A lot has been said about the James Chen, and it was only yesterday in the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe tying the second bracelet to the Taiwanese poker pro who outlasted a field of 30 in the €250,000 Super High Roller, the most expensive event of the entire series.
Hosted at King’s Casino, the tournament attracted a total number of 30 entries including the 8 re-entries and the top 5 players walked out with a portion of the €7.12 million prize pool. Chen came close to the gold bracelet in Las Vegas but eventually settled for a runner-up position against Stephen Chidwick.
With total live earnings of over $7.33 million, Chen earned his career-best live cash of €2.84 million yesterday. Taking over Taiwan’s All-Time money list, he brought his hard-earned first gold bracelet to his country.
Throughout the final day, the lead changed several times and the fierce battle brought Chen against Chin Wei Lim in heads-up where both struggled for two hours. The former dominated the final hand of the tournament with a massive chip lead and eventually, Chen made two pairs of aces and fours to secure the pot and the title along with an enormous sum of €2,844,215.
Top 6 final payouts
The third gold bracelet of the 2019 WSOPE wrapped up Day 1C witnessing a total number of 378 entries in the Mini Main Event, each chipping in €1,350 buy-in. As the event progressed, the guaranteed amount was crushed and a prize pool of €551,750 was easily drawn. With the three starting flights, a massive field of 766 players registered. As the event progressed on Day 1C, only 71 players remain in contention. The largest stack belonged to Germany’s Ismail Kalkan leading with 1,239,000 chips followed by Leonid Yanovski with 1,121,000 chips.
Overall chip leader advancing to Day 2 is the sole Indian contender Pulkit Goyal with an impressive stack of 1,518,000 from Day 1B followed by Aleksandr Merzhvinskii bagging 1,255,000 chips on Day 1A resting in the 2nd position.
Quite a few notable players couldn’t make through to Day 2 include 2-time bracelet winner Timur Margolin, 4-times bracelet winner Eli Elezra, recent WSOPE Event #2 PLO winner holding 2-bracelet Dash Dudley, Indian duo Ashish Ahuja and Tarun Goyal.
Day 1C top 10 chip counts
With a buy-in of €25,500 the Short Deck High Roller registered a total of 65 entries in Day 1 but only 31 managed to survive by the end of the night. Amassing the largest stack was Switzerland’s Besim Hot with 6,397,000 chips followed by Jonathan Depa with 5,540,000 chips.
Numerous champions made it through, including bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu (1,709,000), Jan-Peter Jachtmann (1,461,000), Chris Ferguson (1,160,000), and Sam Higgs (1,100,000).
Day 1 top 10 chip counts
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