LIVE REPORTING: 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty Day 2

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Congratulations Justin Chu ($89,962), 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty Champion!

Score one for Team Taiwan! Justin Chu has claimed his first major victory on Aussie soil, taking out the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty after a dominant heads-up performance against Kevin Lee.

The Taiwanese pro, who finished runner-up in last year’s WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event, claimed the last two bounties on offer, including a Big Bounty worth $16,700, but shortly before posing for his winner’s photo, Chu opened his backpack to bring out the rest of his massive haul: three bounties of $7K+, and another five $400 surfboards for a combined total of $130,062 in prize money!

And as Chu revealed to PokerMedia Australia during his post-match interview, it more than made up for his first visit to Australia last year during the WSOP Gold Coast Circuit series, even with play extended into a third day.

Justin Chu

“It feels fantastic, really nice to win it,” Chu said. “Yesterday, we played six-handed for about three hours … it went back and forth for a while, but then I was lucky enough to get Aces versus two all-ins and was able to build my stack up from there.”

Regardless of today’s result, Chu now plans to spend more time after the series to explore more of the land down under, and hinted at an even greater Taiwanese contingent for the WPT Australia Main Tour festival in September.

“The CTP (Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker) Club is associated with WPT, and we just finished an event there about a month ago,” Chu explained. “Poker’s going really well in Taiwan right now, and I think we’ll see more players coming over. The environment is just lovely, I really enjoy it here.”

And we’re very much looking forward to welcoming you all! From all of us at PMA, 恭喜!

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST MYSTERY BOUNTY ($1,350 buy-in, 596 entries, 75 players paid)

1stJustin ChuTaiwan$89,962$40,700
2ndKevin LeeAustralia$63,075$4,500
3rdGeoffrey MooneyAustralia$40,555$2,000
4thJarrod ThatcherAustralia$29,036$15,200
5thJason SampsonAustralia$22,286$1,200
6thLiem TranAustralia$18,278$2,400
7thSteven BurgessAustralia$15,042$14,200
8thPaul LombardiAustralia$11,995$3,500
9thAndrew McLarenAustralia$8,996$2,600

This brings our coverage of this tournament to a close, but stay with us here at PMA for our coverage of the $3K PLO, as well as social media content and feature articles from the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event, together with live updates from our friends at

Thanks again for your continued support, and we’ll see you back on the felt real soon. ‘Bye for now!

Kevin Lee eliminated in 2nd place ($63,075)

In the last few minutes of the end of this level, Lee open-shoved from the button for his last 2.4 million holding A5 and Chu quickly called with K6, but neither hand improved on the board of QQ493 to give Lee the full double.

A few hands later, Lee raised to 600,000 and Chu called before checking the flop of 4106. Lee opened for 400,000, Chu check-raised to 1.5 million, Lee shoved over the top and Chu snap-called.

Chu: JJ
Lee: 97

Needing any heart or an eight, the turn of the 10 improved Chu to two pair, with the river 9 of no consolation to Lee, who was officially wiped out in second place.

Kevin LeeBUSTED!
Kevin Lee

Congratulations to Justin Chu, your new WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty Champion! We’ll be back shortly to wrap things up – stay tuned!

Lee bleeding out

Kevin Lee is now holding on for dear (tournament) life after losing another big pot to Kevin Chu in this Mystery Bounty heads-up clash.

Lee min-clicked from the button to 600,000 and Chu called before check-calling Lee’s bet of 750,000 after the flop of J75. Both players then checked the turn of the 6 before Chu checked again on the river of the J.

Lee led out for 1.5 million, but Chu came back with a check-raise of 3.5 million, putting Lee into the blender before he made a crying call, but quickly mucked after Chu turned up A2 for the nut flush.

Justin Chu20,050,000
Kevin Lee3,775,000

Two for Chu

Justin Chu has taken down back-to-back pots to increase his chip lead over Kevin Lee as this heads-up battle in the Mystery Bounty continues.

In earlier action, Lee completed and Chu checked before opening for 300,000 after a flop of KA7. Chu then check-raised to 2 million after Lee’s bet of 650,000 on the turn of the Q before both players checked the river A, with Chu’s Q8 best against Lee’s 102.

Then in the next hand, Chu completed and Lee checked before check-calling Lee’s bet of 300,000 after the Q76 flop. Chu checked again after the turn of the 5, which prompted a bet of 650,000 from Lee, only to then see Chu check-raise to 1,875,000.

Lee called, and fired out 3,350,000 on the river of the A, but after about two minutes or so Chu elected to call, turning up Q4 for the pair, while Lee could only muster up a busted straight draw with 108. Advantage, Chu!

Justin Chu15,200,000
Kevin Lee8,625,000
Justin Chu

Lee draws first blood

Kevin Lee has taken down the first full hand against Justin Chu in the early stages of the heads-up battle for the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty trophy.

