The South Australian bagged up 574,500 in chips, followed by Darren Li on 528,500, with Tom Maguire (526,000), Glen Parkes (463,500) and Chris Colaneri (446,500) completing the top five out of the 63 survivors that advanced to Day 2 on Sunday.
During his post-match interview with PokerMedia Australia, Ye revealed that he has only been playing poker for about two years; in that time, ‘Mata’ has already amassed more than $100,000 in live tournament cashes, including victory in the $1,150 buy-in High Roller at the Matchroom Poker Challenge, and a final table appearance in the WPT Australia $10K High Roller, also hosted at The Star Gold Coast.
And coincidentally, the 24-year-old shares the same surname as Day 1A chip leader and WSOP $5K High Roller Champion, Sheng Ye, who like Zhifan is also a self-confessed “cash game specialist”.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST MAIN EVENT – DAY 1B CHIP COUNTS (326 entries, 63 survivors)
|Zhifan ‘Mata’ Ye||574,500|
|Tu Christopher Tran||255,000|
|Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros||42,500|
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