The British poker pro Elior Sion won the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The 26-year-old won his first gold bracelet in one of the most prestigious poker events of the summer and went home with $1,395,767, so far the biggest prize in his career as a poker player.
Sion managed to defeat a field of 100 poker players and fight for his position at the top of the charts. He has not been active this year and this was his first tournament this year, but he absolutely dominated it and won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in the early hours of Friday morning. After five long days of play, all poker players were ready for the final day and the impressive prize which comes with the first places.
Playing against some of the best poker players in the world does not happen ever day and Sion said he feels quite exhausted after five days of dodging bullets and asserting his dominance on the poker tables. According to him, the best strategy is to treat this tournament as a long journey which needs to be taken one step at a time, in order to reach the final destination. In such championships, the most important thing is to maintain our chips in the sufficient amount, as this will make everything else so much easier.
The epic heads-up battle on the final table against Johannes Becker was a sight to remember. Becker is another 26-year-old pro from Germany, and in the final duel, he took a better than 3-to-1 chip lead against the British poker pro. However, this did not impress Sion at all and he focused on quickly regaining the chip lead of his own. Their battle lasted about five hours and the chip lead kept changing hands, making the whole scene more than dynamic.
Both of the players rely on making their living by taking participation in high-stakes online cash games, and they were more than excited to demonstrate their abilities on the table. For his runner-up position, Johannes Becker received $862,649. After the battle was over Sion had only nice things to say about his opponent and remained very respectful of his professionalism.
Elior Sion first tournament was way back in 2010 WSOP Europe £ 1,000+75 No Limit Hold’em where he finished 32nd and received £3,376 ($5,208) for his efforts. Prior to his last championship this Friday, Sion’s biggest earning from a poker tournament was at the 2016 Event 55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship. He finished 9th and won $116,571.