LIVE REPORTING: WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller Day 2

Congratulations Marley Wynter ($430,919), WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller Champion!

Marley Wynter has broken through for his biggest career score to date, taking down the WPT 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

The bombastic Launceston grinder, who now calls Brisbane home, topped a star-studded field of 63 runners to pocket $430,919, which is almost 100 times larger than his previous best score of $4,500 at the APT Sydney Goliath earlier this year.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the wake of his victory, Wynter praised The Star Gold Coast and the WPT for their efforts in hosting the series.

“Full credit to Danny (McDonagh) and the team here from WPT and Star, they’re doing such a great job!” Wynter said. “That was a good field, like a really good field – and the guy I was heads-up with [Khac-Trung Tran], really good, really good.”

Wynter had not originally planned to play in this tournament unless it got at least 20 players, but once the entries started filing in on Day 1, he decided to jump in.

“It’s good to see a really big tournament like this in Australia,” Marley said. “Normally you have to go overseas for something like this, so to see prize pools like this are insane!”

Wynter is also optimistic that his home state of Tasmania is now primed for even more action, given that the Apple Isle is now seeing more major events being established, particularly through the APL Poker Tour and the Bullets Poker League offerings: “Many people said Tassie was too small for two or three brands, but I think there’s room, and there’s definitely a lot of good players.”

Wynter now plans to play the WPT Australia Main Event as well as the $10,000 High Roller, but as Wynter pointed out, it’s simply moving onto the next one.

“For all the credit people want to give you, that tournament’s over and you’re now starting another … time to start from scratch and just keep playing.”

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast

WPT AUSTRALIA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER HIGH ROLLER ($20,000 buy-in, 63 entries, eight players paid)

PlaceNameCountryAmount
1stMarley WynterAustralia$430,919
2ndKhac-Trung TranAustralia$253,166
3rdAaron LiAustralia$158,603
4thBrian KimAustralia$107,730
5thJames MendozaAustralia$83,790
6thDaniel HachemAustralia$65,835
7thMichael EganAustralia$53,865
8thCheng GuAustralia$43,092

And so another WPT Australia event is all wrapped up! PMA will now be bringing you social media updates, images and daily articles of the Main Event, thanks to our partners at the World Poker Tour, before we return on Monday to bring you live updates of Day 2 of the Mini Main Event, before closing out with Day 2 of the High Roller on Tuesday.

Be sure to follow us here at pokermedia.com.au and on all of our socials for all that’s happening on and around the felt here at the WPT Australia series, as well as everything that’s happening all throughout the Aussie poker scene.

Thanks again for joining us, and until next time, from all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, it’s ‘bye for now!


Khac-Trung Tran eliminated in 2nd place ($253,166)

The WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller is now officially in the books, with the final hand of the night having been played out just before 9:15pm local time.

After a button raise from Marley Wynter to 250,000, Khac-Trung Tran called from the big blind and then both players checked the flop of 1065.

Tran then checked to Wynter after the turn of the 8; Wynter bet 800,000 and Tran called before the dealer produced the river 8.

Wynter open-shoved and Tran tanked for almost three minutes before he made a crying call.

Tran: Q10
Wynter: 86

A full house for Wynter, which confirmed Tran as our runner-up, but more importantly, we now have ourselves a champion!

Khac-Trung TranBUSTED!
Khac-Trung Tran

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official – the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller is in the books! PokerMedia Australia will be back shortly to wrap this up – stick around and we’ll be right back.


Tran feels the Wynter chill

Khac-Trung Tran has taken a big hit in this heads-up battle for the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller as we head into the 21st level of play.

Wynter raised to 300,000 from the button and Wynter called before the dealer spread a flop of J108. Tran then led out for 300,000 and Wynter called before Tran bet 600,000 on the turn of the 2.

Wynter smooth-called, which prompted the dealer to peel out the river 6. Tran then fired a third shell worth 800,000 and Wynter called, turning over 97 for a flopped straight to scoop the pot.

Marley Wynter11,250,000
Khac-Trung Tran4,500,000

Level 21: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)

Aaron Li eliminated in 3rd place ($158,603)

We are now officially heads-up for the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller title after Aaron Li was eliminated in third place!

Li came out with a button raise worth 200,000 before Khac-Trung Tran re-raised to 500,000 from the small blind; Marley Wynter folded his big blind, Li shoved and Trung snap-called.

