Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker saw three players from three different countries win the first bracelets of their careers including an American pro taking down the largest Online Championship event in history.
Sejin Park Takes Down Colossus for $451K
For the second time in a week, a South Korean player has won a WSOP bracelet. Sejin Park started the final table with the third shortest stack and battled his way to having the chip lead heads-up before eliminating Georgios Kapalas to win the bracelet.
Park, a 37-year-old poker pro, had never cashed a WSOP event before. Along with sending Kapalas to the rail, Park also eliminated Norson Saho in sixth and Juan Lopez in fourth. Park banked a career-best $451,272 score for the win.
Kapalas, who started the day with the biggest stack, took home $278,881 for his second-place finish. Kapalas was also responsible for three eliminations at the final table.
Final Table Payouts
- Sejin Park – $451,272
- Georgios Kapalas – $278,881
- Ryan Depaulo – $208,643
- Juan Lopez – $157,106
- Andrew Barber – $119,072
- Norson Saho – $90,838
- Patrick Miller – $69,757
- Maksim Kalman – $53,925
- Diego Lima – $41,965
Russian Anatolii Zyrin Binks $1,500 Omaha Mix
Rich Zhu almost defended his title. The only player who prevented was Russian poker streamer Anatolii Zyrin. The 29-year-old Zyrin actually trailed Zhu when heads-up play began. It took a little more than an hour for Zyrin to flip the script and eventually eliminate Zhu in second place.
This is Zyrin’s eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He finished runner-up to Brett Apter in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout event in early June.
Zhu, who won this event last summer, took home $123,466 for his runner-up finish. This is Zhu’s 10th cash this summer and 88th of his career.
James Van Alstyne finished third for $84,106.
Final Table Payouts
- Anatolii Zyrin – $199,838
- Yueqi Zhu – $123,466
- James Van Alstyne – $84,106
- Mesbah Guerfi – $58,289
- Aron Dermer – $41,112
- Iori Yogo – $29,518
- Alan Sternberg – $21,582
- Ivo Donev – $16,075
Nicholas ‘Illari’ Baris Takes Down $1,000 Online Championship
Nicholas ‘Illari’ Baris beat out a record-setting field to win $303,738.75 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Baris beat Tara ‘bertperton’ Cain heads-up to win the title. Cain ended up with a $187,530 payday.
William ‘TheBurrSir’ Lamb rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result and won $113,332.50.
Chris Ferguson finished seventh.
This is the largest field in the history of the $1,000 Online Championship. The 1,750 runners beat the 2018 field by 115 players.
Final Table Payouts
- Nicholas ‘Illari’ Baris – $303,738.75
- Tara ‘bertperton’ Cain – $187,530
- William ‘TheBurrSir’ Lamb – $113,332.50
- David ‘YoungPitts’ Baker – $96,092.50
- Jason ‘LuckDuck’ Lawhun – $69,991.25
- Jack ‘Mr. Yang’ Maskill – $51,703.75
- Chris ‘Camdi’ Ferguson – $38,736.25
- Ryan ‘PlzCumAgain’ Jones – $29,260
- Antonio ‘karma007’ Guerrero – $22,443.75
Massive Day 1D Field in $888 Crazy Eights
The $888 Crazy Eights event kept the hallways at the Rio packed on Sunday with 4,494 players pushing the four-day total to 10,188. Just 561 players survived Day 1D with Luis Pinho bagging up 1,419,000 for the biggest stack through all four starting flights.
Gal Erlichman finished with 1,275,000 for the second-best stack while Vlad Darie rounded out the top three with 1,200,000. Everybody in the top 10 from Day 1D finished with more than 1,000,000 in chips.
Some of the notables who managed to make it through Day 1D include Chance Kornuth, Andrew Brokos, Ryan Leng, Mark Radoja, Greg Merson, Anatoly Filatov, William Kassouf, Greg Raymer, Jay Farber, and Ryan Riess.
The 1,223 players who survived the four opening flights will be back in action on Monday beginning at Noon PT.
Top Day 1D Chip Counts
- Luis Pinho – 1,419,000
- Gal Erlichman – 1,275,000
- Vlad Darie – 1,200,000
- Muhammad Abdel Rahim – 1,118,000
- Pierre Merlin – 1,085,000
- Nino Ullman – 1,074,000
- Artem Metalidi – 1,052,000
- Kee Fredkove – 1,041,000
- Soukha Kachittavong – 1,030,000
- Grayson Ramage – 1,030,000
Nick Schulman Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table
Just seven players are still standing after three days of play in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Nick Schulman stands tallest among them all. Schulman bagged up 3,355,000 and leads Brian Hastings by 620,000.
Hastings, who has four bracelets including two $10,000 Championship events, bagged up 2,735,000. Right behind him is 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem with 2,430,000.
2018 World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard winner Denis Strebkov finished with 885,000 for the fifth-biggest stack.
The day started with 43 players and after 14 players busted without cashing to burst the bubble, Steven Wolansky busted in 29th place to 13th cash of the summer. He’s now tied with four other players for the most cashes this year.
Other players who busted in the money include Randy Ohel, Dylan Wilkerson, Leif Force, Darryll Fish, Matt Vengrin, Connor Drinan, and Bryce Yockey.
The final table begins at Noon PT.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Nick Schulman – 3,355,000
- Brian Hastings – 2,735,000
- Joe Hachem – 2,430,000
- Christopher Vitch – 1,940,000
- Denis Strebkov – 885,000
- Corey Hochman – 170,000
- Michael McKenna – 65,000
David ‘ODB’ Baker Leads Final 21 in $1,500 Limit Hold’em
David Baker already won a World Poker Tour title this year. On Sunday, he took a step towards adding a WSOP bracelet to his list of 2019 accomplishments. Baker, who won his only WSOP bracelet in 2012, finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event with 1,275,000 and a massive lead over the rest of the field.
Ron Carmona bagged the second largest stack with 488,000. Right behind him is Ruiko Mamiya with 486,000.
Chris Ferguson, who finished seventh in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Online Championship, bagged up the sixth biggest stack in this event. Other familiar faces who advanced to Day 3 include Greg Mueller, Matt Glantz, and Daniel Negreanu.
The final 21 return to action at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- David ‘ODB’ Baker – 1,275,000
- Ron Carmona – 488,000
- Ruiko Mamiya – 486,000
- Nicholas Pupillo – 403,000
- Brian Kim – 373,000
- Chris Ferguson – 361,000
- Dominzo Love – 360,000
- Kenneth Donoghue – 324,000
- Greg Mueller – 262,000
- Matt Glantz – 247,000
Ali Eslami Leads Day 1 of $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
Ali Eslami hasn’t cashed in a WSOP event in five years, but he finished Day 1 of the $10,00 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event atop the 68 players who made it through the day. Eslami finished with 275,000 to edge out Rich Zhu, who registered only after busting the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event in second-place.
The event drew 134 runners with registration open until the start of Day 2.
Eli Elezra, Jon Turner, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Randy Ohel, Jeff Lisandro, Jake Schwartz, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Chris Bjorin, and Dan Zack also bagged up chips to advance to Day 2.
Play resumes at 2 PM PT.
Top Chip Counts
- Ali Eslami – 275,500
- Yueqi Zhu – 272,000
- Andres Norbe – 266,500
- Eli Elezra – 264,000
- Harvey Goldstein – 242,500
- Jon Turner – 229,500
- Anthony Zinno – 223,000
- Jason Mercier – 216,500
- Randy Ohel – 195,500
- Perry Friedman – 191,000