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Joe Foresman Wins $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Bracelet

Local Graphic Designer From Las Vegas Wins $397,903 And A Seat Into The $10,000 WSOP Main Event


After taking the tournament to an unscheduled fourth day of play, Joe Foresman scored his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet in the $600 no-limit hold’em deepstack event.

The 49-year-old graphic designer needed the extra day to finish off the win thanks to the massive 6,140-entry field. He got the job done Friday evening, defeating Will Givens heads-up in his first WSOP cash.

Foresman netted $397,903 and a $10,000 WSOP main event seat that was added to the prizepool. Givens fell just shy of his second career bracelet and earned $245,606. Givens was easily the most experienced player at the final table and Foresman felt the pressure while playing heads-up.

“Honest to God, after playing three hands with Will, I was terrified to play him heads-up,” Foresman told WSOP reporters at the conclusion of the tournament. “I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third. This is unreal.”

Runner-Up Will GivensForeman also picked up 660 Card Player Player of the Year points. With the victory and his first career cash, Foresman sits in 517th place in the 2019 POY race, sponsored by Global Poker.

Linda Huard, Jean Alexandre, David Goodman, and Mrityunjay Jha made the final table yesterday, but busted before they bagged up chips for the night. The final five players returned Friday afternoon to play to a winner with Foresman pacing the field and Givens in second.

On just the fifth hand of the day, Gleb Kovtunov busted in fifth at the hands of Jeff Hakim. Hakim took those chips and lost them to Givens at the end of the level, which eliminated Hakim in fourth and gave Givens a sizable chip lead over Foresman and Steffen Logen.

Foresmen doubled through Givens with a superior two-pair, which moved him into the chip lead for good. Logen busted in third to Givens, but Foresman still held a nearly 3:1 chip lead at the start of heads-up play.

Foresman gradually extended that to a 10:1 chip lead before they got Given’s last 10 big blinds into the middle. Givens held pocket 10s and was in great shape against Foresman’s pocket fours. A four came on the flop, however, which sent the pot and the tournament to Foresman.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Joe Foresman $397,903 660
2 William Givens $245,606 550
3 Steffen Logen $181,953 440
4 Jeff Hakim $135,783 330
5 Hlib Kovtunov $102,077 275
6 Mrityunjay Jha $77,308 220
7 David Goodman $58,988 165
8 Jean-Francois Alexandre $45,348 110
9 Linda Huard $35,128 55

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.