LIVE REPORTING: WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max NLH Day 2

Congratulations Joe Sandaev ($117,685), WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max Champion!

It’s another big win for the Croweaters here at The Star Gold Coast, with Joe Sandaev emerging victorious in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max event!

Having finished fifth place in the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast Main Event last year, Sandaev has recorded his biggest career score to date, topping a field of 208 entries for a top prize worth $117,685.

Joe Sandaev (image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast)

Sandaev was thrilled to have finally broken through for the win, but was quick to praise his fellow final tablists.

“Honestly, they were probably some of the best tournament players I’ve ever come across,” Sandaev said.  “I had Sean Ragozzini and Luke Martinelli on my left and right, but they were all super tough.”

“Coming into the final table, I only had about 16 bigs.  I had to run super good … I had one big flip go my way and I got lucky in a couple of spots, so yeah!  Really happy with the result!”

Sandaev remained tight-lipped about his plans for the rest of the series, but right now, he’s looking to head out to celebrate with his fellow South Australians, but he did assure us that it’ll be “a quiet one” at their favourite sushi bar.  Oishii!

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast

WPT AUSTRALIA $2,500 8-MAX ($2,500 buy-in, 208 entries, 26 players paid)

PlaceNameCountryAmount
1stJoe SandaevAustralia$117,685
2ndLuke MartinelliAustralia$81,663
3rdLeo KamiyaAustralia$49,063
4thJarred GrahamAustralia$29,852
5thZhengmin ZhangAustralia$23,059
6thSean RagozziniAustralia$19,088
7thNabil EdggtonAustralia$16,266
8thAdrian IndovinoAustralia$14,017
9thZiyue ZhengAustralia$11,769

This concludes our broadcast day, but we’ll be back again tomorrow from 12:30pm AEST tomorrow to bring you all live updates from Day 2 of the WPT Australia $550 Action Clock event, so be sure to tune in for all the action.

Until then, from all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, thanks again for your company and we’ll see you again real soon.  ‘Bye for now!


Luke Martinelli eliminated in 2nd place ($81,663)

With only three-and-a-half big blinds left, Luke Martinelli found a double-up to keep his hopes alive, getting the last of his money in with K2 after Joe Sandaev open-shoved from the button with A10.

“Kings are always good against Aces!” joked one of Martinelli’s rail.

In this case, it was, as Martinelli spiked top pair on the board of 97KQ10.

Two hands later, Joe Sandaev pushed all in again and Martinelli called short with his KJ to go into a do-or-die flip against Sandaev’s 22.

A bit of a sweat, but wasn’t to be as Martinelli missed on the board of A63Q7 to end his valiant run in second place and $81,663 to the good.

Luke MartinelliBUSTED!
Luke Martinelli

Sandaev delivers a haymaker

Luke Martinelli is now in big trouble after being dealt a critical hit by Joe Sandaev in this heads-up battle as the blinds ticked over into Level 29.

Martinelli raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Sandaev called before checking his option on the 548 flop. Martinelli bet 150,000 and Sandaev took a few seconds before he made the call, and then check-shoved after Martinelli’s second bullet of 450,000 on the turn of the J.

Martinelli did not wait long, calling him down with his K8, but needed help against Sandaev’s J7.

Martinelli’s rail called out for a diamond, eight or a King, however the river 3 completed the board and ensured that Sandaev got the double-up.

Joe Sandaev7,500,000
Luke Martinelli820,000

Level 29: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)

Martinelli fights back

Luke Martinelli has found a crucial double-up against Joe Sandaev as this heads-up battle in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max rolls on.

Just before the blinds went up, Martinelli elected to complete his small blind and Sandaev checked his option out the big blind before he c-bet 100,000 after the flop of 67Q.

Martinelli raised to 300,000 and Sandaev called, then check-called Martinelli’s second shell of 300,000 on the turn of the 10; Sandaev then checked again after the river 5. Martinelli shoved for 1.6 million and Sandaev called, but mucked after Martinelli revealed Q9 for top pair.

