Mark Fester bags chip lead after Day 1A of WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event

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Mark Fester has announced his arrival from the Harbour City in style, finishing as the overall chip leader after Day 1A of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event.

The Sydney-based lawyer, who made headlines last year after winning the biggest WPTDeepStacks Main Event in global history, finished the day with 570,000 in chips after taking out $1,850 8-Max Champion Adrian Sportelli in the first and only hand on the bubble.

As reported last night at, Sportelli open-shoved his last 66,000 from the hijack with K7 before Fester called him down from the big blind, turning over A10 which drilled two pair on the board A5568.

Tim O’Shea, Jack Hardcastle, Attila Bognar and Jenaro Sodicta rounded out the top five from the 34 survivors advancing to Day 2, with $5K Challenge Champion Angel Guillen, Alex Lee, Naoto Takeya, Steven Hoek and Po Hu amongst the other notables still in contention.

In line with all other WPT global events, all Day 1 flights in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event will play down to the top 12.5% of the field, with the clock being wound back to the earliest blind level at the start of Day 2.


Mark Fester570,000
Tim O’Shea530,000
Jack Hardcastle528,000
Attila Bognar482,000
Jenaro Sodicta426,000
Naoto Takeya425,000
Ted Hatzakortzian417,000
Alex Lee364,000
Hamish Crawshaw309,000
Angel Guillen278,000
Steven Hoek271,000
Peter Robertson260,000
Mario Faure251,000
William Xiao208,000
Lawrence Stephenson207,000
Qi Shen206,000
Georgina Vuksanovic203,000
Silvio Morello195,000
Po Hu183,000
Jordan Tentori174,000
Jai Duffy156,000
Micheal Hill155,000
John Doringer151,000
Milan Stojkovic139,000
Mark Betts117,000
Matthew Evans114,000
Fotios Manolakos112,000
Pedro Fernandez110,000
David Feeney109,000
Didier Guerin107,000
Nigel Kwok98,000
David Bonadio89,000
Rod Meneses71,000
Anthony Fullgrabe51,000

In other news, 18 survivors have bagged through to Day 2 of the $3K PLO, while Mystery Bounty heads-up combatants Justin Chu and Kevin Lee have been forced into a third day and will also return tomorrow morning (Friday) to battle it out for the remaining $153,037 in prize money.

PokerMedia Australia will resume its Live Reporting coverage for both tournaments from 11:30am AEST, with live updates for the Main Event available at from 2:30pm AEST.

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