Henry Tran Wins Sydney Championships Main Event for A$300k

Henry Tran Wins Sydney Championships Main Event for A$300kThe 2017 Star Sydney Championships got underway on July 18th, and culminated in its $3,000 Main Event on August 4th, with 496 players forking out the buy-in fee to create a prize pool of A$1,388,800 (US$1,102,388). Proceedings were subsequently brought to close on Sunday the 6th, with Henry Tran triumphing over the tough field to capture the title, and a top prize of A$300,000 ($238,131).
Previous to his victory, Tran had 17 live cashes for $67,663, and after hitting the biggest score of his career at The Star Casino, stated:
“It feels unreal. I am so happy. This is a great event, it has such an excellent structure. I really like deep stack poker and this tournament is perfect for that.”
Amongst the notable pros cashing in at one of the event’s 54 money places was the 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, who missed out on a final table appearance after falling in 9th spot for a A$28,000 ($22,226) payday.
Henry Tran then entered the final table of seven second only to Brad Hawkins in chips, with the latter adding significantly to his stack after busting Suzy Khoueis in 6th, followed by Grant Levy in 5th. Tran subsequently did likewise to Rafe Aman (4th) and Damon Zhou (3rd) to take a commanding 10-1 chip lead against Henry Tran into the heads-up phase of the competition.
Given the uneven stack sizes, Tran looked likely to soon join his fellow finalists on the rail, but managed to get himself back in contention after getting his remaining chips all-in holding K-10 to his opponent’s K-J, but with an A-J-Q flop coming to his rescue to complete a straight, and help him survive his first major hurdle. Tran doubled up again soon after when his As-4d shove on an Ad-8d-2d-Ks board was called by Hawkins holding 8c-7d, with no further help coming on the river, and thereafter Tran proceeded to push home his advantage, eventually managing to close out the win against Brad Hawkins, who now boasts $259,612 in career earnings following his latest runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (A$):
1: Henry Tran $300,000
2: Brad Hawkins $185,000
3: Damon Zhou $135,000
4: Rafe Aman $100,000
5: Grant Levy $75,000
6: Suzy Khoueis $57,000
7: Chris Tran $44,000

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