Clair bags huge on Day 1A
We can confirm that the chip leader after the days play is Michael Clair, who bagged up 325,000 to take into Saturday.
When speaking to PMA afterwards, Clair said that he had actually late registered today, choosing not to even take the day off work and simply come after work instead. His goals, humble; “My goal was just to make it to final table; good start!”
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.”
He said there wasn’t any real turning point throughout the day, 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.”
Clair also added that he really enjoyed the structure and venue.
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 Tim O’Shea.
It’s especially special for Morvan, who almost repeated his impressive feat from WPTDeepStacks Opening Event in Sydney, where he busted first hand only to bag the chip lead on Day 1A there.
That’s all from us at PMA for today. We’ll be back tomorrow from 15:30 AEST to bring you all the action from Day 1B!
Chips in bags!
Players have bagged up their chips from the days play – 29 players remain to return at 11:30 AEST on Saturday for Day 2!
We’ll have a chip leader and some counts for you shortly.
Armon van Wijk found himself all in pre-flop against Paddy Furlong and was decidedly animated as the board ran out.
van Wijk: 3♠3♥
The flop dropped 9♣5♠10♥ and van Wijk immediately cried “Oh no, he’s even got a backdoor spade draw!”
The prophecy appeared to actualise as the 7♠ hit the turn, indeed giving Furlong a flush draw, along with a double gutshot and two overcards to hit. “I asked for it” lamented van Wijk.
He faded everything, however, as the river came the A♥ and Furlong shipped some chips across.
|Armon van Wijk||106,000|
“All in and a call!”
That was the cry from Table 9, where Izzy Kranz had jammed his remaining 70,000 pre-flop only to see Dustin Jung call-all-in from late position.
Jung’s jacks held all the way through on the board of 7♦K♣K♥10♠Q♦ to double through and cripple Kranz.
The remaining 31 players have entered the final level of the day. The clock will be paused at the 10-minute remaining mark and we will play three more hands.
Alternatively, according to tournament staff, if we reach 24 players remaining, play will immediately stop, with all 24 to return for Day 2.
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)
Anunu takes one
With a complete board showing 10♥3♣2♥5♣8♠ when we arrived, and Danny Harper checked the action across to Mishel Anunu.
Anunu seized the initiative, firing 15,000 into the pot of approximately 28,000.
Turner made the call, and Anunu tabled 3♠5♣ for two pair. Harper mucked his cards.
Troy Mcleaned up
Dylan Wayne also added a scalp before the break, eliminating Troy Mclean. Wayne opened to 5,500 preflop and was called by Mclean, before both checked through the flop and turn of 7♦8♦8♣J♣.
On the 10♣ river, however, Wayne jammed, and was called by Mclean. Mclean tabled Q♥8♠ but Wayne had been in front the whole way, tabling 7♣7♥ for a flopped full house.
Tournament staff removed the black T100 chips during the last break, which should make counting Wayne’s stack a little easier.
Van Jaarsveldt eliminated
Some more action from Level 12, when Josh Van Jaarsveldt shoved his remaining 55,000 from the cut-off after George Kabourakis opened UTG+1 to 5,500. Kabourakis made the call.
Van Jaarsveldt: 7♣7♥
Kabourakis hit top-top on the flop of 6♦K♦10♣, and Van Jaarsveldt couldn’t catch up as the board completed Q♥, 2♠ to bust before the break.
|Josh Van Jaarsveldt||BUSTED!|
Level 13: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Here are some of the biggest stacks in the room with an hour to go. George Kabourakis and Michael Henderson lead the field, with Chin Wang coming back from less than starting stack to a top ten stack in one level.
|Nuno Da Silva||86,500|
The remaining 41 players have left on their last break of the day. 10 minutes to rest and recover before they play their remaining two levels of the day.
Wang takes off
Immediately after his quadruple up, Chin Wang was again back in action in another three-way all-in pre-flop pot with Luke Fong and Harry Basle, this time with the best of it.