And just like that folks, we have ourselves a new chipleader!

Luke Martinelli4,850,000
Joe Sandaev3,200,000

Sandaev turning the screws

Joe Sandaev appears to have the momentum, now back up above 6 million in chips as heads-up action continues in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max.

After another button raise of 225,000 from Luke Martinelli, Sandaev came back with a re-raise of 600,000. Martinelli called, and then Sandaev opened for 400,000 after the flop of 3K5.

Martinelli elected to call, then the action repeated after the turn of the 5 before Sandaev open-shoved on the river 9. Martinelli folded.

Joe Sandaev6,225,000
Luke Martinelli2,095,000
Joe Sandaev

Martinelli doubles, then donates

Luke Martinelli has managed to hold on for a big double, but still has some work to do against Joe Sanadev as heads-up action continues in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max.

Just as the blinds ticked over into Level 28, Martinelli came out with a button raise of 160,000 before Sandaev shoved from the big blind. Martinelli called and tabled AK, which managed to stay ahead of Sandaev’s KJ after the board was spread 4810103.

Two hands later, Martinelli fired out another button raise worth 175,000, but this time Sandaev returned fire with a three-bet of 550,000. Martinelli called, then flatted again after Sandaev led out for 275,000 after the flop of 4QQ.

Both players checked the turn of the K before Sandaev bet 575,000 on the river K. Martinelli called, but sent his hand straight into the muck after Sandaev rolled up KJ for the full boat.

Joe Sandaev5,640,000
Luke Martinelli2,480,000

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)

Leo Kamiya eliminated in 3rd place ($49,063)

We are now officially heads-up for the second trophy of the WPT Australia series after Leo Kamiya was eliminated from the $2,500 8-Max final table in third place!

Earlier, Luke Martinelli found a crucial double-up through Kamiya, getting his last 725,000 into the middle A8 to find himself in a fair fight against Kamiya’s [/pcn]KhQh[/pcn], however Martinelli held firm all the way across the board of 624106.

A short time later, Kamiya jammed the remainder in holding 75, but ran smack-bang into Martinelli’s 88, which improved to two pair after the board was spread 9109J2.

Kamiya takes home a tidy $49,063 for his efforts. Well played, sir!

Joe Sandaev6,380,000
Luke Martinelli1,740,000
Leo KamiyaBUSTED!
Leo Kamiya

Sandaev applying the pressure

Joe Sandaev is now the first player past the five-million chip mark after extracting a sizeable pot off Leo Kamiya.

Our reporter caught the action heads-up between the duo into a raised pot after the flop of 3210; Kamiya opened for 60,000, only to then see Sandaev return fire with a raise worth 190,000.

Kamiya called, and then led out for 350,000 after the turn of the Q. Sandaev flat-called, prompting the dealer to peel out the river, which was the K.

Kamiya checked his option, but elected to muck after Sandaev came out with a raise of 800,000 straight.

Joe Sandaev5,150,000
Leo Kamiya1,590,000

Jarred Graham eliminated in 4th place ($29,852)

Jarred Graham’s run in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max has come to an end, after giving up the last of his stack to Leo Kamiya.

After Luke Martinelli and Joe Sandaev folded, Graham open-shoved for 620,000 effective from the small blind with Q10, however Kamiya woke up with Q10 in the big blind.

Despite hitting two pair on the 910577 board, Kamiya was best with the overpair, confirming Graham as our fourth-place finisher ($29,852).

Leo Kamiya2,220,000
Jarred GrahamBUSTED!
Jarred Graham

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)

Zhengmin Zhang eliminated in 5th place ($23,059)

Zhengmin Zhang has departed in fourth place, having been cut down to size before being felted by Joe Sandaev, who now holds the overall chip lead.

Earlier, Zhang raised from under the gun to 100,000 and Sandaev made the call before going heads-up to a flop of 936. Sandaev checked to Zhang who proceeded bet another 100,000, and again Sandaev called before the dealer produced the turn of the A.

