Take a Jesse McEuen, sprinkle him with chip dust, shake well (prepare for the fizz), toss him into a field of 714 players, and get ready for the sizzle and pop as he blasts into his first-ever final table and slides into first-place for a payday of $212,093 to capture his first gold bracelet!
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Everyone loves a Cinderella story, right? Right!
“I came here with a thousand bucks in my pocket,” McEuen said. “I basically came here with that, my dog, and my car – and that’s when I met my buddy John again, who really looked out for me. He gave me a shot to get back in the game.”
Find out more about the story behind McEuen's win here.
When heads-up play started between Jonas Lauck and Jesse McEuen, their chips stacks were close to even but by the time the next break hit, McEuen was in the lead.
Hand #167 was the first hand after the short break. Lauck bet 35,000 and McEuen raised to 135,000.
Lauck moved all-in and McEuen called. Lauck turned over the while McEuen tabled the .
The board ran out .
McEuen was ready to celebrate, but first things first. He went to Lauck for a handshake first.
Caityln Howe talks to Jesse:
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