Luke Jackson has emerged victorious at the WPT Prime Gold Coast $660 Big Bounty, defeating a field of 204 entrants. At the end of Day 1, Jackson held the chip lead with 20 players remaining, and converted that into a win today after six hours of play. Jackson also accumulated 11 bounties throughout the course of the tournament including his own, so he will receive $15,053 for the win and $3,300 in bounty payouts for his result.
For the Welshman, who is now a permanent resident of Australia residing in Brisbane, it’s his first major title, and speaking to PokerMedia Australia after the dust had settled said that it “felt amazing, especially once we got down to final table, I had a good seat and they all started busting into each other, worked out well for me.”
Asked if he thought it was ever in doubt, he laughed “Oh absolutely. At the end of the day it’s a bounty tournament, there’s always going to be action. There were a couple of spots which were very tough, and there’s a few players I knew going into the day were going to be very tough to play against, in Corey [Van Jaarsveldt], Tom [Maguire], and Hari [Varma].”
He continued “I got a perfect seat on the final table – I had all the big stacks to my right, and all the short stacks to my right. I’m very happy with how I played all tournament.”
Local personality Corey Van Jaarsveldt managed a fine runner up performance, whilst Tom Maguire was dominant in the early stages of todays play but lost a couple of key flips in quick succession on the final table to bow out in fifth.
PMA will return tomorrow to bring you all of the action from Day 1A of the $1,000 Mystery Bounty, the first tournament of its kind on Australian soil. There’s lots of excitement building around the tournament, and numbers are expected to be huge!
Join us from 14:30 AEST for all of the action from buy-in to bust-out!