One of the many events in this edition of the World Series of Poker Sydney Circuit is the Masters Event, which attracted some of the most proficient poker players from around the globe above the 50-year-old mark. The single-day event took place this Tuesday and featured a buy-in estimating to A$550. As for the skillful winner who managed to climb to the first position among all players, his name is Craig Blight and he was granted for his performance with a payday and a precious WSOP Gold Ring.
Even though nobody would guess it, Bright is really eligible to participate in the poker event and with his extensive experience in the poker world he deserved his place at the top of the official leader board. He participated in the WSOP Circuit Turbo Event which took place this Monday and where he performed flawlessly, so he was already well-prepared to conquer the throne. During the Masters Event, he managed to eliminate seven out of his eight opponents at the final table, which meant that he was the one making the decisions how much someone is going to bag at the end of their game.
Blight was also the chip leader at the beginning of the game and thanks to his determination to win he received the coveted piece of jewellery, as well as all chips available on the table and the first-place prize amounting to A$23,906. At the beginning of the action, there were a total of 177 players ready to demonstrate their poker skills and the bigger poker pros made it to the final table. Among the talented participants in it were Australian player Todor Kondevski, who is a former Melbourne Champs Main Event champion, and Sam Khoueis from Sydney, who boasts live tournament winnings amounting to $1,218,808. Fellow Aussie Michael Bouskila was also there and his total live earnings amounting to $1,019,646 comes to show his level of proficiency.
Blight’s Winner Strategy
Blight still made it to the top even though he had such well-known players playing against him at the final table. He stated later that his strategy for winning the tournament was a good mixture of good fortune and big stack aggression. The champ had more than 75 percent of the chips on the table during most of the time, which helped him to apply pressure to the rest of the players. This style of play eventually resulted in his first place. He stated that the most important thing for him was getting his hands on the gold ring and making it at the iconic location.
With total live earnings amounting to $705,845, Blight is not the leading one among the players which played at the final table, but this undoubtedly guaranteed his poker skills. The first live tournament he participated in was back in 2010 when he played at the Sydney Championships A$500 + 50 No-Limit Hold’em event and received A$1,119 for his good performance.
His highest cash, however, came in 2016 when he participated in the WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament where he stole the runner-up position and received a sweet payday amounting to $351,721, which is more than half of his total live earnings. As for the last event he participated in, it was the A$1,800 + 200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at The Championships 2017 in Sydney. He claimed the 11th position on the leader board and bagged a total of A$4,880.