LIVE REPORTING: WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller Day 1

Andy Lee bags chip lead at end of WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller; that’s a wrap!

It was another massive day of action here at The Star Gold Coast, and there was plenty of it witnessed here in the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

Out of the 63 total entries taken in today, 22 players will be returning tomorrow bright and early to battle it out for a share of the $1,197,000 prize pool.  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.


Andy Lee1,835,000
James Mendoza1,700,000
Michael Egan1,185,000
Ryan Hong1,140,000
Brian Kim1,085,000
Martin Finger980,000
Daniel Hachem955,000
Mazyar Misaghian935,000
Aaron Li810,000
Joseph Sandaev695,000
Hyung Kim655,000
Sean Ragozzini585,000
Vincent Huang530,000
Cheng Gu520,000
Cameron Robertson410,000
Luke Martinelli410,000
Khac-Trung Tran320,000
Marley Wynter300,000
Alex Trevallion295,000
Ehsan Amiri170,000
Michael Wang165,000
Hussein Hassan65,000

The numbers were massive across the board today, with a whopping 477 entries taken in for the Shane Warne One-Dayer, which has in fact now been extended to a second day due to the unprecedented turnout.

The inaugural charity event, named in honour of Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, 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 today, 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.  Congratulations, all!

That’s all we have time for here at PMA today, but be sure to join us again from 11:15am AEST tomorrow as we bring you live updates from Day 2 of this event, along with social media coverage of the $5,400 WPT Australia Main Event.

Until then, from all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, it’s ‘bye for now!

Rafferty railed

Having nursed a short stack for the most part of this final level,Tom Rafferty was one of the final eliminations of the night before the final three hands were called.

Down to just 40,000 in chips, Rafferty ripped them in holding 1010 against Misaghian, who called him off with A9.

Rafferty did double through after he flopped a set on the board of 710J2Q, but he moved in again with K10 in the very next hand and found two callers in Misaghian and Ehsan Amiri, who then checked through all streets on the board of 95638.

Misaghan turned up A8 for second pair, top kicker, which was enough to take down the pot.

Mayar Misaghian1,150,000
Tom RaffertyBUSTED!

And with that, Day 1 of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller is in the books! We’ll be back to wrap up the action soon – stay with us!

Tom Rafferty

Oh, it looks like Daniel

Daniel Hachem has been one of the big movers in this final level, doubling up twice to move up past the one-million chip mark as we head to the end of Day 1.

Earlier, our reporter caught action between Hachem and Luke Martinelli as they went to a pre-flop showdown; Hachem was at-risk with AJ, but despite a sweaty turn on the board of Q743K, Martinelli missed the flush with his A.

Some time passed before Marley Wynter came in with a raise of 35,000 from middle position before Hachem 3-bet it to 103,000. Wynter called, then led out for 89,000 after the flop of 1038.

Hachem smooth-called, and then snapped Wynter off after he open-shoved on the turn of the 2.

Hachem: AA
Wynter: KK

Down to just two outs, the river was a very safe 7, resulting in a full double for Hachem.

Daniel Hachem1,190,000
Luke Martinelli388,000
Marley Wynter195,000
Daniel Hachem

Good juju for Gu Gu

Ashton Campbell’s run in this tournament has come to an end at the hands of Gu Gu.

Action folded around to Campbell who ripped in his last 20,000 effective from the button with 88, only to then see Gu iso-shove from the small blind with AJ.

Campbell was then sent packing after Gu spiked top pair on the flop of 3AK, but despite the sweaty 4 that appeared on the turn, the J bricked out on the river.

Gu Gu270,000
Ashton CampbellBUSTED!
Gu Gu

Rattigan routed

In the midst of the Alex Lynskey saga, Michael Rattigan moved his last 129,000 over the line pre-flop before Hussein Hassan re-shoved, forcing the rest of the table out of the way before the cards were tabled.

Rattigan: A7
Hassan: QJ

Board: Q3552

Hussein Hassan610,000
Michael RattiganBUSTED!
Michael Rattigan

Level 12: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)

Lynskey lost

It was a rollercoaster ride for Alex Lynskey during this level, but his tournament life has now come to an end as we move into the final level of this Day 1 session.

In earlier action, Lynskey took a huge hit against Jonathan Karamalikis, running his AQ against Karamalkis’ AK, with the Australian Poker Hall of Famer doubling up after outkicking Lynksey on the board of 28A107.

