Femi Fashakin Wins Biggest Live Event in History for $1.147 Million and WSOP Gold

Femi Fashakin won the biggest live tournament in poker history last night, scooping the celebratory BIG 50 $500 buy-in NLHE gold bracelet and a staggering $1.147 million…

By: Andrew Burnett

The Florida software engineer, originally from Nigeria, had just under $60k in Hendon Mob cashes before this week - learning his poker trade at local bars before moving up to mid-stakes tournaments in Tampa and then South Florida events.

Five days into the 28,371 entry BIG 50 and Femi was assured of a 6-figure cash as he sat down at the final table, the remaining seven players all eyeing up the $1million+ payout up top.

Short stacks and rising blinds took care of several of the bustouts, and when Israel’s Rafi Elharar fell in 3rd for more than $½million, it left Fashakin and Las Vegas local Paul Cullen to battle for WSOP gold.

Fashakin became the first person to ever have more than a billion (!) chips in front of him and soon afterwards looked down at pocket aces – the hand holding up against Cullen’s QJ and scooping the jackpot.

Immediately after his historic win he told WSOP reporters he was: “Overwhelmed, it’s really amazing, super excited. I can't even describe it but I’m also grateful and it's a humbling experience!”

Final Table Results:

1 Femi Fashakin $1,147,449
2 Paul Cullen $709,183
3 Rafi Elharar $534,574
4 Nicholas Chow $405,132
5 Walter Atwood $308,701
6 Danny Ghobrial $237,609
7 Adrian Curry $182,192
8 Morten Christensen $141,126
9 David Rasmussen $109,922



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