Sandaev checked again, Zheng fired 150,000 and Sandaev took some time before making the call to see the river 5

This time, Sandaev took the initiative, making it 650,000. After a cry of anguish, Zhang made the call and reeled in disbelief after Sandaev showed him the 42 for a rivered straight.

“What a sick river!” Zhang exclaimed as he threw his AA across the table.

Down to only 90,000 in chips, Zhang was forced all-in in the big blind; Jarred Graham came in with a UTG and Sandaev called before both players checked into a dry sidepot after the flop came 274.

Graham then mucked after Sandaev opened for 100,000 on the turn of the 7, which resulted in a showdown between Sandaev and Zhang.

Sandaev: K7
Zhang: 98

The river fell a 6, but it would matter little to Zhang, who had already made his way out from the feature table area to collect his $23,059 payday.

Joe Sandaev4,140,000
Zhengmin ZhangBUSTED!
Zhengmin Zhang

Updated chip counts

With just over seven minutes remaining in the previous level, our remaining players elected to take their break early. That gave our team a chance to get a full round of counts, and take a break of our own.

See you back in 10!

Joe Sandaev2,605,000
Luke Martinelli2,230,000
Leo Kamiya1,395,000
Zhengmin Zhang1,160,000
Jarred Graham940,000

Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

Sean Ragozzini eliminated in 6th place ($19,088)

The WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max final table is now down to just five players after the elimination of Sean Ragozzini in sixth place ($19,088).

Action folded to Joe Sandaev who raised to 100,000 from the button before Ragozzini shoved from the button with AK.

Sandaev called and tabled JJ, which hooked up a set after the dealer spread the board of 7492J.

Joe Sandaev3,030,000
Sean RagozziniBUSTED!
Sean Ragozzini

Nabil Edggton eliminated in 7th place ($16,266)

Leo Kamiya has soared back up past the one-million chip mark and in the process has sent Nabil Edggton to the rail in seventh place, good for $16,266.

Edggton open-shoved for his last 410,000 before action folded to Kamiya, who called out of the cut-off before the others got out the way.

Edggton: KK
Kamiya: 99

Despite being the overwhelming favourite pre-flop, Kamiya spiked top set on the flop of 789, which improved to a full house as the turn and river ran out A, 8.

Leo Kamiya1,380,000
Nabil EdggtonBUSTED!
Nabil Edggton

Kamiya back in contention

Leo Kamiya has found himself a double-up through Zhengmin Zhang as we head into the 25th level of this tournament.

Zhang opened for 80,000 from under the gun and action folded to Kamiya who moved all-in; Zhang snap-called, turning up 99, but found himself in a classic coin flip against Kamiya’s AQ.

Kamiya found more assistance after the flop of 10K8, but the turn of the Q was enough to secure the double, with the river 6 completing the board.

Leo Kamiya800,000
Zhengmin Zhang775,000

Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

Scary small ball

Play at this final table has been slow for the most part, but there have been a few decent jabs thrown as action continues here at The Star Gold Coast.

Earlier, the action folded around to Sean Ragozzini who completed his small blind before Zhengmin Zhang checked his option in the big blind to see a flop of 864. Ragozzini opened for 40,000 and Zhang called, then both players checked the 3 on the turn before Zhang flatted after Ragozzini’s second shell of 40,000 on the river 6.

“Scary call, scary call!” Zhang remarked only to then throw his hand to the muck after Ragozzini tabled his A4.

Joe Sandaev then got busy in a couple of hands, first taking a chunk out of Nabil Edggton; after Edggton min-clicked to 80,000 from the cut-off, Sandaev defended his big blind before check-calling to Edggton’s bet of 90,000 after the flop of 8810, but Sandaev then forced the fold from Edggton after he led out for 100,000 on the turn of the 4.

A short time later, Sandaev opened for 75,000 from UTG+1 and action then folded to Leo Kamiya who called out of the big blind. Both players then checked down the flop of Q39, however Kamiya check-folded after Sandaev’s bet of 135,000 on the turn of the K.

