Congratulations to Khac-Trung Tran ($263,160), WPT Prime Gold Coast $10K Super High Roller Champion!
The WPT Prime Gold Coast $10K Super High Roller has finished up, with Khac-Trung Tran winning heads-up against Josh McCully to cash out a cool $263,160 top prize and a WPT crystal surfboard trophy.
Khac-Trung Tran outlasted a strong playing field, including Sean Ragozzini, Haozhe Gan, and Day 1 chipleader Edi Fang, to take down the champion title.
The elimination of Edi Fang proved to be a game-changing hand for Tran as his stack sky-rocketed to 8-figures and gave him the dominating chip lead into the heads up.
Tran spoke briefly with PokerMedia Australia after his win, jubiliant in his victory as he reflected upon the big swings through the 2 hours of heads up.
“I thought, ‘I don’t want to come second again’,” Tran said, referring to his second-place finish in the WPT Australia Super High Roller event late last year.
“I guess some things just went my way,” he also admitted graciously, acknowledging some of the sweeter runs through the board.
WPT Prime Gold Coast $10K PLO High Roller ($10,000 buy-in, 85 entries, 11 players paid)
And with that, the $10K Super High Roller is wrapped up!
This concludes PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage of the 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast series, which has seen an incredible field of talent emerging, and many memorable moments across the 11-day series.
We’ll be back with a full wrap up of this great series, but until then, from all of us here at Star Gold Coast, it’s ‘bye for now!
Josh McCully eliminated in 2nd place ($159,120)
After battling it out for almost two hours of play heads up with Khac-Trung Tran, Josh McCully was unable to recover as he went all in for a final time.
His stack riding behind A♠5♣, McCully was snapped up by Tran who was leading ahead with A♦J♣.
The board ran dry as the final run out was laid 3♣8♠10♦2♦2♥, with Tran’s Jack kicker holding the advantage to finish McCully’s run in 2nd place.
And with that, we have ourselves a champion! We will be back shortly with a wrap-up of today’s action – stay tuned!
Tran runs it back up
Neither player is ready to give up the fight as the stacks continue to see-saw up and down.
Khac-Trung Tran opened on the button to 800,000, called by Josh McCully. Both checked on the flop of 2♣3♦6♦.
On the turn 8♥, McCully bet 1.825M, before folding as Tran shoved all in.
Josh McCully limped then called as Khac-Trung Tran raised to 1.5M before a flop of 10♣7♠10♠. Tran bet 1M on the flop, with McCully continuing with a call.
The 10♦ turn saw Tran fire out a bet of 2.5M, with McCully folding, bringing his stack down to 6M.
On the next hand, McCully doubled up after shoving with A♥3♥ against Tran’s A♠7♥. McCully hit bottom pair on the flop to hold through 3♦5♥10♦K♦6♦, doubling up and swinging the chip lead back to McCully as Tran shrank back down to 6M.
Level 25: 200,000/400,000 (400,000)
Josh steals the lead
Khac-Trung Tran raised on the button to 700,000 and Josh McCully called. On the flush flop 4♦7♦A♦, McCully check-called Tran for 500,000.
The turn delivered a 3♦, which both players checked through to the 3♠ river.
McCully went all in for 5.375M, and Tran tank-called.
McCully’s straight to the Seven took the massive pot to steal the chip lead, with two thirds of the chips in play.
McCully holding on
Josh McCully is still fighting on, after mucking a hand against Tran in a pot that saw his stack dip down further to 2.8 million chips. A few hands later, he went all in preflop again and Tran called him off.
McCully’s rail were even louder screaming “Hold!“, as the flop and turn 6♥J♣7♠K♣ offered to give Tran a straight, needing a 9 or a Ace to complete.
River: K♦. Brick!
McCully scored the double to keep on fighting.
Tran pushes back
Khac-Trung Tran is continuing to apply the pressure after both players limped to a flop of 7♠8♥5♥. Tran bet 450,000, and McCully called, with both checking through the 6♣ turn.