Everyone missed everything on the 5♠9♥9♣5♥10♣ board, with Wang’s over-pair holding to secure the knockout of Fong – though Basle had just 100 left over, which was swallowed into tablemate Karsten Kobbing’s stack a few hands later.
“Four way all in” came the cry and we rushed over to the Feature Table, where a short stacked Chin Wang had shoved, been called by Jack Mardanbeigi, Alex Li and Peter Apostolou had then both re-jammed, and action was pending on Jack Mardanbeigi.
Mardanbeigi eventually opted to fold, and the three others went to showdown.
Gin for Wang with bottom set on the 2♦3♥K♦ flop, and the 3♠, J♥ turn and river changed nothing, sending a quadruple up Wang’s way.
The stacks of Li and Apostolou were counted, with Apostolou covering Li by only 300 chips to eliminate him and win the much larger side pot.
Level 12: 1,500/2,500 (2,500)
Josh Barrett shoved his remaining chips preflop and Dylan Wayne made the call.
“Please have King Queen” said Barrett.
“Ok, just for you” laughed Wayne.
The board looked safe enough for Barrett, coming down 4♣6♥J♠, 9♠, before Wayne hit the target with a K♣ on the river.
Dylan’s stack is a little bit of guesswork on our part, as he has literally stacked his chips to the moon.
Luke Vaughan jammed his remaining 37,400 on the flop, with a board showing 7♥5♦10♦. Dustin Jung tanked and called all-in before the remaining player in the pot released their cards.
The board completed J♣, 9♥ and Vaughan stood up, before saying “Nine ten jack queen!” excitedly, followed quickly by “Oh wait, that’s four…” as he broke into laughter.
The stacks were counted down only to reveal that Jung actually had Vaughan covered, by less than one big blind.
Thaggard claims a scalp
Adam Thaggard eliminated a player recently after winning a flip. With all the chips in preflop, both hands were tabled.
The board ran out Q♠J♣10♠4♦3♦ with Thaggard pairing up to win the pot.
Level 11: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)
Fong gets funky
Luke Fong raised from the “low-jack” to 3,300 and was only called by Armon van Wijk in the big blind.
The flop of 6♦Q♠A♣ prompted a check from van Wijk, and Fong continued for 3,000, with van Wijk making the call.
The action would then repeat on the 9♦ turn, this time van Wijk check-calling a bet of 9,000 from Fong, before van Wijk would again check-call on the 7♦ river. Fong’s third barrel was for 25,000.
Fong tabled 2♥2♣ but van Wijk was miles ahead, tabling Q♦9♣ for two pair.
|Armon van Wijk||126,100|
Mardanbeigi gets feisty
Jack Mardanbeigi opened the action from the hijack on the Star Gold Coast feature table to 5,500. Alex Li called from the button, and both blinds, including Peter Apostolou, released their cards.
Mardanbeigi checked-called a bet of 7,000 on the 10♣8♣J♠ flop, and both players checked the 4♥ turn.
Mardanbeigi then turned on the afterburners, firing 25,500 on the K♦ river. Li placed his cards face down over the line, only for Mardanbeigi to cheekily table 2♥3♦ for the nut low.
Level 10: 800/1,600 (1,600)
Viva Van Jaarsveldt
Josh van Jaarsveldt was kind enough to send the PMA team a hand via Facebook messenger.
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A player opened the button to 2,500 and Van Jaarsveldt called from the small blind, with Sam Haddad completing from the big blind.
On a flop of 4-5-K rainbow, action checked to the button, who continued for 3,500. Van Jaarsveldt called before Haddad ripped it for 22,000. The button folded and Van Jaarsveldt entered the tank, before calling off.
Van Jaarsveldt: Q♠5♠
Both players missed the turn and river and Van Jaarsveldt held to move up the chip counts.
|Josh Van Jaarsveldt||91,000|
Vogt reverse kicker problems
On a board showing J♦6♠3♠, action checked around to Steven Vogt, who fired 1,200 and was called by both Paddy Furlong and Jonnie Kururangi.
