Flying high: Michael Falcon bags massive chip lead in Day 1A of WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event

Michael Falcon is off to a flying start in the WPT Prime Gold Coast 2023 series, after bagging the chip lead in Day 1A of the $1,000 buy-in Opening Event.

Falcon amassed a massive lead with 857,000 in chips, dominating the 29 players advancing through to Day 2 from the 191 total entries taken in. George Archer (550,000), Jason Anand (501,000), Shane Thompson (485,000) and Adrian Pacheco (474,000) completed the top five.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia at the end of the night, Falcon said that he is mostly a tournament player who doesn’t normally play top tier events, but usually comes out “five times a year” for the mid-tier tournament series.

Falcon described his day at the tables as “rocky” having lost with pocket Aces three times, but he managed his stack with patience and waited for the right spots to eventually run it up.

With his focus now on getting through Day 2, Falcon said: “My main strategy is to read [other] players. I’m not a show-off kind of player.”


Michael Falcon851,000
George Archer550,000
Jason Anand501,000
Shane Thompson485,000
Adrian Pacheco474,000
Win Meng Tan466,000
Mark Ericksen393,000
Kiyo Puyat385,000
Andrew Batey301,000
Brandon Bailey282,000
Jarrod Thatcher248,000
Mishel Anunu240,000
Gary Lin233,000
Stephen Boyd205,000
Attila Bognar198,000
Charlie Hawes185,000
Duncan McKinnon174,000
George Iordanou168,000
Patrick Barba166,000
Carlos Youssef154,000
Mitchell Frost149,000
John Hutchins146,000
Mark Lawton135,000
Dylan Foster133,000
Lawrence Stephenson126,000
Jeremy Winlaw96,000
Lucas Tae82,000
Mason Trevanion80,000
Anthony Maglicic50,000

PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage continues from 2:30pm AEST tomorrow (Friday) with Day 1B of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event; for more information, including the full schedule of events, visit or

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