2019 WSOP Day 37: Vieira and Helppi Claim WSOP Gold

2019 WSOP Day 37: Vieira and Helppi Claim WSOP Gold

On Thursday, the Fourth of July, this is an overview of all tournaments that played out at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

Event 70:  $5K NLHE Six-Handed – Final

Total entries:  814

Prize pool:  $3,785,100

Players paid:  123

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Joao Vieira (Portugal) – $758,011

2nd place:  Joe Cada (USA) – $468,488

3rd place:  Jamie O’Connor (UK) – $317,956

4th place:  Pierre Calamusa (France) – $219,468

5th place:  Olivier Busquet (USA) – $154,112

6th place:  Barry Hutter (USA) – $110,127

Event 71:  $500 NLHE Salute to Warriors – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  1,723

Prize pool:   $723,660

Players paid:  259

Minimum payout:  $699

Winner payout:  $121,161

Day 2 players remaining:  8

Final table chip counts:

Taylor Carroll (USA) – 13 million chips

Susan Faber (USA) – 8.4 million chips

Dean Yoon (USA) – 6 million chips

Chris Canan (USA) – 5.6. million chips

Kulwant Singh (USA) – 3.3 million chips

Uriah Grossglauser (USA) – 2.2 million chips

Jose Annaloro (Venezuela) – 1.9 million chips

Jordan Knackstedt (Canada) – 1.7 million chips

Final table payouts thus far:

9th place:  Taehyung Kim (Korea) – $9,486

Day 3 starting time:  Friday at 12noon

Event 72:  $10K LHE Championship – Final

Total entries:  118

Prize pool:  $1,109,200

Players paid:  18

Final table payouts: 

1st place:  Juha Helppi (Finland) – $306,622

2nd place:  Mike Lancaster (USA) – $189,505

3rd place:  Tommy Hang (USA) – $133,718

4th place:  Anthony Marsico (USA) – $96,272

5th place:  Kevin Song (USA) – $70,750

6th place:  Josh Arieh (USA) – $53,095

7th place:  Kyle Ray (USA) – $40,709

8th place:  Qinghai Pan (USA) – $31,902

9th place:  Robert Como (USA) – $25,566

Event 73:  $10K NLHE Main Event – Day 2A

Day 1A entries:  1,335

Day 1B entries:  1,915

Prize pool:  TBD

Players paid:  TBD

Minimum payout:  TBD

Winner payout:  TBD

Day 1A players remaining:  960

Day 1B players remaining:  1,417

Day 1A chip leader:  Bryan Campanello (USA) – 417,500 chips

Day 1B chip leader:  Adam Owen (UK) – 351,800 chips

Day 1C starting time:  Friday at 12noon

Day 2A/B starting time:  Saturday at 11am

Day 2C starting time:  Sunday at 11am

Notable Information

Two players well-known in the poker community outside of the United States took down their inaugural bracelets on Thursday.

The first was Joao Vieira of Portugal, who won the $5K NLHE 6-Handed event for $758,011. He took down 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada to do it. He had been working on live reads in his tournament game, and he said that a crucial hand of the tournament depended on that and paid off. “I found a call based on all the hard work I have done over the past four years,” he said.

All in all, it was a great tournament for Vieira.  “I’m very happy,” he noted. “I don’t think it has settled in yet. I’ve been having a lot of patience, and the road hasn’t been easy. I don’t believe in justice, but I believe in hard work.”

Next up was Juha Helppi of Finland, who won the $10K LHE Championship for $306,622. As a result of a long career and many tournaments, he was able to grab the gold. “I’ve been close to winning a bracelet many times,” he commented. “That’s why it was so exciting because it happened to me many times in the past. Finally getting that bracelet that I’ve been looking for, like for 16 years, is amazing.”

To get it done, Helppi had support. “My rail helped me so much. It helped me through the bad times; it helped me play my A-game.”


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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