WSOP 2019: McCue-Unciano, Dzivielevski win maiden titles

Posted On 28 Jun, 2019 0

Event #50: Monster Stack - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

As the name suggests, you would have to start building yourself a monster stack and actually keep it till the end to be the champion here. 5 days after action began, Hawaii's Kainalu McCue-Unciano emerged victor in Event #50 and became the only millionaire that this tournament promised.

He had to grind for hours and hours and beat a total field of 6,035 entries and when he looks back at it, he will be extremely delighted, especially since the player bagged $1,008,850 in prize money. Prior to this, his best live cash was only around $75,000 and his career earnings around $500k.

"It feels great! This is the biggest final table I've ever been at, and I just tried to not think about how much money I was playing for," said Unciano after the victory. Quite a few Indian players also cashed over the course of the Monster Stack Event with Siddharth Mundada making the deepest run, finishing 76th on Day 3 of the tournament.

Final Table Results:

  1. Kainalu McCue-Unciano - $1,008,850
  2. Vincent Chauve - $623,211
  3. Gregory Katayama - $461,369
  4. Bart Hanson - $344,079
  5. Benjamin Ector - $258,516
  6. Igor Yaroshevskyy - $195,687
  7. Bryan Kim - $149,247
  8. Andre Haneberg - $114,694
  9. Javier Zarco - $88,817

Event #51: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

This tournament went on as long as the name of the event, lasting 30+ levels over 3 days, but at the end of it, there was one happy Brazilian poker player. Yuri Dzivielevski is more-or-less an online poker legend also being the number one online grinder in the world at one stage, playing under the name, 'theNERDguy'.

He has had LAPT and PCA titles to his name in live poker but if there was one thing missing, it was a WSOP bracelet. He left no stone unturned to ensure he got that too in WSOP 2019, beating a field of 401 runners to win Event #51 and take home a shiny new bracelet and $213,750 in prize money, beating Michael Thompson in heads-up.

Final Table Results:

  1. Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750
  2. Michael Thompson - $132,113
  3. Denis Strebkov - $89,744
  4. Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176
  5. Dan Zack - $43,950
  6. Philip Long - $31,710
  7. Alex Livingston - $23,362
  8. Daniel Ratigan - $17,584

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Event Dates Buy In
AJPC Asian Circuit - Festival 2019 6 Dec - 15 Dec TBD
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The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) 3 Feb - 10 Feb TBD