Down to less than 100,000, he managed to get a small double through Brian Kim before giving them up to him a short time later, jamming with A8 pre-flop but failed to improve against Kim’s 66 on the 32QJ5 board.

Brian Kim1,585,000
Jonathan Karamalikis660,000
Alex LynskeyBUSTED!
Alex Lynskey

Campo and Bosko busto

Two more eliminations confirmed, with Dean Boskovic and Flo Campomanies both eliminated as action continues here in the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller.

In earlier action, Boskovic moved all-in pre-flop with AK, but Daniel Gan’s AQ flopped top-top on the board of 57QJ4.

Campomanies then jammed pre-flop with KJ, but Aaron Li’s A8 won the fair fight after he paired up on the board of 7QA29.

Aaron Li785,000
Flo CampomaniesBUSTED!
Dean BoskovicBUSTED!
Aaron Li

Best busts

WPT Prime Gold Coast $5K Challenge Champion Gavin Best has just been eliminated from the Super High Roller, taken down by Michael Egan.

From UTG+1, Best moved the last of his money in pre-flop holding Q8 and found a caller in Michael Egan who tabled KQ, with the board of 35242 doing nothing to change the outcome.

Michael Egan823,000
Gavin BestBUSTED!

Number crunchin’

We’re now down to 30 players in the penultimate level of tonight’s session, and the official numbers are in! A total of 63 entries – 51 uniques and 12 re-entries – have generated a total prize pool of $1,197,000!

The top eight players will be paid out, with a min-cash worth $43,092, while tomorrow’s champion will pocket a whopping $430,919. That’s money for jam … and then some!

PAYOUTS ($20,000 buy-in, 63 entries, eight players paid)


Level 11: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)

The Mendoza domination

James Mendoza has skyrocketed to the top of our chip counts, breaking the two-million barrier after eliminating Didier Guerin, Ted Hatzakortzian and Jonathan Karamalikis.

Guerin was the first to go, getting the last of his chips in with Q10, but although he’d rivered the Queen-high straight on the board of 8810QJ, he was crushed by Mendoza, who had flopped a boat with his 1010.

Mendoza then took out Hatzakortzian, flopping another Queen with his KQ on the board of 42Q86 against Hatzakortzian, who had put himself at risk with A9.

Sme time passed before Karamalikis moved all-in pre-flop holding 1010, but lost the do-or-die flip against Mendoza’s AQ after he hit top pair on the board of A4576.

James Mendoza2,200,000
Jonathan KaramalikisBUSTED!
Ted HatzakortzianBUSTED!
Didier GuerinBUSTED!
James Mendoza in action earlier in the day

Zheng zilched

Alan Zheng and Michael Wang have both been eliminated from the tournament during this level.

Zheng committed the last of his chips holding 88, but lost the flip for his tournament life against Najeem Ajez, whose KQ made two pair on the board of 410K3Q.

At the same time, Wang got his money in good with KK, but Michael Egan’s 99 turned a boat on the board of 93QQJ.

Michael Egan658,000
Najeem Ajez400,000
Michael WangBUSTED!
Alan ZhengBUSTED!

Assorted chip counts

The WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller has now officially been locked out at 63 entries, good for a total prize pool just shy of $1.2 million!

The full prize pool dividends will be made available as soon the numbers have been finalised by Star Poker Gold Coast management.

Andy Lee1,282,000
Ryan Hong1,020,000
James Mendoza870,000
Brian Kim758,000
Marley Wynter720,000
Luke Martinelli720,000
Daniel Gan665,000
Hyung Kim650,000
Ashton Campbell537,000
Joe Sandaev468,000
Martin Finger420,000
Hussein Hassan386,000
Alex Lynskey254,000
Hamish Crawshaw16,500

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

Break it down

Our players are now on their final 10-minute break of the night. Three more levels to go before we bag and tag!

Gan gets Rafferty

Another elimination leading up to the final break of the night, with Tom Rafferty taken out by Daniel Gan.

Rafferty moved all-in pre-flop with A10, but ran smack-bang into Gan’s QQ, which flopped quads on the board of 8QQ6J and left Rafferty drawing stone dead by the turn.

Daniel Gan705,000
Tom RaffertyBUSTED!

Oh no, Moreno!

Two more eliminations from this Super High Roller, with Andrew Moreno and Corey Kempson both taken out as play continues here in Super High Roller.

Earlier, Moreno put himself at risk with Q-J, but despite turning two pair on the board of J610107, Marley Wynter had woken up with 1010. Just quads.

