Heater of the year - Bin Weng WPT One Drop Champion
Yesterday, we brought you news of the huge WPT EveryOne for One Drop event taking place near the WSOP venue. Players from all over the world have the opportunity to win other prestigious titles besides bracelets in Vegas, and hundreds of them took advantage of this opportunity in the aforementioned WPT event. Its $10,500 buy-in was paid a total of 1,676 times, generating $16,257,200 in prize money.
After three days of play, a star-studded field of players formed their 6-seat final table, which put a full stop to the event yesterday. The fast-paced, 4-hour-only final table kicked off at 22:30 our time, and you were able to follow the journey of the final six live via Live Stream:
The final table kicked off with quick eliminations that sent both Tom Cannuli ($524,500) and the last German representative in the field, Dominik Nitsche ($700,100), to the cashier. In fourth place, Freddy Heller ($956,000) had to say goodbye to the tournament, but the last three players decided to split the prizepool according to the ICM deal and play for the title and extra 400,000$.
Deal distributed the following rewards to the players:
- Niko Koop – 1,872,438$
- Bin Weng – 1,827,054$
- Scott Baumstein – 1,503,988$
After Niko Koop bumped his A4 to AK under Baumstein's hand, the tournament moved into heads-up play, which started with nearly identical stacks (66 vs 68 bb). Right from the start, however, the reins were firmly grasped by Weng, who never once allowed Baumstein to go chiplead, but he capped the whole run with a hand in which Baumstein hit an 86 straight on turn 9745 , and Weng in turn hit a pair of 77 set. It was all decided by the river4 , which re-paired the board and gave the title to Bin Weng for good.
To call Weng's incredible run "only" a heater would be an insult, because what he's showing is truly unprecedented. Up until the beginning of this year, Weng had less than two million dollars in live tournament winnings, but everything started to break right away in January when he entered the new year with a million-dollar win in the $5,300 The Return: A Borgata Championshipe.
By mid-February, he was all smiles in a photo with his WSOPCring, which came with $227,344 in the $1,700 Main Event. After that, Weng did what very few players do - he made the final tables in two consecutive WPT Main Events, taking home $143,000 for 4th place at WPT Choctaw and a record-breaking $1,128,250 for a straight WPT Seminole Hard Rock win.
This happened at the turn of April and May, and today, after more than two months, Weng surpassed his lifetime win with the WPT EveryOne for One Drop. The record-breaking $2,227,054 has already pushed his lifetime winnings to $7 million, and with the end of the year still a long way off - what else is Weng going to show us?
Source: WPT, PokerNews, Flickr, YouTube, TheHendonMob