Gary Lin bags monster chip lead after Day 1B of WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event

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Gary Lin has smashed through the competition to finish Day 1B of the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event as the new overall chip leader.

The young South Australian finished last night’s qualifying session with 1,052,000 in chips, with Pim Wassenberg (928,000) and Niklas Warlich (793,000) all overtaking Mark Fester for the top three spots. Defending champion Yang Lei also bagged through to Day 2, along with 2022 WPT Australia Player of the Festival Joe Sandaev, and reigning Australian GPI Player of the Year, Yita Choong.

Lin was one of two players to contribute to the ‘double bubble’ at the end of Day 1B, eliminating Kai Yeung after she ran her pocket nines into his pocket Aces, but it was WPT Champion and Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend Joe Hachem that was the first to depart at the hands of Jung Wang after his AK was outdrawn by Wang’s AQ on a board of 763Q9.

As a result, 54 players have advanced from this flight into Day 2 on Sunday, and both Hachem and Yeung will earn themselves an equal share of a min-cash, though the exact amount remains to be seen given that there is one flight remaining.

To date, this year’s WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event has brought in a running total of 705 entries, with the field expected to surpass 1,000 by first pitch at 11:30am AEST tomorrow.

Prior to the money bubble, Star Poker Gold Coast staff had confirmed with PokerMedia Australia that 155 players had already registered for Day 1C, with all players advised to arrive early as a full house and alternates are expected.


Gary Lin1,052,000
Pim Wassenberg928,000
Niklas Warlich793,000
Jun Wang537,000
Joe Sandaev527,000
Andreas Vasiliou503,000
Sheng Ye395,000
Meerwais Hussaini388,000
Dylan Wayne387,000
Dean Boskovic374,000
Wai Au372,000
Dejan Boskovic333,000
Po-wen Fang326,000
Yu Chen316,000
James Siu310,000
Sungki Cho298,000
Mo Haidary276,000
Michael Clair264,000
Neb Blanusa258,000
Adrian Indovino257,000
Peter Apostolou249,000
Chris Zenonos237,000
Hongzhuang Fang230,000
Michel Bouskila207,000
Shane Baxter205,000
Najeem Ajez200,000
Jeison Berdugo194,000
Yang Lei181,000
Daniel Murphy181,000
Ashish Gupta178,000
Anthony Xu176,000
John Apostolidis165,000
Yita Choong164,000
Ben Richardson161,000
Deborah James156,000
Guiliano Nobili146,000
Fletcher Smith140,000
Matt Pongrass139,000
Daniel Hachem137,000
Stevan Chew134,000
Luke Edwards124,000
Jason Chahine123,000
Chenyi Liu115,000
Mathew Ryan113,000
Tommy Handelaar98,000
Joel Cohen89,000
Jian Long86,000
Mark Greer72,000
Ricky Kroesen71,000
Josh Norvock71,000
Anthony Hachem71,000
Owen Whish70,000
Martin Ward63,000
Jesper Henrich46,000

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