Three days of poker and a record turnout at Emperors Palace wrapped up today with Daniel Habib (pictured) coming out on top in the WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg Main Event. The win is the first for Habib in a World Poker Tour event and second overall in Johannesburg.
Habib’s win came following a four-way deal with Justin Uys, Muaaz Gani, and Simon Solomon that saw Habib earn the R1,000,000 (approx. $73,000) top prize.
WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg Main Event Final Table Results
1st: Daniel Habib – R1,000,000*
2nd: Justin Uys – R850,000*
3rd: Muaaz Gani – R850,000*
4th: Simon Solomon – R548,000*
5th: Chris Convery – R276,000
6th: Jaime Vilela – R230,000
7th: Francisco Henschl – R193,000
8th: Djordje Stojic – R158,000
9th: Michael Finley – R124,000
*Denotes result was a part of a four-way deal.
The field of 456 entries proved the largest for a WPT-branded event in South Africa, and 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 on Day 3 when he knocked out two players, Ryan Bytensky and Pietro Bragazzi, simultaneously on the bubble to move the field into the money. Three got all of the money in after some wild action, and it was Habib’s against the for Bytensky and the for Bragazzi. Despite not having the best hand, Habib came from behind on the board to score the double knockout.
From there, Habib cruised along until the final table, where a key double in five-handed play propelled him back to the top of the leaderboard.
Despite being faced with a few setbacks during the tournament, Habib never gave in and his perseverance paid off with a score of 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!
Uruguay and Brussels Next for WPTDeepStacks Outside of North America
Coming up next for WPTDeepStacks, poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, outside of North America are trips to Uruguay and Belgium.
Officially titled Brasil Poker Live presents: WPT Uruguay, the World Poker Tour will be in South America for the second time this year and its first-ever televised event. The WPTDeepStacks Main Event that anchors the schedule takes place November 1-5 and features a buy-in of $1,500. The full Brasil Poker Live presents: WPT Uruguay festival runs October 31-November 1 with 11 great events on offer.
Then from November 6-12, WPTDeepStacks continues its European schedule of events with a trip to Brussels, Belgium. Held at Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE, this series features a WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event with a buy-in of €1,200. The dates for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event are November 9-12.
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