Uno Uka coolers into chip lead on last hand of Day 1D; 2023 WSOP-C Gold Coast Main Event

The final Day 1 flight of the 2023 WSOP-C Gold Coast Main Event has reached a conclusion, attracting 213 entries to take the final numbers for the event over the 500-entry mark.

Uno Uka has bagged the chip lead, with 454,500, in part courtesy of a last hand blind-versus-blind, Kings-versus-Jacks confrontation at the expense of Eko Xu.

Others to bag big included JP Rounce-Sue (354,000), Haozhe Gan (323,500), and Craig Rimmer (308,500). Canadian expat Mike Maddocks found a bag of 209,500, and also sat down for a ‘vox pop’ chat with PMA‘s Alison Lee Rubie; available to see on our Facebook page.

Uno Uka is perhaps most known for winning the APT Nationals Main Event in Sydney in October this year for $78,000, his biggest result to date. The Sydneysider is a regular at Kings Poker in Kogarah; after APT Nationals, Uka picked up two victories at the Sydney Millions.

Speaking to PMA post-flight, Uka said he felt amazing having bagged such a big stack, and that his thought process throughout the day was just to take each hand as it comes; “I didn’t think much about the end of the day as we were playing, the main thing is to make no mistakes, to play my game.”

In terms of Day 2, Uka is determined that his strategy given his stack advantage will “depend on the table and the other stacks, have to be very aware as to who’s there and what I can do”. He also hopes it will be far easier to navigate Day 2 here than it was at the APT Nationals Main Event, where he bagged an ‘average’ stack.

In terms of the WSOP-C Main Event as a whole, the overall chiplead still belongs to Iran’s Kamyar Ekrami, who bagged 497,000 on Wednesday thanks largely to a massive set-under-set cooler in the final levels of the day against Rhys Kelly.

Kamyar Ekrami

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

PlayerChips
Uno Uka454,500
JP Rounce-Sue354,000
Haozhe Gan323,500
Craig Rimmer308,500
Joseph Vinecombe288,500
Jarryd Godena280,500
Attila Bognar267,000
Daniel Dessman261,500
Ben Turner245,000
Didier Guerin244,000
Tam Truong241,000
Gary Benson214,000
Mike Maddocks209,500
Peter Apostolou204,000
Nathan Sawyers203,000
Anthony Harach189,500
Paul Bennett189,000
Dean Boskovic187,500
Joshua McSwiney184,000
Michael Clair181,000
Owen Whish174,500
Takeo Kimura171,500
Tim Sheehan161,000
Liam Jehu152,000
Martin Ward148,000
Adam Cusenza146,000
Constantin Harach142,000
Kevin Lee140,500
Jason Lee126,500
Karsten Kobbing126,500
Thang Truong120,000
Zac Vigar116,000
Jen Cassell113,000
Cooper Feltham110,500
Patrick So108,000
Mo Haidary104,000
Neb Blanusa101,000
Yoon Kang97,000
Pedro Fernandez95,000
Nikki Turner91,000
Jason Gray87,000
Chuck Caris87,000
Javad Etaat84,000
Daniel Noja79,500
Nil Esteve Magrane71,000
Mick Gavrilovic66,000
Lachlan Dykes66,000
Ilavenil Arumugam63,000
Chris Edgar62,000
Hongzhuang Fang58,000
Kerry Chambers58,000
James George44,000
Robert Campbell33,500
Amir Minagar32,000
Jason Chahine22,000
Kelvin Li21,000

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