Just call it a Chen Comeback. Or simply, everything in its right place. James Chen, an app developer by trade from Taiwan, came close to a bracelet earlier this summer in Las Vegas. It was only four months ago when Chen embarked on a deep run in the 2019 WSOP $25K PLO High Roller. He navigated a stacked field with 278 total PLO big dogs and he finished in second place. Chen lost heads-up to Stevie Chidwick, so you cannot really fault him for not closing in the PLO High Roller. But for his troubles, Chen banked a cool million. The money was great but Chen just missed his first bracelet by one spot. He also missed Taiwan's first bracelet by a spot.
When James Chen got a chance to win a bracelet in RozVegas at the WSOP Europe, Chen did not squander that opportunity. He shipped his first bracelet won $3.1 million by taking down the 250K High Roller at the 2019 WSOP Europe. He also made history in his home country by winning Taiwan's first WSOP bracelet.
2019 WSOP Europe Event #4 €250,000 Super High Roller attracted 30 entrants and a prize pool worth €7,125,000. Only the top five places paid out with the top three players earning seven figures.
The final six at the 250K included James Chen, Chin Wei Lim, German pro Christoph Vogelsang, Tony G, Cary Katz, and former WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Reiss.
Hey, any time Tony G makes a final table, it's going to be an interesting venture. Love him or hate him, Tony G is a polarizing figure and ideal for streams. Once you get Tony G started, he won't shut up. In an era in which streams have gotten super boring (unless you have great announces like Nick Schulman) due to the seriousness and shyness of the average pro. Tony G said he would personally go after hoodie-wearing tankers that took forever to make decisions. Tony G wanted to put the fun back into poker again.
Ryan Riess bubbled in sixth place. Tough break for the American pro. He got it all-in with Ace-Jack against Tony G's Ace-Queen and could not come from behind to win. The G sent Riess home on the bubble and everyone locked up a min-cash. Yup, only the top five places got a cut of the expensive cheesecake.
Cary Katz busted with a pair of Jacks against Tony G's pair of Kings. Katz got it all in on the flop. Fifth place was a min-cash that paid out a little more than double the buy-in. Katz earned €538,722 for three days of SHR work.
Tony G hit the bricks in fourth place. The G made his valiant final stand with Jack-Nine against Chen's Ace-ten. The G got it all-in on a flop. He whiffed on his open-ended straight draw. Chen's two pair held up and he dragged the pot. Tony G cashed in fourth place, which paid out a tick under €800K.
Christoph Vogelsang banked €1.1 million for third place. The German's elimination set up a heads-up heavyweight bout between James Chen and Chin Wei Lim. Chen held the lead 94M to 55M.
The final hand was a doozy. The good old Ace-four versus Ace-five. Chen took into battle against Lim's . Both players flopped an Ace on an board. The turn was a trey but the spiked on the river. Chen won the pot and the tournament
Lim hit the rail in second place, which paid out €1,757,857. Not too shabby for a runner-up score, eh?
James Chen earned a first place payout worth €2,844,215 plus the gold bracelet. That's approximately $3.1 million in Yankee bucks.
Chen cashed in five WSOP events this past summer including a ninth place finish in the $100K High Roller for a $230K, plus the $1 million score for second place in the $25K PLO High Roller. Overall, Chen won over $7.3 million according to Hendon Mob.