Kempson then got the last of his very short stack with K10, but although he was ahead of Alan Zheng’s Q2, Zheng turned two pair and dodged the flush draw on the board of 55724.

Marley Wynter725,000
Alan Zheng120,000
Corey KempsonBUSTED!
Andrew MorenoBUSTED!
Andrew Moreno

Sandaev shatters Xu

Fresh of his final table appearance from the $1,100 PLO, Joe Sandaev has just taken out Anthony Xu.

Our reporter picked up the action four-handed to a flop of JA3; the player in the UTG position led out for 31,000 and Sandaev called before Xu shipped in his last 212,000. The UTG player folded and Sandaev called.

Sandaev: AK
Xu: 33

Sandaev’s set then improved to a full house after the turn and river ran out 7, J.

Joe Sandaev521,000
Anthony XuBUSTED!

Karamalikis KO’ed

Australian Poker Hall of Famer Jonathan Karamalikis has fired a second bullet into this Super High Roller Event after being felted by Brian Kim.

Karamalikis shoved from the big blind after a pre-flop raise from Kim; Kim called and showed down KK and crushed Karamalikis’ 99 after turning a set on the board of A24K5.

Karamalikis quickly headed over to the rego desk and re-entered before returning to the same seat.

Brian Kim430,000
Jonathan Karamalikis250,000*

Level 9: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Go with the ‘Flo’

Flo Campomanies has just scored himself a timely double-up through Martin Finger in the lead-up to Level 9.

Finger raised to 18,000 from under the gun and the action folded to Campomanies who called out of the small blind to make it heads-up to a flop of 3K5.

Campomanies then check-raised to 34,000 after Finger bet out 9,000; Finger shoved and Campomanies called short.

Finger: A9
Campomanies: KQ

Finger couldn’t find the last spade as the turn and river bricked out J, 9 to give Campomanies the full double.

Flo Campomanies310,000
Martin Finger325,000

Aw, rats!

Michael Rattigan has just had his run ended in this event at the hands of Gavin Best.

Again, all the chips were over the line before the flop: Rattigan was at-risk with 33, but ran head-first into Best’s 1010

Even the dealer made two pair on the board of 66A22, but naturally, Best had the best of it.

Gavin Best248,000
Michael RattiganBUSTED!

He did it!

Didier Guerin is now on the felt for the WPT 20th Anniversary Super High Roller and found himself a double-up against Michael Egan.

All the money was in the middle pre-flop and we got there as the players were going to showdown.

Guerin: 1010
Egan: A10

Board: 7107JA

Didier Guerin285,000
Michael Egan645,000
Didier Guerin

Li on the rise

Aaron Li has moved up to more than half-a-million in chips as we head into Level 8.

Action folded around to Li who completed the small blind before Corey Kempson checked his option in the big blind, making it heads-up to a flop of 878, which they both checked.

Li then led out for 8,000 after the turn of the K and Kempson called before the action repeated after a bet of 35,000 from Li on the river 5, but Kempson mucked after Li showed down K8 for the full house.

Aaron Li510,000
Corey Kempson310,000

Level 8: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

Anand annihilated

From under the gun, Luke Martinelli raised to 10,000 and Alex Lynskey called from the +1 position before the action folded around to Jason Anand who moved all-in for his last 29,000.

Martinelli and Lynskey both called, then both checked their option into a dry sidepot on a flop of QJA before Martinelli bet 20,000 after the turn of the Q.

Lynksey folded, and Martinelli tabled KQ; Anand mucked his hand and walked off before the dealer finished the board with the river 10.

Luke Martinelli355,000
Jason AnandBUSTED!

Au revoir, Ajez

Najeem Ajez has now been confirmed as our latest elimination from this event, felted at the hands of Brian Kim.

Ajez put his tournament life on the line with 99, but lost the flip against Kim’s AQ, despite turning a flush draw on the board of 7A10210.

Brian Kim286,000
Najeem AjezBUSTED!
Najeem Ajez

Crawshaw doubles

The PMA crew picked up action between Hamish Crawshaw and Marley Wynter into a pot of around 43,000 on a board that read 73JK; Wynter led out for 15,000, but Crawshaw shoved for his last 82,000.

Wynter called and turned over K6, but was dominated by Crawshaw’s AK, which held firm after the river J completed the board to give Crawshaw a much-needed double-up.

Hamish Crawshaw207,000
Marley Wynter359,000

Wang wasted

Over on Table 6, the action folded around to Hussein Hassan who raised to 11,000 from the button before Michael Wang jammed for 68,000 from the small blind. Hassan snap-called.

