Gavin Flynn wins Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy
Ireland’s Gavin Flynn has dashed the hopes of the Aussie contingent to take down one of the flagship events of WPT Australia 2023 – the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy.
Flynn topped a field of 296 starters to cap off what he would later describe as one of the “top 3” results of his career, surviving a roller-coaster of a final table and a 5-way ICM deal before eventually defeating Ian Bobbin heads-up.
Although he didn’t know too much about the man who the trophy is named after, Flynn did express his pleasure at being involved in an event that incorporated a charity, with all rake from the event going to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
His run began midway through the day’s play when he turned a wheel holding A♠2♣ on a 3♦5♦8♠4♠ board, then on the very next hand scored another huge pot holding pocket rockets to soar into the chip lead.
He took a strong chip lead into the final table, fell to a 3:1 deficit heads-up, but turned the tables over the course of a few hands to secure victory.
Final table placings:
|5th||Cleber Piccone||$20,218 *|
Super High Roller faces
Vlad Barbu has met an untimely demise on the final table of the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy after getting it in very, very good with A♣A♦ against the A♠3♠ of big stack Gavin Flynn.
But the board had different ideas, running out Q♥7♣5♠6♣4♦ to send Barbu to the rail in sixth spot. Not the best time to run bad!
Let’s take a closer look at our Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy final tablists!
De Pater de better
PokerMedia Australia caught up with Sydney’s Tim De Pater earlier today to discuss his second consecutive WPT League Sydney Player of the Series title and upcoming return to las Vegas for the WPT Championship.
Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy Event final table
We’ve reached the final table of the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy in rapid time, with the nine remaining players all chasing a first prize of $52,053.
The final table stacks are as follows:
Jason Gilbert wins Bonza Bounty
New Zealand’s Jason Gilbert is quickly developing an affinity for scoring big at The Star Gold Coast. Just six months after pulling the Grand Bounty of $62,500 in the WPT Prime Gold Coast Mystery Bounty event in March, Gilbert has added a trophy to the collection tonight by taking down the Bonza Bounty for almost $38,000.
It was certainly a tough road to victory, however, with the heads-up battle against Sydney’s Yu Li taking the best part of three hours.
In the end Gilbert showed his stamina and experience to take down his first major title on Aussie soil. Congratulations Jason!
Riches await the SHR champ
The payouts for the $20k Super High Roller have been set, with almost half a million awaiting our eventual champion from a prize pool of well over $1 million.
In total, this event attracted 69 unique players and 14 re-entries, with 11 players set to make the money.
Faces in the crowd
With the bubble about to burst in the Shane Warne One Day Trophy, let’s take a look at some of those still in with a chance of going all the way.
Interview with Jackson Warne and Lynn Gilmartin
PMA caught up with Shane Warne’s son Jackson Warne and WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin to discuss Shane Warne One Day Trophy and what it means to the Warne family.
A brutal exit
Richard Tang has hit the rail in the Shane Warne One Day Event in less than desirable fashion.
The hand in question began when Martin Finger put the short stacks of the small blind and the big blind all-in from the button, with both quickly calling.
Incredibly, Tang in the small blind held A♠A♥ and Zhi Lim Chen in the big held K♠K♣.
With Finger showing K♦10♣, both he and Chen were drawing thin but after the flop bricked, the K♥ landed on the turn to give Chen the triple and send Tang to the rail.
In like Flynn
We have a new chip leader in the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual event after Gavin Flynn took a huge bite out of previous chip leader Sean McKenzie.
In a massive clash, Flynn called McKenzie’s pre-flop open from the big blind and then called another 16,000 bet on the 3♦5♦8♠ flop.
When the turn landed the 4♠, Flynn led for 24,000 and McKenzie shoved over the top. Flynn snap called and showed A♠2♣ for the turned wheel with McKenzie revealing Q♥8♥.
The meaningless 6♠ on the river meant Flynn soared up to more than 350,000 in chips – but he wasn’t done next. On the very next hand he woke up with Aces following a short-stacked opponent’s shove and held to soar to a massive 445,000 in chips.
Bonza Bounty Final Table
We’ve reached the final table of the Bonza Bounty, with a cool $37,936 waiting up top for the winner. Chip counts are as follows:
Hachem holding on
Still alive in the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual event today is two-time ANZPT Player of the Year and close friend of Warne, Tony Hachem.
Although he doesn’t spend as much time on the felt these days as he once did, Hachem has nevertheless been making waves in the industry after recently purchasing a majority stake in the Australian Poker Tour.
With the first series under his watch taking place in Sydney next month, we wish him the best in his endeavours – although he may need some run good today as he nurses a short stack still some 50 places shy of the money!
Quads for Aoki
Daiki Aoki has found a much-needed double-up in the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy after flopping quads.
