WSOP Update: Main Event Reaches Final Table; Players From South Korea, Canada, UK Come Up Big

After an action-packed week at the World Series of Poker, several players found championship bracelets and the $10,000 Main Event reached the final 10 players in Thursday’s early morning hours.

The final 10 players are now battling for a top prize of $10 million, which will be streamed on PokerGO. In other action, players from Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom all found wins as well. Here’s a look at some of the recent tournaments from Las Vegas.

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Main Event down to final table

Espen Jørstad

The Main Event has now reached the “unofficial” final table with 10 players returning for Day 8 on Friday. Players have an off day and scheduled media interviews on Thursday.

Just 35 players returned on Wednesday and were scheduled to reach the final nine. After a long day that stretched into Thursday morning, however, tournament officials stopped play with 10 players remaining.

Matthew Su

Leading the final table are Norway’s Espen Jorstad and Massachusetts’ Matthew Su. Both players have 83.2 million chips and are seeking their first bracelet. Here’s a look at the players’ chip stacks as well as the payouts for the winners.

WSOP Main Event final 10 players

  1. Espen Jorstad, Norway – 83.2 million
  2. Matthew Su, United States – 83.2 million
  3. Matija Dobric, Croatia – 68.7 million
  4. Aaron Duczak, Canada – 56 million
  5. John Eames, United Kingdom – 55 million
  6. Adrian Attenborough, Australia – 50.8 million
  7. Michael Duek, United States – 49.8 million
  8. Jeffrey Farnes, United States – 35.4 million
  9. Asher Conniff, United States – 29.4 million
  10. Philippe Souki, United Kingdom – 13.5 million

Main Event payouts

  • 1st – $10 million
  • 2nd – $6 million
  • 3rd – $4 million
  • 4th – $3 million
  • 5th – $2.25 million
  • 6th – $1.75 million
  • 7th – $1.35 million
  • 8th – $1.075 million
  • 9th – $850,675 million
  • 10th – $675,000
Jerry Li shows off his new bracelet. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 74: $1,500 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed

Canada’s Pei “Jerry” Li came out on top in this event for his first bracelet and $190,219. Florida’s Nolan King finished runner-up for $117,545 and the later stages of heads-up play saw an interesting scenario.

As pots shipped back and forth in a long battle, the two players agreed to skip two levels later in the action.

“He’s a very aggressive player, but so am I, so it made it a fun time heads up,” Li said afterward.

That seemed to go his way as he eventually closed out the event. This tournament attracted 1,390 entries, producing a prize pool of $1.9 million. Finland’s Eemil Tuominen took fourth for $63,231 and Belgium’s Eric Lescot finished sixth for $35,561.

Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

Jinho Hong after his win. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Members of the Poker Hall of Fame all received a freeroll into this event. Each of those also had a bounty on their head corresponding with the year in which he or she was inducted.

The event also was held in conjunction with the announcement of the latest addition to the Poker Hall of Fame. Layne Flack was named as the latest addition and will be inducted posthumously following his death last year.

In the action at the tables, South Korea’s Jinho Hong took home his first bracelet and $276,067 top prize. It’s been a nice few weeks for Hong, who also won the $3,500 NLHE Championship at the Wynn Poker Classic in late June for $696,011.

“The win at the Wynn Summer Classic was a bigger cash, but the bracelet is a lot more meaningful to me and hopefully in the future, a lot more Koreans keep on trying to get the bracelet and hopefully our country grows (in regards to poker),” he said afterward.

 The tournament produced a $1.5 million prize pool from 865 entries. Thailand’s Punnat Punsri finished runner-up for $170,615 with Germany’s Jakob Miegel taking third for $120,756.

Pavel Spirins, of Latvia, scored third for $63,225 and PartyPoker ambassador Yuri Dzivielevski continued a nice series run. The Brazilian finished sixth for $46,791 and also has a second, fourth, and fifth this summer.

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Online Event 8: $7,777 Lucky 7s High Roller

England’s Harry “timexCNT” Lodge found the winner’s circle in this larger buy-in online poker event. He has produced several deep runs at the WSOP, but has always come up short of a bracelet.

That changed in this online event and he also took home $396,366. The event drew 161 entries for a $1.5 million prize pool.

 

A look at other winners

A few other players have also found some nice scores recently. In Online Event 9: $1,000 NLHE Online Bracelet Championship, Dragos “luxifer03” Trofimov, of Moldova, finished second for $147,585.

Event 73: $1,500 Razz saw Brazil’s Sergio Braga finish fifth for $25,198.

Upcoming tournaments

The Main Event final table takes the spotlight in the coming days, but several other tournaments are set in the coming days before the end of the series on July 20. Here’s a look at the final events on the schedule:

  • $3,000 HORSE (Event 84) – July 15
  • $1,500 The Closer (Event #85) – July 15-16, two starting flights 
  • $10,000 Six-Handed NLHE Championship (Event 86) – July 16
  • $5,000 Eight-Handed NLHE(Event 87) – July 16
  • Online Event 11: $777 Lucky 7ss Second Chance – July 17
  • $1,000 Super Turbo NLHE (Event 88) – July 17
  • Online Event 12: $5,300 High Roller Freezeout Encore – July 17
  • Online Event #13: $500 NLHE Summer Saver – July 18
  • Tournament of Champions $1 million freeroll – July 18

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