It was down to the wire to score a World Series of Poker bracelet in the U.S. this year, and California native Sean Yu managed to nab one just in time. The Global Casino Championship, hosted in North Carolina, is the last WSOP championship that will be held in the United States this year and Yu took advantage of the opportunity.
“It feels amazing,” Yu said after the event wrapped up. While he had two WSOP rings from wins in the past, he said winning a bracelet felt “100 times better.”
Yu won his seat to the championship last year when he was victorious at the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. He went up against 123 other players for the title and won a cool $296,341 along with his new bling.
Only 19 places paid out, and by the time the final table of eight was determined, Will Berry was in the short stack but Nikhil Gera was the first to go. The Californian got a pair of nines in against the jacks of Russia’s Alexander Lakhov and failed to improve. Despite the early loss, the $31,189 eight-place prize was the second-highest cash ever for Gera.
Berry was unable to double up when he shoved for ten blinds with an A♣,5♠. He was called by both Yu and Lakhov on a board that showed K♦,10♦,9♦,3♣,9♠. Yu showed his cards after misinterpreting a shrug from Lakhov as a check – a move that would cost him. The eventual winner was holding a pair of queens, dominating Berry, but it didn’t stand up to Lakhov’s pair of aces. Berry was eliminated in seventh place, and Lakhov left the hand with a nice chip lead over Yu.
Dylan Linde, a circuit champion, was the next to fall when he shoved an A♥,Q♥ into the A♦,K♥ of Josh Reichard, who is also a multiple circuit winner. Linde was busted by the king and took home just over $50K for sixth place.
Jason Mercier, by far the most experienced player at the table, lost his chance at another championship when he got in against Yu with an A,Q. The eventual winner’s kings dominated, sending Mercier home in fifth. He was followed by Jesse Cohen in fourth, who shoved with sevens only to be met by the 10s of Reichard.
Reichard would go down next, after a dramatic battle with Yu. After back-and-forth raising, Reichard finally shoved the last of his chips on an 8♣,6♠,3♥,3♦,4♣ board while holding K♥,9♦. Yu called, securing the win with an A♥,6♥.
Lakhov had been in until the flop with Reichard and Yu. The one-on-one battle that followed was a short one, with Yu secured the win on a flush.
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