LIVE REPORTING: WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event Day 2

Final table set, Smiljanic leads

After 7 hours of play on Day 2, the field has been whittled from 71 players to just 9 remaining.

Overnight chip leader Michael Clair is still in the hunt, despite taking a massive hit late in the day. Local grinder Carlos Youssef is in the mix, but it’s Dan Smiljanic who leads the pack.

Dan Smiljanic

Smiljanic, who hails from Melbourne but now lives in Brisbane, went on a sun run earlier in the day, eliminating players left, right, and centre since eliminating Hamid Saeedfar on the bubble himself. Every time we saw him since then, he seemed to be taking someone else out.

We asked Smiljanic if it felt like he could “do no wrong” and he laughed, responding that “Oh, I could actually – I did probably make a couple of errors, could have applied a lot more aggression in certain spots.”

He continued that it “felt good to have broken the ‘Day 2 hoodoo’; I’ve never made it through Day 2 before and it’s nice to be on a big final table as a result of this. Tomorrow will be a challenge, got to try to avoid calling too many jams against short stacks. Will try to pick my spots, pick my moments, but I’m not locking up. I’m here to play, hopefully apply some pressure. Don’t want to reveal too much!”

Back (L-R) Michael Clair, Lawrence Stephenson, Carlos Youssef, Dan Smiljanic, Chin Wang, Nathan Telgado, Dean Stevenson
Front (L-R) Hayden Doughty, Phil, Jerry Wang

We had to ask, of course, about THAT full house, which resulted in the elimination of Matthew Vowles.

“He played his set perfectly, 100%. A raise preflop would have scared me away. The small bet on the flop cried for a call. On the turn, when I hit two pair, I thought I was good, and tried to apply some pressure. When he jammed, my first thought was ‘Oh what kind of trouble have you got yourself into this time Dan..’ but there was no folding. When I saw his cards, just had to appreciate how perfectly he had played me; but thankfully, I hit that miracle card. I’ve had that happen to me before so no denying it feels pretty good to be on this end of it!”

WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event Final Table Seat Draw

1Dean Stevenson1,360,000
2Carlos Youssef305,000
3Lawrence Stephenson695,000
4Jerry Wang745,000
5Michael Clair405,000
6Nathan Telgado1,745,000
7Hayden Doughty295,000
8Chin Wang1,405,000
9Dan Smiljanic3,075,000

Smiljanic, and all of our final tablists, will no doubt also be thankful for the relatively early finish tonight, and looking forward to a full nights rest ahead of the final table tomorrow, which kicks off at 11:30 AEST.

Nathan Telgado is 2nd in chips

We’ll be there to bring you all the action, eliminations, and backdoor full houses, as always!

George Kabourakis eliminated in 10th place ($4,673)

George Kabourakis shoved from UTG+1 and action folded around to Dean Stevenson in the big blind. Dean took one look at his cards, and announced call.

Stevenson: 77
Kabourakis: AJ

With Tanera dealing, Stevenson needed to simply avoid any Ace or Jack to eliminate Kabourakis and the final table of 9 would be set.

The flop came 103K, giving Kabourakis additional outs to Broadway. The turn, an innocuous 2, changing nothing. Needing to hit on the river, Kabourakis watched as the dealer peeled the 6, ending his run in 10th place.

And with that, our final table is set! We’ll have full chip counts shortly, although we can already confirm that Dan Smiljanic is the chip leader going into tomorrow.

George KabourakisBUSTED!
George Kabourakis

Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Matt Vowles eliminated in 11th place ($4,673)

Matt Vowles completed the small blind and Dan Smiljanic checked his option, before Vowles led out for 50,000 on the 592 flop.

Smiljanic called and Vowles led out again, this time for 100,000, on the 3 turn.

Smiljanic raised to 225,000, Vowles shoved after a short while, and Smiljanic thought about it for a minute or so before making the call to put Vowles at risk.

Vowles: 22
Smiljanic: 23

A true blind versus blind hand, with neither player having any card higher than a three – and they wouldn’t need one, as the river came an absolutely brutal 3 to end Vowles’ day to collective shock from the entire table. Disgusting!

Dan Smiljanic4,415,000
Matt VowlesBUSTED!
Matt Vowles

Snowmen for Youssef

Carlos Youssef open shoved for his remaining 395,000 and overnight chip leader Michael Clair, who is now on the feature table, made the call to put Youssef at risk.

