Congratulations Po Hu ($310,000*), WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event Champion!
After more than 10 hours on the grind and through 174 hands, we have ourselves a champion: Po Hu, who has broken through for his first major poker tournament victory in the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event!
The relative newcomer is certainly no stranger to success in Tier One events, having finished runner-up in the WPT Australia Main Event here at The Star Gold Coast last September, with the result here tonight taking to almost three-quarters of a million dollars in tournament earnings in the space of six months.
Hu was modest in victory, revealing to PokerMedia Australia via a Chinese translator that he’s not a professional player by any means and that victory was more important than riches.
“The money is just an aside,” Hu said, “I’m so happy to finally get the ring! Last time [in September], I tried so hard and was a little bit unlucky, but this time I was able to get there.”
“I hope I can go to to Las Vegas next year to compete, and I will continue to try hard and do my very best.”
From all of us here at The Star Gold Coast, congratulations Po, and we can’t wait to see you on the game’s greatest stage in 2023!
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST MAIN EVENT ($2,500 buy-in, 1,001 entries, 151 players paid)*
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Adam Cusenza eliminated in 2nd place ($254,767*)
In the final hand of the tournament, Adam Cusenza limped on the button and Po Hu checked to see a flop 2♦7♥8♣.
Hu checked again, which prompted a bet of 1.5 million from Cusenza bet, before Hu check-raised 3.5 million. Cusenza fired it all-in and Hu snap-called.
The turn 4♣ and river K♦ offered nothing to Cusenza, but for his valiant efforts, he’s earned himself a cool quarter-million and his biggest live tournament result to date.
Still, it’s an even bigger result for Po Hu, who is not only $310,000 richer and the proud owner of the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event championship ring, but has also automatically qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas next year.
The PMA team will be back soon to wrap things up – don’t go anywhere!
Hand #170: Adam Cusenza moved all-in from the button holding 7♦6♦; Po Hu called and showed 5♦4♣, but although Hu had an open-ended straight draw after the flop, Cusenza flopped a pair and held on the runout of Q♣6♥3♥K♠J♦.
Hands #171 & #172: A walk for Hu, which he followed up with a button raise to steal the blinds and antes.
Hu open-shoved from the button and Cusenza called all-in, but Hu’s 4♠4♦ were trailing Cusenza’s 8♥8♠, and was left for dead on the turn after Cusenza flopped a set on the board of 5♠A♦8♦9♥2♦.
Hand #167: Po Hu completed, Adam Cusenza raised to 2,225,000 and Hu called, but check-folded after Cusenza’s bet of 1.55 million on the flop of K♠J♣4♦.
Hand #168: Cusenza limped and Hu checked to the flop 4♠7♠9♠. Both checked to turn 9♥, and Hu check-folded to Cusenza’s 1.2 million bet.
Po Hu opened on the button for 1.4 million, Cusenza ripped it all-in and Hu snap-called, with Hu’s 9♣9♥ well ahead of Cusenza’s 6♥6♠.
A sliver of hope appeared on the turn for Cusenza in the form of a gut-shot straight flush draw, but it wasn’t to be as the board completed 8♠K♥7♠4♠Q♦, which resulted in a monster double-up for Hu, and left Cusenza with less than 10% of the total chips in play.
Level 35: 300,000/600,000 (600,000)
Five more hands, and then a break
Hands #162-#164: A walk for Hu, and same again in reverse before Cusenza forced a fold with a button raise.
Hand #165: Hu opened to 1.25 million and was called by Cusenza to see a flop Q♠K♥3♥. Cusenza check-called Hu for 1 million, and both then checked the turn of the 7♥ and the river 2♣, with Cusenza’s A♥2♠ outmatched by Hu’s Q♣J♣.
Cusenza limped and Hu checked before the dealer brought down a flop of K♦4♦7♦. Hu check-called Cusenza’bet of for 1.1 million and then both checked through the turn and river of 9♣, Q♦.
Hu showed K♥6♦ and Cusenza mucked, which also brought us to another 15-minute intermission.
Hu holding on
Hand #156: Cusenza limped in and Hu checked, and then both players checked through to fourth street on the board of 2♦8♦K♦K♣ before Cusenza folded to Hu’s bet of 500,000 after the river 10♦.
Hand #157: Hu completed and Cusenza checked to see the flop of A♦A♠10♠, which was checked through along with the turn J♥ before Cusenza check-folded after Hu’s bet of 1 million on the river 8♣.
