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2019 WSOP: Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck won by Alex Epstein for $296,227

Tags: 2019 WSOP, Alex Epstein, Anson Tsang, Thai Ha, WSOP 2019.
Posted on 05 June 2019 by "T".

A total of 4 days of play was scheduled for this event, but it unexpectedly ended one day early when a Californian poker pro bested his remaining three opponents at the final table to earn his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #8 of the 2019 WSOP.

2019 WSOP Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE

Buy-in: $10,000
Date: June 2 to June 5, 2019 (ended June 4)
Entries: 114
Prize pool: $1,071,600

Alex Epstein outlasted a player field of 114 to take home the prize money worth $296,227! This is also his very first score at the WSOP.

A resident of Oakland, California, the 28-year-old Epstein currently works as a commercial real estate broker and before he participated at the WSOP, he's exclusively a pot-limit Omaha (PLO) cash game player.

This memorable first-time bracelet win and first-ever WSOP score for Epstein came in a poker format that is also making its debut as a WSOP bracelet event. Short deck is just like a regular no-limit hold'em but lacks the cards 2, 3, 4 and 5. The exclusion of these cards also changes the odds of some poker hands appearing. For example, a flush is difficult to achieve compared to a full house and so it outranks the latter. Also, an ace is still a wrap-around card for a straight, which means that A-6-7-8-9 is the lowest straight one can possibly get.

The main reason why he diverted from his usual PLO cash game activity that he opted to join the inaugural $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2019 WSOP was, "I ran so far below [expected value] in PLO this summer, that I decided to play an event with even higher variance than that thinking that I was just due."

Epstein explained that his win wasn't just because of variance, but mainly it came from the time when he was able to win a hand against Chance Kornuth and left him with crumbs, "That wasn't variance. The big spot against Chance, like with most of the other professionals, when they see me and the way that I table-talk and set myself up, they think they have a post-flop edge in a game that they definitely don't, given the way the current high-level players are evaluating the game and thinking about post-flop equities and equity denial. I try very hard to table-talk and fake-talk strategy. I think my image is a good one. Not any more, unfortunately!"

He admitted that having the opportunity to play around 15,000 hands of short deck while at the major event in Reno allowed him to sharpen his skills on this game format. "I've gotten to play tournaments and cash games... enough to get a rough estimate of how the population plays. That seemed to help."

Final Table Action
An unofficial final table of seven players returned on June 4, Thursday, to continue the first-ever short deck bracelet event at the WSOP. Two-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth started the third (which eventually became the final) day of play as the chip leader.
Just four hands in, Andrew Robl was eliminated after losing his last chips to Tsang.

Chinese Yong Wang was the first to go down from the official final table of six, courtesy of Tsang as well.

Two hours went into the five-handed play, and then René van Krevelen busted in fifth.

Even though he started the day as the chip lead, Kornuth was then knocked out by Epstein.

A mere 12 hands later, a three-way all-in concluded the event.

Epstein won by flopping a straight in a hand that put each of the last three players all-in prior to the flop. Epstein's straight was the most superior, leaving Thai Ha from Factoryville, Pennsylvania to stop at 2nd place for $183,081, whereas Anson Tsang from Hong Kong, a former bracelet winner who started the final hand with the shortest stack among the three, had to settle in the 3rd spot for $130,482.


Epstein said about his first trip to a prestigious final table, "I really wanted to enjoy the experience. I thought that the other good players in the [final] had the shorter stacks, so I had a very good chance, if things broke my way."

This is Epstein's very first cash score in the WSOP and it's just his 7th recorded cash in his poker career. He now has $410,358 in total live earnings, according to The Hendon Mob.

2019 WSOP Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck Final Table Ressults

 

Player

Country

Prize (USD)

1

Alex Epstein

USA

$296,227

2

Thai Ha

USA

$183,081

3

Anson Tsang

Hong Kong

$130,482

4

Chance Kornuth

USA

$93,593

5

Rene van Krevelen

The Netherlands

$67,566

6

Yong Wang

China

$49,095

7

Andrew Robl

USA

$35,907

Source: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/event-8-10000-short-deck/chips.273934.htm

 


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7 comments for "2019 WSOP: Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck won by Alex Epstein for $296,227"

 dule-vu06/06/2019 07:36:15 GMT
1000 buy in and nice win for player at first position,almost 300 K!lower number of player,maybe because of buy in,maybe because of type of poker,but stillhe got bracelet that every player want and that whats most important,beside money prize!this was already 8th event at WSOP this year!
 CALICUL06/06/2019 08:13:58 GMT
It's the second game with buy-in of 10,000 dollars and entries are not so many but even so enough money has been gathered for few players. There is nothing wrong with that and i expect good results from the famous. For moment they did not have significant results.
 pajalnick06/06/2019 11:09:28 GMT
$ 10,000 is probably not a very large amount for professional poker players ... But for ordinary people, this is quite a large amount, which of course can lead to Profit, but beating 1,000 people is difficult ... and again I see the first bracelet getting ... more and more people are bracelet holders and it's wonderful
 bowie198406/06/2019 22:55:47 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
$ 10,000 is probably not a very large amount for professional poker players ... But for ordinary people, this is quite a large amount, which of course can lead to Profit, but beating 1,000 people is difficult ...

If I had 10k I rather pay for the entry on the Main Event.
 CALICUL07/06/2019 09:50:48 GMT
Categorical. The main event is the most important event but these people mostly of them, can afford to buy entry in this tournament. For who does not have money then he can buy where it is most important. There are many players and more paid places. Smile
 bowie198408/06/2019 13:29:16 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
Categorical. The main event is the most important event but these people mostly of them, can afford to buy entry in this tournament. For who does not have money then he can buy where it is most important. There are many players and more paid places. Smile

I guess. But again, 10k or 20k is still a lot of money there. Sometimes even some pros struggle to pay their tourney entries, that is why they often sell percentages.
 CALICUL09/06/2019 12:40:23 GMT
It is a very big competition in the poker world and it's normal for some professional players to have problems, when they want to play in exciting tournaments. It's not easy for them, but the WSOP organizers, should to make satellite tournaments during a year. This will bring more entries with less money.

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