Just like the United States domestic circuit, the World Series of Poker International Circuit 2019 features two qualifiers per each stop for the biggest World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship. Naturally, winners of the Casino Champion and the Main Event get automatic entries into the biggest event of the season in addition to winning the World Series of Poker gold circuit ring and associated money prizes.
The Star Sydney located in Pyrmont hosted the World Series of Poker International Circuit 2019 from the 14th of November until the 9th of December. The Star Sydney casino is Australia’s second-largest gambling facility owned and operated by the iconic Star Entertainment Group. The venue includes two massive gaming floors with seven restaurants, eight bars alongside over three hundred and fifty hotel rooms and one hundred and thirty privately and serviced apartments.
Moreover, The Star Sydney also features the legendary two thousand-seat Sydney Lyric Event Centre and theater among many other amenities. This year’s World Series of Poker International Circuit in Australia has served extremely exciting poker games over the past several weeks with the Star Sydney hotel and casino hosting all tournaments. The biggest events have come to an end including the Main Event and the High Roller event.
AU$2,200 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event
The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event consisted of over one thousand and one hundred players each playing with $1,499 or AU$2,200 to enter. The event quickly generated a massive prize pool of $1,5 million or AU$2,2 million with over $177K or AU$260K set aside for the event’s winner. The WSOPC Main Event lasted for four days and it surely had startling poker games especially on its first day with two hundred and thirty-two entries forming the massive player field which was later reduced to thirty-four players led by Diarmuid O’Kane as the lead.
The second day of the event included thirty-seven players with Ross Grammar as the chip leaders. The event’s Day 1D saw a massive field of four hundred and five players while only sixty-four of them remained by the end of the day with Andre Thang as the chip leader. Only one hundred and eighty-two players started day two while that numbers quickly went down to twenty-four with Edwin Chiu as the leader.
Edwin Chiu was able to remain as the chip leaders through the event’s third day as well. The final table saw Trevor Saunders and Adrian Attenborough eliminated first followed by Huss Hassan, Duy Vu, Chao Duan, and John Zwaine. In the end, it was Steven Zhou to win the title followed by Lior Segre and Edwin Chiu as second and third-placed.
AU$20,000 World Series of Poker Circuit High Roller
The World Series of Poker Circuit High Roller event was definitely among the biggest attractions at the poker festival with $13,628 or AU$20,000 buy-in as well as unlimited re-entries available at the first nine levels. This led to fifty-three entries which created a massive prize pool of $686K or AU$1 million. The final table of the event started with Ryan Otto as the chip leader and Roger Teska very close.
All final table players had hefty chip stacks while in the end Jonathan Karamalikis scored the title and banked around $257K. He was followed by Ryan Otto as second-placed and Roger Teska as third-placed. Qiang Fu, Mladen Vukovic and Michael Egan were also in the final payouts as fourth, fifth and sixth-placed respectively.