LIVE REPORTING: WPT Australia $550 PLO Day 2

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Congratulations Leo Kamiya ($29,914), WPT Australia $550 PLO Champion!

Leo Kamiya is now the one to watch here at the WPT Australia series, taking the overall lead in the Player of the Festival after winning the $550 PLO!

It’s strictly business for the new-generation grinder, who has not only taken out his third Tier One title, but also adds to his third-place finish in the $2,500 8-Max two nights ago, taking his earnings this week up to more than $78,000.

And as a result, he’s now jumped up to top spot in the POF race, and is well and truly in the running for the USD $5,000 WPT Main Tour package. No doubt we’ll be seeing more of him throughout the remainder of the series!

WPT AUSTRALIA $550 PLO ($550 buy-in, 265 entries, 34 players paid)*

1stLeo KamiyaAustralia$29,914
2ndJun WangAustralia$21,054
3rdSean LannonAustralia$13,542
4thDuy HoVietnam$8,268
5thNatalia RozovaAustralia$6,387
6thRobert SpanoAustralia$5,287
7thJoseph SandaevAustralia$4,439
8thBen KirkhamAustralia$3,710
9thJohn OverbeekAustralia$2,995
*Final table payouts shown; full results available at

And with that, the $550 PLO is now all wrapped up! PMA will be back tomorrow to bring you Day 2 of the $660 Big Bounty from 12:30pm AEST. Be sure to join us here once again for all the action, but until then, from all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, it’s ‘bye for now!

Jun Wang eliminated in 2nd place ($21,054)

The final hand of the tournament played out before the clock struck 7pm local time; Leo Kamiya min-raised to 160,000 from the button pre-flop, Jung Wang called from the big blind and then jammed in the rest after the flop of 10A8. Kamiya insta-called.

Kamiya: JJ92
Wang: 10885

A flopped set of eights for Wang, but the 6 gave Kamiya the flush, which held up after the dealer peeled the 4 from the shoe.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a champion! Our wrap-up of today’s proceedings will be heading your way soon.

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

Sean Lannon eliminated in 3rd place ($13,542)

We’re now heads-up for the WPT Australia $550 PLO title after Sean Lannon’s elimination in third place!

Lannon opened from the button to 175,000 before Leo Kamiya three-bet it to 580,000. Lannon moved all-in and Kamiya snap-called.

Lannon: AA85
Kamiya: KKJ5

Board: Q10K34

Leo Kamiya4,960,000
Jun Wang1,665,000
Sean LannonBUSTED!

Duy Ho eliminated in 4th place ($8,268)

Having copped a couple of big hits in the previous level, Duy Ho was unable to get much going after the dinner break and has since fallen in fourth place.

Ho was the only caller after Lannon’s pre-flop raise of 100,000, making it heads-up to a flop of 56Q. Lannon checked his option to Ho who opened for 300,000. Lannon then check-shoved and Ho short-called.

Lannon: AA32
Ho: K1092

The turn and river of 5, K completed the board, and just like that, we’re down to three!

Sean Lannon1,800,000

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

Dinner time!

Our final four players are now on a 30-minute dinner break. Time for some chippies!

Leo Kamiya3,035,000
Duy Ho1,790,000
Jun Wang1,340,000
Sean Lannon465,000

Natalia Rozova eliminated in 5th place ($6,387)

Natalia Rozova was sent to the rail for an early dinner after being taken out by Duy Ho.

Rozova risked it all pre-flop with a double-suiter of A863, but was dominated by Huy’s AQ55 which then made top-top on the board of 7210QJ.

Duy Ho2,150,000
Natalia RozovaBUSTED!

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

Robert Spano eliminated in 6th place ($5,287)

Down to five in the finale of the WPT Australia PLO, with Robert Spano departing in sixth place.

Another all-in and a call pre-flop; Spano was at risk with Q1096, but Lannon woke up with a monster, tabling AAK5.

Board: 7J23Q

Sean Lannon2,150,000
Robert SpanoBUSTED!

Joe Sandaev eliminated in 7th place ($4,439)

Joe Sandaev’s chances of a second WPT Australia title this series have been dashed, eliminated by Leo Kamiya.

Down to around 180,000, Sandaev moved it all in with AKJ5, but although he picked up a Broadway draw on the board of QQ7J3, Kamiya held with his AKQ10.

Leo Kamiya1,000,000
Joe SandaevBUSTED!

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

Ben Kirkham eliminated in 8th place ($3,710)

Although he scored himself an early elimination, Ben Kirkham was himself taken down by Duy Ho, who’s now the first to hit the two-million chip mark.

The last of Kirkham’s chips went in after the turn on a board that read 4243A; Kirkham had hit trips with 7664, but Ho had turned the wheel holding AQ95.

