"I've Got It!" Qiang Xu Wins First Bracelet in $800 Deepstack ($339,033)

Qiang Xu

It took only two days to crown Chinese player Qiang Xu in Event #42: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack, despite 3,773 entrants being a new record for this tournament. Xu took home his first WSOP bracelet and a cash prize of $339,033.

"It's a dream coming true," said Xu a few minutes after his victory. "My goal coming from China was to win a bracelet, and now, I've got it!"

The event gathered 3,773 entrants, breaking last year's record of 2,812 runners. Some 566 players cashed in this year's event for a $1,282 min-cash.

Event #42: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table Results

1Qiang XuChina$339,033
2Jason JohnsonUnited States$209,547
3John CiccarelliUnited States$157,776
4Christian ChengTaiwan$119,629
5Richard SmithUnited States$91,347
6Charles JohnsonUnited States$70,247
7Dorian MelchersFrance$54,408
8Oren RosenIsrael$42,445

Xu was in action early on Day 2 and stayed near the top of the chip counts for a long time. "I ran very good from start to finish," recognized Xu, who had a massive chip lead at three tables left and two tables left.

"I tried to use my stack to pressure at this point," he explained. "Then I changed my strategy a bit to be more stable. That's what I did at the final table when my stack decreased. Afterward, I tried not to hurry up and to find the right moment to catch up."

He managed to win a crucial flip in the four-handed play to stay alive. In the heads-up, Xu defeated American player Jason Johnson after a few hands to be crowned as a WSOP champion.

Qiang Xu
Qiang Xu

Among the 566 players who took home some money, 238 came back on June 19 for the final day. The action was fast, as were the eliminations, which didn't slow down until the final table early in the evening.

The 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir fell in 12th place for $21,052, narrowly missing out on another WSOP final table. Donna Stutts joined the rail before the dinner break, busting in ninth place and leaving only eight players in contention for the title.

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Final Table Action

Short stacks Oren Rosen and Dorian Melchers were the first to fall. Charles Johnson lost his chips to his namesake Jason Johnson with ace-five suited against pocket sevens. Jason Johnson took the lead and five-handed play lasted for a while.

Eventually, Richard Smith was the next to exit the tournament with queen-nine off against pocket kings held by Jason Johnson.

Xu and Christian Cheng played a huge pot before Cheng lost a flip and finished fourth some hands later. John Ciccarelli was next to end his deep run, with an impressive third place worth $157,776.

The heads-up battle between Xu and Johnson was quite fast as Xu doubled immediately to take the lead. Xu and Johnson played a huge flip with pocket sixes against ace-king suited. Xu made a straight with his pocket pair to eliminate Johnson and secure the victory.

Qiang Xu
Qiang Xu and His Rail

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