Turn it up! Ben Turner leads after Day 1B of WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event

Having flown under the radar up right up until the last hand of the night, Ben Turner has finished on top of the leader board after the completion of Day 1B of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event.

The unassuming Queensland crusher, most famous for his breakout performance in last year’s APL Million Centurion, finished the second and final flight with 543,000 in chips.

Not far behind is Zheming Zhu, who bagged up 468,000, while Meerwais Hussaini (381,000), Kenny Wang (372,000) and Wayne Clinch (370,000) completed the top five.

There were plenty of notables also inside the top 10, including Charles Tsai and Adam Thaggard, who featured prominently throughout the course of the day, along with reigning Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event winner Jennifer Cassell, Luke ‘Psyduck’ McCredie and Aroha Ngata.


Ben Turner543,000
Zheming Zhu468,000
Meer Hussaini381,000
Guangyu Wang372,000
Wayne Clinch370,000
Charles Tsai366,000
Adam Thaggard344,000
Jennifer Cassell336,000
Luke McCredie328,000
Aroha Ngata324,000
Ashish Gupta318,000
Tom O’Brien296,000
Lucy Sheppard272,000
Majid Saab269,000
Jim Giannoukos256,000
Dean Stevenson252,000
Jason Sampson250,000
John Perry249,000
Zhifan Ye247,000
Phil Stamler226,000
Anthony Harach223,000
Richard Tang209,000
Marinka Vulic201,000
Alan Wilson199,000
Steven Smith170,000
Kevin Lee152,000
Jesper Henrich151,000
Lauren Bonte149,000
Anthony Cierco148,000
Khal Fayad143,000
Chi Chu143,000
David Croucher136,000
Mose Jang134,000
David Luong131,000
Nil Esteve127,000
Andrew Menzies126,000
Tu Le125,000
Ruiyang Wang124,000
Jon Rounce119,000
Jong Jung118,000
Shane Dickfos116,000
Mick Gavrilovic112,000
Vasilios Argyros111,000
Jack Drake110,000
Steven Gluyas90,000
Nigel Kwok68,000
Robert Damelian43,000
Michael Kalin40,000

A total of 77 players will be returning today (Saturday) for Day 2, commencing at 11:30am AEST. The top. The full seat draw is now available on the Star Poker Gold Coast Facebook page and on our Live Reporting blog.

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