Seymour seizes chip lead on Day 1A of WPT Prime Gold Coast

Marc Seymour emerged from Day 1A as chip leader

Marc Seymour has walked away from The Star Gold Coast as chip leader from a field of 339 entries on Day 1A of the WPT Prime Gold Coast championship event.

Play spanned the course of 16 levels, with survivors lasting more than 12 hours after play commenced at 2:30pm.

The field featured numerous players both from interstate, as well as overseas, including Ethan “Rampage” Yau and members of Team Mexico featured on PokerMedia Australia earlier in the day.

Seymour’s efforts follow a run of strong results in recent times. Less than two weeks ago, he claimed the title in the Poker Palace Main Event at the Australian Poker Open series, earning $115,000. He also won the Sydney Millions Main Event at King’s Room for more than $215,000 last November.

Seymour sat amongst the chip leaders throughout the day, with Adam Thaggard and Armon van Wijk also leading at various stages.

With play due to cease either upon the conclusion of level 16 or when 12.5% of the field was left, it seemed the latter was the likelier scenario with just one more elimination needed but as hand-for-hand play began it took 16 hands on the day’s bubble before the clock ticked past 2:30am to send the remaining 43 players home for some well-earned rest.

Amongst the bubble survivors was Cameron Sy, who earned a double-up with his K10 against an opponent’s 77. The chips were all-in pre-flop, and to the turn the board spread JA3A. The 10 granted him one of his many outs, to evoke a Sy of relief.

Soon afterwards, Amin Chehade found himself all-in and at risk against Tetsuya Tsujisaka, needed to dodge a huge number of outs to the river.

Chehade’s JJ was flipping against Tsujisaka’s AK, with the board showing 532105.

Day 1A brought promising signs for this Championship Event, with a count of 339 entries smashing last year’s Day 1A total of 270.

Seymour spoke briefly with PokerMedia Australia as he headed out the door, saying, “It was a bit of a rollercoaster, the last few hours. I got some hands at the back end to chip up.”

The timing of events has worked out conveniently for Seymour, as the Sydneysider has a business conference on Saturday and looks forward to spending time with family later in the evening.

He’ll return in a comfortable position on Monday as we wait to see just how big this field will get!

TOP 10 DAY 1A CHIP COUNTS:

PositionPlayerChips
1Marc Seymour760,000
2Adam Thaggard669,000
3Corey Kempson607,000
4Josh Barrett600,000
5Liam Murray594,000
6Armon Van Wijk588,000
7Liam Doyle522,000
8Tibor Levai502,000
9Gary Shu482,000
10Joseph Pat475,000

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