Aoki shoved for his remaining 10,000 after Tony Hachem opened to 4,500 and found himself racing with 2♣2♦ against the A♦K♥ of Hachem. It was a sweat for the Japanese player but not for long as the flop fell 7♥2♠2♥ to ensure he lives to fight another day.
The big stacks
The field is now locked out in the 2023 WPT Australia Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy, with a total of 296 players hitting the felt to celebrate the life of the spin king and hopefully walk away with some hard-earned cash as well.
With 142 players remaining, the Star Poker team has just released the payouts with 37 players to earn a minimum of $1,444 and a top prize of $52,053.
To Paris with love
With the clock ticking down towards the end of Level 8 in the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual event, two players have emerged as clear chip leaders with almost 150,000 to each of their names.
Paris Sitzoukis (pictured) currently sits atop of the leaderboard with around 148,000, while just behind on 145,000 is Gavin Flynn.
Super High Roller
Capping a super busy day here in The Star Gold Coast poker room is the $20k Super High Roller, which kicked off about 30 minutes ago.
With big stakes comes big opportunity and some of the biggest names in the Asia-Pacific poker community have come out to play in what looks like a particularly tough field in this highlight WPT Australia event.
Among the many big names taking part are Kahle Burns, Adam Kharman, Corey Kempson, Yita Choong, Angel Guillen, Josh McCully, Zhifan Ye, Ashton Campbell, Didier Guerin, Michael Egan, Stephen Song, Malcolm Trayner, Khac Trung Tran and Philippines pro Lester Edoc.
There are currently 49 players registered.
We are down to our final three tables in the WPT Australia Bonza Bounty with just 24 players remaining from the 61 who took their seat at the start the day.
All players are guaranteed a payday of at least $1,478 but will no doubt be eyeing the $37,936 top prize.
The top 5 chip stacks are as follows:
Let off some steam, Bennett!
While the Shane Warne event is still in its infancy, the Bonza Bounty is getting towards the business end and Matthew Bennett has just staked his claim to a deep run after scoring a triple up in somewhat fortuitous circumstances.
Bennett was all-in for his tournament life holding 8♠8♣ and in trouble against the A♠A♦ of Shotaro Mitsuishi and the A♥K♥ of a third opponent.
That all changed when the 8♦ appeared in the window as the rest of the board ran out 4♥7♠2♠10♣ to give him a triple up and propel him towards the top of the chip counts with around 800,000 and counting.
In a spin
We’re now into Level 4 of the Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy and the Star Gold Coast poker crew are still working their way through a long list of alternates in this hugely popular event.
Among the many notables taking part today are Shane Warne’s son Jackson Warne, defending champion Chad Awerbuch, plus Michael Kanaan, Dean Blatt, Joel Dodds, Janet Wyvill, Chuck Caris, Marc Liddell, John Caridad and many, many more.
PokerMedia Australia’s Chris Wadih caught up with America’s Taylor Grube after he topped the WPT Australia Bonza Bounty Day 1 chip counts overnight …
The first event to kick-off today on a busy day of action here at The Star Gold Coast is the Bonza Bounty – resuming for Day 2 – and although it took a while for the bubble to finally burst, we’re now firmly in the money.
The unlucky bubble boy was Namhyung Kim, who called off his last 80,000 with A♠5♠ on a 8♠6♥K♣7♠ board against the A♥9♣ of Troy McLean. The river was the 2♣ and Kim’s day is done.
The remaining 60 players are now all guaranteed at least $691.
Marvellous poker, that
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 festival!
Today marks the return of one of the most anticipated events on the schedule, and one close to the heart of both cricket and poker fans across the globe: the $880 buy-in Shane Warne One Dayer, which is set commence play at 12:23pm AEST.
After the success of last year’s tournament, which saw Chad Awerbuch take home the coveted trophy and more than $47,000 in prize money, the 2023 edition is expected to bring in another bumper crowd, with proceeds to be donated once again to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, the chosen charity of Australian Poker Hall of Famer and WPT Ambassador, Lynn Gilmartin.
There’s also bonus prizes to be won for those looking to go all out in their best cricketing threads, with this year’s best-dressed player taking home a $500 Star Gold Coast food and beverage voucher, while the first and second runners-up will each score themselves a $100 food and beverage voucher.
But that’s not all we have in store today! Kicking off at 11:30am AEST is the second day of the $880 buy-in Bonza Bounty, which will see 61 players return from the starting field of 480, with popular poker vlogger and WPT World Championship $25,000 High Roller Champion Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau among them.
Fellow American Taylor Grube – who recently returned to Australia after a brief hiatus – will return as chip leader in that tournament, with only one player to bust out before reaching the money.
Then at 1:15pm, the biggest buy-in tournament on the schedule – the $20,000 Super High Roller – gets underway, with the prize pool expected to break the $1 million dollar mark.
So get yourselves padded up and be ready to put your bodies on the line, because there’s going to be no shortage of action being delivered today, and PMA will be batting through ’til stumps to bring you our exclusive coverage. HOWZAT!
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