Hand #158: Cusenza limped on the button and Hu checked to take the action to a flop 4♦Q♥9♠. Hu check-called Cusenza for 625,000, but on the turn of 2♥, Hu lost interest as he check-folded to Cusenza’s bet of 2.35 million.
Hand #159: Hu completed the button and Cusena checked his big blind before the dealer spread a flop of A♣10♣K♥. Cusenza check-called Hu for 600,000; the turn 8♣ again saw Hu lead for 1.5 million, which Cusenza check-called before he elected to check-fold on the river 4♠ after Hu bet a hefty 5.7 million.
Hand #160: Hu checked after Cusenza limped in to see a flop J♠Q♥8♦. Both checked to the turn of the K♥, but Hu’s bet of 800,000 prompted a fold from Cusenza.
Hu completed and Cusenza checked to go to a flop of 3♠J♣2♣; Cusenza check-called Hu for 600,000, and both then checked the turn 8♦ before Cusenza check-called Hu for 900,000 on the river K♣. Hu showed A♣6♣ for the nut flush as Cusenza mucked.
Feeling the Po-ressure
Hands #149-#151: Hu limped, Cusenza shoved and Hu folded; the action went vice-versa in the very next hand, and then Hu shoved from the button to force a fold and steal the blinds and antes.
Hand #152: Cusenza completed and Hu checked his option, and both players then checked the flop of 4♠J♥5♣ before Hu check-folded to Cusenza’s open of 500,000 after the dealer produced the K♦ on the turn.
Hand #153: Hu limped in from the button and Cusenza checked his option on the big blind before both players elected to check the flop and turn of Q♦4♥9♠7♠. Cusenza then checked again after the river 6♠, only to fold after Hu bet 1,000,000 on the river 6♠.
Hands #154 & #155: After Hu got a walk in the big blind, he completed the button in the very next hand and Cusenza checked his option before they both checked the flop of 2♥2♣A♦.
Cusenza then opened for 700,000 after the turn of the 7♦ and Hu called before the action repeated after Cusenza’s bet of 1,425,000 on the river 3♣. Hu called, but sent his hand straight into the muck after Cusenza showed Q♣7♣.
Hand #142: Cusenza completed and Hu checked to go to a flop of 3♣8♥Q♣; Hu checked to Cusenza who opened for 600,000, but Hu check-raised to 1.6 million. Cusenza called, but then folded to Hu’s bet of 3.5 million on the turn of the 5♠.
Hands #143 & #144: Hu opened on the button to 1.25 million and Cusenza folded, but then came back with an open-shove to get a set of blinds and antes back.
Hands #145 & #146: Hu completed, Cusenza shoved and Hu mucked, and then Hu reciprocated the action immediately afterward.
Hand #147: Hu raised to 1.25 million from the button and Cusenza called before check-raising all-in after Hu’s bet of of 1 million on the flop of 10♣Q♣4♠. Hu folded.
Cusenza limped in from the button before Hu raised to 3 million straight; Cusenza moved all-in for 11.725 million and Hu snap-called.
Two pair for Cusenza after the flop of 8♥10♣A♥, which held up for a full double after the turn and river completed 2♣, 6♥, prompting a huge cheer from the South Australian contingent on the rail.
Hand #137: Po Hu completed and Adam Cusenza checked his big blind before check-folding to Hu’s bet of 800,000 after a flop of 3♦7♠A♥.
Hand #138: Cusenza raised to 1,000,000 and Hu called, then check-called Cusenza’s bet of 500,000 before both players checked the turn of the K♣ and river 9♠. Hu showed 6♠6♣ and Cusenza mucked.
Hand #139: Hu completed and Cusenza checked before check-calling to Hu’s bet of 900,000 after a flop of 6♣J♣9♥, but Cusenza then check-folded after Hu bet 2.4 million on the turn of the 7♥.
Hand #140: Cusenza opened to 1,025,000 and Hu called before both players checked their option on the flop of K♣2♣3♣; Hu then check-folded after Cusenza fired out 1.2 million after the turn of the 7♥.
Hand #141: Hu opened to 1.25 million, but folded after Cusenza shoved over the top.
Jessy Song eliminated in 3rd place ($240,000*)
Hands #129 & #130: Back-to-back button steals for Adam Cusenza and Jessy Song.
