Event #89: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em of the 2019 WSOP is in the books. The final event of the WSOP series drew 608 entries, generating a prize pool of $2,877,200. The event’s structure was fast-paced and it took only two days for the field to be narrowed down to the final champion – Carl Shaw, who defeated the WPT commentator and former WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst in heads-up.
The 27-year-old British pro earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $606,562 in top prize. He entered this event after being eliminated from the 2019 WSOP Main Event in 101st place.
Shaw entered the final day of this event as 9th in chips with 44 players remaining. By the time the unofficial final table of ten was reached after the elimination of Anatoly Filatov in 11th place for $31,448 , he was the chip leader. Plenty of big names were there at the final table, including WPT commentator and bracelet winner Tony Dunst and all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth.
Shaw scored his first elimination by busting Kevin Eyster in 9th place for $40,374. Eyster had shoved all-in with pocket sixes, which could not hold up against AK of Shaw. The next to fall was Caufman Talley in 8th place for $52,760 and he was eliminated by Hellmuth who was chasing his 16th bracelet.
A few hands later, Shaw scored another elimination and this time he sent Rami Mornel (7th for $70,156) to the rail. Soon after this, Dunst went on to eliminate Hellmuth in 6th place. The latter shoved with 5c 3c against Ad 10s of Dunst. The board ran 10d 4h 2s As Ah. Hellmuth got a straight but it was no good against rivered full house of Dunst. Hellmuth earned $94,899 for his deep run.
Shaw then bested the pocket kings of Lars Kamphues with As 10s to bust the German player in 5th place ($130,544) and take the sizeable lead into 4-handed play. Later, Dunst closed the gap by knocking out WPT main event winner Jordan Cristos in 4th place ($182,575). A few hands later, Luke Graham shoved all-in with A-6 against A-8 of Shaw. Neither player improved, and Shaw’s eight kicker won him the post. Graham took home $259,533 for his 3rd place finish in the tournament.
Shaw started heads-up with a solid lead over Dunst who was able to make a comeback. While Dunst took the lead briefly, Shaw quickly regained control. He had a 3-1 lead by the time the final hand arrived. Shaw moved all-in with Qs 7s. Dunst called with Ah 9s .The flop came down As Jc 3h to give Dunst top pair. However, the turn Ks and the river 10s gave Shaw a flush and he won his first bracelet. Dunst had to settle for $374,886, which was the third largest score of his poker career.
From Team India, the only player to cash out in the event was Yasheel Doddanavar, and he finished 54th for $10,382 ( INR 7.14 Lac). It was his fourth score at the WSOP 2019 series.
Final Table Payouts (USD):
- Carl Shaw – $606,562
- Tony Dunst – $374,886
- Luke Graham – $259,533
- Jordan Cristos – $182,575
- Lars Kamphues – $130,544
- Phil Hellmuth – $97,899
- Rami Mornel – $70,156
- Caufman Talley – $52,760
- Kevin Eyster – $40,374