On the river, Tran put out a bet of 1.5M, and McCully called.
Tran showed 9♣7♦, prompting McCully to muck.
Josh McCully went all in preflop on the next hand, and was snapped up by Khac-Trung Tran as they turned over their cards.
McCully’s rail were heard yelling “Hooooooooooold!” as the dealer spread the flop and turn 6♥A♦2♠10♠, and on the river A♣, Josh McCully’s rail erupted in cheers as his pocket fives held to score a double up.
Level 24: 150,000/300,000 (300,000)
Khac-Trung Tran limped on the button, then called Josh McCully’s raise to 800,000.
On the flop A♠9♦8♥, McCully led a bet of 275,000 and Tran called. The turn 2♥ saw a sizeable bet of 1.325M from McCully which Tran called.
On the river 9♣, McCully check-folded as Tran shoved all in, bullying McCully’s stack for a fold.
Play is now heads up, with Josh McCully challenging Khac-Trung Tran for the WPT Prime $10K Super High Roller champion title and the top prize of $263,160.
Tran is still the heavy favourite with 14.5M in chips, with McCully’s stack at 6.5M as we entered heads up.
David Luong eliminated in 3rd place ($98,940)
David Luong went all in preflop with A♣6♠, snapped up by Josh McCully who showed up 9♦9♠.
Luong couldn’t get a foot-hold, trailing behind McCully all the way on the spread of 7♣K♣Q♥5♠5♥, sending Luong to the rail as we now reach heads up.
Khac-Trung Tran continues to shoot up an astronomical chip lead after taking down a pot off David Luong.
Tran raised Luong in small blind-vs-big blind action, with a call meeting him on a flop 9♦7♥Q♥. Tran bet 400,000 and Luong called.
On the 3♣ turn, Tran checked, leaving it to Luong to lead a bet of 800,000 and called. At the 4♦ river both players checked.
Trung showed 10♣10♠ pockets, and Luong mucked.
Edi Fang eliminated in 4th place ($66,293)
After an absolute rollercoaster of a day which saw Edi Feng leading into day 2 and peaking at 6 million, Fang has been eliminated at the hand of Khac-Trung Tran.
Fang went all in pre flop with A♣Q♦, snapped up by Tran who was holding pockets 8♣8♠.
Tran held through the board, improving to a two pair on the last streets of 2♦4♦K♥J♠J♦.
It’s been an impressive run in the last few days for Fang who has cashed results in both the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event and this event, showing great success for his first experience here at the Star Gold Coast.
Khac-Trung Tran is currently leading our top four, with the gap in stacks between each of our top three players differing in less than a million, which still leaves a lot of room for big swings as we level up.
Level 23: 100,000/200,000 (200,000)
Our players are on a quick 15-minute break to stretch their legs. We close in on 2 hours since our last elimination, with four players still remaining.
Playing the Luong game
Edi Fang opened to 300,000 on the button, with David Luong making the call from the small blind.
The flop J♠6♥4♥ didn’t inspire any action as they checked to the 6♦ turn. Luong bet 450,000 and Fang called.
On the 7♣ river, Luong bet a heavy 900,000 and Fang called. As Luong showed J♥10♦, Fang mucked.
Tug of War
A wrestling of the chip lead continues amongst our four players, with it still anyone’s game as the stacks see-saw.
Khac-Trung Tran opened to 300,000, with Josh McCully calling from the big blind. Both players opted to check through all the streets 8♥10♥4♦8♦J♥.
Josh McCully turned over 3♦3♠ for the low pockets improving to two pair, and Trung mucked.
Level 22: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)
Big Mac eats up chips
Josh McCully opened UTG to 260,000 and Edi Fang called from the small blind. The flop 2♠6♥8♦ saw Fang check-call McCully for 340,000.
