost the flip for his tournament life after Elwood spiked a queen on the river on the board of K♥3♠9♦3♥.
Tablemate Stefan Todorovic is not far behind however, moving up to 900,000 in chips after his 9♠9♣ held up on the 10♠K♠6♦Q♠2♥ against his opponent’s A♥5♠.
Van Le is also up there now, taking out Mai Ha before being broken from the far side of the Pavilion; as the dealer recalled, all the money was in the middle on a flop of A-10-10; Ha had the best of it with A-10 for trips, but a seven on the turn and a Jack on the river gave Le a runner-runner straight.
The field has now been reduced to 87 runners – not long until we hit the money, folks!
The rich get richer
No shortage of hand histories here at the Pavilion, with floor staff kindly pitching in to help the PMA Live Reporting Crew capture as much of the action as possible.
Earlier, Jason Wassef was taken out by Paul Sammour, moving all-in with A♥7♥ but was outdrawn by Sammour’s Q♥J♣ that flopped top pair on the board of Q♠4♥7♣8♣9♣.
Jacob Fulop then busted George Boustani over on Table 2, waking up with K♥K♣ and improving to two pair on the [invalid notations] after Boustani shoved for the last of his stack holding K♦Q♥.
Day 2 chip leader Van Nguyen then became the first player to move past the one-million chip mark, sending Shing Yiu to the rail after his A♠9♠ hit two pair on the board of A♥10♥K♠10♦4♥ against Yiu’s J♥J♣.
Level 15: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Janke junked, LoRusso busto
Alan Janke and Joseph LoRusso have also just been eliminated from the QPC Sydney Main Event as the field is now reduced to 112.
After Sleiman Ghani was eliminated on Table 16, Janke moved the last of his money into the middle pre-flop with 9♦9♣, but ran into the 10♥10♦ of Ivan Zlomislic, with neither hand improving on the board of 5♠6♥4♥Q♣8♥.
Then over on Table 6, LoRusso got his short stack in pre-flop holding 8♥8♦, but Alecsander Lawrence snapped him off with J♠J♣ and then flopped a set on the Q♠J♥10♥K♦3♣ board.
Tupua takes Lakshmanasamy
We’ve just had our first couple of bust-outs in Day 2, with Ram Lakshmanasamy falling at the hands of Steve Tupua over on Table 11.
As it was recalled to us, Lakshmanasamy open-shoved pre-flop with pocket sixes; Tupua called him off with A-10, spiking an ace on the flop to win the do-or-die flip.
The PMA Live Reporting Crew then rushed over to Table 5, where Pham Nguyen had moved all in before the flop with A♦10♠, but ran into the A♠K♦ of Kenta Ito, which held after the dealer spread the board of 3♠2♦8♥9♦Q♦, confirming Nguyen’s elimination.
Level 14: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
The chase is on!
Aaaaaand we’re back!
Day 2 of the WPT League Sydney QPC Main Event is just moments away! Our 124 survivors have returned to continue their quest for fame, fortune and glory, vying for a top prize of $80,000 and the championship gold ring.
Pavilion tournament staff have also informed us that as well as winding back the clock to Level 14, we’ll be playing through 40-minute levels, and right through until we reach our final table before returning tomorrow night at 6pm to close it out.
Be sure to keep your browsers locked onto PokerMedia Australia for all the updates as we bring you all the action!
WPT LEAGUE QPC SYDNEY MAIN EVENT – BY THE NUMBERS
|Recommencing Blinds||3,000/6,000 (6,000)|
|Average Stack||249,750 (42 BBs)|
PRIZE POOL DIVIDENDS
|Total Prize Pool||$370,800|
Day 2 seat draw
Play will resume at 12pm AEST, with recommencing blinds at 4,000/8,000 (8,000). For any queries regarding seat allocations, please see Pavilion Poker Room staff upon arrival.
From all of us at PokerMedia Australia and WPT League Sydney, we wish all our players the best of luck!
|6||David Nguyen SJP||147,000|
|8||Joseph Lo Russo||75,000|
|2||Yung Chiang Chen||361,000|
|3||Nemanja Nemo Knezevic||288,000|
|8||Tim De Pater||50,000|