Tommy Nguyen, a 28-year-old Canadian student making his first appearance at the WSOP, outlasted a massive field of 6,260 entries over four days of play in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK to win a massive $1,037,451 and his fist World Series of Poker bracelet!
Once two-time bracelet winner Steve Billirakis had been eliminated in 11th place, the tournament was guaranteed to award a first-time bracelet winner. It looked like the tournament would need another day of play to be completed, but then in just 45 minutes there were 4 eliminations and the final table went from 6-handed to heads-up play between Nguyen and James Carroll.
Nguyen started with a small lead and never lost it, even though Carrol managed to double up at one point. Carroll, from USA, received $640,916 for his second place finish while Nguyen became the ninth millionaire crowned at the 2018 WSOP.
"I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it. I never doubted that I was going to win", said Nguyen "I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here."
Final Table Results:
1st: Tommy Nguyen - $1,037,451
2nd: James Carroll - $640,916
3rd: Frank Rusnak - $475,212
4th: Chris Chong - $354,903
5th: Daniel Corbett - $266,987
6th: Michael Benko - $202,327
7th: Shyam Srinivasan - $154,463
8th: Harald Sammer - $118,802
9th: Rittie Chuaprasert - $92,061