Free-for-all: Mata Ye leads after epic Day 2 of WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event

A massive day of action at The Star Gold Coast has ended with Zhifan ‘Mata’ Ye in the headlines once more after he ended Day 2 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Gold Coast Main Event.

After bagging up the chip lead at the end of Day 1B two nights ago, the relative newcomer topped the counts again with 3,235,000, followed very closely by Karam Bahi, who caught a late rush at the feature table to finish second overall with 3,065,000. Po Hu (2,285,000), Adrian Sportelli (2,120,000) and Noman Mirza (1,965,000) rounded out the top five.

From the moment the cards were in the air, there was non-stop action right through until the final four tables were reached, with the money bubble bursting halfway through the second level.

As documented in PokerMedia Australia’s Live Reporting blog, Michael Rattigan was awarded the dubious honour after being eliminated by Slav Rypinksi, with both players getting all their chips into the middle after the turn on a board of J81037, with Rypinski taking the pot down holding K10 against Rattigan, who missed his gut-shot straight draw with AQ.

Slav Rypinski

Other notables from the 34 survivors to have bagged through to Day 3 included Natalia Rozova, Jonathan Levy, Micheal Hill and Jai Duffy, along with Day 1A chip leader Sheng Ye, who is now in contention for a second ring this series after winning the $5K High Roller last Monday. Together, they will all return to battle it out for the coveted Jostens gold ring and a top prize of $386,542.


Zhifan ‘Mata’ Ye3,235,000
Karam Bahi3,065,000
Po Hu2,285,000
Adrian Sportelli2,120,000
Noman Mirza1,965,000
Tu Le1,865,000
Sheng Ye1,775,000
Jai Duffy1,600,000
Michael Hill1,525,000
Jonathon Levy1,485,000
Glen Parkes1,465,000
Natalia Rozova1,465,000
Justin Lai1,215,000
Todor Kondevski1,165,000
Adam Cusenza1,130,000
Phat Nguyen1,095,000
Lloyd Locsin1,085,000
Jarrod Thatcher1,065,000
Jessy Song1,020,000
Brian Walsh930,000
Michael Sleiman895,000
Joel Dodds875,000
Kelvin Li815,000
Jin Li755,000
Hussein Hassan740,000
Scott Wilson645,000
Robert Kwan580,000
Jeison Berdugo515,000
Paul Tartak450,000
Deborah James335,000
Yang Lei300,000
Luke Irving190,000
Robert Tallarcio190,000
Gavin Best180,000

PMA‘s continued coverage of the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event will resume from 11:30am AEST tomorrow (Monday), with hand-for-hand updates for the final table on Tuesday.

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