A touch of flair: Michael Clair clear of the pack to start the series

The inaugural WPT Prime Australia is off to a flying start at The Star Gold Coast, with 166 entries in the first day of the Opening Event.

Michael Clair, who finished 14th in the GC Summer Series Main Event here in December and is fresh off the back of a career-best score in May this year at the WPTL QPC Super High Roller Event (4th for $11,460), finished up with a stack of 325,000 to take into Saturday.

Clair didn’t even play the entire Day 1, registering during level 6. He said that whilst there wasn’t any huge hands to note, just a lot of patience followed by rush of good hands late in the day, one hand in particular did come to mind where “an opponent shoved 80,000 into me and I called with top pair. I had a feeling he was flushing and I was right, but it was still a big call. My pair held and that was a big pot, contributed largely towards building the stack at the end.”

Michael Clair

Asked if he had any strategy for Day 2, Clair said “Nothing in particular, just stick to my game. Might have to be a bit of a bully if I’m still chip leader.” His goals, humble; “My goal was originally just to make it to final table; good start!”

Chin Wang (289,000), Nathan Telhado (250,000), Romain Morvan (242,000), and Peter Apostolou (239,000) round out our unconfirmed top five, whilst it was a rough day on the felt for Troy Mclean, Josh Van Jaarsveldt, Sam Haddad, Chuck Caris, and Hussein Hassan.

It’s a little bittersweet for Morvan, who came almost unbelievably close to repeating his movie script from the WPTDeepStacks Opening Event in Sydney, where he busted first hand only to bag the chip lead on Day 1A there.

Romain Morvan

PokerMedia Australia’s live coverage continues tomorrow for Day 1B of the Opening Event from 15:30 AEST.

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