On the 3♠ turn they both checked. The K♦ river saw Fang check-fold as Josh McCully applied pressure with a bet of 1.15M.
Full house for Fang
Action in this level has slowed down between our four players, with a flow of chips exchanging through blinds seeing more ups and downs.
David Luong opened to 250,000 from under the gun and was called by Edi Fang as the big blind. The flop 5♦4♥4♦ saw a check-call from Fang for 250,000.
On the 5♣ turn, both players checked. The river 8♣ saw Fang lead out a massive bet of 875,0000 and Luong called. Fang turned over Q♥5♥ as Luong mucked.
Luong is on a downslide from holding almost 7 million in chips earlier, unable to get the return from a few pots in the last levels.
Level 21: 75,000/125,000 (125,000)
McCully cruises ahead
David Luong raised on the big blind to 400,000 and Josh McCully defended with a call from the big blind.
On the flop 5♦9♠A♥, Luong bet 300,000 and McCully called. The K♥ turn saw things get interesting as Luong bet 1.2M, before folding as McCully shoved all in.
McCully took down a generous pot to take his stack to the top with 6.56M, wrestling the chip lead off Luong.
Rod Meneses eliminated in 5th place ($51,000)
Our final table has quickly reduced to four players as Rod Meneses was felted by David Luong.
Meneses shoved all in and went heads up with K♠J♠ against Luong who called him off with A♦Q♠.
Meneses’s hand failed to hit as Luong hit top pair on the second window, sealing the deal on the spread of 8♠A♣4♣6♦9♠.
Luong’s stack now sits at just under 7 million in chips.
Michael Sleiman eliminated in 6th place ($40,800)
Michael Sleiman opened to 900,000, leaving a small change of 135,000 behind as Josh McCully went all in on the big blind to have him covered as he called.
Sleiman turned up Q♣J♣ as McCully revealed pockets J♦J♥.
McCully swept cleanly through 2♠5♣3♠10♦3♦ to deliver the knockout and boost his stack to a little over 4 million in chips.
Sean Ragozzini eliminated in 7th place ($33,864)
Edi Fang opened to 220,000, and Sean Ragozzini called, defending from the big blind. The flop came J♦9♥9♣ and Ragozzini check-called Fang’s 100,000 bet.
On the 5♠ turn, Ragozzini checked before Fang bet 60,000 to put him all in, and he called for the showdown.
Ragozzini was drawing dead against Fang’s trips which filled up to a boat on the J♠ river.
After a series of big swings in the last few levels, Edi Fang has regained his place at the top of the leaderboard with 5.675M. Hot on his heels is Khac-Trung Tran, followed by David Luong.
Level 20: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Our players are on a 30-minute dinner break.
Fang back in business
Josh McCully opened UTG+1 to 175,000, Michael Sleiman called from the button, together with Edi Fang on the big blind.
On the 2♣K♦2♦ flop, action checked to Sleiman who bet 225,000, raised by Edi Fang to 450,000 who was then called by both McCully and Sleiman.
At the 8♠ turn, Edi Fang bet a heavy 975,000, finding only a call from Josh McCully as they went to the 4♠ river.
Fang went all in on the river for 1.73M, and McCully went deep into the tank for four minutes, before eventually folding.
Tran takes a pot
Khac-Trung Tran opened to 160,000 from the cut off, called by Michael Sleiman in the small blind.
Tran bet 150,000 and Sleiman check-called on the flop of 8♣A♥K♥. On the 7♠ turn, Sleiman check-called for 500,000, and watched as the river peeled 7♥. Sleiman check-folded after Tran went all in, leaving Tran to take in the pot.
Slice for Sleiman
Edi Fang opened UTG+1, with Michael Sleiman calling from the big blind.
On the flop A♦J♠2♣, Sleiman check-called Fang for 120,000. with the A♥ turn, they both checked.
The river 8♣ completed the board as Sleiman check-called Fang for 300,000.
