The 2019 World Series of Poker continued with a couple long-ass events that finally played down to a champion. Those included Event #34 $1K NL Doublestack and Event #37 NL Deepstack. Along the way, one of the best players to never win a bracelet finally got the proverbial monkey off his back. Joe Cheong, won three Circuit rings, but finally stepped inside the WSOP winner's circle for the first time in his career. And it was a long time coming for 'subiime'.
Event #34 $1,000 Double Stack - Final Results
Heading into the final day of action, six players remained and everyone wondered if this would be the day that Joe Cheong finally ships a bracelet? He first made a name for himself online as "subiime" and later made the November Nine. But he never won any bling.
Cheong came into the final day with a significant chiplead over the other final five players as the only player with 100M in chips.
Event #34 attracted 6,214 runners and a prize pool that topped nearly $5.6 million.
Only the top 932 places paid out with most of the cheesecake set aside to the champion and the Top 3.
On the final day, Ido Ashkenazi hit the bricks first in sixth place. Arianna Son's epic run ended when she busted in fifth place. Son banked $176K for fifth place.
Italy's Andrea Buonocore bounced in fourth place. At that point, it seemed like the bracelet was Cheong's to lose.
At that point, the remaining pack caught up to Cheong. Ivers snagged the lead... momentarily. Cheong got it right back.
China's Zinan Xu busted in third place, which paid out a whopping $314,875. Not too shabby, eh? With Xu's bustout, it set up the heads-up fight between Cheong and Ivers.
Ivers trailed nearly 3-1 in chips when heads-up began. It only took 36 hands for Cheong to put away Ivers.
Ivers earned a runner-up score worth $424,791.
Cheong banked $687,782 and he got to finally slap a bracelet around his wrist.
David Dibernardi bubbled off the final table in tenth place.
Notables who cashed in the Double Stack and went ultra-deep into the Top 250 included... Noah Bronstein, Tim West, Jack Sinclair, Jimmy Guerrero, Ari Engel, Siamon Deadman, Nick Yunis, Steven van Zadelhoff, Darren Rabinowitz, Ramzi Jelassi, Tyler Patterson, David "The Dragon" Pham, Dylan Linde, Dan Park, Eric Baldwin, Dan O'Brien, Marvin Rettenmaier, ODB Baker, Faraz Jaka, Yao Yin, and Xi Yang.
2019 WSOP - Event #34 $1,000 Double Stack
Prize Pool: $5,592,600
Final Table Results:
1. Joe Cheong (USA) $687,782
2. David Ivers (USA) $424,791
3. Zinan Xu (China) $314,875
4. Andrea Buonocore (Italy) $235,099
5. Arianna Son (USA) $176,820
6. Ido Ashkenazi (USA) $133,970
7. David Guay (Canada) $102,258
8. Ivan Deyra (France) $78,638
9. Brock Wilson (USA) $60,930
Event #37 $800 NL Deepstack - Final Results
The Deepstack events have modest buy-ins this year and they offer a lot of play. These are true marathon-lite events that require a lot of patience and stamina. Event #37 $800 NL Deepstack attracted 2,808 runners this year and the prize pool just missed out on a cool $2 million.
Only the top 420 places paid out with the majority of the cheesecake set aside for the champ.
Robert Mitchell cashed a half-dozen times at the WSOP, but he always fell short of a final table... until now.
The final table featured players from seven different countries and included Nick Jivkov, Zachary Mullennix, Ben Moon, Kamel Mokhammah, Ben Underwood, Robert Mitchell, Marco Boganni, Axel Hallay, and Francois Evard.
Josh Boulton bubbled off the final table in tenth place. Notables who went deep and cashed in the Top 250 of Deepstack included... Tony Hopkins, Eric Cajelais, Bao Le, DJ MacKinnon, Brock Parker, Manig Loeser, Dan Coen, Kristen Bicknell, Jon Turner, and Dong Chen.