A king’s ransom: Brandon Bailey wins WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event

After one of the most action-packed final tables ever witnessed, Brandon Bailey has broken through for his biggest career score, defeating Tu Le heads-up for $70,000 in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Opening Event.

The affable Queenslander, who has made quite a splash on the local poker scene since 2020, broke through for his first Tier One victory after shipping his first major mid-tier title at the APT Brisbane series last year.

Since then, Bailey has quickly risen through the ranks to feature regularly in high stakes tournaments, his previous best being a runner-up finish for $21K in the WPT League Championship at the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the wake of his victory, Bailey was quick to admit that he “ran really good”, having picked up pocket Kings “at least six or seven times” over the last two days and hitting a set or trips with four of them, but it still felt even better to win it all.

Bailey was also full of praise for Le, who he said was a “really nice guy” and was only too happy to share the prize money after a see-sawing heads-up battle that lasted more than two hours, with the pair renegotiating for a virtually even split before playing it out for the trophy.

The final table of the $1,000 buy-in tournament also featured WPT League Illawarra Ambassador Adrian Pacheco, as well as French import Anthony Cierco, who adds to his blistering start to the year after winning two major mid-tier titles last month.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST OPENING EVENT: FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,000 buy-in, 455 entries, 57 players paid)*

1stBrandon BaileyAustralia$70,000*
2ndTu LeAustralia$69,503*
3rdZheming ZhuAustralia$36,978
4thAdrian PachecoAustralia$25,102
5thAnthony CiercoFrance$19,287
6thNil EsteveAustralia$16,032
7thAndrew BateyAustralia$13,419
8thDavid LuongAustralia$10,811
9thLawrence StephensonAustralia$8,202
*Denotes heads-up deal, full results available at starpoker.com.au

PokerMedia Australia‘s Live Reporting coverage continues tomorrow (Monday), with updates of the $5K Challenge from 3:30pm AEST; for more information the WPT Prime Gold Coast festival, follow Star Poker Gold Coast on Facebook, visit the Star Poker website or log onto worldpokertour.com.

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