2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Timothy Su

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Timothy Su

Brought to you by the WSOP-C Playground, hosted by Playground Poker Club and partypoker LIVE. Last year's long-awaited return to Canada of the WSOP Circuit smashed attendance records. The $1,100 Main Event with a huge $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and the $330 Colossus with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool of its own are two of the seven events on tap for this year's edition, which is expected to attract even larger fields than last year's record-breaking series.

Final Table Profile Timothy Su

Chip Count:20,200,000 (8/9)
Big Blinds:20
Hometown:Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Timothy Su's Main Event Story

As a recreational player with only $2,467 in lifetime tournament cashes, Timothy Su might seem like a long shot to win this year's WSOP Main Event. But the Boston-based software engineer has impressively wielded a big stack from start to finish, and, heading into the final table, he shows no signs of slowing down.

"Fundamentally, you can treat everything with a mindset aimed at being proficient. Practice, problem-solving, and thinking things through. Taking your time."

"I'm proud," he said of nimbly navigating the 8,569-player starting field. "When the big blind is the starting stack... to think that's what we all started with is unreal."

Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Su is a self-professed "nerd" whose favorite pastimes—playing the oboe, reading, and listening to Tchaikovsky—might seem to be at odds with poker-playing. But nothing could be further from the truth for Su, who sees plenty of parallels between music, poker, and software engineering. "Fundamentally, you can treat everything with a mindset aimed at being proficient," he told PokerNews. "Practice, problem-solving, and thinking things through. Taking your time."

Su played poker casually in dorm room games at Northeastern University. After graduating, he was torn between a career as a musician and as a software engineer. Eventually, he settled on the latter path. But he kept playing music and—of course—poker as well.

Su got off to a blazing start in his first-ever Main Event. He finished Day 1a with 297,000 chips and was the Day 2ab chip leader. He kept accumulating chips and eliminating talented opponents. On Day 3, he busted phenom Igor Kurganov in a set-over-set cooler. On Day 5, he busted three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon with aces over Yoon's kings. And on Day 6, he tangled with high-stakes crusher Sam Greenwood in a hand that the poker world is still buzzing about.

Timothy Su Key Hands

The confrontation happened in Level 31, with the blinds at 125,000/250,000. Su raised with {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} from the cutoff, Greenwood reraised with pocket aces from the big blind, and Su called. The two big stacks saw a flop of {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}.

With over five million already in the pot, Greenwood bet 1.8 million, Su called with his open-ended straight draw, and the {j-Spades} turn paired the board. Greenwood bet again, this time for 3.5 million, and Su shoved all-in, putting Greenwood to a decision for his tournament life. Shaking his head, Greenwood called off his remaining chips and saw that his aces were in a dominating position to win. The river, however, was the {k-Clubs}, and Su eliminated Greenwood.

“There wasn’t much thought that honestly went into it,” Su said afterward. “It was near a pay jump, and I thought he could have a lot of hands that he would probably bet-fold. When he flipped it over, I think he had one of the best hands to call it off with. So, kudos to him. And then the cards just determined where the money went.”

How Timothy Su Got to the Final Table


What to Watch For

Throughout the tournament, Su has adopted a jovial, chatty demeanor at the tables. As the hand against Sam Greenwood demonstrates, he's also willing to take an aggressive, creative approach when the situation calls for it.

I'm coming in second-shortest in chips, but we still made it. That's what counts."

Where does this mindset come from? Maybe it links to his background in music and improvisation. Or maybe, as an exuberant member of his rail called out, "He's a killer! Bracelet or bust!"

Hearing those words, Su shook his head and said, smiling, "I'm just trying to play well."

Day 7 proved to be a swingy one for Su, whose stack crested at over 100 million chips and finished at just over 20 million. "It's super-surreal now," he said at the end of the day, "but we did it! Final table! I'm coming in second-shortest in chips, but we still made it. That's what counts."

Timothy Su

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Hossein EnsanGermany177,000,000177
2Nick MarchingtonUnited Kingdom20,100,00020
3Dario SammartinoItaly33,400,00033
4Kevin MaahsUnited States43,000,00043
5Timothy SuUnited States20,200,00020
6Zhen CaiUnited States60,600,00061
7Garry GatesUnited States99,300,00099
8Milos SkrbicSerbia23,400,00023
9Alex LivingstonCanada37,800,00038

There is 1:31:35 remaining in Level 37 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 1,000,000-big blind ante).

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payout


2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Player Stats

PlayerFirst CashWSOP CashesCareer EarningsBiggst CashGPI Ranking
Zhen Cai200821$213,995$46,90012,632
Hossein Ensan20133$2,673,206$860,0917,331
Garry Gates201015$243,129$64,53025,386
Alex Livingston200917$732,874$451,3983,866
Kevin Maahs20161$61,213$20,6257,005
Nick Marchington20191$12,415$12,41530,643
Dario Sammartino200838$8,044,479$1,608,29578
Milos Skrbic20116$1,670,572$1,087,603457
Timothy Su20181$2,467$1,08059,081

Stats courtesy of WSOP.com and HendonMob.com.

2019 World Series of Poker Main Event infographic depicting the chip counts of the final nine

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event returns to action Sunday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. local time. A Main Event Day 7 recap can be found here. You can follow the action via the PokerNews Live Reporting Blog where we'll detail all the hands in our exclusive WSOP Main Event Live Updates.

  • "I'm coming in second-shortest in chips, but we still made it. That's what counts." @timtamsoup

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