WPT Australia: Wednesday 20 September 2023

12:30am: Bubble-wrap!

Much to the field’s dismay, play for Day 1 of the Bonza Bounty has had to conclude on the stone bubble for the money, with 61 players still left after a more than 20 minutes of hand-for-hand played to try to burst it.

This concludes a wonderful day at The Star Gold Coast which saw Tanya Sue claim the title of the Ladies Australian Championship, meanwhile it was Patrick Meng coming away with the trophy in the $675 PLO.

Stay tuned for a chat with our overnight Bonza Bounty chip leader, Taylor Grube!

11:00pm: Bonza Bounty on a Rampage

The numbers soared in today’s Bonza Bounty event, seeing 480 total entries take the field in this two day event.

We’re into the final level of play, and once again, it’s Amin Riyazati keeping his chip count near the top of the ranks, with a stack count more than triple the tournament average!

Top 60 players will earn a place-prize, with the min-cash at $691, and a first place prize of $37,936.

61 players remain in contention, and one of them is Ethan Yau, best known as ‘Rampage Poker’, who famously won the $25,000 entry High Roller event at the WPT World Championship at The Wynn, Las Vegas last December for a prize of nearly $900,000 US Dollars!

9:30pm: Patrick Meng takes the PLO Action Clock trophy!

Western Australia’s Patrick Meng has picked up his maiden WPT title in the PLO Action Clock event!

A four-way deal was made at the closing stages of the final table, with chip leader Michael Doumani collecting a lion’s share of the remaining cash.

Meng had collected live poker tournament wins before, but not in the four-card variant of the game, and was thrilled to do so today!

Final Table results

1stPatrick Meng$27,000*
2ndMichael Doumani$42,452*
3rdMatthew Wingham$27,000*
4thArmon Van Wijk$22,000*
5thFedon Phaedonos$11,087
6thNima Hosseini$9,196
7thZhengmin Zhang$7,702
8thDavid Sebesfi$6,255
9thDarren Moss$4,831

7:15pm: PLO Final Table

Sydney’s Michael Doumani holds a huge chip lead heading into the Final Table of the $675 PLO Action Clock Event. David Sebesfi lost a huge pot on the final table bubble when his AA43 was faced against KK43 all in pre-flop.

The board ran out 967K10 to hand his opponent a set, and had Sebesfi relinquishing the chip lead.

Final Table line-up

1David Sebesfi760,000
2Guangrui Meng800,000
3Fedon Phasdonos850,000
4Darren Moss475,000
5Zheming Zhang335,000
6Matthew Wingham2,925,000
7Armon Van Wiik400,000
8Michael Doumani3,600,000
9Nima Hasseini1,250,000

6:00pm Chats with champions!

Watch below to see Tanya Sue and her son JP, as they react to their family’s success in winning two WPT Australia Series events already!

4:15pm: Winning is hereditary!

Tanya Sue becomes the second member of her family to claim a title this WPT Australia Festival! Sue emerges victorious in the Ladies Australian Championship after her son Jon Peter “JP” Rounce-Sue won the Opening Event on Sunday!

Heads-up against Yuen Ching “Flora” Pun, it was an internationally-flavoured battle between New Zealand and Hong Kong, with the Kiwis prevailing.

With JP on the rail supporting his mum, Sue was subject to pep-talks at various stages of the final table. Whatever words were shared were fruitful, with the first place prize including a $6,000 WPT Ladies World Championship Passport, funded by The Star Gold Coast as part of their mission to foster the growth of women in poker.

PMA managed to sit alongside both mother and son for a chat after the win, stay tuned!

Final table results

1stTanya Sue$16,320
2ndYuen Ching “Flora” Pun$9,320
3rdAndrea Adorjan$5,856
4thNatalia Rozova$3,960
5thHua Wei Lin$3,000
6thMayuko Sawada$2,448
7thJenny Phillips$2,112
8thEmma Apostolou$1,872
9thHarmony Tenenbaum$1,632

2:30pm: Sebesfi sun-running, Ladies Championship down to five

Over in the PLO Action Clock, play is down to its last three tables. 24 players remain from the total field of 389. At the first break of the day, David Sebesfi has continued his form to perpetuate his chip lead.

Fellow Sydneysider Michael Doumani sits next in the counts, as the only other player currently tipping past six-figures in their stack.