Hand #131: Po Hu opened from the button to 1.2 million and Song called from the big blind before they checked the flop of 8♠6♣4♠, but then Hu folded after Song moved all-in after the turn of the 10♥.
Hands #132-#135: Song limped in from the small blind but folded to Hu’s shove out of the big blind, and both Hu and Cusenza returned the favour in kind before Hu got a walk.
Song moved all-in from the button for 8.7 million effective, however Hu iso-shoved out of the small blind and forced Cusenza out of the way before the cards were tabled.
A very impressive showing from Song, who is now $179,306 to the good, and we are now officially heads-up for the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event title!
Level 34: 250,000/500,000 (500,000)
Cusenza scores a big one
Just before the blinds ticked up into Level 34, Po Hu opened from the button for 800,000 before Adam Cusenza raised all-in for 6 million from the small blind. Jessy Song folded her big blind and Hu called, but found that his 4♠4♥ were flipping against Cusenza’s 10♣9♣.
Hu turned two pair on the board of 8♥K♥7♥7♦, however Cusenza spiked the 6♠ on the river to fill his gut-shot straight and double through.
The clock was then paused as the players took an unscheduled break, but returned soon after agreeing to a three-handed deal.
As a result, Po Hu has locked up $280,000, with Adam Cusenza taking $254,767 while Jessy Song will pocket $240,000, with the extra $30,000 and the ring still to play for. Congratulations, everyone!
Jonathan Levy eliminated in 4th place ($135,830)
The WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event is now down to three players after Jonathan Levy was felted at the hands of Adam Cusenza.
After Cusenza opened from the button, Levy shoved the last of his stack in from the big blind; Cusenza called and showed A♣4♦ against J♣10♦, however neither hand improved after the board was spread 3♥Q♣4♠9♥Q♦.
Another sensational run from Levy, who has collected for a tidy $135K and change for his fourth-place finish.
Po-wer move pays off
Hands #121 & #122: Jonathan Levy got another walk, but then in the very next hand, Po Hu opened with a button raise of 800,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #123: Adam Cusenza stole a set of forced bets with a shove from the button.
Hand #124: Levy completed the small blind and Hu checked his option on the big blind, but then both players checked down the board of 6♥J♥Q♠8♠J♣. Levy turned over K♥6♠ for two pair and scooped against Hu, who held K♦3♠.
Hands #125 & #126
After a UTG steal from Jessy Song, Levy raised from first position to 850,000 before Hu three-bet it from the button to 1.9 million. Levy called, then checked his option after the 4♥J♥Q♦. Hu fired out a bet of 4.2 million, which put Levy deep into the tank before he announced that he was all-in. Hu snap-called.
Top-top for Levy, but Hu completed his up-and-down straight draw and doubled through after the turn and river with the K♣, 7♠.
As a result of that huge exchange, Hu is now the overwhelming chip leader with a stack 22 million, which is more than half the chips in play!
Song back in Splitsville
Hand #118: Jessy Song opened to 800,000 from first position and Jonathan Levy called from the button, but Po Hu then forced them all out of the way after a three-bet of 2.4 million from the small blind.
Hand #119: Levy raised to 850,000 and action folded to Song, who jammed from the big blind. Levy flashed the A♥ before he sent his hand into the muck.
Song completed the small blind and Levy checked his option in the big blind before both players checked the flop of 6♥4♥3♣. Song then led out for 1,000,000 after the turn of the 7♣ and Levy called before the action repeated after Song’s bet of 2 million with the river 5♠.
Song turned over 9♥9♦ and Levy showed K♥3♥, but it mattered little as they were both playing the board. Chop it up!
Hands #107-#109: Jonathan Levy open-shoved from the button and picked up the blinds and antes, then opened for 850,000 from first position before Jessy Song called out of the big blind to go head-up to a flop of 5♣K♥3♠.
Song then check-folded to Levy’s post-flop bet of 450,000, and Levy followed that up with a walk in the big blind in the very next hand. Action then folded to Levy who completed the small blind; Po Hu then raised to 1,325,000, but folded after Levy came back with a four-bet jam.
Hand #110: Hu completed the small blind and Adam Cusenza checked the big blind, but Hu then check-folded after Cusenza’s bet of 850,000 after the flop of 6♦8♣9♦.
Hands #111 & #112: Cusenza completed the small blind, but folded after Song shoved out of the big blind, but then stole the blinds and antes after a button raise of 800,000.
