Hossein Ensan beat out 8,568 other competitors to win the $10 million first-place prize in the 2019 World Series of Poker’s main event on Wednesday morning.
The 55-year-old German poker player held off Dario Sammartino (second place, taking home $6 million) in eight grueling hours of heads-up action — which spanned 100 hands — during the 10th and final day of competition.
On the final hand, Ensan held a pair of kings and Sammartino pushed his chips all in with nothing more than a flush draw and a straight draw. Ensan’s kings ultimately prevailed.
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Ensan is simply the 3rd individual to win $10 million or extra for a grand prize because the bracelet winner on the WSOP’s primary tournament. Jamie Gold banked $12 million in 2005 and Martin Jacobsen hauled in $10 million in 2014. The sphere dimension was once the second one largest within the tournament’s historical past.
Hossein Ensan, of Germany, poses with the bracelet after profitable the Global Sequence of Poker primary tournament July 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Picture: John Locher, AP)
Ensan could also be the oldest individual to win the WSOP Major Tournament since 61-year-old Noel Furlong in 1999.
Ensan, who completed Days eight and nine because the chip chief, noticed his chip stack develop from $34,500,000 to $177 million by the point he were given to the general desk .
“It’s implausible, I can’t perceive this second,” Ensan stated on ESPN. “After 10 days, I’m excited. I will have to fall asleep and get up, after which possibly I’m going to know I’ve the bracelet.
“This can be a giant prize in my profession. I’m so glad. I thank my enthusiasts at house in Germany, additionally in Iran (the place he was once born). And my friends right here.”
No American reached the general desk.