327 players saddled up for some turbo charged poker action on Monday night as the 3rd Gold Ring of the 2018 WSOP Sydney Circuit event was up for grabs in the $500 ($450+$50) Turbo Event.
The field was as star-studded as you would expect for a tournament of this stature and while many may assume that there is a lot of luck in a turbo tournament, the final nine players proved that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Lachlan Dykes was marked by many as an early favourite on our final table both for his own skill and also because of his family pedigree. His father Peter ‘Turbo’ Dykes is well known on the turbo circuit, he won the 2016 running of this event and then miraculously went on to win the turbo event again at the very next major festival held in the Star Poker Room, during the 2017 Star Poker Festival. Lachlan played well but would eventually bow out in third place ($17,254)
Jamal Ishac, or ‘The Prince of Carnes Hill’ as he is affectionately known by those close to him, also came into our final table with big expectations. After battling a short stack for much of the afternoon he may have felt like his run was finally beginning when he gotall in against Jarryd Godena’s However, much to Ishac’s dismay, the board ran out all clubs meaning that Godena’splayed giving him a higher flush and sending Ishac off for an early shower in 7th place ($5,652).
Ishac can take some solace from the fact that Godena put his chips to good use as he went on to eliminate an amazing five players from our tournament on his way to claiming the title.
Firstly Godena eliminated Greg Manning in 9th place after a particularly painful run out. Manning moved his short stack all in withand was called by Godena in the big blind with The flop camegiving Henning a flush and the lead. He didn’t have too long to celebrate his Jack high flush though as thehit the turn giving Godena a Queen high flush and sending Henning to the rail in 9th place ($3,546).
Godena would then go on to eliminate Geoff Henshaw in 8th ($4,444) and George Elias in 6th ($7,297).
In the end, Godena would end up heads up against Melbourne based player, Lik Wong. Wong had played a spirited final table which included eliminating Dykes in 3rd place. However, he was no match for our champion, Godena, who got the chips into the middle withcompletely dominating Wong’s Wong could not find the lead in the hand and Jarryd Godena goes on to become the 2018 WSOP Sydney Turbo Champion.
The title is another feather in what has become a very impressive cap for Godena and brings him to over $400,000 in total prize money. It doesn’t matter how many feathers a poker player has though, there is nothing quite like winning a WSOP Gold Ring!