VEGAS DIARIES: WPT World Championship Day 4

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9pm: Day 2 in the books; Choong and Gilmartin advance!

As our media partners were wined and dined at the gorgeous SW Steakhouse, our players continued to grind through to the end of Day 2 of the WPT World Championship, with Lynn Gilmartin once again in the spotlight out on the Encore Ballroom feature table (full replay is available on YouTube).

It proved to be a great move in the end, as she bagged up a tidy 930,000 in chips; she’ll also be joined by Yita Choong, who was able to run his short stack back up to finish the day with 505,000.

Unfortunately it was a different story for Alan Zheng, who busted after re-jamming his last 20 bigs from the small blind with King-Ten suited following a cut-off raise, only to see his opponent in the big blind wake up with bullets.

And despite his great run earlier, Daniel Neilson‘s run in this tournament came crashing to a halt, having his Aces cracked by Queens in an earlier hand before losing his last 15 BBs when his adversary’s King-Ten outdrew his Ace-Queen.

Tomorrow’s Day 3 will see around 400 players returning for their chance to share in the USD $29 million prize pool, with Adrian Sorel State from Romania leading the way with 2.4 million in chips, followed by The Ukraine’s Andriy Lyubovetskiy with 2.2 million. The full redraw will be made available later this evening at

Can our two Aussies keep the run-good going and make it through to the money? Find out as PokerMedia Australia continues its coverage of the WPT World Championship, and be sure to stick around for even more great stories and bonus content through our socials when play resumes from 12pm local time.

Until then, thanks again for joining us, and until tomorrow, from all of us here in Vegas, it’s ‘bye for now!

5:30pm: What’s the good word?

The WPT World Championship field has now dropped below 600 players, and sadly, WPT Prime Gold Coast Champion Yang Lei has been confirmed as our latest Aussie to hit the rail in the very last hand at Table 705 as we moved into the next break.

Having being crippled after losing a massive earlier when his pocket Tens were outdrawn by another player’s Ace-Queen, Lei open-shoved pre-flop from early position with AK for his last 81,000, but was unable to improve against the 77 of Martins Adeniya.

Meanwhile, things are still looking good for both Daniel Neilson and Lynn Gilmartin, who we caught up with in the last break to chat about what we’ve witnessed here at The Wynn Vegas, which can only be described as … monumentable.

It’s a word now, and you can look it up in PokerMedia Australia‘s Facebook and Instagram stories!

UPDATED CHIP COUNTS (end of Level 13)

Daniel Neilson568,000
Lynn Gilmartin543,000
Alan Zheng317,000
Yita Choong142,000


Players Remaining/Total Entries594/2,960
Recommencing Blinds5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Average Stack498,316 (50 BBs)

3:45pm: A big first half

To say that the WPT 20th Anniversary celebrations have been of epic proportions would be an understatement, and as the history-making, record-breaking WPT World Championship rolls on, the team behind the scenes have already been hard at work priming themselves for 2023.

As of this morning, the first half of the schedule for the New Year was released, with 12 stops scheduled across the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific, including the second edition of WPT Prime Gold Coast, running from 2-6 March at The Star Gold Coast.


31 Jan-5 FebWPT Prime ParisClub Circus Paris, FranceFrance
2-6 MarWPT Prime Gold CoastThe Star Gold CoastAustralia
16-20 MarWPT Prime CambodiaNaga World Integrated Resort, Phnom PenhCambodia
29 Mar-1 AprWPT Prime AmsterdamHolland CasinoNetherlands
1-4 AprWPT Rolling ThunderThunder Valley Casino CaliforniaUnited States
13-17 AprWPT Prime IndiaDeltin Royale Casino, GoaIndia
28 Apr-2 MayWPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker ShowdownSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, FloridaUnited States
5-8 MayWPT ChoctawChoctaw Casino Resort, Oklahoma United States
11-15 MayWPT Prime SlovakiaCard Casino BratislavaSlovakia
21-25 MayWPT Gardens Poker ChampionshipThe Gardens Casino, CaliforniaUnited States
25-29 MayWPT Prime VietnamCrown Poker ClubVietnam
7-11 JunWPT Prime SanremoCasinò di SanremoItaly

Naturally, Sydney’s Yang Lei will be there to defend his title, and we’re also pleased to inform you that that his run in the WPT World Championship continues – and in fact, all five of our remaining Aussies are now above the average stack as we head into the 13th level of play!

UPDATED CHIP COUNTS (end of Level 12)

Daniel Neilson603,000
Lynn Gilmartin500,000
Yang Lei454,000
Alan Zheng430,000
Yita Choong425,000


Players Remaining/Total Entries765/2,960
Recommencing Blinds4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Average Stack386,928 (48 BBs)

2pm: Two up … and two down

The cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the WPT World Championship, and our reporter finally got the chance to check in with Alan Zheng, who started the day with 189,000 in chips out on Table 940; although Zheng claimed that he’d “just been losing” up until this point, he’s now above average stack after taking down a pot against Cody Bell in the opening minutes of this level.

We caught the action heads-up between the pair on the turn with a board that read 31089; Zheng checked to Bell who opened for 16,000, Zheng flat-called, but then he fired a bet of 65,000 on the river 10 and forced the fold from Bell to move up to 237,000 after that hand.

Some good ju-ju for Yita Choong too, who started the day with 31,000 in chips – one of each colour – but found a double-up early and is looking much healthier, but sadly, the same cannot be said for Joe Hachem, who was eliminated after he jammed pre-flop with A-5, but ran into his opponent’s pocket Aces, and we’ve also received word that Elisa Onay was felted in the last few minutes before the break.

UPDATED CHIP COUNTS (end of Level 11)

Daniel Neilson431,000
Yang Lei370,000
Alan Zheng360,000
Lynn Gilmartin267,000
Yita Choong188,000
Elisa OnayBUSTED!
Joe HachemBUSTED!


Players Remaining/Total Entries963/2,960
Recommencing Blinds3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Average Stack307,373 (51 BBs)

Thursday 15 December 2022

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, hello and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia and our continued coverage of the WPT World Championship!

Today, seven of our Aussies will be returning for Day 2 amongst the 1,185 survivors, with Daniel Neilson topping the counts for the green-and-gold with 624,000, followed by Yang Lei (403,000), Elisa Onay (326,000) and WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin (277,000).

Alan Zheng and WPT Champion Joe Hachem are both on or around the starting stack of 100K, but Yita Choong will be looking for an early rush, returning with a short stack of just six bigs.

Recommencing blinds will be at 3,000/5,000 (5,000), with an average stack of 249,789 (50 BBs), and we’ll be playing through five 90-minute levels with a 15-minute break in between each until we bag and tag at around 8:45pm local time.


265Elisa Onay326,00065
3011Yita Choong31,0006
7059Yang Lei403,00081
9002Lynn Gilmartin277,00055
9205Daniel Neilson624,000125
9401Alan Zheng189,00038
9442Joe Hachem100,00020

Action will be getting underway very shortly, so stay with us here at PMA from 12pm local time as we bring you regular updates throughout the day, and be sure to cheer on our Aussies in our socials. Let’s goooooooooo!


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