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Sean Yu Wins 2019 WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event For His Seventh Gold Ring

Los Angeles Resident Tops Field of 678 To Win $210,585


Sean H. Yu has won the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, defeating a field of 678 total entries to win his seventh WSOPC gold ring and the first-place prize of $210,585. This was the third largest score of Yu’s career, and it brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to over $2.1 million.

The 43-year-old poker pro from Los Angeles entered the final day of this event as the chip leader among the twelve remaining players, having bagged up 4,575,000 at the end of day 2. His nearest competition was Andrew Moreno with 4,040,000. Only one other player had more than 2 million, in Ben Moon (2,015,000). Yu furthered his advantage by scoring the first knockout of the day, cracking Mark Babekov’s pocket kings to send him home in 12th place ($15,840).

Yu remained in the lead when the official final table of nine was set, with Moreno still hot on his heels. Yu picked up pocket kings and called the all-in shove of Zachary Gruneberg, who held ASpade Suit10Club Suit. Gruneberg did spike an ace on the flop, but Yu nailed a king on the flop as well for a set. He held up from there to send Gruneberg packing with $19,700 as the ninth-place finisher.

Moreno earned the next elimination. He called the shove of Ralph Wong with QSpade SuitQClub Suit. Wong was behind with ADiamond Suit9Spade Suit, but took the lead on a 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit6Spade Suit flop. Moreno surged back in front with the QHeart Suit on the turn. The 4Club Suit on the river locked up the pot for Moreno. Wong earned $24,815 as the eighth-place finisher.

Yu eliminated Jordan Meltzer in seventh place ($31,855) to further extend his lead. Scott Vener was the next to fall, getting in his last seven big blinds with 8Spade Suit6Heart Suit against the AClub Suit2Diamond Suit of Ben Moon. An ace on the flop gave moon the strong lead in the hand, which he maintained through the river to bust Vener in sixth place ($40,910).

Andrew MorenoMoreno overtook the lead by winning a big pot to eliminate Aaron Messmer in fifth place. Messmer shoved with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit from under the gun and Sean Yu called the 1,450,000 bet. Moreno also called, holding 10Spade Suit10Club Suit. The flop came down 10Diamond Suit7Heart Suit4Diamond Suit and Moreno bet 1.6 million into the side pot. Yu folded and Messmer got the bad news. The 3Diamond Suit on the turn left him drawing dead. The ASpade Suit was a mere formality, and Messmer was sent to the rail with $53,565 for his deep run.

While Moreno took the lead with that hand, but Yu quickly regained it by scoring the next two knockouts in quick succession. Moon shoved from the button for around 15 big blinds with QClub SuitJDiamond Suit and Yu called from the button with KClub Suit10Spade Suit. Yu flopped a king and held from there to knock Moon out in fourth place ($71,070). Just minutes later Moreno min-raised to 200,000 from the button and Yu called from the small blind. Matteus Lessa moved all-in for 3,150,000 with pocket fours and Moreno folded. Yu made the call with pocket nines, which held up to eliminate Lessa in third place ($95,570).

With that Yu took 128 big blinds into heads-up play against Moreno, who had 75 big blinds.

“Yeah, I had a feeling Moreno was going to be my toughest opponent, so I thought we were going to go heads up,” Yu told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I thought we were going to, honestly, play for a long time. I thought it was going to drag on for like three, four hours, at least.”

Instead, the heads-up match was quickly brought to an end by a cooler flop. With blinds of 60,000-120,000 and a 120,00 big-blind ante, Yu raised to 300,000 from the button with 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit. Moreno called with the 6Heart Suit2Heart Suit. The flop brought the 9Diamond Suit6Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Moreno checked. Yu bet 325,000 and Moreno check-raised to 880,000. Yu called and the turn brought the 3Heart Suit. Moreno bet 2,100,000 and Yu moved all-in. Moreno called to put himself at risk, only to see that he was drawing dead. The KHeart Suiton the river secured the pot and the title for Yu, while Moreno was eliminated in second place. He took home $130,295 for his deep run, bringing his career live tournament earnings to $762,939.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Sean H. Yu $210,585 840
2 Andrew Moreno $130,295 700
3 Mateus Lessa $95,570 560
4 Benjamin Moon $71,070 420
5 Aaron Messmer $53,565 350
6 Scott Vener $40,910 280
7 Jordan Meltzer $31,655 210
8 Ralph Wong $24,815 140
9 Zachary Grunberg $19,700 70

Winner photo provided by WSOP.