863 players entered the 59th event of the World Series of Poker: the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em, creating a total prizepool of a little of $4 million. 47 players returned on the third day, the plan was to come to a conclusion, but they didn't succeed in this. Six players had to return on the fourth and final day, all chasing the bracelet and the big bucks. In the end, it was Chinese Yue Du who drew the longest straw, earning his second WSOP-cash and first bracelet.
At the beginning of the final day, these were the chipstacks the players had to play with:
Du had the commanding chiplead, with over 50% of all the chips. In the second hand Marius Gierse had all his chips in the middle preflop. He was slightly ahead with against Nitsche's , but the latter made a straight to bust Gierse in sixth place for $132,030.
Nitsche decided to knock another player out, his never were in danger against Bojang's when the board ran out .
Despite knocking two players out, Nitsche couldn't help busting in fourth himself. On a board of Du bet enough to put Nitsche all-in, who decided he couldn't fold his . Du tabled for two pair to send Nitsche packing, taking home $248,640.
Natasha Barbour didn't make it to heads-up play either. Her didn't improve against Du's and she was eliminated in third for $348,374. Du started the heads-up against Gentilli with an enormous chiplead, and in the 30th hand he was able to seal the deal. His held against Gentili's on a board of . Gentili had to settle for second place money worth of $494,797.
The results of the final table of nine: