Even those devoted to following the goings-on of the poker world have likely never heard the name Dylan Linde. The online star (“ImaLucSac” on PokerStars) has banked about $5.5 million on the web, but has mostly stayed away from big in-person tournaments and cash tables. When he has ventured out of the virtual realm, he’s found small cashes here and there, but it wasn’t until Monday evening that he scored his first big win in Illinois.
After defeating over 1,300 players, Linde emerged victorious at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Horseshoe Hammond Main Event, earning $348,269, his first WSOPC ring, and a seat at the WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Jonathan Hilton, former WSOP National Championship, was eliminated in 10th and the final table was set with Zach Rieselman in the lead. The eventual winner was in a tough position, holding on for dear life with around just 20 big blinds left.
Linde received a stroke of good luck against Michael Campbell when a king on the flop gave him trips against Campbell’s pocket aces. The latter was the first to be eliminated from the final table for a cool $34,374.
Next to go was David Hengen, eliminated by Rieselman. Been Keeline went home in seventh when his pair of eights weren’t enough against Rieselman’s aces. Those two eliminations didn’t have Rieselman in the clear, however, and when he ran an A, J into Linde’s pair of sevens, he was left with just 35 big blinds in a pool of six.
Linde continued his upward march when his K♡, 8♡ pulled Nic Ditrapani all-in with an A♧ ,Q♡. A king-high flop sent Ditrapani home with just over $70K. Shortly after, Rieselman busted Albrinck and it was down to four competing for the title.
Three of the remaining players went into a hard battle just a few hands later. (Linde opted out.) That hand sent Sewell home in fourth with a payout topping $100K. Next, Arif Rahim opened with queens, pulling a call from Linde and an all-in shove from Rieselman. Linde didn’t call, but Rahim was able to flop a set against Rieselman and the once chip-leader went away in third-place.
Heads-up play wasn’t a short affair, and after the lead changed hands a few times, Rahim (10♤, 3♤) three-bet against Linde (A♤, 7♡) who shoved and got the game-ending call he was hoping for. The board ran K♤, K♡, ♧9, Q♡, 2♢ and the ace-high was all it took to crown Linde the winner.
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