LIVE REPORTING: Hijack Poker Festival Main Event Day 2

Jon Choong leads at the end of Day 2 – that’s a wrap!

It’s been an action-packed day here at The Civic Hotel, and after six hours of play, we’re only two players shy of forming our Main Event final table!

Finishing the day as chip leader is Jon Choong, who bagged up 1.665 million, followed closely by Richard Larkin (1,225,000) and Mehdi Amiri (1,215,000), who started Day 2 as second chip leader. HJPF Champions Blair Hampton and Jacky Chan are both still in the hunt for their second title, while Scott Roderick will return as the short stack.

Jon Choong – Day 3 chip leader


Table 1

2Ashley Hunt610,000
4Jacky Chan765,000
7Jon Choong1,665,000
8Blair Hampton650,000
9Richard Larkin1,225,000

Table 2

1Joe Darcy355,000
5Joon Hyun470,000
6Mahsun Eren850,000
7Mehdi Amiri1,215,000
8Scott Roderick295,000
9C.C. Wang770,000

Play will recommence on Monday 20 February at 6pm at the Swan River Hotel, with the clock wound back to the start of Level 25 (20,000/40,000/40,000). PokerMedia Australia will return to bring you Live Reporting coverage through until a winner is crowned.

We’ll also be on deck tomorrow at the Osborne Park Bowls Club and Dianella White Eagles to bring you social media coverage of the Kalle Thomson Title Event, the PLO Super High Roller and the Standard NLH, so be sure to follow the Hijack Poker Facebook page for all the updates.

Thank you all for joining us for today’s coverage, and we look forward to having you back again in two days’ time as we find out who will become the inaugural Hijack Poker Festival Main Event Champion. Until then, from all of us here in WA, it’s ‘bye for now!

John Caputo eliminated in 12th place ($700)

It’s been one helluva rollercoaster for John Caputo, who has confirmed as our final elimination from today’s Day 2 session.

Down to around 250,000 effective, Caputo moved all-in pre-flop with AJ and found himself ahead of Chan, who called with K10, but was left stone dead on the turn after Chan flopped a boat on the board of K10K63.

Jacky Chan765,000
John CaputoBUSTED!

And with our time limit reached, we now have 11 players returning on Monday night to battle it out for the title of Hijack Poker Main Event Champion! We’ll be back shortly to wrap today’s proceedings – stick around!

Steve Mehew eliminated in 13th place ($600)

Down to 12 in the Big Dance now, with Day 2 chip leader Steve Mehu having busted at the hands of Richard Larkin.

Mehew got the last of his money in before the flop with QJ, but lost the fair fight against Larkin’s A2, which made two pair on the board of 810K210.

Richard Larkin1,000,000
Steve MehewBUSTED!

Recent payouts

The Hijack Poker Main Event is down to 13 players, with Kevin Chien and Hans Dorn both having cashed out for $600 as our time here at The Civic comes to a close.

With play now having slowed considerably as we move into the final two levels of play, here’s a quick rundown of everyone that’s cashed out so far. Congratulations, everyone!

14thHans Dorn$600
15thKevin Chien$600
16thHarry Bui$500
17thBehzad Bagheri$500
18thLars Klove$500
19thAndy Yen$450
20thDavid Lofthouse$450
21stAndrian Chin$450
22ndMatteo Rynkiewicz$450
23rdWilliam Jahn$450
24thChris Edge$450
25thDaniel Bishop$450
26thKevin Kenny$450
27thLeon Waters$450
28thKaren Hampton$400
29thJamie Dalton-Allen$400
30thJaxon Byrne$400
31stEddie Harich$400
32ndSheldon Ingham$400
33rdMark Smith$400
34thRob Paradiso$400
35thPeter O’Mara$400
36thMerv Sutton$400

Level 24: 15,000/30,000 (30,000) > Level 25: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Harry Bui eliminated in 16th place ($500)

We’ve now laddered up in the Hijack Poker Main Event, with Harry Bui sent to the rail in 16th place by Blair Hampton as we move into the final level of the evening.

