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World Series Of Poker: Man Goes Into Huge Celebration Prematurely, Loses On River Card

Sang Liu Thought The Tournament Was Over


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The $565 buy-in World Series of Poker Colossus no-limit hold’em wrapped up early Friday morning after some fireworks near the end of heads-up play.

Poker players Roberly Felicio and Sang Liu were battling it out for the $1 million top prize. The runner-up would receive $500,000, an unusually large pay gap between first and second place. Both men waded through a field of 13,070 entries to make it to heads-up play.

With about 65 million chips in play, they ended up playing a massive 61 million chip pot after they both flopped top pair. On the turn, Liu was just one card away from the win, holding JClub Suit10Spade Suit on a board of JSpade Suit7Diamond Suit3Club SuitKClub Suit against Felicio’s JDiamond Suit8Heart Suit. Liu had started celebrating, dancing around the table and waving his jacket around in the air, after all the money went in on the flop and he saw he was in the lead. The king on the turn put him one step closer to a seven-figure score.

Liu and Felicio only had about $6,000 in previous WSOP winnings combined prior to the Colossus, so the prize money on the line was especially massive for both competitors.

Unfortunately for Liu, the river was the 8Diamond Suit, giving Felicio two pair and a commanding chip lead in the tournament. Liu ended up busting 16 hands later, according to the WSOP’s live updates.

Here’s a look at the crazy hand.