American Cash Player Wins Australia WPT Main Event

Richard Lee as a winner on WPT Australia

In Australia, the stage of the WPT was held with a prize fund of 4,500,000 Australian dollars (about $2,900,000). More than 600 entries were made in the two opening flights of the event, making the tournament the second largest in Star Gold Coast history. The ITM zone consisted of 76 places, which divided the prize money.

And the biggest prize went to the American Richard Lee, who came out the winner from heads-up against the local player Martin Kozlov. For his success, Lee received not only the title of WPT champion and the main prize of $550,267, but also, no less importantly, a ticket to participate in the main event at the end of the year, the WPT World Championship with a record guarantee. Now Lee will be able to compete for a share of the record prize pool of $40,000,000.

The eventual champion was the only US representative at the final table. In his interview, he said that he was incredibly lucky with his position, since the strongest opponents were on his right hand. Previously, Richard had not achieved such successful results in tournaments; he mainly played inexpensive cash games online and sometimes streamed on Twitch.

Final table results on WPT Australia 2023

1Richard LeeUSA$550 267
2Martin KozlovAustralia$360 244
3Nino MarottaAustralia$266 398
4Gary LinChina$198 572
5Romain MorvanFrance$149 795
6Ken DemlakianAustralia$114 294
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