We have a new WSOP Main Event champion with a winner crowned early on Wednesday. Find these stories and more in the Hit and Run.
Hossein Ensan, 2019 WSOP Main Event champion
Hossein Ensan is the winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, outlasting 8,569 players over ten days to claim the coveted bracelet and a $10 million first-place prize. Ensan began the final table with the chip lead, a lead he mostly held through the two days of the final table. The play on Tuesday and early Wednesday took nearly around 9 hours before Ensan beat runner up Dario Sammartino with pocket kings versus an all-in on a flush draw and inside straight draw.
Sammartino, the most accomplished player at the final table with over $8 million in winnings, proved to be a challenging opponent for Ensan but it wasn’t enough for the persistant Ensan. Earlier in the day, Alex Livingston was the first to be knocked out on the day, but still took home $4 million in winnings. Ensan becomes the second player from Germany to win the WSOP Main Event with Pius Heinz the first to achieve the feat in 2011.
Here is how the final hand played out early Wednesday morning:
Although the tournament only produced one champion, all nine players who made the final table take home at least $1 million, a career-high for all participants.
|4th||Garry Gates||United States||$3,000,000|
|5th||Kevin Maahs||United States||$2,200,000|
|6th||Zhen Cai||United States||$1,850,000|
|7th||Nick Marchington||United Kingdom||$1,525,000|
|8th||Timothy Su||United States||$1,250,000|
Although the WSOP Main Event garnered much of the attention on Tuesday, there were still a few other events wrapping up on the day.
In the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em, Carl Shaw won his first bracelet and $606,652 as he outlasted 608 entries over two days including beating WPT commentator Tony Dunst heads-up ($374,886) to take home the title. Also at the final table were Luke Graham ($259,533), Jordan Cristos ($182,575), Lars Kamphues ($130,544) and Phil Hellmuth ($97,889)
Anuj Agarwal took down the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship to win his first WSOP bracelet and $630,747, beating 272 players over four days. The tournament also produced some other big wins with Kahle Burns ($389,832) coming in second, Gal Yifrach ($257,533) in third, Leonard Maue ($174,252) in 4th, Dong Chen ($120,828) in 5th and Ben Heath ($85,915) in 6th.
Russia’s Denis Strebkov also won the $3,000 HORSE on Tuesday night, taking down his first bracelet and a $206,173 first-place prize. Strebkov beat 301 players including Paul Tedeschi ($127,419) heads-up to win the title. Prior to the heads-up match. Nick Guagenti ($85,265) and Brian Hastings ($58,359) were eliminated. Paul Volpe also was present at the final table, running $16,224.
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– Before the start of the final day of the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday, Doug Polk examines a hand with three players left. Earlier in the day, Polk released an analysis of a hand between two of the largest stacks at the table: