Ian Shaw Secures Inaugural WPT500 Mexico City Main Event Title

Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw wrote his name into the World Poker Tour's history books by taking down the inaugural WPT500 Mexico City Main Event.

The tournament was billed as being "OnLive," and was only open to players that held a WPT Global account. In total, 763 players competed in the WPT500 Mexico City Main Event, with an impressive 514 of those entrants stemming from online Day 1s held at WPT Global.

WPT500 Mexico City Final Table Results

1Ian Shaw$88,690
2Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo$59,000
3Santiago Gonzalez$44,000
4Jonathan Miguel Aburto Solis$33,000
5Angel Guillen$25,000
6Cesar David Reynoso Arredondo$18,700
7Francisco Rios Vallejo$14,400
8Pablo Giron$11,200

The top 91 finishers won a slice of a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. A min-cash weighed in at $1,310 with a final table appearance boosting that sum to $11,200.

Pablo Giron was the ninth-place finisher after losing a coinflip against Shaw's ace-queen. Shaw min-raised to 400,000 before calling the 1,800,000 shove from Giron. Shaw turned over ace-queen, which beat Giron's red deuces courtesy of an ace on the flop and a queen on the turn.

Francisco Rios Vallejo busted ten minutes after Giron fell, his four big blind shove with ace-king being called by Shaw's dominated king-three. A three on the flop proved enough to reduce the player count by one.

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Sixth place and $18,700 went to Cesar David Reynoso Arredondo, who became Shaw's latest victim. Shaw raised enough to set Arredondo all-in, and he called off his last six big blinds with a more than respectable ace-ten. However, Shaw flipped over ace-queen, and his queen-kicker won him the pot.

Angel Guillen's quest to take down a major tournament in his home town was left in ruins when his pocket three lost to Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo's ace-queen, which left him with four big blinds. Guillen never recovered, and was part of a double elimination alongside Jonathan Miguel Aburto Solis.

Solis' and Dirzo's chips went into the middle of the felt, with Guillen all-in for 50,000 from the small blind. Dirzo showed pocket sixes, Solis pocket rockets, and Guillen the lowly seven-four of diamonds. Solis looked set for a timely double, but Dirzo flopped a set of sixes before improving to a full house on the river, busting Guillen infifth and Solis in fourth.

Shaw got back to doing what he does best, and that is busting foes. Santiago Gonzalez made a play with ten-nine for his last 5.5 big blinds, and Shaw looked him up with king-queen. A jack-high board was no help to Gonzalez, and he crashed out in third for $44,000.

Shaw went into the heads-up battle with Dirzo holding a 14,375,000 to 8,250,000 chip lead. It took less then 30-minutes for Shaw to eliminate his final opponent.

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Dirzo shoved from the button with ace-six, and Shaw instantly called with ace-queen. The five community cards fell without a six in sight, busting Dirzo, and leaving shaw to get his hands on the winner's trophy and the $88,690 top prize.

The $88,690 Shaw banked is a career-high score, surpassing the $62,331 he collected for a fourth-place finish in a $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo event at the 2018 World Series of Poker.

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