Joseph Cheong Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,000 Double Stack Event

Joseph Cheong has broken his duck in the $1,000 Double Stack NL Event #34. The Korean born American has come close before with a couple of second places and third in the 2010 Main Event, but finally the 33-year-old has made it across the line in first place.

By: Mark Patrickson

Cheong bested his rivals in a huge 6,214 field to collect $687,782 which takes his all-time live tournament winnings right up to $14 million.

For most of the five days the tournament ran over Cheong held onto a decent stack. By the time we arrived at the sharp end he was in prime position to start dominating his opponents. In fact, during the final table stage he was responsible for four eliminations himself.

When the heads-up stage arrived Cheong was in possession of a 3-1 chip lead and the result never looked in doubt. He only ever looked forward and was in complete command the whole time. David Ivers did pull the situation back to 3-1 at one point but quickly gave the chips back. Cheong eventually sealed the deal when his KJ outflopped Ivers’ A3.

Final results:

1 Joseph Cheong $687,782
2 David Ivers $424,791
3 Zinan Xu $314,875
4 Andrea Buonocore $235,099
5 Arianna Son $176,820
6 Ido Ashkenazi $133,970
7 David Guay $102,258
8 Ivan Deyra $78,638
9 Brock Wilson $60,930



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