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Yong Keun 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon Denies Phil Hellmuth His 16th World Series of Poker Bracelet

The $400 Online Event Drew 2,825 Total Entries


The first of nine 2019 World Series of Poker online gold bracelet events concluded in the early morning hours of June 3. Yong Keun ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon outlasted a field of 2,825 total entries to win the $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on, earning his first gold bracelet and the $165,263 top prize. Prior to winning this event, Kwon had less than $20,000 in live tournament cashes.

The final table included a number of recognizable names, including Dan ‘MeatJustice’ O’Brien and all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil ‘lumestackin’ Hellmuth. O’Brien finished seventh for $22,375.

Phil Hellmuth at the 2019 WSOPHellmuth came into the final table of this event looking to capture his record-furthering 16th title at the series. He fought his way to the final five players. He got involved in a preflop race, with his pocket threes failing to hold up against the KSpade Suit10Club Suit of Kwon. The board came down QDiamond Suit9Club Suit6Diamond SuitQHeart Suit10Heart Suit to give Kwon queens and tens. Hellmuth earned $39,460 for his deep run in this huge-field event.

With that Kwon took a monster lead into four-handed play, sitting with more than 26 million while his next nearest opponent had less than 7 million. Kwon proceeded to eliminate each and every one of his remaining opponents.

In the final hand, Gabor “MeatisMurder” Szabo shoved all holding 6Spade Suit5Spade Suit on a 7Diamond Suit7Club Suit4Diamond Suit flop. Kwon called with 7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit for flopped trips. The turn was a 9Spade Suit and the river the 4Spade Suit, giving Kwon a full house. With that he locked up the title, while Szabo was sent to the virtual rail in second place ($99,361).

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Yong Keun “LuckySpewy1” Kwon $165,263 480
2 Gabor “MeatisMurder” Szabo $99,361 400
3 Scott “merrick” Eskenazi $73,021 320
4 Frederic “LeakStain” Roetker $53,494 240
5 Phil “lumestackin” Hellmuth $39,460 200
6 Phillip “DjPhiLWiLL” Raetz $29,493 160
7 Dan “MeatJustice” O’Brien $22,374 120
8 Steve “FlatcallSPC” Cicak $17,086 80
9 Samuel “Roopert” Uhlmann $13,199 40

Kwon photo credit: Borgata Poker Blog.

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.



over 3 years ago

"Prior to winning this event, Kwon had less than $20,000 in live tournament cashes."

He still has less than 20K in live tournament cashes, right?