In the very next hand after Behzad Bagheri’s elimination, Bui shoved with A10, but lost the lead on the turn against the A8 of Hampton, who scooped the pot with a pair of eights on the board of 25Q89.

Blair Hampton548,000
Harry BuiBUSTED!

Behzad Bagheri eliminated in 17th place ($500)

Action folded around to Behzad Bagheri who open-shoved from the button pre-flop with K8 before Jon Choong called out of the big blind with A10

Despite Bagheri flopping another King, Choong turned an Ace which then improved to the bigger two pair as the board completed 3QKA3.

Jon Choong1,270,000
Behzad BagheriBUSTED!

Lars Klove eliminated in 18th place ($500)

Medhi Amiri is now close to two million in chips after taking out Lars Klove in 18th place.

Having been crippled in an earlier hand, Klove put himself at risk before the flop with JJ, but lost the flip for his tournament life against Mehdi Amiri’s AK after hitting the bigger two pair on the board of 244KA.

Mehdi Amiri1,735,000
Lars KloveBUSTED!
Mehdi Amiri

Ashley and Amiri on a milly

Ashley Hunt and Medhi Amiri have both moved past the one-million chip mark after both scoring eliminations before the break.

Earlier, Andrian Chin put the last of his chips in the middle pre-flop with A7, but was outkicked by Hunt’s AJ after the dealer spread a board of 59K44.

Andy Yen then found himself on the wrong end of an uber-cooler, running his KK into Amiri’s AA, with nothing changing after the board ran out 53843.

Mehdi Amiri1,270,000
Ashley Hunt1,060,000
Andrian ChinBUSTED!
Ashley Hunt

Level 22: 10,000/20,000 (20,000) > Level 23: 12,000/24,000 (24,000)

Break it down!

Our remaining 18 players are now on their final 10-minute break. Four more levels, and then we’ll bag and tag for the night.

Darcy on the march

Joe Darcy has now moved up towards the top end of the counts, now just shy of 700K in chips after taking out William Jahn in the lead-up to the next break.

Having nursed a short stack for the most part of this stanza, Jahn’s final stand came after he moved all-in after a flop of J-T-3 with KT, but couldn’t catch up against Darcy, who had hit top-top holding A-J.

Blair Hampton is also still in the mix after he took out Matteo Rynkiewicz, with the pair getting all their money into the middle pre-flop over on Table 1; Rynkiewicz was severely short-stacked, but found himself flipping with his 97 against Hampton, who had called with 66.

Rynkiewicz was relegated to the rail, however, after Hampton filled up on the board of 76Q44.

Joe Darcy690,000
Blair Hampton447,000
Matteo RynkiewiczBUSTED!
William JahnBUSTED!
Joe Darcy

Caputo picks off two

John Caputo is well and truly on an upswing after eliminating two players from the Hijack Poker Main Event.

In earlier action, Caputo found himself in a three-way all-in-preflop against Edge and David Bishop and we got there just as the cards were tabled.

Bishop: 33
Caputo: A10
Edge: QJ

Board: 2QA610

With Bishop out of the picture, Edge then ripped in the last of his stack after a flop of J-9-9 with A-3, but Caputo had flopped a boat with his pocket Jacks. That’ll do it.

John Caputo496,000
Chris EdgeBUSTED!
David BishopBUSTED!
John Caputo

Level 21: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)

Sayonara O’Mara

Peter O’Mara and Sheldon Ingham are now amongst the first wave of players to collect from the payout desk, as the tournament was reduced down to four tables.

Shortly after the bubble had burst, O’Mara put his tournament life on the line with A10, but ran smack-bang into Yen’s KK, with no change after a clean runout of 26498.

Sheldon Ingham who – ran deep in last year’s WSOP Main Event to finish with a USD $15,000 payday – has also registered an ITM finish after jamming with Q10, only to see Lars Klove wake up with QQ, which rivered a set with the case Queen on the board of 672KQ.

