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Ian Johns Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

31-Year-Old Poker Pro Wins Third Bracelet and $290,635


Ian Johns has won the 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 limit hold’em championship, capturing his second bracelet of the year and the $290,635 first-place prize. John had won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event just ten days earlier at the Rio. The 31-year-old poker pro hailing from Seattle, WA now has three total WSOP title to his name in addition to over $1 million in earnings at the series.

“I’m ecstatic," Johns told reporters after winning his third bracelet. "It’s so far out there, I don’t even play in that many tournaments. I never dreamed of it. I never even thought about it.”

Johns came into the final day in second chip position among the remaining ten players. As you would expect from a championship event such as this, Johns was joined at the final table by five other bracelet winning players in Phillip Tom (9th – $20,042), two-time WSOP champs Brian Rast (8th – $29,855) and Bill Chen (6th – $49,304), three-time winner Brock Parker (7th – $37,888) and last but not least five-time bracelet winner David Chiu (4th – $89,810).

In the end it came down to a heads-up battle between Johns and Sean Berrios, with the two entering the final showdown with 16 and 18 big bets, respectively. Johns was able to jump out to a quick lead and ran with it. My the time the final hand arose Berrios was down to 905,000 or just four full big bets.

Sean BerriosWith betting limits of 100,000 – 200,000 Johns raised from the button and Berrios three-bet from the big blind. Johns called and Berrios bet in the dark as the dealer fanned out the 8Spade Suit4Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit. Johns made it two bets and Berrios called. Berrios bet in the dark again as the dealer dealt the JHeart Suit. Johns raised, putting Berrios at risk if he were to call his last 55,000.

Johns was well ahead with the KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit for a pair of eights and a flush draw while Berrios could only produce the ASpade Suit10Heart Suit. The 2Spade Suit on the river improved neither player, securing the pot for Johns while sending Berrios to the rail as the runner up with $179,625.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ian Johns $290,635 600
2 Sean Berrios $179,625 500
3 Alexander Balynskiy $125,571 400
4 David Chiu $89,810 300
5 Jeff Thompson $65,752 250
6 Bill Chen $49,304 200
7 Brock Parker $37,888 150
8 Brian Rast $29,855 100
9 Anh Van Nguyen $24,140 50

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