100 players ponied up the $50,000 buy-in to compete in the 2017 WSOP Poker Players Championship, which finished up this week. It would take five days for the field to be narrowed down to the last two; Elior Sion and Johannes Becker. In the end, it was Sion who earned the first place win, taking home $1,395,767 in the process.
During the Poker Players Championship, several games take place to be able to test the skills of those competing. In the event, players have to be able to compete in no limit hold’em, seven card stud, pot limit Omaha, Omaha hi/lo eight or better, limit hold’em, razz, deuce to seven triple draw lowball and seven card stud hi/lo eight or better.
When final table play began, there were six players remaining. In the chip lead was poker pro Daniel Negreanu who seemed to be headed for his seventh WSOP bracelet. However, Negreanu would be eliminated in 5th place, missing out on another win.
The final had of the event would take place in Omaha Hi/Lo with Becker limping in and Sion checking. With 7-5-5 on the flop, Sion would check and Becker would bet. Sion would then check-raise and Becker would call. A 9 fell on the turn and Sion would bet with Becker moving all in with Sion to call. Becker showed Q-6-6-2 with a flush and low draw while Sion held Q-J-7-5 for a full house. The 5 on the river would no help, giving Sion quads and eliminating Becker in second place.
Sion would earn the first place win which would signify his first gold bracelet of his career. The pro’s name is now added to the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy which was created in memory of Chip Reese a Poker Hall of Famer who passed away in 2007 and was the first ever champion of the event.
|First Place||Elior Sion||$1,395,767|
|Second Place||Johannes Becker||$862,649|
|Third Place||Isaac Haxton||$595,812|
|Fourth Place||Ivo Donev||$419,337|
|Fifth Place||Daniel Negreanu||$300,852|
|Sixth Place||Paul Volpe||$220,111|