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2018/19 WSOP Circuit - BICYCLE CASINO (Los Angeles)

Sunday, March 10, 2019 to Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ring Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,027,170
  • Entries: 678
  • Remaining: 0

EVENT UPDATE

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:56 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Sean Yu Conquers Main Event at the Bike, Winning Seventh Gold Ring


Sean Yu - The Bike Main Event Champion

Sean Yu capped off another incredible run with the World Series of Poker on Wednesday at the Bicycle Casino stop. The gold bracelet winner conquered a 678-entry field in Event #10: $1,700 Main Event, earning his second gold ring of the series, third victory at the Bike, fourth Circuit title of the 2018/2019 season, and seventh gold ring overall.

Needless to say, Yu has been nothing short of impressive on WSOP Circuit stage. But, a more specific significance to him, Yu has recently cemented himself as a crusher at the Bike, his hometown casino.

“I’ve been playing tournaments at the Bike since 2014, so like five years, and up till last year I had zero wins. I mean, I ran really bad here,” Yu mentioned. “I was like, ‘I got to try to break this.’ So, last December, at the Circuit stop, I won the H.O.R.S.E.”

“It came with the ring and that was really special to me because it was a mix game and a win at the Bike… I’m like, ‘okay, I can win here. The monkey off the back,” he continued.

Little did Yu know, his win in the H.O.R.S.E. ring event last December would just be the start. Fast forward a few months and the WSOPC returned to the Bike for the current Circuit series. Yu cruised to a victory in Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold’em, picking up his second win at the Bike and sixth career gold ring.

This occurred three days prior to the start of Event #10, the Main Event.

Yu did not fair well during Flight A, failing on two entries. He also busted out on his first bullet of Flight B. However, bullet number four proved strong for Yu who ran up his starting stack of 30,000 all the way to 394,000.

With just under 400,000 in chips, Yu entered Day 2 fourth in the counts and remained near the top throughout. There were only 12 players remaining at the end of Day 2 and Yu reigned as chip leader with 4,575,000 to his name.

Second in chips going into Day 3 was Andrew Moreno. In the end, it was Yu and Moreno facing off for the Main Event title, a matchup that seemed inevitable as they both remained as #1 and #2 in the counts nearly all of Day 3, swapping positions occasionally.

“Yeah, I had a feeling Moreno was going to be my toughest opponent, so I thought we were going to go heads up,” said Yu. “I thought we were going to, honestly, play for a long time. I thought it was going to drag on for like three, four hours, at least.”

Although the two competitors began heads-up action very deep, and it seemed the battle could be extensive one, that was not the case at all.

It took less than 15 hands for a cooler situation to arise, ending the Main Event. After of series of bets during preflop action and flop action, the two got it all in on the turn. When cards were revealed it was shown that Yu had flopped a set, while Moreno flopped two pair. Morneo was drawing dead to the river.

Moreno finished as the runner-up for $130,295 and Yu took home the grand purse of $210,585, a Circuit Main Event ring, and automatic seat in the Global Casino Championship, the same Championship Yu earned his WSOP gold bracelet in back in 2017.

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