David Tang has earned himself the ultimate premiership trophy, etching his name into our nation’s poker folklore after winning the WPT Australia Main Event at The Star Gold Coast.
In his first major tournament appearance since the 2020 Aussie Millions, Tang bested a field of 710 entries, defeating China’s Po Ho heads-up for the first WPT Main Tour event ever hosted on Aussie soil.
Remarkably, this moment in Australian poker history almost didn’t eventuate for Tang, who had considered pulling the pin on attending the series for reasons that arguably only those from the state of Victoria could relate to.
“I was actually gonna cancel my flights here because I wanted to watch the [AFL] Grand Final,” Tang revealed to WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin during his post-match interview, “but [the airline] wouldn’t give us a refund on our flights.”
“Luckily it all worked out!”
In addition to his $647,470 payday, which includes a USD $10,400 entry into the upcoming WPT World Championship at The Wynn Las Vegas, in December, Tang also receives return airfare and accommodation at Wynn Encore.
Tang also becomes the third Aussie player in the brand’s 20-year history to be crowned a WPT Champion, his name now immortalised upon the Mike Sexton Cup alongside Australian Poker Hall of Famers Joe Hachem and Mel Judah.
WPT AUSTRALIA MAIN EVENT ($5,400 buy-in, 710 entries, 89 players paid)*
|6th||Darren (De Kun) Li||Australia||$133,025|
For the full final table replay, live updates and full payout results from the WPT Australia Main Event, log onto worldpokertour.com.
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