Top five chip counts

David Sebesfi1,486,000
Michael Doumani1,050,000
Keiron Laifoo919,000
Matthew Wingham900,000
Mahdi Rasouli785,000

Over in the Ladies Australian Championship, just five players remain in play as they return from a break.

The chip lead has shifted to Tanya Sue, with the blinds currently 10,000/20,000/20,000.

Chip counts at break

Tanya Sue845,000
Natalia Rozova525,000
Yuen Ching Pun485,000
Hua Wei Lin340,000
Andrea Adorjan205,000

Recent eliminations

6thMayuko Sawada$2,448
7thJenny Phillips$2,112
8thEmma Apostolou$1,872
9thHarmony Tenenbaum$1,632

12:45pm: Ladies Australian Championship Final Table

Day 2 of the Ladies Australian Championship had barely ticked past an hour of play before we reached the Final Table. The field was sent into the money after the knockout of Japan’s Shiina Okamoto in 11th place, then Qi Xin’s elimination in 10th place got us from two tables down to one!

The chip lead has remained with Andrea Adorjan, who holds more than a 200,000 margin over Yuen Chin Pun and Natalia Rozova.

Final Table line-up

1Emma Apostolou112,000
2Mayuko Sawada187,000
3Tanya Sue294,000
4Hua Wei Lin270,000
5Andrea Adorjan568,000
6Jenny Phillips273,000
7Harmony Tenenbaum30,000
8Natalia Rozova333,000
9Yuen Ching Pun334,000

12:00pm: Survived and thrived – a chat with Amin Riyazati

The Outback Survivor Bounty champion was crowned yesterday evening, and it’s Amin Riyazati in the winner’s photo. Riyazati spoke in depth with PMA about the achievement, which also doubled as his best live tournament cash!

As part of his prize, he earns himself a $6,000 WPT Prime World Championship Passport to the Wynn Las Vegas!

Check out what he had to say below!

11:00am: Final preparations

We’re 15 minutes away from resumption in the Ladies Australian Championship and 30 minutes from beginning Day 2 of the $675 PLO Action Clock.

David Sebesfi leads the way in the four-card format, with 40 entrants returning to the felt.

Shortly after chips were bagged in the ladies’ event, Andrea Adorjan joined us for a chat to discuss her approach to Day 2 as the chip leader. Check it out in the video below!

Creating opportunities

From wherever you’re watching in Australia, New Zealand or around the world, hello and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia‘s continued coverage of the WPT Australia series!

Today marks the official midway point of the festival, and here at The Star Gold Coast, we’re witnessing another evolution in poker, with more and more people from all walks of life taking their shot at fame, fortune and glory.

In particular, we are privileged to be ringside for the inaugural WPT Australia Ladies Championship, which will see 14 players return today for Day 2 from a starting field of 80, where one woman will earn themselves a top prize of $16,320, plus a seat into the coveted WPT Ladies Championship at The Wynn Las Vegas.

There’s also been a surge in the popularity of the game throughout many parts of the world post-COVID, particularly in Japan and India, where we are now seeing players from both countries experience success on the world stage.

Irrespective of age, gender, cultural background, orientation or ability, poker is a game that doesn’t discriminate – and this is certainly the case for Zisimos Jordan, who identifies as a Deaf man and has been grinding the mainstream circuit in recent years after his breakout victory in the 2017 Deaf Poker Australia Championship.

Our team at PMA caught up with Zisimos a couple of days ago in this very special bilingual edition (Auslan and English) of our ‘Deep Dive’ video series, which you can watch on our YouTube channel now.

It’s important to recognise that lower limit and bespoke tournaments, such as Ladies or Deaf poker events, continue to play a pivotal role in growing and maintaining the popularity of our game, and that we as a community have a responsibility and duty of care to provide a platform to those who are looking to take that next step in their poker journey.

And as we have seen first-hand in Las Vegas, creating a culture of positivity and support, whilst honouring those who have paved the way for success, ultimately does more to protect the future of our game.

So with that in mind, we look forward to seeing more of you join us on and around the Aussie felt, and PMA will be front and centre to bring you the latest updates when play resumes from 11:15am today. See you then!

PMA is a proud supporter and Official Media Partner of Deaf Poker Australia (DPA).

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