Hassan: 1010
Wang: A7

Board: 3K87K

Hussein Hassan445,000
Michael WangBUSTED!

Show me the money!

We’ve just received word from up on high that the prize pool for this Super High Roller has now officially moved past $1.1 million, with 56 entries (including seven re-entries) already taken in with another three levels remaining before registration closes.

But if you thought those numbers were impressive, we’ve also been advised that the Shane Warne One-Dayer was locked out at 477 entries, giving us a total prize pool of $238,500.

This also means that the admin fees from this tournament – a sum of $23,850 – will be donated to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, and it’s all thanks to the incredible support of the poker community!

Assorted chip counts

Michael Egan709,000
Andy Lee590,000
Ted Hatzakortzian544,000
Mayar Misaghian535,000
Marley Wynter518,000
Ryan Hong507,500
Martin Finger470,000
Aaron Li460,000
Vincent Huang423,000
Gu Gu375,000
Hamish Crawshaw366,000
Hussein Hassan338,000
Andrew Moreno326,000
Gareth Pepper310,500
Dean Boskovic307,000
John Bogdanovski246,000
Sean Ragozzini214,500
Alex Lynskey184,000
Khac-Trung Tran157,000
Chris Tran151,000

Level 7: 3,000/5,000 (5,000)

Let’s eat!

Our players are now on a 45-minute dinner break. Back soon with counts!

Arrivedeche, Amiri

No shortage of action in his Super High Roller affair, with Ehsan Amiri amongst those to have hit the rail in the last-minute carnage witnessed before the dinner break.

In just some of the action we caught before the break, Ted Hatzakortzian moved up past the half-million chip mark after getting his money in after a flop of 734 against Michael Wang, having flopped a set with his 77 against Wang’s KK.

The turn of the 10 was a bit of a sweat, but the river 9 was a blank and allowed Hatzakortzian to score the full double.

Amiri’s demise then came at the hands of Gavin Best in the final hand of this stanza, moving the last of his chips in from early position holding 106, but Best’s 85 rivered a six-high straight, despite Amiri turning two pair on the board of 263104.

Ted Hatzakortzian510,000
Gavin Best305,000
Michael Wang94,000
Ehsan AmiriBUSTED!
Ehsan Amiri

Tran swinging

Khac-Trung Tran has been active during this level, scoring himself a double-up through John Bogdanovski before losing some to Ted Hatzakortzian.

Earlier, Tran got his money in with KK agianst Bogdanovski’s QQ but although Bogdanovski hitting top set on the flop of 6Q9, Tran caught a runner-runner straight after the board completed 10, J!

Some time passed before Tran found himself up against Hatzakortzian, who put himself at risk after a flop of J4K; Tran had paired up with his J-6, but Hatzakortzian, who had been playing blind, turned over K10 for the bigger pair and held as the turn and river bricked 2, 7.

Ted Hatzakortzian260,000
Khac-Trung Tran170,000
John Bogdanovski136,000
Khac-Trung Tran

Wang doubles through Egan

Michael Wang is still holding on after he scored a full double through Michael Egan.

Wang moved the last of his short stack into the middle pre-flop holding K4, and found himself well behind Egan’s AK.

Both players paired up on the 5K3, but incredibly, Wang freerolled to his way to the win after the turn and river ran out 9, 6 to give him the flush!

Michael Wang72,000
Michael Egan395,000

Level 6: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)

Ajez and Li arrive

Najeem Ajez and Aaron Li was amongst those to have arrived late for today’s tournament, with Li having taken a pot off Luke Martinelli as action continues in this Super High Roller Event.

On a flop of 107K, Li opened for 18,000 and Martinelli called before they both checked down the turn and river of A, 4; Li tabled K7 for two pair and Martinelli sent his hand into the muck.

Aaron Li157,000
Luke Martinelli30,000

More chips for Lynskey

After a min-click from Ted Hatzakortzian to 6,000, Jianquo Ruan re-raised before Alex Lynskey came out with a 4-bet worth 40,000. Hatzakortzian called and Ruan mucked, so it was heads-up to a flop of 10JK.

Hatzakortzian check-called Lynskey’s c-bet of 20,000 and then both players checked down the turn and river 6, 5; Hatzakortzian showed 98, but Lynksey’s A9 was best to take it down.

Alex Lynskey380,000
Ted Hatzakortzian84,000
Ted Hatzakortzian

No fuss for ‘Huss’

Hussein Hassan has taken a chunk of change against Alan Zheng in one of the last hands before the clock ticked over to Level 5.