Andy Yen496,000
Lars Klove300,000
Sheldon InghamBUSTED!
Peter O’MaraBUSTED!
Lars Klove

Scagneti smashed

In an incredble turn of events, Adriano Scagneti has been confirmed as the stone bubble in the inaugural Hijack Poker Main Event, eliminated by John Choong over the space of two hands!

After some heavy pre-flop betting action, Choong and Scagneti got all their money in pre-flop, with Choong at risk holding KK against Scagneti’s QQ, however Choong held firm as the board was spread AA106K, reducing Scagneti down to 333,000.

The pair then went at it again, this time with the cry of ‘all-in-call’ going up after a flop of 98K.

Choong: KQ
Scagneti: 98

Scagneti kept the lead on the turn of the 7, but Choong spiked the Q on the river, and just like that, we are now officially in the money – and we have ourselves a new chip leader!

Jon Choong850,000
Adriano ScagnetiBUSTED!
Jon Choong

Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (8,000) > Level 20: 7,000/14,000 (14,000)

Scully culled

Chris Scully has been confirmed as the soft bubble, eliminated in 38th place as we now move into hand-for-hand play.

Over on Table 8, Scully found himself calling with 107 against William Jahn, who had moved all-in with A5. With no change to either hand after the runout of J9322, Scully was reduced to 23,000, which all went into the middle in the very next hand, going heads-up against Adriano Scagneti to a flop of 786.

Scagnetti called the all-in bet, showing down 98 for top pair against Scully’s Q10, which then improved to a straight as the board completed 5, 2.

Adriano Scagneti575,000
William Jahn138,000
Bobby SinghBUSTED!
William Jahn

Dee Dee goes bye-bye

We’re now just two away from the money after Bobby Singh and Dee Dee Chen were confirmed as two of our recent eliminations on either side of the break.

In earlier action, Singh moved all-in pre-flop with AK, but although he was ahead of Bui’s AQ, Bui freerolled his way to Broadway on the board of 43JK10.

Chen was then amongst those the first to hit the rail after play resumed; as Chen recalled, she moved all-in with pocket Queens after having flopped a set, but was gunned down by Ashley hunt who had flopped a straight.

Play is now orbit-for-orbit with 38 players remaining.

Ashley Hunt504,500
Harry Bui290,000
Dee Dee ChenBUSTED!
Bobby SinghBUSTED!
Dee Dee Chen

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000) > Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Break time!

Our 41 remaining players are now on a quick 10-minute break.

Scagneti soaring

Adriano Scagneti has now been sighted as the first player to reach the half-million chip mark as we approach the first break of the day.

In recent action over on Table 8, Scagneti took out Sungki Cho after calling down with AK against Cho, whose KJ held on all streets across the runout of 94899.

That was after Jon Choong eliminated Gemma Silva, who drilled trips with his holding of K10 on a board of KK2J5 against Silva, who had moved all-in-pre with 88.

Adriano Scagneti519,000
Jon Choong129,500
Sungki ChoBUSTED!
Gemma SilvaBUSTED!
Adriano Scagneti

Main Event payouts

As the second side event gets underway here at The Civic, action has now started to slow down in the Main Event with 45 players remaining. This gives us a chance now to update our friends over east with the prize pool dividends on offer.

As reported a couple of nights ago, the event was capped out at 357 total entries, reaching the maximum prize pool limit of $50,000, as per WA Community Poker Policy guidelines. The top 36 players will be paid out a minimum of $400, while our winner on Monday night will take home $12,000 in cash.


Level 16: 3,500/7,000 (7,000)

Can’t win ’em all

After winning the $250 Pot Limit Omaha event earlier in the series, Jacky Chan continues his run in this Main Event, taking out Adrian Mills.

Shortly before their table was broken, Mills moved all-in pre-flop with 98, but although he turned a flush draw on the board of KA1022, Chan had the best of hit holding AQ.

A short time later, there was a three-way all-in over on Table 8, with Shayne Le Roy the at-risk player against Adriano Scagneti and $350 Terminator Champion, Irene Holzmann.

