Phil Hui's Dream Comes True as He Conquers $50K Poker Players Championship for $1,099,311
He was grinding $150 tournaments in August. Ten months later, he's conquered the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at 2019 World Series of Poker.
Phil Hui has reached the pinnacle of the mixed-game tournament poker, topping what is widely considered the toughest tournament in the world. Hui walked away with a whopping $1,099,311 top-prize and his name will be forever engraved on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
"It has been my dream. I'd rather win this over the Main Event," Hui said minutes after the final hand.
"It has been my dream. I'd rather win this over the Main Event."
It was only the second time that Hui had a chance to compete in the stellar contest, heavily loaded with the best players on the planet. The 74-strong field had to bow to a down-to-earth man.
"When it was finally over, it just hit me. I still don't know if it's real or not," Hui said.
If anything characterizes Hui as a player, it's his humble approach to the game. He showed tremendous respect for the competition he faced. He knows he might not be the best in the world just yet. But there is one thing that makes Hui a true champion: his appearance both on and off the table. Hui is all about hard work and modesty.
"This is the one tournament that I wanted to play. Just to be lucky to play it... and to win it... it's incredible."
Final Table Results
|1||Phil Hui||United States||$1,099,311|
|2||Josh Arieh||United States||$679,246|
|3||John Esposito||United States||$466,407|
|4||Bryce Yockey||United States||$325,989|
|5||Shaun Deeb||United States||$232,058|
|6||Dan Cates||United States||$168,305|
Hui personifies the prestige of PPC in the poker world. He had won a bracelet before. He had been to many final tables. He had played for large sums of money. Still, this tournament is really something special.
The champion admitted that it was hard for him to get any sleep ahead of each day. While Hui was enjoying himself and the opportunity he had, he couldn't escape the pressure. It was a mix of excitement and anxiousness as adrenaline pumped through his body.
Fortunately for him, that was all sidelined when he returned to the grind.
"When I get on the table, I'm comfortable."
It could be hardly anticipated that Hui would play the main character in the narrative. The first four days of PPC were all about Phil Ivey and Josh Arieh. One of the most adored and feared players in the world, Ivey had been crushing until he hit the wall before the final table.
Arieh led the tournament at multiple checkpoints and he was cruising through the final day. It seemed he would be the one reaching the eternal glory.
Meanwhile, Hui flew under the radar. But he made it to the heads up against Arieh, a match that would last hours with the chip lead changing countless times.
"I thought I had such a big edge playing in the limit games that I was taking really low-variance lines playing the big bet games."
"I thought I had such a big edge playing in the limit games that I was taking really low-variance lines playing the big bet games," Hui revealed his gameplan for the final day. "I was just trying to take my time and not get complacent and not get ahead of myself in all the other games," he added.
It seemed that he was well-equipped to outplay Arieh in the stud games. Hui admitted that his success had a lot to do with a hot deck.
To win such a tournament with a slow structure, deep stacks, and a complex mix of games can never be accomplished just by a stroke of fortune. There is no place for unprepared players in the PPC.
Hui was shell-shocked in the moments after his victory, a feat hard to comprehend in the flow of adrenaline. But he knew one thing: the hard work he'd been putting in through the year had paid off. Hui had a summer to forget last year, but that experience helped him to become a better player. He started to focus on improving in every game.
Hui gave huge credit to his girlfriend, Loni Harwood, who helped him to sharpen his no-limit hold'em skills. Hui was grinding low-stakes tournaments only a few months ago, testing new strategies and preparing for a big summer. In the meantime, he studied the mixed games by watching streams and replays of tournaments and cash games with the best players; those he'd eventually defeat in the PPC.
"Everything taught me a lot," Hui said.
Now with a great run during the 2019 WSOP, including a $1 million cherry on top, Hui has his eyes on nothing but the Player of the Year honors.
"I want to win the POY this year. That was my main goal going into this year. POY is the first on my list," he revealed.
"I want to win the POY this year. That was my main goal going into this year."
Hui has already accomplished a remarkable feat, a privilege to only a few players in the world, but he remains the same person; humble, focused, eager to become better and better.
Seeing one's own name on the Chip Reese Trophy must bring a warm feeling, but don't expect any conceited words from Hui.
"My name doesn't belong there yet. I'm happy it's there, but I need to do a lot more to be in that group with those guys. They're unbelievable."