After the two players threw a few jabs, Lee raised to 600,000 from the button and Chu called to a see a flop of QQJ, which they both checked.

Chu then check-called Lee’s bet of 500,000 on the turn of the 4 before both players checked the river 7, with Chu tabling 104, but was no good against Lee’s 99.

Justin Chu12,825,000
Kevin Lee11,000,000

Level 33: 150,000/300,000 (300,000)

Aaaaaaand we’re back!

Good morning and welcome back to PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty!

After heads-up action between Justin Chu (13,150,000) and Kevin Lee (10,675,000) was put on hold due to the 12-hour rule, our two combatants have now returned and are preparing to finish off the battle for the crystal surfboard and the majority share of the remaining $153,037 in prize money.

And if that wasn’t enough, today’s winner will also take the last two bounties on offer, including a Big Bounty worth $16,700!

Play will be getting back underway shortly, so stay with us until the final river falls!


Justin Chu leading – and that’s a wrap!

Play has completed one final hand before finishing this level as our top two will bag and tag, returning tomorrow for Day 3 at 11:30am AEST.

Kevin Lee completed the blinds as they went to the flop 7104. Chu check-called Lee for 375,000, then on the K turn, check-called Lee for 1.15M. On the river K, Chu led a bet of 1.5M, before folding after Lee raised a heavier 3.5M.

This concludes play for today as Chu and Lee have bagged up. With their counts close to even, it poses the question who will be our winner when play resumes tomorrow?

Justin Chu13,150,000
Kevin Lee10,675,000

Be sure to join us again as we bring you our continued Live Reporting coverage, but until then, from all of us here at PokerMedia Australia, it’s ‘bye for now!

Lee going off!

Kevin Lee is applying more pressure, after raising on the button to 500,000 and Justin Chu called.

The flop J410 saw Chu check-call Lee for 375,000 to the 8 turn, with both players checked.

On the river K, Chu bet 500,000, then tank-called Lee’s raise to 1.475M.

Kevin Lee showed K8, prompting Lee to muck.

Justin Chu13,625,000
Kevin Lee10,200,000
Kevin Lee

Frothin’ up top

With just two bounties left, there is still an extra $16,400 total waiting to be claimed by our winner, increasing the first prize value to a six-figure pay of $106,362, not including any previously won bounties. Cowabunga!

Justin Chu and Kevin Lee are making the most of their extra time, trying to play for a winner tonight, with Justin Chu making the first move shoving on the button.

Lee snap-called, turning up A10 against Chu’s K10, but couldn’t find a diamond on the run of 664AK as Lee scooped two pair for the win, scoring a decent double up.

Justin Chu14,825,000
Kevin Lee9,000,000
Justin Chu.

Level 32: 125,000/250,000 (250,000)

Point Break

L-R: Kevin Lee, Justin Chu

Play has now been paused at heads up for a quick 5 minute break, and staff have indicated to the top two, Justin Chu and Kevin Lee, to play on for one more level. Just one wave, just one wave before they take them in!

After the last round of eliminations, Chu pulled three bounty tokens, peeling the stickers to reveal:

BOUNTY: $400

2x BIG BOUNTY: $7,000!

Another $14,400 in the bank for Chu. Cha-ching!

Lee also pulled a bounty, peeling back to see:

BIG BOUNTY: $1,300!

A quick look at the chip counts of our top two shows the balance of power heavily in Chu’s favour, with his stack holding almost 80% of the chips in play:

3Justin ChuAustralia17,800,000
4Kevin LeeAustralia5,250,000

Geoffrey Mooney eliminated in 3rd place ($40,555)

Not long after the double eliminations of Jason Sampson and Jarrod Thatcher, Geoffrey Mooney joined them on the rail.

Justin Chu raised on the button to 400,000, and Mooney shoved all in from the small blind, snapped up by Chu.

Mooney showed J10, which ran smack-bang into Chu’s cowboys KK, and failed to surface from under the waves through a runout 656J2.

Play is now heads up!

Justin Chu17,800,000
Geoffrey MooneyWIPEOUT!
Geoffrey Mooney.

Jason Sampson eliminated in 5th place ($22,286); Jarrod Thatcher eliminated in 4th place ($29,036)

Play is now moving along very quickly with the double eliminations at the hand of Justin Chu, after Sampson went all in, Jarrod Thatcher called short on the button and was snapped off by Chu.

Chu: AA
Sampson: KK
Thatcher: AJ

It was a clean run for Chu through 810J75, as he took down the pot and chipped up, with Thatcher covering Sampson with enough chips for the higher finish.

Justin Chu8,670,000
Jason SampsonWIPEOUT!
Jarrod ThatcherWIPEOUT!

Liem Tran eliminated in 6th place ($18,278)

After topping the final table at his peak of 11.22M in chips, Liem Tran has been tossed into the sea foam after sending the last of his 1.6M into the middle, called off by Kevin Lee on his direct left in blind-vs-blind action.

