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:
- Event 1 ($250 Big Stack RE): Steven Bennett — $15,133
- Event 2 ($130 Deep Stack Turbo RE): Steve Olivier — $5,126
- Event 3 ($350 Black Chip Bounty RE): Paul Freedman — $7,405
- Event 4 ($250 Big Stack RE): Julian Gallo — $4,800
- Event 5 ($130 Deep Stack Turbo RE): Dani Dayan — $3,205
- Event 6 ($560 Main Event RE): Bill Farnan — $21,848
Thank you for playing at the Hard Rock! #RockOn
2017 Fun in the Sun Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$560 No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $98,500
December 30, 2017
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.
|Place||First Name||Last Name||Payout|
|6||Israel||De La Cerda||$3,930|
*denotes heads-up deal
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.
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.
The board came down , 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)
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 , and action checked to Farooq who continued with a bet. Only Farnan called.
The turn was the , Farnan led for 225,000, Farooq raised all in for about 1,060,000, and Farnan called.
Farnan led with Broadway against Farooq’s two pair, and held a better flush draw.
The river was the , 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)
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.
The board ran out , 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)
In a battle of the blinds, Israel De La Cerda was all in for for about 170,000 from the big blind with against Jalal Farooq in the small blind with .
The board came down , 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)
Dani Dayan was all in from the hijack for 299,000 , ahead of Gabriel Flores’ in the cutoff.
The board came down , 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)
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.
The board came down , 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)