As the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Gold Coast Main Event reached its crescendo, four more winners were crowned, capping off a memorable series that also served as a fitting end to an incredible year for Australian poker. Here’s our final round-up of event results, with special thanks once again to our friends at The Star Gold Coast.
$1,100 PLO: Vo the vanquisher
After starting Day 2 as chip leader, Ami Asif was denied victory in his heads-up battle against Patrick Vo, with the pair shaking hands on an ICM chop before Vo went on to claim his first WSOP Circuit ring.
WPT Australia $550 PLO Champion Leo Kamiya finished in third place, with Daniel Laidlaw, Jymmi Briggs and German ex-pat Martin Finger amongst those to have reached the final table.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST $,100 PLO ($1,100 buy-in, 199 entries, 30 players paid)
$10K Super High Roller: Gan gets it done
Haozhe Gan continued the trend of breakthrough victories, fending off Singapore”s Alex Lee in the closing stages of the $10K Super High Roller to claim his first major live tournament victory, following up from a deep run the $5K High Roller earlier in the series.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST $10K SUPER HIGH ROLLER ($10,000 buy-in, 71 entries, 11 players paid)
$660 Double Shot Action Clock: Da Costa dominates
Shortly after the conclusion of the Main Event, the final table of the $660 Double Shot Action clock was reached, boasting another star-studded line-up that featured Elise Depauw, Bert Perry, and Dean Blatt.
However, it was New Caledonia’s own Florian Da Costa who defeated Shu Yih Ng heads-up for his first major poker championship title and $34,000 in prize money.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST $660 DOUBLE SHOT ACTION CLOCK ($660 buy-in, 216 entries, 42 players paid)
|1st||Florian Da Costa||$34,000|
|2nd||Shu Yih Ng||$28,534|
|6th||Yann Del Rey||$6,700|
$550 Finale: Thaggard FTW!
Closing out the series was the $550 Finale, which brought in 216 entries for a total prize pool of $108,000; three-time WPT League Champion Adam Thaggard added his first WSOP ring to the collection after defeating Troy McLean heads-up for $25,960 in prize money – his biggest tournament score to date.
2022 WSOP CIRCUIT GOLD COAST $550 FINALE ($550 buy-in, 216 entries, 33 players paid)
The WSOP International Circuit continues with its series at the Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay, before moving to the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Canada. Visit wsop.com for more information, and be sure to check out starpoker.com.au for the latest on their regular tournaments and upcoming events.