2020 WSOP.com Bracelet Events partypoker High Roller Club
Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
1234

Event Info

Prize Pool $5,280,000
Players 110

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 125,000 / 250,000
Ante 250,000
Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 Completed

Ben Heath Wins His First Bracelet - Conquers WSOP $50,000 High Roller for $1.48 Million

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Ben Heath
Ben Heath

In light of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, there was always going to be a $50,000 High Roller tournament. With such a significant buy-in, the group of players able to give it a shot is limited. You could predict a final table full of recognizable faces, and that's precisely what happened.

After three days of play, just six players remained from the 110-entry field. Five bracelet winners, and Ben Heath. But Heath did bring the chip lead, a ton of experience playing high rollers, and seemingly immunity from feeling pressure in essential spots.

"It feels a lot better than I thought it would."

After not even five hours of play, Heath was indeed the one posing with the gold WSOP bracelet, his first. That makes it look like it was all easy going, which wasn't entirely the case. He had to battle with some of the best in the game, and more than once lost the advantage with others topping the counts.

Asked what it means to win his first WSOP bracelet, Heath said: "It feels a lot better than I thought it would."

Posing for the winner photo and answering questions from the press that rushed the stage upon completion of the last hand didn't seem to faze Heath too much. But, as he would soon explain, that hadn't always been the case: "When I was younger, I was shy and didn't really want to win the bracelet. I would have rather just taken second place. But now that it has happened, it feels great!"

Final Table Payout WSOP 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Ben HeathUnited Kingdom$1,484,085
2Andrew LichtenbergerUnited States$917,232
3Sam SoverelUnited States$640,924
4Dmitry YurasovRussia$458,138
5Nick PetrangeloUnited States$335,181
6Chance KornuthUnited States$251,128
    
7Elio FoxUnited States$192,794
8Cary KatzUnited States$151,755
9David EinhornUnited States$122,551

WSOP 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Action

The final table got underway with an average stack of 40 big blinds for the remaining six players after David Einhorn, Cary Katz, and Elio Fox had already departed on the penultimate day of the schedule. The shortest two stacks, belonging to Dmitry Yurasov and Nick Petrangelo, were still over thirty big blinds deep.

Despite the room for play for all six finalists, the first casualty took place after only three hands. Chance Kornuth lost all three of them, bluffing the first one, raising the river with a worse hand in the second, and getting it in dominated in the last. Needless to say that it wasn't Kornuth's day. He lost the majority of his chips to Dmitry Yurasov and got eventually taken out by Andrew Lichtenberger.

"it's hard not think that it might be slipping away. But things worked out in the end, I guess."

Just a couple of hands later, Nick Petrangelo followed Kornuth out the door. Petrangelo got it in with ace-king against the queens of Ben Heath and found no help on the flop, turn, or river.

Ben Heath initially built out his lead only to lose a big pot to Lichtenberger to get about even in chips with him. The two battled in multiple pots that saw the lead change hands just as often. Lichtenberger took a sizable lead to distance himself from Heath and the rest not much later.

Asked if he felt like the victory was slipping away from him, Heath said after play had wrapped up: "I was up to fifteen million or so at one point and then fell down to eight [million], so it's hard not think that it might be slipping away. But things worked out in the end, I guess."

Dmitry Yurasov
Dmitry Yurasov was eliminated in a controversial hand that involved Sam Soverel folding out of turn

A Controversial Hand in the $50,000 High Roller

Heath turned things around winning a controversial hand against Dmitry Yurasov that meant the latter's demise.

With Soverel and Yurasov on equal stacks of twenty-five big blinds each, the former opened for a min-raise. Yurasov shoved all in, and Lichtenberger got out of the way from the small blind.

Heath in the big blind, though, asked for a count and contemplated his next action for a bit. With the tournament utilizing a shot clock, Heath was soon out of time, and he tossed in a small red time bank card to gain thirty more seconds to act. Soverel, still in the hand as the initial raiser, wasn't paying attention and tossed his cards in the muck right away, seemingly registering Heath's time bank card as either a muck of his cards or a call with a single chip. Now, not facing Soverel anymore, Heath instantly called.

To say that Yurasov wasn't happy is pointing out the obvious. Yurasov showed ace-ten of diamonds and lost to Ben Heath's ace-queen of hearts.

"It was definitely going in either way. [...] I genuinely think he did it by mistake."

When the floor walked over to see what was going on, Lichtenberger assured him that Soverel didn't intentionally muck out of turn and that it was instead an honest mistake.

Asked about the hand after he had won, Heath was adamant that the outcome would have been the same: "It was definitely going in either way. I think if I have a slightly worse hand then it could become a bit interesting, but I genuinely think he did it by mistake."

Soverel faced no penalty, but couldn't turn things around either. He succumbed a couple of hands later, getting it in and losing with king-jack suited against Ben Heath's ace-king.

Having knocked out Yurasov and Soverel, Heath started with an eighteen to fourteen million lead. Lichtenberger seemed to get the better of it initially and evened the stacks after only five hands. Over the next five hands, he took the lead but was trailing Heath again after the latter won the next batch.

