England’s Ben Heath Scoops WSOP Gold And $1,484,085

Englands Ben Heath emerged victorious in Las Vegas last night, banking a massive $1,484,085 win and his 1st career WSOP gold bracelet after seeing off a strong challenge in a $50k High Roller final table tinged with controversy.

By: Andrew Burnett

Six players had returned for the 4th and final day’s play, Nick Petrangelo, Chance Kornuth, Sam Soverel, Dmitry Yurasov and Andrew LuckyChewy Lichtenberger all chasing chip leader Heath, in the knowledge that they already had a touch over $250k all sewn up.

With a top prize of more than $1.4million on the line, however, it was always going to be hard fought, Kornuth first to leave after becoming short-stacked following ‘a miserable start’ to the day’s play.

Petrangelo followed him to the rails in 5th when his AK couldn’t find any outs against Heath’s pocket queens, and then the talking point of the tournament occurred…Ike Haxton tweeting his thoughts on what was hopefully just a huge error by Sam Soverel…

Folding out of turn at such a massive point of a huge tournament, regardless of the reason, is an horrendous no-no, and Yurasov was rightly incensed - the live updates describing how he “angrily stood up, almost tossing his chair in the process”.

 

No luck for Yurasov and apparently no penalty for Soverel, the Russian hit the rails in 4th and was followed soon afterwards by the object of his ire in 3rd.

This left Lichtenberger and Heath to fight for the title and more than $½million difference in prizemoney - not to mention the gold bracelet, Heath the only player at the table without one.

That would soon change, though, as Heath called off an all-in and found himself behind, AJ versus AK, only for the flop to hit him hard – the jack followed by a pair of tens enough to land him WSOP gold and by far the biggest cash of his life.

Final results

1 Ben Heath $1,484,085
2 Andrew Lichtenberger $917,232
3 Sam Soverel $640,924
4 Dmitry Yurasov $458,138
5 Nick Petrangelo $335,181
6 Chance Kornuth $251,128

 

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