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James Chen Gets 1st Bracelet For Taiwan, Wins WSOPE €250K Super High Roller For €2.84 Million

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  • Arpit Jain October 20, 2019
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The popular King’s Casino and Resort in Rozvadov, which is currently playing host to the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe has awarded the bracelet in its richest event. It was cash-game specialist James Chen (cover image) who walked away with a big fat smile on his face after winning the first gold bracelet for Taiwan and a fatter winner’s paycheck worth €2.84 Million. He defeated Chin Wei Lim heads-up to win the bracelet.

Talking to tournament reporters, Chen later said, “What can I say, it feels great to be the first from Taiwan to win a bracelet and hopefully this will inspire other players to try and keep improving their game and reach their own dreams.”

As speculated, the €250,000 Super High Roller saw a limited entry field replete with poker superstars. In all, the event pulled in 30 entries (including 8 re-entries) that helped generate a €7.12 Million prize pool that was distributed among the top five finishers.

Final Table Recap

Dominik Nitsche fell out first after losing the flip with to Chin Wei Lim’s pocket queens. Lim turned a full house busting Nitsche in seventh place.

Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess had become short-stacked and exited on the money bubble when his failed to catch up to Tony G’s .

The first player to finish in the money was Cary Katz. Tony G opened with and Katz defended the big blind holding . The flop opened , and Katz jammed only to get a quick call from Tony. The turn and the river were insignificant, and Katz headed out in fifth place.

Tony G was the next one out. The hand in question saw James Chen opening the pot, and Tony G defended his big blind. Chen c-bet the flop and Tony G check-raised all-in with for an open-ended straight draw. Chen immediately called tabling for flopped two pair. The turn and the river were no help to Tony, who exited fourth.

After that, Christoph Vogelsang had to bite the dust in third place, and his elimination was orchestrated by Chin Wei Lim. Lim opened the button with , and Vogelsang announced all-in with pocket fives. Lim snap-called and took down the pot on the rundown .

The heads-up play between Lim and Chen did not last long. On the final hand, Chen shoved with , and Lim called tabling . Chen was in trouble, but he caught lightning in a bottle after hitting two pair on the river to take down the pot and with that the title!

James Chen
James Chen

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. James Chen – €2,844,215
  2. Chin Wei Lim – €1,757,857
  3. Christoph Vogelsang – €1,185,161
  4. Tony G – €799,045
  5. Cary Katz – €538,722


Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP

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