Youssef: 88
Clair: AK

Youssef looked to be all done and out of here as Clair hit top top on the J7K flop, but the 8 sent shockwaves through Clair as Youssef turned him dead, the meaningless 10 completing the board.

Carlos Youssef855,000
Michael Clair445,000
Carlos Youssef

Yitian Fan eliminated in 12th place ($4,673)

Dan Smiljanic completed from the small blind and Day 1B chip leader Yitian Fan took the bait, shoving all in – and being snap-called by Smiljanic.

Smiljanic: KK
Fan: QJ

Fan knew he’d been had and was on his feet packing his bags as the board ran out A66J3 to seal his elimination, and send Smiljanic over the 2 million mark!

Dan Smiljanic2,095,000
Yitian FanBUSTED!
Yitian Fan

Peter Apostolou eliminated in 13th place ($3,932)

With a board showing A42, Matt Vowles was first to act and checked his option. Dan Smiljanic then elected to fire a bet of 75,000.

Peter Apostolou, who has been grinding a short stack for a while now, then shoved his remaining 315,000 over the line. Vowles announced a call and Smiljanic quickly folded.

Vowles: A10
Apostolou: A6

No luck for Apostolou on the 9, 8 run out and he hit the rail in 13th.

Matt Vowles1,250,000
Peter ApostolouBUSTED!
Peter Apostolou

Paddy Furlong eliminated in 14th place ($3,932)

Paddy Furlong opened to 65,000 under-the-gun and action folded all the way around to Chin Wang in the big blind.

Wang elected to flat-call, and the pair saw a flop of 7210.

Wang checked, Furlong jammed, and the rest is history as Wang snap-called, tabling 1010 for the flopped top set.

Furlong cast his hands up at the sky, tabling KJ and watching as the board completed 6, J, the Jack on the end nothing but a consolation prize for the affable Irishman.

Chin Wang1,250,000
Paddy FurlongBUSTED!
Paddy Furlong

Level 22: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)

Mitchell Frost eliminated in 15th place ($3,932)

Jerry Wang opened under-the-gun and action folded around to small blind Nathan Telgado, who flat-called.

Mitchell Frost elected to jam from the big blind, and while Wang folded, Telgado called immediately.

Frost: 99
Telgado: AQ

Telgado hit top pair on the flop of AJ6 and improved to a full house on the run out of 6, 6.

Nathan Telgado1,170,000
Mitchell FrostBUSTED!
Mitchell Frost

Calling the action

The Star Gold Coast has a wide variety of dealers, and one of them, as it turns out, leads a double life as a professional sports commentator.

Tanera, who hosts “The T-Time Show” podcast and can be found on Instagram at @taneranathan, has been doing a stellar job announcing every all-in, level-up, and anything else that’s interesting throughout the course of yesterday and today.

Tanera also has a personal passion for poker and is certainly getting involved, enjoying every second as he watches the stellar play unfold in front of him as this tournament approaches the business end.

Having a resident sports commentator certainly does a lot to boost the atmosphere in the room!


Wang million

Chin Wang clashed hard with Dean Stevenson, getting it in preflop after a raising war.

Wang: AA
Stevenson: 1010

Stevenson picked up an open ended straight draw on the turn on a board of Q49J but was unable to hit any of his outs with the 4 river and shipped across half a milly to Wang.

Chin Wang1,130,000
Dean Stevenson825,000
Chin Wang

Mehrdad Mousapour eliminated in 16th place ($3,218)

Mitchell Frost opened from early position and Mehrdad Mousapour shoved all in for his remaining 163,000.

Overnight chip leader Michael Clair then announced all in from further round the table. Action folded back around to Frost, who folded.

Clair: QQ
Mousapour: 88

Mousapour’s pockets were in trouble, and could find no help on the 103643 runout.

Mehrdad MousapourBUSTED!
Mehrdad Mousapour

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Break time

Table 1

1Yitian Fan485,000
2Carlos Youssef341,000
3Peter Apostolou738,000
4Chin Wang575,000
5Paddy Furlong485,000
6Matt Vowles575,000
8Dean Stevenson1,335,000
9Dan Smiljanic1,210,000

Table 7

1Lawrence Stephenson548,000
2Nathan Telhado1,017,000
3Mitchell Frost699,000
4Jerry Wang614,000
5Mehrdad Mousapour163,000
7Hayden Doughty307,000
8Michael Clair380,000
9George Kabourakis545,000
Dean Stevenson

Consonant, please

Matt Vowles flat-called the 30,000 open from Chin Wang, only to see Dan Smiljanic 3-bet from late position to 90,000.