Lee showed A4 whilst Tran was trailing with 75. Tran was hitting dead air as Lee raced down Q1039A, with the river sealing up the win for Lee with top pair.

Kevin Lee3,750,000
Liem Tran


Tournament staff have advised that due to time constraints of the “12 hour play” legal rule in effect, after this level play will be stopped and chips bagged up for a return tomorrow.

Level 31: 100,000/200,000 (200,000)

Chu carving

Jarrod Thatcher opened preflop to 325,000, finding two callers in Liem Tran and Justin Chu.

On the A55 flop, all three checked to the J turn.

Thatcher bet 200,000, Tran folded as Justin Chu went all in for 2.275M. Thatcher called, flipping up AJ, against Chu’s 58.

The board offered something for both players, with top two pair for Thatcher, but Chu hit a set which filled up to a boat on the river of A55J8.

Justin Chu5,650,000
Jarrod Thatcher2,850,000

Shootin’ the Curls

A couple of double ups on our table as play has moved in level 30, with some big swings in stacks.

Jason Sampson doubled through Kevin Lee, after his A10 held against Lee’s A9 on an Ace-high rainbow board, Q5A72.

Jarrod Thatcher also found a double through Liem Tran, going all in on the big blind after Tran opened UTG.

Tran turned over KQ, but couldn’t shake off Thatcher’s pocket 77 which got through the wave on 59583.

Jarrod Thatcher5,200,000
Jason Sampson3,200,000
Kevin Lee2,300,000
Liem Tran2,400,000

Level 30: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)

Breezy waves

The action on our final table has slowed down considerably as chip stacks are evening up amongst our field.

Justin Chu opened from the Hijack to 250,000, and Geoffrey Mooney shoved all in pre on the button for 1,975,000. Liem Tran asked the dealer for a count, thinking it over in the tank before making the call, as Chu folded to get out of the way.

Tran: 88
Mooney: JJ

Both players hit a set on the spread of 4KJ68, with Mooney’s higher set raking in the pot for a timely double up off Tran.

Liem Tran4,360,000
Geoffrey Mooney4,025,000

Updated Counts

We have an update on the chip counts for our remaining 6 players after the break. Liem Tran, Kevin Lee and Jarrod Thatcher lead the top 3, with between 32BBs to 51BBs.

3Liem TranAustralia6,460,000
4Kevin LeeAustralia4,675,000
5Jason SampsonAustralia2,750,000
7Justin ChuAustralia1,750,000
8Geoffrey MooneyAustralia2,650,000
9Jarrod ThatcherAustralia4,075,000

Level 29: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)


Our players are taking a quick 15 minute break, we’ll be right back with an update on the chip counts.

Doubles curling through

Justin Chu has doubled up through Jason Sampson, after his pocket 77 held against Sampson’s AJ, improving to a straight on the board of 5K689 and boosting his chips to stay in the game.

Geoffrey Mooney found a double through Liem Tran, after his 65 suited connectors rivered a pair on the J7885 spread against Tran’s AQ.

Kevin Lee also doubled up, taking further chips off Jason Sampson after his all in was called, and his A9 hit on the turn through 2J894, against Sampson’s AK.

Liem Tran6,750,000
Kevin Lee4,675,000
Justin Chu3,400,000
Jason Sampson2,750,000
Geoffrey Mooney2,700,000

Sampson v Chipleader

Jason Sampson opened preflop UTG+1, called by Liem Tran in the big blind. On the flop 23K, Tran called out a bet from Sampson, then called on the 10 turn as Sampson led out a bet again.

On the 4 river, Sampson pushed most of his stack into the middle, called again by Tran.

Sampson turned over AA for the winning hand, as Tran mucked.

Liem Tran8,150,000
Jason Sampson5,350,000

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)

Paul Lombardi eliminated in 8th place ($11,995); Steven Burgess eliminated in 7th place ($15,042)

A massive three-way action unfolded after Liem Tran opened under the gun to 225,000, Paul Lombardi went all in, then Steven Burgess ripped all in on top by about 5 million from the big blind.

Liem Tran snapped, turning up AA.

Burgess was not too far behind with QQ, although Lombardi was almost drawing dead with AJ, but Tran held as the board ran out K2K79, successfully delivering a double knockout to emerge as the monster chip leader.

Liem Tran11,220,000
Paul LombardiWIPEOUT!
Steven BurgessWIPEOUT!

Thatcher rides the tube

Jarrod Thatcher opened UTG+1, Steven Burgess 3-bet from middle position before tank-calling Thatcher’s all in.

Burgess: 88
Thatcher: A3

The board gave Thatcher the top pair on the first window, completing AK97J.

Steven Burgess4,725,000
Jarrod Thatcher4,300,000

Andrew McLaren eliminated in 9th place ($8,996)

Our final table seats were barely warm when Andrew McLaren went all in pre, called off by Liem Tran.

