WPT Australia: Wednesday 27 September 2023

Richard Lee wins 2023 WPT Australia Main Event!

Well that didn’t take long! After a brief heads-up battle, the 2023 WPT Australia Main Event is over with Richard Lee crowned champion.

In the final hand of the tournament, Martin Kozlov limped on the button before Lee announced he was all-in. Kozlov thought briefly before making the call for his last 5.4 million holding QJ.

He would need help against the A10 of Lee, but none arrived as the board ran out 36253. Lee wins a WPT Main Tour title and $838,890 for his efforts, while Kozlov picks up a not too shabby $559,672.

Congratulations Richard Lee!

Heads-up!

The remaining players are now on a short break before the heads-up battle begins, with Richard Lee holding a 2.5:1 chip lead over Martin Kozlov.

Richard Lee21,525,000
Martin Kozlov8,475,000

Nino Marotta eliminated in 3rd ($413,873)

Moments after Lin’s elimination, Nino Moratta shoves his short stack into the middle holding 33 to be racing against the AK of Martin Kozlov.

Moratta was in great shape for a double as we reached the turn with the board reading 56710 but the A river was the last thing he needed to see … and just like that we’re heads-up!

Nino Marotta

Gary Lin eliminated in 4th ($308,499)

After Martin Kozlov opened to 500,000, Gary Lin re-raised to 1,800,000 from the button. Richard Lee then 4-bet to 3,100,000, with Kozlov folding. Lin tanked before making the call, leaving himself just 400,000 behind. 

On the 4A8 flop, Lee put Lin all-in – again sending him into the tank. He eventually called, showing 99 but behind the JJ of Lee. The turn 8 and river K sealed the deal for Lee, to leave us with three remaining.

Gary Lin

Lee leaves Lin languishing

Richard Lee has stormed into a big chip lead after a huge pre-flop clash with Gary Lin. After Lin opened to 600, Lee 3-bet to 1,500, sending Lin into the tank. He used a time bank before announcing he was all-in for 7,125,000.

Lee snap-called and turned over KK to be well ahead of Lin’s A8

The 262 flop was safe for Lee and when the K landed on the turn it sealed the deal as he moved to more than 14 million in chips.

Lin falls back to 3,875,000.


Romain Morvan eliminated in 5th ($232,720)

A desperately short-stacked Romain opened to 550,000 on the button, leaving himself a solitary 25k chip behind.

Richard Lee made the call to see a flop of QJ7, afte which he put Morvan all-in. Morvan called and was ahead holding A7 but needed to fade a kazillion outs against Lee’s 910. He couldn’t do so as the 8 on the turn sealed his fate.

We are now down to four players remaining in the WPT Australia Main Event.

Omaha action

With the bubble about to burst in the $5k Omaha, let’s take a look at some of the faces in the crowd.

Moxon’ it up! 

Keeping you updated across the fields today at The Star Gold Coast Poker, the $5k PLO has reached a soft bubble of 22 and is currently hand-for-hand with 20 players making the money.

Meanwhile, the the $1k Road to Vegas has just reached its final table, with father and son duo David and Zachary Moxon among the hopefuls and looking to face off in a heads-up battle. David also let us us know it’s his birthday today! What a gift that would be. 

$1k Road to Vegas final table chip counts:

SeatPlayerChips
1David Moxon1,100,000
2Janet Wyvill230,000
3Zach Moxon550,000
4Bert Perry330,000
5Anton Lu1,765,000
6Jaymie Hunter360,000
7Brad Milinkovic220,000
8Aditya Rao675,000
9Nichole Roberts370,000

Chip counts

Players are now on a 15-minute break after completing the first two levels of the day. They will return with blinds at 75,000/150,000 (150,000). The average stack currently sits at 6 million.

PlayerChips
Martin Kozlov8,275,000
Richard Lee7,400,000
Gary Lin6,500,000
Nino Marotta4,900,000
Romain Morvan2,825,000

Romain remaining

We caught PMA caught up with overnight chip leader Romain Morvan to discuss his final table appearance in the WPT Australia Main Event.

Ken Demlakian eliminated in 6th ($177,566)

Ken Demlakian is the first player to hit the rail today, falling at the hands of Martin Kozlov in a highly unfortunate cooler situation.

After calling Kozlov’s open to see a 559 flop, Demlakian called Kozlov’s 125,000 c-bet as the dealer produced the K on the turn. With that Kozlov bet 475,000, with Demlakian announcing he was all-in and Kozlov snap-calling.

Demlakian showed 45 for the flopped trips but he was outkicked by Kozlov, who also flopped trips holding Q5.

The river was the J, sending Demlakian to the rail and leaving us with five players remaining.

Ken Demlakian

Lee takes chip lead, Demlakian triples in massive three-way hand

In the first substantial pot we’ve seen so far today, Romain Morvan opened to 200,000 and received a call from Richard Lee. Ken Demlakian then shoved for his last 950,000, with Morvan thinking for around 30 seconds before announcing he was all-in over the top.

This sent Lee deep into the tank, but he eventually made the call and the cards were turned.

It was Lee well in front with QQ, while Morvan held JJ and Demlakian A7.

Demlakian needed help to survive and it arrived on the 677 flop. The turn and river bricked as the balance of power suddenly shifts away from Morvan and to our new chip leader Lee.

PlayerChips
Richard Lee7,900,000
Ken Demlakian3,100,000
Romain Morvan2,200,000

D-Day for Demlakian

PMA caught up with Ken Demlakian moments before play began at the WPT Australia Main Event final table

Fast start for Morvan

Play is officially underway on the final table of the WPT Australia Main Event, and chip leader Romain Morvan has shown his hand early, opening and taking down the first two pots of the day.

We’ll bring you our pre-final table interview with Romain shortly.

French connection

France’s Romain Morvan takes the chip lead into today’s final table of the WPT Australia Main Event following a long and eventful afternoon of action at The Star Gold Coast on Tuesday.

It took around 12 hours to whittle the 24 players who began Day 4 down to the final table of seven, of which five hours was spent 7-handed.

In the end it took an epic cooler to set the official final table of six when Gary Lin’s 99 felted Yuto Suzuki, who held 22 on a 8932J board. Set over set was enough end the day, with Morvan taking the biggest stack into Day 5 ahead of WSOP bracelet winner Martin Kozlov and Adelaide’s Gary Lin.

Sydney’s Ken Demlakian is the short-stack but still has 20 big blinds to play with and will be confident of making his presence felt given a number of deep runs in large-field events in recent times, including a runner-up finish in the Wynn Summer Classic in Las Vegas in June for US$223,185 (AU$348,890).

Morvan, meanwhile, is coming off victory in the APL Million $5k High Roller last month for an AU$202,545 score.

Morvan told PMA before bagging on Tuesday that he was “taking it step by step” and was very happy to be seeing a result so soon after that impressive result.

Play gets underway at 11:30am.

WPT Australia Main Event Final Table chip counts (AU$8,000 buy in)

SeatPlayerCountryChipsCareer Winnings (US$)
1Gary LinChina5,450,000$137,728
2Romain MorvanFrance7,450,000$331,311
3Richard LeeAustralia4,575,000$35,788
4Nino MarottaAustralia4,300,000$719,125
5Martin KozlovAustralia6,600,000$3,376,873
6Ken DemlakianAustralia2,000,000$836,381
Romain Morvan

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