Duy Ho2,000,000
Ben KirkhamBUSTED!

John Overbeek eliminated in 9th place ($2,995)

John Overbeek was our first elimination from this table, taken out in ninth place by Ben Kirkham.

Having come into the FT as the short stack, Overbeek ripped his last 145,000 in with AKJ10, but ran head-first into Kirkham’s KK103, which held after the dealer fanned out a board of J3788.

Ben Kirkham680,000
John OverbeekBUSTED!

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

WPT Australia $550 PLO final table

1Sean LannonAustralia1,650,000
2Jun WangAustralia540,000
3Robert SpanoAustralia700,000
4Duy HoVietnam1,495,000
5Ben KirkhamAustralia535,000
6Leo KamiyaJapan770,000
7John OverbeekAustralia145,000
8Joseph SandaevAustralia310,000
9Natalia RozovaAustralia445,000

Fotakis taken out, final table set!

Fotis Fotakis has been eliminated by Robert Spano in a flurry of action leading up to the confirmation of our final table.

Fotakis put his last 200,000 at risk with Q532, but found himself well behind Spano’s AKJ4 and couldn’t catch up as the board was spread A471010.

And with Gary Benson and Elizabeth Thomson also being sent to the rail, our final table was confirmed! we’ll have the official portrait and line-up ready for you shortly.

Lionel Lu-ses

It’s all happening here at the WPT Australia $550 PLO, with Lionel Lu amongst those to hit the rail as we move closer to the business end of this tournament.

Lu put his tournament life on the line with his AQ99, but Natalia Rozova’s Q10107 led all the way down the board of 355KK.

Natalia Rozova465,000
Lionel LuBUSTED!

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

White whacked, Frost iced

Having taken a huge hit to his stack earlier, David White moved all-in for his last 125,000 pre-flop and was called by Duy Ho.

White: QJJ9
Ho: AK54

Board: 7QJ68

White was soon followed by Mitchell Frost, who jammed pre-flop with KQ87, but was eliminated after Robert Spano’s turned the Ace-high straight on the board of K8QAA.

Duy Ho1,450,000
Robert Spano400,000
David WhiteBUSTED!
Mitchell FrostBUSTED!

Chip counts at the break

Sean Lannon1,450,000
Duy Ho1,200,000
Leo Kamiya809,000
Benjamin Kirkham726,000
Fotis Fotakis381,000
Jun Wang337,000
Lionel Lu280,000
Robert Spano263,000
David White250,000
John Overbeek209,000
Joseph Sandaev189,000
Mitchell Frost163,000
Gary Benson161,000
Natalia Rozova125,000
Elizabeth Thomson75,000

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

Break it down!

Our 15 remaining players are now on a 10-minute break. We’ll have the full round of counts coming your way shortly.

Yin binned

It didn’t take long for Louis Yin to also hit the rail, who was taken out by Jun Wang in the last few minutes before the break.

Yin pushed his remaining 150,000 into the middle pre-flop holding 8654, but was crushed by Wang’s QQ62 that filled up by the river on the board of 3A2QA.

Jun Wang320,000
Louis YinBUSTED!


A massive three-way all-in pot on Table 8 resulted in the elimination of Daisuke Ogita.

Our reporter jostled their way through the crowd that had gathered around to witness the pre-flop showdown between Ogita, Ben Kirkham and Louis Yin.

Kirkham: AA93
Yin: AAQ6
Ogita: J10107

Board: 59547

The result was a split for Kirkham and Yin, and Ogita was chopped out.

Ben Kirkham611,000
Louis Yin152,000
Daisuke OgitaBUSTED!

A couple of doubles

Double-ups for Gary Benson and Ben Kirkham as play continues into the last level before our first break of the day.

Earlier, Benson moved all-in after a flop of 4Q9 holding KK66 and was called down by Leo Kamiya who tabled 8742, but Benson held firm as the turn and river ran out A, J.

Kirkham then got his remaining chips in against Louis Yin after a flop of 3K2 holding J10109, which then went on to hit a full house as the turn and river 10, 3 completed the board to outdraw Yin’s AQQ2.

Leo Kamiya720,000
Ben Kirkham355,000
Gary Benson286,000
Louis Yin72,000

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

Sandaev on song

Craig Blight has just departed at the hands of Joe Sandaev as action continues here in the WPT Australia $550 PLO.

Blight moved the last of chips in pre-flop holding Q855, but was bested by Sandaev’s KK87 as the board was spread 42286

Joe Sandaev252,000
Craig BlightBUSTED!

Gan no good

Another elimination out on the Star Poker Gold Coast feature table, with Wan Gan taken out by Leo Kamiya.