Scagnetti: AA
Holzman: KK
Le Roy: 22

Board: J10797

Scagnetti scooped the pot to cripple Holzmann and eliminate Le Roy; Holzmann was then seen heading to the rail soon after.

Adriano Scagneti429,000
Jacky Chan300,000
Irene HolzmannBUSTED!
Shayne Le RoyBUSTED!
Adrian MillsBUSTED!

Slow Byrne catches fire

Jaxon Byrne was amongst those who were AWOL at the start of the day, but given he lives just around the corner from The Civic, it didn’t take long for him to get back to work, taking out Esther Rose on Table 5.

Rose moved the last of her money into the middle before the flop with A10, but although she turned top pair on the board of J107A5, Byrne’s two pair with AJ was best.

At the same time over on Table 1, Thilanka Silva moved all-in with 44, but lost the flip for his tournament life against Andrew Miller, who rolled for initiative with his J6 and hit on the board of K36QA.

Jaxon Byrne363,000
Andrew Miller81,500
Thilanka SilvaBUSTED!
Esther RoseBUSTED!
Jaxon Byrne

Level 14: 2,500/5,000 (5,000) > Level 15: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)

‘Bish’ fishin’ for chips

Daniel Bishop is now close to 400,000 in chips as Hijack Poker Festival Main Event action – and the Perth sun – continues to heat up.

On Table 2, Liz Morris moved all-in after the flop holding pocket fives, but failed to improve against Bishop’s pocket queens. Presto, change-o, busto.

Our reporter was then called over to Table 8, where Tim Caban had put his tournament life on the line with A-Q, but found no help against the A-K of Adriano Scagneti.

Daniel Bishop370,000
Adriano Scagneti198,500
Tim CabanBUSTED!
Liz MorrisBUSTED!
Daniel Bishop

Living on the edge

Plenty of action in the first level, with David Brown and Zac McDannold amongst those the first to be eliminated here at The Civic.

Earlier on Table 7, Brown got the last of his chips in on a J-7-3 board holding A-7o, but Harry Bui had him smashed with pocket sevens for the set.

Then over on Table 6, McDannold open-shoved on a flop of 4A3 holding QQ, only to run into the AK of Chris Edge, with neither hand improving as the turn and river ran out 6, 2.

Chris Edge296,500
Harry Bui220,000
Zac McDannoldBUSTED!
David BrownBUSTED!
Chris Edge

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the Hijack Poker Festival Main Event!

We’ll be playing through 14 levels of 25 minutes’ duration, or down to our final table of nine, whichever comes first.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBB Ante

Level 12: 1,500/3,000 (3,000) > Level 13: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)

A true test out West

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, hello and welcome to PokerMedia Australia’s Live Reporting coverage of the Hijack Poker Festival Main Event!

Today is a particularly special day for us here at PMA, as it marks the very first time that we’ve been able to bring you our bespoke event coverage from anywhere in Western Australia, and based on what we’ve seen so far with the Hijack Poker Festival, there’s plenty to be excited about.

Australia’s newest poker league – which was officially launched a few weeks ago – has already begun running regular cash games and tournaments in 14 venues, many of which were part of the inaugural series that began on 5 February. To date, the Hijack Poker Festival has accumulated more than $160,000 in total prize money, which also includes the $200 buy-in Main Event, which was capped out at 357 entries.

It has already been an eye-opening experience for PMA as we have come to learn more about the state of the union, but based on our discussions with local players and key industry figures, there is growing support to make changes to the Community Poker Policy, which would allow mid-tier major events akin to those over east to be held in WA.

Scarborough Beach, Perth

Based on the record numbers we’ve witnessed at major events over the last three years – coupled with the socio-economic benefits resulting from increased tourism – the argument in favour of bringing WA into line with other states grows stronger.

Still, operators are mindful of balancing this with existing licencing and regulatory practices, and it is hoped that by working proactively with government officials, that they can get the support they need in taking that next step.

