A prize pool of $674,310 grew out of the pockets of the 247 players that showed up on June 26th to play for a First Place prize of $165,205 knowing 26 others would finish in the money and the rest would go home with memories of straights vs. flushes and pairs vs. sets and bluff vs. rebluff.
Event #48 was Limit Holdem...how much rebluffing can one do?
We cannot verify that he bluffed or rebluffed but Kenny Hsiung was the last player standing. From an online poker career at the age of 19 to 'I'm a pretty big spender,' to 'I just stopped winning,' may tell part of the story because Hsiung is a student at UNLV and says he doesn't really play much poker - now.
WSOP Question: What are you studying?
KENNY: Gaming Management.
WSOP Question: You might get into this industry, perhaps? Is that the idea?
KENNY: Maybe. I just kind of want to go to Macau and meet Asian girls!
We are going to guess that with a poker win of this magnitude that Hsiung could book a flight for Macau tomorrow and afford to set up his own ‘meet and greet.’ Before Hsiung flies off to Macau however, let's report the final hand of the tournament.
Kenny Hsiung raised on the button with Robert Hwang calling to see a flop of . Hwang checked and Hsiung bet. Hwang check-raised and Hsiung shoved in another raise which Hwang called. The turn brought the and the rest of the money went to the middle.
Hwang held the to Hsiung's . The on the river gave Hsiung the victory with king-high. Robert Hwang was done, heading home in second place with $102,118.
Kenny Hsiung survived a tough field to get to the champion's chair. The pros like Chad Brown, Jonathan Duhamel, Brandon Young, Justin Bonomo, Vladimir Shchmelev, Dwight Pilgrim, and others were out in force.
Congratulations to Kenny Hsiung who now has a WSOP gold bracelet and $165,205 for his first place win. Ladies of Macau, be warned, a Hsiung might be loose in the land soon.
Lynn Gilmartin of PokerNews.com talks to Hsiung after his win:
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