Yet another WSOP bracelet has been won in King’s Casino in Rozvadov, and it was a big one, with James Chen winning the €250,000-entry Super High Roller Event #4 for a massive €2,844,215 payday.
The Taiwanese player became the first player from his country ever to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, after outlasting a field of incredibly tough players such as Sam Trickett, Alex Foxen, Richard Yong and many more.
Dominik Nitsche led with seven players left yet ended the event outside the five money places after just an hour’s play after everything that could go wrong did so for the German player and co-creator of the DTO Poker app which helps players play elite poker. Poker remains an entertaining game of luck and skill, as the German found out to his cost.
Ryan Riess bubbled the money on the final table, and it was Poker Central owner Cary Katz who would be the first of five players from different nations to cash in the event, adding €538,722 to his spectacular list of recent tournament results.
Tony G’s reinvention as a poker high roller rather than a European parliamentarian continues apace after he finished fourth, leaving Chen to battle it out with Malaysia’s Chin Wei Lim and Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang, who posted another seven-figure score in his already stellar career.
When Vogelsang busted in third place, Chen would do Battle with Chin Wei Lim for the title, and if he was feeling any nerves at that point, no-one would have blamed him. After all, he finished second to Stephen Chidwick in Event #45, the $25,000 PLO event that would break Chidwick’s duck in bracelet events.
Chen would overcome Lim, leaving the latter to collect €1,757,857 for a deserved runner-up result, while Chen banked $3,142,848 for his first WSOP Europe victory and first-ever bracelet in general in the World Series.
WSOPE Super High Roller final table results:
|Chin Wei Lim
Deeb takes the lead in Player of the Year race
While Campbell led the race back at the end of July, Deeb has been utilising his mixed game prowess in the Czech/German border town of Rozvadov and is now just 10 days away from going back-to-back.
With Deeb, Campbell and Daniel Negreanu all picking up a cash in the first few events, competition is fierce for the famous oversized flag of the winner, which will hang from the Rio rafters for the duration of the 2020 WSOP after it was confirmed that the Rio will welcome players to Vegas again in eight months’ time.
Not to be outdone, at the time of going to press, Robert Campbell is in the top dozen chipcounts of the 111 remaining players in Event #9, the €1,650-entry Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold’em Mix.
Phillip Hui is another mover, edging into 4th place on the leaderboard. At this stage, a bracelet win from any competitor would be pivotal to their chances of victory, with Negreanu desperate to grab bracelet #7 of his career among others. Hui, of course, already won the much-coveted $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship back in the summer.
Current 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings: