The 55-year old Hossein Ensan won the Main Event of the 2019 WSOP late Tuesday night, earning $10,000,000 and poker’s most prestigious prize: the WSOP Main Event bracelet.
This is the best feeling in my life,” Ensan said after the event with a huge smile. “Unbelievable! I am so happy I’m here with the bracelet in hand. What can I say?
Ensan is the second German champion in WSOP history (the first was Pius Heinz, who won the 2011 Main Event). He is also the third Iranian born Main Event winner. after Monsour Matloubi (1990) and Hamid Dastmalchi (1992).
Ensan had a substantial chip lead when the last table started Sunday evening, as well as he almost went wire-to-wire. He ultimately relinquished the lead Tuesday evening, but redeemed it as well as ultimately took the last of his opponents’ chips to protect his location in texas hold’em’s history books.
Ensan had to challenge versus Italian pro Dario Sammartino heads up. When heads-up play began, Ensan had a minor chip lead. Sammartino quickly drew ahead, however Ensan clawed his back after concerning a hr. From then on, he never relinquished the lead. Heads-up play lasted 101 hands and also took a bit greater than 4 hours, as well as at concerning 1:23 a.m., Sammartino was gotten rid of in second place. He gains $6,000,000 for his runner-up finish.
“Dario is a friend of mine,” Ensan said later. “He’s a very good player. But short-handed you need cards. You need hands, and for sure luck. And luck and hands were on my side. Otherwise, I’d be runner up.”
In the critical hand, Ensan held pocket kings, and the gamers obtained done in on the turn when Sammartino had a flush draw as well as an inside-straight draw. The river was a blank. Ensan won the hand with his pocket kings and also officially ended up being the WSOP Centerpiece champion.
Tuesday evening was the end result of a wild WSOP Main Event – tales of the video game were on the brink of duplicating history, the building actually trembled, as well as the a near-historic field competed for an 8-figure cash advance.
This was the second-largest Main Event of all time, with 8,569 gamers. (The all-time record is 8,773 in 2006.) The huge area created a reward swimming pool worth $80,548,600, and also the ultimate victor would make $10,000,000.
Gamers recognized this would not be any kind of average Centerpiece as early as Day 1C. A quake in neighboring California was so powerful it could be felt in Las vega. The Rio shivered for a couple of moments, and play was stopped while gambling establishment personnel verified the tournament areas were safe. The moment was simply a hint of points to come.
Followers of the game were glued to ESPN and online updates as a few of the video games most acquainted faces endangered to make history once more. Johnny Chan – the last gamer to win the Centerpiece in back-to-back years and, many thanks to Rounders popularity, one of the world’s most popular gamers – was still active when the bubble burst and also looked positioned to make a deep run. At the time, he was 392nd in chips, out of 1,286 continuing to be gamers. As well as an extra current poker pillar, Chris Moneymaker, was in even better setting (222nd). Nevertheless, it was not to be for either of them, and also they were both eliminated the following day. Another recent Centerpiece champ, Qui Nguyen, outlived them both, but was gotten rid of the same day as Chan as well as Moneymaker.
2005 champ Joe Hachem really did not run virtually as deep, but his child Daniel outlived all the previous Centerpiece champions by finishing 79th for ($98,120).
As well as probably the greatest possible story focused on a different type of champ. Three-time Super Dish victor Richard Seymour was gotten rid of late on Day 5, finishing in 131st area ($59,295).
The third-place finisher was Alex Livingston, of Canada ($4,000,000). This is the 2nd time in WSOP history the final three Centerpiece finishers were all from outside the U.S. The first remained in 2014, when Martin Jacobson (Sweden) outlasted Felix Stephensen (Norway) and Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands).
2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results
|4||Garry Gates||United States||$3,000,000|
|5||Kevin Maahs||United States||$2,200,000|
|6||Zhen Cai||United States||$1,850,000|
|7||Nick Marchington||United Kingdom||$1,525,000|
|8||Timothy Su||United States||$1,250,000|