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This 3-bet report includes updates from three recently-concluded live tournaments – WPT Prime Gold Coast, the Grosvenor UK Poker Open, and the RunGood Poker Series Tunica.
Australia’s Sheng Ye navigated a record-breaking 1,224-strong field in WPT Prime Gold Coast AUD 2,000 Main Event, collecting a career-best AUD 374,953, a WPT World Championship package worth AUD 16,500 and the alluring WPT Prime trophy. Ben Richardson collected AUD 238,978 as the runner-up.
UK’s Man Moc bested the largest-ever 1,086-entry field in the £1 Million guaranteed Grosvenor UK Poker Open Main Event, bagging away a career-best £325,190 for the victory. Majid Nadeem (2nd for £178,110) and Lukas Kuliesis (3rd for £178,110) got better than the allotted scores in #2 and #3 places, courtesy of a three-way deal.
USA`s Kevin Broadway championed the $200K GTD RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Tunica Main Event at the Horseshoe Casino, outplaying a 601-entry field to collect a personal-best $46,804 and his first RGPS gold ring. Ricky Loyd took home an even better $50,804 in second place, courtesy of a heads-up deal.
Sheng Ye Champions Record-Breaking WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event For Career-Best AUD 374,953
The WPT Prime stop of the season, WPT Prime Gold Coast, was hosted at The Star Gold Coast Casino from March 2 – 6. Local player Sheng Ye came out on top of a record-breaking 1,224-entry field in the AUD 2,000 Main Event, banking a career-best AUD 374,953 in first-place prize money and a WPT World Championship package worth AUD 16,500. Ben Richardson came second for AUD 238,978.
World Poker Tour tweeted about Ye’s victory
Sheng Ye ???????? is our #WPTPrimeGoldCoast Champion @TheStar_GC! ????????????
After navigating a field of 1,224 players and battling Ben Richardson heads-up, Sheng takes home the title and $374,953 AUD including a seat to our #WPTWorldChampionship!
????????Recap: https://t.co/pnk4UE3tEW pic.twitter.com/UMGztNXAgB
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) March 6, 2023
The record-breaking field in the AUD 2,000 buy-in WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event raised AUD 2,203,200 in the prize pool. The top 156 runners boarded the money bus, and a min-cash was worth AUD 1,164.
Final Table Recap
Noman Mizra was the first final table casualty, falling at the hands of Andreas Vasiliou. However, Vasiliou could not put those chips to use as he was sent packing next by Sheng Ye.
Slav Rypinski’s fell flat against Ye’s , walking out in seventh place.
Gary Lin (AUD 75,981), Anita Savage (AUD 99,654), and Josh Forster (AUD 132,046) were the subsequent eliminations in sixth, fifth, and fourth places, respectively.
Mostafa Haidary bowed out in third place after his failed to out-draw Ben Richardson’s .
The heads-up between Sheng Ye (63 BB) and Ben Richardson (60 BB) had both finalists starting almost even in stacks. The heads-up went all in favor of Ye, who drew first blood, after which there was no stopping him.
On the final hand, Ye moved all in with his , and Richardson made the call with . The dealer rolled out the on the board. Ye spiked a queen on the turn to take down the WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event.
Final Table Results (AUD)
* includes AUD 16,500 WPT World Championship package
Man Moc Wins Largest-Ever Grosvenor UK Poker Open Main Event For £325,190
Man Moc obliterated the largest-ever 1,086-entry field in the £1 Million guaranteed Grosvenor UK Poker Open Main Event, following in his brother Andy Moc’s footsteps, who won the GUKPT Grand Final in 2021. Man Moc collected a career-best payout worth £325,190 and the GUKPT trophy for his victory.
Moc took a rather conservative step towards the victory as he chopped the top prize three-way with Majid Nadeem (2nd for £178,110) and Lukas Kuliesis (3rd for £178,110).
Notables and circuit regs, including Tom Hall, Dominik Nitsche, Brandon Sheils, Euan McNicholas, Robbie Bull, Ben Jackson, the December 2021 £2,000 GUKPT Grand Final champion Andy Moc, and Leo Worthington-Leese, all crossed the money line but failed to reach the final table.
The £1,500 buy-in UK Poker Open distributed a guarantee-crushing £1,466,100 in prize money among the top 110 finishers.
Final Table Recap
The former #1 ranked player in online MTTs, WSOP bracelet winner Christopher Brammer was first to exit the final table, and David Greene fell out next in seventh place. Both the knockouts were courtesy of pocket aces.
Team Grosvenor Pro Rick Trigg walked out in sixth place, courtesy of Lukas Kuliesis.
Chris Yong and Michael Brown were sent packing in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
The final three contenders decided to go ahead with a deal where Moc shared a measly £10,000 from the first place prize and Majid Nadeem (2nd for £178,110), and Lukas Kuliesis (3rd for £178,110) chopped the second and third place prize evenly.
At the time of the deal, Moc had a 120 big blinds stack compared to his opponents’ 14 big blinds each.
Kuliesis exited in third place after moving all in with and found callers in Nadeem holding and Moc with . Nadeem moved all in on the flop , forcing Moc to fold, and Kuliesis bowed out after failing to improve on the last two streets.
The final hand had Nadeem committing his short stack with , and Moc called with the better . Nadeem missed the board, with the nine on the river gifting Moc an unnecessary pair of nines and the boasting rights to becoming the latest UK Poker Open champion.
Final Table Results (Pound Sterling)
* denotes a three-way deal
Kevin Broadway Ships RunGood Poker Series Tunica Main Event For Career-Best $46,804 & First RGPS Ring
The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) stopped at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, and USA’s Kevin Broadway stormed past a 601-strong field in the Main Event, claiming his maiden RGPS gold ring and a top career score of $46,804 along with a paid trip to RGPS Thunder Valley. Ricky Loyd took home an even better $50,804 in second place, courtesy of a heads-up deal.
“I’m super excited, it was a good one to be the first,” Broadway responded when asked if it was his first RunGood ring.
He was thrilled about getting the chance to play the Million Dollar Freeroll later this year and that the prize money will also “help have a good summer in Vegas as well…Im going to take a serious look at playing the [WSOP] Main Event this year… I don’t think there will be a better opportunity to play it.”
When asked if he played professionally, he replied, “Oh no, no, definitely not, I do manufacturing for a living, I actually work for Frito-Lay, so I make potato chips for a living. Just every time the WSOP circuit or the RunGood Series comes around, I make it a point to play those events.”
The $600 buy-in Main Event collected a guarantee-crushing $312,520 in the prize pool, and 75 players got paid.
Final Table Recap
Michael Monaghan (9th for $5,875), Patrick Rogers (8th for $7,438), Jason Arnold (7th for $9,532), and James “Coach” Milligan (6th for $12,376) were the early eliminations on the final table.
Khanh Chau walked out in fifth place as his after getting cooler-ed by Cliff Hart’s . Hart could not put those chips to use as he was the next one to leave, courtesy of Ricky Loyd.
Kelly Black bowed out in third place after his proved to be no match for Loyd’s .
After the elimination of Black, Ricky Loyd and Kevin Broadway started the heads-up match almost even in stacks and agreed to a deal, chopping the prize money and ring and the trip to RGPS Thunder Valley.
Final Table Results (USD)
* denotes a heads-up deal
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