Hassan raised to 6,500 pre-flop and found one caller in Alan Zheng to go heads-up to a flop of QJA. Hassan opened for 5,500 and Zheng called, and the action repeated after Hassan’s bet of 22,000 the turn of the 5 before Hassan opened for 73,000 on the river of the 4.

Zheng called, but quickly mucked after Hassan showed 55 for a turned set.

Hussein Hassan338,000
Alan Zheng268,000

Level 5: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

Hanlon heisted

David Hanlon has been eliminated by Vincent Huang as we head into Level 5 of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller.

Hanlon raised to 6,000 pre-flop before Huang jammed for 240,000, which had Hanlon covered.

Huang: JJ
Hanlon: AK

Board: 284J2

Vincent Huang332,500
David HanlonBUSTED!

Rafferty rakes one in

Over on Table 3, Tom Rafferty came out with a pre-flop raise of 5,500 and action folded around to Ryan Hong who defended his big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 724.

Both players checked their option and did so again after the turn of the 3, and then Hong floated for 8,000 after the river 3. Rafferty called and Hong showed J8 but Rafferty was best with his A10.

Tom Rafferty308,000
Ryan Hong440,000

Finger doubles

Our reporter picked up the action after the dealer had completed a board of 5J3710.

Martin Finger had moved all-in for his last 90,500 and Ted Hatzakortzian had called, however Finger tabled 77 for a turned set to get the full double.

Martin Finger385,000
Ted Hatzakortzian101,000

Assorted chip counts

Michael Egan670,000
Mayar Misaghian500,500
Andy Lee372,000
Ryan Hong349,000
Ehsan Amiri322,500
Alan Zheng322,500
Sean Ragozzini250,500

Level 4: 1,500/2,500 (2,500)

Break time!

Our players are now on their first 10-minute break of the day.

McCully nicked

Josh McCully has been confirmed as our latest elimination from this tournament as we head into the first break of the evening.

McCully got the last of his money in good with KK, but John Bogandovski’s AQ flopped two pair and held on the board of JJA43

Josh McCullyBUSTED!
Josh McCully

Zheng slips

After a pre-flop raise from Michael Wang, the action folded to Alan Zheng who defended his big blind to heads-up to a flop of 109A.

Zheng check-called Wang’s c-bet of 5,000, then both players checked the 6 on the turn before Zheng bet for 32,000 after the river J. Wang called, and then Zheng opened for 32,000 after the river J.

Wang called and showed down K10 formiddle pair, which was best against Zheng’s 63.

Michael Wang135,000
Alan Zheng180,500

More for Misaghian

No shortage of action from Mayar Misaghian, but he’s just given up a sizeable pot to Ryan Hong as action continue .

The pair were heads-up into a pot on a board of 366102, Misaghian fired out 37,000 and Hong called, and then the action repeated after Misaghian’s bet of 79,000 on the river 2.

Misaghian tabled 85 for nothing but air, but Hong’s 86 was best with trips.

Ryan Hong290,000
Mayar Misaghian680,000
Mayar Misaghian

Level 3: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)

Hassan is here

Hussein Hassan and Alex Lynskey have clashed in a pot early as we move into the third level of play.

After a +1 raise of 4,000 from Khac-Trung Tran, the action folded around to Lynskey to called from the button before Hassan re-raised to 24,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and both Tran and Lynskey called to go three-ways to a flop of 8K2.

Hassan then opened for 25,000, Tran folded and Lynskey called before both players checked the turn of the 5, only to then see Lynskey fold after Hassan’s bet of 58,000 after the river 6.

Hussein Hassan318,500
Alex Lynskey185,000
Hussein Hassan

Lim looted

“Well then … that was the quickest $20K I’ve ever spent!”

That was a direct quote from David Lim, who was confirmed as our first elimination from this tournament.

Our reporter picked up the action heads-up between Lim and Mayar Misaghian after a flop of A4K; Misaghian had plonked out a bet of 300,000, which was enough to put Lim all-in.

Lim agonised for several minutes bfore Misaghian piped up: “Come on buddy, let’s go!”

“I’ve got a hand here!” Lim replied.

Another 90 seconds passed before Lim decided to all of his chips at risk.

Lim: KK
Misaghian: 109

“Could I have one of these please?” Lim asked the dealer as he pointed to the four.

Turn: 3.

River: 8.

No mas.