Vowles 4-bet jammed for 256,000 total and Smiljanic called to put him at risk.

Smiljanic: 55
Vowles: AQ

Vowles needed to pair either overcard, and with the board running 663Q6, hit his Queen to double through.

Dan Smiljanic1,210,000
Matt Vowles617,000
Matt Vowles

Frost barrels his way there

Mitchell Frost and Mehrdad Mousapour saw a flop of JQ9, with Frost betting and Mousapour calling.

On the 7 turn, Frost led out again, this time for 40,000, and earned a call from Mousapour.

Frost slowed down and checked on the A river. Moments later, Mousapour checked back, only to sigh in frustration when Frost tabled AK.

Mitchell Frost841,000
Mehrdad Mousapour163,000
Mehrdad Mousapour

Adrian Sportelli eliminated in 17th place ($3,218)

With a flop showing K109, Adrian Sportelli jammed all-in and was called by Dan Smiljanic.

Sportelli: JJ
Smiljanic: K8

Sportelli saw the worst possible news as Smiljanic had flopped top pair and a flush draw to boot.

The board completed 7, 5 to give Smiljanic the flush and the knock-out for a huge pot.

Dan Smiljanic1,522,000
Adrian SportelliBUSTED!
Adrian Sportelli

Fen Zhang eliminated in 18th place ($3,218)

Fen Zhang jammed from the big blind against the under-the-gun 30,000 open from Dean Stevenson when action folded around to him. Stevenson immediately snap-called.

Stevenson: KK
Zhang: K7

Zhang found himself well behind and needing help, but no luck for Zhang as the board completed 53263 board as he hit the rail.

Dean Stevenson855,000
Fen ZhangBUSTED!
Fen Zhang

Level 20: 10,000/15,000 (20,000)

Tallarico terminated; two tables left

Riccardo Tallarico jammed his short stack from middle position and Lawrence Stephenson flat-called from the small blind. Nathan Telgado let go of his big blind.

Stephenson: AQ
Tallarico: K9

Stephenson flopped effectively the nuts on the A9A87 board to eliminate Tallarico and reduce the field down to 18.

The remaining 18 players have been broken down to two tables, and are guaranteed $3,218.

Lawrence Stephenson288,000
Riccardo TallaricoBUSTED!
Riccardo Tallarico

Morvan enough

Romain Morvan has clashed twice with Adrian Sportelli in recent hands, with Sportelli coming off best.

In the most recent hand, Peter Apostolou opened the action to 25,000 under-the-gun before Morvan jammed from late position. Sportelli then re-jammed from the big blind to force a fold from Apostolou.

Morvan: 88
Sportelli: AK

Sportelli had every chance to win as he flopped a Broadway draw on the board of 7JQ9 but it was the river A which paired him up to eliminate Morvan.

Peter Apostolou773,000
Adrian Sportelli515,000
Romain MorvanBUSTED!
Romain Morvan

Maguire spinning

Tom Maguire 3-bet jammed over the 25,000 button open from Mehrdad Mousapour.

The player in the big blind folded, and Mousapour hit the tank, thinking about it for several minutes, including a pump-fake, which garnered no reaction from Maguire, before eventually calling.

Maguire: A8
Mousapour: KQ

Mousapour rapped the table as the flop fell the 655, but the Q turn was gin and the 4 river changed nothing to cripple Maguire to just 29,000.

“I’m gonna take a little time with each hand now, try to get the pay jump, if that’s okay with you guys” said Maguire to tablemates.

Maguire has now been eliminated – without the payjump.

Mehrdad Mousapour332,000
Tom MaguireBUSTED!
Tom Maguire

Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)

Smiljanic gets another

Dan Smiljanic opened to 22,000 from early position and Armon van Wijk 3-bet to 55,000. Smiljanic decided that wasn’t enough, 4-betting to 142,000.

Continuing the aggression, van Wijk 5-bet jammed and was called by Smiljanic.

