Congratulations Steven Hoek ($48,916 + $26,550), WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty Champion!
Wow. Just WOW.
In arguably one of the purest runs ever seen in the country, Steven Hoek has become the first player to win a Mystery Bounty tournament here at The Star Gold Coast!
Having started Day 2 with the overall chip lead, Hoek wasted no time at the tables, eliminating three players in the first 15 minutes before pulling the first of two $9,525 coins from the Treasure Chest.
Buoyed by his good fortune, Hoek never looked back, barnstorming his way through the field to start the final table second in chips behind Alex Lee.
After the eliminations of Grand Bounty winner Yor Ecobiza and Martin Ward, a big double-up through the Singaporean, marked the beginning of the end, with Hoek picking off everyone else to finish the night with a total of $75,466, comprised of $48,916 in first-place prize money and 15 bounties totalling $26,550.
The only downside to the day was that Hoek missed the official final table photo, but as PokerMedia Australia discovered during his post-match interview, there was good reason.
“I had to go and see my daughter!” Hoek said. “My partner and family all came down, so I went out [of the gaming area] to visit them. They knew that I was up $14K at the time, but when they hear about this, they’re gonna be ecstatic!”
Hoek will be back in action again in the coming days, having also scored himself a seat into the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event after flipping his way through. If the run in this tourney is anything to go by, then we’re going to be in for one helluva ride!
WPT PRIME GOLD COAST MYSTERY BOUNTY ($1,000 buy-in, 395 entries, 50 players paid)*
|9th||Yor Ecobiza||New Zealand||$4,892||$31,875|
This concludes our broadcast day, but before we wrap up, we’d like to once again congratulate Steven on his historic victory and thank everyone for tuning into our Live Reporting coverage over the last week.
Our hearty crew will be back on deck next Monday to bring you all the action from Day 2 of the $5K Challenge, as well as providing social media updates and daily feature articles for the duration of the $1,500 Main Event, thanks to our friends at the World Poker Tour.
For now though, our tonguing is done, so we’ll take our leave and go. From all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, thanks again for your company and we’ll see you again soon.
Until then … whatever the voyage ye hanker to start, may courage fill up your heart, fair winds blow wherever ye go and may yer ship remain sturdy, me hearties. Yo-ho!
Matt Radcliffe eliminated in 2nd place ($34,625 + $900)
It only took one hand to decide our champion, with Matt Radcliffe open-shoving with A♠6♠, only to see Steven Hoek wake up with another monster in the big blind: A♥A♦.
The dealer then spread a flop of 6♦8♦K♦ before producing the turn of the J♥, leaving Radcliffe dead in the water before the 4♥ was peeled from the shoe for our final river of the night.
Just over $35K for our runner-up, but to the victor … oh, what spoils!
Level 30: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)
Matt Bevin eliminated in 3rd place ($22,027 + $2,550)
We’re now heads-up for the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty title after Matt Bevin was ousted in third place!
Bevin shoved pre-flop for the last of his money with 7♥7♣ and found himself flipping for his tournament life against Steven Hoek, who snap-called with A♥Q♥.
Hoek then caught top pair on the flop of 6♦A♠2♦ and kept the lead when the K♠ fell on the turn.
Down to just two outs, the river was 6♠ was one pip short, but enough to give Hoek the full house and yet another Bounty Chip.
Chippin’ and shippin’
The chips are flying across the felt between our final three players in the Mystery Bounty, but Steven Hoek still holds court as we head into the 29th level of the tournament.
Matt Radcliffe scored two double-ups through Hoek, first spiking an Ace on the board of 3♦J♥9♦A♣9♠ with his A♦7♥ against Hoek’s 6♠6♥ before jamming again a few hands later with A♣4♣.
Hoek called him off again, this time with Q♠10♠, but despite making two pair on the 9♣Q♣5♣5♦K♥ board, Radcliffe flopped the nut flush to double through again.
Some time passed before Radcliffe ripped it in once more, his A♦A♣ dominating Hoek, who called him off with Q♠9♣.
No change to either hand after the 4♦6♥3♦, but Radcliffe doubled up in emphatic fashion as the turn and river came running A♠, A♥ for quads!
