A thirst for first: Kenny Wang breaks drought in WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Mystery Bounty

After being relegated to another runner-up finish against best mate Sheng Ye in the $5K High Roller, Kenny Wang has finally broken through for his biggest tournament victory in the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Mystery Bounty Event.

The Sydneysider topped a record-breaking field of of 692 total entries to cash out more than $97,000 in first-place prize money and a swag of bounties, defeating Mark Montague heads-up for his first WSOP Circuit ring and has now qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas next year.

It’s already been a great year for Wang, who also finished runner-up in the record-breaking APL Million Main Event at Southport Sharks in August for $264,595 – his biggest career tournament score to date – but it was abundantly clear from the start of the final table that he wasn’t accepting anything less than first.

“These last couple of months … I’ve always come second,” Wang told PokerMedia Australia, “and I admit I was a little bit upset, but I talked with my mate Peter and he said ‘you’re gonna get a ring’.  Now, finally … I have one.  It’s amazing!”

2022 WSOP CIRCUIT MYSTERY BOUNTY – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,350 buy-in, 692 entries, 95 players paid)*

1stKenny WangAustralia$97,256
2ndMark MontagueAustralia$60,108
3rdMark BainAustralia$44,087
4thSiana O’LoughlinAustralia$32,757
5thShem GoltzAustralia$24,591
6thCharbel BoustaniAustralia$18,705
7thJoe SandaevAustralia$14,407
8thAsh ChynowethAustralia$11,237
9thAlex LeeSingapore$8,877
*Full results available at starpoker.com.au

The final table of the Mystery Bounty also featured reigning WPT Australia Player of the Festival Joe Sandaev, Singaporean sensation Alex Lee and Mark Bain, who was fortunate enough to draw the biggest Grand Bounty prize ever to date ($65,500).

PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage continues tomorrow (Friday) with Day 1B of the WSOP Circuit Main Event; be sure also to check out our updates from Day 1A of the Main Event, and follow us on our socials as we bring you all the action from on and around the Aussie felt.

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