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WSOP 2022: Former Professional StarCraft Player From South Korea Jinho Hong Wins Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty ($276,067)

Jinho Hong wins WSOP 2022 Event 76
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  • Namita Ghosh July 13, 2022
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Three weeks ago, South Korea’s Jinho Hong (cover image) took down The Wynn Summer Classic $3,5000 NLHE Championship for a career-best $696,011. The former professional StarCraft player, known as “YellOw” in the StarCraft realm, finally broke into the bracelet club on July 12. Part of the 865-player field in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty, Hong took down the event for $276,067.

Hong returned on Day 2 chip leading the 139 survivors, a position he did not relinquish till the seven remaining finalists bagged up to take the play over to an impromptu Day 3. It took him under three hours on Tuesday to finish the job, and he defeated Punnat Punsri heads-up to clinch victory.

In his winner interview after the event, Hong said, “For now I’m so happy, my head is empty, very nervous, but I am just so grateful that I’ve won a bracelet. The win at the Wynn Summer Classic was bigger cash, but for me, the bracelet is a lot more meaningful to me, and hopefully, in the future, a lot more Koreans will keep on trying to get the bracelet, and hopefully, our country grows.”

Talking about his equation with another former StarCraft pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Hong said they sometimes discuss hands and strategy: “The foreign scene is a lot better than the Asian scene, especially the Korean one. Korean players are still slightly left behind due to the language barrier and the skill level, but it’s good that I finally achieved something for Koreans.”

One big draw of the event was the bounties on eliminating any Poker Hall of Famer in the field. Each bounty was worth the year they were inducted into the PHoF. Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Jack McClelland, Berry Johnston, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth all gave up their bounties on Day 1.

Only two Poker Hall of Famers, Barbara Enright (83rd for $3,903) and Barry Greenstein (36th for $6,404), made it as far as Day 2, but both were eliminated relatively early in action.

Anthony Zinno (89th for $3,903), Anatolii Zyrin (33th for $6,404), Adam Hendrix (18th for $8,863), Yueqi Zhu (14th for $10,700), Georgios Sotiropoulos (13th for $13,139), and start-of-day chip leader Shaun Deeb (12th for $13,139) were the other notable players finishing in the money on Day 2.

It took over 10 hours for the unofficial ten-handed final table to kick into motion.

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Jinho Hong – 6,700,000
  2. Yuri Dzivielevski – 3,600,000
  3. Pavel Spirins – 2,900,000
  4. Punnat Punsri – 2,700,000
  5. George Rotariu – 2,300,000
  6. Jakob Miegel – 1,990,000
  7. Daniel Weinman – 1,500,000
  8. Bas De Laat – 1,150,000
  9. Dov Markowich – 1,150,000
  10. Darrell Blodgett – 700,000

 

Thirty minutes into play, Yuri Dzivielevski eliminated Darrell Blodgett (10th for $16,403), setting the official nine-handed final table into motion.

 

Final Table Recap

It took 15 minutes of nine-handed play for Dov Markowich to lose his chips in a cooler. His pocket eights failed to challenge Punnat Punsri’s pocket queens.

Play slowed down, and around ninety minutes later, Jakob Miegel dispatched Bas De Laat in eighth place after his king-queen spiked a queen on the board, dominating De Laat’s pocket eights.

The slow pace of play forced the tournament staff to add an unscheduled Day 3 to the event. Hong held a comfortable lead heading into the final day’s play.

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Jinho Hong – 7,785,000
  2. Punnat Punsri – 6,280,000
  3. Daniel Weinman – 2,975,000
  4. Jakob Miegel – 2,825,000
  5. Yuri Dzivielevski – 2,700,000
  6. George Rotariu – 1,905,000
  7. Pavel Spirins – 1,430,000

 

Final Day Recap

On the second hand of the day, Hong knocked out two players together. The hand in question saw Yuri Dzivielevski moving all-in from the middle position with , and George Rotariu called from the hijack with . Hong, who held , tanked before calling from the cutoff. The board ran out , and even though Rotariu and Hong flopped two-pair, Hong still had the superior hand with the queen-kicker and eliminated Rotariu in seventh place and Dzivielevski sixth.

Another 15 minutes later, Pavel Spirins shoved for 1.56 Million on the button, and Daniel Weinman three-bet jammed from the small blind. Spirins showed ace-nine to Weinman’s king-queen. Weinman clipped a pair of kings on the flop, but Spirins hit a straight on the river. Unfortunately for Spirins, Weinman improved to a rivered flush.

Daniel Weinman couldn’t hold onto those chips for long as he hit the rail next in fourth place. The action saw Punnat Punsri shoving with queen-jack from the small blind, and Weinman, who held the shorter stack, called off with ace-nine. Punsri turned a pair of jacks to take down the pot.

Within ten minutes, Jakob Miegel shoved with pocket tens but found his hand dominated by Punnat Punsri’s kings that further improved to a full house of kings and fours. Miegel was eliminated in third place, setting up the heads-up match between Punsri and Hong.

Punnat Punsri held the lead with 14.760 Million vs. Jinho Hong’s 11.190 Million coming into the heads-up play. Hong quickly doubled up with his ace-queen, holding through against Punsri’s king-queen. Left short, Punsri won some of the lost chip back by doubling up, but it was not enough.

The heads-up wrapped up quickly as Punsri shoved from the button for 1.635 Million, and Hong snap-called.

Punnat Punsri

Jinho Hong

The dealer rolled out the on the board, and Hong hit the backdoor flush, cracking Punsri’s pocket aces to win his first WSOP gold bracelet!

Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Jinho Hong – $276,067
  2. Punnat Punsri – $170,615
  3. Jakob Miegel – $120,756
  4. Daniel Weinman – $86,730
  5. Pavel Spirins – $63,225
  6. Yuri Dzivielevski – $46,791
  7. George Rotariu – $35,164
  8. Bas de Laat – $26,841
  9. Dov Markowich – $20,814

 

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