Level 29: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)
Romain Morvan eliminated in 4th place ($14,611 + $1,150)
No second WPT Prime Gold Coast title for Romain Morvan, who was felted big time by Steven Hoek in the midway point of this level.
Morvan moved all-in before the flop with A♦6♠, but Hoek shot up out of his chair and clapped after turning over A♠A♣!
A spark of hope appeared on the turn after the dealer fanned the board of 9♥2♠7♠10♠, but the repeat 7♥ gave Morvan his marching orders.
Wayde Rickhuss eliminated in 6th place ($9,314 + $600); Alex Lee eliminated in 5th place ($11,246 + $5,325)
In one of the first hands after the break, there was three-way all-in-pre action between Steven Hoek, Alex Lee and Wayde Rickhuss.
Hoek spiked two on the flop of K♣J♦3♥ before the 9♥ came down on the turn to leave the others drawing dead. The river A♥ was merely a formality.
With two more Bounty Chips in his possession, Hoek dashed back over to the Treasure Chest to redeem them immediately.
BIG BOUNTY: $7,575!
Lee then calmly walked over to cash in his eight Bounty Chips. Seven of them were worth $300, but the eighth … ?
BIG BOUNTY: $3,225!
A nice way to finish it, all things considered!
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Bevin’s back again!
In the last hand before the break, Matt Bevin moved all-in pre-flop with K♦Q♦ and found himself in a fair fight against Alex Lee’s A♠8♥.
Bevin then surged ahead after the flop of Q♣6♠2♥, and stayed there after the turn and river 9♣, 7♠ completed the board.
And with that, we’re now on another 10-minute breather … but Steven Hoek’s pure run hasn’t stopped by any stretch, as he’s just flipped his way into the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event!
UPDATED CHIP COUNTS
The Lee and Rickhuss ruckus
Alex Lee has managed to stem the bleeding after scoring a much-needed double-up through Wayde Rickhuss.
The money was once again all in the middle pre-flop; Lee was at risk with 5♠5♥, but managed to hold against Rickhuss’ A♦8♣ after the dealer produced a board of 4♣K♣6♥10♣7♥.
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Charles Tsai eliminated in 7th place ($7,809 + $1,200)
Charles Tsai has now cashed out for $9,009 in prize money and bounties after being felted at the hands of Steven Hoek.
Having doubled up in an earlier hand, Tsai committed his newly acquired chips with A♦5♦, but Hoek woke up with 6♥6♣.
A gut-shot straight draw appeared on the board of 3♣K♣10♣4♥, but the repeat 3♥ on the river meant that we said goodbye to Tsai.
Successive double-ups for Matt Radcliffe and Charles Tsai have resulted in a huge downswing for Alex Lee as action continues at this Mystery Bounty Final Table.
Earlier, Radcliffe got his last 505,000 over the line pre-flop with 7♠7♦, but although Lee’s 10♦10♣ flopped a set on the board of 4♠6♠10♥K♠9♠, Radcliffe was the only one with a spade, good for the runner-runner flush!
Tsai then ripped it in for 335,000 with Q♥8♥, but won the do-or-die flip against Lee’s pocket threes, spiking another eight on the board of 8♠5♠9♦A♥K♥.
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Lee drops again
Steven Hoek’s pure run continues, scoring a massive double through Alex Lee.
Our reporter picked up the action when all their chips were shipped in after the turn on a board of 5♦4♠2♠2♦; both players were searching for another spade, but Hoek’s K♠J♠ was in strife against Lee’s A♠9♠.
But as luck would have it – and there’s been plenty of it in Hoek’s case – the river K♥ came sailing down the river to give him two pair and the scoop!
Bevin bounces back
Action has slowed down a fair bit, but Matt Bevin has picked up a crucial double through Charles Tsai.
Bevin found himself at-risk pre-flop with A♦5♦, but although he found himself behind the A♣10♦ of Tsai, he turned the steel wheel on the board of 4♦Q♥2♦3♦2♦.
About time that some of that run-good was shared!