McLaren: A9
Tran: JJ

The board ran dry 7410K2, allowing Tran to hold out and take down the pot.

Tran then pulled a surfboard bounty token, revealing:

BOUNTY: $400!

Liem Tran4,900,000
Andrew McLarenWIPEOUT!
Andrew McLaren

WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty final table

Our final table nine have taken to their seats.

2023 WPT Prime Mystery Bounty – final table
1Steven BurgessAustralia6,535,000
2Andrew McLarenAustralia1,615,000
3Liem (Jimmy) TranAustralia3,455,000
4Kevin LeeAustralia3,260,000
5Jason SampsonAustralia1,815,000
6Paul LombardiAustralia1,640,000
7Justin ChuAustralia1,800,000
8Geoffrey MooneyAustralia1,440,000
9Jarrod ThatcherAustralia2,350,000

Remaining Payouts:


Gnarly bubble

Thomas Karadimos has been eliminated as our bubble for the final table has burst.

Karadimos went all in pre with 86 as the short stack, easily snapped up by the chipleader Steven Burgess.

Burgess flipped over J10 and hit the third window on the 5710 flop for the top pair, although it also teased Karadimos with the prospect of a straight draw.

The 10 turn and 10 gave Burgess the quads for a resounding win, dumping Karadimos ashore.

Steven Burgess6,535,000
Thomas KaradimosWIPEOUT!

Mo Money for Mooney

Mooney has doubled up through Steven Burgess, after ripping all in pre with AQ, snapped up by Burgess’s K8.

Mooney flopped a pair which improved to two pair on the turn, holding through QJ4A5 to steal a pot off Burgess, who is still running hot as the chipleader.

Steven Burgess4,230,000
Geoffrey Mooney1,440,000

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)

Perry pitted

Bert Perry pushed his stack into the middle, finding only one caller in Liem Tran as they turned over their cards for the heads up.

Tran was ahead with A4, Perry trying to find something with K9. Tran hit a bottom pair on the Q74 flop, which was enough to hold as Perry bricked out on the 10 turn and 8 river.

Not long after, Reagan Samoa joined Perry on the rail after going all in pre with pockets 88, and couldn’t hold against Andrew McLaren’s Q9 which connected a 9 on the flop to pair up and held on the board.

McLaren then claimed a mystery bounty, taking off the sticker to reveal:

BIG BOUNTY: $2,600

We are now on the bubble for the final table, with 10 players remaining to battle it out for a top prixe of $89,962, with the top remaining bounty of $16,700 to be claimed.

Andrew McLaren2,100,000
Liem Tran1,600,000
Bert PerryWIPEOUT!
Reagan SamoaWIPEOUT!

Karadimos drops in

Simon Thwaites went all in preflop as the short stack, with pocket 55, snapped up by Karadimos’ 109.

Karadimos paired on the flop and Thwaites tumbled out as he couldn’t find a set through 369Q2.

Thomas Karadimos2,200,000
Simon ThwaitesWIPEOUT!

No Yew for Yu

Yu Chen went all in pre from the Hijack with 77, snapped up by Paul Lombardi from middle position holding AK.

Chen’s pockets barely held on the flop, before Lombardi hit top pair and held on 489K3.

Paul Lombardi1,700,000

Hang eleven (BBs)

Liem Tran has taken a big change of chips off Bert Perry for a double up, after calling Perry’s jam on the button.

Perry was holding AJ as Tran turned over pockets 88, which held out on the 54379 board, leaving Perry hanging with a little over 11BB.

Liem Tran2,800,000
Bert Perry700,000

Updated Counts

We have an update on the chip counts for our remaining field of 14 players after the break:

Steven Burgess3,870,000
Justin Chu3,425,000
Kevin Lee2,920,000
Bert Perry2,080,000
Jason Sampson2,065,000
Yu Chen1,550,000
Paul Lombardi1,455,000
Liem Tran1,425,000
Simon Thwaites1,150,000
Geoffrey Mooney1,095,000
Andrew McLaren845,000
Thomas Karadimos735,000
Jarrod Thatcher705,000
Reagan Samoa635,000

Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)


Our remaining 14 players are now on a 10-minute break.

Lee lines up

Colin Denby went all in heads up holding A6 against Kevin Lee’s J10, getting churned out on the run out of 231058.

Mason Trevanion also got the last of his stack all in pre, his 88 unable to hold out against Jason Sampson’s A3 which connected two pair on JAQQ4, sending Trevanion to the rail.

Kevin Lee2,650,000
Jason Sampson2,300,000
Colin DenbyWIPEOUT!
Mason TrevanionWIPEOUT!

Chu riding high

Justin Chu has taken down out Fletcher Smith, calling with after Smith went all in from the Hijack with AJ.

Chu rolled up 99, which hit a set on the flop against Smith’s top pair, and smashed through 6J978.

