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Hugo Pingray Wins World Series of Poker Monster Stack Event

Pingray Earns $1,327,083 And First Gold Bracelet


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The big preliminary event at the 2014 World Series of Poker was the Millionaire Maker, which drew 7,977 entries and creating a $10,768,950, but nobody expected the $1,500 Monster Stack event to rival it.

The tournament, which gave players 15,000 in starting chips instead of the standard 4,500, took over the Rio. A total of 7,862 players entered the event, creating a prize pool of $10,613,700. It was the third largest live tournament in poker history and needed a last minute scramble in order to accommodate all of the players.

Clearly, the poker world has sent a message to the WSOP that they would like more starting chips, but only time will tell if more Monster Stack events appear on next summer’s schedule.

The four-day tournament ended up taking five in order to determine a champion. After the long grind, it was Frenchman Hugo Pingray who came out on top, earning his first gold WSOP bracelet and the massive $1,327,083 first-place prize.

The 23-year-old, who is currently taking a break from college in Switzerland, had only won about $45,000 in tournaments prior to this score.

“I’m happy," he said. "I’m exhausted. I really don’t know what to say. This final table was really tough, with a lot of good players. All these guys were really, really good and I had to stay focused. I had to believe in myself every second of the final table.”

Pingray defeated a final table that included notables such as Sean Drake (3rd), who won the Casino Employees event back in 2011, along with Thayer Rasmussen (5th), Zach Gruneberg (8th) and Joshua Hillock (9th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Hugo Pingray $1,327,083 1,320
2 Joseph McKeehen $820,863 1,100
3 Sean Drake $619,521 880
4 Claas Segebrecht $468,594 660
5 Thayer Rasmussen $356,620 550
6 Lynne Beaumont $273,090 440
7 Bobby Byram $210,469 330
8 Zachary Gruneberg $163,238 220
9 Joshua Hillock $127,364 110

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP

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7 years ago

Odd there was no mention of his heads-up opponent, Joe McKeehen who catapulted himself to #7 on POY race after the match-up.