The usual suspects: Levy, Zhao amongst many back in the winner’s circle at APT Gold Coast

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy has broken the all-time record for number of victories in the Australian Poker Tour (APT), claiming his sixth trophy at last week’s APT Gold Coast series at Southport Sharks.

The Israeli import, who now calls Queensland home, took out the Crazy Pineapple tournament to become the winningest player in APT history, together with three runner-up finishes and 21 tournament cashes, and adding to a poker CV worth more than USD $220,000 amassed over the last three years.

Although official APT records state that Levy has won five tournaments, the sixth trophy was awarded after he won a Las Vegas package last year. Levy was also amongst a plethora of Aussie talent back in the spotlight, including Neng Zhao, who claimed his third APT trophy in as many months after taking down the $600 buy-in Main Event.

Neng Zhao

Fellow Sydneysider Jarrod Thatcher has also continued his hot streak, taking out The Grind for $52,000 in cash and prizes, which also comes fresh off the back of his victory in the Kings Signature Series Super High Roller and amidst a string of results worth more than $150,000 since the start of this year alone.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s Liam Jehu proved a popular winner, claiming his second APT title in the PLO5, as was Liam Murray, with the Queenslander going all the way in the 6-Max Shot Clock for a $19K payday before Cooper Feltham broke through for his first major mid-tier title in The Goliath.

And in other major results, reigning GPI Australian Player of the Year Yita Choong was top of the pops in the $5,000 buy-in Xtreme High Roller, while Fletcher Smith chalked up the W in the Dracakis Players Championship, chopping with Will Wong heads-up for $35,000 – his largest career score to date.

Yita Choong

The APT Gold Coast series garnered more than $1.9 million in total prize pools from 4,554 entries over the course of nine days, with the tour returning to Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane from 30 July to 6 August. For more information and full results from all events, visit the APTLive Facebook page or log onto

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