The World Series of Poker Event #35, $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, has come to an end and despite being set to have four playing days, the players were so aggressive that they managed to finish the tournament in only three days. A total of 550 players bought into the prestigious tournament, creating a prize pool of $2,585,000.
The final day, day three, started with 23 players and many of those more or less instantly hit the rail as the players were aggressive and wanted to play some good poker. Guys like Jeff Madsen, Olivier Busquet and Sam Trickett all made it to day three, but they all busted out before the final table started and missed out on the big prizes.
So despite originally being targeted for four playing days, we were already down to the final table at an early stage of day three and we managed to stay there entirely. The final table only saw 143 hands of play before it was all over and in-between we saw guys like Mustapha Kanit and Dan Smith bust out.
The final hand came at hand 143 and was between Josh Arieh and Brian Yoon. We are at level 28 of play which means that blinds are 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. Arieh click raised to 100,000 from the button pre-flop and Yoon called. The flop showed .
Yoon checked to Arieh who bet 75,000, before Yoon check-raised him to 240,000. Arieh thinks for a while and decides to call. The turn card brings a and now Yoon bets 350,000 into Arieh, who thinks for a moment and pushes his 1.63 million chip stack to the middle. Yoon snap-calls.
Arieh needed another diamond to stay in the tournament, but as the dealer deals the river card a it is over for him and he takes second place and $391,575. Yoon took down his second WSOP bracelet and won the massive first prize of $633,341. You can see the rest of the final table payouts below:
- Brian Yoon - $633,341
- Josh Arieh - $391,575
- Josh Bergman - $246,169
- Ardit Kurshumi - $176,684
- Mustapha Kanit - $128,862
- Dan Smith - $95,515
- Timo Pfutzenreuter - $71,940
- Tony Cousineau - $55,034