The Lithuanian poker pro defeated “turkey1” heads-up to claim his first WSOP Circuit ring, alongside the top prize of $1,236,361.
It featured a buy-in of $1,700 and $10 million in guarantees.
The tournament ended up awarding $10,327,925 in total prize money after attracting a massive field of 6,395 entries (including 974 re-entries), making it the largest event in Circuit history.
With the blinds moving up quickly as soon as the final table started, the short stacks were put in a more difficult position. Eventually, it was “BetAddict” who became the first player to leave the table, after flipping with a poker hand of ace-king suited against Artem Prostak‘s pocket jacks. The player from Israel took home $123,106 for finishing in ninth place.
A player from China using the screen name “DaiMing14139” was also unable to advance further, having actively played just one hand before busting in eighth place for $164,165, courtesy of Joseph Cheong. The popular tournament crusher went on to eliminate Romanian pro Alexandru Papazian, after both players engaged in a battle of the blinds, ace-five versus pocket jacks. Papazian took home $218,917 for his seventh-place finish.
The next player to go was Prostak who had become the chip leader at one point, but failed to maintain his dominance. Prostak bid goodbye after “turkey1” flopped trips fives to beat his suited ace. The Belarusian settled for sixth place with $291,931 in winnings.
Joni Jouhkimainen was among the short stack when the final action kicked off, but he managed to extend his tournament life a little bit further before his king-ten suited got crushed by Cheong’s ace-king to send him to the rail in fifth place for $389,295.
Joseph Cheong Fails to Secure Second Ring
Cheong continued his knockout streak, and his next victim was China’s “likeboy” who finished fourth for $519,134. That elimination gave Cheong a narrow lead over Plausinaitis going into three-handed play, however his stack quickly dropped during the subsequent hands, with the bulk of it going to Plausinaitis.
Cheong finally called it a day when his ace-four failed to hold against the queens of Plausinaitis, the latter turning a queen to claim the pot. Cheong’s third-place finish earned him $692,276.
Plausinaitis entered heads-up play with a significant lead over “turkey1“, but things went the other way around for the Lithuanian after his opponent doubled twice. He eventually regained his lead after winning a double up with queen high flush versus jack high flush.
Plausinaitis never looked back from there and ultimately sealed the fate of “turkey1” with ace-ten suited against queen-nine suited. The runner-up took home a sizable $923,165.
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