The turn A♣ was again checked to Vogt, who sized up, betting 8,000 into both players. Furlong wasted no time in shoving, and Kururangi got out of the way before Vogt snap-called.
“You have a set, do you?” said Furlong.
“No, I have Ace King.” stated Vogt.
“Well I have Ace six” replied Furlong as he tabled his cards.
The 5♥ river changed nothing, a full double padding Furlong’s stack.
Late registration concluded
Level 9 has commenced, which also marks the end of late registration for the Opening Event Day 1A. 110 unique entries, with 56 re-entries, makes a total of 166 entries for a prize pool of $112,050 so far, with more to come in tomorrow’s flight.
Level 9: 600/1,200 (1,200)
Dan Smiljanic leads the field at the second break, whilst Josh Norvock is looking none the worse for wearing after being eliminated earlier in the day, now over the 100k mark.
Our players have departed on a 10-minute break. We’ll have some counts for you shortly.
Harper doubles up
Our Live Reporter walked past a battle of the blinds in it’s conclusion, with Danny Harper shoving all in after Mathew Tyrrell bet 6,000 on the river, with a complete board showing 4♦Q♠5♦3♥3♣.
Tyrrell made the call, but mucked when Harper tabled 6♥2♥ for a turned straight.
Stephenson snaps it off
Lawrence Stephenson squeezed to 6,000 from the small blind after a couple of limps from the cut-off and button, before Rod Kisar elected to put his entire stack in from the big blind.
The limpers got out of the way, and Stephenson snap-called.
The board completed 4♥Q♦10♣7♦4♣ and Kisar quipped “Wow, the best hand wins for once” as he departed.
Level 8: 500/1,000 (1,000)
D’oh! for Doughty
Sydneysider Ali Ghezelbash jammed his remaining chips in on a flop of 10♠J♠A♠ and was snapped off by Hayden Doughty.
Ghezelbash had paired his Ace but was no match for the flopped flush of Doughty, and was actually walking away from the table as the board ran out A♣, 10♣. Tournament staff had to call Ghezelbash back to the table!
Ben Thomas got his short stack all in preflop and received two callers in the shape of Wu Zesong and Armon van Wijk.
Both Zesong and van Wijk checked the dead side pot on the 2♥2♦3♣ flop, and then van Wijk jammed on the 9♠ turn. Zesong quickly folded.
van Wijk: A♣K♥
The river was paint but not the Jack that Thomas so badly needed; a Q♠ to seal his fate as he took his leave.
That’s how long Josh Norvock was in the tank against Dylan Wayne, as a rail grew around the table.
Norvock had checked the action on a board of 5♠5♣Q♥A♥A♠, with a pot of around 19,000 already in the middle. Wayne over-shoved, sending Norvock into the longest tank of today so far, as he mulled over the tough decision for his tournament life.
Norvock made the call and Wayne quickly rolled over A♣K♣ to a muck from Norvock before his cards could be tabled for the showdown.
Level 7: 400/800 (800)
Furlong wins by a furlong
A short-stacked Paddy Furlong and Carlos Youssef clashed, all in preflop in another instalment of ‘the classic race’
Our attention was attracted on the actual flop, however, as the dealer spread the K♦Q♦Q♠ to a noise from the whole table. Youssef, drawing only to running Kings, could not catch up.
Editors note: I really thought a furlong was a long way.
Level 6: 300/600 (600)
The Jeweller’s here to play
Action aplenty on Tom Maguire’s table, where Maguire, Alex Andreyev, and Troy McGlone had all found themselves all in after a furious round of betting on a 7♠8♠5♦ flop.
In true Andreyev style, he’d gone from worst to best to have both McGlone and Maguire on the ropes, both needing running cards to win.
The 8♥ actually was one of those running cards, but the K♦ on the river ended matters.
