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Longsheng Tan Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Las Vegas Real Estate Agent and Poker Player Defeats Field of 1,351 Entries To Win His First Bracelet

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A total of 1,351 players turned out for the latest 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit hold’em event, the first bracelet event at the series to kick off after the start of the ongoing main event. The strong turnout built a prize pool of $1,823,850. In the end, the lion’s share of that was awarded to Longsheng Tan. The 34-year-old poker player and real estate agent based out of Las Vegas earned $323,472 and his first gold bracelet for the win.

In addition to the money and the hardware, Tan also took home 960 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his eighth final table finish of the year, mostly in smaller buy-in events. This was his second title of the year, having taken down a $400 event at the Wynn for $9,521. As a result of his impressive consistency, Tan has shot into 51st place in the 2018 POY rankings with 1,936 points and $427,841 in year-to-date earnings.

Tan came into day 3 of this event as the chip leader with 26 players remaining, and when action was halted with six players remaining Tan still held the lead. Tan extended his advantage by busting Adam Laskey in fifth place ($75,497), flopping a set versus Laskey’s top pair.

Jayaram Kovoorchathoth knocked out Trey Brabham in fourth place ($103,212), but still was the shortest stack with three players remaining. Lanny Levine eliminated Kovoorchathoth to enter heads-up play against Tan, beginning at just worse than a 3-to-2 chip disadvantage.

It took only 17 hands for Tan to seal the deal. In the final hand, Tan raised to 200,000 from the button with the blinds at 40,000-80,000 with an ante of 10,000 holding the ADiamond Suit7Heart Suit. Levine made the call holding the 10Spade Suit7Spade Suit. The flop brought the QSpade Suit9Heart Suit7Club Suit and both players checked. The turn was the ASpade Suit, giving Tan two pair and Levine a pair and a flush draw. Levine checked and Tan bet 175,000. Levine called and the 7Diamond Suit hit the river. Levine bet 400,000 and Tan raised to 1,400,000. Levine moved all-in for 2,930,000 and Tan quickly called with his sevens full of aces. Levine’s trip sevens were no good, and he was sent to the rail as the runner-up with $199,862.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Longsheng Tan $323,472 960
2 Lanny Levine $199,862 800
3 Jayaram Kovoorchathoth $142,785 640
4 Trey Brabham $103,212 480
5 Adam Laskey $75,497 400
6 Stephen Bierman $55,892 320
7 John Pannucci $41,884 240
8 Georgios Tavoularis $31,775 160
9 Jason Paradis $24,409 80

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