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Martin Ward eliminated in 8th place ($6,349 + $1,275)
Shortly after Yor Ecobiza hit the rail, Martin Ward collected his eighth place prize money after jamming the last of his stack in with A♥4♥ pre-flop, only to run into the J♥J♣ of chip leader, Alex Lee.
Two pair for Ward on the board of K♣Q♠4♠J♦J♠, but quads for Lee and another Bounty Chip in the bank as Ward heads off with a total of $7,624 for his efforts.
Yor Ecobiza eliminated in 9th place ($4,892 + $31,875)
Action folded to Yor Ecobiza, who open-shoved from middle position with A♠J♦ for 600,000 effective.
Wayde Rickhuss was the only caller, tabling J♠J♥, which held up all the way across the board of 7♦K♠8♣9♦5♥.
A valiant effort from our Grand Bounty winner, who takes home a grand total of $36,767 in cash. Well done, sir!
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (30,000)
WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty final table
Please forgive the absence of Steven Hoek, as he’s still collecting all of his Bounties from the cage!
Play will resume at 4:20pm AEST after the players take their 30-minute dinner break.
|7||Yor Ecobiza||New Zealand||565,000|
Zhu and Thwaites thrown overboard; final table set!
Martin Ward and Alex Lee have each collected another Bounty Chip and in the process have confirmed our final nine of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty!
Gang Zhu was the first to go in 11th place, getting his money in good with A♠A♥ against Ward, who had called him off with K♣6♠, which rivered trips on the 9♥K♥3♠2♦K♣ board.
“I’m a professional!” Ward laughed as he raked in the pot before taking his next dip into the Treasure Chest.
Alex Lee then padded his monstrosity of a stack with the remainder of Simon Thwaites’ chips, flopping a flush on the board of 4♠5♠2♠K♥2♦ holding Q♠3♠ against Thwaites, who missed the up-and-down straight draw with his 7♣5♦.
Interestingly, Lee is the only player who has not cashed in any of his Bounty Chips, electing to hoard them until he has been eliminated. The highest bounty remaining right now is $7,575.
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Cash to splash!
A couple more bounties for Romain Morvan and Steven Hoek as we move closer and closer to the final table of this historic Mystery Bounty Event!
Earlier, Romain Morvan removed Robert Damelian in 13th place, winning the crucial flip with A♠J♦ against Damelian’s 3♥3♦ after flopping two pair on the board of A♦J♣K♦5♣7♠. Morvan then scored another $300 in bonus booty.
Dylan Wayne then departed in 12th place, moving the last of his chips in holding K♦Q♣, only to then see Hoek’s A♣Q♦ hold across the flop and turn of 4♦7♥8♣5♥ before pairing up with the A♥ on the river.
Hoek went immediately over to the Treasure Chest and dipped his hand in as the Pirate Crew watched on eagerly.
BIG BOUNTY: $1,050!
Two bounties for Bevin
Matt Bevin has now picked up a couple more coins from the Mystery Bounty Chest after taking out Shane Foglietta.
Foglietta risked the last of his doubloons pre-flop with 3♥3♦, but Bevin’s A♦J♣ flopped top-top and held after the dealer fanned out the board of K♦A♠6♦5♠2♥.
Having eliminated Carlos Youssef in the previous level, Bevin took the chance to raid the riches within.
BIG BOUNTY: $1,950!
Another $2K and change for Bevin. Cha-ching!
Level 22: 10,000/25,000 (25,000)
Tsai on the rise
In the wake of Yor Ecobiza’s big score, Matt Bevin and Charles Tsai have both picked up another Bounty Chip each.
Earlier, Bevin took out Carlos Youssef after his K♥J♥ held across all streets on a board of 6♥4♦A♥5♠K♣ against Youssef’s K♠10♣.
Tsai then moved up to 1.36 million in chips after eliminating Tom Maguire; Maguire got the remainder of his chips in with 9♥9♣, but was scuttled by Tsai’s J♠J♦ after the board was spread A♣2♣3♠3♦3♥.
Yor the man!
The pace of pay across the tables here has been lightning fast, but all that came to a halt for Earlson ‘Yor’ Ecobiza as he nervously walked up to the Treasure Chest.
Up until this point, it had been a rough grind for Ecobiza, down to as little as six big blinds before being moved onto another table – and straight into the big blind in the first hand.
From there, he managed to run it up before scoring his first elimination.
Ecobiza picked up his coin, and handed it to one of the piratesses, who gave it a kiss for good luck before he slowly peeled off the top.
“Could this be the one we’ve been waiting for?” asked ‘Pirate T’.
Aye, that it was.
GRAND BOUNTY: $31,875!
First bounty, first pick, TOP SCORE! Now that is a fine how-do-you-do!
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Boek broadsides Wayne
The Galleon stacks of Steven Boek and Dylan Wayne have collided, with Wayne coming off second best.
Although Wayne was leading pre-flop with his K♠K♣, Hoek’s A♣J♥ turned the wheel to reduce Wayne’s stack to 375,000 after the board ran out 5♦2♥3♥4♥10♠, moving Hoek’s count up to more than 2.1 million.
Wayde Rickhuss then sent Linda Currie to the rail; Currie had hit two pair with her 8♦3♠ on the board of 5♠A♣8♠A♠7♣, however Rickhuss had turned a boat 8♦8♣.
Rickhuss then headed back with his newly acquired Bounty chip for another go.
Sormi and Ito busto
Dylan Wayne has just scored another double KO, taking out Kento Ito and John Sormi.
Again, all the money was in the middle before the flop; Sormi’s 9♦9♣ were ahead of Ito’s [invalid notations], but Wayne turned the Queen on the board of 6♥7♣10♦Q♥4♣.
“Very sexy!” Wayne said as he raked in the chips, bumping fists with Troy McLean before running up behind Wayde Rickhuss to watch him peel the top off his first Bounty coin.
Wayne then picked up his phone and recorded his next two peels, which were also good for $300 apiece.
Level 20: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)
Our remaining 27 player are now on a 10-minute break.
He’s a Mil-Lee-onaire!
Alex Lee is now the first past the one-million chip mark after taking out Daniel Gabriel and Sal Fazzino.
It was a three-way all-in pre-flop showdown on Table 26 and our reporter got there just as the cards were tabled.
As Lee chipped up to more than 1.7 million, Matt Bevin went up to the chest for another crack and collected $900, before Martin Ward min-picked for $300. Money for jam!
More chips for Morvan
Romain Morvan and Alex Lee continue to pick off opponents left, right and centre as action continues in this Mystery Bounty Event.
Earlier, Morvan eliminated Scott Hamilton-Hill after his 6♦6♣ held in the crucial flip against Hamilton-Hill’s A♥K♦, which flopped two pair on the board of 8♣3♣8♥2♣4♠.
Alex Lee then sent Julian Warhurst to the rail after his K♦10♣ held all the way across the board of 7♠A♥6♣9♣6♥ against Warhurst’s K♠4♦.
After Hoek picked up another $300 coin, Tom Maguire came up to cash in his three Bounty Chips.
$300, $300, $300 – with a BONUS PICK – and $300!
Now you’re probably wondering, why the Bonus Pick?
Due to the simultaneous KO’s across two tables on Day 1A, there were 25 players that bagged up instead of the anticipated 26, hence the ‘spare’ Bounty – and that’s per the Star Gold Coast T&Cs.
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Hutchins given the ol’ heave-ho
Alex Lee is now past 850,000 in chips after eliminating Josh Hutchins.
Again, all the money was in the middle pre-flop; Hutchins showed down J♠10♦, but Lee had him dominated with K♥K♦.
The flop of 5♥A♣Q♥ brought with it a glimmer of hope for Hutchins.
“Give him a set!” Hutchins said.
No dice – the dealer completed the board with the turn and river of Q♣, J♣ – and Lee added Hutchins’ Bounty Chip alongside his burgeoning stack.
Wayde Rickhuss has also scored a Bounty, taking out Jamie Brown after waking up with Q♠Q♥ against Brown’s J♥J♣, with neither hand improving on the Ace-high board.
Meanwhile, Romain Morvan went in for his first try from the treasure chest, before Shane Foglietta and Steven Hoek returned for the seventh time; all them scored the min-pick of $300.
Dylan Wayne’s selection, however, was much bigger.
BIG BOUNTY: $3,825!