But today, all eyes are on the Hijack Poker Festival Main Event, which kicks off at 12pm local time. 78 players will return to The Civic Hotel in Inglewood to play down to a final table tonight, but only 36 will cash out, with our winner in two days’ time taking home a tidy $12,000 top prize.

PMA is now primed and ready to bring you all the action alongside the HJP media contingent, so please stay with us for all the updates right up until the final river falls!

Day 2 seat draw

Play will resume tomorrow (Saturday) at The Civic Hotel in Inglewood from 12pm local time, with recommencing blinds at 1,500/3,000 (3,000). Please ensure you have your photo ID with you for verification purposes, and should you have any queries regarding your seat allocation, please approach the friendly team at Hijack Poker. Best of luck to all players, and may the flop be with you!

To assist our WPT Live Reporting Team, please ensure your PMA ID cards are kept close to your stack, face-up and visible at all times.

Players are also asked to move their PMA IDs with them when broken or balanced to another table, and they must be left on the table to be collected after an elimination and at the end of day’s play.

Table 1

PMA IDSeatNameChips
01011Lars Klove25,000
01022Jacky Su20,500
01033Merv Sutton97,000
01044Thilanka Silva68,000
01055David Lofthouse174,500
01066Andrew Miller53,500
01077Sheldon Ingham248,000
01088Bobby Singh105,500
01099Richard Larkin81,000

Table 2

PMA IDSeatNameChips
02011Harley Sparks47,500
02022John Caputo90,000
02033Liz Morris99,000
02044Daniel Bishop186,000
02055Rob Paradiso45,000
02066Ben Foot101,000
02077Jamie Debono74,000
02088Hans Dorn154,000
02099Leon Waters121,500

Table 3

PMA IDSeatNameChips
03011Sanjun Byeon203,500
03033Raymond Lai109,500
03044Ashley Hunt117,000
03055Karen Hampton139,000
03066Delpeuch Sebastien126,000
03077Paul Broadbent30,000
03088Andrian Chin38,000
03099Mehdi Amiri303,500

Table 4

PMA IDSeatNameChips
04011Matt Rear161,500
04022Scott Roderick90,000
04033Zube Mcwhannell101,500
04044Joe Darcy63,000
04055Kevin Kenny239,000
04066Andy Yen106,500
04077Blair Hampton159,500
04088Mark Smith155,000

Table 5

PMA IDSeatNameChips
05011George Lewkowski47,500
05022Ray Wan127,000
05033Adrian Mills106,000
05044Kevin Chien78,000
05055Aaron Collie74,500
05066Aslani Tony95,000
05077Esther Rose138,500
05099Jaxon Byrne118,000

Table 6

PMA IDSeatNameChips
06011Mark Van Dort43,000
06022Deedee Chen259,500
06033Peter O’Mara126,500
06044C.C. Wang104,000
06055Nikola Zmukic92,500
06066Bryce Kenny61,500
06077Matteo Rynkiewicz65,000
06088Zac McDannold159,000
06099Chris Edge140,500

Table 7

PMA IDSeatNameChips
07011Harry Bui129,000
07022Cho Sungki61,500
07033David Brown28,000
07044John Ku89,500
07055William Jahn88,500
07066Luke Sharpe71,500
07077Casey Bizzaca190,000
07088Jaime Dalton-Allen86,000
07099Mahsun Eren190,000

Table 8

PMA IDSeatNameChips
08022Gemma Silva63,000
08033Adriano Scagneti109,000
08044Jon Choong106,000
08055Shayne Le Roy71,500
08066Eddie Harich63,000
08077Tim Caban149,000
08088Holzmann Irene108,500
08099Michael Binnie29,500

Table 9

PMA IDSeatNameChips
09011Gary O’Doherty84,500
09022Sam Frisinia108,000
09033Behzad Bagheri107,500
09044Robert Tan126,000
09055Jacky Chan280,000
09066Lior Cohen119,500
09077Joon Hyun95,500
09088Kris Scully130,500
09099Steve Mehew342,000

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