Tour de force: Psarras completes epic comeback to win WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event

Michelle Psarras has lived up to her reputation as one of the nation’s most formidable players after taking out the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event from a record field of 1,204 entries.

Having started the final table as the short stack, the ‘Harbour City Queen’ stood firm in the face of adversity, picking her spots with impeccable timing in the closing stages before sealing the deal against Todd ‘The Salesman’ Sekli heads-up to earn more than $132,000 in prize money.

Psarras dedicated her win to the late, great Sammy Khouis – this being her first Tier One title since taking down the WSOP International Circuit Ladies Event here at The Star Sydney two years ago and her biggest career cash to date.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia in the moments after her victory, the Sydney grinder was overcome with emotion and delighted to be back on the felt again after so long.

“It doesn’t feel real right now!” exclaimed Psarras. “I’m enjoying everything now that we’re finally back … the players and staff have all been great. What a fantastic start to this series, I can’t thank you all enough!”

Psarras now has her sights set on the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Player of the Festival trophy, vowing to play every event from here on in.

WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY OPENING EVENT – FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($750 buy-in, 1,204 entries, 151 players paid)*

1stMichelle PsarrasAustralia$132,231*
2ndTodd SekliAustralia$100,000*
3rdYu ChenAustralia$62,074
4thZhihan NeoAustralia$45,983
5thMichele BouskilaAustralia$34,735
6thAl JosueAustralia$28,071
7thYang LeiAustralia$23,178
8thRathe KulenAustralia$18,351
9thPeter DykesAustralia$13,653
*Denotes heads-up deal. Full results available at

PMA continues its coverage of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney series from 1:30pm AEST with Day 2 of the $2,000 NLH, followed by the $440 PLO and Day 2 of the Big Bounty before the $1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event.

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