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Brian Yoon Wins 2017 World Series of Poker Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Event

Poker Pro Defeats Massive Field of 6,716 Entries To Win His Third Bracelet and $1,094,349


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Brian Yoon is a finisher. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native has made three World Series of Poker final tables in his career, and each and every time he has walked away with a bracelet. Yoon’s most recent victory is his largest ever. He topped a massive field of 6,716 entries to win the 2017 WSOP $1,500 no-limit hold’em ‘Monster Stack’ event, loking up his third bracelet and the $1,094,349 first-place prize.

Yoon’s prior two bracelets also came in no-limit hold’em tournaments, with his first title coming in the 2013 Little One For One Drop event and the second in the 2014 $5,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em event.

“This one’s a lot better, because, honestly, you don’t expect to win one and you win one," said Yoon when asked where his most recent bracelet win ranks. "You don’t expect to win a second one and you win a second one. Then the third one… it’s been a few years. Getting this one in 2017 feels really good. It’s my biggest score ever.”

Yoon’s lifetime live tournament earnings now exceed $4.2 million, with titles and 70 cashes accumulated along the way.

The ‘Monster Stack’ was introduced as a concept at the WSOP in 2014 and was instantly a huge success, drawing 7,862 entrants in it’s first year. The tournament’s selling point is that it is essentially the main event in miniature, with 15,000 in starting chips and hour-long levels providing more play than is usually offered at the $1,500 buy-in price point.

Yoon entered the fourth and final day of this event in 13th chip position with 20 players remaining. Although Yoon was the only multiple bracelet winner left with a shot, there were plenty of tough competitors to contend with including Scott Montgomery (18th – $47,353), Scott Baumstein (17th – $47,353), 2011 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event winner Will “The Thrill” Failla (9th – $97,223) and all-time WSOP Circuit gold ring leader Maurice Hawkins (6th – $213,591). Hawkins, a ten-time champion on the WSOP Circuit, earned his third largest payday for his highest ever finish at the series.

Ihar SoikaHawkins was eliminated by Belarus’s Ihar Soika. Shortly after that Yoon scored a double knockout with his ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit outrunning the KClub SuitJSpade Suit of Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev (5th – $281,800) and the AHeart SuitQClub SuitClub Suit of Ryan McKnight (4th – $374,515). That put Soika and Yoon essentially even in chips with 42,000,000 and 41,000,000 respectively while Stanley Lee wat with 17,000,000. Lee hit the rail a few hands later when his pocket sixes failed to win a race against Yoon’s ASpade SuitKClub Suit. Lee earned $501,353 for his deep run and Yoon took a 3-to-2 chip lead into heads-up play.

Heads-up lasted only 26 hands. Soika was able to close the gap, but Yoon regained control of the match and had roughly a 4-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand of the tournament arose. With blinds of 400,000-800,000 and an ante of 100,000 Yoon raised to 2,000,000. Soika moved all in for just under 20 million. Yoon thought over the sitation for a while before electing to call with the KHeart Suit10Heart Suit. He was up against the ASpade Suit8Spade Suit of Soika and looking to be in really rough shape after the flop brought the JSpade Suit5Spade Suit2Heart Suit. The 7Diamond Suit on the turn left Yoon needing a non-spade ten or king on the river in order to finish things off. The 10Diamond Suit on the river did just that, securing the pot for Yoon and sending Soika to the rail with $675,995.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brian Yoon $1,094,349 1320
2 Ihar Soika $675,995 1100
3 Stanley Lee $501,353 880
4 Ryan McKnight $374,515 660
5 Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev $281,800 550
6 Maurice Hawkins $213,591 440
7 Thomas Ryan $163,087 330
8 Richard Ma $125,451 220
9 Will Failla $97,223 110

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5 years ago

so to win just need to suck out multiple times