Tran: KK
Li: 33

Board: 4Q795

Marley Wynter9,400,000
Khac-Trung Tran6,350,000
Aaron LiBUSTED!
Aaron Li

Wynter is coming

Marley Wynter has extended his chip lead at this final table, now up past 9 million in chips as three-handed action continues.

Khac-Trung Tran min-raised to 200,000 from the button and Wynter called from the small blind before Aaron Li folded on the big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 2J2.

Wynter opened for 275,000 and Tran called, and then Wynter led out 300,000 after the turn of the 4, which prompted a raise of 1,000,000 straight from Tran.

Wynter called, and both players then checked the river 3; Wynter tabled J10 for two pair, which was enough to take it down.

Marley Wynter9,300,000
Khac-Trung Tran3,500,000
Aaron Li2,950,000

Brian Kim eliminated in 4th place ($107,730)

Down to three players in the Super High Roller now, after the elimination of Brian Kim in fourth place.

Khac-Trung Tran folded from first position and Marley Wynter raised to 300,000 from the button before Kim jammed from the small blind for his last 3.125 million. Aaron Li folded his big blind and the remaining players went to showdown.

Wynter: JJ
Kim: 55

No change to the outcome after the board was spread 94633, and thus Kim was our first player to pocket a six-figure sum from this tournament.

Marley Wynter7,950,000
Brian KimBUSTED!
Brian Kim

James Mendoza eliminated in 5th place ($83,790)

Our final four players are now being moved onto the feature table after James Mendoza was felted in fifth place at the hands of Marley Wynter.

Action folded to Mendoza who completed his small blind before Wynter made it 300,000 to go from the big blind. Mendoza shoved for 2.325 million and Wynter insta-called.

Wynter: JJ
Mendoza: A4

Board: 39K8Q

Marley Wynter4,825,000
Khac-Trung Tran4,800,000
Brian Kim3,850,000
Aaron Li2,275,000
James MendozaBUSTED!
James Mendoza

Daniel Hachem eliminated in 6th place ($65,835)

We’re now down to six players at this final, after Daniel Hachem was sent to the rail in sixth place.

Khac-Trung Tran raised from the +1 position to 200,000 and action folded around to Hachem who defended his big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 8AJ.

Hachem checked to Tran who opened for 250,000 and Hachem called before checking his option again after the turn of the J.

Tran fired out 300,000, Hachem check-raised all-in and Tran snap-called.

Tran: KJ
Hachem: Q10

Hachem missed the double-gutter after the river 7 completed the board, bringing his run in this Super High Roller tournament to an end.

Khac-Trung Tran4,600,000
Daniel HachemBUSTED!
Daniel Hachem

Level 20: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)

Glee for Li

Another all-in-and-call at this final table, with Aaron Li doubling through James Mendoza just as the blinds ticked over into Level 20.

The action folded to Li who ripped in his last 1.1 million from the button holding A8 before Mendoza called out of the big blind with K10.

Li then hit top-top on the flop of 248, which went on to make to pair as the turn and river repeated 3, 3.

Aaron Li2,300,000
James Mendoza2,700,000

Michael Egan eliminated in 7th place ($53,865)

Michael Egan has departed the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller in seventh place after having busted at the hands of James Mendoza.

After a pre-flop min-click to 160,000 from Khac-Trung Tran, Mendoza quickly ripped in his remaining 995,000. Mendoza snap-called and the others got out of the way before the cards were tabled.

Mendoza: AA
Egan: 77

The board of Q2352 was clean for Mendoza, and Egan headed to the cage to collect his $53K payday.

James Mendoza3,900,000
Michael EganBUSTED!
Michael Egan

Mendoza doubles

Brian Kim has taken another to his stack after James Mendoza won a crucial flip to double up at this final table.

Again, all the money was in pre-flop, with Mendoza at-risk against Kim.

Kim: 66
Mendoza: AQ

Board: 7Q725

James Mendoza3,900,000
Brian Kim3,730,000

Wynter time

Another double-up at this Super High Roller final table, with Marley Wynter coming out best against Michael Egan.

After Egan min-clicked to 160,000, Wynter jammed holding AA and Egan called, flopping two pair with his 85 after it came down 578.

Egan kept his lead after the turn of the J, but Wynter scored top set with the river A to double through.

Marley Wynter1,325,000
Michael Egan1,100,000

Kim takes a hit

In one of the first hands after the dinner break, Daniel Hachem scored a double-up through Brian Kim.

