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Online Poker Legend Isaac Baron Scores First World Series Of Poker Bracelet

California Poker Pro Wins $407,739 First-Place Prize In $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Event


For years before Black Friday, Isaac ‘westmenloAA’ Baron was one of the top American online poker professionals. In fact, in 2007, he was named Card Player Magazine’s inaugural Online Player of the Year.

The California-native has also put together a solid live tournament career in the years since, with major scores at final tables such as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the EPT Grand Final, and the Bay 101 Shooting Star. He even scored wins at the Caesars Palace Classic, and the Wynn Classic, but WSOP gold managed to elude him… until Friday afternoon, that is.

The 31-year-old Baron topped a field of 1,832 players in the $1,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event, taking home $407,739 of the $2,473,200 prize pool. It was his largest WSOP cash since his fourth-place finish in the 2014 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship in for $301,369. Baron now has more than $6.1 million in live tournament earnings.

The tournament went so late on day 3 that it had to be extended to a fourth day to get it finished, but Baron needed just four hands on Friday to seal the deal.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Baron told WSOP reporters. “It’s been a long time coming to get this first bracelet. I’ve wanted it for a while. I’m just glad it was pretty easy today.”

The two players were nearly even in chips with at least 55 big blinds each when the final hand went down. Baron raised with pocket aces and decided to just call a three-bet preflop. He then called a continuation bet on the flop of QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 4Club Suit, and snap called his heads-up opponent’s all-in on the 6Spade Suit turn.

Ong Dingxiang held KClub Suit QHeart Suit for top pair, but it wasn’t enough as the dealer finished off the board with the 3Club Suit. The Singapore-native picked up $251,937 for his runner-up finish.

Other notables who made a deep run in the event included Chris Johnson (56th), Adrian Mateos (51st), Tyler Cornell (47th), Dmitry Yurasov (46th), Jeremy Menard (43rd), James Romero (36th), Roman Valerstein (30th), Marton Czuczor (24th), and Erkut Yilmaz (22nd).

In addition to the cash, Baron also earned 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points for his win. The POY is sponsored by Global Poker.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Isaac Baron $407,739 1,080
2 Ong Dingxiang $251,937 900
3 Stephen Graner $177,085 720
4 James Hughes $126,011 540
5 Richard Hasnip $90,791 450
6 Cameron Marshall $66,243 360

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.