Hossein Ensan Wins 2019 WSOP Main Event for $10 Million
The final day of play for the 2019 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event kicked off Tuesday night with just three players fighting for the most prized title in all of poker that came with a $10 million payday. After seven and half hours Hossein Ensan emerged victorious after a lengthy heads up battle with Dario Sammartino.
The 2019 Main Event is the second largest in WSOP history and drew 8,569 players. The tournament also set a record for most places paid with 1,286. With those impressive numbers every player at the final table earned a seven-figure payday.
The final table resumed play at 1,000,000/2,000,000/2,000,000 with around 90 minutes remaining on the tournament clock. Here’s how the final three players stacked up at the start of play:
Seat 1 – Hossein Ensan – 326,800,000
Seat 2 – Dario Sammartino – 67,600,000
Seat 3 – Alex Livingston – 120,400,000
On just the eighth hand of play, Ensan opened on the button and Sammartino moved in from the small blind holding As Js. Ensan called with pocket sixes and the board ran 9h 9d 8s Tc Qs to double up Sammartino with a straight.
Over the next 50 hands Ensan kept the chip lead until Livingston doubled up through Sammartino. Livingston bet 21.5 million on the river, Sammartino called and then mucked after Livingston tabled 8c 6c for a straight.
Livingston held the chip lead for a few moments before he opened on the button and Sammartino called. The flop came Qc 6h 4h, Sammartino check-called 5 million and the turn came Tc. Sammartino checked again, Livingston bet 23 million and Sammartino moved in for almost 80 million. Livingston called with pocket kings, Sammartino had two pair with Ts 6d and the river was a blank to double up the Italian.
On the 200th hand of the final table, Livingston was below 20 big blinds and shipped it in from the button with 41 million holding Ac Jd. Ensan called in the small blind with As Qd and the board ran Qs Jh 6d 2s 9d. They each flopped a pair but Livingston couldn’t find a miracle to stay alive and was eliminated in 3rd place.
Heads up play began with Ensan holding 279,800,000 to Sammartino’s 235,000,000. In the second hand both players made two pair, but Sammartino had the best of it and pulled out 329 million to Ensan’s 185 million.
Ensan worked his way back into the chip lead over 20 hands through small and medium pots. After another 20 hands Ensan used the same strategy to move to a 2-1 chip lead. The pair essentially treaded water over the next two hours, with neither player getting an advantage over the other.
They entered Level 43 with blinds at 2,000,000/4,000,000/4,000,000 and played conservatively for nearly an hour with Ensan holding a comfortable lead. Then Ensan opened to 11 million, Sammartino called and the flop fell Ts 6s 2d. Sammartino checked, Ensan bet 15 million and the Italian called. The turn came 9c, Sammartino tapped the table and Ensan bet 33 million. Sammartino check-raised all in for 140 million and Ensan snap-called.
Ensan tabled Kh Kc and Sammartino turned up 8s 4s for a two-way draw. The river bricked with the Qc, Sammartino was eliminated and Ensan claimed the bracelet and $10 million prize.
That’s a wrap for the 50th World Series of Poker in Las Vegas but the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race continues at WSOP Europe. Ten bracelets are up for grabs at King’s Resort Rozvadov from October 15 – November 4. In addition to the €10,000 Main Event are €25,000 and €100,000 high roller events, a €25,500 Short Deck event and a €550 Colossus with nine starting flights.
Final Table Payouts
1. Hossein Ensan – $10,000,000
2. Dario Sammartino – $6,000,000
3. Alex Livingston – $4,000,000
4. Garry Gates – $3,000,000
5. Kevin Maahs – $2,200,000
6. Zhen Cai – $1,850,000
7. Nick Marchington – $1,525,000
8. Timothy Su – $1,250,000
9. Milos Skrbic – 1,000,000
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Photo credit to Lucas Buffa of Codigo Poker.