Sleiman’s pockets had improved to a two pair to take a slice of Fang’s stack to bring them almost level.
David Luong opened to 160,000 from the cutoff, called by Josh McCully on the button and Sean Ragozzini on the big blind.
On the flop J♦6♠3♦, McCully led out a bet of 175,000, Ragozzini called, Luong went all in for 1.57M and McCully folded as Ragozzini called.
The turn K♥ gave Luong the top pair, with the 9♣ completing the board to give him a massive boost to his stack.
Level 19: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Sean shaves Fang
Sean Ragozzini has doubled up through Edi Fang, going all in pre-flop with K♠J♠ from the big blind and was snapped up by Fang from the Hijack.
Fang flipped over A♣A♠, which was cracked on the flop as Ragozzini picked up King Trips, which was enough to hold through the board of K♠K♣2♣9♦8♠.
Anthony Xu eliminated in 8th place ($28,560)
Only a few minutes after Martinelli busted, Anthony Xu followed him to the payout desk shortly after going all in preflop and was snapped up by Josh McCully.
Xu only managed to hit dead air with A♠10♣ against McCully’s J♥J♠ on the run out of 7♦K♠5♦9♠7♣, busting him off the felt.
Josh McCully is now shaping up as our super chip leader in the Super High Roller with close to 6 million in chips.
Luke Martinelli eliminated in 9th place ($26,316)
Luke Martinelli has been the first elimination from our final table after going all in preflop.
Martinelli’s A♠J♦ was unable to get anywhere on the board of 4♥6♣Q♥Q♣9♣ which saw David Luong prevail in the heads up, improving to a two pair with 3♣3♦.
Sleiman sliding up
Edi Fang opened preflop to 120,000, called by Michael Sleiman as they went to the flop of 9♠Q♠4♥.
Sleiman check-called Fang for 80,000 and check-called Fang again on the J♥ for 230,000. On the river 6♠ they both checked it down.
Sleiman’s two pair held after Fang’s flush draw bricked.
WPT Prime 2023 Gold Coast $10K Super High Roller final table
|4||Hongzhuang ‘Edi’ Fang||China||4,340,000|
Mata Ye eliminated in 10th place ($24,480)
Our final table bubble has burst with the elimination of Mata Ye at the hands of Edi Fang.
Ye sent the last of his stack into the middle with A♦Q♦, snapped up by Fang with 7♠5♣.
Ye fell behind as Fang hit middle pair on the flop and held out on the spread of 6♥J♦7♣K♣9♥.
Level 18: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
McCully on McFire
On the last hand of this level, Mata Ye opened to 100,000 from the button, then called Josh McCully’s 3-bet to 380,000 from the small blind.
On the A♦A♠J♦ flop, McCully bet 145,000 and Ye smooth called. McCully check-called Ye for 520,000 on the 9♠ turn, before the dealer peeled Q♣ for the river.
McCully checked, then snap called as Ye went all in.
McCully had turned full house as Ye was drawing dead with the flush draw. It was a critical hit to Ye’s stack as he is now left on a little over 2BB, with McCully’s stack now closing in on 5 million to position him amongst the front-runners of the pack.
Little more for Luong
David Luong has doubled up again, this time off Khac-Trung Tran as they went heads up all in-call preflop.
Tran turned over 9♦9♥, which quickly fell behind Luong’s K♠Q♠ as it hit top pair on the first window, improving to two pair on the run of K♦2♣6♥6♠10♥.
Khac-Trung Tran is making a serious run for the chipleader position after running through Mata Ye for a full double up.
Tran jammed all in preflop with 7♣7♦, following a 3-bet from Ye, facing off against Ye’s A♥Q♠ as it smashed through with a set on the flop, improving to a full house on the board 7♠5♠Q♦5♣J♥.
In for the Luong-haul
With action hand-for-hand on the final table bubble, David Luong is still fighting to keep up with the pack after finding a double up through Edi Fang.