Smiljanic: KK
van Wijk: AQ

Once again, no paint on the board as it completed 89327 to eliminate van Wijk.

Dan Smiljanic773,000
Armon van WijkBUSTED!
Dan Smiljanic

Terminator Three

Nathan Telgado opened to 22,000 from late position before Mike Ivin 3-bet to 100,000 from the button.

Adam Thaggard wasted no time in jamming out of the small blind before John Parker in the big blind re-jammed behind him. Not to be out-done, Telgado re-jammed, and then Ivin called to create a four-way all-in.

Telgado: KK
Thaggard: QQ
Parker: 66
Ivin: A8

Telgado had everyone covered, both in terms of chips and cards, and would further increase his advantageous position when the flop came 99K, flopping everyone else nearly dead.

With over 99% equity going into the turn, no one expected the K to drop – quads for Telgado, along with a rarely-seen triple knock-out, to send him over a million!

Editors note: Yitian Fan was the first player over a million.

Nathan Telgado1,111,000
Mike IvinBUSTED!
Adam ThaggardBUSTED!
John ParkerBUSTED!
Nathan Telgado

Frosty deck

Troy Mclean jammed for his remaining 190,000 in early position and was called by Mitchell Frost on the button before both blinds folded.

Mclean: 66
Frost: AQ

Instant bink for Frost, as the board ran out A352Q to secure the elimination of Mclean.

Mitchell Frost713,000
Troy McleanBUSTED!
Mitchell Frost

Tofa Samoa

Andrew Samoa shoved his short stack and was looked up by Chin Wang.

Wang: 99
Samoa: 87

Samoa turned a flush draw to an “Ooh” from the assembled rail but it wasn’t to be, as the complete board ran out K23210 to pad Wang’s stack.

Chin Wang582,000
Andrew SamoaBUSTED!
Chin Wang

Mariakis mauled

Michael Mariakis opened from the button to 25,000 and Day 1B chipleader Yitian Fan wasted no time 3-betting from the small blind to 60,000.

Day 1A and overnight chipleader Michael Clair then folded the big blind before Mariakis pulled the big trigger, shoving for 280,000 and sending Fan into the tank.

Fan would eventually call to find out that he was in a standard race versus Mariakis.

Fan: JJ
Mariakis: AK

Not an ounce of paint on the board of 837109, with Fan actually hitting a backdoor straight to send Mariakis out the door.

Yitian Fan763,000
Michael MariakisBUSTED!
Yitian Fan

Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Break and counts

The remaining 36 players have left on a 20-minute break. Here are some assorted counts.

Nathan Telhado631,000
Michael Clair566,000
Chin Wang531,000
Peter Apostolou492,000
Hayden Doughty481,000
Armon van Wijk402,000
Yitian Fan377,000
Lawrence Stephenson368,000
George Kabourakis365,000
Romain Morvan346,000
Dean Stevenson334,000
Tom Maguire334,000
Troy Mclean317,000
Adrian Sportelli288,000
Nathan Telhado

Wong whirlwind

Will Wong, recently eliminated, stopped past our Live Reporter with Michael Henderson in tow to explain what happened.

Wong, who had come back from just 11,000 after taking a beat to Andrew Samoa, got it in preflop against the supremely bearded Lawrence Stephenson (what you get when you order Dan Bilzerian from Wish).

According to Wong, Stephenson opened late position and Wong jammed from the big blind, with Stephenson snap calling.

Wong: AJ
Stephenson: KJ

Stephenson would turn the nuts on Wong on a 102KA7 run out.

Lawrence Stephenson290,000
Will WongBUSTED!
Lawrence Stephenson


“Three way all in!” came the cry from Table 9, where the cards were already tabled in a clash between Jimmy Ghobrial, Sal Fazzino, and Paddy Furlong.

Furlong: KK
Ghobrial: JJ
Fazzino: K8

“Jack one time!” called Ghobrial, only to be immediately disappointed as the flop spread K67; not only no Jack, but top set for Furlong leaving Ghobrial needing running cards.

“Heart?” Ghobrial pleaded after the turn fell 2, but the 5 river ended matters, Furlong taking the huge pot and the double knock-out.

Paddy Furlong468,000
Sal FazzinoBUSTED!
Jimmy GhobrialBUSTED!
Paddy Furlong, now on Feature Table

Wong gets relief

Lawrence Stephenson opened to 16,000 and Will Wong put in his remaining 11,000. Michael Mariakis then called from the small blind before Yitian Fan folded the big blind.