Hands #113-#116: After Cusenza’s open of 800,000, Levy moved all in and Cusenza folded, and then followed up with two steals and a walk.
Hand #117: Cusenza opened for 800,000 and Song flatted, but Cusenza check-folded after Song open-shoved on the flop of 10♦K♥7♥.
Tu Le eliminated in 5th place ($103,871)
Hand #104: Adam Cusenza completed the small blind, but released his hand into the muck after Jessy Song three-bet it to 800,000 from the big blind.
Hand #105: Po Hu opened from under the gun to 800,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.
Tu Le ripped in his stack of 4,325,000 from under the gun before the flop and action folded to Hu in the big blind, who asked for a count before making the call.
No change to either hand after the flop of 6♥10♦A♣, but Hu paired up on the turn of the K♠ and held after the 9♠ sailed down the river.
Big swing for Cusenza
Hand #99: Adam Cusenza completed the small blind and Jessy Song checked her option in the big blind before both players checked through the board of 9♠7♠2♥5♣Q♠. Cusenza turned over J♠6♠ to take down the pot.
Hand #100: Song completed the small blind but folded after Jonathan Levy raised from the big blind to 1.2 million.
Hands #101 & #102: Tu Le shoved from under the gun and got no further action, and the same occurred after Cusenza’s UTG raise of 800,000.
Hand #103: Song raised to 800,000 from under the gun and action folded to Cusenza who called out of the big blind both players checked the flop of 2♦Q♥8♥.
Cusenza then fired a bet of 2 million after the turn of the K♥; Song called, but then folded to Cusenza’s open-shove of 5.2 million after the river of the 2♣.
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 (400,000)
Battle of the blinds
Hands #93 & #94: Tu Le completed the small blind, but mucked after Adam Cusenza shoved out of the big blind. Soon after that, Po Hu opened to 600,000, but folded after Le shoved from the button for 3.6 million.
Hand #95: After Jessy song completed the small blind, Jonathan Levy checked his option in the big blind before calling Song’s bet of 400,000 after the flop of 9♦Q♥7♦. Song then checked the turn of the 6♣, but folded to Levy’s bet of 1,000,000 neat.
Hand #96: Levy completed the small blind and Hu checked the big blind to see a flop of 7♠Q♥10♥, but Levy check-snap-folded before Hu had a chance to finish cutting out a bet of 400,000 from his stack.
Hand #97: Levy opened from the button for 625,000, but folded after Le shoved for 4.65 million out of the big blind.
Hand #98: Le completed the small blind and Cusenza checked the option from the big blind before calling Le’s bet of 300,000 after the flop of 4♠J♣2♥. Le then check-called Cusenza’s open of 775,000 after the turn of the 7♣ before both players checked the river 4♣.
Le showed down 10♠7♠, but Cusenza had him beat with J♠6♣.
Hu gets one through
Hand #89: Po Hu opened to 600,000 and Jessy Song defended her big blind before both players checked down the board of A♠8♣7♣6♦5♥, with Song’s K♠9♦ good enough to take it down.
Hand #90: Action folded to Song who completed the small blind, only to then fold after Jonathan Levy raised to 900,000 from the big blind.
Hands #91 & #92: After Levy raised to 800,000 from the small blind, Hu called from the big blind to see a flop of A♦9♣10♠.
Levy c-bet 650,000 and Hu called, then both players checked the 5♣ on the turn before Levy check-folded to Hu’s bet of 3.5 million on the river Q♥.
Jessy Song then got a walk in her big blind in the very next hand.
Another one for Levy
Hand #84: Adam Cusenza moved all-in from the small blind and got no action.
Hands #85 & 86: A walk for Jonathan Levy, followed by a UTG raise from Tu Le to 600,000, but he mucked after Cusenza three-bet-shoved for 4.6 million.
Hand #87: Po Hu limped in from the small blind and Tu Le checked his option in the big blind before action checked all the way down the board of 6♣6♥10♠5♥10♦. Hu showed Q♠9♠ and Le mucked his hand.
Hand #88: Levy raised to 625,000 from the cut-off and found two callers in Hu from the button, as well as Cusenza from the small blind, to make it three-handed to a flop of K♦2♦7♣.
Cusenza checked, Levy opened for 650,000 and Hu called as Cusenza folded to make it heads-up to the turn of the A♣, which saw Levy fire out a bet of 1.1 million. Hu tanked for a few minutes before he eventually let his hand go.
