Everyone dreams of cashing at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, and what better way than to have your first-ever WSOP cash and win a WSOP bracelet too?! Well, we can only imagine how exciting it would have been for Tong Li who achieved this unbelievable feat. Li, who entered the day with the third-highest stack, clinched his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and scored his first-ever WSOP cash by taking home a paycheque of $14,67,739 as the top prize at Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.
“This is a dream. I cannot be more excited. I never expected to be the champion,” Li said after his victory. The event, which was a four-card high roller event, witnessed 264 entries battling it out for a final prize pool of $62,37,000. The top 40 places made it in the money as they cashed a min-cash of $40,460. The final table of five was set and the final five came back on Day 4.
The first player to walk to the payout desk was Scott Ball, who was eliminated at the fifth place for $3,42,590. Next in line was Sam Stein, walking towards the door at the fourth spot with a paycheque of $4,65,717. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh settled for the third spot as he took home $6,44,365, leaving the final two for a heads-up.
Finally, Li raised to 1,000,000, to which the Day 3 chip leader Fabian Brandes three-bet. Li called to see the flop of Th Tc 7h. Brades shoved his remaining stack of 4,030,000 holding Ac Qd 9d 8c in hopes of completing his straight, while Li, who already flopped trips with Ah Ks Td 3c in hand, called. The turn and river of 7c and Kh did not help Brandes and the Austrain player settled for the runner-up spot for $9,07,132
The event saw several notable names grinding at this event such as David Williams (9th, $120,457), Chance Kornuth (13th, $80,105), Ben Lamb (15th, $67,313), Daniel Negreanu (16th, $57,738), Noah Schwartz (22nd, $50,575), Yuri Dzivielevski (24th, $50,575), and Stephen Chidwick (29th, $44,253).
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