On a flop of 486, Mariakis check-folded to a bet of 16,000 from Stephenson and cards were tabled.

Wong: AJ
Stephenson: A3

Needing a club to eliminate Wong, Stephenson watched as the board ran out Q, 5 to ship Wong the pot.

Lawrence Stephenson161,500
Will Wong49,000
Lawrence Stephenson

Patient Wayne eliminated

Dylan Wayne, who has been tanking “every hand” since the start of the days play, spoke to PMA about his recent bust-out.

“I’ve never been so scared to have Queens” said Dylan Wayne after getting two callers in the shape of Dean Stevenson and David Rozario when he 3-bet all in from the small blind for 93,000

David Rozario under-called from the big blind, and original raiser Dean Stevenson also made the call.

Stevenson: AA
Wayne: QQ
Rozario: J10

The flop of 2J10 gave Rozario hope as he flopped two pair; but the turn 7 and river 4 bricked to give Rozario the full triple, Stevenson the not-insignificant side pot, and bust Wayne.

David Rozario264,000
Dean Stevenson115,000
Dylan WayneBUSTED!
David Rozario

Henderson evicted

Michael Henderson and Hayden Doughty clashed again, this time all-in preflop with Henderson at risk.

Doughty: JJ
Henderson: A10

Henderson found himself actually wanting a Jack after the flop came K6Q, but the 8, 2 was no help, sending Doughty up the counts.

Hayden Doughty505,000
Michael HendersonBUSTED!
Hayden Doughty

Wong left short

Andrew Samoa shoved and Will Wong re-jammed from the next seat over. Everyone else folded, and cards were tabled.

Wong: 77
Samoa: AJ

Samoa struck gold on the AK6J6 board to leave Wong crippled with just over one big blind.

Andrew Samoa84,000
Will Wong11,000
Will Wong

Rickhuss heartbroken

Wayde Rickhuss stopped by the PMA desk to share his tale of woe; according to him, Dan Smiljanic open-jammed, and Wayde Rickhuss under-called to put himself at risk.

Rickhuss: A-K
Smiljanic: A-Q

With the action being announced on the mic by The Star’s resident commentary superstar, the board ran down J-J-7-A… and then a dagger to Rickhuss’ heart, the Q on the river giving Smiljanic a superior two pair.

Dan Smiljanic210,000
Wayde RickhussBUSTED!
Dan Smiljanic

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Hamid Saeedfar eliminated 51st

The bubble has burst here at the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event, and the unfortunate bubble boy is Hamid Saeedfar.

On a board showing 546, Michael Henderson check-raised to 28,000 only to see Saeedfar shove for his remaining 52,000. Dan Smiljanic then entered the tank before re-shoving over the top and Henderson got out of the way.

Saeedfar: 99
Smiljanic: 74

Saeedfar was ahead but Smiljanic was very much live, drawing to any 3, 4, 7, or 8. The turn 2 was no help, but the river 8 gave Smiljanic a straight, the knockout, and puts all of the remaining players in the money without a single hand played in hand-for-hand!

Hamid Saeedfar

Bognar busto

Attila Bognar got the remainder of his short stack in and was looked up by Paul Whiteman.

Bognar: 1010
Whiteman: AJ

Bognar hit a set on the turn on the 96Q10 board but Whiteman was still alive, drawing to an open-ended straight – and promptly hit Broadway on the K river to eliminate Bognar.

We are now hand-for-hand.

Paul Whiteman299,000
Attila BognarBUSTED!
Paul Whiteman

Furlong squeeze

A “Harrington Squeeze”, made famous by Dan Harrington on the 2004 WSOP Main Event final table, where he 3-bet over an open and a call with 62 to earn a fold from both, involves applying ICM pressure with a marginal holding.

The “Furlong Squeeze” is a little easier – after Dan Smiljanic opened to 12,000 UTG and had no less than 5 callers before action got to Paddy Furlong in the big blind, Furlong shoved for 121,000, looking exactly like a squeeze. Smiljanic called and the remaining players folded.

