2019 WSOP Main Event Down to the Final Three: Hossein Ensan Leads
The 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, the second-largest WSOP Main Event in the tour’s 50-year history, has seen its 8,569-strong field whittled to the final three players. Germany’s Hossein Ensan goes into the final day’s play with a commanding chip lead, holding more than 60 percent of the total chips in play.
Day 7 saw the official nine-handed WSOP Main Event final table. German player Robert Heidorn was the final table’s bubble boy. Heidorn shoved his nine big blinds into the middle while holding king-queen of hearts and was called by Alex Livingston who held pocket eights. Livingston flopped a set then faded outs to a straight to but Heidorn in 10th place, a finish good for $800,000.
WSOP Main Event Final Table Set
Ensan bagged up a colossal 177,000,000 chips as the final table was set. This monster-sized stack was almost double that of second-placed Garry Gates who finished the night armed with 99,300,000. Gates is a poker industry veteran who currently works as a VIP manager for PokerStars’ live event customers and who enters the WSOP Main Event each year. This final table guaranteed Gates his largest cash by far as all nine players locked up at least $1 million.
Milos Skrbic busted in ninth-place on the sixth hand of the final table action. Action folded to Gates in the small blind and he raised all in for 18 million chips effective. Skrbic called off his 18 big blind stack with ace-jack and saw he was up against Gates’ dominating ace-queen. Neither player improved, Gates did not need to, and the players at the final table could now enjoy a little more elbow room.
Ensan Busts Two More, Builds a Massive Stack
It only took another five hands for another elimination to occur. Timothy Su, a software engineer who busted Canadian pro Sam Greenwood from the Main Event in 45th place in cruel circumstances, finished in eighth place for $1,250,000.
Su open-shoved for 17,700,000 chips with pocket threes and Ensan called in the cutoff with ace-jack. Ensan paired his jack on the flop and hit another on the river to improve him to a full house. Game over for Su in the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship.
British cash game professional Nick Marchington became Ensan’s next victim on hand 32 of the final table. With blinds now 600,000/1,200,000 and a big blind ante of 1,200,000, Ensan opened to 2,400,000 with a pair of black kings. Marchington responded with an all in three-bet of 12,000,000 with ace-seven and Ensan called. No help arrived for Marchington from the community cards and only six players remained in the hunt for the 2019 WSOP Main Event title.
Those six became five with the exit of Zhen Cai on the 56th hand of the night. Ensan raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff, Kevin Maahs called from the small blind and Cai raised all in for 28,700,000 from the big blind. Ensan ducked out of the way, but Maahs called to put Cai at risk of busting out.
Cai held ace-king and Maahs a pair of black nines. Those nines won the coinflip to end Cai’s run in sixth-place for $1,850,000 and to end play for the night.
Day 9 Starts With Only Five Players
The penultimate day’s play saw the five hopefuls return to battle. While there were plenty of big pots won and lost, it took until the 111th hand of the final table before a player was eliminated. That player was none other than Maahs who three-bet shoved for 15 big blinds with ace-ten over the top of an opening raise from the seemingly unstoppable Ensan. Ensan called with pocket nines, which held, to send Maahs to the showers in fifth-place, good for a cool $2.2 million.
Nine hands later, it was all over for Gates. From the small blind, Gates looked down at pocket sixes and moved all-in for just shy of 15 big blinds. Livingston woke up in the big blind with pocket queens and made the call. No drama occurred on the five community cards and Gates headed to his boisterous rail as they chanted his name. A fantastic run by Gates who returns home with $3 million.
Play concluded after Gates’ elimination, leaving only three players with a chance of scooping the $10 million first-place prize. All three are guaranteed $4 million for their efforts so far, with the runner-up taking home $6 million.
Ensan Holds 63 Percent of the Total Chips in Play
Ensan is in full control with 326,800,000 chips, good for 163 big blinds. Livingston is second in chips with a stack of 120,400,000 (60 big blinds) with Italian high roller Dario Sammartino bringing up the rear with 67,600,000 (33 big blinds).
Play resumes at 17:30 Las Vegas time on July 16th and continues until one man is in possession of all 514,800,000 chips. Whoever that may be will become the 2019 WSOP Main Event champion and will receive a massive $10 million prize.