On Thursday, after three action-packed days of poker, Phillip Hui had overcame a field of 457 runners to nab his first gold bracelet and the biggest payday of his career ($286,976) in Event #59: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better!
There's a saying that all you need is a chip and a chair to have the chance of winning a poker tournament. Well, Hui possible made the most incredible comeback so far at the 2014 World Series of Poker, given that he was low on chips at several points during the final table and managed to overcome a 18 to 1 chip disadvantage in the heads-up battle against Zachary Milchman!
"I just never gave up. I waited for a good hand and then had a good run at the end. At one point earlier, I was [down to two big blinds]," Hui said. "I looked down and saw J-9-9-9. In that spot, you just normally go with it. But that was when we were at 11-handed. I folded and then I got the re-draw and got to see six free hands [before posting a blind again] and went back up from there."
In total, this $3,000 Omaha High-Low event generated a prize pool of $1,247,610 and the top 54 players each earned a payday, including notables such as Brandon Shack-Harris (34th), Chino Rheem (23rd), Mike Leah (19th) and Justin Bonomo (18th).
Final table results:
1st: Phillip Hui - $286,976
2nd: Zachary Milchman - $177,609
3rd: Michael Bees - $118,036
4th: Ismael Bojang - $87,594
5th: John D'Agostino - $65,736
6th: David Williams - $49,817
7th: Matt Glantz - $38,089
8th: Jordan Morgan - $29,356
9th: Joe Mitchell - $22,793