Best wins WPT Prime Gold Coast $5K Challenge as Morvan locks up Player of the Festival

Gavin Best has added his name to the winner’s list from the WPT Prime Gold Coast series after taking down the $5K Challenge.

The South Australian – who came agonisingly close to winning last year’s Star Gold Coast Summer Series Main Event – defeated a field of 86 runners to pocket $119,174 after a heads up deal with WPT League QPC Main Event Champion Lucho Vargas.

Speaking to PokerMedia Australia after the tournament, Best said that the priority was to enjoy a celebratory drink with best mate Nick Williams and take advantage of their Star Gold Coast penthouse suite before flying home for this weeks’ APLPT Adelaide series at SkyCity.

When asked about his arduous battle with the Colombian, Best said: “It was a great battle … I was actually on a table with him all last night and this morning … couldn’t get away from him!”

Gavin Best

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $5K CHALLENGE ($5,000 buy-in, 86 entries, 11 players paid)

1stGavin Best$119,174*
2ndLucho Vargas$90,000*
3rdLeo Boxell$49,009
4thSammy Haddad$33,144
5thBenoit Yick$25,263
6thRaph Tenenbaum$20,210
7thYor Ecobiza$16,774
8thKen Loong$14,147
9thQais Shanasa$13,035
10thMehrdad Mousapour$12,126
11thKuru Whiston$11,318
*Denotes heads-up deal.

Software developer Adam Agresta then closed out the series with his first major victory, winning the $440 Deepstack Freezeout against Duncan McKinnon heads-up in the early hours of this morning, taking home the final trophy on offer and a top prize of $19,414.

WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty final tablist Alex Lee also mounted a deep run in that event, but was taken out in the closing stages and just fell short of overtaking France’s Romain Morvan as the Player of the Festival; for his efforts, the WPT Prime Gold Coast $1,100 NLH Champion earned himself a WPT Main Tour Passport, valued at AUD $5,400.

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