Event #62 on the 2017 World Series of Poker was a big one. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed) kicked off on July 2nd and would take five days to complete. A total of 100 players posted the $50,000 buy-in to see if they could remain in the game and earn the first place prize. At the end, it was poker pro Elior Sion who outlasted the talented field to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet plus the $1.3 million+ prize money.
When it came down to final table play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, several top players were in the mix, including poker pro Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu was hoping to win bracelet number seven with the win and came in as the chip leader during the final day of play but was unable to complete the task, finishing in 5th place instead. Speaking to Poker News, Sion stated that he feared Negreanu the most because he knows what’s going on almost always and he was his biggest threat.
By the time only two remained it would be Elior Sion and Johannes Becker going head to head. Becker would hold a three to one chip lead over Sion but his lead would not last for long. After a dinner break, it was back and forth with big pots taking place across all eight games of the Las Vegas event.
In the end, the tournament would finish up on the Omaha Hi/Lo round with Becker going all in and Sion calling. Sion earned quad fives on the river and secured the pot win as well as the title. Becker would have to settle for the second place finish.