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2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 17, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016

Event #28: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,034,000
  • Entries: 110
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06/20/16 01:48:45 AM PST
 
Ian Johns Wins His Second Bracelet of the Summer
 

 

Ian Johns has just won his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet – not bad for a cash game pro who only plays about half a dozen poker tournaments a year, by his own admission.

The high-stakes poker pro who splits time between the Pacific Northwest, from where he originates, and Las Vegas where he plays regularly, won the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament.  The competition took place over three days and nights was concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Johns collected $290,635 in prize money, along with his third career gold bracelet.

“I’m ecstatic.  It’s so far out there,” said Johns moments after victory in a post-tournament interview.  “I don’t even play in that many tournaments.  I never dreamed of it.  I never even thought about it.”

Remarkably, Johns has now won two WSOP titles this year.  He’s one of two players to accomplish that rare feat, barely into the third week of the series.  Jason Mercier also won two events, so far in 2016.  Johns previously won the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, which ended about two weeks ago.  He pocketed $212,604 for that impressive win, along with a cash in another event in between, Johns has taken in more than $500,000 at this year’s series.

“I don’t think it has to do with pressure.  I think it has to do more with someone playing their best,” Johns said in response to a question as to why so many WSOP winners repeat, sometimes in the same year.  “This time, I was so focused.  It was at a level that I’ve never reached before where I was so in tune with what was going on.  It’s kind of surreal, really.  My mind was locked in – that’s the bigger reason why I think there are repeats.”

Johns now has more than $1 million in WSOP earnings.  Yet, he doesn’t play in many events, preferring instead to focus most of his time and attention on cash games. When he does play tournaments, they are almost always limit events.  Johns almost never plays No-Limit Hold’em.

“I used to play a lot of No-Limit.  But these guys, they passed me by eons ago.  I get in the game and I don’t know what I’m doing.  They’re so advanced now.  I feel lost in hands, so I chose not to play, which seems like a reasonable thing to do.  When I’m not playing these limit tournaments, I’m playing in cash games, which are limit.”

Johns won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which was absolutely stacked with talent and experience – although some of the adversaries were not quite as proficient at the Limit form of Hold’em.  Some of the more notable names present included David Chiu, Bill Chen, Brock Parker, and Brian Rast.  Like Johns, they were all multiple gold bracelet winners.

The ultimate moment of triumph came after most of the field was eliminated and Johns was heads-up against a relative newcomer to the bright lights of WSOP final tables, Sean Berrios, from St. Croix, Virgin Islands.  Johns began the duel with about a 3 to 1 chip lead and was never in serious danger of elimination.

Johns’ two victories means he’s now in serious contention to give Mercier a run for his money in the WSOP “Player of the Year” race.  However, Johns admitted he doesn’t play as many forms of poker and doesn’t plan on entering as many tournaments (as Mercier, and others).

Aside from playing, Johns has also been a poker instructor.  He’s been a tutor in the Limit Hold’em section of The Poker Academy, which also includes Rep Porter, who won a gold bracelet this year as well.

This tourney attracted 110 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $1,034,000.  The top 17 finishers collected prize money.

Aside from Ian Johns, the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:

Second Place:  Sean Berrios, from the Caribbean paradise of St. Croix was that island’s highest WSOP finisher ever by coming in second.  He was a former U.S. military serviceman who completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan and currently works as an Air Force contractor.  Berrios has now cashed seven times at the WSOP and collected his biggest payday ever with this feat, which paid $179,635.

Third Place:  Alexander Balynskiy, from Novorossiysk,,Russia ran deep and finished in third place.  This was his first time to cash in a WSOP event of any kind.  Balynskiy is primarily an online poker player who is now playing more live cash games and tournaments.  He pocketed $125,571.

Fourth Place:  David Chiu, from Las Vegas, NV a five-time gold bracelet winner made his deepest run at the WSOP in three years with his fourth-place showing.  Chiu now has 73 cashes and more than $3.6 million in earnings after pocketing $89,810 for this fine effort.  Chiu’s first gold bracelet win took place twenty years ago, appropriately enough in Limit Hold’em.

Fifth Place:  Jeff Thompson, from San Diego, CA enjoyed his second final table appearance in a WSOP event.  He previously finished second in a Six-Handed Limit Hold’em tourney in 2013.  Thompson collected $65,752 in prize money.

Sixth Place:  Bill Chen, from Lafayette Hill, PA won two gold bracelets at the 2006 WSOP.  Hoping to reclaim some of that same thunder a decade later, Chen found himself short-stacked throughout Day Two and Day Three, but still managed to go deep enough to finish in sixth place.  Chen received $49,304.  He now has 38 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.7 million in career WSOP earnings.

