Hossein Ensan Brings Heaps to Final Day of Main Event
The second night of a three-part televised finale for the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed Monday night at 10 pm ET with five players looking to win poker’s premier large event. While most expected a long grind, play wrapped up in under five hours after two eliminations. When the dust settled, Hossein Ensan returns with a stranglehold on the final table, holding 326 million of the 514 million chips in play.
The night began with Ensan and Garry Gates way out in front of Kevin Maahs, Alex Livingston and Dario Sammartino. When cards hit the air here’s how they stacked up:
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
Sammartino doubled up early in the action when Ensan opened from the small blind and Sammartino shoved from the big. Ensan called with pocket tens and Sammartino was drawing live with Ad Js. The board ran out Qc Jc 3d Jh 7d and he made trips for good measure.
Over the next 40 hands Ensan pulled further away with the field with nearly half the chips in play and Livingston moved into second in chips as Gates slid to below 75 million.
Maahs slid to below 20 big blinds and took a stand when had 15 holding Ah Th. Ensan called with pocket nines, the board ran Jh 5c 3s Js 4h and Maahs was eliminated in 5th place.
Just nine hands later Gates moved in from the small blind for 29.2 million with no action in front of him and Livingston made the easy call with pocket queens. Gates was in bad shape holding pocket sixes and he watched the board run 7h 5s 2d Th Ts to end his run in 4th place for $3,000,000.
The final three players return Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on ESPN to crown a new world champion and award a total of $20 million – half of which to the winner.
Final Table Payouts
4th – Garry Gates – $3,000,000
5th – Kevin Maahs – $2,200,000
6th – Zhen Cai – $1,850,000
7th – Nick Marchington – $1,525,000
8th – Timothy Su – $1,250,000
9th – Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000
Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
1. Hossein Ensan – 326,800,000
2. Alex Livingston – 120,400,000
3. Dario Sammartino – 67,600,000
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