Ensan & Gates Get Richer, Five Players Remain in Main Event
Following a day off on Saturday, the final table of the 2019 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event got underway Sunday night with nine players returning the action. The second-largest Main Event in WSOP history drew 8,569, began 11 days ago for some players and paid out a record 1,286 players. Four players were eliminated during Sunday’s action and Hossein Ensan leads the remaining five players.
Play was originally scheduled to play down to six players. but two quick eliminations changed the dynamic of the final table. Here’s a look at how they were seated before cards flew:
1. Hossein Ensan – 177,000,000
2. Nick Marchington – 20,100,000
3. Dario Sammartino – 33,400,000
4. Kevin Maahs – 43,000,000
5. Timothy Su – 20,200,000
6. Zhen Cai – 60,600,000
7. Garry Gates – 99,300,000
8. Milos Skrbic – 23,400,000
9. Alex Livingston – 37,800,000
Action got underway with more than 500 big blinds in play, but it would be less than an orbit before the first elimination. Action folded around to Gates in the small blind, he shoved -covering Skrbic’s 18 big blind stack – and Skrbic called with ace jack. Gates had him out-kicked holding ace queen and a ten-high board runout ended Skrbic’s night.
Just five hands later Timothy Su open-shoved his short stack as first to act holding pocket threes and Ensan called with Ad Jd. The board ran Jh 5c 5d Ts Jd, Ensan rivered trips and Su had to wait behind Skrbic at the payout desk.
The table settled down before the short-stacked Nick Marchington was all in preflop. Ensan opened the action, Marchington shoved on the button with Ad 7c and Ensan called holding pocket kings. The board ran Jh 8c 6d 5h Qs and the 21-year old was eliminated in 7th place for $1,525,000.
The table played about two hours and only 32 hands total before Marchington was eliminated. WSOP officials decided to play until the next elimination or until the completion of Level 39 – whichever happened first.
Six-handed play lasted around an hour before Ensan opened, Maahs called from the small blind and Zhen Cai three-bet all in from the big blind. Ensan let his hand go, Maahs called with pocket nines and Cai tabled Ad Kd. The board ran Qs Jh 7s 4d 2d, Cai didn’t improve and was eliminated in 6th place for $1,850,000.
Following Cai’s elimination, the clock was stopped for the night. Monday’s action will pick up on Level 38, with blinds at 600,000/1,200,000/1,200,000, and 28 minutes remaining.
Final Table Payouts
6th – Zhen Cai – $1,850,000
7th – Nick Marchington – $1,525,000
8th – Timothy Su – $1,250,000
9th – Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000
On Monday the five finalists return at 10 pm ET to play down to just three players. Play will be broadcast between ESPN and ESPN2. Then the three players return Tuesday to crown a winner at 9 pm ET on ESPN.
Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
1. Hossein Ensan – 207,700,000
2. Garry Gates – 171,700,000
3. Kevin Maahs – 66,500,000
4. Alex Livingston – 45,800,000
5. Dario Sammartino – 23,100,000
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