Yang Lei is now on the verge of his first Tier One victory, heading into the final table of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event with a huge chip lead.
The Queensland grinder, whose biggest result to date was a $115,000 victory in the High Roller Event at last year’s Marconi Christmas Cup, bagged up 9,485,000 in chips, ahead of Najeem Ajez, who holds 5,465,000.
It also adds to a string of deep runs and final table finishes for Lei, who picked up three cashes at the WPTDeepStacks Sydney series, along with an eighth-place finish at The Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event back in March.
The final table will play down to a winner tonight, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $201,763 plus a seat into the WPT World Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas in December, valued at AUD $15,000.
WPT PRIME GOLD COAST MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE
|3||Tony (Jun) Lu||Australia||860,000||14|
|5||Win Meng Tan||Australia||1,310,000||22|
|8||Jerry (Zhiyu) Yang||Australia||965,000||16|
The start of Day 2 saw 125 players return to the felt at The Star Gold Coast; with the introduction of the WPT’s Action Clock, the money was reached in the blink of an eye. The dubious honour of ‘bubble boy’ was bestowed upon Steven Huynh, who was eliminated at the hands of Andrew Ryland.
In the first hand on the bubble, Huynh moved all-in pre-flop from the cut-off for his last 57,000 holding A♥Q♠, but although he was ahead of Ryland’s A♠J♣, the board was spread Q♥10♣9♣K♠6♠ to give Ryland Broadway.
The final table was then confirmed just before midnight after Khac-Trung Tran moved all-in for the last of his money with pocket aces, but Ajez’s pocket threes rivered bottom set to bring Day 2 to a close.
The WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event final table will be broadcast on Twitch and Facebook from 12pm AEST; PokerMedia Australia will continue to provide images and social media updates, along with Live Reporting coverage of the $5K Challenge and $660 Pot Limit Omaha.
*Final table image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast.