2017 Fun in the Sun

The 2017 Fun in the Sun in Review

The Fun in the Sun Poker Open ran December 26-30 closing out 2017 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The series boasted six primary events headlined by the $50,000 guaranteed Main Event. The closer drew 197 entries and, in the end, was won by Bill Farnan for $21,848.

Here’s a look back at each of the numbered events along with a link to their live reporting logs:

Next up for the Seminole Hard Rock is the Lucky Hearts Poker Open beginning January 10 followed by the Escalator II Series beginning February 21.

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Bill Farnan Wins the 2017 Fun in the Sun Main Event After Heads-Up Deal

2017 Fun in the Sun Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$560 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 197
Prize Pool: $98,500
December 30, 2017

                                          2017 Fun in the Sun Main Event winner Bill Farnan

The final event of the 2017 Fun in the Sun Poker Open took place on Saturday. The $560 No Limit Hold’em Main Event drew 197 entries and generated a prize pool of $98,500, nearly doubling the $50,000 guarantee. When all was said and done, Bill Farnan emerged the victor after a heads-up deal was reached.

When the final table of 10 players was reached, Farnan was on top of the chip counts. However, he lost a crucial hand with nine players remaining to become the short stack. From there, Farnan turned just more than one big blind into a chip leading stack once again. When heads-up play was reached, a deal was immediately agreed upon and Farnan was officially the winner.

Residing in Jupiter, FL, the 57-year-old Farnan now has nearly $100,000 in career tournament earnings.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePayout
1BillFarnan*$21,848
2NathanielAnderson*$19,551
3MatthewFriendly$10,096
4JalalFarooq$6,141
5DaniDayan$4,743
6IsraelDe La Cerda$3,930
7GabrielFlores$3,349
8BobNorris$2,896
9JoshTzur$2,452
10AlcidesGomez$2,133
11ZeevyMalik$2,133
12EricGuadette$2,133
13KevinChan$1,822
14JuanDiaz$1,822
15YigalHen$1,822
16JackShea$1,512
17RichardBlanchar$1,512
18LloydGunther$1,512
19OryHen$1,207
20WitoldWasik$1,207
21JacquelynScott$1,207
22PasqualeCaiazza$911
23EvanTeitelbaum$911
24FernandoPages$911
25PeterDailey$739

*denotes heads-up deal

Event 6: We Have a Deal!

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2/197

The remaining two players agreed to a deal. Here were their chip counts at the time, followed by their subsequent payouts.

Bill Farnan – 2,564,000 (111 bb)
Nathaniel Anderson – 1,378,000 (57 bb)

As chip leader,  BIll Farnan is officially the winner of the Fun in the Sun Main Event.

Bill Farnan – $21,848
Nathaniel Anderson – $19,551

A recap of the tournament will be posted later tonight.

Event 6: Matthew Friendly – 3rd Place ($10,096)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2/197

Matthew Friendly raised all in from the button for 521,000, Nathaniel Anderson called from the small blind, and Bill Farnan folded his big blind.

Friendly: As10c
Anderson: 3h3s

The board came down Qc7s5h3d5d, giving Anderson threes full of fives to eliminate Friendly in third place.

Nathaniel Anderson – 1,378,000 (57 bb)
Matthew Friendly – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($10,096)

Event 4: Jalal Farooq – 4th Place ($6,141)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3/197

Jalal Farooq raised to 60,000 from the button, Nathaniel Anderson called from the small blind, and Bill Farnan called from the big blind.

The flop came down AdJd9d, and action checked to Farooq who continued with a bet. Only Farnan called.

The turn was the 10s, Farnan led for 225,000, Farooq raised all in for about 1,060,000, and Farnan called.

Farooq: Jh10d
Farnan: KhQd

Farnan led with Broadway against Farooq’s two pair, and held a better flush draw.

The river was the 6c, no help to Farooq, ending his tournament in fourth place.

Bill Farnan – 2,770,000 (115 bb)
Jalal Farooq – Eliminated in 4th Place ($6,141)

Event 6: Dani Dayan – 5th Place ($4,743)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4/197

Bill Farnan raised all in from the small blind with a covering stack, and Dani Dayan called all in from the big blind for about 320,000.

Farnan: Kh7s
Dayan: KdQh

The board ran out 9d4h3c9s7h, giving Farnan nines and sevens on the river to eliminate Dayan.

Bill Farnan – 1,270,000 (64 bb)
Dani Dayan – Eliminated in 5th Place ($4,743)

Event 6: Israel De La Cerda – 6th Place ($3,930)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5/197

In a battle of the blinds, Israel De La Cerda was all in for for about 170,000 from the big blind with AdQh against Jalal Farooq in the small blind with AhKd.

The board came down As5d4s10d8h, no help to De La Cerda, ending his tournament in sixth place.

Jalal Farooq – 1,450,000 (72 bb)
Israel De La Cerda – Eliminated in 6th Place ($3,930)

Event 6: Gabriel Flores – 7th Place ($3,349)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6/197

Dani Dayan was all in from the hijack for 299,000 AhAd, ahead of Gabriel Flores’ AcQd in the cutoff.

The board came down 7h4s2s7d5s, giving Dayan the double.

Flores was down to just a few thousand and busted the following hand.

Dani Dayan – 649,000 (32 bb)
Gabriel Flores – Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,349)

Event 6: Bob Norris – 8th Place ($2,896)

Fun in the Sun Main Event | Structure | Payouts
$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $98,500
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7/197

Bill Farnan raised all in with a covering stack from the button, Bob Norris called all in from the small blind for about 120,000, and Dani Dayan folded her big blind.

Farnan: KdJd
Norris: AsQc

The board came down Jc9s4h4d5c, giving Farnan jacks and fours to eliminate Norris in eighth place.

Bill Farnan – 830,000 (42 bb)
Bob Norris – Eliminated in 8th Place ($2,896)