Jun Wang beats record field to win WSOP Sydney Opening Event

Local Jun Wang has topped a record field to take out the Opening Event at this year’s WSOP Sydney Circuit, scooping a healthy $112,171 in the process.

Having reached his first final table at The Star poker room, Wang proved too strong for a final nine boasting the likes of Chad Awerbuch, Alex Falon and Zhi Ma – taking advantage of a series of favourable spots to lift the trophy.

The final table proved to be a relatively quick one, with five players hitting the rail inside the first few hours and heads-up play arriving shortly after the first break of the day.

Malcolm Trayner entered heads-up holding a 2.5-1 chip lead over Wang but after battling away for 90 minutes it was Wang who ultimately prevailed, calling a shove with 77 and holding on against Trayner’s K7 to emerge victorious.

The Opening Event has long been a popular one across all major championship series at The Star but never has it attracted such a large field before with 1,444 players taking their seats across four Day 1 flights – setting the scene for a huge few weeks ahead in Sydney.


2018 WSOP Sydney Circuit Opening Event

Position Player Prize (AU$)
1 Jun Wang $112,171
2 Malcolm Trayner $69,528
3 Zhi Ma $50,950
4 Shan Jiang $38,734
5 Johnathan Hargrave $29,487
6 Chu Ong $22,710
7 Alex Falon $17,694
8 Chad Awerbuch $13,944
9 George Mitri $11,118

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