Furlong: AA
Smiljanic: AQ

“It’s easy to squeeze with Aces!” said tablemate Michael Henderson to our Live Reporter as the board ran out 2337J

Paddy Furlong309,000
Dan Smiljanic101,500
Paddy Furlong

Full bubble doubles

George Kabourakis and Dustin Jung have both doubled up on the bubble.

Jung got his very short stack in against Lawrence Stephenson preflop.

Jung: A7
Stephenson: KQ

The full board of 893104 missed both players and Jung doubled up.

Kabourakis, in the small blind, called the 14,000 open from Sal Fazzino. Michael Henderson also came along, defending his big blind.

On the flop of Q92, Kabourakis and Henderson checked, and Fazzino continued for 16,000. Kabourakis called, and Henderson got out of the way.

On the 4 turn, Kabourakis again check-called after a short tank, this time a 32,000 bet from Fazzino.

Kabourakis again checked on the 4 river, and Fazzino jammed, putting the ultimate pressure on Kabourakis – who wasn’t fazed, flicking a single 5K to signify a call, and tabling AJ for the flopped nut flush.

George Kabourakis313,000
Sal Fazzino240,000
George Kabourakis

Williams eliminated

Nick Williams 3-bet shoved over the 13,000 open from Armon van Wijk, and action folded back around to van Wijk, who snap-called.

van Wijk: 1010
Williams: AJ

The flop hit both players hard, the JJ10 momentarily bringing Williams joy in the window before he saw the Ten underneath. The board completed 9, 6.

Armon van Wijk465,000
Nick WilliamsBUSTED!
Armon van Wijk

Stojkov spurned

John Parker and Mirko Stojkov both limped, prompting Armon van Wijk to raise it up to 25,000.

Parker folded, then Stojkov jammed his remaining 58,000 stack to a quick call from van Wijk.

van Wijk: A3
Parker: KQ

The board of A88104 was absolutely no help to Stojkov, who is eliminated just prior to the money.

56 players remain.

Armon van Wijk329,000
John Parker131,000
Mirko StojkovBUSTED!
Armon van Wijk

Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Kobbing klobbered

Adrian Sportelli, reigning champion of the Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event, opened the action to 12,000 and was immediately 3-bet to 36,000 by Karsten Kobbing.

Faraz Ayyaz hit the tank in the small blind, before eventually electing to flat call the 3-bet, and Sportelli, “priced in” as he put it, called as well to see a flop three ways.

The flop came down KA3 and both Ayyaz and Sportelli checked. Kobbing continued the aggression, shoving the remainder of his chips.

Ayyaz folded, but Sportelli made the call after a moment or so.

Sportelli: 33
Kobbing: AQ

A clearly disappointed Kobbing pounded the table as he leapt to his feet, with Sportelli looking almost surprised to be ahead.

“You’re so tight!” said Sportelli, “I was genuinely thinking you might have had a huge hand there!”

The turn paired the K, leading Kobbing to call for an Ace to score the unlikely double up, but the river 5 had other ideas.

Adrian Sportelli368,000
Faraz Ayyaz248,000
Karsten KobbingBUSTED!
Adrian Sportelli

Henderson pays off Doughty

Picking up the action on a board showing 3KQJ, Michael Henderson called the 26,000 bet from Hayden Doughty.

The river peeled the 7 and Doughty bet again, this time for 55,000, sending Henderson into the tank.

After a few minutes, Henderson made the call, ostensibly placing his chips in the direction of Doughty. Doughty obligingly tabled A10 for the nut straight.

“Pfft!” from Henderson immediately, “I was blocking the straight…” he continued.

Hayden Doughty281,000
Michael Henderson266,000
Hayden Doughty

Zeberjad doubles, Portelli busts

Action aplenty on Table 8, with two “All-in and a call!” cries from the dealer in consecutive hands.

On the first, Ali Zeberjad called preflop and Ashneel Sharma raised to 16,000. Zeberjad called to see the 106J flop, then checked to Sharma.

Sharma continued for 24,000 and Zeberjad pulled the trigger, jamming his remaining chips. Sharma called.

Zeberjad: 99
Sharma: KQ

Zeberjad was ahead with his preflop pair and actually blocking some of Sharma’s outs, none of which would appear on the 4, 8 run out to give Zeberjad the full double.

On the next hand, Carlos Youssef opened the action and was met with an all-in from Jonathan Portelli out of the blinds, which he snap called.