Zhengmin Zhang1,625,000
Joe Sandaev1,360,000
Sean Ragozzini1,170,000
Leo Kamiya830,000
Nabil Edggton695,000

Adrian Indovino eliminated in 8th place ($14,017)

Adrian Indovino was the next player to depart, finishing in eighth place after being sent to the rail by Luke Martinelli.the second player to bust out on the second final table of the WPT Star Gold Coast.

Our reporter picked up the action after the flop of 494; Indovino checked from early position to Luke Martinelli who opened 60,000, before Indovino check-shoved. Martinelli called and turned over KQ for the second nut flush draw, ahead of Indovino’s 103.

The board would give no further assistance as it ran out 6, 5, and thus reducing the player count to seven.

Luke Martinelli3,505,000
Adrian IndovinoBUSTED!
Adrian Indovino

Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Ziyue Zheng eliminated in 9th place ($11,769)

Ziyue Zheng has been confirmed as our first elimination at this final table, taken down at the hands of Nabil Edggton.

Action folded to Edggton who raised to 60,000 from the cut-off before Zheng ripped in his last 110,000 from the button; Edggton snap-called.

Edggton: AK
Zheng: A2

Neither hand improved on the board of 10510106, sending Zheng off to the cage to collect a tidy $11,769 for his efforts.

Nabil Edggton1,430,000
Ziyue ZhengBUSTED!
Ziyue Zheng

WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max NLH final table

There we have it, your final nine for the second event of the WPT Australia series. The culmination of over a day and a half of play sees these players battle for the trophy and the top cash of $117,685.

After the huge bubble hand, it’s Luke Martinelli leading the count as the only entrant with over two million in chips, well clear of the next best, Zhengmin Zhang.

SeatNameCountryChips
1Jarred GrahamAustralia76,500
2Leo KamiyaAustralia550,000
3Luke MartinelliAustralia2,050,000
4Joe SandaevAustralia415,000
5Sean RagozziniAustralia830,000
6Zhengmin ZhangAustralia1,365,000
7Nabil EdggtonAustralia1,170,000
8Adrian IndovinoAustralia250,000
9Ziyue ZhengAustralia935,000

REMAINING PAYOUTS

PlacePrize
1st$117,685
2nd$81,663
3rd$49,063
4th$29,852
5th$23,059
6th$19,088
7th$16,266
8th$14,017
9th$11,769

Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)

Joseph Cristallo eliminated in 10th place ($10,238)

We caught the action from the turn with a board that showed 6102A, where Luke Martinelli lead from the small blind with a bet of 200,000 into a pot of about half a million.

Cristallo called and the river came the 2. Martinelli moved all-in for 630,000, marginally covering Cristallo’s total of 570,000. Cristallo called for his tournament life and the two went to showdown.

Martinelli: A10
Cristallo: AJ

Luke Martinelli2,050,000
Joseph CristalloBUSTED!
Joseph Cristallo

Jian Long eliminated in 11th place ($10,238)

Jian Long has earned a five-figure payout for her result in the $2,500 8-Max NLH. Busting out as the soft bubble and as the last female remaining in the two-day event.

Long moved all-in from UTG pre-flop with 55 but ran into the KK.

The spread of Q896A made no difference and sent Long to the payout desk, and send the field into the bubble for the final table.

Jarred Graham700,000
Jian LongBUSTED!
Jian Long

Martin Ward eliminated in 12th place ($10,238)

Martin Ward has fallen as the latest victim of Nabil Edgtton. With all the chips in preflop, a short-stacked Ward couldn’t gain any help from the board to keep him alive in the tournament.

Edgtton: A10
Ward: K4

Board: J7839

Nabil Edgtton1,220,000
Martin WardBUSTED!
Martin Ward

Level 22: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)

Alan Dang eliminated in 13th place ($8,707)

Sitting in the small blind, Leo Kamiya called Alan Dang’s button shove with 15,000 the margin separating the counts between the two.

With Kamiya’s 66 behind against Dang’s 1010, the all-hearts flop of 943 gave Kamiya a better chance of taking the win. The runout obliged when the board completed with Q,5.

Dang’s last 15,000 went in the middle against Adrian Indovino.

Dang: 99
Indovino: A10

Board: 4210Q4

Leo Kamiya470,000
Adrian Indovino435,000
Alan DangBUSTED!
Alan Dang

Ryan Stevenson eliminated in 14th place ($8,707)

The man who took the most chips into Day 2, Ryan Stevenson, has fallen short of a final table appearance. Having his Aces brutally cracked by Zhengmin Zhang.

Stevenson opened AA to 40,000 from UTG and Zhang called from the button with K10 to flop a flush on Q59Q10. Zhang lead the flop for 35,000 when he was checked to and Stevenson called. On the turn, Stevenson check-shoved Zhang’s 120,000 bet and was snap-called, finding none of his outs on the river to lose his seat in the field.

Zhengmin Zhang1,510,000
Ryan StevensonBUSTED!
Ryan Stevenson

Mitch Bognar eliminated in 15th place ($8,707)

Across two crushing hands, Mitch Bognar has spiralled out of contention in the $2,500 8-Max NLH.

Firstly, it was Luke Martinelli’s big blind defend with KQ against Bognar’s UTG open with AJ.

Board: K78Q9

This chipped Bognar down to his last 200,000. With ten big blinds left, he saw an opportunity with A8 to move all-in from the small-blin over Nabil Edgtton’s open from the button. Ziyue Zheng woke up with KK and moved all-in over the top from the big blind.

Edgtton couldn’t release his 1010 and on a board that followed 3965Q, Zheng picked up a near-triple up and Bognar was out.

Nabil Edgtton1,430,000
Ziyue Zheng815,000
Mitch BognarBUSTED!
Mitch Bognar

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Stephen Boyd eliminated in 16th place ($7,176)

Stephen Boyd has been knocked out by Joseph Cristallo.

Nursing a short-stack for a little while, Boyd finally picked up a hand to attempt to find a double. Cristallo woke up with a much better hand to hold and put a stop to Boyd’s run.

Cristallo: 1010
Boyd: 44

Board: 95K3Q

Joseph Cristallo750,000
Stephen BoydBUSTED!
Stephen Boyd

Zhengmin maxes out

Zhengmin Zhang has stung Ryan Stevenson, taking over half a million in chips away from the overnight chip leader.

On a flop of 886, Stevenson lead for 40,000 and was called by Zhang. The turn J saw Stevenson move all-in, getting a snap-call from Zhang.

Zhang: A8
Stevenson: KQ

River: A

Zhang booked up on the river to gain a huge double-up at top 16.

Zhengmin Zhang1,145,000
Ryan Stevenson630,000
Zhengmin Zhang

Case ace from space

If Martin Ward is telling the truth, then the river on the 8537A was the last Ace in the deck in a hand that saw Michael Hornstein at risk against Luke Martinelli and Nabil Edgtton.

Martinelli: QQ
Edgtton: AK
Hornstein: AJ

Nabil Edgtton1,297,000
Luke Martinelli345,000
Michael HornsteinBUSTED!
Michael Hornstein

Level 20: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)

Ragozzini sizzles, Rozova walkover

Three hands have proved to be a domino effect resulting in the elimination of Natalia Rozova.

It all began with the bust-out of Aston Campbell. Sean Ragozzini opened from UTG with AQ before calling Campbell’s all-in over the top with A10. Campbell was crushed by the flop on a board that came J10K57.

Shortly after, Ragozzini dealt a blow to Rozova on a board that ended up showing 4345A.

Preflop, Rozova raised to 24,000 from the hijack when both Ragozzini and the big blind called the raise to see the flop. Action checked to Rozova who continued in position with a bet of 26,000 to get the big blind out of the way, Ragozzini stuck around with a call and they went heads-up to a turn.

