2017 WSOP Sydney : Michael Kanaan Wins for $394,837


Toward the finish of four beginning flights, the 2017 WSOP Sydney Circuit Main Event enlisted an aggregate of 1,067 players, and 289 of them would wind up making it to Day 2.

The field was covered with players that were customary installations in the Star Poker Room in the course of the most recent two weeks. With the best five spots brandishing a six-figure payday, there was a lot of savage rivalry as neighborhood professionals and universal players competed for a seat at the last table.

It isn’t shocking considering the cash in question that it wound up taking two extra days of play to shave the field to the last nine. On Day 2, the field went from 289 to 30, and the last table was accomplished in around five hours of play on Day 3.

The last table was a blend of youthful weapons and old fashioned players that would convey an energizing dynamic to the play amid the last day of both the occasion and the arrangement.


The Final Table 2017 WSOP Sydney

Here is how things stacked up as the players took their seats at the final table when play resumed on Day 4.

Seat Name Chips Career Earnings
1 Sam Alhassan 8,690,000 $0
2 Michael Kanaan 3,760,000 $944,096
3 Vincent Huang 1,450,000 $11,830
4 Nabil Edgtton 1,265,000 $67,551
5 Sean Lannon 2,745,000 $27,397
6 Karam Bahi 5,806,000 $98,022
7 John Pachos 2,570,000 $51,300
8 Daniel Embleton 1,030,000 $24,054
9 Michael Fraser 3,825,000 $123,198


In the wake of bending over John Pachos and sending another sound add up to Michael Fraser, Kanaan ended up as the short-stack. The chips continued flying, and the play appeared to go to the following level for the following couple of hours.

Indeed, it was around three hours previously John Pachos got himself all in on the flounder of {q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Fraser decided tabling {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for top match and all of a sudden, Pachos’ second combine appeared to recoil up. Pachos uncovered {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and couldn’t discover any assistance on the turn or stream. Pachos played valiantly and ought to be glad for his third-put wrap up. Without a doubt, the $181,390 will help mend the torment of missing the mark regarding the enormous prize.

Heads up play started, and Kanaan went to work crushing his stack back to its radiance days. What’s more, after around thirty minutes of applying steady weight, he got himself again in the chip lead and snap-calling the all in of Fraser.

Kanaan: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

Fraser: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

Fraser couldn’t discover what he expected to remain alive as the {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board fell. After a stellar last table execution, Fraser, the 2017 WSOP Sydney Main Event sprinter up, earned $244,086 which is about twofold his vocation income to date.



Three-Handed Play

Kanaan headed into the home stretch with more chips than the other two players combined.

All through the most recent couple of weeks at the Star Poker Room, we witnessed disposals before long once the last table was come to. Be that as it may, it took about an entire hour before the primary player hit the rail in the Main Event.

The likelihood of winning the marquee occasion of the arrangement and the groundbreaking cash was most likely weighing at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts like it regularly does in circumstances like these.

Of course, it was simply the short-stack, Daniel Embleton who ended up on the rail in ninth place after he put himself in danger when he called Vincent Huang’s all in. Embleton’s {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} commanded Huang’s {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}, yet a stream six sent the pot toward Huang, leaving Embleton to make a beeline for the pen to gather his $38,924 paycheck.

Huang was trusting his dig out from a deficit win in that hand would give him the force he expected to move out of the status of short-stack. However, after one more hour passed, he got himself all in and behind once more. His {a-Spades}{q-Clubs} was ruled by the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} of Michael Fraser, and the wonder waterway didn’t come this time. Huang gathered a cool $48,868 for his eighth-put wrap up.

The alongside go wasn’t a short stack yet the mind-boggling chip pioneer to begin the day, Sam Alhassan. Alhassan bent over Michael Kanaan in a cooler hand where Alhassan had rulers against Kanaan’s rulers, abandoning him to a great degree short with only 95,500 chips toward its finish all. Alhassan moved all in the precise next hand, just to be called by each outstanding player. The table checked down the {q-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{6-Spades} board, and it was Sean Lannon who guaranteed the thump out when he uncovered {a-Spades}{6-Hearts} to authoritatively send Alhassan home in seventh place conveying a check for $62,076.

Very quickly following Alhassan’s disposal, the competition lost Karam Bahi when he ran his {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} into the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} of Kanaan. The {5-Spades}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades} board neglected to give even a good omen and Bahi was the competition’s 6th place finisher winning $79,786.

Kanaan proceeded with his forceful, adopt no-detainees strategy to the last table when he moved all in finished the 350,000 raise of Lannon. Lannon put his residual chips in the center and was in danger holding {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Lannon was not cheerful to see he was commanded by Kanaan who uncovered {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades}{q-Spades}{5-Hearts} slump implied Lannon required the staying fours to come to survive and it got somewhat more energizing when the {4-Hearts} fell on the turn. Be that as it may, that is the place the energy finished. The {5-Clubs} waterway fixed Lannon’s destiny, and he wound up leaving with $103,691 and a fifth-put complete on his resume.

The Michael Kanaan demonstrate proceeded when he opened to 350,000 from the cutoff. Nabil Edgtton found the bravery to move all in for his staying 2.8 million and Kanaan called. Kanaan uncovered {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} and Edgtton indicated {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. The cards were unquestionably succumbing to Kanaan, and this hand was the same when he made quads on the turn sending Edgtton home in fourth place with an incidental award of $136,362.

Three-Handed Chip Counts

Seat Name Chips
1 Michael Kanaan 16,000,000
7 John Pachos 6,120,000
9 Michael Fraser 8,780,000



A Champion is Crowned

Following four days of play, exploring a field of the’s who of nearby and local poker ability, it was Kanaan that was left standing and wearing another ring.

As most players know, exploring an enormous field poker competition takes a considerable measure of aptitude, a smidgen of good fortune, and perpetual tolerance.

At the point when requested that how he oversaw do it, Kanaan told the Star Poker Live Reporting Team, “I extremely simply centered around remaining restrained. I used to have a considerable measure of inconvenience in my diversion where I would simply regurgitate off my stack by settling on terrible decisions. I have truly chipped away at keeping my self-control at the table and simply settling on the best choice I can without fail.”

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Whenever inquired as to whether there was a hand that emerged that helped him grab the energy, Kanaan alluded to a hand he played with Alhassan.

“The greatest hand of the competition to me would have been the point at which I got take King all in against take Queens. That was the enormous bend over that influenced me to chip pioneer. He had been running so great that I expected to take his chips from him. He had been relentless for three days, and after this hand, he was disposed of a couple of hands later.”

As the 2017 WSOP Sydney Main Event champion, Kanaan left with $394,837, another ring close by and is set to movement to the United States to speak to Star Poker in the $1 million ensured Global Casino Championship.

“I am extremely eager to speak to the Star Sydney at the WSOP (Global Casino) Championship.” Kanaan proceeded. “It is a major competition and will truly give me a chance to perform on the enormous stage. I adore playing at the Star Poker Room; it is my poker home ground. It is incredible to have the capacity to speak to them in a noteworthy competition, and ideally, I will do well.”


Final Table Results

Place Name Prize
1 Michael Kanaan $394,837
2 Michael Fraser $244,086
3 John Pachos $181,390
4 Nabil Edgtton $136,362
5 Sean Lannon $103,691
6 Karam Bahi $79,768
7 Sam Alhassan $62,078
8 Vincent Huang $48,868
9 Daniel Embleton $38,924

And That’s a Wrap from Down Under

With the crowning of the 2017 WSOP Sydney Circuit Main Event champion, the series has come to an end. But the poker continues at Star Poker Room.

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