Hossein Ensan Pockets $10M with Pocket Kings After an Engaging 101 Hands of Heads Up against Italian Dario Sammartino to Win the 2019 WSOP Main Event & His First WSOP Bracelet

Hossein Ensan Wins 2019 WSOP Main Event

It’s unbelievable, I cannot understand this moment. … I must go to sleep and wake up, and then maybe I know I have the bracelet. Maybe it’s a dream. I don’t know.
Hossein Ensan

The 50th annual tournament of the biggest poker event in the world is finally at an end. The 2019 World Series of Poker celebrated its Golden Jubilee at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth among others were honoured for their contribution to poker and the World Series of Poker at the WSOP First Fifty Honors Gala.

The 50th Anniversary of 2019 World Series of Poker was special and the Main Event featured a whopping total prize pool of $80,548,604 and a total of 1,286 players finished in the money. But, it was twice as special for Hossein Ensan as he finished first playing 101 heads up hands against Dario Sammartino to win the 2019 WSOP Main Event and his first WSOP bracelet. Oh, and he also took home the $10 Million first-place prize!

The $10,000 No-Limit Holdem Main Event began on 3rd July and commenced on 16th July and saw 8,569 entrants, making it the second-largest Main Event of all time (after 2006), according to WSOP.com. The structure of the WSOP Main Event was slightly modified this year. Players received 60,000 chips at the start of the tournament instead of 50,000, which was the standard starting stack in 2018.

In addition to the near-historic entrant pool, the Main Event also drew many notable former bracelet winners like the back-to-back Main Event champ Johnny Chan, 5-time WSOP bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen, 2016 Main Event winner Qui Nguyen and 2003 Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker.

The final table was reached on 12th July where 9 players battled it out for the coveted diamond-encrusted gold bracelet.

Place Name Prize
1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000
2nd Dario Sammartino $6,000,000
3rd Alex Livingston $4,000,000
4th Garry Gates $3,000,000
5th Kevin Maahs $2,200,000
6th Zhen Cai $1,850,000
7th Nick Marchington $1,525,000
8th Timothy Su $1,250,000
9th Milos Skrbic $1,000,000

2019 WSOP Main Event

Hossein Ensan Pockets $10M with Pocket Kings, Wins WSOP Main Event

Dario Sammartino (2nd), Hossein-Ensan (1st) and Alex Livingston (3rd)

The 50th World Series of Poker Main Event was one for the history books. During the 10-day competition, Hossein Ensan finished Day 8 and Day 9 as chip leader growing his chip stack from $34M to $177M by the time he got to the final table. Ensan had a commanding lead holding 60% of the chips in play among the three finalists (Ensan, Dario Sammartino, and Alex Livingston). Alex Livingston, a former chess champion, finished third and took home $4M for his third-place finish.

Ensan and Sammartino played a century of hands before a winner could be finally declared. During the 10th and final day of competition, Sammartino took the lead briefly but Ensan fought back to gain the upper hand again. On the 301st hand of the final table (the 100th hand between Ensan and Sammartino), Hossein Ensan raised to 11 million with pocket Kings and Sammartino called. The flop fell Ts-6s-2d, Sammartino checked and Ensan bet 15 million. Sammartino checked again on the 9c turn, Ensan bet 33 million and Sammartino moved all-in for 140 million. Ensan called, the river was Qc, giving the win to Ensan as Sammartino’s 8s-4s failed to hit a straight or flush.

Dario Sammartino finished second and had to settle for the $6 million runner-up prize.

WSOP on Twitter

Hossein Ensan is officially the 2019 WSOP Main Event champion! Ensan earns $10 million for his victory. https://t.co/TDeXea8dw3

He’s a really good guy. I met him a long time ago; we are friends and I really love him, so I’m really happy for him. Of course, I wanted to win this, but he is the winner, so bravo.
Dario Sammartino speaking to ESPN after the Main Event

Did You Know:

  • At 55, Hossein Ensan is the oldest player to win the WSOP Main Event since Ireland’s Noel Furlong, who won the 1999 Main Event at age 61.
  • Ensan is the second German champion in WSOP Main Event history after Pius Heinz, who won the Main Event in 2011.
  • He is also the third Iranian-born player to capture the main event title after Mansour Matloubi (1990) and Hamid Dastmalchi (1992).
  • He has made $12.6 million playing poker since 2013 (including 2019 WSOP Main Event).
  • Hossein Ensan is the first non-US WSOP Main Event champion since 2014.



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