Mayar Misaghian957,000
David LimBUSTED!

Hanlon vs Hatzakortzian

After a UTG raise of 4,000, David Hanlon called before the action folded to Ted Hatzakortzian, who 3-bet to 18,000. The button and blinds got out of the way, and the UTG player and Hanlon both called to go three-handed to 53J.

The UTG and Hanlon checked to Hatzakortzian who led out for 20,000 after the turn of the 5; Hanlon was the only caller, and he then led out for 30,000 after the river 7. Hatzakortzian called, but mucked after Hanlon showed down J10.

David Hanlon245,000
Ted Hatzakortzian75,500
David Hanlon

Level 2: 1,000/1,500 (1,500)

Huang gets one through Finger

More action on Table 3, as Mayzar Misaghian, Vincent Huang and Martin Finger all went into a flop of 399. Huang opened to 8,000, Finger called and Misaghian folded before Huang led out for 16,000 after the turn of the 9.

Finger called again, but proceeded to fold quickly after Huang led out for 25,000 on the river K before the field expanded out to a third table.

Vincent Huang293,000
Martin Finger226,000
Martin Finger

Mayzar mischief

Some early action on Table 3 already, which saw Michael Wang raise to 2,500 with Mayzar Misaghian calling from the cut-off and Haozhe Gan defending the big blind to go three-handed to a flop of KA10.

Gan checked, Misaghian bet 5,000 with both Gan and Wang called before the dealer peeled the turn of the 9.

Gan checked again, Misaghian opened for 18,000, but Wang raised to 38,000, which was called by Misaghian after Gan folded.

After the river 7 Wang checked and Misaghian reached for chips, but Wang quickly folded 1010 face-up, Misaghian returned the favour and showed his 76 for the big bluff early.

The players were all then redrawn straight after that hand, with Jason Anand, Josh McCully and Marley Winter amongst those to have now taken their seats.

Who’s who

It didn’t take long for this tournament to blow up, moving up from five starters at first pitch up to three tables’ worth real quick!

Amongst those to have taken their seats now include Alex Lynksey, Ehsan Amiri, Corey Kempson, Vincent Huang, Tom Rafferty and Martin Finger.

There’s plenty more big names lining up as well, with Ted Hatzakortzian, Luke Martinelli, Sean Ragozzini, Hussein Hassan and Khac-Trung Tran on the alternates list, along with Andrew Moreno and Sosia Jang, who just flew in from Cyprus today.

Shuffle up and deal!

The shoes have been loaded and the cards are now in the air for the 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

Late registration is open until the start of Level 10, and we’ll be playing through a dozen 40-minute levels until we bag and tag tonight.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBB Ante

Level 1: 500/1,000 (1,000)

All to play for

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world – hello and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia‘s live coverage of the WPT Australia series!

Today, we’re bringing you action from Day 1 of the $20,000 buy-in WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller – the biggest buy-in tournament held in this country since the Australian Poker Open was hosted here almost three years ago.

This tournament will no doubt bring in many of the nation’s finest, along with a dash of big international flavour, but today also marks a very special moment in Australian poker history with the inaugural Shane Warne “One-Dayer” Memorial Tournament, now underway here at The Star Gold Coast.

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast

Named in honour of the late, great Aussie cricketing legend and poker aficionado, the $550 buy-in charity event began at 12:23pm, with all players receiving a 23,000 starting stack, and are now playing through 23-minute levels – also a nod to the player number worn by “The King of Spin”.

As well as the lion’s share of the prize pool, tonight’s winner will have their name etched onto a special perpetual trophy, along with a smaller replica which will be theirs to keep.

Most importantly, the One-Dayer is also an opportunity to raise money for charity, with entry fees from today’s event (with a minimum $10,000 guaranteed) being donated to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, who are leading the way in treating and rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.

Lynn Gilmartin at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital (image supplied)

It’s a cause very close to the heart of another one of our great Aussie poker ambassadors: WPT anchor and Australian Poker Hall of Famer, Lynn Gilmartin, who is working closely with the organisation over the last few years in leading fundraising efforts for the recovery of our koala population.

To keep this kind of treatment possible, however, the hospital relies on community efforts. Your contribution – no matter how small – is always appreciated; to find out more and to make a donation today, visit Lynn’s GoFundMe page today.

And for all the action from today’s Super High Roller event, be sure to bookmark PMA on your home screens and keep refreshing as we bring you all the action from 2:30pm AEST. Best of luck to everyone today, and may the flop be with you!

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