A place in the sun: 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast results round-up

As the PokerMedia Australia Live Reporting Team takes a well-earned break in the lead-up to Main Event week, it’s time for us to bring you the first wave of side event results from the WPT Prime Gold Coast series, thanks to our friends at WPT.com and Star Poker Gold Coast. Without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

All images courtesy of Michael Colston/The Star Gold Coast.


$440 TURBO: LAWTON’S FORTUNE

Mark Lawton was the first player to claim a crystal surfboard, defeating Benn McAuley heads-up in the one-day $440 Turbo last Thursday for $11,223 in prize money.

The win was Lawton’s biggest tournament result to date and worth almost 10 times more than his previous best, which was a runner-up finish in the WPT League QPC Mini Main Event last year. Defending champion Jonathan Levy also registered another deep run in this tournament, finishing eighth.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $440 TURBO ($440 buy-in, 87 entries, 11 players paid)

PlaceNameAmount
1stMark Lawton$11,223
2ndBenn McAuley$6,876
3rdPeter Sun$4,220
4thChia Huang$2,854
5thRod Batoz$2,175
6thZongchi He$1,740
7thHenry Kilpatrick$1,444
8thJonathan Levy$1,218
9thDamian Kutner$1,122
*Final table results shown.

$1,650 8-MAX: IT’S A CELEBRATION!

After being immortalised into Aussie poker folklore (and as a meme) in the wake of his victory in the Treasury Brisbane Poker Festival Main Event, Adrian Sportelli has once again proven a popular winner, taking out the $1,850 8-Max shortly after the Opening Event finished up last Sunday night.

‘The Celebration’ returned with a monstrous chip lead at the start of Day 2 – around three times more than his next closest opponent in Kenny ‘Panda’ Wang – and bulldozed his way through the final table in a wire-to-wire performance to collect almost $69,000.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $1,650 8-MAX ($1,650 buy-in, 175 entries, 22 players paid)

PlaceNameAmount
1stAdrian Sportelli$68,995
2ndMichel Bouskila$45,649
3rdDaniel Austin$26,919
4thPeter Apostolou$16,380
5thNathanial Hutton$12,639
6thJeison Berdugo$10,474
7thYann Del Rey$9,056
8thKelvin Li$7,925
9thLiam Jehu$6,899
*Final table results shown.

$660 BIG BOUNTY: THE THATCHER QUINELLA

Jarrod Thatcher has picked up right where he left off here at Star Poker Gold Coast, completing a unique Tier One quinella after winning the $660 Big Bounty.

The win adds to the WSOP Circuit ring he won in the $1,500 Action Clock last year, with Benn McAuley registering his second runner-up finish for the series, while last year’s Opening Event champion Dan Smiljanic also came through with another podium finish.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $660 BIG BOUNTY ($660 buy-in, 244 entries, 31 players paid)

PlaceNameAmount
1stJarrod Thatcher$16,966
2ndBenn McAuley$11,921
3rdDan Smiljanic$7,503
4thBen Turner$4,564
5thNoman Mirza$3,525
6thZongchi He$2,921
7thJuyub Lee$2,489
8thSimon Pedler$2,123
9thPatrick Murphy$1,697
*Final table results shown.

$550 PLO: MANOLAKOS VICTORIOUS

Rounding out this week’s side events results is the $550 PLO, which saw 10 players return yesterday, with Luke McCredie bubbling the final table before action got underway in Day 2 of the $5K Challenge.

The final table was all wrapped up in less than three hours, with Fotios Manolakos chopping straight down the middle with heads-up opponent Jason Giuliano before playing it out for the trophy.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $550 PLO ($550 buy-in, 115 entries)

PlaceNameAmount
1stFotios Manolakos$13,727*
2ndJason Giuliano$13,727*
3rdJ.P. Rounce$6,268
4thAden Nicholls$4,025
5thSal Fazzino$3,048
6thKarsten Kobbing$2,530
7thAmin Chehade$2,185
8thBenedikt Eberle$1,926
9thLiam Murray$1,696
*Denotes heads-up deal. Final table results shown.

For more information on the WPT Prime Gold Coast series, check out the Players Guide at starpoker.com.au, or visit the Star Poker Gold Coast Facebook page.

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