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Danny Tang Wins 2019 World Series of Poker 'Final Fifty' $50,000 High Roller

Hong Kong Poker Pro Tops 123-Entry Field To Win $1.6 Million and His First Bracelet


Danny Tang has won the 2019 World Series of Poker ‘Final Fifty’ event. The poker pro from Hong Kong outlasted a field of 123 entries in the $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event to secure his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $1,608,406.

“It means absolutely everything. Being one of the ambassadors for Hong Kong and Asia, and to just win the first bracelet in Las Vegas in a No-Limit Hold’em event. It’s just unreal,” said Tang after coming out on top. “Words can’t describe it.”

This was Tang’s second seven-figure score of the past few months. He finished runner-up to Bryn Kenney in the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro $1,000,000 HKD ($127,465 USD) buy-in event in early May for more than $1.8 million USD.

The 26-year-old now has $3,441,406 in year-to-date earnings. He was awarded 1,122 Card Player Player of the Year points as the winner of this event at the series. With 1,822 total points, he now sits in 58th place in the 2019 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Brandon Adams began the day in the leadDay 3 began with recent online bracelet winner Brandon Adams leading a stacked final table of seven players. Tang was squarely in the middle of the pack when play resumed.

Adams scored the first knockout of the day when he called the shove of short-stacked Ali Imsirovic with Q-5 from the big blind. Imsirovic was ahead with A-8, but Adams paired his five on the flop and held from there to send Imsirovic to the rail in seventh place ($212,292).

Keith Tilston the next to go. He ran 10Heart Suit8Heart Suit into the KSpade SuitKHeart Suit of three-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos. The Spanish poker pro hit a set on the turn, which eas enough to knock out Tilston in sixth place ($275,874).

Mateos followed Tilston out the door. He got his last nine or so big blinds in with JClub Suit8Club Suit from the small blind. Brandon Adams called with QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit from the big blind and flopped a queen to leave Mateos in rough shape. Mateos picked up some hope by turning a pair of eights, but the blank river meant that he was eliminated in fifth place ($367,186)).

Tang managed to battle his way into the chip lead during four-handed play. Adams was still the second-largest stack when the two leaders tangled in a crucial pot. Tang moved all-in from the button with AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit and Adams called for his last 11,000,000 with AClub SuitJClub Suit. The board came down 7Club Suit6Spade Suit4Heart Suit9Diamond Suit6Heart Suit and Tang’s ace-queen high played. With that Adams was sent home in fourth place, earning $500,282 for his deep fun.

With that Tang took a monster lead into three-handed action. Two-time bracelet winner Michael Addamo was knocked out just a few minutes later, getting in his last blind and a half with K-5. Tang called with K-9 and held to bust Addamo in third place ($697,375).

Runner-up Sam SoverelTang took roughly a 6-to-1 lead into heads-up play against bracelet winner Sam Soverel. Soverel was able to fight his way back into the match somewhat, but Tang was still in control when the final cards of the tournament were dealt.

Soverel moved all-in from the button for 11,200,000 with AClub Suit3Heart Suit. Tang called holding AHeart SuitJHeart Suit. The flop brought the 10Spade Suit10Club Suit5Diamond Suit to keep Tang in the lead. The turn was the 3Club Suit, giving Soverel tens and threes for the lead. The ADiamond Suit om the river once again moved Tang into the lead, with aces and tens and a jack kicker. Soverel was sent to the rail in second place, securing $994,072 for the second-largest cash of his career.

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

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Danny Tang $1,608,406 1,122
2 Sam Soverel $994,072 935
3 Michael Addamo $697,375 748
4 Brandon Adams $500,282 561
5 Adrian Mateos $367,186 468
6 Keith Tilston $275,874 374
7 Ali Imsirovic $212,292 281
8 Seth Davies $167,420 187

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.