Brandon Wong played to win his first gold bracelet at the WSOP Asia-Pacific in Melbourne, Australia, two months ago. He was up against Phil Ivey, and Wong finished runner-up to the world's greatest player.
Time changes everything. Wong sent Sebastian Saffari out in second place to win the title, the coveted gold bracelet, and the $220,061 in first-place money in Event #50 $2,500 10-Game Mix Six/Handed
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
The final day started with 20 players but one-by-one they were thrown to the curb as the march to final table continued. Konstantin Puchkov (18th), Robert Williamson III (17th), Tom McCormick (14th), Bruno Fitoussi (13th), 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer (11th), Mike Wattel (10th), and Brian Tate (9th) were on their way to the cashier long before they wanted to be.
Wong had a slight chip lead when heads-up started with Sebastian Saffari and continued to dominate until a very short-stacked Saffari went all-in on the button in No Limit Hold'em for about 180,000.
Wong looked down to Aces and immediately called.
The board came . The turn was the to give Saffari straight outs. But the river was the and Wong's aces held.
Brandon Wong scored a major victory in a difficult poker variant against a star-studded field. Congratulations Brandon!
Sarah Grant and Brandon talk about his win:
Read the full tournament report here.