It was a massive chip up for Chu with a pot well over 1 million, moving him to the top of the ladder with just under 4 million in chips, neck and neck with Steven Burgess.

Chu rocked up to the Tiki Hut to claim his Mystery Bounty, peeling back a sticker on a surfboard token revealing:

BIG BOUNTY: $7,600!

Justin Chu3,900,000
Fletcher SmithWIPEOUT!

Big Blue Crush

Yu Chen doubled up off Mooney, after jamming from late positions with A10 to hold against Mooney’s A8 through a spread of K6K75, moving Chen back up over the half million mark.

Meerwais Hussaini got the last of his chips in with 99, called for the heads up by Steven Burgess with 33.

The flop 576 offered both players a straight draw, which connected for Burgess as a straight to the seven on the 4 turn, and Hussaini bricked out for the higher straight on the K river.

Burgess is still running as our top chipleader in the field with almost 4 million in chips.

Steven Burgess3,750,000
Yu Chen620,000
Geoffrey Mooney425,000
Meerwais HussainiWIPEOUT!

Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)

No Shaka for Sheng

Sheng Ye moved all in preflop from the button with AA, snapped up by Thomas Karadimos with KQ.

Karadimos was drawing the straight on the flop which connected on the turn and held through 9J1086, eliminating Ye.

Jarrod Thatcher has accrued more chips after busting Les Whiteside, who shoved all in with 33. Whiteside briefly held the lead over Thatcher’s 102, which then quickly paired on the flop and held on 9104J6.

Our field has now broken to two tables.

Thomas Karadimos1,450,000
Jarrod Thatcher 1,025,000
Les WhitesideWIPEOUT!

Segers under the sea

Jarrod Thatcher has found a double through Fletcher Smith, after jamming all in with 88, holding off Smith’s AJ to run cleanly through 62454.

Kristof Segers has been tumbled out after a brutal river card heads up with Kevin Lee. Segers’ 55 started off behind Lee’s 1010, but flopped a dream full house on 775.

The dream quickly turned into a nightmare as the 7 swept away the lead to Lee for a higher full house Tens full of Sevens, and Segers couldn’t find an outter on the 6 river.

Kevin Lee1,310,000
Fletcher Smith1,105,000
Jarrod Thatcher900,000
Kristof SegersWIPEOUT!

No mushburgers for Burgess

Luke Martinelli put the last of his chips into the middle from the cutoff, snapped up by Steven Burgess in the blinds.

Martinelli rolled over 55, holding ahead of Burgess preflop with AQ. Burgess quickly connected on the flop to hold and wipeout Martinelli through a run of 3AK39.

It was a massive pot with well over half a million, giving Burgess a big chip lead to ride out even bigger waves.

Steven Burgess3,380,000
Luke MartinelliWIPEOUT!

Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)

Mooney tides up and down

Geoffrey Mooney eliminated Cam Adams after they went all-in and heads up to a spread of 48K42.

Mooney’s KJ had him beat, with his 76 suited connectors unable to find a flush or straight after drawing both on the flop.

Colin Denby managed to double up off Mooney in the next hand after shoving all in with Q9. He paired up on the flop and improved to trips through 6Q4QA, with Mooney’s JJ beat.

Geoffrey Mooney1,230,000
Colin Denby1,020,000

Big Swells forming

Mason Trevanion has moved up past the average stack to 1 Million neat in chips after eliminating Charlie Hawes, after his A8 found two pair against Hawes’ K6 on 684AQ.

Trent Paul won’t be back to surf another wave, getting dumped after shoving all in with AJ. He was called off by Paul Lombardi’s QQ which improved to a Queen-high flush on the runout of 410358.

Simon Twaites has scored another double up off Kristof Segers, moving within a whisker of the 2 Million chips mark.

Twaites faced off Segers’ KK in an uber-cooler heads up showdown with AA, with Thwaites hitting a set on the flop to ride out 73A65 and leave Segers with 6BB left.

Simon Thwaites1,950,000
Paul Lombardi1,535,000
Mason Trevanion1,000,000
Kristof Segers180,000
Charlie HawesWIPEOUT!
Trent PaulWIPEOUT!

Egan and CC left at sea

C.C Piccione has been eliminated after going all in with A9, but was pipped at the heads up by Trent Paul’s A10, which held through a spread of 35AKK.

Michael Egan’s stack suffered a major hit after going all in pre, reduced to 10,000 as he lost JJ against an opponent’s AJ which hit top pair on the board QA347.

He went all in on the next hand, his J7 no good against Luke Martinelli whose K4 had him beat on the board QK96J.

Luke Martinelli1,200,000
Trent Paul810,000
Michael EganWIPEOUT!
C.C. PiccioneWIPEOUT!

Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)


Our remaining 27 players are now on a 30-minute break.

Calm waters

Action has slowed down considerably towards the late end of this break, with no eliminations, but a few chip ups for players.

