Jarrod Thatcher wins 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast Player of the Festival

With the WPT Prime Gold Coast series now officially wrapped up, it’s time now for our final round of side event results, along with the announcement of this year’s Player of the Festival, thanks to our friends at the World Poker Tour and Star Poker Gold Coast. Let’s get to it!


PLAYER OF THE FESTIVAL: JARROD THATCHER

Jarrod Thatcher has held on to clinch the 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast Player of the Festival title after a tight race that went down to the wire in the closing stages.

The Sydney crusher and $660 Big Bounty Champion, who also final tabled the $1,350 buy-in Mystery Bounty Event, finished only 75 points clear of WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event Champion Sheng Ye, while Angel Guillen, Liem Tran and Brandon Bailey and tied for third place.

For his efforts, Thatcher has earned himself a seat into the upcoming WPT Australia Main Event, now valued at AUD $8,000 after the buy-in was increased from $5,400 last year.

It also adds to what has been a stellar run over the last nine months, which saw Thatcher become the first Australian to win a GUKPT Main Event in London back in June before winning the $1,500 buy-in Action Clock at the recent WSOP Circuit Gold Coast series.

2023 WPT PRIME GOLD COAST PLAYER OF THE FESTIVAL – FINAL STANDINGS


$330 PLO 15/15: SAVAGERY ON SHOW

Anita Savage put herself well and truly on the radar before her impressive WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event run, taking out the $330 15/15 PLO tournament over Leon Goldbaum last Friday.

The New Zealander earned herself a tidy $9,720 in prize money and her first Tier One title, holding her own against some of Australia’s finest including Anthony Hachem, Amin Chehade and Jerry Wang.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $330 15/15 PLO – FINAL TABLE RESULTS

PlaceNameAmount
1stAnita Savage$9,720
2ndLeon Goldbaum$5,994
3rdConstin Yin$3,596
4thJerry Wang$2,349
5thAnthony Hachem$1,814
6thTim Royle$1,490
7thAmin Chehade$1,264
8thPiyush Agrawal$1,102
9thDale Paterson$972

$330 NLH 15/15: ALL HAIL KING KIM!

Joe Kim also added his name to the WPT Prime Gold Coast honour roll, after winning last week’s $330 buy-in 15/15 NLH tournament.

The Sydneysider earned himself $10,699 in prize money – his biggest live tournament score to date – along with what has been voted by many to be the coolest winner’s shot of the whole series!

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $330 NLH 15/15 – FINAL TABLE RESULTS

PlaceNameAmount
1stJoe Kim$10,699
2ndWilliam Xiao$6,642
3rdMarcel Mroczkowskr$3,967
4thDavid Luong$2,491
5thMichael Egan$1,845
6thLuke Crelley$1,587
7thPeter Sun$1,375
8thRichard Harrison$1,218

MINI MAIN EVENT: HONG GETS THE GONG

There was nothing small about this year’s Mini Main Event, which saw Ryan Hong top a field of 338 runners to earn himself $62,537 in first-place prize money.

Hong defeated reigning Star Sydney Champs Main Event winner Qi Xu heads-up for the title, with the final table of the $1,000 buy-in tournament also featuring Aroha Ngata and Martin Ward.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST MINI MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,000 buy-in)

PlaceNameAmount
1stRyan Hong$62,537
2ndQi Xu$43,992
3rdMartin Ward$28,352
4thAnton Lu$17,555
5thAroha Ngata$13,550
6thZayden Martin$11,224
7thAnthony Harach$9,433
8thMichael Doumani$7,826
9thRuiyang Wang$6,255

$550 FINALE: TRAN TAKES IT DOWN

Rounding out this year’s WPT Prime Gold Coast series was Liem Tran, who cashed out for more than $36,000 in prize money after winning the $550 Finale.

Ruiyang Wang backed up his performance in the Mini Main Event to make it back-to-back final tables in the same day, while Jonathan Levy registered another podium finish to his poker CV, which includes a runner-up finish in the same event in last year’s WPT Australia series.

WPT PRIME GOLD COAST $550 FINALE – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($550 buy-in, 338 entries)*

PlaceNameAmount
1stLiem Tran$36,101
2ndRuiyang Wang$25,299
3rdJonathan Levy$16,268
4thPeter Apostolou$10,478
5thConor Spinks$8,078
6thJohn White$6,684
7thMalcolm Trayner$5,611
8thRobert Hawkes$4,605
9thJason Anand$3,610
*Winner’s photo unavailable.

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