Another massive day of action at The Star Gold Coast has resulted in unprecedented numbers for both the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller and the Shane Warne One-Dayer Memorial tournament.
From the 63 total entries taken in for the $20,000 high-stakes No Limit Hold’em event – a number that surpassed all expectations – 22 players have bagged through to Day 2. Leading the way is Andy Lee, who bagged 1,835,000 in chips after taking a massive pot off Hussein Hassan in the closing stages of the tournament.
Following close behind is James Mendoza (1,700,000), who went also went on a surge during the final stanza, with Michael Egan (1,185,000), Ryan Hong (1,140,000) and Brian Kim (1,085,000) rounding out the top five.
Martin Finger, Daniel Hachem, Sean Ragozzini, and Ehsan Amiri and were amongst the other notables to have bagged, along with $2,500 8-Max Champion Joe Sandaev, who came in late after final tabling the $1,100 PLO, which as a result now has him in the lead for the WPT Australia Player of the Festival points race.
WPT AUSTRALIA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER HIGH ROLLER – DAY 1 CHIP COUNTS
Meanwhile, a whopping 477 entries taken in for the Shane Warne One-Dayer, which has been extended to a second day due to high demand. PokerMedia Australia understands that there were 375 entries already registered with five minutes to go before the first pitch at 12:23pm AEST.
Named in honour of Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, the inaugural charity event raised close to $24,000 in funds for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, smashing The Star Gold Coast’s $10,000 guarantee.
Of course, there were plenty of other reasons to celebrate, especially for Jonathan Levy, who took out the $440 NLH Turbo for a $20K payday, and Dasiuke Ogita, who shipped the $1,100 PLO to pocket a cool $54,000 and change.
PMA‘s coverage of the WPT Australia series continues from 11:15am AEST tomorrow (Friday) with Day 2 of the 20th Anniversary Super High Roller, before moving into our special social media coverage of the $5,400 WPT Australia Main Event.
Live updates for the Main Event, along with final table streaming will be brought to you by our partners at worldpokertour.com; for more information, including the full schedule and results, visit starpoker.com.au.