Schwarz gets Henrich-er
A big pot had developed on an outer table when our Live Reporter walked past, spying Manuel Schwarz firing 11,000 into a pot of over 20,000 after both Jesper Henrich and Tim O’Shea had checked the action across to him.
The board was showing J♠2♣2♥10♠A♥.
Henrich hit the tank but eventually slid out calling chips, before O’Shea released his cards quickly.
Schwarz tabled J♣J♦ to consternation from Henrich, who commented “The one hand… the only hand” before mucking.
O’Shea, dangerously short, got the remainder of his chips in the very next hand, raising to 1,500 UTG and receiving multiple calls. Everyone checked the 8♦J♣4♥ flop and then O’Shea jammed his remaining 8,100 on the 4♠ turn.
Schwarz got out the way, but O’Shea did receive one caller further round the table.
The river was a complete brick, the 3♣, and O’Shea chipped back up to starting stack.
Level 5: 300/500 (500)
Players are off on a 20-minute break. Tom Maguire heads the field at the break.
|Nuno Da Silva||57,600|
Nice hand, Maguire
Tom Maguire took his seat sometime in the last couple of levels and is off to a flyer, amassing a formidable stack.
Maguire recently check-raised to 8,000 over the 1,800 bet of his opponent on a board showing 3♥6♣K♣Q♥ and got a call, before unceremoniously slamming his stack of yellow T5,000 chips over the line on the 5♣.
“Nice hand” quipped his opponent, as he spun his cards face down into the muck.
Mardanbeigi in the mixer
Jack Mardanbeigi found himself in a world of hurt on the river against Nuno Da Silva in a recent hand.
Preflop, Mardanbeigi limp-raised to 5,800 after Da Silva opened from the button to 1,200, with the big blind calling in-between.
Da Silva made the call and the big blind got out of the way, then both players checked the A♦A♠5♦ flop. Mardanbeigi again checked the [invalid notations] put two pairs on the board, and Da Silva jammed after Mardanbeigi checked.
“Do you have an Ace?” queried Mardanbeigi, as he instantly started talking, mulling over the decision. “I don’t have an Ace.”
He continued “You have Queens. Jacks or Queens. I have Kings. I can’t fold…. I know you have Ace Jack or Queens. It’s one or the other.” before sliding the remainder of his stack into the pot.
It was the other, as Da Silva tabled A♥J♥. “Well… that happens.” lamented Mardanbeigi as he tabled his losing K♥K♠ before walking off to the registration desk.
|Nuno Da Silva||43,600|
Level 4: 200/400 (400)
Plenty of late entries today as the field is approaching 100 players, with Dylan Wayne, Ali Ghezelbash, Peter Apostolou, Rehman Kassam and Jack Mardanbeigi all seated since the start of play.
Brisbane’s Jacob Faull has just been seated – and has got all of his bad luck out of the way right at the start, taking a seat on what is quickly becoming table of death alongside Hussein Hassan, Josh Norvock, Dylan Wayne, and Rehman Kassam, replacing the recently eliminated Attila Bognar.
Dominic Fieldhouse has hit the rail, eliminated recently in a classic race, 5-betting all in after a raising war versus an under-the-gun open and getting snap called.
The board was no help to Fieldhouse, running out T-8-6-2-4, failing to connect in any way.
“I wasn’t feeling it!” said Fieldhouse to our PMA Live Reporter, as he is now sitting on a cash table across the room.
Level 3: 200/300 (300)
Hussein Hassan opened to 600 and was 3-bet by Attila Bognar in late position before Max Wilson flatted out of the big blind.
Hassan was having none of that, 4-betting to 7,500. Bognar thought it over before releasing his cards, though Wilson quickly called behind.
The flop dropped K♣3♥4♠ and Wilson checked over to Hassan. Hassan fired a continuation bet of 2,500 and Wilson went straight to Hollywood, shaking his head several times before announcing all-in to a very wry smile from Hassan.
