As the WSOP has grown over the years, the events have become more diverse. WSOP Event 29 is an example of this as it features a $2,500 10-Game 6-max Mixed tournament. Being a well rounded poker player was highly recommended to play this event as the following events were included: No Limit Hold’em, Seven-Card Razz, Limit Hold’em, Badugi, Seven-Card Stud, No Limit Deuce to Seven Single Draw Lowball, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Pot-Limit Omaha, Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball, and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better.
With so many types of poker and 6-max to boot, this event had the potential to become quite complicated. 431 players showed up still showed up, though, creating a prize pool of $980,525. The victor would therefore take down $254,955 in addition to the bracelet.
Nineteen players made it all the way to Day 3 and faced a long day ahead of them. It turned out to be quite the grind as it took over ten hours to go from nineteen to six players!
When the final table formed, Shaun Deeb was the chip leader. Deeb is well known in the online poker world for his ability to play tons of tables at a high level for hours on end. Coming into the final table with over two times the chips of his closest competitor, he was in a prime spot to make a run at his first bracelet.
Another notable player, John D’Agostino, was the first casualty of the 6-max final table. D’Agostino is a long time poker pro who has racked up over 1.7 million in live tournament winnings. He came into the final table on the short stack and busted in the Pot-Limit Omaha portion of the game. He received $32,200 for his finish.
Kendall Fukomoto followed suit not long after, busting in Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. He won $45,839 as his 5th place consolation prize.
It was at this point that the wheels began to fall off for Deeb. He managed to get it all-in with AJ against Travis Pearson’s A5, which meant that he was in a dominating situation. The board, however, produced a five, and the lost pot took a large chunk out of Deeb’s stack.
Deeb’s downward spiral continued and he kept leaking chips to the other three remaining players. Pearson finally finished him off, and Deeb left the table in 4th place for $67,146. The remaining three players were able to grab a good night’s rest with the knowledge that they were guaranteed a six-figure payday.
Day 4 started with Chris “Genius28” Lee holding the chip lead. Lee is known for being a long time online high stakes cash gamer. When play continued, he increased his stack within a matter of hands. He got it all-in preflop during Hold’em with AQ versus Pearson’s TT, and he spiked an A on the flop. Pearson couldn’t catch up and was eliminated in 3rd place for $101,258.
Lee started heads-up play with an over 2 to 1 chip lead, but he knew that he still had a tough competitor to go through. Brian Haveson is not a household name, but he is well respected by his peers as his lifetime cashes are over $1 million.
Despite his extensive experience, Haveson could not overcome Lee’s significant chip advantage. Never really getting within striking distance, Haveson finally relinquished the last of his chips during Deuce to Seven Triple Draw.
Congratulations to Lee for winning a handsome $254,955, as well as his first bracelet! Congratulations to everyone else who cashed Event 29, as well.
Final table cashes:
1 – Chris Lee – $254,955
2 – Brian Haveson – $157,491
3 – Travis Pearson – $101,258
4 – Shaun Deeb – $67,146
5 – Kendall Fukumoto – $45,839
6 – John D’Agostino – $32,200