On one table, action opened to 130,000, with two callers and Thomas Karadimos all in short for 45,000. Four players went to the flop 285.

Two players check-folded to an all-in on top from Simon Thwaites who went heads up with Karadimos who turned over 76, against Thwaites’ KK.

Karadimos was visibly relieved as the dealer spread 28534 for the rivered straight, giving him a triple up as the side pot was awarded to Thwaites.

Luke Martinelli also found a triple up after defending against two players who both held red Ace-King offsuits, when his AQ hit on the flop and held through JQ646.

Luke Martinelli1,100,000
Simon Thwaites750,000
Thomas Karadimos175,000

Chu chews another

There is no stopping Chu who is on a roll after eliminating another player, this time in the form of Ali Ghezelbesh.

Ghezelbash moved all in, putting his stack where his mouth is with A10, charging in front of Chu who called him with A8.

Ghezelbash secured top pair on the flop, but was quickly pulled under the waves as Chu hit a runner-runner straight on 410675.

Our field has now broken down to three tables with 27 players remaining.

Justin Chu2,415,000
Ali GhezelbashWIPEOUT!
Justin Chu.

Level 22: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)

Here’s lookin at Chu

Justin Chu is ready for the big swells after eliminating Dylan Wayne to move closer in chips to the 2 Million mark.

Wayne went all in preflop on the button with K10, called off by Chu in late position with A10.

Neither hit on the board 7Q359, with Wayne washed ashore.

Justin Chu1,800,000
Dylan WayneWIPEOUT!

Sandaev hits the sands

Joe Sandaev has been eliminated by Bert Perry after moving the last of his short stack all in with AJ. Perry snapped him off from the button with 97.

The board ran dry 33K5, and looked set to give Sandaev the double until the Perry came in front on the river 7 to steal with two pair.

Steven Burgess also eliminated Paul Murray, after Murray shoved all in with KJ and Burgess called him off with A8. Murray paired up on the flop, but the turn gave Burgess a straight as it ran 10J794.

Tino Lechich also joined Paul Murray and Joe Sandaev on the rail.

Steven Burgess2,000,000
Bert Perry1,500,000
Tino LechichWIPEOUT!
Paul MurrayWIPEOUT!
Joe SandaevWIPEOUT!
Bert Perry.

Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)

Gilbert fed to the Gulls

A threeway all-in call erupted over on one table as Cam Adams went to showdown with Jason Gilbert and C.C. Piccione:

Gilbert: 77
Adams: A3
Piccione: AK

Board: Q5K46

Piccione’s Ace-Kings took down the main pot, with Cam Adam’s flopped Ace-high flush raking in the side pot, eliminating Gilbert.

Cam Adams720,000
C.C. Piccione210,000
Jason GilbertWIPEOUT!

Bounty for Burgess

Steven Burgess is running hot at the top of the leaderboard, after snapping up and eliminating Mark Montague who shoved all in with AK.

Montague was ahead of Burgess’ J10 on the flop of AQ4, but the flush draw loomed dangerously close, and completed on the 2 turn, leaving Montague floating dead on the 4 river.

Burgess then went to collect his mystery bounty, removing a sticker on a surfboard token:

BOUNTY: $9,000!

Yita Choong has now also joined Montague on the rail.

Steven Burgess1,490,000
Yita ChoongWIPEOUT!
Mark MontagueWIPEOUT!

Chu churns one out

Justin Chu has eliminated Jessy Song to snatch the running crown of chipleader, after Song went all in with A9.

Chu snapped a call with KJ, pairing up early on the flop to take the pot over 3KQ43.

Mishel Anunu, Paul Whiteman, Fan Zhang have also been sent to the rail.

Justin Chu1,450,000
Mishel AnunuWIPEOUT!
Jessy SongWIPEOUT!
Paul WhitemanWIPEOUT!

Updated Counts

After frenetic action with many eliminations, we bring you an update on where our field is sitting, with a quick list of the top 10 chip leaders:

Jason Sampson1,438,000
Justin Chu1,219,000
Fletcher Smith1,185,000
Reagan Samoa1,018,000
Kristof Segers836,000
Simon Thwaites830,000
J.P. Rounce825,000
Jarrod Thatcher805,000
Geoffrey Mooney800,000
Daniel Orecchio765,000

Level 20: 10,000/15,000 (15,000)


Our remaining 47 players are now on a 10-minute break.

Lei’d out

Yang Lei, the reigning WPT Prime Main Event champion, has been eliminated by Michael Egan, after jamming all in with A9 and Egan called heads up with 1010.

The 8106 flop probably wasn’t what Lei had in mind, and although he had a straight draw, it wasn’t to be as the Q turn and 9 dumped him out of contention.

Rob Bean, Amin Chehade and Robert Spano have also been wiped out, as our field now sits on 47 players remaining.

