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Jeremy Wien Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Big Blind Ante Event

Derivatives Trader Defeats Field of 518 Entries To Capture $537,710 and His First Gold Bracelet


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Jeremy Wien outlasted a field of 518 entries to win the 2018 World Series of Poker $5,000 no-limit hold’em big blind ante event, earning his first gold bracelet and $537,710. Wien is a derivatives trader from Mt. Kisco, New York

“It’s pretty surreal,” Wien told WSOP reporters. “It’s not what I do for a living, but I come out here for a few tournaments every summer, sometimes as many as 15 or so. You know, I got close to a final table once a few years ago, I’ve had a few cashes, but other than that, nothing crazy. I never actually expected it to happen, even though I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve given my bracelet ceremony speech a few times in my head.”

In addition to the money and the bracelet, Wien was also awarded 1,680 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but the high buy-in and large field in this event were enough to propel him into 54th place in the Player of the Year rankings, which are presented in 2018 by Global Poker.

David LakaWien came into the final day in second chip position behind leader Shawn Buchanan, but ultimately it was David Laka who lead for much of the day. Laka knocked out 2016 Card Player Player of the Year award winner David Peters in seventh place ($60,618) and then followed that up by eliminating Buchanan in sixth place ($82,199) to take the outright lead.

Laka continued his spree by sending high-stakes tournament regular Jake Schindler to the rail in fourth place ($159,575), outrunning pocket kings with AHeart SuitKHeart Suit by spiking an ace on the river. With that, the 21-year-old Spanish player took a sizable lead into three-handed play. Eric Blair was the next to run into the Laka buzzsaw, shoving with 9Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and getting called by the JClub Suit10Spade Suit. Laka flopped a pair of jacks and held from there, sending Blair home with $228,307.

Laka took more than a 4-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play. Wien was able to fight his way back into the match, eventually taking the lead when his ADiamond Suit9Spade Suit was able to win an all-in against Laka’s 10Diamond Suit10c. The final two players ended up battling it out for over three hours, and by the time the final hand arose stacks were still fairly even. In the end the match came down to a cooler, with Laka getting all-in on a flop of JHeart Suit8Club Suit2Heart Suit with the QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit and finding himself up against the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit. The turn brought the 3Club Suit and the river the 6Heart Suit to lock up the pot and the title for Wien. Laka earned $332,328 for his second-place showing.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jeremy Wien $537,710 1680
2 David Laka $332,328 1400
3 Eric Blair $228,307 1120
4 Jake Schindler $159,575 840
5 John Amato $113,510 700
6 Shawn Buchanan $82,199 560
7 David Peters $60,618 420
8 Richard Tuhrim $45,538 280
9 Patrick Truong $34,862 140

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