China’s Guoliang Wei has taken down the 2018 World Series of Poker’s Event #68, The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em to earn his maiden bracelet and $559,332. This win was his second WSOP cash as he finished in the money in a No Limit Hold’em event in 2016.
Wei, who came to Vegas along with his wife to play the WSOP Main Event and this one, won the title in an exciting fashion getting a straight flush on the river to beat France’s Francois Tosques in heads-up. Holding a straight flush draw on the flop against Tosques’ set of jacks, Wei got a king of spade on the river to hit a straight flush forcing Tosques to settle for the runner-up prize $345,415.
A professional poker player, Wei, who plays live poker mostly in his own country China, have made a few small cashes in the US before this win as well. However, this triumph was his career’s biggest score and second six-figure score. This win takes his total live earnings to $1,221,674.
“It means a lot to me,” Wei said about the winning his first bracelet. “Poker is booming in China right now. A lot of people watch this game regularly, but only a few of us can be here and compete. We consider poker an epic game, like the World Cup.”
“It’s our dream to come and win a bracelet in Vegas; that’s the only goal.”
The Little One for One Drop was an important tournament from India’s perspective as two of our Indian players Aditya Sushant and Sanjay Taneja cashed out in it. The veteran Taneja exited in the 29th place earning an impressive $15,042 (INR 10,31,805) for his efforts. He started Day 3 with an average stack, but he did remarkably well to finish so deep in the event. He actually met a kind of brutal end as his AK couldn’t hold up against K10 of Sung Joo Hyun, who won the pot with two pairs.
Even after Taneja going out, the bracelet hopes for India were still alive as Sushant was there in the mix. He was among the top 10 stacks when there were 14 players left in the tournament. Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep the momentum going and eventually finished in 11th place for an impressive $37,530 (25.66 Lac). His Kh Js could not hold up against Douglas’ pocket Queens. Sushant did hit a Jack on the flop, but could not improve beyond and ended his run in the 11th place.
Sushant began this year’s WSOP in fashion by finishing 9th in the WSOP Online tournament (Event #61) for over a $20k followed a smaller cash in a $1,500 NLHE (Event #66). For Sushant, it was the third cash at this year’s WSOP and it took his total live tournaments earnings to $530,775.
Final Table Payouts:
|4||Sung Joo Hyun||$189,098|