From under the gun, Kim raised to 160,000 and the action folded around to Hachem who moved all-in for 885,000. Kim called and showed down A7, but Hachem rolled up AK and coasted through to a full double after flushing on the board of 8649J.

Daniel Hachem1,970,000
Brian Kim6,080,000

Level 19: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)

Dinner time!

Our players are now on a 45-minute dinner break. Time to get some chippies!

Brian Kim6,125,000
Aaron Li2,980,000
James Mendoza1,760,000
Khac-Trung Tran1,700,000
Michael Egan1,540,000
Daniel Hachem885,000
Marley Wynter835,000

Egan back in it

The pace of play at this final table has slowed somewhat, but Michael Egan has found another double-up in the lead-up to the dinner break.

Egan ripped in his last 620,000 pre-flop holding KJ and managed to hook up on the turn against James Mendoza’s 1010 after the dealer spread the board of 768J3.

Michael Egan1,400,000
James Mendoza1,750,000

Wynter frozen

Another double-up from Daniel Hachem, who has taken a big chunk out of Marley Wynter’s stack.

The action folded to Wynter who raised to 140,000 from the button before Hachem announcedK that he was all-in. Wynter called and showed down K10, but Hachem dominated with his AK, with no change to either hand after the board ran out 87395.

Daniel Hachem975,000
Marley Wynter950,000

Egan elevates

Michael Egan has found a timely triple-up as the clock ticked over into Level 18.

Play folded around to Egan who jammed his last 185,000 into the middle from the cut-off; Mendoza called from the button, as did Brian Kim from the big blind before both players checked through the board of 341049.

Egan then tabled AJ, which was enough to take it down as the others mucked.

Brian Kim4,700,000
James Mendoza2,220,000
Michael Egan645,000

Level 18: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)

Cheng Gu eliminated in 8th place ($43,092)

Cheng Gu has become the first player to cash out from the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller, eliminated by Aaron Li.

The action folded around to Li who open-shoved from the small blind with 73, but although he trailed Gu’s Q9, the flop and turn of 5226 gave Li a ton of outs, of which the river 7 was one of them.

Gu smiled wryly as he stood up and left the tournament area.

“That was a sick river card!” said Marley Wynter.

“Suck turn card, actually,” Li replied. “It’s a good Blackjack hand, that’s for sure!”

Aaron Li3,565,000
Cheng GuBUSTED!
Cheng Gu

Double for Mendoza

James Mendoza has himself found a double-up through Brian Kim.

After Mendoza opened to 100,000 from the button, the action passed to Kim in the big blind, who slammed down a stack of blue T25,000 chips over the line, and was enough to put Mendoza all-in. Mendoza short-called.

Mendoza: 88
Kim: QJ

The board of 6104K2 improved neither hand, and Mendoza earned the full double.

James Mendoza2,130,000
Brian Kim4,445,000

Double for Daniel

Daniel Hachem has just doubled through James Mendoza as play continues at this final table.

The action folded around to Hachem who open-shoved from the lojack for 560,000; play then passed to Mendoza who called out of the big blind.

Mendoza: A8
Hachem: KQ

Board: 4Q239

Daniel Hachem1,145,000
James Mendoza680,000

Sean Ragozzini eliminated in 9th place

Having come into the final table as the short stack, Sean Ragozzini jammed all of what he had left from the button before Brian Kim called him out of the big blind.

Ragozzini was at risk with his KJ against Kim’s Q10; both players then paired up on the flop of JQA, but Kim turned Broadway after the dealer peeled out the K.

Needing any King or Jack to survive, Ragozzini was confirmed as our bubble in ninth place after the 2 bricked out on the river.

Brian Kim4,650,000
Sean RagozziniBUSTED!
Sean Ragozzini

Level 17: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

Break it up!

Our players are now on a 10-minute break.


Tran draws first blood

In one of the first hands at this final table for the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller, Khac-Trung Tran has taken a chunk of change off the initial final table chip leader, Brian Kim. 

After Kim raised from middle position to 85,000, the action folded to Tran who defended his big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 2KK.

Tran check-called after Kim’s c-bet of 60,000, Tran making the call and the action repeated after Kim’s bet of 130,000 on the turn of the 10 before both players checked the river J.

Tran showed down AK for trips and Kim sent his hand into the muck.

