WSOP Main Event: Historic, Dynamic, and Memorable
The 2019 World Series of Poker is now in the history books.
On Tuesday night, July 16, the last of the tournaments awarded bracelets to their respective winners, making a total of 90 WSOP champions for the summer.
One of those events, however, was the shining star of the series, as usual. The $10K No Limit Hold’em World Championship was also known as Event 73 but more commonly as the WSOP Main Event.
This year, that event shone even more brightly. Not only was the attendance close to setting a new record, the final table turned out to be a near-ideal mix of amateur and pro players, all with interesting stories to bring to the table.
But it was more than that.
The players all genuinely liked each other. They bonded. They wore their emotions on their sleeves. Most of their supporters were good-spirited and provided a fun audience for the players and television viewers alike. And not only were the players all grateful for their opportunities and winnings, most of them were truly and visibly happy for each other’s successes as well.
The 2019 WSOP Main Event will be remembered for all of these reasons.
Main Event Basics
The Main Event began with its $10K buy-in during the first week of July. Players had the opportunity to enter on one of three starting days or even at the start of Day 2. And by the time registration closed and the field was set, it was determined to be the second-largest in WSOP history.
–Total entries: 8,569
–Total prize pool: $80,548,600
–Number of players paid: 1,286
–Minimum payout: $15,000
The number of participants was high enough to be second only to the 2006 WSOP Main Event, the one that happened at the height of the poker boom and attracted 8,773 players.
Final Table Action
Late on Friday night, July 12, the elimination of Robert Heidorn of the UK in 10th place for $800K set the final table. The remaining nine players took the day off on Saturday and returned to the Rio on Sunday evening to begin final table play with the minimum payout at $1 million.
The Main Event final table is set!
Hossein Ensan leads, followed by @GarryGates.
— WSOP – World Series of Poker (@WSOP) July 13, 2019
Hossein Ensan (Germany) – 177 million chips
Garry Gates (USA) – 99.3 million chips
Zhen Cai (USA) – 60.6 million chips
Kevin Maahs (USA) – 43 million chips
Alex Livingston (Canada) – 37.8 million chips
Dario Sammartino (Italy) – 33.4 million chips
Milos Skrbic (Serbia) – 23.4 million chips
Timothy Su (USA) – 20.2 million chips
Nick Marchington (UK) – 20.1 million chips
The action to start Day 8 of the Main Event was quick.
Hand 3: Marchington doubled through Cai.
Hand 6: Gates eliminated Skrbic. (Gates Ac-Qh, Skrbic As-Jh, board 10d-9h-7h-4d-5h)
Hand 11: Ensan eliminated Su. (Ensan Ad-Js, Su 3d-3c, board Jh-5c-5d-10sJd)
Hand 18: Ensan hit 200 million chips.
Hand 32: Ensan eliminated Marchington. (Ensan Kc-Ks, Marchington Ad-7c, board Jh-8c-6d-5h-Qs)
Hand 56: Maahs eliminated Cai. (Maahs 9c-9s, Cai Ac-Kd, board Qs-Jh-7s-4d-2s)
Hossein Ensan – 207.7 million chips
Garry Gates – 171.7 million chips
Kevin Maahs – 66.5 million chips
Alex Livingston – 45.8 million chips
Dario Sammartino – 23.1 million chips
Play resumed on Monday night, July 15, and play slowed a bit for most players.
Hand 59: Sammartino doubled through Ensan.
Hand 68: Ensan accumulated more than half of table’s chips.
Hand 87: Sammartino climbed over 50 million chips.
Hand 111: Ensan eliminated Maahs. (Ensan 9s-9h, Maahs Ah-10h, board Jh-5c-3s-Js-4h)
Hand 112: Ensan hit 300 million chips.
Hand 120: Livingston eliminated Gates. (Livingston Qs-Qd, Gates 6s-6c, board 5s-2d-7h-10h-10s)
Hossein Ensan – 326.8 million chips
Alex Livingston – 120.4 million chips
Dario Sammartino – 67.6 million chips
The tenth and final night of play was on Tuesday, June 16. Play was mostly slow and cautious, with a few exceptions, obviously.
Hand 129: Sammartino doubled through Ensan.
Hand 161: Livingston climbed over 200 million chips.
Hand 170: Livingston took the chip lead from Ensan.
Hand 179: Sammartino doubled through Livingston.
Hand 189: Sammartino took the chip lead from Ensan.
Hand 200: Ensan eliminated Livingston. (Ensan As-Qd, Livingston Ac-Jd, board 6d-Jh-Qs-2s-9d)
Hossein Ensan – 279.8 million chips
Dario Sammartino – 235 million chips
Hand 202: Sammartino won 90+million-chip pot.
Hand 213: Ensan closed chip gap.
Hand 225: Ensan officially retook the chip lead.
Hand 301: Ensan eliminated Sammartino.
The final hand started with Ensan holding 345.5 million chips and Sammartino with 169.5 million. On a flop of 10s-6s-2d, Sammartino check-called. The 9c on the turn brought another bet from Ensan, and Sammartino raised all-in with 8s-4s for straight and flush draws. Ensan snap-called with Kh-Kc for the overpair. The Qc on the river missed the draws and ended the tournament.
1st place: Hossein Ensan (Germany) – $10 million
2nd place: Dario Sammartino (Italy) – $6 million
3rd place: Alex Livingston (Canada) – $4 million
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