Chin Wei Lim Banks First WSOP Bracelet and €2,172,104

Chin Wei Lim has now won more than $7 million this year alone

The 12th event of the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe festival was the €100,000 Diamond High Roller. A field of 72 players bought in despite the six-figure buy-in and created a €6,840,000 prize pool. Malaysia’s Chin Wei Lim was the last player standing, securing his first WSOP bracelet and a huge €2,172,104 prize.

Germany’s Manig Loeser finished Day 1 as the chip leader but he ultimately finished short of the money. Loeser topped the counts of the 25 players who made it through from 39 starters.

Day 2 saw many players take advantage of the unlimited re-entry format. Loeser’s fellow countryman Dominik Nitsche bought in seven times while Matthias Eibinger was in for €500,000. It proved to be a very expensive tournament for Nitsche as he busted short of the money, therefore, losing €700,000.

Sam Grafton burst the money bubble when he crashed out in 12th place. Grafton moved all in for seven big blinds with pocket deuces and Phil Ivey called with ace-eight. An ace on the flop was more than enough to win the hand for Ivey and bust Grafton.

Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess ran out of steam in 1th place with Paul Pua busting in 10th. The elimination of Daniel Pidun in ninth set the official final table and ended play for the day.

Final Table Seat Draw: Lim in Fourth Place

Seat Player Country Chips
1 Christoph Vogelsang Germany 15,385,000
2 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia 20,460,000
3 Matthias Eibinger Germany 27,445,000
4 Anatoly Filatov Russia 42,300,000
5 Ole Schemion Germany 5,900,000
6 Phil Ivey United States 2,375,000
7 Danny Tang Hong Kong 3,900,000
8 jean-Noel Thorel France 26,085,000

Phil Ivey’s final table experience lasted one hand. He pushed all in for 10 big bins with ace-five and lost to the pocket sixes in the hand of Christoph Vogelsang.

Danny Tang won a bracelet during the summer in Las Vegas but fell short in Rozvadov. Eibinger opened with pocket jacks under the gun and called when Tang three-bet all-in from tht cutoff. Tang revealed ace-king of clubs and his fate was decided by a coinflip. The five community cards fell kindly for the jacks and Tang busted.

The waters became less shark-infested with the exit of Ole Schemion. Schemion is a talented Germany superstar who plays a loose-aggressive style. He three-bet all-in with ace-nine and ran into the pocket kings of Anatoly Filatov. The Germany paired his ace on the river but that ace improved Filatov to a straight. Game over for Schemion.

Lim was the shortest stack with five players remaining, but he doubled to take the lead.

Eibinger was cruising along until Vogelsang cracked his queens with jacks thanks to the board four-flushing. The Austrian then faced an all-in bet for his last seven big blinds. Eibinger called with jack-eight and was against Lim’s queen-six. No help arrived from the community cards and Eibinger busted.

Vogelsang couldn’t put Eibinger’s chips to much use and he fell in fourth-place, albeit for €633,336. His demise was confirmed when his ace-trey failed to get there against the dominating ace-jack of Lim.

Heads-Up Set; Lim Trails Slightly

The final three became two when Filatov fell by the wayside. Filatov was first to act in the small blind and he jammed for 15.5 big blinds with ace-trey. Jean-Noel Thorel considered his options before calling with king-ten. A three as the door card helped Filatov, although a king also landed. Thorel stayed ahead on the turn and then the river to send the event into heads-up.

Lim trailed Thorel with 70,600,000 to 73,400,000 chips but he opened up a lead for himself. With blinds now 500,000/1,000,000/1,000,000a Lim raised to 2,400,000. Thorel called in the big blind and the dealer fanned the 8c-4d-2c flop. Thorel check-called a 4,000,000 bet from Lim. It was a similar action on the 3c turn, Thorel check-calling a 6,800,000 bet. The river was the 4s and Thorel checked for a third time. Lim fired a 19,000,000 bet and Thorel check-raised all-in for 45,000,000. Lim snap-called and showed 8s-4c for a full house. His French opponent revealed Ad-9c for a complete bluff.

€100,000 Diamond High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize (EUR) Prize (USD)
1 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia €2,172,104 $2,395,244
2 Jean-Noel Thorel France €1,342,459 $1,480,370
3 Anatoly Filatov Russia €907,301 $1,000,508
4 Christoph Vogelsang Germany €633,336 $698,399
5 Matthias Eibinger Austria €457,107 $504,066
6 Ole Schemion Germany €341,510 $376,593
7 Danny Tang Hong Kong €264,440 $291,606
8 Phil Ivey United States €212,504 $234,335

Lim is in the form of his life and looks unstoppable right now. The Malaysian pro now has $7,761,263 in live poker tournament winnings with almost $7.1 million coming in 2019 along. You may recall Lim was the runner-up in the recent €250,000 Super High Roller event for €1,757,857. James Chen won that event for €2,844,215.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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