Sensational: Joe Sandaev wins WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max

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South Australia’s Joe Sandaev has emerged victorious in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max tournament, defeating Luke Martinelli heads-up for his biggest career score to date.

Having finished fifth place in the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast Main Event last year, Sandaev topped a stacked field of 208 entries for a top prize worth $117,685.

The Adelaide grinder was thrilled to have finally broken through for the win, but was quick to praise his fellow final tablists, which included first-generation online crusher Jarred Graham and WPTDeepstacks Gold Coast $5K Challenge Champion, Sean Ragozzini.

“Honestly, they were probably some of the best tournament players I’ve ever come across,” Sandaev said.  “I had Sean and Luke 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!”

The win adds to the continued success of the Croweaters in WPT events, following on from Gavin Best‘s victory in the WPT Prime Gold Coast $5K Challenge back in June.

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

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
*Final table results shown; full results available at

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