A crucial doub-Le
Hand #81: Action folded to Jonathan Levy who completed the small blind before Po Hu checked out of the big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 9♥4♦2♦. Both players checked, but Hu folded to Levy’s opening bet of 350,000 after the turn of the 10♠.
Hands #82 & #83
The action folded to Hu in the small blind, who completed before Tu Le jammed for 2.85 million from the big blind. Hu called, but Le’s K♠J♦ stayed ahead to double through against Hu’s Q♦10♥ after the board was spread 7♥9♦4♣A♥A♣. Hu then stole the forced bets from the button immediately after that hand.
Song turns up the heat
Hands #71 & #72: Tu Le moved all-in from the under the gun and got no callers, and then shoved from the big blind in the very next hand to force the fold from Po Hu after he completed the small blind.
Hands #73 & #74: Back-to-back walks for Adam Cusenza and Jessy Song.
Hand #75: Cusenza raised to 600,000 from the button, but folded after Jonathan Levy re-raised all-in for 5.3 million out of the small blind.
Hands #76-#78: Successive button steals for Song and for Levy, who then followed up with another steal from the cut-off.
Hands #79 & #80
From under the gun, Levy raised to 625,000 and action folded to Song who called from the big blind before checking her option after the flop of 5♣3♥J♠.
Levy bet 600,000, Song check-raised to 1.2 million and Levy called, but then Song fired out 2 million after the turn of the 7♠, which sent Levy into the tank for at least two minutes before he let his hand go. Levy got a walk in the big blind immediately after that hand.
Another chop for Song
Hand #69: Action passed to Adam Cusenza who raised to 800,000 from the small blind; Jessy Song called out of the big blind and then Cusenza continued for 550,000 after the flop of 2♥8♥7♣ before check-folding to Song’s bet of 1.25 million on the turn of the 6♠.
From under the gun, Po Hu min-raised to 600,000 and found two callers in Song from the small blind, as well as Jonathan Levy in the big blind to go three-handed to a flop of 8♦K♠A♠.
Play checked to Hu who opened for 650,000, but Song then check-raised to 1.35 million, which forced Levy out of the way before Hu called before both players checked down the river 10♦.
Hu turned over A♦J♦, but settled for the split pot against Song who tabled A♣J♠.
Level 32: 150,000/300,000 (300,000)
Pause for effect
Hand #66: Jessy Song opened to 525,000 from the cut-off and Po Hu defended his big blind before check-folded to Song’s bet of 600,000 after the flop of J♠5♦3♦.
Hand #67: Action folded to Hu who completed the small blind, but then mucked after Tu Le shoved for 2,625,000 from the big blind.
Adam Cusenza got a walk in the big blind and our final five went off for another 15-minute break. Time for a fresh round of counts!
Scott Wilson eliminated in 6th place ($80,190)
Hand #61: Jessy Song raised to 525,000 from the cut-off and Po Hu called out of the big blind, then both players checked down the flop of 7♦8♠7♠ before Hu check-called to Song’s bet of 650,000 on the turn of the K♠.
Both players then checked the river Q♠, and Pho tabled K♥10♠ which prompted Song to send her hand into the muck.
Hands #62-#64: Successive cut-off steals for Jonathan Levy, Hu and Tu Le.
Cusenza min-raised to 500,000 from the cut-off and Song folded from the button before Scott Wilson shoved for his last 1.95 million. Jonathan Levy gave up his big blind and we found ourselves racing once again.
Wilson pumped his fist after an Ace appeared in the window on the flop of 9♦9♠A♠, but reeled back in horror as the 2♥ came down on the turn to give Cusenza the full house.
Needing any Ace or Nine to survive, the river 10♠ was one pip too many, and our final five players are now all guaranteed six figures after Wilson cashed out for $80,190 richer for his sixth-place finish in this Main Event.
Around we go
Hand #54: Action folded to Scott Wilson who completed the small blind before Jonathan Levy checked the big blind to go head-up to a flop of 8♠9♦A♥, which they both checked.
Wilson then led out for 250,000 on the turn of the 5♣ and Levy called before both players checked the river 7♦. Levy tabled 10♠9♠ for second pair, which was best against Wilson’s Q♣10♣.
