Jack Sinclair banished the memory of an 8th place finish at the 2017 WSOP in the best way possible last night, winning the WSOPE Main Event for 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352). He outlasted a field of 534 players to claim his first career bracelet, besting a final table that included former WSOP Main Event winner, Ryan Riess.
A star-studded field
The event was a lengthy affair, with 6 days of play leading up to the final table. 7, if you count the two, day 1 starting flights. Many illustrious names descended on King’s Casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic. By the end of the third day, many had fallen by the wayside, but one name really stood out. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess led the chip counts, with over 4.2 million chips compared to his nearest challenger’s 2.4 million. Igor Kurganov and Sylvain Loosli, both familiar names on the WSOP circuit were also flying high, with two-time bracelet winner Norbert Szesci and Sergio Aido a little further down the order.
As the next two days passed by, so did the opportunity of victory for all those names, bar one. Ryan Riess seemed to be cruising along serenely, persistently gathering chips and was ever-present around the top of the chip counts.
Sinclair conquers final table
Jack Sinclair remained comparatively new to major live events coming into this one. His trip to last year’s WSOP in Las Vegas was his first, and his entry into the Main Event was the first time he had ever bought into an event for $10,000. He proceeded to enjoy an extremely deep run in that tournament, making the final table and finishing 8th place. He once again gave a great display in this WSOPE Main Event, flying somewhat under the radar with Ryan Riess looming large at the final table. While Riess was sliding backwards during the final table, Sinclair was marching onwards. Having entered the final table 4th in the chips he took an early big pot to become one of the main contenders, while Riess eventually faded, falling in 4th place.
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov was soon sent to the rail in 3rd, leaving Sinclair and Hungary’s Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas to fight for the top prize. In the end, it was a one-sided contest, with Bujtas seemingly struggling to find any cards and Sinclair playing excellent poker from the start. Before long, the final chapter of this event had closed. Bujtas was left rueing what might have been, while Sinclair was fastening his first career WSOP bracelet around his wrist.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Jack Sinclair – 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352)
2nd – Laszlo Bujtas – 693,573 Euros ($790,673)
3rd – Krasimir Yankov – 480,028 Euros ($547,232)
4th – Ryan Riess – 337,778 Euros ($385,067)
5th – Milos Skrbic – 241,718 Euros ($275,559)
6th – Ihor Yerofieiev – 175,965 Euros ($200,600)
Article by Craig Bradshaw