2019 WSOP Day 23: Klein Wins Four in Four

2019 WSOP Day 23: Klein Wins Four in Four

On Thursday, June 20, this is what happened at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

Event 39:  $1K Super Seniors NLHE – Final

Total entries:  2,650

Prize pool:  $2,385,000

Players paid:  398

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Michael Blake (USA) – $359,863

2nd place:  Barry Shulman (USA) – $222,295

3rd place:  Cary Marshall (USA) – $162,536

4th place:  Timothy Joseph (USA) – $119,888

5th place:  Rick Austin (USA) – $89,217

6th place:  Kanajett Hathaitham (USA) – $66,987

7th place:  Jeffrey Miller (USA) – $50,751

8th place:  Bruce Treitman (USA) – $38,802

9th place:  Miles Harris (USA) – $29,939

Event 42:  $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Deep Stack – Final

Total entries:  2,403

Prize pool:  $1,261,575

Players paid:  361

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Aristeidis Moschonas (Greece) – $194,759

2nd place:  Dan Matsuzuki (USA) – $120,374

3rd place:  Raghav Bansal (India) – $88,410

4th place:  Rainer Kempe (Germany) – $65,482

5th place:  Ashish Ahuja (India) – $48,914

6th place:  Stephen Ma (USA) – $36,852

7th place:  Adam Lamphere (USA) – $28,006

8th place:  Daniel Moravec (USA) – $21,469

Event 43:  $2,500 Mixed Big Bet – Final

Total entries:  218

Prize pool:  $490,500

Players paid:  33

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Loren Klein (USA) – $127,808

2nd place:  Ryan Hughes (USA) – $78,985

3rd place:  Phillip Hui (USA) – $51,346

4th place:  Arthur Morris (USA) – $34,328

5th place:  Joseph Couden (USA) – $23,622

6th place:  Jonathan Depa (USA) – $16,746

Event 44:  $1,500 NLHE Bounty – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  1,807

Prize pool:  $2,439,450

Players paid:  272

Minimum payout:  $1,414

Winner payout:  $253,933

Day 2 players remaining:  23

Chip leader:  Damjan Radanov (USA) – 4,625,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  12noon

Event 45:  $25K PLO High Roller – Day 2 of 4

Total entries:  278

Prize pool:  $6,602,500

Players paid:  42

Minimum payout:  $37,635

Winner payout:  $1,618,417

Day 2 players remaining:  128

Chip leader:  Anson Tsang (Hong Kong) – 4,775,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 47:  $1K Ladies NLHE Championship – Day 1 of 4

Total entries:  968

Prize pool:  $871,200

Players paid:  146

Minimum payout:  $1,496

Winner payout:  $167,308

Day 1 players remaining:  261

Chip leader:  Jennifer Lopez (USA) – 251,900 chips

Day 2 starting time:  12noon

Event 48:  $2,500 NLHE – Day 1 of 4

Total entries:  996

Prize pool:  $2,241,000

Players paid:  150

Minimum payout:  $3,746

Winner payout:  $427,399

Day 1 players remaining:  200

Chip leader:  Baitai Li (USA) – 354,800 chips

Day 2 starting time:  1pm

Event 49:  $10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – Day 1 of 4

Total entries:  92 (registration remains open)

Prize pool:  $864,800 (not final)

Players paid:  TBD

Minimum payout:  TBD

Winner payout:  TBD

Day 1 players remaining:  32

Chip leader:  Johannes Becker (Germany) – 526,600 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Notable Information

Michael Blake is a 71-year-old optometrist living in Colorado, and he is now a WSOP bracelet winner. He won the Super Seniors tournament on Thursday in only his third time playing it. He did cash in the past two years as well, but this $359K win was the ultimate score.

Blake plays regularly in a friendly home game, and though they don’t often play hold’em poker, he did spend time getting better at it. He credits the home game and friends with helping him improve. Even so, poker has long been a passion for him. “I’m an old guy,” he said. “I’ve played poker for most of my life, and I feel very fortunate.”

In Event 42, Aristeidis Moschonas of Greece was staging a huge comeback from less than one big blind to win more than $194K. “I was down to half a big blind after the first four levels,” he recalled. “I doubled up four times, and that’s it.” The online and live player brought his PLO and NLHE skills to the mixed game, and his edge got him to victory.

Throughout the final table action, it should be noted that Moschonas was accompanied by a melon. And luckily, he explained it. “When I play online and lose some pots, I call my opponents melons … If I get a bad beat, I will give it to someone.”

One of the most unique feats of the WSOP thus far happened in Event 43, when Loren Klein won his fourth WSOP bracelet in four years. The only other players ever to accomplish this were Bill Boyd and Doyle Brunson.

Klein worked his final table short stack into a win in the Mixed Big Bet tournament and claimed close to $128K in the process.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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