Oct 22, 2017
Three days of poker and a record turnout at Emperors Palace wrapped up today with Daniel Habib coming out on top. The win is the first for Habib in a World Poker Tour event and second overall in Johannesburg.
In a field of 456, Habib’s cash game experience paid off as he was able to manage the long hours of Day 2 after buying in at the start of play and staying mentally strong through the grind.
Habib surged to the top of the leaderboard after the Day 3 money bubble when he cracked aces with a set of tens. Bubble boy Ryan Bytensky got his chips in with against the of Habib. The hit the turn to give Habib the pot and one of the top stacks in the tournament at that stage.
From there, Habib cruised along until the final table and started in second place behind Muaaz Gani.
The start of the final table proved arduous for Habib but he managed to find a key double in five-handed play to propel him back to the top of the leaderboard.
Habib won a flip against Simon Solomon when his held against Solomon’s . After that hand, Habib chipped up and held the most chips at the time of the deal discussion.
Despite being faced with a few setbacks during the tournament, Habib never gave in and his perseverance paid off with R1,000,000 for his efforts.
With the World Poker Tour and now WPTDeepStacks a consistent visitor in Johannesburg, we expect to see Habib back for future events. Congratulations to WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg winner, Daniel Habib!