Hands #55 & #56: Play passed to Levy who completed the small blind and Po Hu checked his option in the big blind, but then Levy check-folded to Hu’s bet of 500,000 after a flop of 3♥J♠6♥. Adam Cusenza then opened to 500,000 from under the gun in the very next hand and go no takers.
Hands #57 & #58: Hu raised from the button to 525,000 and Cusenza called from the big blind, only to then check-folded after Hu’s bet of 700,000 after the flop of 10♠Q♥K♠. Hu then picked up another set of blinds and antes after his cut-off raise of 500,000.
Hand #59: Levy raised to 525,000 from under the gun and Wilson called out of the big blind, but then he check-folded to Levy’s bet of 425,000 after the 2♠3♦K♦.
Hand #60: From UTG+1, Tu Le min-clicked to 500,000 and Jessy Song called from the button before both players checked the flop of 6♥9♥K♥. Le then check-folded after Song fired out a bet of 1.1 million on the turn of the 2♠.
Hand #48: Action folded to Scott Wilson who completed the small blind; Jonathan Levy checked the big blind, but then folded to Wilson’s bet of 250,000 after the flop of K♠Q♠7♥.
Hand #49: Another battle of the blinds, this time with Levy completing the small and Po Hu checking the big before Levy opened for 300,000 after the 9♣A♦8♠. Hu called, but then folded to Levy’s bet of 650,000 after the turn of the K♠.
Hands #50 & #51: Adam Cusenza opened from under the gun and got no further action, but in the very next hand he defended his big blind against Hu’s button raise of 525,000 in the next hand to see a flop of 5♣8♠3♠, only to then check-fold to Hu’s bet of 400,000.
Hand #52: Action folded around to Cusenza who completed the small blind, but then Jessy Song asked to see his stack before announcing all-in. Cusenza folded.
Cusenza raised to 500,000 from the button and Song called from the small blind before both players checked down the board of 10♣2♥K♥K♣9♣. Cusenza showed A♠5♠, but split the pot against Song who had A♦3♦.
Heartbreak for Wilson
Hand #41: Jonathan Levy opened to 525,000 from under the gun and Po Hu called from the +1 position before action folded to Scott Wilson, who shoved for 3,700,000. Both Levy and Hu folded.
Hands #42 & #43: Hu raised to 550,000 from under the gun and action folded to Levy who defended his big blind.
Both players checked through the board of 6♠3♠2♥5♣10♣ before Hu showed A♣K♣, which was good to scoop against Levy’s A♥J♦. Hu then picked up a walk in the very next hand.
Hands #44 & #45: Levy raised to 500,000 from the button pre-flop and collected the blinds and antes, and then Le did the same after he open-shoved from the small blind.
Hands #46 & #47
Wilson raised to 525,000 from under the gun before Cusenza moved all-in for 2,325,000 from the small blind. Wilson snap-called and tabled K♠K♣, but although he was well ahead of Cusenza’s K♥J♥, Cusenza binked a full double after he rivered Broadway on the board of 7♦Q♥Q♦10♣A♦.
Then in the very next hand, Levy raised to 525,000 and the action folded to Wilson who called out of the big blind before he check-raised all-in for 2,000,000 after Levy’s bet of 425,000 after the flop of 5♦K♥J♥. Levy took a beat, but then let his hand go.
Hu and Le making moves
Hand #37: Action folded to Jonathan Levy who limped in from the small blind; Po Hu checked his big blind to go heads-up to a flop of K♦9♥2♥, where Levy check-called Hu’s bet of 200,000 before opening for 350,000 on the turn of the Q♥.
Hu smooth-called, and then Levy opened for 800,000 after the river 7♣ and Hu called, showing down K♥7♦ for two pair to scoop against Levy’s J♦6♥.
Hand #38: Play folded to Hu who completed the small blind, but he soon folded after Tu Le raised out of the big blind.
Hand #39: After Hu raised to 500,000 from the button pre-flop, Adam Cusenza called out of the big blind before he check-called Hu’s bet of 400,000 on the flop of K♠4♦3♣.
Both players then checked the turn of the A♠ before Cusenza opened for 575,000; Hu called, and again showed K♦7♦, his pair good enough against Cusenza who tabled 6♠5♥.
Hand #40: Hu opened to 500,000 from the cut-off, but folded to Le’s button raise of 1,1250,000.
Level 31: 125,000/250,000 (250,000)
Hand #33: Action folded to Jonathan Levy who raised from the cut-off to 425,000, but folded soon after Tu Le shoved for 2.55 million from the small blind.