Maybe, if he wins the desired POY, he will reconsider his self-evaluation, but it seems more likely that Hui will always treat the game and opponents in the same way he always has — with respect and humility. It doesn't matter if he's sitting in a $150 tournament in Florida or defending the Poker Players Championship title.
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In this Series
- 1 Aria Dealer Nicholas Haynes Wins WSOP $500 Casino Employees Event
- 2 Brian Green Cracks Kings, Beats Imsirovic, Wins First WSOP Bracelet
- 3 Derek McMaster Wins 2019 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $228,228
- 4 Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon Wins WSOP Online Bracelet, Hellmuth Fifth for First Summer Cash
- 5 Dan Zack Claims First Bracelet After Fantastic Comeback in WSOP $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw
- 6 Ben Heath Wins His First Bracelet - Conquers WSOP $50,000 High Roller for $1.48 Million
- 7 Yuval Bronshtein Wins First Bracelet After 10 WSOP Final Table Apperances
- 8 Daniel Strelitz Claims First WSOP Bracelet and $442,385 in Event #11: $5,000 NLHE
- 9 Scott Clements Wins Event #10: $1,500 Dealers Choice ($144,957)
- 10 Jeremy Pekarek Wins Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for First Gold Bracelet
- 11 Daniel Park Wins Event #12: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty for $226,243
- 12 Alex Epstein Wins Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck for $296,277
- 13 Femi Fashakin Wins Largest-Ever Poker Tournament; BIG 50 Triumph Earns Him $1,147,449
- 14 Isaac Baron Captures Long-Awaited WSOP Bracelet in Event #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed
- 15 Backed by Insane Rail, Murilo Souza Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. ($207,003)
- 16 Sean Swingruber Defeats Ben Yu, Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Heads-Up
- 17 Brett Apter Wins First Bracelet in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
- 18 Frankie O'Dell Wins His Third WSOP Omaha Hi-Lo in $10K Championship Event
- 19 Galfond, Bleznick, Zamani Fall Short as Josh "loofa" Pollock Wins Second Bracelet in $600 Online PLO Event
- 20 Eli Elezra Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet and $93,766 in Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
- 21 Expecting Father Jorden Fox Conquers Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack to Win $420,693
- 22 Former Main Event Champ Jim Bechtel Wins $10K 2-7 Single-Draw for $253,817
- 23 Rami Boukai Wins 2019 WSOP Event #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix for $177,294
- 24 John Gorsuch Rebounds from 2 Bigs to Win 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker for $1,344,930
- 25 Andrew Donabedian Turns $600 Into $205,605 Payday at 2019 WSOP
- 26 Michael Mizrachi Wins His Fifth Bracelet!
- 27 Stephen Song Battles To Capture First Bracelet and $341,854 in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
- 28 "Silent Assassin" Thomas Cazayous Wins the WSOP $3K Six-Max for $414,766
- 29 Greg Mueller Wins His Third Bracelet, Takes Down WSOP $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 30 Luis Zedan Wins 2019 WSOP Event #30: $1K PLO for $236,673; Will Donate 35% to Charity
- 31 Roman Korenev Wins 2019 WSOP Event #26 for $477,401 After "Marathon" Battle
- 32 Australian Robert Campbell Wins Maiden WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 Limit 2-7
- 33 Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva Wins His Third Bracelet in WSOP Online Event
- 34 Howard Mash Wins First Bracelet and $662,594 in WSOP Seniors Championship
- 35 Adam Friedman Goes Back-to-Back in WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
- 36 David Lambard Claims First WSOP Bracelet in Event #36: $3,000 NLH Shootout
- 37 Salt Lake's Robert Mitchell Wins Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($297,537)
- 38 Joseph Cheong Breaks Through, Wins $1K Double Stack for $687,782
- 39 Ismael Bojang Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet and $298,507 in 10th 2019 WSOP Cash
- 40 Hennigan Wins Sixth Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud, Negreanu Second
- 41 Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for $145,274
- 42 Aristeidis Moschonas Turns Chip-and-a-Chair into Event #42: $600 Mixed NLH/PLO Deepstack Win
- 43 Michael Blake Wins Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em, Shulman Second
- 44 Loren Klein Wins 4th Bracelet in 4 Years; Claims $127,808 in Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
- 45 Asi Moshe Captures Third WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty
- 46 Stephen Chidwick Captures First WSOP Bracelet in Event #45: $25K PLO High Roller for $1,618,417
- 47 Ari Engel Wins His First WSOP Bracelet and $427,399 in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
- 48 Luke Schwartz Latest To Win First Bracelet, Triumphs in $10K 2-7 Championship
- 49 South Korea's Jiyoung Kim Wins 2019 WSOP Ladies Championship for $167,308
- 50 Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch Does It; Wins $1,000 WSOP.com Online Event!
