Danny Tang Wins First WSOP Bracelet For $1,608,406

Danny Tang

Danny Tang completed his meteoric rise in poker on July 10th when he was crowned the champion of the $50,000 buy-on Final Fifty event at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, banking $1,608,406 and a coveted gold WSOP bracelet, only the second won by a player hailing from Hong Kong.

Lady Luck sometimes plays a major role in poker and she certainly did in the case of Tang. Not only was the bracelet-awarding event Tang won only added to the WSOP schedule at the last moment, but a staking opportunity from the other side of the world also presented itself to Tang three years ago.

Tang cut his teeth in the live poker tournament world at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was here that Tang progressed from £15 and £25 buy-in tournaments to £330 and £550 buy-in events.

From Humble Beginnings

It was in the latter that Tang enjoyed his first major taste of success, finishing second in a partypoker Deepstack for what was then a career-best score of £32,400.

Then in 2016, Tang finished second in a $1,100 World Poker Tour National event at DTD for $130,263 which must have caught the eye of potential backers because a few months later Tang flew out to Asia, mostly Macau, accepted a staking deal and never looked back.

Twenty-two cashes in Macau followed between February 2017 and December 2017, including a prize worth the equivalent of $130,704. Sandwiched between these results was a career-best €381,000 prize ($448,732) for winning a €10,300 High Roller event run by PokerStars in Prague and this lit the blue touchpaper on Tang’s career.

A 31st place finish in the 2018 WSOP Main Event banked Tang $230,475 and in May 2019, Tang finished second in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro for what turned out to be $1,796,498.

Mixing It Up With The Very Best

He may not yet be accustomed to rubbing shoulders with poker’s elite players, but you would not have guessed Tang was not a regular in these games with the composure he should throughout the tournament.

On Day 1, Tang navigated his way through a field of such luminaries as Dominik Nitsche, Stephen Chidwick, Anthony Zinno, Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel, and Darren Elias who all crashed and burned before the curtain came down on proceedings.

Day 2 saw the field cut down to only seven players and Tang found himself fourth in chips and having locked up at least $212,292.

Final Table Action

Place Player Country Prize
1 Danny Tang Hong Kong $1,608,406
2 Sam Soverel United States $994,072
3 Michael Addamo Australia $697,375
4 Brandon Adams United States $500,282
5 Adrian Mateos Spain $367,186
6 Keith Tilston United States $275,874
7 Ali Imsirovic United States $212,292
8 Seth Davies United States $167,420

Ali Imsirovic was the first player to bust at the final table, doing so on the 34th hand of play. Down to less than four big blinds, Imsirovic moved all-in with ace-eight and lost to the queen-five of Brandon Adams that improve to two pair on the river.

Keith Tilston busted two hands later when his ill-timed move with ten-eight was snapped off by Adrian Mateos, himself a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, holding pocket kings. Mateos turned a set of kings and reduced the player count by one.

Mateos then became the fifth-place finished on hand number 49 when he moved all in for a shade under 10 big blinds from the small blind with jack-eight and Adams called with the dominating queen-jack. A queen on the flop left Mateos drawing to running eights, one of which he hit on the turn, but the river was a blank and Mateos headed for the exits.

Adams then crashed out to narrowly miss out on his second bracelet of the series, having won a $3,200 Online High Roller for $411,560 last week. Tang moved all in from the button with ace-queen and Adams called off his last 22 big blinds with ace-jack. Tang’s ace-queen kicker was enough to send Adams to the showers.

Tang In Charge

Three-handed play lasted one hand and saw Tang using his big stack to his advantage. Tang moved all in from under the gun with king-nine and Michael Addamo called for 1.5 big blinds with king-five. No help arrived from the board and Addamo was no more.

This gave Tang a 31,900,000 to 5,100,000 chip lead over the United States’ Sam Soverel and while Soverel fought valiantly, the stars had aligned and there was only ever going to be one winner.

Hand 99 of the final table saw Soverel move all in with the ace-three and Tang call with ace-jack. Two tens and a five made up the flop before the three of clubs on the turn gifted Soverel the lead. That was until the ace of diamonds completed the board, counterfeiting Soverel’s hand and allowing Tang’s jack-kicker to play.

Soverel had to make do with the $994,072 consolation prize while Tang banked the second-largest prize of his career to date; we’re certain there will be plenty more massive prizes won by Tang.

Recent WSOP Bracelet Winners

Event Player Prize
$1,000 Mini Main Event Jeremey Saderne $628,654
$5,000 NLHE 6-Handed Joao Vieira $758,011
$500 NLHE Salute to Warriors Susan Faber $121,161
$10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Juha Helppi $306,622
$3,200 NLHE Online High Roller Brandon Adams $411,560
$800 NLHE 6-Handed Online Shawn Buchanan $223,119
$50,000 Final Fifty NLHE Danny Tang $1,608,406
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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