Sean Yu Captures 2017 Global Casino Championship Title

The Global Casino Championship was concluded last night, thus putting an end to a remarkable WSOP Circuit’s 2016/2017 season. Sean Yu, a player from Los Angeles, California, took down the prestigious event to add a gold bracelet to his collection of WSOP trophies and a first-place prize of $296,941.

Yu is now the proud owner of three WSOP jewelry pieces. Aside from the freshly captured gold bracelet, the player has two WSOP Circuit gold rings. He won the first piece back in 2014 for taking down a $1,675 Main Event at Harrah’s California. That victory secured him with a seat into the National Casino Championship that wrapped up the 2014/2015 WSOP Circuit season.

Gold ring number two came in September 2016, when the player won the Planet Hollywood $1,675 Main Event. Coming into the Global Casino Championship for the second time, Yu felt a bit more confident. That confidence combined with his skills helped him capture the title this second time.

Yu entered the official six-handed final table of the tournament second in chips. The six contenders returned at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Thursday to play down to a champion. Russia’s Alexander Lakhov was the player to lead the pack with a massive chip advantage. However, he was not given much chance to extend his lead. Lakhov retained his stack for the greater part of the day, which eventually secured him a seat into the heads-up match against Yu.

The real contention was between Yu and Josh Reichard. The two players were constantly on the rise and clashing for the chip lead over the course of final table play. Eventually, Reichard was eliminated in third place by Yu, which secured the latter with a massive advantage over his final remaining opponent.

Two-handed battle was not a long one. There were a total of seven hands to be played during it and Yu won six of them. Hand #61 was the one that ended it all. And here is how it unfolded exactly. Lakhov raised to 35,000 pre-flop and Yu called. The flop came [Jd][4c][3s] to see Yu check and Lakhov bet 35,000. Yu called. The [9c] turn saw Yu check and Lakhov bet 90,000. Yu made the call. The eventual winner checked once again after the [5c] river, while Lakhov bet 160,000. Yu moved all in and his opponent called instantly.

Lakhov had [Ah][Jc] clashing into Yu’s [10c][3c]. The Russian player’s top pair was not of much help against his opponent’s flush, so he had to content himself with the runner-up finish and the payout of $183,527. Lakhov had qualified for the Global Casino Championship after becoming the Casino Champion at King’s Casino Rozvadov late last year.

This year’s Global Casino Championship featured a field of 124 players, 115 of whom had qualified for the tournament, while the other nine bought into it for $10,000. That generated a prize pool of $1,090,000, which was split among the top 19 finishers.

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