LIVE REPORTING: WPT League Championship Sydney Main Event Day 1D

Level 8: 1,000/1,500 (1,500)

It just didn’t seem G-rael

“It just didn’t seem real.”

Those were the words from Michael Doumani after calling Grael Won’s bluff on the river.

We caught the action after the board had completed 4A574. Grael Won had raised pre-flop from UTG and now had raised a river bet from Doumani in the big blind.

Doumani tanked for around two minutes, verbalising his thoughts. At once stage he noted that Won “doesn’t look like a bluffer.”

Regardless, despite the Ace-high board, Doumani made the call with JJ to see he had the winner against Won’s 106.

Number crunching

As the players take an extended break for dinner, let’s eye out some of the bigger stacks forming at the halfway mark of the flight.

It’s Swann opening his wings this flight, surging to the chip lead amongst the biggest field yet.

Lauchlan Swann215,000
Andreas Vasiliou198,000
Fereydoun Azar188,000
Michael Doumani175,000
Uno Uka162,000
Vincent Wong155,000
Grael Won152,000

Level 7: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Murphy’s lore

Austin Murphy had dwindled down to less than 10,000 in his stack, and decided to employ the strategy of going all-in without looking.

Just before the break, he did just that, running into Sammy Salha, who quickly called with A6.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Murphy awoke to AK.

He held on a clean runout of 103109Q to hand him a double-up to stay in the game.

Austin Murphy22,000
Sammy Salha46,000

Level 6: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Swann dives all-in

Lauchlan Swann picked up a double thanks to Afa Tuionuku.

On a board of 26KK, Tuionuku had bet 7,000 on the flop and after being called, he continued on the turn for 7,500. Just as Swann had begun his thought process, Tuionuku accidentally flicked up one of his cards, revealing to the table the A.

Swann dove in, without hesitating, and jammed over the top for an addition 32,700.

Tuionuku decided to “gamble” and make the call.

Swann: AQ
Tuionuku: AJ

The river came the 5, bricking out for Tuionuku and handing Swann a double-up to keep him afloat.

Lauchlan Swann99,000

Level 5: 400/800 (800)

Zhang goes bang

George Zhang barrelled two streets against Tony Schlemon on a board that resulted in a 106A9J display.

On the river, Schlemon bet into Zhang for a total of 7,700. Zhang responded with a raise, bumping it up to 23,000. Schlemon agonised before folding.

Schlemon was then given the choice by Zhang to pick one of his two hole cards to reveal, and the one that was shown was the 7.

George Zhang64,200

Tales from Table 1

With the Pavilion Poker Room packed, PokerMedia Australia has turned to providing table dealing services to keep a clear alternates list help provide reprieve for the fantastic dealer crew here at St Johns Park.

Luckily, we still managed to pick up some action that took place.

Afa Tuionuku lead on all three-streets against Tony Schlemon. Betting 2,200, 5,500, and 11,000 on the flop, turn, and river respectively. Schlemon pondered for a few minutes before making the call.

Tuionuku turned over his KK and was good.

Level 4: 300/600 (600)

Fraser blazes Wong

A four-bet jam on Table 3 saw Michael Fraser all-in and at risk versus Vincent Wong.

Wong: KK
Fraser: QQ

The flop of 7109 didn’t provide Fraser with the Queen his was looking for, but the turn card did.

The runout followed with Q,3 to cruel Wong of a chance to form as the table big stack, allowing Fraser to stay in the game.

Michael Fraser66,000
Vincent Wong48,900

Nasab knocked

Seyed Nasab has taken his seat for an early re-entry after being eliminated by Peter Kassiotes.

We caught the action with a completed board showing J8A27.

Kassiotes: K5
Nasab: A4

The all-in and call took place on the river and the short stacked Kassiotes gained a double-up from the slightly shorter stacked Nasab.

Peter Kassiotes56,000
Seyed NasabBUSTED!

Level 3: 200/400 (400)

Luo goes higher

After losing a chunk of his stack in the first hand we reported today, Louis Luo has claimed some chips back from Andreas Vasiliou.

Pre-flop action saw an open from Luo to 2,100, Vasiliou responded with a raise to 10,000 and Luo moved all-in for 26,800 total and was called.

Vasiliou: “I put you on Ace-king”

Vasiliou: AK
Luo: 44

Board: 56107K

If the four-card flush wasn’t enough, the King on the river made sure to add extra salt into the wound!

Louis Luo54,400
Andreas Vasiliou92,000

Level 2: 200/300

Smile, you’re on camera

Our photographer is doing the rounds again, picking up both new and familiar faces across pits 1 and 2 here at St Johns Park Bowling Club.

Strife of Brian

For just the second hand of the day for Table 10, there was plenty of action.

We caught the action from the flop with five players involved in the hand.

The board showed 286 when Louis Luo lead for 2,000 from the big blind gaining four callers to the 10 turn. Luo lead once more for 10,000 gaining two folds before Brian Walsh jammed from the button.

Andreas Vasiliou tanked before making the call from the small blind, leaving Luo to make an agonising fold, showing 86.

Vasiliou: 102
Walsh: 95

River: K

Vasiliou picked up a huge early pot whilst Walsh was left with exactly 900 in chips that was later taken by George Psarras, Walsh unable to win with QJ against Psarras’ K9 on 10K362.

Andreas Vasiliou116,200
George Psarras52,000
Louis Luo33,000
Brain WalshBUSTED!
Brian Walsh

Level 1: 100/200

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