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4,732 participated in Event #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em of the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP), entering through three separate starting flights. The final 14 runners returned on Day 4 and a vigorous battle ensued which ultimately found a champion in China’s Guoliang Wei (cover image).
Having only one score at a WSOP event prior to his The Little One for One Drop victory, Wei had a 163rd place finish in Event #58: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) for $1,568 in 2016 to show on his poker resume. But his career-best score of $559,332 in The Little One for One Drop has swelled his tournament series winnings to $560,900. Ranked 28th on the China All Time Money List, Wei has total live earnings of $1,221,674.
Talking about his bracelet win in the post-event interview, Wei said, “I’m excited and happy. It means a lot to me. Poker is booming in China right now. A lot of people watch this game regularly, but only a few of us can be here and compete. We consider poker an epic game, like the World Cup. It’s our dream to come and win a bracelet in Vegas; that’s the only goal.”
Several Indian challengers were seen in action in the event. While poker veterans Paawan Bansal and Aditya Agarwal along with 9stacks qualifier Aditya Singh were unable to make it in the money, 9stacks qualifier Sanjay Taneja (29th for $15,042 – ~₹10.31 Lakhs), Nipun Java (172nd for $3,187 – ~₹2.19 Lakhs), Tarun Ravi (269th for $2,806 – ~₹1.92 Lakhs), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (288th for $2,806 – ~₹1.92 Lakhs) and 9stacks qualifier Mayank Jaggi (429th for $2,025 – ~₹1.39 Lakhs), all cashed in the event.
However, it was bracelet winner Aditya Sushant who re-ignited hopes of a fourth bracelet for the country when he made it to the final day with a stack of 2,385,000.
Sushant had started Day 4 seated at the same table as the Day 3 chip leader Christopher Staats, along with Paul Byrne, Richard Douglas, Richard Cox, Lester Edoc and Renato Kaneoya. In one of the very first hands of the day, Sushant lost 910,000 from his stack. He raised 205,000 from middle position while Cox and Edoc defended their blinds. On the flop , Edoc bet 275,000 and Sushant raised 575,000, as Cox folded. Edoc moved all-in and Sushant mucked his hand.
But soon enough he was able to double up through Byrne as Sushant open-shoved 1,315,000 from the button. Byrne reshoved from the small blind holding against Sushant’s . The runout brought a pair of deuces for Sushant and this lucky break got him 1,325,000 in chips to add to his pile of 2,800,000.
However the Indian pro was unable to make the cut for the final table. On Sushant`s final hand at the event, Kaneoya raised to 240,000 and he 3-bet shoved from the cutoff with 1,235,000. Douglas cold-called from the button and Kaneoya folded. Sushant’s were up against Douglas’ . With the board fanning out , Sushant was only able to pick up a pair of jacks and his deep run ended in 11th place for $37,530 (₹25.67 Lakhs).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Erwann Pecheux – 12,200,000
2. Richard Douglas – 6,025,000
3. François Tosques – 5,820,000
4. Renato Kaneoya – 5,180,000
5. Christopher Staats – 4,700,000
6. Richard Cox – 3,775,000
7. Sung Joo Hyun – 3,620,000
8. Lester Edoc – 2,940,000
9. Jon Hoellein – 1,560,000
10. Guoliang Wei – 1,320,000
After Richard Douglas eliminated Richard Cox in 10th place for $37,530, the official nine-handed final table was convened.
Final Table Recap
Lester Edoc was eliminated on the tenth hand of the final table. François Tosques moved all-in from big blind with and Edoc snap-called with his last 1.9 Million holding . The community cards ran and Tosques found a king on the flop, besting Edoc’s hand and busting him in ninth place.
Three hands after the dinner break, Erwann Pecheux open-shoved 3,700,000 from the cutoff and was met with a re-shove from Tosques for 5,120,000 from the button. Pecheux tabled against his fellow countryman Tosques`s . With the rundown missing both players, one Frenchman railed the other in eighth place.
A few hands into level 36, with the blinds at 150,000/300,000 and ante of 50,000, Renato Kaneoya moved all-in from the cutoff with and was called by Christopher Staats on the button with a better . The flop fell and both player found a pair but Staats was in the lead with his higher two pairs. The turn brought Kaneoya a club flush draw, but on the river , Staats hit a full house and Kaneoya was sent packing in seventh place.
On the 102nd hand, Staats raised from the button and Tosques 3-bet to 2.25 Million from the small blind. Jon Hoellein called with his last 640,000 from the big blind and Staats folded. Tosques tabled vs Hoellein`s . Tosques flopped a top pair of queens with , while Hoellein got a club flush draw. However the and , missed Hoellein’s outs and his run ended in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was Richard Douglas. Douglas 3-bet shoved from the button and was immediately called by Tosques from the cutoff. The board dealt , and Douglas’ p3ocket eights lost out to Tosques’ pocket tens.
Five hands later, Sung Joo Hyun joined Douglas to the rail. Tosques raised from under-the-gun and Hyun moved all-in from small blind. Tosques called and the cards were tabled. Hyun held and Tosques had . Tosques hit top pair on the flop and Hyun had the outs for a diamond flush. fell on the turn improving Tosques’ hand and the river sealed Hyun’s fate in fourth place.
Almost an hour later, Christopher Staats shoved all-in from the button and Tosques called from small blind. Staats’ was no match for Tosques’ as he flopped a pair of kings, on the board . Staats moved on to collect the third-place prize money.
The heads-up play between François Tosques (20,650,000) and Guoliang Wei (26,710,000) began with the latter in the chip lead and the batle for the title continued for about 2 hours.
On the 167th hand of the final table, Wei called from the button and received a raise from Tosques in the big blind. Wei called and the flop came . The Frenchman bet and Chinese pro check-raised prompting the former to call. The turn showed , following which Wei bet 8 Million and Tosques moved all-in for 9,250,000. Wei called with and Tosques tabled . Whilst Tosques had three-of-a-kind jacks, Wei held a pair of queens and a spades flush draw. The dealer turned the last board card to show and Wei’s rail erupted in cheers as Wei successfully hit the flush to claim the top prize of $559,332 along with his career-first WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Guoliang Wei – $559,332
2. Fracois Tosques – $345,415
3. Christopher Staats – $254,580
4. Sung Joo Hyun – $189,098
5. Richard Douglas – $141,565
6. Jon Hoellein – $106,822
7. Renato Kaneoya – $81,251
8. Erwann Pecheux – $62,299
9. Lester Edoc – $48,157
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com
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