Ragozzini check-called another bet from Rozova, this time to the tune of 70,000. The river action went check-check and and the two turned their cards up.

Ragozzini: 99
Rozova: 77

With her stack taking a hit, Rozova saw a chance to recover when she peeled AQ, finding herself all-in pre versus Joseph Cristallo who turned over KK.

The flop 266 changed nothing for either player, until Rozova picked up one of her three outs with an A on the turn.

Not to be outdone, Cristallo spiked the two-outer on the river to collect the entirety of Rozova’s stack with the arrival of the K on the river. Cristallo revelled in the result, slamming the table with ecstasy and and verbalising, “PASS THE SUGAR!”

Sean Ragozzini555,000
Joseph Cristallo547,000
Natalia RozovaBUSTED!
Natalia Rozova

Ardino-saw no more

Ryan Stevenson has added another contribution to his monster stack at the expense of Eugene Ardino.

In consolation, Ardino survived long enough to make the money, collecting $3,588 for finishing in 26th place.

Stevenson: A8
Ardino: KQ

Board: 668AJ

Ryan Stevenson1,220,000
Eugene ArdinoBUSTED!
Ryan Stevenson

Oh Ward a feeling!

Martin Ward has serviced the remainder of the field, by narrowing the number of entries from 27 to 26 runners. Meaning we’re in the money!

It took an action packed hand between Ward, Luke Martinelli, and Mikael Larson, with the three-way all-in claiming Larson as the victim of the bubble.

Ward: AA
Martinelli: 88
Larson: KQ

Board: Q35410

Martin Ward479,000
Luke Martinelli171,000
Mikael LarsonBUSTED!
Martin Ward

Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)

Goltz to go

Toby Giles has gotten the field on the verge of the money. Eliminating Shem Goltz on the soft bubble to get us down to 27 runners, with the final 26 to earn a payout.

Giles: AJ
Goltz: KJ

Board: 4Q7Q3

Toby Giles275,000
Shem GoltzBUSTED!
Toby Giles

Haidary-ing to flip

Like many others so far, Mo Haidary has been getting the chips in the middle with the willingness to flip for a chance to chase a bigstack.

In this case, it was Michael Hornsein who got the better of the coin toss situation, when the all-in and call came pre-flop.

Haidary: 99
Hornstein: AJ

Board: J7655

Flopping the nut flush draw was nice for Hornstein, but not needed in the end as the pairing of the Jacks was enough to double him up.

Michael Hornstein128,000
Mo Haidary124,000
Michael Hornstein

Boyd stays afloat

Stephen Boyd has survived a scare, winning a flip to sustain his tournament life at the expense of Zhengmin Zhang.

Boyd open-shoved 77 from early position, Zhang made a customary call with AK.

Zhang flopped a flush draw on 595 but was turned dead with Boyd hitting a full house are the runout followed 7,3.

Stephen Boyd168,000
Zhengmin Zhang159,000

Ryan in the nick of time

Overnight chip leader, Ryan Stevenson made a tardy appearance on Day 2 of the $2,500 8-Max NLH. Taking his seat only just as the blinds ticked over to the second level of the day, he had barely settled in when he took a long at his cards to see AA with an all-in from a short stacked Roy Agresta.

Stevenson made the obligatory snap-call before he could even part his backpack from his shoulders, to see Agresta’s 66 fail to improve on a board of 10232Q.

Ryan Stevenson946,000
Roy AgrestaBUSTED!

Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Chris miss

With Ken Odaka and Chris Zenonos needing to bump up their stack counts to have any chance of progressing further in the tournament, both were willing to run the risk by getting it all-in on a flop of 925.

Odaka turned over his pre-made hand of 88 and managed to hold against Zenonos’ KQ, who failed to pair either of his over cards on the runout which followed 4,10.

Ken Odaka112,000
Chris Zenonos41,000
Ken Odaka

Long way to go

Early action on Table 6 saw Stephen Boyd open to 8,000 from UTG+1, and Mogens Hansen flatted from the cutoff. Jian Long moved all-in for a total of 153,000 pushing Boyd out of the way, before Hansen elected to call.