Michael Egan580,000
Amin ChehadeWIPEOUT!
Robert SpanoWIPEOUT!

Here we go Egan!

Daniel Orecchio has tossed another player from the big waves, this time Kenneth Marcum who went all in from the button. Orecchio snapped him up with 108, shortly behind Marcum’s 109, but the tide quickly turned on the flop 872, and held out on the A turn and 5 river.

Robyn Bognar, Benedikt Eberle, Jian Long and Qi Xu have also been wiped out.

Robyn BognarWIPEOUT!
Benedikt EberleWIPEOUT!
Kenneth MarcumWIPEOUT!

Big KahunAA!

Jason Gilbert has delivered a double knock out to Luke McCredie and Simon Chahine after coming out firing with AA, with McCredie holding A10 and Chahine further behind with Q10.

Gilbert held up top as he flopped a set, improving to a boat (jetski boat?) on the river. Gilbert rode even higher as he picked out a surfboard bounty token, revealing:


A big cheer erupted in the room to congratulate Gilbert for scooping the top Mystery Bounty prize.

Jason Gilbert.
Jason Gilbert375,000
Luke McCredieWIPEOUT!
Simon ChahineWIPEOUT!

Rip tide ahead

Sherif Derias went all in pre flop for his last 92,000 chips, with JJ, ahead of Luke Martinelli who snapped with AQ.

Martinelli hit the board early and Derias tumbled out on Q3A38.

Next to hit the rail was Yann Del Rey after Robyn Bognar’s A10 held out against his A5 which failed to hit on a dry board.

Not long after, Jeison Berdugo joined the rail as his AJ couldn’t pair up against Charlie Hawes’s 66 which dived cleanly through 24742.

Attila Bognar, George Psarras and Marc Seymour have also emerged as the latest who have been drawn out by the rip.

Jeison BerdugoWIPEOUT!
Attila BognarWIPEOUT!
Yann Del ReyWIPEOUT!
Sherif DeriasWIPEOUT!
George PsarrasWIPEOUT!
Marc SeymourWIPEOUT!
Jeison Berdugo

McCredie sneaks up

Simon Chahine has tripled up as Anya Azimai has been stacked by Aces AA.

Azimai went all in preflop with 77, going to showdown with Luke McCredie who flipped up J9.

The board played out 5624J to give McCredie the winning main pot, and triple up Chahine, still hanging on by a thread.

Joe Kim, Michelle Psarras have also joined the rail.

Simon Chahine24,000
Amya AzimaiWIPEOUT!
Michelle PsarrasWIPEOUT!

Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)

Dumped on the next wave

Play has now resumed in the money, and we have just seen the successive eliminations of Kenny Wang, Ricky Kroesen and Daniel Hachem, and Steven Hoek.

Hoek was riding ahead all in preflop with 44, against Steven Burgess floating behind with Q9.

Hoek quickly lost his grip as the flop showed up 2Q7, and wiped out as the A turn and 9 river sealed two pair for Burgess.

Steven Burgess412,000
Steven HoekWIPEOUT!
Daniel HachemWIPEOUT!
Ricky KroesenWIPEOUT!
Kenny WangWIPEOUT!
Steven Hoek

Bubble bursts

Players over 8 tables have been hovering hand-for-hand on the bubble which has now burst on table 21.

Alan Wilson went all in on the flop 810J with AA, snapped up by Steven Burgess who had already flopped two pair with J8.

Wilson couldn’t get any extra current to move on the 3 turn and 6 river, dumping out on the wave.

Burgess then peeled the sticker off his surfboard bounty token, revealing:

BOUNTY: $1,200!

Steven Burgess405,000
Alan WilsonWIPEOUT!

What the sea wants, the sea will have

A quick series of eliminations early in this level has brought us to the bubble. Brendon Rubie’s 77 was pulled under by Daniel Orecchio’s 88 and couldn’t ride through the barrel as the dealer spread 3659Q.

Orecchio claimed his wipeout bounty, getting down to the Tiki hut to peel a surfboard token.

BOUNTY: $400!

Liam Jehu’s suited Q9 couldn’t get ahead of Yu Chen’s A4 as the board lifted him up for the ride on 4J8AJ for the two pair, dumping Jehu out. Chen the peeled a surfboard token, revealing his bounty.

BOUNTY: $700!

Ben Turner and Emad Moeref were also seen joining the rail, and we are now hand for hand on the bubble!

Brendon RubieWIPEOUT!

Hoek paddles up

It didn’t take long for our first elimination of the day, as an “ALL IN AND CALL” cry went up on Table 17.

Steven Hoek, the returning champion of the WPT Prime Mystery Bounty, turned over QJ against Omer Silajdzija hoping to ride another wave with 88.

The board had other plans however, as Hoek surfed through K106A9 for a royal flush!!

Hoek then plucked out a wipeout bounty from the Tiki Hut, peeling back the sticker on the surfboard token.