- 51 Brazil's Yuri Martins Dzivielevski Captures First Bracelet and $213,750!
- 52 WCOOP Winner Jonas Lauck Secures First WSOP Bracelet and $260,335 in $1,500 Turbo Bounty
- 53 Santiago Soriano Wins $371,203 and First Bracelet in the WSOP $800 Deepstack
- 54 Dash Dudley Wins Event #52: $10,000 PLO Championship ($1,086,967)
- 55 Kevin Gerhart Dominates $1,500 Razz Final Table to Win First WSOP Bracelet and $119,054
- 56 Another Day, Another Millionaire; Kainalu McCue-Unciano Wins the WSOP Monster Stack
- 57 Israel's Team Geiger Wins WSOP $1,000 Tag Team Event
- 58 Joe Foresman Wins 2019 WSOP $600 Deepstack Championship for Nearly $400K
- 59 Anthony Zinno Wins 2019 WSOP $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo for 2nd Career Bracelet; Aims for POY
- 60 Phil Hui's Dream Comes True as He Conquers $50K Poker Players Championship for $1,099,311
- 61 Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Razz Championship for Third WSOP Bracelet
- 62 Anatolii Zyrin Denies Yueqi Zhu Title Defense to Win WSOP $1,500 Omaha Mix Title
- 63 Sejin Park Claims First-Ever Open Event Bracelet for South Korea; Wins 2019 WSOP Colossus for $451,272
- 64 Nicholas "Illari" Baris Wins $303,739 in Massive WSOP.com ONLINE Championship
- 65 Nick Schulman Wins Third Bracelet in Event #65: $10,000 PLO8 or Better Championship
- 66 David “ODB” Baker Steamrolls $1,500 Limit Hold’em to Capture 2nd WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 67 Robert Campbell Wins His Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10K Stud Hi-Lo, Grabs POY Lead
- 68 French Pro Jeremy Saderne Wins 2019 WSOP Mini Main Event ($628,654)
- 69 From Working at In-N-Out Burger to Crushing Poker; Rick Alvarado Triumphs in WSOP Crazy Eights for $888,888
- 70 Brandon "DrOctagon" Adams Wins WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller for $411,560
- 71 High Roller Joao Vieira Wins First Bracelet and $758,011 in $5,000 6-Max
- 72 Juha Helppi Finally Does It: Finnish Poker Hero Claims First Bracelet in $10K Limit!
- 73 Susan Faber Wins First Bracelet in Event #71: $500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold'em
- 74 Shawn "bucky21" Buchanan Wins His First Bracelets, Takes Down $800 WSOP.com ONLINE 6-Max ($223,119)
- 75 Danny Tang Wins $50,000 Final Fifty for $1,608,406: "I Want to go Down in the History Books"
- 76 Tu Dao Wins WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Max for $133,189
- 77 James Anderson Wins 2019 WSOP Little One for One Drop for $690,686
- 78 Denmark's Maximilian Klostermeier Wins First Bracelet in Event #78: $1,500 PLO Bounty
- 79 Shankar Pillai Takes Down 2019 WSOP $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only Event
- 80 Ivan Deyra's Dream Comes True; Wins Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($380,090)
- 81 Boyhood Dream Achieved: Jerry Odeen Wins WSOP Bracelet for $304,793
- 82 Keith Tilston Wins 2019 WSOP $100K High Roller; Negreanu Finishes as Runner-Up
- 83 Tom Koral Wins Second Bracelet in Event #82: $1,500 NLH Double Stack ($530,164)
- 84 Taylor "Galactar" Paur Wins his Second Bracelet in $500 WSOP.com ONLINE Summer Saver
- 85 Abhinav Iyer Takes Down The Closer to Win His First Bracelet and $565,346
- 86 Alan Sternberg Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for First WSOP Bracelet
- 87 Carl Shaw Defeats Tony Dunst to Claim First Bracelet & $606,562, Hellmuth Sixth
- 88 Anuj Agarwal Wins $10K 6-Max on Last Day of 2019 WSOP ($630,747)
- 89 Denis Strebkov Wins His First Bracelet and $206,173 Top-Prize in $3k H.O.R.S.E.
- 90 Hossein Ensan Wins the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000