Long: AK
Hansen: A6

Board: JK36A

The double-up has gotten Jian Long above average stack and in a great position to hang in until the cash, whilst crippling Hansen down to 22,000 before being eliminated shortly after.

Jian Long330,000
Mogens HansenBUSTED!
Jian Long

GG from ZZ

Carlos Youssef is our first elimination of the day. Arriving on Day 2 with the third lowest chip count, it was a case of double or nothing in terms of a game plan, and sadly for Youssef, it was the latter.

The fact the action was an all-in and call preflop, made the nature of the set-over-set beat easier to take, with Zihue Zheng coming away with the best of it.

Zheng: QQ
Youssef: JJ

Board: AQ10J5

Zihue Zheng185,000
Carlos YoussefBUSTED!
Zihue Zheng

Shuffle up and deal

Action has begun, 35 players have taken their seats, unsealed their bags and popped their chips into play.

With $117,685 up for grabs for first prize, there’s plenty to fight for, as we are still nine knockouts away from reaching the money.

PlacePayout
1$117,685
2$81,663
3$49,036
4$29,852
5$23,059
6$19,088
7$16,266
8$14,017
9$11,769
10-12$10,238
13-15$8,707
16-18$7,176
19-21$5,741
22-24$4,449
25-26$3,588

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Takin’ it to the max!

Good morning and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia’s continued coverage of the WPT Australia series!

With the craziness of the Mystery Bounty done and dusted, today we return for the start of Day 2 of the $2,500 8-Max. From a total of 208 entries, the remaining 35 players will be looking to make the top 26 for a big pay day and a share of the prize pool worth $478,000.

Just some of the big names returning include Toby Giles (152,000), Joseph Cristallo (195,000), as well as the young gun from Melbourne in Liam Jehu (281,000) and Sean Raggozini (418,000), who claimed last year’s $5K Challenge trophy at the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast series before going on to win the WPT League QPC Alpha3 Event only three days later.

Not to be overlooked, however, is chip leader Ryan Stevenson, who bagged up 917,000 and is now well in contention to claim the top prize worth $117,000.

It all gets underway very soon, so keep your browsers on PMA for all the updates as we play down to a winner tonight!


Day 2 seat draw

Play will resume at 11:30am AEST. Please ensure you have your photo ID and Star Club Card for verification purposes, and should you have any queries regarding your seat allocation, please approach the Star Poker Gold Coast team. Best of luck, everyone!

Table 1 (Feature Table)

PMA IDSeatNameChips
01011Joseph Cristallo195,000
01022Mo Haidary55,000
01033Liam Jehu281,000
01044Martin Ward142,000
01055Michael Hornstein116,000
6
01077Vlad Barbu314,000
01088Mikael Larsson121,000

Table 6

PMA IDSeatNameChips
06011Vesko Zmukic204,000
06022Mitchell Bognar577,000
06033Toby Giles152,000
06044Ken Okada115,000
5
06066Shem Goltz46,000
06077Nabil Edgtton351,000
06088Chris Zenonos129,000

Table 7

PMA IDSeatNameChips
1
07022Alan Dang292,000
07033Leo Kamiya134,000
07044Ryan Stevenson917,000
07055Hayato Kitajima77,000
07066Joe Sandaev246,000
07077Roy Agresta112,000
07088Eugene Ardino329,000

Table 8

PMA IDSeatNameChips
08011Carlos Youssef72,000
08022Zhengmin Zhang457,000
08033Dean Stevenson220,000
08044Ziyue Zheng241,000
08055Natalia Rozova243,000
08066Aston Campbell268,000
7
08088Adrian Indovino235,000

Table 9

PMA IDSeatNameChips
09011Luke Martinelli422,000
09022Jarred Graham186,000
3
09044Mogens Hansen163,000
09055Jaxon Byrne136,000
09066Sean Ragozzini418,000
09077Jian Long165,000
09088Stephen Boyd186,000

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