BOUNTY: $400!

Steven Hoek266,000
Omer SilajdzijaWIPEOUT!

Shuffle up and deal!

Cards are now back in the air for Day 2 of the Mystery Bounty!

The clock has been wound back to Level 17 and we’ll be playing down until we have a trophy winner tonight.

Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)

Surf’s up!

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, good morning and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia for our continued Live Reporting coverage of the WPT Prime Gold Coast series!

Today, we pick up the action from the start of Day 2 of the $1,350 buy-in Mystery Bounty, which garnered a combined 596 total entries to generate a total prize pool of $476,000. Of the 91 players dropping back in today, the top 75 will earn themselves a minimum of $1,190, while tonight’s winner will take home $89,962.

Of course, our players all have their sights set on collecting as many Mystery Bounties as possible, with a Grand Bounty of $62,500 up for grabs – and although things are pumping right now, it’s gonna get choppy out there real quick, so stay tuned from 11:30am AEST as PMA drop in and hang ten to bring you all the action!

Day 2 seat draw

Play will resume at 11:30am AEST, with recommencing blinds at 4,000/8,000 (8,000). Please ensure you have your Star Club Card and photo ID for verification purposes, and should you have any questions regarding your seat allocation, please see staff at Star Poker Gold Coast upon arrival. Best of luck, everyone!

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 14

PMA IDSeatNameChips
14011Jeison Berdugo154,000
14022Fletcher Smith361,000
14033Kenny Wang81,000
14044Paul Murray145,000
14055Luke McCredie142,000
14066Andrew McLaren403,000
14077Thomas Karadimos152,000
14088Brendon Rubie71,000
14099Jason Gilbert30,500

Table 15

PMA IDSeatNameChips
15011Win Meng Tan157,000
15022Tino Lechich622,000
15033Tola Keo57,000
15044Fan Zhang108,000
15055Richard Holmes144,000
15066Liem Trang340,000
15077George Psarras535,000
15088Naoto Takeya442,000
15099J.P. Rounce957,000

Table 16

PMA IDSeatNameChips
16011Luke Martinelli409,000
16022Anthony Xu554,000
16033Yita Choong208,000
16044Justin Moat166,000
16055Jessy Song557,000
16066Meerwais Hussaini451,000
16077Cam Lopez181,000
16088Mason Trevanion173,000
16099Dwan Setton94,000

Table 17

PMA IDSeatNameChips
17011Jian Long177,000
17022Steven Hoek205,000
17033Omer Silajdzija90,000
17044Gavin Best437,000
17055Daniel Hachem104,000
17066Anya Azimai207,000
17077Hamish Crawshaw132,000
17088Michel Bouskila287,000

Table 21

PMA IDSeatNameChips
21011Amin Chehade369,000
21022Bert Perry111,000
21033Robert Damelian107,000
21044Alan Wilson138,000
21055Michelle Psarras108,000
21077Kristof Segers269,000
21088Ben Turner154,000
21099Steven Burgess433,000

Table 22

PMA IDSeatNameChips
22011Michael Egan295,000
22022C.C. Piccione189,000
22033Motoki Nakai43,000
22044Kevin Lee581,000
22055Ricky Kroesen179,000
22066Benedikt Eberle189,000
22077Patrick Murphy72,000
22099Yang Lei84,000

Table 23

PMA IDSeatNameChips
23011Marc Seymour216,000
23022Colin Denby377,000
23044Kenneth Marcum165,000
23055Paul Lombardi425,000
23066Daniel Orecchio322,000
23077Conrad Wolfgramm154,000
23088Simon Thwaites235,000
23099Ron Bean500,000

Table 24

PMA IDSeatNameChips
24011Andrew Menzies82,000
24022Chi Chu545,000
24033Les Whiteside110,000
24044Dylan Wayne233,000
24055Paul Whiteman276,000
24066Qi Xu330,000
24088Reagan Samoa555,000
24099Sherif Derias119,000

Table 25

PMA IDSeatNameChips
25011Yu Chen106,000
25022Trent Paul319,000
25033Emad Moaref171,000
25044Charles Tsai70,000
25055Robert Spano89,000
25066Geoffrey Mooney262,000
25088Liam Jehu110,000
25099Simon Chahine122,000

Table 28

PMA IDSeatNameChips
28011Robyn Bognar360,000
28022Lucho Vargas166,000
28033Jason Sampson600,000
28044Charlie Hawes108,000
28055Chao Duan330,000
28066Joe Kim231,000
28088Joe Sandaev153,000
28099Yann Del Rey216,000

Table 29

PMA IDSeatNameChips
29011Chris Savelle398,000
29022Attila Bognar130,000
29033Craig Trevenna417,000
29044Sheng Ye511,000
29055Cam Adams150,000
29077Jarrod Thatcher248,000
29088Ali Ghezelbash634,000
29099Mark Montague423,000

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