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World Series Of Poker -- Brian Yoon Wins $1,111 Rebuy 'Little One For One Drop'

Captures First Bracelet And $663,727


California poker pro Brian Yoon outlasted one of the largest tournaments of the summer when he took down the “Little One for One Drop” title. Yoon, a 23-year-old poker pro, had just a handful of career World Series of Poker cashes prior to his win on Sunday, July 7th.

“I haven’t really had a breakthrough win or anything like that,” Yoon told the WSOP. "So, this is great to put on my resume, and have people take me a lot more seriously now.”

Yoon grinds cash games in California and sometimes makes trips up to Vancouver, Canada in order to be able to play online poker tournaments.

The final table Yoon beat out was relatively inexperienced, but it did contain veteran grinder Roland Israelashvili, who now has nearly $2 million in career earnings. It was Yoon who busted Israelashvili. The hand started with Yoon raising to 325,000.

Israelashvili reraised all in for 2.2 million. Yoon called, and the two players revealed their hands. Yoon tabled the ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit, while Israelashvili flipped over the KDiamond Suit QSpade Suit.

The board offered no help for K-Q.

Yoon won the hand with an ace-kicker to take a chip lead of more than 14 million into a heads-up final against Cuong Van Nguyen (5 million). The heads-up match lasted 11 hands.

On the final hand of the match, Van Nguyen raised to 450,000 and Yoon moved all in. Van Nguyen called all in and they flipped over their cards.

Yoon held the KClub Suit QClub Suit and was ahead of his opponent’s 10Club Suit 8Heart Suit. The board ran out AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 9Spade Suit KHeart Suit, giving Yoon the title. Van Nguyen was eliminated in second place and took home $408,264 in prize money. Yoon was awarded a gold bracelet and the top prize worth $663,727.

Card Player’s own Allyn Jaffrey Shulman made a deep run, finishing in 46th place.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Brian Yoon $663,727 1320
2 Cuong Van Nguyen $408,264 1100
3 Roland Israelashvili $295,433 880
4 Justin Zaki $218,771 660
5 Nghi Tran $163,340 550
6 Joseph Morneau $122,933 440
7 Kevin O’Donnell $93,269 330
8 Alexander Case $71,311 220
9 Adriano Santa Ana $54,960 110

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Photo Credit: Joe Giron/WSOP