Luong went all in with A♣K♦, holding all the way against Fang’s A♠5♠ on a spread of 7♠8♦3♥8♥6♣.
Octavian Voegele eliminated in 11th place ($22,848)
Edi Fang opened to 100,000, Octavian Voegele raised to 245,000 and David Luong called with Fang.
On the flop A♣K♥3♥, all three checked through to the K♣ on the turn. Fang bet 125,000, called by both Luong and Voegele, the latter who was short..
The 2♠ river saw Fang lead out another bet as Luong folded, sending the action heads up with Voegele who was already all in.
Fang’s King trips sent Voegele to the rail as Fang now closes in on 6 million in chips.
A quick update on the counts to see where our field is sitting. Edi Fang is still dominating up top with almost 2 million in chips clear of the second chip leader, Mata Ye.
Josh McCully ‘s double up shortly before the last break also saw him shoot up the leader board into third place.
|Hongzhuang ‘Edi’ Fang||5,425,000|
|Zhifan ‘Mata’ Ye||3,470,000|
Level 17: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Our players are now on a 15-minute break.
Josh McCully has doubled up through Octavian Voegele, getting it in heads up with A♠Q♠ against Voegele’s pockets Q♦Q♥.
McCully flopped a broadway straight, holding on the runout K♠J♦10♣2♠2♣ to double up and leave Voegele extremely short.
Money, money, money
We are now in the money with 11 players remaining, all locking up a min-cash of $22,848, with a cool $263,160 waiting up top, along with a coveted WPT Prime crystal surfboard trophy for our champion.
Payouts have been structured as listed below:
The bubble has finally burst, with Rod Meneses stacking up after eliminating Haozhe Gan.
Gan went all in for barely over 100,000 in chips with 10♦10♥, and was stunned as Meneses’ Q♦Q♥ hit the first window on the board, filling up to a boat on the river of Q♠J♥2♣4♠2♥.
Ragozzini riding up
Action was all in on the river of 2♦9♠6♠A♠Q♥, with Malcolm Traynor at risk with 8♣7♥ which failed to connect. Ragozzini peeled over 10♠5♠ for the turned flush to eliminate Traynor from the felt.
Play has now commenced hand-for-hand on the bubble.
Fang’s around, find out
Edi Fang is absolutely crushing, with another display of dominance as he sent another out after trying their luck all in, swallowing up more chips.
Sam Higgs went all in holding K♥Q♥, racing down a flush draw on the board of 7♣8♥7♠10♥9♠, only to brick out against Fang’s A♥8♦ which held the two pair for the win.
Level 16: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Edi Fang has delivered a knockout, busting Luke Edwards as he called him all in preflop.
Edwards shoved for the last of his stack from late position, turning up A♠2♠ which couldn’t get ahead of Fang’s 7♦7♥ that held two pair on the spread of 6♦9♥5♠J♥5♣.
Fang now has an impressive monster stack edging up on almost 5 million in chips.
As our field is starting to close in to the bubble, Jason Anand has been eliminated by Luke Martinelli.
Anand was all in with suited A♠9♠, which flopped top pair, but was unable to improve any further on the board 7♥8♦9♣3♠6♠ against Martinelli’s [pn]JcJh[/pcn].
Ehsan Amiri has been eliminated after going all in from the button with 6♥6♠, unable to hold, hit a set or improve to complete a straight on a run of K♥5♥2♥3♠Q♦ as Octavian Voegele rivered two pair with K♦Q♠
Adrian Pacheco was in a hand against Edi Fang, pushed all in on the river by a bet from Fang, with a spread of 4♠6♠Q♣2♦3♦.
Pacheco had pocket Jacks, which were edged out by Fang’s Q♦10♠ flopped top pair, sending him to the rail.
Luke Martinelli opened preflop to 80,000 and was called by Haozhe Gan. On the flop A♣4♦K♣, Gan check-called for 60,000. Both checked through the 2♥ turn to the 8♣ river.
