Sejin Park Claims First-Ever Open Event Bracelet for South Korea; Wins 2019 WSOP Colossus for $451,272
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After less than five hours of play over 125 hands, the 2019 World Series of Poker Event #61: COLOSSUS - $400 No-Limit Hold’em crowned its winner in Sejin Park who won the second WSOP gold bracelet for South Korea this summer.
Aside from the bracelet, Park also took home $451,272 as the lion share of the $4,391,515 total prize pool, which was created by the 13,109 entrants over two starting days. Park defeated Greece’s Georgios Kapalas heads up with the Greek taking a consolation prize of $278,881.
Park's victory was the first-ever bracelet for South Korea in an open event. When he found about it he responded: "I actually had no idea I was the first. My friend [Jiyoung Kim] won the ladies event earlier this summer, but knowing I am the first in an open event makes me even happier."
Park mainly plays cash games in Macau and hardly ever ventures into the tournament circuit. His win smashes his previous cashes by a mile. He added: "I didn't expect a lot from this tournament, with such a low buy-in I knew there would be a lot of entries."
COLOSSUS Final Table Results
|1||Sejin Park||South Korea||$451,272|
|3||Ryan Depaulo||United States||$208,643|
|4||Juan Lopez||United States||$157,106|
|5||Andrew Barber||United States||$119,072|
|7||Patrick Miller||United States||$69,757|
|8||Maksim Kalman||United States||$53,925|
Final Table Action
The final eight players returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at noon local time to play down to a winner with nineteen minutes left in Level 42. Kapalas kept building on his chip lead throughout the first part of the day.
Patrick Miller started the day as the short stack but managed to find a double-up through Norson Saho with ace-five while Saho held ace-deuce. Saho then became the short stack and doubled up through Park which became a bit of a theme for the rest of the day as the various short stacks kept doubling up or chopping pots.
Park doubled up once more with pocket nines before the curtains fell for Maksim Kalman when he three-bet shoved with king-jack and was called by Andrew Barber, who held the pocket jacks. Even though Kalman picked up a straight and flush draw on the turn, he bricked the river to be sent to the payout desk to collect $53,925.
Miller picked up a pay jump but left the final table in seventh place for $69,757 when his ace-seven couldn’t win against the king-queen of Kapalas who turned two pair the higher two pair to eliminate him.
Ryan Depaulo, Saho, and Park all doubled up while Kapalas was using his big stack to keep the pressure on the short stacks. The noisy Brazilian rail was on par with the Greek one but they made their way out of the tournament area when Saho got his last nine big blinds in with pocket queens when he called Park’s shove. Park, who barely had the bigger stack, held ace-five and found another ace on the river to send Saho away in sixth place. Park then doubled through Kapalas to take over the chip lead.
Juan Lopez also doubled up through Kapalas to stay alive. Depaulo and Barber then doubled up after that. Nine hands later, Kapalas raised big and Barber called off with ace-trey in the first hand after a break. Kapalas found pocket rockets and they held to send Barber out the door for $119,072, some of which he planned to donate to charity.
Lopez found another double-up for a glimmer of hope, but a mere 20 minutes later, he shoved his last chips in from the small blind with ace-trey. Park held queen-ten and flopped a pair of queens and even improved to a flush to send Lopez packing in fourth place for $157,106.
Two hands later, Depaulo, who is also known from his Youtube channel: Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler, was done for the day after he shoved the last of his chips in after Kapalas had bet on the king-eight-four flop. Depaulo hit middle pair but Kapalas was ahead with the overpair of aces. The rest of the runout didn’t change anything as Depaulo and his rail sporting the same caps made their way out of the feature table stage.
Heads-up play only lasted thirteen hands in which Park ground Kapalas down hard. In the end, Kapalas shoved his last eight blinds in with ace-trey after Park had raised with king-deuce. Park flopped trip deuces and held on for the rest of the board for the Korean rail, which also included Jiyoung Kim who won the Ladies Championship earlier this week, to celebrate loudly while the Greeks consoled Kapalas with his runner-up finish, which was his best ever career-cash and more than doubled his previous personal best.
Park gave credit to Kim for being on his rail alongside his other friend: "I would talk strategy during the break with them and it was a tremendous help."
It marked Park's first time in Las Vegas for the WSOP and he is definitely going to play some more tournaments this year. One tournament which is 100% on his radar is the Main Event because that is the main reason why he came over to this side of the world.
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- 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
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- 26 Michael Mizrachi Wins His Fifth Bracelet!
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- 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
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- 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)
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- 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
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- 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
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- 50 Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch Does It; Wins $1,000 WSOP.com Online Event!
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- 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
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- 76 Tu Dao Wins WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Max for $133,189
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- 84 Taylor "Galactar" Paur Wins his Second Bracelet in $500 WSOP.com ONLINE Summer Saver
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