Rounce, Tenenbaum take WPT Australia honours as Mystery Bounty set to break new record

Another huge day at The Star Gold Coast has resulted in two more trophies being given away, with Jon Peter “JP” Rounce-Sue and Raphael Tenenbaum the latest to add their names to the WPT Australia honour roll.

Tenenbaum was the first to reach the summit in the $5K 8-Max Action clock shortly after 4pm local time, after he and heads-up opponent Ankit Ahuja got all their money into the middle on a flop of 942.

Ahuja tabled 109 for top pair, and had to fade plenty of outs; Tenenbaum tabling 62 for bottom pair and a flush draw.

Getting there immediately on the J turn, it was Tenenbaum’s turn to fade as Ahuja could still take the pot with another heart on the river, but the 5 was the final card of the tournament and with that, Tenenbaum secured his maiden Tier One victory.

WPT AUSTRALIA $5K 8-MAX ACTION CLOCK – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($5,000 buy-in, 84 entries, 11 players paid)

PlaceNameCountryAmount
1stRaphael TenenbaumAustralia$116,424
2ndAnkit AhujaAustralia$77,618
3rdHussein HassanAustralia$52,627
4thMalcolm TraynerAustralia$36,993
5thAnthony XuAustralia$27,044
6thCuong LeAustralia$20,569
7thDavid SebesfiAustralia$16,266
8thEhsan AmiriAustralia$13,464
9thMichael EganAustralia$11,647

Just over half an hour later, Rounce-Sue was mobbed by family and friends after mounting an epic comeback against Daniel Hachem, who held almost 90% of the chips in play at one stage of their heads-up phase of the Opening Event.

Rounce-Sue wrestled back the chip lead before Rounce open-shoved on the river with the board that showed 102JK2, which put Hachem deep into the tank before making a crying call, only to muck after Rounce-Sue tabled K10 for two pair.

WPT AUSTRALIA OPENING EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,500 buy-in, 615 entries, 79 players paid)

PlaceNameCountryAmount
1stJP Rounce-SueNew Zealand$156,413 + WPT Passport
2ndDaniel HachemAustralia$109,913
3rdKonstantin HeldAustralia$70,790
4thMarco PerriAustralia$51,103
5thMikael LarssonAustralia$39,207
6thChris EdgarAustralia$31,583
7thSteven GluyasAustralia$26,222
8thEugene WongAustralia$20,860
9thHenry WuAustralia$15,666

As well as his $156K payday, Rounce-Sue has also earned himself a WPT Prime Championship Passport valued at $6,000, and will be joined by another lucky winner from Day 2 of the Mystery Bounty, which is set to recommence at 11:30am AEST today.

From the 658 total entries, only 83 players will return to plunder the Mystery Bounty “Outback Bank”, which will include a whopping $100,000 top bounty – a new record for any Mystery Bounty tournament ever held in Australia.

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