Khac-Trung Tran3,140,000
Brian Kim3,850,000

Image courtesy of The Star Gold Coast

WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller final table*

Our players have already re-drawn and are now back into action. Without further ado, here is your final nine of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

SeatNameCountryChips
1Sean RagozziniAustralia555,000
2Marley WynterAustralia1,340,000
3Brian KimAustralia4,150,000
4Daniel HachemAustralia700,000
5Aaron LiAustralia1,180,000
6Cheng GuAustralia1,935,000
7Khac-Trung TranAustralia2,750,000
8Michael EganAustralia900,000
9James MendozaAustralia1,425,000
*Unofficial chip counts

Sandaev sent packing

Joe Sandev has bowed out of the WPT 20th Anniversary Super High Roller, narrowly missing another final table.

After tangling earlier in a pot and losing a considerable piece of his stack against Michael Egan, Sandaev got it all in with K10, but was called by Sean Ragozzini out of the big blind with A8

Sandaev was then confirmed as the final table bubble, as the board ran out Q6Q63.

Sean Ragozzini4,100,000
Joe SandaevBUSTED!
Joe Sandaev

Kim on a rampage

Brian Kim has taken another player off the felt as we draw closer to the final table of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller.

Kim opened from under the gun for 80,000 and the action folded around to Andy Lee who shoved from the small blind. Kim quickly displayed his AK, with Lee asking the dealer for no flush as he showed the J10.

The board ran clean for Kim, as it came 347AK to move him up to more than 4 million in chips.

Brian Kim4,100,000
Andy LeeBUSTED!
Andy Lee

Goodbye Vincent 

With a raise from late position, Brian Kim found himself calling the all-in shove of 550,000 from Vincent Huang. 

The flop of 848 left Huang’s A10 drawing effectively dead to Kim’s A8, and the turn and river K, A sealed the deal.

Brian Kim3,220,000
Vincent HuangBUSTED!
Vincent Huang

Tran takes Finger

Our reporter picked up the action heads-up between Martin Finger and Khac-Trung Tran into a flop of 85J; Finger bet 70,000 into a pot of 240,000, but Tran raised to 220,000. Finger made the call, which then prompted the dealer to peel out the turn of the K

Finger moved all-in. Tran took some time before eventually calling, turning over J7, ahead of Finger who rolled up Q10.

Finger hit the rail after the river 10 completed the board.

Khac-Trung Tran1,700,000
Martin FingerBUSTED!
Martin Finger

Hyung out

Hyung Kim has been felted at the hands of James Mendoza in 16th place.

Kim opened from late position to 300,000, leaving 85,000 behind. James Mendoza called, making it heads-up to the flop of 1078

Kim then shoved the remainder of his stack in s stack and was met with a snap-call from Mendoza.

Kim:A3
Mendoza: KQ

Kim soared further ahead with the turn of the A, however the river J gave Mendoza the straight. 

James Mendoza2,110,000
Hyung KimBUSTED!
Hyung Kim

Level 16: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Tran trips up Kim

Khac-Trung Tran has scored a crucial double through Brian Kim as we had into the 16th level of play.

Trung open-shoved for his last 405,000 and Kim called, which took us to another heads-up showdown; Tran turned over K9 and found himself in a fair fight against AQ.

Both players paired upon the flop of K7Q and Tran then picked up more outs with the 4 on the turn, however the river K was plenty good to take it down.

Khac-Trung Tran860,000
Brian Kim735,000

So long, Hong

Ryan Hong has hit the rail, taken down by James Mendoza despite an earlier double-up through Andy Lee.

Having been cut back in an earlier hand, Hong moved the last of his money from the button before the flop with KJ, but although Lee picked up the flush draw on fourth street with the board that read A774, the 3 fell on the river, resulting in Hong doubling up to 270,000.

Hong then jammed them over the line again in the very next hand and Mendoza made the call.

Mendoza: QJ
Hong: J10

Board: 10A4AQ. Suck-re-suck!

James Mendoza1,725,000
Andy Lee1,210,000
Ryan HongBUSTED!
Ryan Hong

Mendoza mops up Mazyar

Having just been smashed by Martin Finger in an earlier hand, Mazyar open-shoved for his last 80,000 from the button but got a quick call from James Mendoza out of the small blind.

Mendoza: A9
Mazyar: K7

Board: 56AQ9

And with that, we said goodbye to Misaghian, who has been very entertaining during the course of this tournament, to say the least!

James Mendoza1,320,000
Mazyar MisaghianBUSTED!
Mazyar Misaghian

Finger lookin’ good

Martin Finger has just scored a big double-up and in the process has decimated Mazyar Misaghian’s stack.

