More than a game: SEQ poker talent out in force for WPT League QPC Tweed Coast series

The QPC Tweed Coast series has once again proven a fan favourite, with plenty of familiar faces back in action and in the winner’s circle as players rallied to support the embattled WPT League franchise.

The August edition of the iconic mid-tier poker series saw many of the region’s finest openly throwing their support behind WPT League Head of Events Management Mitch Caton and his team, who have been presented with numerous challenges since the start of this year.

After breaking the Australian all-time record for the number of entries for any poker tournament up in the Gold Coast in 2021, attendance numbers for the SEQ QPC have since been on the decline, exacerbated by the severe flooding throughout the Tweed and Northern Rivers regions back in February, and an overabundance of major poker events hosted in the SEQ region.

PokerMedia Australia also understands that significant changes were made to the schedule in order to bring all Australian franchisees into line with capped buy-ins for WPT League games hosted in other parts of the world.

There was still plenty to celebrate at the QPC series this week, including Wayde Rickhuss, who captured his fifth championship ring – the most by any player in history – after winning the Mini Main Event. Incredibly, Rickhuss came within striking distance of a sixth ring in the PLO, but was defeated heads-up by fellow Queenslander by Adam Thaggard, who in turn claimed his third title.

Mishel Anunu then claimed his second championship ring after winning the Super High Rollers Event, as did QPC Main Event Champion Lucho Vargas who won the $80 buy-in Terminator.

Johnny Buckroyd also shipped his second ring in the Re-Buy Event, as did Jade Mitchell in the Short Deck before Jarrod Courtney also won his second after taking out the $350 buy-in Ultimate Terminator.

There were plenty of first-time winners too, including Jason Holtham, who closed out the series with victory in the High Rollers Event, and QPC debutante Alex Larkins, who registered an impressive run that resulted in four final tables and four cashes, including victory in the Turbo Event.

And in only his second QPC appearance, Gery Sarmiento won his first major Australian mid-tier title, taking out the WPT League QPC Tweed Coast Main Event. The 30-year-old public servant collected $16,500 in cash – his biggest career score to date – and topped a field of 530 entries.

The QPC Tweed Coast will return to the Seagulls Club from 16-20 November; for more information, including full results, images and feature table broadcasts from the series, follow the WPTL Live Facebook page or log onto

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