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Yue Du Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

48-Year-Old Amateur From China Wins First Gold Bracelet and $800,586

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The 2016 World Series of Poker $5,000 no-limit hold’em event drew 863 entrants, creating a total prize pool totaling $4,056,100. In the end the last player standing was 48-year-old Yue Du. The venture investor from Chongqing City, China was awarded $800,586 and his first WSOP gold bracelet for the win.

Du wasn’t the only player to come away from this event with a fairytale ending, though. Third-place finisher Natasha Barbour won $348,374 for her deep run in this event. Just after she was eliminated by by Du her boyfriend and five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier got down on one knee and proposed marraige to her in front of the gathered crowd of poker fans. She said yes and the newly engaged couple left the final table area to applause from the rail.

With that Du set up a final showdown with Canada’s Michael Gentili, with the former beginning the battle with more than a 4-to-1 chip advantage. Du kept the pressure on Gentili and was able to convert his lead into the title.

In the final hand Gentili shoved all in on the button with the AHeart Suit2Diamond Suit and Du called with the ASpade Suit7Diamond Suit. The board ran out QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit6Spade SuitJClub Suit3Spade Suit and Du’s ace-seven high was good enough to secure the pot and the title.

Gentili was sent to the rail in second place, earning $494,797 for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Yue Du $800,586 1824
2 Michael Gentili $494,797 1520
3 Natasha Barbour $348,374 1216
4 Dominik Nitsche $248,640 912
5 Ismael Bojang $179,923 760
6 Marius Gierse $132,030 608
7 Matt O’Donnell $98,269 456
8 Sertac Turker $74,201 304
9 Arne Coulier $56,851 152

Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.