Hand #34: Po Hu min-clicked to 400,000 from the cut-off and picked up all the blinds and antes.
Hand #35: The players folded around to Jessy Song who completed her small blind; Scott Wilson checked his option from the big blind, and then both players checked all the way through the board of 2♣Q♠A♣9♣4♠ before Song turned over 10♦7♥, which was enough against Wilson’s 10♣5♠.
Hand #36: Adam Cusenza took the blinds and antes after his cut-off raise of 400,000.
Mata Ye eliminated in 7th place ($62,506)
Hands #29 & #30: Po Hu raised to 400,000 and got no takers before Jonathan Levy received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #31: Tu Le moved all-in from under the gun for his last 1,325,000 with K♥K♦ and the action folded to Po Hu, who called with A♣10♣.
Le then improved to a set after the flop of K♣2♣4♥, but although there was a bit of a sweat with the J♥, the river A♠ was safe and Le scored a full double.
The action folded to Mata Ye who open-shoved from the cut-off for 2,975,000, only to then see Levy shove over the top from the button, forcing the blinds out of the way and take us to another pre-flop showdown.
A brilliant performance this series from the man they call ‘Mata’, who has now collected $62,506 for his seventh-place finish in this Main Event. Well played, sir!
Jeison Berdugo eliminated in 8th place ($49,197)
Jeison Berdugo was confirmed as our second bust-out from this final table, losing the last of his chips to Jessy Song to finish this Main Event in eighth place.
The action passed to Berdugo who open-shoved for his last 1.1 million from the button before Song iso-shoved from the small blind, forcing Scott Wilson out the way before the cards were revealed.
Berdugo’s rail let out a collective groan after the flop of A♦5♦Q♠, and Berdugo shrugged his shoulders and shook hands with Song as the turn and river 6♣, 4♠ completed the board.
Po picks up the pace
Hand #22: Tu Le jammed from the lojack and stole the blinds and antes.
Hand #23: Action folded to Mata Ye who completed the small blind before Jonathan Levy checked his option in the big blind to go heads-up to a flop of 2♠2♦A♦. Ye then bet 200,000, but quickly folded after Levy raised to 600,000.
Hands #24 & #25: Scott Wilson collected a set of forced bets after a min-click of 400,000 from the cut-off, and Levy did the same in the next hand after his raise of 500,000 from the button.
Hand #26: Action folded to Levy who opened to 425,000 from the cut-off; Po Hu re-raised to 1,000,000 straight from the button and Levy flashed the A♠ before sending his hand into the muck.
After Hu raised to 100,000 from the hijack, Song defended her big blind and then check-called Hu’s bet of 400,000 on the flop of Q♥10♠A♥ before she opened for 400,000 on the turn of the 9♦.
Hu called, and then the action repeated after Song bet another 400,000 on the river of the J♦, but sent her hand into the muck after Hu showed A♣10♥.
Song drops and then chops
Hand #19: Jessy Song raised to 500,000 from under the gun but folded after Jonathan Levy shoved from the hijack for 4,425,000.
Hand #20: Action folded to Adam Cusenza who opened from the button for 400,000 and Song defended her big blind before both players checked down the board of K♦4♠2♣J♥9♥. Cusenza tabled Q♥Q♣ for the overpair and took it down.
From under the gun, Mata Ye opened to 400,000 and the action folded around to Son who three-bet it to 900,000 from the small blind. Ye then four-bet-jammed for 4,075,000 and after mulling it over for a couple of minutes, Song made the call.
Both players paired up after the flop of Q♠2♥8♥, but the 7♦ on the turn confirmed the split pot, with the river K♥ completing the board.
Wilson takes one
Hand #15: From under the gun, Po Hu raised to 400,000 and play folded around to Jonathan Levy who defended his big blind, only to then check-fold after Hu’s bet of 300,000 after the flop of 2♣7♦A♥
Hands #16 & #17: Jessy Song picked up the forced bets after a hijack raise of 500,000, but after she opened again for 500,000 from the lojack, she folded to Levy’s three-bet-shove of 3,425,000 from the button.
Action folded folded to Scott Wilson who min-raised to 400,000 from the lojack; Adam Cusenza called out of the big blind and then check-called Wilson’s c-bet of 250,000 on the flop of 8♣3♦6♠ before both players checked the turn of the 10♥.
