The prestigious WPTDeepStacks tournament, which wrapped up at The Star Gold Coast on Monday, has set a series of new records for WPT across Asia Pacific.
The event broke the record for the highest number of entries in a festival championship, with more than 4,400. The record was previously held by WPT Vietnam with 3,100 entries.
The total series prize pool also swelled to more than AU$3.1 million, with the Main Event alone having a prize pool of AU$1.5 million and a field of 1,113 entries – which is an all-time entry record for WPT in Asia Pacific across India, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and Taiwan.
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The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer, Jess Mellor, said the record-breaking success of WPTDeepStacks further cements The Star Gold Coast as Queensland’s home of poker while propelling the iconic property onto the world stage.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the results from the WPTDeepStacks, not only breaking multiple records across Asia Pacific, but also treating visitors to our city to 11 days of great fun and world-class hospitality,” she said.
“These results are not only a wonderful sign for the future of Australian poker but are also a coup for our tourism industry.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with WPT to bring more tournaments to The Star and the Gold Coast.”
The record breaking event culminated with the top nine players battling it out on the final table, with Sydney’s Will Davies taking home the win and scoring himself $252,729.
“The tournament was perfectly run and the dealers and the staff from The Star were amazing; thank you WPT for making it happen on the beautiful Gold Coast,” he said.
The Gold Coast didn’t miss out on a seat on the final table, with Omer Silajdzija from Southport taking out 6th place, scoring $52,053.00.
The entire WPTDeepStacks Festival saw 10 events across 11 days from May 21 – 31, with buy-ins ranging from AU$330 to AU$5,000.