The World Series of Poker event #19, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em was yet again a tournament with a massive amount of players as the small buy-in attracts such a wide range of players. In total the tournament reached 2,086 players which created a total prize pool of $2,816,100 to be split among the players finishing in the money.
The tournament took three days to finish and the final day started out with 12 players, but within a couple of hours play reached the final nine and the final table could begin. The final table had a few well known faces from around the world, including Mustapha Kanit from Italy, Dejan Divkovic from Bosnia and John Hennigan from the US.
Ted Gillis started day three with a very healthy chipstack of around 1,1 million chips and continuously build on top of it, which eventually got him to a heads up match with Hennigan. As the final hand approached, Gillis had a massive chiplead over Hennigan, having almost six times as many chips.
The final hand came after 140 hands on the final table where Hennigan pushed all-in from the small blind and got a call from Gillis.
The dealer shows a board that says and with no help for Hennigan, he finishes in second place for $319,993 which he can add to his more than $4 million in tournament career winnings already. Gillis on the other hand could celebrate winning his first WSOP title, his first bracelet and also his biggest ever prize of $514,027, as he had previously only cashed in one WSOP event. You can see the rest of the final table payouts below:
1st: Ted Gillis - $514,027
2nd: John Hennigan - $319,993
3rd: Dejan Divkovic - $222,429
4th:Jacobo Fernandez - $160,193
5th: Mustapha Kanit - $117,079
6th: Jaime Kaplan - $86,609
7th: Hiren Patel - $64,911
8th: Edison Shields - $49,267
9th: Dylan Thomassie - $37,834