Noman Mirza leads all day to bag Day 1C chip lead for 2023 WSOP-C Gold Coast Main Event

The third of four Day 1 flights in the WSOP-C Gold Coast Main Event has now been completed, with 46 more players finding a bag for Sunday’s Day 2 to join the 31 from Day 1A and 1B combined. Day 1C dwarfed the previous two flights; 195 entries in total including rebuys more than doubling the number of entries prior to the start of the day.

Noman Mirza had the chip lead at every break and held onto it to bag a massive 415,000 at the end of the flight, well clear of the next biggest stacks from Day 1C in Cuong Le (323,000), Matt Pongrass (311,000), and Shuai Chang (300,000). It’s still Iran’s Kamyar Ekrami, who bagged 497,000 in Day 1A, leading the way overall.

Others to find a bag included Gary Lin (208,000), Billy “The Croc” Argyros (205,000), and Liam Murray (209,500), while the likes of Gavin Best, Ehsan Amiri, and Romain Morvan will have to try again tomorrow to put something together.

Speaking to PokerMedia Australia briefly before heading off for a good nights rest, Mirza said he didn’t have any goals to speak of going into the day, only to “play the best poker I could and not think about the buy-in, try not to think about how much I want to bag. Today, it worked out well for me in the end.”

Mirza has had a very impressive 2023 thus far with a long string of results on his HendonMob profile; asked if he put that down to anything he said he’s been putting a lot of work into his poker, and that his “games definitely improved, especially in the bigger buy-ins and bigger fields. I think I still have a while to go, particularly because I’ve had some big spots where I haven’t really converted [to a win] in these big fields – so hopefully this is the one!”

Some of those results include a final table appearance at WPT Prime Gold Coast in March, as well as a deep run in the WPT Australia Main Event at the same venue in September, both for sizeable five-figure paydays.

Mirza in action earlier today

2023 WSOP-C Gold Coast Main Event – Day 1C full chip counts

Noman Mirza415,000
Cuong Le323,000
Matt Pongrass311,000
Shuai Chang300,000
Khac Trung Tran278,500
Matt Morris270,000
Terence Clee219,500
Chao Li215,500
Liam Murray209,500
Gary Lin208,000
Jimmy Tran206,500
Billy “The Croc” Argyros205,000
Robert Kwan203,000
Qais Shanasa197,000
Sam Capra193,500
Hugo Dief188,500
Mishel Anunu185,500
Dylan Kehoe185,500
Darren Ooi166,500
David Martell164,000
Hussein Hassan160,000
Ruiyang Wang152,500
Andrew Hindmarsh149,000
John Apostolidis142,000
Joel Feldman130,000
Nick Wright120,500
Mina Gerges100,500
Adrian Pacheco95,000
Mark Fester91,000
Rob Spano84,000
Chin Yan Chan80,500
Jun Wang75,500
Bowen Liu75,000
Anthony Beck68,000
Adam Kharman60,500
Wei Zhu56,000
Andrew Menzies51,000
Michael Egan47,500
Justin Cohen40,500
Thibaut Klinghammer39,000
Emmanuel Seal37,000
Ivan Icosic31,500
Fabian Geisel27,000
Blain Robertson25,500
Geoff Marther18,500

PokerMedia Australia will be back in The Star Gold Coast poker room tomorrow from the earlier start of 12:30 local time to bring you all of the action from buy-in to bust-out of Day 1D. With the current total number of entries sitting at 295, we’re hopeful to see the last flight take the Main Event up and over 500 entries.

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