The money was all over the line pre-flop and our reporter got there to capture the action as they went to showdown:

Gan: AA32
Kamiya: AK107

Gan smiled at the dealer as he asked, tongue-in-cheek: “Keep it all red, please!”

Flop: J28

“Okay, not bad, two reds are good!” said Kamiya.

Turn: 6

“That’s it, red is good!”

River: 9. Not so good.

Leo Kamiya847,000

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

Two KO’s for Ho

Duy Ho has just taken out two players on the feature table, felting both Raph Tenenbaum and Andrej Senic in quick succession.

Earlier, Tenenbaum moved the last of his money into the middle pre-flop holding A1096, but although he made two pair on the board of 36927, Ho had him crushed with A665.

The cry of “all in, call” went up in the next hand, with Senic and Ho getting it all in after a flop of 87A.

Ho: KKQ9
Senic: 10653

Turn: 6

River: Q

Duy Ho859,000
Andrej SenicBUSTED!
Raph TenenbaumBUSTED!

Two for Lu

Lionel Lu has taken out two more players over on Table 8 as we moved into the 18th level of play.

Our reporter picked up the action the pre-flop showdown, with Aaron Li and Dylan Rowe both at risk.

Rowe: AAJ2
Li: KQ109
Lu: J987

Lu then went on to make Broadway on the board of A7K3J and scored the double KO.

Lionel Lu436,000
Dylan RoweBUSTED!

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

Good night, Yoon

Yoon Kang has just given up the remainder of his stack to WPT Vietnam Duy Ho over on the feature table.

Again, all the money was in the middle before the flop, with Kang at risk with with his AJ97, but despite turning flopping two pair on the board of 4J710K, Ho got there on the river for Kings-up holding his AK94.

And with Michael Guttman also eliminated, that took us up to our first pay jump!

Duy Ho383,000
Yoon KangBUSTED!
Michael GuttmanBUSTED!

The Hachem heist

Daniel Hachem was our first elimination for the day, felted in 27th place at the hands of Louis Yin.

All the money was in the middle pre-flop and we go there just as the cards were tabled.

Lin: KK94
Hachem: A933

Board: 27742

Louis Yin172,000
Daniel HachemBUSTED!

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the WPT Australia $550 PLO!

Our players will be battling their way through 30-minute levels until we have a winner tonight. Here’s what our remaining 27 players are fighting for.

WPT AUSTRALIA $550 PLO – REMAINING PAYOUTS (265 entries, 34 players paid)


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

Let’s go with the PLO!

Hello everyone and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage of the WPT Australia series!

Today, we’re switching things up with Day 2 of the $550 Pot Limit Omaha. 27 players will be returning out of the 265 total entries taken in last night, and competing for their share of what’s remaining in the $132,500 prize pool, which includes a tidy $29,914 up top.

Leading the pack is Duy Ho with 700,000 neat, who will no doubt be looking to add to his poker CV after winning the WPT Prime Vietnam Player of the Festival, but following closely are Sean Lannon (651,000), Rob Spano (492,000), Daisuke Ogita (447,000) and Leo Kamiya (400,000).

Other notables also returning today include Natalia Rozova, Mitchell Frost, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson and Joe Sandaev, fresh from his big win in the WPT Australia $2,500 8-Max two nights ago.

It’s going to be another big day of action ahead, so lock your browsers onto PMA from 12: 30pm AEST as we bring you all the updates until the final river falls!

Day 2 seat draw

Play will resume at 12:30pm AEST. Please ensure that you have your photo ID and Star Club Card for verification purposes, and should you have any questions regarding your seat allocation, please see Star Poker Gold Coast staff upon arrival. Good luck, all!

Table 1

PMA IDSeatNameChips
01011Wan Gan278,000
01022Duy Ho700,000
01033Yoon Kang41,000
01044Ben Kirkham301,000
01055Andrej Senic210,000
01077Raph Tenenbaum190,000
01088Natalia Rozova331,000

Table 7

PMA IDSeatNameChips
07011David White248,000
07033Mitchell Frost287,000
07055Fotis Fotakis254,000
07066Sean Lannon651,000
07077Neil Moss30,000
07088Joe Sandaev219,000

Table 8

PMA IDSeatNameChips
08011Daniel Hachem40,000
08022Louis Yin127,000
08033Aaron Li110,000
08044John Overbeek155,000
08055Lionel Lu256,000
08077Michael Guttmann82,000
08088Dylan Rowe149,000

Table 9

PMA IDSeatNameChips
09022Leo Kamiya400,000
09033Craig Blight362,000
09044Gary Benson318,000
09055Robert Spano492,000
09066Daisuke Ogita447,000
09077Elizabeth Thomson143,000
09088Jun Wang136,000

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