Michael Kanaan Takes Down the WSOP Sydney Main Event for $297,000
21 December 2017
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Michael Kanaan from Sydney, Australia recently took down the 2017 WSOP Sydney Main Event for nearly $300,000 payday.
The young Sydney pro first burst onto the live poker scene back in 2011 after winning the ANZPT Sydney Tournament for $203,202. The latest win was Kanaan’s biggest so far and his total live tournament cashes are now well over $1,2 million.The A$2,200 buy-in WSOP circuit event at the Star Poker Room in Sydney managed to attract a total of 1,067 players and featured four starting flights.According to the post-win interview, the key hand for Kanaan ended up being pocket Kings vs. pocket Queens situation against 7th place finisher Sam Hassan. Kanaan took down the massive pot with his K-K and the hand catapulted him into the chip lead.“That was the big double up that made me chip leader. He had been running so good that I needed to take his chips from him. He had been unstoppable for three days and after this hand, he was eliminated a few hands later,” Kanaan said.

In the heads-up play, Kanaan faced Michael ‘Popsy’ Fraser, who had to settle with runner-up finish for over $183,000 after losing with against Kanaan, who had the A-K suited.

“I really just focussed on staying disciplined. I used to have a lot of trouble in my game where I would just spew off my stack by making bad choices. I have really worked on keeping my composure at the table and just making the best decision I can every time,” Kanaan told the Star Poker Live Reporting Team after his win.

Final Table Results

1st Michael Kanaan $297,241
2nd Michael Fraser $183,753
3rd John Patchos $136,554
4th Nabil Edgtton $102,656
5th Sean Lannon $78,061
6th Karam Bahi $60,051
7th Sam Hassan $46,734
8th Vincent Huang $36,789
9th Daniel Embleton $29,303