One for the fans: Yitian Fan leads Day 1B of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event

Yitian Fan, winner of the 2022 Treasury Brisbane Poker Festival Opening Event in January this year, is on track to do it all over again, finishing up today as Day 1B chip leader in the WPT Prime Gold Coast opening event with a bag of 294,000.

Yitian Fan

He was closely followed by Mitchell Frost, who bagged 281,500. Frost scored back-to-back podiums at APT Sydney in March, finishing 3rd in The Goliath and then 2nd in The Grind for a combined $53,350.

Fan took the time to speak to PMA afterwards, saying that he “didn’t have any huge hands, just a slow gradual increase over the end of the day” to explain why he hadn’t attracted our attention so far.

Asked if he had any strategy for Day 2, Fan said he just wanted to “take each hand as it comes, focus on my game and not do anything crazy.”

Attila Bognar also bagged

Also bagging large was Sal Fazzino (252,500), Mirko Stojkov (235,500), Paul Whiteman (231,000), and Faraz Ayyaz (227,500), though it will be Day 1A chipleader Michael Clair (325,000) carrying over the lead into Day 2 tomorrow.

WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event Day 2 – top ten chip counts

Michael Clair325,000
Yitian Fan294,000
Chin Wang289,000
Mitchell Frost281,500
Carlos Youssef267,000
Sal Fazzino252,500
Nathan Telhado250,000
Romain Morvan242,000
Peter Apostolou239,000
Mirko Stojkov235,500

Play will recommence at 11:30 AEST on Saturday, and we look forward to bringing you all of the action.

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