Hossein Ensan Wins the 2019 WSOP Main Event For $10 Million

Hossein Ensan

Iranian-born German Hossein Ensan has written his name into poker’s history books after he emerged victoriously from the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event as the tournament’s champion, an accolade that came with a massive $10 million cash prize.

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Hossein Ensan Germany $10,000,000
2 Dario Sammartino Italy $6,000,000
3 Alex Livingston Canada $4,000,000
4 Garry Gates United States $3,000,000
5 Kevin Maahs United States $2,200,000
6 Zhen Cai United States $1,850,000
7 Nick Marchington United Kingdom $1,525,000
8 Timothy Su United States $1,250,000
9 Milos Skrbic Serbia $1,000,000

The final three players returned to their seats at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the last time on July 17th, each guaranteed to walk away with $4 million, but only one of them would be imortalized in the game.

It had taken 120 hands to reduce the WSOP Main Event final table to the final three players and another 80 to send the tournament into heads-up.

Livingston Busts In Third-Place

Hand 200 of the final table saw Alex Livingston move all in from the button for 41.1 million chips, or approximately 17 big blinds. Ensan called from the small blind and Dario Sammartino flicked his hole cards into the muck.

Livingston turned over ace-jack and was trailing the dominating ace-queen of Ensan. Both players made a pair on the flop, but Livingston could not find a third jack and busted in third-place for $4 million.

Another 101 hands were required to settle the tournament and crown the champion. An epic heads-up encounter saw Sammartino pull level with Ensan before drifting behind. At the time of the final hand, Sammartino trailed by 169,500,000 to 345,500,000 chips.

With blinds 2,000,000/4,000,000 and a big blind ante of 4,000,000, Ensan raised to 11 million and Sammartino called. The ten-six-deuce flop fell with two spades and Sammartino checked before calling a bet of 15 million. The turn was the nine of clubs. Sammartino checked again, Ensan continued his aggression with a 33 million bet only to see Sammartino check-raise all in for 140 million. Ensan called.

2019 WSOP Champion Crowned

Nine days of poker and 8,567 eliminations all built up to this exact moment. Sammartino turned over eight-four of spades for a flush draw and an inside straight draw, but Ensan flipped over a pair of kings and was a near 73 percent favorite to become world champion. The dealer, after burning a car, dealt the queen of clubs river, busting Sammartino in second-place for $6 million and leaving a delighted Ensan to be mobbed by his friends, family, and fans.

Ensan was already a well-known figure on the European circuit having won $2,673,206 from live poker tournaments before this gargantuan haul, the joint second-largest WSOP Main Event prize in its 50-year history.

Prior to becoming world champion, Ensan had enjoyed a victory in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event in December 2016 for €754,510 ($825,151), and won a WSOP circuit ring in a €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event for €184,812 ($219,036).

Amazingly, this was Ensan’s one and only cash at the 2019 WSOP, not that he will care much because it was worth a colossal $10 million.

Keith Tilston Denies Daniel Negreanu His Seventh Bracelet

Texan Keith Tilston banked by far the largest score of his career when he came out on top of a 99-strong crowd in the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller.

Tilston, a high roller specialist, already had more than a dozen six-figure prizes to his name, the largest being worth $660,000, but a seven-figure prize had eluded him. That was until he found himself in the top three of this event and locked up $1,187,802.

This princely sum soon increased by almost $600,000 when Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov busted in third-place to leave Tilston and Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title. Negreanu, who had already finished second in an event earlier in the summer, was determined to win what would have been his seventh career bracelet. The Canadian came undone when his shove with ace-deuce was called by Tilston holding queen-jack and a jack landed on the river.

Negreanu picked up $1,725,838 for his runner-up finish with Tilston banking a career-best $2,792,406 and a coveted gold bracelet.

Recent WSOP Bracelet Winners

Event Player Prize
$3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Tu Dao $133,189
$1,500 PLO Bounty Maximilian Klostermeier $177,823
$3,000 NLHE Ivan Deyra $380,090
$1,500 NLHE Brace Winners Only Shankar Pillai $71,580
$1,500 NLHE Double Stack Tom Koral $530,164
$100,000 NLHE High Roller Keith Tilston $2,792,406
$1,500 NLHE The Closer Abhinav Iyer $565,346
$3,000 PLO 6-Handed Anuj Agarwal $630,747
$3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Denis Strebkov $206,173
$500 NLHE Summer Saver Online Taylor Paur $149,240
$5,000 NLHE Carl Shaw $606,562
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