Portelli: 55
Youssef: A10

It was a straight up race which looked to be won by Portelli all the way up until Youssef spiked the river on the 32KK10 board.

Carlos Youssef334,000
Ali Zeberjad144,000
Ashneel Sharma142,500
Jonathan PortelliBUSTED!

Stojkov errs

Mirko Stojkov limped from middle position and Alex Lee raised to 17,000 from the next seat over, before Armon van Wijk put the pressure on, 3-betting to 36,000 from the cut-off.

After Jimmy Ghobrial and Mike Ivin relinquished their blinds, Stojkov then placed out 12,000 to call Lee’s raise, having apparently not seen van Wijk’s 3-bet.

The dealer confirmed the chips would stay in and Stojkov could either call the bet or fold, to which Stojkov placed over the additional chips to call van Wijk’s 3-bet.

Lee didn’t hesitate to take advantage, jamming with both players covered. van Wijk and Stojkov both reluctantly folded.

Alex Lee239,000
Mirko Stojkov170,500
Armon van Wijk62,000

Shuffle up and deal!

Tournament Director Tony Cannon had the honours, announcing “Shuffle up and deal!” after a small delay for a malfunctioning microphone.

Cards are in the air and chips are flying – the action is sure to be thick and fast as we approach the bubble today.

Level 15: 3,000/5,000 (5,000)

Bubble to burst today

Day 2 of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event is ready to go! There are 71 players remaining after two frenetic Day 1 flights with 399 entries, led by Michael Clair with 325,000 in chips, the only player over the 300k mark.

Michael Clair

The prize pool sits at $269,325, and of today’s 71 starters, 50 will make the money. A min-cash is worth $1,244, whilst the eventual winner will score $55,589.

Play commences at 11:30 AEST, and players will be playing 45-minute levels today, starting at 3,000/5,000 (5,000). We’ll be playing down to our final table of 9 players today. As always, PokerMedia Australia will be here to bring you all the action.

The full seat draw is available below.

WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event Day 2 seat draw

Table 1

1Tom Maguire138,000
2Joe Ricciardello140,000
3Lloyd Locsin58,000
4Chris Zenonos64,000
5Evan Mijo63,000
6Matt Vowles145,000
7Fan Zhang93,000
8Romain Morvan242,000
9Jerry Wang177,500

Table 6

1Lawrence Stephenson186,000
2Andrew Samoa70,500
3Mishel Anunu93,000
4Hayden Doughty136,000
5Phillip Nguyen60,500
6Justin Williams68,000
7Michael Mariakis144,000
8Yitian Fan294,000
9Jong Jung126,000

Table 7

1Armon van Wijk106,000
2Ben Setta60,500
3Jimmy Ghobrial214,000
4Mike Ivin97,000
5Adam Thaggard212,000
6John Parker71,000
7Cheng-Tse Chen91,000
8Mirko Stojkov235,500
9Alex Lee152,500

Table 8

1Ali Zeberjad73,000
2Carlos Youssef267,000
3Ashneel Sharma217,500
4Ryan Stevenson71,000
5Luke Fong153,000
6Janine Butler62,000
7Dylan Wayne121,000
8Jonathan Portelli47,000
9Dean Stevenson137,000

Table 9

1Wayde Rickhuss77,500
2Noman Mirza73,500
3Josh Norvock155,000
4George Kabourakis199,000
5Michael Henderson234,000
6Sal Fazzino252,500
7Hamidreza Saeedfar84,500
8Andrew Williams132,500
9Dan Smiljanic223,000

Table 14

1Moon Gab Chung46,500
2Mitchell Frost281,500
3Peter Apostolou239,000
4Wenjie Sun113,500
5Paul Whiteman231,000
6Paddy Furlong108,000
7Chin Wang289,000
8Kris Cunz167,500
9Francis Nguyen86,000

Table 15

1Joseph Mann69,500
2Hai Vu106,000
3Michael Clair325,000
4Adrian Sportelli120,000
5Karsten Kobbing58,500
6Nathan Telhado250,000
7Attila Bognar193,500
8Faraz Ayyaz227,500
9Hasian Hyde60,000

Table 16

1Matt Tyrrell90,500
2Will Wong62,500
3David Rosario147,500
4Mehrdad Mousapour111,500
5Riccardo Tallarico180,000
6Troy Mclean145,000
7Brett Marshall141,500
8Nick Williams86,500

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