Weeks after first learning that Garden State poker players are eligible to compete for gold bracelets via the WSOP.com poker site, a New Jersey poker player laid claim to the first online poker event of the summer. Playing under the screen name “LuckySpewy1,” Palisades Park, New Jersey poker player Yong Keun Kwon took down the title in Event #7: $400 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em.
The event – hosted by WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey as part of the 2019 World Series of Poker – attracted 2,825 entries. Of that amount, 965 unique players hit the virtual felt, with 860 additional re-buys generating a total prize pool of $1,017,000.
Kwon pocketed the lion’s share of that with his $165,263 score for the first-place finish. Meanwhile, 332 other competitors made the money to earn at least $814.
One of those competitors was none other than Phil Hellmuth. The 15-time gold bracelet winner made headlines by announcing he’d hop into the online poker event in an attempt to extend his all-time lead. Hellmuth played under the screen name “lumestackin,” which he explained was an anagram for his self-styled status as the “luckiest man.”
The handle almost proved to be prescient, as Hellmuth put on a clinic during his deep run to reach the nine-handed final table. Fans can watch the action first hand thanks to Twitch stream highlights.
Hellmuth ultimately bowed out in fifth place, falling at the hands of New Jersey poker player Kwon. One of the hands played likely sparked a classic “Poker Brat” tirade, too.
Per the live updates provided by WSOP.com, Hellmuth got the last of his stack all-in holding pocket 3s against Kwon’s King-Ten offsuit. Kwon’s big chip made the call to coin flip an easy decision, and while he didn’t find a pair, the flop came Q-9-6 to provide a gutshot straight draw. The turn brought another Queen to the board, giving Kwon a slew of outs to win with; he now needed any King, Jack, 10, 9, or 6 to hit on the river.
It was the 10 of hearts which fell on fifth street, dooming the bracelet-chasing Hellmuth to yet another fruitless final table. Meanwhile, Kwon was set up with a massive chip lead.
To see how the entire final table shook out, including player name, place, and prize, see the table below:
|1||Yong Keun “LuckySpewy1” Kwon||$165,263|
|2||Gabor “MeatisMurder” Szabo||$99,361|
|3||Scott “merrick” Eskenazi||$73,021|
|4||Frederic “LeakStain” Roetker||$53,494|
|5||Phil “lumestackin” Hellmuth||$39,460|
|6||Phillip “DjPhiLWiLL” Raetz||$29,493|
|7||Dan “MeatJustice” O’Brien||$22,374|
|8||Steve “FlatcallSPC” Cicak||$17,086|
|9||Samuel “Roopert” Uhlmann||$13,199|
The initial word from WSOP officials ahead of the series was that New Jersey poker players could enter the first two online events.
That part of the schedule fell before June 14, the deadline designated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to begin enforcement of the agency’s latest Wire Act policy. Earlier this year, the DOJ announced that it would resume interpreting the Wire Act of 1961 as a ban on all forms of interstate online gambling.
This revised stance on the Wire Act threatened to cut New Jersey poker players off from the WSOP party, but the DOJ’s arguments were rejected by a federal judge earlier this week.
In light of that ruling by the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, WSOP vice president of corporate communications Seth Palansky confirmed to PokerFuse that all remaining online events would be available in New Jersey:
“[B]arring something unforeseen, we plan on continuing with shared liquidity between Nevada and New Jersey for the remaining 8 WSOP gold bracelet events between now and July 14.”
Check the table below for information on the remaining 2019 WSOP online bracelet event schedule:
|June 9||Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha||$600||15,000|
|June 16||Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold’em||$600||20,000|
|June 19||Turbo No Limit Hold’em Deepstack||$500||40,000|
|June 23||Double Stack No Limit Hold’em||$1,000||30,000|
|June 30||No Limit Hold’em Championship||$1,000||15,000|
|July 3||High Roller No Limit Hold’em||$3,200||25,000|
|July 7||Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em||$800||15,000|
|July 14||Summer Saver No Limit Hold’em||$500||20,000|