Elior Sion wins Poker Players Championship

2017 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship is won by UK born online grinder Elior Sion following epic heads-up battle with Johannes Becker.

Elior Sion

Briton Elior Sion overcame a marathon heads-up session with German Johannes Becker, also 26, to land this year’s prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship. For his efforts, Sion walks away with $1,395,767 and his first bracelet.

A field of 100 originally started the 8-game format event, including Daniel Negreanu who, at the start of the final day, had the chip lead, but later bust for a 5th place finish, leaving him yet to win a bracelet this year, thus falling well short of his poker goal target of three.

The field eventually found its last two men standing who went heads-up for five long hours before Sion made the critical breakthrough to win $1,395,767, a gold WSOP bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Crazy Elior

London born 26-year-old Sion plays the majority of his poker online, save for the PPC, under the screen name Crazy Elior. In fact, this was his only live tournament of the year so far and with plans to invest in property and move away from the game, we may see even less of him in the future.

"I mean, it feels amazing," said Sion after his win. "It's been a long day playing with some of the best players in the world. A tournament like this is like a long journey. You just need to take it a step at a time. There are a few blips along the way, but as long as you still have chips, anything can happen. At the final table, cards fell my way and I was fortunate enough to win."

Final Table Results

$50,000 Poker Players Championship
1st Elior Sion $1,395,767
2nd Johannes Becker $862,649
3rd Isaac Haxton $595,812
4th Ivo Donev $419,337
5th Daniel Negreanu $300,852
6th Paul Volpe $220,111
100 entrants

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