2019 WSOP Day 48: Three Remain in Main Event

2019 WSOP Day 48: Three Remain in Main Event

With only two days left on the 2019 WSOP summer schedule, there were several tournaments still running and a few bracelets left to award. And that little Main Event still to award its millions in prize money among the top five finishers.

Two bracelets were handed out.

At the same time, the Rio staff cleared out ballrooms of poker tables and chairs, makeshift cashier cages and media tables, chips and cards, all put in storage for next year.

On Monday, July 15, this is what happened at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Event 73:  $10K NLHE Main Event – Day 9

Total entries:  8,569

Prize pool:  $80,548,600

Players paid:  1,286

Minimum payout:  $15,000

Winner payout:  $10 million

Day 9 players remaining:  3

Final table chip counts:

Hossein Ensan (Germany) – 326.8 million chips

Alex Livingston (Canada) – 120.4 million chips

Dario Sammartino (Italy) – 67.6 million chips

Final table payouts thus far:

4th place:  Garry Gates (USA) – $3 million

5th place:  Kevin Maahs (USA) – $2.2 million

6th place:  Zhen Cai (USA) – $1.85 million

7th place:  Nick Marchington (UK) – $1.525 million

8th place:  Timothy Su (USA) – $1.25 million

9th place:  Milos Skrbic (Serbia) – $1 million

Remaining payouts:

1st place:  $10 million

2nd place:  $6 million

3rd place:  $4 million

Day 10 starting time:  Tuesday at 5:30pm

Event 84:  $1,500 NLHE Closer – Final

Total entries:  2,800

Prize pool:  $3,780,000

Players paid:  196

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Abhinav Iyer (India) – $565,346

2nd place:  Sammy Laflreur (Canada) – $349,417

3rd place:  Sergio Martiaguilar (USA) – $256,298

4th place:  Carlos Chang (Taiwan) – $189,584

5th place:  Patrick Eskandar (USA) – $144,860

6th place:  Adam Johnson (USA) – $106,418

7th place:  Shaun Deeb (USA) – $80,766

8th place:  Steve Yea (South Korea) – $61,834

9th place:  Jason Reels (USA) – $47,758

Event 85:  $3K PLO 6-Handed – Final

Total entries:  835

Prize pool:  $2,254,500

Players paid:  126

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Alan Sternberg (USA) – $448,392

2nd place:  Evangelos Kokkalis (Greece) – $277,087

3rd place:  John Richards (USA) – $187,670

4th place:  Millard Hale (USA) – $129,313

5th place:  Ka Lau (Hong Kong) – $90,674

6th place:  Joseph Cheong (USA) – $64,722

Event 86:  $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship – Day 3 of 4

Total entries:  272

Prize pool:  $2,556,800

Players paid:  41

Minimum payout:  $15,111

Winner payout:  $630,747

Day 3 players remaining:  6

Final table chip counts:

1st place:  Gal Yifrach (USA) – 5,385,000 chips

2nd place:  Anuj Agarwal (USA) – 4,350,000 chips

3rd place:  Dong Chen (China) – 2,540,000 chips

4th place:  Kahle Burns (Australia) – 1,855,000 chips

5th place:  Leonard Maue (Germany) – 1,495,000 chips

6th place:  Ben Heath (UK) – 710,000 chips

Day 4 starting time:  12noon

Event 87:  $3K HORSE – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  301

Prize pool:  $812,700

Players paid:  46

Minimum payout:  $4,463

Winner payout:  $206,173

Day 2 players remaining:  14

Chip leader:  Konstantin Puchkov (Russia) – 938,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 89:  $5K NLHE – Day 1 of 2

Total entries:  608

Prize pool:  $2,827,200

Players paid:  92

Minimum payout:  $7,396

Winner payout:  $606,562

Day 1 players remaining:  44

Chip leader:  Liran Twito (Israel) – 1,452,000 chips

Day 2 starting time:  12noon

Notable Information

Many poker fans watched on television, online, or in person at the Rio in Las Vegas as the 2019 WSOP Main Event played down from five players to three.

Play moved forward for dozens of hands before the first player departed on Monday night. That finally did happen when Kevin Maahs pushed with A-10 suited, and Hossein Ensan called with pocket nines. The pair held up, and Maahs left in fifth place.

Nine hands later, Garry Gates was in for his last 29.2 million chips after having fallen throughout the evening from second in chips to last. He pushed with pocket sixes from the small blind, but Alex Livingston had queens in the big blind. Those queens held and sent Gates out in fourth place.

The final three players will return to play one final night until a winner is determined.

There was a winner declared in the $1,500 NLHE Closer event, as Abhinav Iyer of India survived a large field to claim $565,346 in prize money. He did it in front of his rail of friends and fellow countrymen, noting that poker is continuously growing in India. He hopes his own win will further that growth.

The 25-year-old headed out to celebrate his win but with a solid plan for his newfound wealth. “I just want to put it in the bank. I don’t want to be a huge spender. Just keep playing, keep grinding, go to the next stop,” he said.”

Another winner grabbed gold at the WSOP when Alan Sternberg won the $3K PLO 6-Handed event. After having won a major World Poker Tour title in 2011 and two WSOP Circuit rings since, he was happy to win the WSOP title. “This, by far, feels the best, not even close,” he admitted.”

For the longtime player, Omaha isn’t even his best game. “I prefer no-limit hold’em,” he said, “but I still play some PLO cash games here and there.” And that was enough to win the bracelet.



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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