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The WPT Main Event Tour returned to Australia at The Star Gold Coast from September 23 – 27. David Tang (cover image) from Melbourne, Australia, broke through a 710-entry field in the first-ever WPT Main Tour stop in Australia to collect a career-best AU$647,470 top prize, a WPT Champions Trophy, an all-inclusive package to Las Vegas, and a free entry into the $10,400 buy-in season-ending WPT Championship. Po Ho finished runner-up for AU$421,635.
Tang’s first recorded live score dates to 2011. His recent win crushes the previous-best AU $16,615 he won for taking down the AU$550 NLHE 6-Max event in 2015 at the Joe Hachem Poker Challenge in Melbourne.
After the Victory, Tang said, “I’m still a bit stung, but it’s awesome. I wasn’t expecting to get this far. To be honest, I was actually trying to cancel my flight here because I wanted to watch the (Australian Football League) Grand Final in Melbourne, but they wouldn’t give us a refund on our flights, so it just all worked out … I haven’t played in a tournament since the Aussie Millions in 2020, so once I made Day 2 and 3 it was actually quite fun getting deep in the tournament for sure.”
“It was quite swingy, there were some pretty good players at the final table, they were all playing pretty good. Everyone wasn’t making too many mistakes, no one made it easy. So it was tough, it was a tough final table,” responded Tang when he was asked how he kept his cool during the marathon three-handed play.
Tang is a cash game enthusiast but felt bound to be a part of the grand WPT Australia event. “I just heard it was going to be a big tournament. I figured a lot of people from Australia were going to be here, so it seemed like a good chance to catch up with people that I hadn’t seen in a while, and a few of the Melbourne guys as well,” said Tang.
He also looks forward to the WPT Championship around the holidays in Las Vegas. “It’s always a good time to be in the States around that time during Christmas as well, so it will be good. I will see you there,” said Tang.
The Main Event ran from September 23 – 27, attracting 710 entries across two starting flights. The event paid out 89 places a share from the AU$3,550,000 prize pool. A min-cash was worth AU$6,138.
Apart from Tang and Po, Naj Ajez (3rd for AU$310,675), Daisuke Ogita (4th for AU$231,505), Josh Hutchins (5th for AU$174,480) and De Kun Li (6th for AU$133,025) made FT finishes.
Other notable players who cashed the WPT Australia Main Event were Martin Finger (28th for AU$13,071), Sean Ragozzini (44th for AU$9,843), Robert Campbell (70th for AU$7,114), and the husband-wife duo Andrew Moreno (43rd for AU$9,843) and Kristy Arnett Moreno (74th for AU$6,562).
The final table was live-streamed on WPT`s YouTube channel. You can watch the replay below.
On the final hand of the Main Event, Po Ho raised from the button to 1,000,000, and David Tang shoved all in from the big blind, putting Ho at risk. Ho made the all-in call for 6,200,000 with and Tang tabled .
The community cards opened , giving Tang a king-high flush for the win, getting him the title and the honor of having his name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.
Final Table Results (AUD)
Content & Cover Image Courtesy: World Poker Tour