Cusenza then check-called after Wilson’s bet of 450,000 on the river K♣, but sent his hand into the muck after Wilson tabled K♠Q♠.
Cusenza getting busy
Hand #10: Action folded to Scott Wilson who raised to 400,000 from the lojack; Adam Cusenza defended his big blind, but check-folded after Wilson c-bet 275,000 after a flop of 5♠2♦6♣.
Hand #11: Action folded to Cusenza who completed the small blind before Jeison Berdugo checked his option the big blind before both players checked through to fourth street on the board of Q♦7♥3♠K♥.
The dealer then produced the river 4♦; Cusenza checked, Berdugo bet 200,000 and Cusenza called, but mucked after Berdugo tabled Q♥6♥.
Hand #12: Tu Le got no love after his pre-flop shove of 1.325 million from the cut-off.
Hands #13 & #14
Action folded around to Adam Cusenza who raised to 400,000 from the cut-off before Jessy Song three-bet to 1,000,000 straight from the small blind.
Cusenza shoved for 3,795,000 and Jessy quickly folded, but she then followed it up with a steal after raising to 400,000 from from the button in the very next hand.
Level 30: 100,000/200,000 (200,000)
Break it down
Players are now on a scheduled 15-minute break. Time for some chip counts!
Hand #2: From under the gun, Jeison Berdugo raised to 300,000 and action folded around to Adam Cusenza who called from the big blind to go heads-up to a flop of A♦4♠K♠.
Cusenza check-called Cusenza’s bet of 175,000 before both players checked the turn of the 2♦ and the river 6♠.
Hand #3: Mata Ye opened from under the gun for 300,000 and got no takers.
Hand #4: Action folded around to Berdugo who completed the small blind, but he mucked after Jessy Song raised another 300,000 on top.
Hand #5: Adam Cusenza min-clicked from the cut-off and picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #6: Po Hu opened for 300,000 and action folded to Adam Cusenza who called from the cut-off before Hu led out for 125,000 after the flop of 7♥K♣Q♣
Both players checked down the turn and river of 4♦, 10♣, but Cusenza insta-mucked after Hu tabled K♥J♥
Hand #7: Jessy Song stole the blinds and antes after a button raise of 450,000.
Hand #8: Action folded to Berdugo who open-shoved for 1,725,000; Hu thought about it for a minute or so but then elected to lay his hand down.
Hand #9: Cusenza min-clicked to 300,000 from under the gun and Jonathan Levy called from the button before Cusenza continued for 225,000 after the flop of 6♥6♠4♥.
Both players then checked the turn and river of 7♦, 5♦ and Levy tabled A♣Q♠ which was enough to scoop against Cusenza’s K♠10♠.
Jin Li eliminated in 9th place ($39,103)
Jin Li has been confirmed as our first elimination from this final table in just the first hand of the day.
From UTG+1, Li open-shoved for 1.8 million and the action folded around to Po Hu who iso-shoved from the small blind, forcing Adam Cusenza out of the way and it was off to the races.
No change after the flop of 2♥8♠6♦, but Li was left for dead on the turn after Hu hit a set and held as the board completed 9♦, J♣.
Li collects $39,103 for his ninth place finish.
Shuffle up and deal!
The final table of the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event is now underway!
We’ll be playing through the last 14m 25s of Level 29, and then into 60-minute levels right through until we have a winner tonight.
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Level 29: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)
On the edge of glory
Live from wherever you’re watching from Australia, New Zealand or around the world … hello and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage of the WSOP Circuit Gold Coast Main Event!
After five days of action across the felt, our field of 1,001 has been whittled down to our final nine, with Jessy Song returning with a monstrous chip lead. The Chinese cash game specialist will be un-bagging 14.35 million, more than double that of her next closest opponent in Adam Cusenza, who along with Jin Le and Mata Ye, is one of three South Australians to have made this final table.
There’ll also be plenty of support from down south for Melbourne’s Scott Wilson, as well as Colombia’s Jeison Berdugo and Queenslander Jonathan Levy, but after both putting in impressive showings in yesterday, Tu Le and Po Hu will no doubt be looking to make a statement here at this final table today.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE
Our final nine have all locked up a minimum of $39,103, while tonight’s winner will take home a massive $386,542 in prize money, the Jostens championship ring and a seat into next year’s WSOP Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS ($2,500 buy-in, 1,001 entries, 151 players paid)
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