Action folded around to Finger who raised to 60,000 from early position before Misaghian jammed from the big blind with AQ, but Finger beat him into the pot and quickly turned up AK.

Finger then went on to river the nut flush after the dealer spread a board of 7562Q.

Martin Finger1,345,000
Mazyar Misaghian100,000

Final 16

Table 3

SeatNameChips
1Sean Ragozzini1,125,000
2Daniel Hachem575,000
3Cheng Gu730,000
4Joseph Sandaev1,375,000
5Aaron Li1,750,000
6Marley Wynter785,000
7Hyung Kim715,000
8Michael Egan1,075,000

Table 4

SeatNameChips
1Brian Kim935,000
2Martin Finger650,000
3Vincent Huang610,000
4Ryan Hong1,450,000
5Khac-Trung Tran650,000
6Andy Lee1,175,000
7Mazyar Misaghian835,000
8James Mendoza1,280,000

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

Break time!

Our remaining 16 players are now on their first 10-minute break of the day. We’ll have the full re-draw and counts for you shortly.


Robertson robbed

Our Super High Roller field was reduced down to two tables after the elimination of Cameron Robertson.

In the last few minutes before the first break, Cameron Robertson jammed his last 350,000 in from the big blind after Ryan Hong open-shoved out of the small blind.

Robertson rolled over A5 and found himself ahead of Hong’s Q8; Robertson then extended his lead after the flop of 102A, but remarkably, the turn and river ran out K, J to give Hong a run-on Broadway!

Ryan Hong1,500,000
Cameron RobertsonBUSTED!
Cameron Robertson

Kim possible

Two more double-ups during this level, with Brian Kim and Marley Wynter the beneficiaries as action continues in the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller.

Earlier, Kim put his last 240,000 at risk with J10 after a flop of 794, but although he initially trailed the AK of Vincent Huang, Kim spiked two pair as the turn and river came running J, 10.

Winter then shoved for his remaining chips pre-flop with 96, but flopped second pair and held on the board of 4Q95K against Sean Ragozzini, who had called with AJ.

Sean Ragozzini1,100,000
Marley Wynter810,000
Brian Kim665,000
Vincent Huang510,000

May the fours be with you

Cameron Robertson has scored himself a double-up in convincing fashion through Martin Finger, getting his money in with with a jam pre-flop and a snap call by Martin Finger.

Finger: QQ
Robertson: 44

Robertson flopped bottom set and then rivered quads on the board of 107454.

Cameron Robertson335,000
Martin Finger575,000

Li on the double

Aaron Li has doubled up through Mazyar Misaghian as the action continues in this Super High Roller event.

All the money went into the middle after a flop of [invalid notations] was presented; Li showed KK into Misaghian’s AK, with no real sweat for Li as the turn 6 and the river 4 completed the board to give Li the full double..

Aaron Li1,860,000
Mazyar Misaghian960,000

Level 14: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)

Ragozzini on the rise

Despite two big double-ups earlier, Michael Wang has been eliminated at the hands of Sean Ragozzini.

Action folded to Wang who open-shoved for his last 400,000 effective from the button with 66, however Ragozzini woke up with 99 and made the bigger two pair on the board of A83108.

Sean Ragozzini1,100,000
Michael WangBUSTED!
Michael Wang

Ehsan’s swansong

Ryan Hong has moved up to 1.5 million in chips after he took out Ehsan Amiri.

Action folded to Hong on Table 2, who raised to 40,000 from the hijack; Amiri jammed his last 130,000 in from the big blind and Hong snap-called.

Hong: AK
Amiri: A5

Board: K9Q97

Ryan Hong1,500,000
Ehsan AmiriBUSTED!
Ehsan Amiri

Martinelli licked

Back over on Table 3, Aaron Li min-raised to 40,000 and found two callers in Vincent Huang from the cut-off, as well as Luke Martinelli from the big blind to go three-handed to a flop of 6QA.

Martinelli then open-shoved, but Li isolated to force Huang out of the way before the cards were tabled.

Li: JJ
Martinelli: 77

Down to just two outs, Martinelli whiffed as the board completed 8, 10.

Aaron Li1,675,000
Vincent Huang615,000
Luke MartinelliBUSTED!
Luke Martinelli

Trevallion taken out

Over on Table 2, the action folded around to Alex Trevallion who open-shoved for his last 245,000 from middle position holding KQ, however Sean Ragozzini woke up with AQ from the big blind and quickly called.

