Event #88: $1,500 The Closer
Day 2 Completed
Event #88: $1,500 The Closer
Day 2 Completed
Event #88: $1,500 The Closer has come to an end at the 2023 World Series of Poker and America's Pierre Shum was the winner of one of the last bracelets of the summer and a refreshing $606,810. The event drew 3,531 entries in just two days and generated a prize pool of $4,713,885.
|1||Pierre Shum||United States||$606,810|
|2||Peter Nigh||United States||$376,420|
|3||Roongsak Griffeth||United States||$284,030|
|4||Jack Duong||United States||$215,650|
|7||Jixue Yin||United States||$100,120|
|8||Peter Hengsakul||United States||$76,300|
|9||Sanjeev Kapoor||United States||$59,790|
Shum outlasted 258 returning players on the tournament’s final day to defeat Peter Nigh in heads-up play to win $606,810 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. More surprising is the unlikely result, as this is Shum's first ever poker tournament. With a blaze of glory like that PokerNews can only imagine what more could follow such a young talent with a taste of victory.
When asked where did he and this run come from Shum replied:
"I was born in Jamaica, and my parents moved there for work. I've played poker for a pretty long time, but mostly with friends. I started playing cash games more recently this year. I came in here today to try and win the tournament. The money wasn't even in my mind"
Talking about his inspiration and start in poker, Shum said:
"I started off mostly because my friends played it. I've definitely made lots of friends from the poker table. Where I play, it is very social, so it's fun."
When asked about plans aside from poker, Shum responded:
"I haven't even thought about it. I was mostly just focused on the day and taking the tournament down."
PokerNews mentioned that Shum is a software engineer, but perhaps those aspirations would be put aside to chase more bracelets. To this, Shum replied:
Lastly, Shum was asked if there was anything else he'd like to say to those reading at home. Shum considered before mentioning:
"I don't think so... well, if you like poker, try a tournament. You never know."
Shum defeated Nigh in heads-up play after the two players survived the treacherous final table of the event. Nigh was followed in third place by Roongsak Griffeth, and in fourth by Jack Duong, As Griffeth eliminated Duong then fell to Nigh shortly after.
The day kicked off with 258 players, and the tournament saw players being eliminated left and right. Chris Moorman made an impressive run to 15th until he was eliminated by Mateus Carrion De Moraes. It was one of several cashes for Moorman at this year's WSOP.
Sanjeev Kapoor and Peter Hengsakul were the first from the final table to go in ninth and eight, respectively. Kapoor found himself losing a flip against Amirpasha Emami. Hengsakul was less fortunate, finding himself in a cooler of tens against jacks.
In seventh was Jixue Yin, who became the first player to cash over $100,000. Unfortunately, Yin couldn't avoid making the second best hand despite flopping two pair.
Mihai Niste was joined by a fan club donning tiger print shirts. Even with this help, Niste's Kings couldn't hold on an ace-high board.
Fifth, fourth, and third all fell in rapid succession. First, Emami was drawing dead on the turn against Shum's turned nut flush. Just after, Jack Duong called an all-in that had all ends of the rail questioning his decision. He could not find a four or five to survive and was out in fourth. Lastly, was Griffeth who lost with the dominating hand against the larger stacked Nigh.
The two heads-up players traded pots until Shum found quads with his tournament life on the line. Finally, Shum's queen-deuce flopped a monster after being all in against Nigh to take down the tournament.
Congratulations to Pierre Shum of Chicago, Illinois, for winning his first tournament and bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer at the 2023 WSOP in its new home at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas!
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Peter Nigh moved all in from the button and after about 45 seconds Pierre Shum made the call with a covering stack.
Peter Nigh: A♠8♦
Pierre Shum: Q♣2♣
"We need a queen or a two!" Shum told his rail before the board ran out.
Shum smashed the Q♠Q♦7♥ flop and held on the J♦ turn and 5♦ river to win his first WSOP gold bracelet while Nigh's deep run came to an end with a second place finish.
Stay tuned for a full recap including the winner's reaction that will follow shortly.
Peter Nigh limped from the button and Pierre Shum raised from the big blind to 10,000,000 and Nigh made the call. The flop came out 5♦6♦7♣ and Shum placed the continuation bet of 14,000,000 and Nigh made the call.
Both players checked the turn 9♥.
On the river Q♥ Shun bet again for 12,000,000 and Nigh made the call and mucked when Shun turned over A♥8♣ for the straight.
Peter Nigh jammed all in from the dealer button and Pierre Shum made a quick call. With Shum's life on the line, both players revealed their hands.
Pierre Shum: 4♣4♦
Peter Nigh: A♠8♥
The board came Q♦2♣4♠4♥5♦ for Shum to find quads in the most crucial moment. "What a time for quads" shouted one onlooker as Shum regained the chip lead in the heads up battle.
Peter Nigh moved all in from the button and Pierre Shum called off with his last 35,000,000 to put himself at risk.
Pierre Shum: K♣10♦
Peter Nigh: K♠7♣
Shum was in great shape to secure a double up with a dominating king. He remained ahead when the board ran out 8♠4♥J♦9♦9♥ to fully double up and greatly reduce the gap between himself and Nigh.
Roongsak Griffeth was in the big blind and Peter Nigh was under the gun as there was a dead small blind and moved all in for effective 20,000,000. Griffeth made the call.
Roongsak Griffeth: A♦4♦
Peter Nigh: 4♠10♠
Griffeth had the upper hand heading to the board 3♥3♦8♦3♣10♦ and actually celebrated for a second as he had the flush but Nigh had the full house for the win.
Roongsak Griffeth moved all in from the cutoff and Jack Duong called from the big blind. Duong's rail was questioning why he would call with his hand but Doung said, "I am priced in".
Jack Duong: 5♠4♣
Roongsak Griffeth: A♦7♠
The board came out J♦Q♦2♠8♥Q♠ and Duong could not hit a card and the ace high of Griffeth won the pot.