Hassan spun his cards into the muck.
The Right Time for Corr
On a board showing A♦K♠Q♠5♦, Conrad Cassaniti checked the action across to John Corr, who fired a bet of 3,800.
Cassaniti made the call, and the two saw the 7♥ drop on the river.
Cassaniti fired for 6,500 and Corr considered his options before calling.
Top two pair good for Corr, who scooped the pot to move up the chipcounts.
Level 2: 100/200 (200)
In a repeat of his Opening Event performance at the WPTDeepStacks Sydney, Romain Morvan has hit the rail, busting out first. He was quick to stress, however, that it wasn’t the first hand this time!
“First orbit”, he conceded, as he regaled his tale of woe to the PMA desk.
According to Morvan, the big hand which cost him was when he 4-bet to 1,600 from the big blind over a small blind 400 open.
The small blind, George Kabourakis, came along and both saw a flop of A-8-7 rainbow. Kabourakis check-called a bet of 1,200 from Morvan, then check-raised to 15,000 as Morvan bet 4,500 on the 2♣ turn. Morvan jammed, and Kabourakis called.
The river 6 was no help, and Morvan hit the re-entry desk with a “GG”. In Sydney, he came back to bag the Day 1A chip lead – so if history is anything to go by, we’ll see more from Morvan!
Halfway through the first level and many notable names have already taken their seats.
Cyprus Poker is out in force, with Brisbane Poker Festival runner-up Sam Haddad, Chris “Dipper” Zenonos, and Chuck Caris, who enjoyed a deep run in the WPTDeepStacks Sydney earlier this year and will be hoping to repeat the feat. Caris and Haddad have been seated on the same table to face off today.
Team PMA’s Russell Fogarty has entered the tournament during late registration. Other names in the field include Queensland poker ace Josh Norvock, and Hussein Hassan, who have been seated next to each other. Elise Depauw is in the field, and other sightings include Paddy Furlong, Ben Turner, Mike Rowley, and Nuno Da Silva.
Shuffle up and deal!
Play has commenced in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event – 70 players have taken their seats so far, and cards are in the air!
We’ll bring you a round of notable players shortly.
Level 1: 100/100 (100)
A new name. A new logo. A new era.
As Queensland shivers through its coldest start to winter since 1904, the poker community will descend upon The Star Gold Coast seeking warmth and trophies in the latest instalment of the partnership between WPT and Star Entertainment Group.
The Star Gold Coast is playing home to the inaugural WPT Prime series on Australian soil, which will include 11 events across 12 days starting with today’s Opening Event and leading up to the prestigious $1,500 Main Event next week. The winner of the Main Event will also win an entry into the US$10,400 WPT World Championship in December, which features a US$15,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
There’s points for consistency as well, with all 11 events counting towards the “Player of the Festival” trophy – the winner of that will win entry into the Main Event of the first WPT Australia Main Tour stop in September at this very same venue.
Another highlight to come this series will be the first Mystery BountY event on Australian soil. The $1,000 buy-in event, which starts on 14 June, introduces a concept to Australian players where there are no bounties awarded on Day 1, but all survivors into Day 2 earn a random bounty upon knocking out another player that can be worth anywhere from $300 to just over 25% of the total bounty prize pool.
WPT’s new Prime brand is a re-imagination of the former WPTDeepStacks name. WPTDeepStacks has been run three huge events in the last three years in Australia, with Mark Fester being crowned the latest Main Event Champion at WPTDeepStacks Sydney earlier this year. At the time, Fester assured us at PokerMedia Australia that he would be attending the WPT Prime Gold Coast to defend his title.
Today’s Opening Event is a $750 buy-in No Limit Hold’Em Event kicking off at 15:30 AEST, with 30-minute levels and late registration available up until the start of Level 9 (roughly 20:00 AEST). Players will play a total of 14 levels in Day 1, which means play will conclude at approximately 23:10 AEST.
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