Sunday night was an interesting period for online poker players as they had an opportunity to follow the 19th event of the World Series of Poker Online at WSOP.com. Event #19 was a $400 no-limit hold’em competition that attracted 1,757 unique players. A total of 788 rebuys were recorded, resulting in a field of 2,545 entries that created a $916,200 prize pool.
The event lasted for 11.5 hours, and it was Kenny “Chopuh” Huynh that took the lion’s share of the prize pool, in the end, winning a total of $133,856.
According to his Hendon Mob page, Huynh has managed to earn a total of $212,130 in live tournament cashes. He is very active in online poker, where he also managed to amass a six-figure score.
Before winning this event, his highest cash was $89,298 when he finished as a runner-up in the 2020 Parx Big Stax XXXII in February 2020. Before that, he also took part in the 2019 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event #16: $2,700 NLH, where he was awarded $69,801 for the fifth place.
A total of 372 players were paid in Event #19, and the player who bubbled was Shawn Berthiaume. Some of the players who ended up on the money list but fell short of reaching the final table were Dave Alfa, Mike Matusow, Matt Berkey, Ryan Riess, Donna DiCrescento, Alexander Ziskin, Taylor Laran, and William Klevitz.
The Final Table Action
The final table started with Kenneth Phillips holding a slight chip lead, but Vincent Ablahani and Michael Whitman were close to him. However, the remaining six players were no match for them, so some were quick to hit the rail.
The first player to do it was Paul Gunness, who failed to improve his ace-four against Whitman’s pocket jacks. Gunness won a total of $11,361 and was soon followed by Michael Federico, who also fell victim to Whitman’s Big Slick.
Whitman scored two elimination very early in the final table, and it seemed to that he had it all sorted out, but that wasn’t the case. Whitman first lost a big hand to Huynh, who flopped Broadway with ace-king against Whitman’s pocket nines.
After that, he faced Hunter Frey, who landed trips to take a huge amount of Whitman’s chips. Therefore, Whitman had to hit the rail as the seventh-placed player for $19,149.
Frey followed soon after that, winning a total of $25,287, and it was surprising to see Kenneth Phillips lose all his chips and hit the rail in fifth place for $33,625.
Sant Lee ended up fourth for $44,965, and Vincent Ablahani was the last one to exit the game before the heads-up play. He won $60,744.
The two players in the heads-up were Matthew Berger and Kenny Huynh, who were both unlikely to reach the last part of the event at the start of the final table. Berger had to settle for second place and the prize of $82,733.