Seventh Place:  Brock Parker, from Silver Spring, MD is a three-time gold bracelet winner, with one of his wins in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em.  He received $37,888 for seventh place and now has in excess of $2.3 million won at the WSOP.

Eighth Place:  Brian Rast, from Las Vegas, NV won two gold bracelets, both in 2011.  He hoped to break what’s been something of a jinx the last five series, but fell short as the eight-place finisher.  Rast received $29,855.  He now has 28 WSOP cashes and more than $4.3 million in accumulated earnings as the series.

Ninth Place:  Anh Van Nguyen, from Toronto, Ontario (Canada) rounded out the finale, and was the first player to bust out of the official final table.  He collected $24,140 in what was his 24th time to cash in a WSOP event.

This was the 28th official event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 41 gold bracelet events still to go this summer at the 2016 WSOP.

06/20/16 12:10:16 AM PST
 
Ian Johns Wins the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($290,635)
 


Ian Johns Wins his Second Bracelet of the Summer

Ian Johns raises from the button, Sean Berrios three-bets from the big blind, and Johns calls.

Berrios bets in the dark and the flop is    . Johns raises and Berrios calls.

Berrios bets in the dark again and turn is the  . Johns raises and Berrios calls all in for his remaining 55,000.

Johns:   
Berrios:   

Johns leads with a pair of eights and a flush draw, against Berrios's ace-high.

The river is the  , no help to Berrios, locking up a second bracelet win of the summer for Johns, and a first-place prize of $290,534.

Sean Berrios finishes runner up for $179,625.


Sean Berrios (left) - 2nd Place ($179,625)

06/20/16 12:02:38 AM PST
 
Ian Johns Finds a Flush
 

Ian Johns raises on the button, Sean Berrios three bets in the big blind, and Johns calls.

The flop comes    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, Berrios raises, and Johns calls.

The turn is the   and both players check.

The river is the  . Berrios bets in the dark and Johns calls.

Berrios shows    for a pair of eights and Johns shows    for a flush to win the pot.

Ian Johns - 4,605,000 (23 BB)
Sean Berrios - 905,000 (4 BB)

06/19/16 11:45:11 PM PST
 
Level 24 Begins
 
Level:24  Limits:100,000/200,000  
06/19/16 11:39:11 PM PST
 
Break
 

 

The players are in the midst of a 15-minute break. The limits will be 100,000/200,000 when play resumes.

Ian Johns - 3,605,000 (18 BB)
Sean Berrios - 1,905,000 (9 BB)

06/19/16 11:39:10 PM PST
 
Ian Johns Makes the Nuts, Extends His Lead
 

Sean Berrios completes on the button, Ian Johns raises in the big blind, and Berrios calls.

The flop is    . Johns bets, Berrios raises, Johns makes it three bets, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the  . Johns bets and Berrios calls.

The river is the  . Johns bets out again and Berrios calls.

Johns announces that he has the nuts and shows   . Berrios mucks and Johns rakes in the pot.

Ian Johns - 3,605,000 (22 BB)
Sean Berrios - 1,905,000 (12 BB)

06/19/16 11:34:21 PM PST
 
Ian Johns Back In the Lead
 

Ian Johns raises on the button and Sean Berrios calls in the big blind.

The flop is    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the  . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The   falls on the river and Berrios checks, Johns bets again, and Berrios calls.

Johns shows    for top pair and Berrios mucks.

Ian Johns - 2,810,000 (17 BB)
Sean Berrios - 2,700,000 (16 BB)

06/19/16 11:26:15 PM PST
 
More For Sean Berrios
 

Sean Berrios limps from the button and Ian Johns checks his option.

The flop is     and Johns bets. Berrios calls.

The turn is the   and Johns checks. Berrios bets and Johns calls.

The river is the   and both players check.

Berrios shows    for a pair of jacks, Johns mucks, and Berrios wins the pot.

Sean Berrios - 3,180,000 (20 BB)
Ian Johns - 2,330,000 (14 BB)

06/19/16 11:23:16 PM PST
 
Sean Berrios Retakes the Lead
 

Ian Johns raises form the button and Sean Berrios calls from the big blind.

The flop is    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the  . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The river is the   and both players check.

Berrios shows    for a pair of fives, Johns mucks, and Berrios wins the pot.

Sean Berrios - 2,860,000 (18 BB)
Ian Johns - 2,650,000 (16 BB)

06/19/16 11:18:59 PM PST
 
Sean Berrios Fills Up
 

Ian Johns raises on the button and Sean Berrios calls.

The flop comes    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the   and both players check.

The river is the  . Berrios leads out and Johns calls.

Berrios shows    for a full house and Johns mucks.

Sean Berrios - 2,600,000 (16 BB)
Ian Johns - 2,910,000 (18 BB)

06/19/16 11:13:07 PM PST
 
Sean Berrios Turns a Straight
 

Sean Berrios raises from the button, Ian Johns three-bets from the big blind, and Berrios calls.

The flop is     and Johns bets. Berrios calls.

The turn is the   and Johns bets. Berrios calls.

The river is the   and Johns bets. Berrios raises and Johns calls.

Berrios tables    for a straight, Johns turns to his rail and smiles at them, and mucks his hand.

"Two black aces," says Johns.

Sean Berrios - 2,170,000 (13 BB)
Ian Johns - 3,340,000 (21 BB)

06/19/16 11:09:09 PM PST
 
Sean Berrios Gets Some Back
 

 
Sean Berrios

Ian Johns raises from the button and Sean Berrios calls from the big blind.

The flop is    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, Berrios check-raises, and Johns calls.

The turn is the  . Berrios bets and Johns calls.

The river is the  . Berrios bets and Johns calls.

Berrios tables    for a flush, Johns mucks, and Berrios wins the pot.

Sean Berrios - 1,810,000 (11 BB)
Ian Johns - 3,700,000 (23 BB)

06/19/16 11:06:03 PM PST
 
Ian Johns Turns the Nuts
 

Ian Johns raises, Sean Berrios makes it three bets on the button, and Johns calls.

The flop is    . Johns checks, Berrios bets, Johns raises, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the  . Johns bets and Berrios calls.

The river is the  . Johns bets, Berrios raises, and Johns makes it three bets. Berrios thinks for a little while and calls.

Johns shows    for the nut straight and Berrios mucks.

Ian Johns - 4,300,000 (27 BB)
Sean Berrios - 1,210,000 (7 BB)

06/19/16 10:58:02 PM PST
 
Ian Johns Strikes First
 

Ian Johns raises from the button, Sean Berrios three-bets from the big blind, and Johns calls.

The flop is    . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The turn is the  . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

The river is the  . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

Johns tables    for trip sevens, Berrios mucks, and Johns wins the pot.

Ian Johns - 3,285,000 (20 BB)
Sean Berrios - 2,225,000 (14 BB)

06/19/16 10:50:36 PM PST
 
Heads-Up Play Begins
 

 

Heads-Up play will begin shortly with the following chip counts.

Sean Berrios - 2,865,000 (18 BB)
Ian Johns - 2,645,000 (16 BB)

06/19/16 10:48:07 PM PST
 
Alexander Balynskiy Eliminated by Ian Johns in 3rd Place ($125,571)
 

 
Alexander Balynskiy Eliminated in 3rd Place

Ian Johns raises from the small blind, Alexander Balynskiy makes it three bets from the big blind, Johns makes it four bets, and Balynskiy call all in for less.

Johns:   
Balynskiy:   

The board runs out      

Johns is ahead preflop and Balynskiy can't find help on the board. He is eliminated in 3rd place ($125,571).

Ian Johns - 2,645,000 (16 BB)
Alexander Balynskiy - Eliminated

06/19/16 10:41:23 PM PST
 
Sean Berrios Pulls Nearly Even with Ian Johns
 

Sean Berrios raises from the button, Ian Johns three-bets from the small blind, and Berrios calls.

The flop is     and Johns bets. Berrios calls.

The turn is the   and both players check.

The river is the   and Johns bets. Berrios calls.

"Two pair," says Johns.

Berrios tables    for a flush and wins the pot.

Sean Berrios - 2,500,000 (15 BB)
Ian Johns - 2,680,000 (17 BB)

06/19/16 10:36:14 PM PST
 
Level 23 Started
 
Level:23  Limits:80,000/160,000  
06/19/16 10:36:06 PM PST
 
Ian Johns and Sean Berrios Chop One Up
 

Sean Berrios completes in the small blind and Ian Johns checks in the big blind.

The flop is    . Berrios bets, Johns raises, Berrios three bets, and Johns calls.

The turn is the  . Berrios bets, Johns raises, and Berrios calls.

The river is the  . Berrios checks, Johns bets, and Berrios calls.

Berrios:   
Johns:   

Both players have trip jacks and are playing the nine and seven on the board. They chop it up.

Ian Johns - 3,300,000 (27 BB)
Sean Berrios - 1,625,000 (14 BB)

06/19/16 10:31:02 PM PST
 
Ian Johns Leaves Alexander Balynskiy Short
 

Ian Johns raises on the button, Alexander Balynskiy makes it three bets from the small blind, and Johns calls.

The flop is     and Balynskiy leads out. Johns raises, Balynskiy makes it three bets, and Johns calls. 

The turn is the  . Balynskiy bets and Johns calls.

The river is the  . Balynskiy checks, Johns bets, and Balynskiy calls.

Johns shows    for a pair of aces and Balynskiy mucks.

Ian Johns - 3,300,000 (27 BB)
Alexander Balynskiy - 380,000 (3 BB)

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