Trevallion picked up his bag and calmly walked away after the dealer spread a board of 64337.

Sean Ragozzini580,000
Alex TrevallionBUSTED!
Alex Trevallion

Wang goes bang

Two successive double-ups for Michael Wang have seen him rocket up the counts in the early stages of this level.

In earlier action on Table 4, action folded around to Wang who moved all-in for his last 115,000; Sean Ragozzini was the only caller out of the big blind.

Ragozzini: A6
Wang: J8

Board: 732J5

Then in the very next hand, Wang ripped them in after a pre-flop raise from Martin Finger and found himself miles ahead with his AA against Finger’s AJ, which held as the board was spread 3J792.

Martin Finger675,000
Michael Wang570,000
Sean Ragozzini295,000

Huss bust

We’ve just had our first player eliminated from Day 2 of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller.

Out on Table 3, action folded to Luke Martinelli who min-raised to 40,000 from the hijack. Hussein Hassan defended his big blind and left himself with just 5,000 behind, which he flicked into the middle immediately after the flop was spread Q25. Martinelli quickly called and tabled Q10.

“Oh, you sucked out on me!” Hassan cried as he threw down his K9

Martinelli’s pair held firm after the turn and river bricked 3, 8.

Luke Martinelli470,000
Hussein HassanBUSTED!
Hussein Hassan

Shuffle up and deal!

Play is now underway for Day 2 of the WPT Australia 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

We’ll now be playing through 60-minute levels, and right through until we have ourselves a winner tonight.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBB Ante
1310,00020,00020,000
1415,00025,00025,000
1515,00030,00030,000
1620,00040,00040,000
1725,00050,00050,000
1830,00060,00060,000
1940,00080,00080,000
2050,000100,000100,000
2175,000125,000125,000
2275,000150,000150,000
23100,000200,000200,000
24125,000250,000250,000

Level 13: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

The chase is on!

Good morning and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia’s Live Reporting coverage of the WPT 20th Anniversary Super High Roller!

The prize pool for this $20,000 buy-in event blew away all expectations yesterday, with 63 entries taken in to give us a total prize pool just shy of $1.2 million. 22 runners have returned today and are eyeing off the top prize of $430,919. With the average chip count at 38 big blinds, players are deep enough to steady themselves as they stake their claim for the silverware.

Coming back in as chip leader is Andy Lee (1,835,000); he’s joined by other big notables including Daniel Hachem (955,000), Sean Ragozzini (585,000) and Martin Finger (980,000), along with $2,500 8-Max Champion Joe Sandaev (695,000), who will no doubt be looking to protect his lead in the WPT Australia Player of the Festival points race.

That’s not all we have in store though, as today also marks the opening of the $5,400 buy-in WPT Australia Main Event, which is expected to draw another large crowd.

Coincidentally, the start of the Big Dance also lands on what would have been Mike Sexton’s 75th birthday. No doubt that Mike is here with us in spirit, as the players eye off the coveted Mike Sexton Cup and earn their place in poker history.

PMA will be offering social media coverage for the Main Event, with live updates available through our friends at the World Poker Tour, plus live streaming of the final table next Tuesday.

Stay with us for all the updates from the Super High Roller from 11:15am AEST and right up until the final river falls!


Day 2 seat draw

Play will resume at 11:15am AEST, with recommencing blinds at 10,000/20,000 (20,000). Please ensure you bring your photo ID and Star Club Card with you for verification of your bag, and if you have any queries regarding your seat allocation, please approach staff at Star Poker Gold Coast. Good luck, all!

Table 2

PMA IDSeatNameChips
02011Cameron Robertson410,000
02022Martin Finger980,000
02033Michael Wang165,000
02044Alexander Trevallion295,000
02055Khac-Trung Tran320,000
02066Ehsan Amiri170,000
02077Sean Ragozzini585,000
02088Ryan Hong1,140,000

Table 3

PMA IDSeatNameChips
03011Aaron Li810,000
03022Brian Kim1,085,000
03033Hussein Hassan65,000
03044Michael Egan1,185,000
03055
03066Mazyar Misaghian935,000
03077Hyung Kim655,000
03088Luke Martinelli410,000

Table 4

PMA IDSeatNameChips
04011Marley Wynter300,000
04022Cheng Gu520,000
04033James Mendoza1,700,000
04044Andy (Hun Wei) Lee1,835,000
04055
04066Vincent Huang530,000
04077Daniel Hachem955,000
04088Joseph Sandaev695,000

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