More for Hoek
Steven Hoek’s tear in this tourney continues, having eliminated Giuseppe Gumina.
Gumina risked the last of his stack with A♠K♣ but Hoek’s 9♦8♦ scored two pair despite the looming Broadway draw on the 10♣9♣Q♣8♠Q♦ board.
Back to the Treasure Chest he went …
BIG BOUNTY: $1,125!
Not to be outdone, Shane Foglietta went in for a double-dip.
BIG BOUNTY: $4,275!
Way to go, ‘Foggy’!
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Fazzino on easy street
Sal Fazzino is now the most bountiful player in the tournament after picking a behemoth out of the barrel as action continues here in the Mystery Bounty!
Over on Table 24, Neb Blanusa moved all-in for the last of his stack with Q♣9♥, only to run head-first into the 10♦10♣.
The board was an uneventful 3♣6♣5♠K♠2♣, but what Fazzino pulled out of the chest sent all and sundry into a frenzy.
BIG BOUNTY: $3,600!
MONSTER BOUNTY: $17,400!
$21,300 in three hits. Get around him!
Noman left behind
Noman Mirza has had the dubious honour bestowed upon him as the stone bubble in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty!
Alex Lee was the kingpin, calling down Mirza with K♣7♣ against his A♣10♦, which picked up two pair on the board of 7♠Q♦3♣6♠3♦.
Lee has already declared his intent to hoard his booty, but there have been another few players who have already claimed their share, including Charles Tsai, Matt Bevin and Steven Hoek (again!) who each picked out $300 bounties.
Then Omer Silajdzija stepped up and scored himself a whopper!
BIG BOUNTY: $9,525!
Both $9K coins gone from the Bounty Chest already … who’d have thunk it?
Pye goes bye-bye
Alan Gates has cashed in his first Bounty chip after eliminating Jonathan Pye.
All the money went in pre-flop, Pye was ahead with his K♣J♣, but Gates’ Q♣5♥ shut him down after rivering top pair on the board of 8♣6♣10♦3♥Q♦.
Time for someone else to have a turn at the lucky dip, aaaaaand … ?
“It ain’t $300!” quipped ‘Pirate T’.
Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
He’s Hoek-ed a big ‘un!
Steven Hoek has already reeled in a monster bounty – and even more chips – after taking out three players in the space of 10 minutes!
After taking out Qi Xu in an earlier hand, Heok shuffled up to the treasure chest and drew the very first gold coin. As he peeled back the sticker, he almost stumbled backwards – and understandably so.
BIG BOUNTY: $9,525!
A warm round of applause went up from the rest of the players as Hoek shook hands with MC ‘Pirate T’ before making his way back to his table.
Play then folded to Hoek who raised to 16,000 from the button; Yang Lei shoved from the small blind and Marcelo Bocero also jammed from the big blind, but that didn’t faze Hoek who called them both off.
Hoek returned to the chest with his two Bounty chips for a double dip.
A massive Bronx cheer went up for that one, but the tone soon changed to awe as Hoek peeled the third coin …
BIG BOUNTY: $4,275!
$14,100 in three hits for Hoek, and we’re not even in the money yet!
Shuffle up and deal!
Cards are now back in the air for Day 2 of the Mystery Bounty!
The clock has been wound back to Level 16 and we’ll be playing down until we have a trophy winner tonight.
Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Going on the account
Day 2 of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty is now almost upon us and we couldn’t be more excited, as today we finally get to open the chest and plunder the riches within!
For one lucky winner, a Grand Bounty worth $31,875 awaits, along with a further $237,000 in tournament dividends for our top 50 players today. A min-cash is worth $1,095, while our winner will take home a very tasty $48,917, meaning that if you were to bink The Unthinkable, that’s a whopping $80,792 for two days’ work. Yo-ho-hoooooo!
WPT PRIME GOLD COAST MYSTERY BOUNTY – BY THE NUMBERS
|Recommencing Blinds||3,000/6,000 (6,000)|
|Average Stack||201,136 (33 BBs)|
TOP 10 CHIP COUNTS
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Day 2 seat draw
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Table 1 (Feature Table)
|7||Ricardo Di Bella||244,000|