Thursday June 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm

The 2019 50K Players Championship is down to 12 players and Phil Ivey is the chi pleader. He held the big stack at the end of Day 2 and he's got the big stack at the end of Day 3. Over in 2019 WSOP Event #50 $1,5000 MONSTER STACK, Kainalu McCue-Unciano outlasted a massive field of 6,035 runners to win a cool million and his first bracelet.

Just another wild and wacky Wednesday at 2019 WSOP at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The running of the Monster Stack Donkament is finally over. The survivor banked a cool million and a shiny new bracelet. That's what the victor got for surviving the monster donkament in Event #50.

Meanwhile, the $50K Poker Players Championship continued with the third day of action. Phil Ivey and Johnny World Hennigan headed into Day 3 as the two big stacks. Only one of them was left standing at the end of Day 3. Phil Ivey locked up a min-cash and he's the big dog with 11 others still alive and fighting for the Chip Reese Trophy.

Event #50 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK - Final Results


After a lengthy branded event, the MONSTER STACK finally crowned its champion.

This year's MONSTER has a $1,500 buy-in (ergo, a Monsterdonkament aka Donkmonsterment) attracted 6,035 runners and a prize pool that nearly passed a whopping $8.15 million. The top 906 places paid out in the MONSTER.

The winner would walk away with a cool million. The top five places won at least a quarter-mil with $623K set aside to the runner-up. Not too shabby, eh?

Jonathan Seltzer bubbled the final table in tenth place. Bart Hanson was the big name remaining when the final table began. The rest of the final nine included... Javier Zarco, Vincent Chauve, Bryan Kim, Andre Haneberg, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Ben Ector, and Greg Katayama.

Bart Hanson's magical run ended when he hit the bricks in fourth place. He banked a sick score worth $344,079.

Canada's Greg Katayama busted in third place, which set up a heads-up heavyweight bout between Vincent Chauve and Kainalu McCue-Unciano.

Chauve could not put away KMU and busted in second place.

Ship it to KMU! Kainalu McCue-Unciano won a cool million a slick piece of bling.

Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #50 MONSTER included... Tom Koral, Ryan Hughes, Adrien Allaim, Andrew Barber, Peter Cho, Ray Bell, Sean Yu, Chris Johnson, Nam Pham, Tenzin Chakdor, Jason Gooch, Jeff Kaplan, Joe Cada, Darren Rabinowitz, Chris Moon, Jessica Meir, Angel Guillen, Ali Imsirovic, Pierre Neuville, John Pham, Jon Turner, Eric Mizrachi, David Simon, David Levi, Cheng Dong, Tony Ma, and Taylor Black.

2019 WSOP - Event #50 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK

Entrants: 6,035

Prize Pool: $8,147,250

Payouts: 906


Final Table Results:

1. Kainalu McCue-Unciano (USA) $1,008,850

2. Vincent Chauve (France) $623,211

3. Gregory Katayama (Canada) $461,369

4. Bart Hanson (USA) $344,079

5. Benjamin Ector (USA) $258,516

6. Igor Yaroshevskyy (USA) $195,687

7. Bryan Kim (USA) $149,247

8. Andre Haneberg (Austria) $114,694

9. Javier Zarco (Spain) $88,817

Event #58 $50,000 Poker Players Championship - Day 3 Results

The 2019 PPC attracted 74 runners and a prize pool worth $3.5 million. Only the top 12 places pay out, so we're officially in the money in the 50K PPC.

Chris Klodnicki bubbled off the money in unlucky 13th place. A min-cash is worth $72,078, while first place pays out $1.1 million.

At the end of Day 2, Phil Ivey was the big stack along with Johnny World Hennignan. By the end of Day 3, Hennigan busted and Ivey continued to hold down the big stack.

Heading into Day 4, only a dozen players remain. Ivey has the biggest stack left with over 4.77M. Josh Arieh is the only other player with at least 4M in chips. Shaun Deeb and Bryce Yockey are the only players with over 2.3M.

Also still alive... Jungleman, Andrew Brown, Chris Vitch, David Oppenheim, Dario Sammartino, Phillip Hui, John Esposito, and Talal Shakerchi.

Jungleman is the super short stack with 12 to go.

This special dozen returns on Thursday and will play down to a final table, which is supposed to take place on Friday.

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