Event 51 – the $1 500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em competition at the World Series of Poker has ended in victory for German poker pro Carsten Joh, who bested a packed entry field of 2 781 to win the lion's share of the massive $3 796 065 prize pool after three days of tough but exciting poker.
Capping a final day that lasted for 13 hours, Joh faced Andrew Chen in the heads up, defeating his last opponent after an hour of heads up action to claim the bracelet – his first – and the main prize of $664 426.
From the massive entry field, only 30 players remained at the start of Day 3, and these were quickly whittled down to a final table that comprised Jason Helder with a chip lead of 2.9 million, pursued by Steven Levy (2 515 000), Thibaut Durand (1 420 000), Georgios Kapalas (1 280 000), Owen Crowe and Andrew Chen, both on 1 030 000, Carsten Joh (875 000), Nathan Page (735 000) and David Walasinski (700 000)
Despite his massive starting advantage, Helder went out after only two hours of play and in the eighth position after losing over half of his chips to Chen on the bad side of an all-in preflop clash.
Joh, on the other hand, steadily built his stack with patient but skilled play, making his main moves only when the contest was down to three players.
When David Walanski went out in third position, earning $272 405, he gave Joh a small chip advantage going into the heads up against Chen, and he quickly built that into a 5 to 1 lead, taking the game after an hour of action.
Chen had to settle for second place, with a $412 632 payday.
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