Steven Zhou Wins WSOP International Circuit Sydney Main Event

Steven Zhou has topped a 1,124-entrant field to win the WSOP-C Sydney $2,200 Main Event for $260,904 after four-way deal that saw Edwin Chiu take home the most prize money with $269,550 for his third-place finish.

The marquee event of the 14-event WSOP International Circuit held at The Star in Sydney’s Darling Harbour was the $2,200 buy-in Main Event that featured four starting flights and a $2.2 million prize pool guarantee.

With the field locked out at 1,124 entrants, just 182 players would return for Day 2 as the prize pool would be set at $2,248,000. The final 117 players would finish in the money with the first-place prize reserved at $410,264. Day 2 would see a domino of eliminations as the field was reduced to just 24 players as the likes of WPT Australia champion Hari Varma, Sosia Jiang, Sam Capra, Ash Gupta, Jason Pritchard, Jethro Horowitz, Ross Grammer, Gary Benson, Michel Bouskila, Vincent Wan, Tim English and Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou all finished in the money.

Edwin Chiu held the chip lead on Day 2, and after a short Day 3, he would hold the chip lead heading into the final table ahead of Steven Zhou as the likes of Dean Blatt, Tom Rafferty, Hamish Crawhaw, and Billy “The Croc” Argyros all exited in the money on the penultimate day of play.

Trevor Saunders was the first eliminated at the final table, and Adrian Attenborough fell in eighth place as seven players headed to the first break. Huss Hassan exited in seventh, while Duy Vu was eliminated in sixth place as Chiu had extended his lead heading into break with half the chips in play five-handed.

After Chao Duan was eliminated by Zhou in fifth place, the final four players struck an ICM deal. Chiu had seen his monstrous chip lead reduced, but he still took the biggest portion of the remaining prize pool, while awaiting the eventual winner would be the WSOP-C ring and qualification to the 2019 Global Casino Championships.

John Zwaine would lose a flip to Zhou to fall in fourth place, before Chiu would be eliminated in third place when his king-queen couldn’t improve against Zhou’s ace-rag. Heads-up play would last just one hand as Zhou’s jack-high took held against Lior Segre’s eight-high to be eliminated in second place.

WSOP International Circuit Sydney $2,200 Main Event Final Table Results

1st Steven Zhou (Australia) – $260,904*
2nd Lior Segre (Australia) – $224,114*
3rd Edwin Chiu (Australia) – $269,550*
4th John Zwaine (Australia) – $239,007*
5th Chao Duan (China) – $107,837
6th Duy Vu (Australia) – $83,086
7th Huss Hassan (Australia) – $64,765
8th Adrian Attenborough (Australia) – $51,052
9th Trevor Saunders (Australia) – $40,689

* denotes four-handed deal

Zhou eliminated five players at the final table on his way to winning the WSOP International Circuit Sydney Main Event for $260,904 in prize money. This is Zhou’s biggest win of his career, and his best result following his third-place finish in the WSOP Asia-Pacific $2,200 6-Max where he collected $55,365 in prize money. Only four of Zhou’s 24 career cashes have come outside of Sydney where the local frequents both cash games and tournaments regularly.

* Image provided courtesy of WSOP and The Star

Tim Duckworth
Tim Duckworth
Tim Duckworth is a freelance writer, born in Australia but now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow him on Twitter at @tRaMSt0p.

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