Gan bet 50,000 and Martinelli called as they turned their cards over for showdown.
Martinelli had Gan beat with the flopped King pair to take down the pot.
Level 15: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Mata flushes Fang
In one of the last hands still live as the level ticked over, Edi Fang opened in late position, before calling Mata Ye’s 3-bet from the button.
On the flop 9♥A♠10♥, Fang led out a bet and Ye called. On the 8♠ turn, things quickly heated up as Fang bet 525,000 then snapped as Ye shoved all in for 1.075M.
The river delivered something for both of them, with the 7♥ giving Fang a bittersweet straight which was beaten by Ye’s nut flush.
Martinelli moving up
We have had a couple of eliminations, as Ashton Campbell was seen hitting the rail, and Kelvin Li was all in on table 5.
Li’s A♦6♠ couldn’t get it in good as Luke Martinelli’s A♠9♣ had him covered, and improved to a two pair on the flop, holding on the runout of 7♥9♦A♣4♠7♦, reducing our field to 18 players.
Bert Perry emerged as the latest casualty to the absolute wrecking ball that is chip leader Edi Fang’s stack, after going all in on the button with A♥K♠ on a board which ran Q♠5♠10♦Q♥2♦, bricking out on a straight draw.
Fang made two pair with J♦J♥, knocking out Perry to add to his ever-growing stack.
Xu makes it x2
Anthony Xu scored a double through Sean Ragozzini, going all in with A♦Q♠ after Ragozzini opened to 50,000 UTG and then called with Q♦10♠.
Xu held the upper hand through K♥6♠8♥J♠6♣ to stay alive and chip up.
Marco Perri has had a big chunk taken out of his stack and left with almost 1BB after Rod Meneses doubled up off him.
The action went all in-call, with Perri holding A♥Q♣ over a spread of 4♣K♣A♦10♦7♦, but was stung as Meneses revealed K♦K♠ for the flopped set, leaving him dangling precariously with a short stack of 30,000.
On the next hand, Perri went all in, snapped up by Malcolm Traynor, with his Q♦9♥ unable to get any traction as Traynor laid down a monster A♣A♦, which turned a nut flush through 7♣4♣10♣Q♣A♠.
That didn’t take Luong
It didn’t take long for our players with short stacks to get it in and double up, with David Luong doubling up on the first hand through the chip leader, Edi Feng.
Luong was all in preflop for 170,000 and was snapped up by Feng. Luong went heads up holding A♥8♦ against Feng’s A♠3♣, and hit an 8♣ turn to improve his lead through Q♠6♦9♥8♣5♣.
Luke Edwards also found a double up off Ashton Campbell, after jamming all in with 6♣6♥ and fending off Campbell’s A♥Q♣ through a dry board of 2♠5♠7♠8♣K♠.
Let’s rock and roll!
The call for shuffle up and deal has been announced as our field of 22 players have returned to the felt today to battle it out for a massive $816,000 prizepool.
A lot of big names are still racing to the top, including Sean Ragozzini, Ehsan Amiri, Luke Martinelli, Haozhe Gan and Jason Anand, the latter looking to run it up and clean out some very strong competition.
The bubble is not too far off, with the top 11 players set to min-cash $22,848 and our champion taking home the top prize of $263,160.
Good luck to all our players!
Level 14: 15,000/25,000 (25,000)
Day 2 of the WPT Prime Gold Coast $10K Super High Roller will begin at 1:00pm AEST, with the tournament clock starting from Level 14 (15,000/25,000/25,000).
Please ensure you have your photo ID and Star Club card for verification purposes, and should you have any questions regarding your seat allocation, please see Star Poker Gold Coast staff upon arrival.
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.
|PMA ID||Seat||Name||Chip Count|
|0201||1||Hongzhuang ‘Edi’ Fang||3,950,000|
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