Ben Heath and Andrew Lichtenberger
Ben Heath and Andrew Lichtenberger

The Final Hand

After a button raise from Lichtenberger, Heath three-bet holding ace-jack. Lichtenberger four-bet shoved for 56 big blinds with ace-king and Heath called.

"I have friends that understand what my goals are in life, so they've been great."

Heath flopped a jack to take the lead in the hand. The turn made things a bit iffy for him, but a blank on the river guaranteed Heath the bracelet and the accompanying $1,484,085.

Joining him in his winner photo were half a dozen friends that had railed him throughout the final table. "I have friends that understand what my goals are in life, so they've been great," Heath said. "They tell me to go play my best, which is what I try to do. Not 'Go win the tournament' because the results don't matter to me. It's all about how well I played."

With the WSOP only a week in, the summer is already a great one for Heath. But that doesn't mean he intends to rest on his laurels; "I'm probably not going to play too much of the small stuff, but I'll be around all summer, playing some events at Aria and still studying a lot."

Ben Heath
Ben Heath

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Andrew Lichtenberger Eliminated in 2nd Place ($917,232)

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Andrew Lichtenberger
Andrew Lichtenberger

Hand #172: Starting the hand with 14 million against the 19 million of Ben Heath, Andrew Lichtenberger opened his button for 650,000.

Heath three-bet to 2.4 million and Lichtenberger shoved all in. Heath didn't waste too much time calling to put Lichtenberger at risk. Heath was trailing, though.

Andrew Lichtenberger: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Ben Heath: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

After the dealer was instructed to go ahead and deal a flop, the burn card disappeared under the pot and she fanned {j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}.

With his jack paired, Heath took the lead and was on the verge of winning his first WSOP tournament. The {10-Hearts} on the turn gave Lichtenberger some outs but the {10-Diamonds} on the river that paired the board wasn't one of the cards he was looking for.

Suffering a bad beat in the final hand of play, Lichtenberger had to do with second place and a payday of $917,232.

Ben Heath, meanwhile, got ready to pose for the winner photos, soon to receive his first gold bracelet and the accompanying $1,484,085, almost twice as big as his previous biggest score.

An extended recap of today's action is to follow.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ben HeathUnited Kingdom$1,484,085
2Andrew LichtenbergerUnited States$917,232
3Sam SoverelUnited States$640,924
4Dmitry YurasovRussia$458,138
5Nick PetrangeloUnited States$335,181
6Chance KornuthUnited States$251,128
7Elio FoxUnited States$192,794
8Cary KatzUnited States$151,755
9David EinhornUnited States$122,551
Ben Heath gb 33,000,000 14,000,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us Busted

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Hands #168-171: Small Pots With Lots of Checks

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Hand #168: Andrew Lichtenberger opened for 650,000 and Ben Heath called. The flop came {6-Spades}{a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and Heath checked. Lichtenberger bet 425,000 and Heath called. The {4-Spades} hit the turn and both players checked. {8-Hearts} on the river and another two checks later, Heath showed {j-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and took down the pot.

Hand #169: Heath made it 575,000 and Lichtenberger called. On {4-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, both checked. Lichtenberger checked the {a-Hearts} on the turn and Heath bet 1.1 million. Lichtenberger called. {q-Spades} on the river and Lichtenberger checked. Heath thought about it for a bit but eventually checked behind in the 3.6 million pot. Lichtenberger showed {q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for the rivered two pair and Heath mucked.

Hand #170: Lichtenberger made it 650,000 and Heath called. The flop of {5-Spades}{j-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} had Heath check-call 425,000 from Lichtenberger. The {8-Diamonds} on the turn saw both check and the {2-Clubs} completed the board. They both checked again and Lichtenberger took it down with {10-Spades}{5-Spades} having paired his five, Heath's {k-Spades}{9-Spades} ended up in the muck.

Hand #171: Heath opened for 575,000 and Lichtenberger folded.

Ben Heath gb 19,000,000 -200,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us 14,000,000 200,000

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Hands #163-167: Heath Opens Up a Lead

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Hand #163: Ben Heath raised to 575,000 on the button and Andrew Lichtenberger called from the big blind. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} and Lichtenberger check-folded to a bet of 775,000 from Heath.

Hand #164: Lichtenberger made it 650,000 and Heath three-bet to 2,400,000. Lichtenberger called and the flop fell {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Heath led out for 2,400,000 and Lichtenberger instantly mucked his cards.

Hand #165: Heath raised to 575,000 and Lichtenberger called to see a flop of {8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Lichtenberger checked and Heath continued for a pot-sized pet of 1,400,000. Lichtenberger called and the {4-Spades} landed on the turn. Both players checked and the {a-Clubs} hit the river. Two more checks and Lichtenberger tabled {6-Diamonds}{3-Spades} while Heath showed {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for the best hand.

Hand #166: Lichtenberger made it 650,000 on the button and Heath defended. On the flop of {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, both players knuckled the table to see the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. They also checked to the {8-Spades} on the river and Heath checked once more. Lichtenberger finally threw in a bet of 525,000 and Heath called. Lichtenberger showed {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and Heath mucked his cards.

Hand #167: Heath opened to 575,000 and Lichtenberger quickly called. The flop came {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Lichtenberger check-folded to a bet of 1,100,000 from Heath.

Ben Heath gb 19,200,000 3,600,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us 13,800,000 -3,600,000

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Hands #158-162: Some Pre-Flop Three-Bets

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Hand #158: Andrew Lichtenberger made it 650,000 and Ben Heath three-bet to 2.4 million. Lichtenberger folded instantly.

Hand #159: Heath raised to 575,000 and Lichtenberger called. On the flop of {j-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, Lichtenberger checked. Heath bet 475,000 and Lichtenberger called. The {6-Spades} on the turn had Lichtenberger check again. This time, Heath checked behind so the {k-Spades} on the river was seen for free. Lichtenberger bet 1.8 million into 2.35 million and Heath folded right away.

Hand #160: Lichtenberger made it 650,000 from the button and Heath called. The two got {2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} to work with and Heath checked. Lichtenberger bet 425,000 and Heath folded right away.

Hand #161: Heath opened for 575,000 but folded to Lichtenberger's 2.2 million three-bet.

Hand #162: Lichtenberger raised to 650,000 and Heath called. They both checked on {5-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts}. The {7-Hearts} turn saw Heath bet 875,000 and Lichtenberger folded.

Andrew Lichtenberger us 17,400,000 1,200,000
Ben Heath gb 15,600,000 -1,200,000

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Hands #152-157: Lichtenberger Brings it Back to Even

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Hand #152: Andrew Lichtenberger folded the button and Ben Heath received a walk.

Hand #153: Heath folded the button and Lichtenberger picked up the pot.

Hand #154: Lichtenberger raised to 650,000 and Heath called. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts} and both players checked to the {4-Diamonds} on the turn. Another two checks and the {3-Spades} completed the board. Heath led out for 300,000 and Lichtenberger quickly called. Heath tabled {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for absolutely nothing and Lichtenberger took down the pot with {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}.

Hand #155: Heath folded his button again and Lichtenberger picked up some more chips.

Hand #156: Lichtenberger made it 650,000 on the button and Heath defended. The flop fell {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} and Heath checked to Lichtenberger who continued for 325,000. Heath called and the {6-Hearts} landed on the turn. Heath checked again and Lichtenberger counted out a bet of 1,400,000. Heath folded this time and Lichtenberger took over the chip lead.

Hand #157: Heath opened to 575,000 and Lichtenberger quickly folded.

Ben Heath gb 16,800,000 -2,050,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us 16,200,000 2,050,000

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Sam Soverel Eliminated in 3rd Place ($640,924)

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Sam Soverel
Sam Soverel

Hand #151: Ben Heath was first to act and opened for 575,000. Over in the small blind, Sam Soverel three-bet to 1.5 million. Big blind Lichtenberger folded right away. Heath shoved for 2.15 million effectively and Soverel called for the 650,000 he had behind.

Ben Heath: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Sam Soverel: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

The flop of {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} made for a lot of potential for Soverel with his pair outs now complemented by a gutshot and flush draw.

The {4-Spades} turn and {5-Diamonds} river, though, brought no help to Soverel and he exited in third place for $640,924. A total of $1,484,085 awaits the winner with both players having already locked up $917,232.

Ben Heath gb 18,850,000 4,950,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us 14,150,000 -450,000
Sam Soverel us Busted

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Hands #147-150: Lichtenberger Gives Seven-Deuce a Try

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Hand #147: Andrew Lichtenberger made it 550,000 from the button and Sam Soverel called from the big blind. The flop of {5-Spades}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades} had Soverel check. Lichtenberger bet 425,000 and Soverel called. On the {10-Hearts} turn, with 2.33 million in the middle, both players checked. The {j-Clubs} completed the board and another two checks later, Lichtenberger took it down showing {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}.

Hand #148: Soverel in the small blind limped in for an additional 125,000, Lichtenberger checked his big blind. The flop brought the two {q-Spades}{5-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Soverel checked. Lichtenberger bet 275,000 and Soverel called. The {3-Diamonds} hit the turn and Soverel checked once more. Lichtenberger bet 725,000 this time around. That was enough to win him the pot as Soverel folded.

Hand #149: After Soverel folded, Lichtenberger raised to 900,000 from the small blind. Heath committed the additional 650,000 to see a flop. On {8-Hearts}{j-Spades}{3-Clubs}, they both checked so the {6-Spades} on the turn was seen for free and they checked again. The {a-Hearts} on the river saw Lichtenberger bet 1.8 million. Heath called almost instantly.

Lichtenberger showed {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, Heath took it down with the {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

Hand #150: Lichtenberger raised to 550,000 from the button. Sam Soverel called from the big blind. Soverel checked on {7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and Lichtenberger bet 425,000. Soverel folded.

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