Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:25 PM Local Time
Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
Guoliang Wei has captured the fourth Chinese WSOP gold bracelet by winning Event #68: $1,000+111 The Little One for One Drop. Wei defeated Francois Tosques of France heads-up after a fairytale ending. Holding an open-ended straight flush draw against Tosques' set of jacks, Wei caught the king of spades on the river to improve to a straight flush and win it all.
Wei plays poker mostly in China but made a few small cashes in the US before this one. As expected, it's Wei biggest score and second six-figure score of his career.
"I'm excited and happy," he smiled.
Wei came out from China with Du Yan (his wife) and friends to play the Main Event and this one. Yan and Wei left their six-month-old newborn at home with the babysitter. The young father can now return home with a gold WSOP bracelet.
"It means a lot to me," Wei said about the importance of winning the coveted prize. "Poker is booming in China right now. A lot of people watch this game regularly, but only a few of us can be here and compete. We consider poker an epic game, like the World Cup."
"It's our dream to come and win a bracelet in Vegas; that's the only goal."
Wei's plan was to be aggressive heads up and keep attacking. He started three-betting and getting folds, and that helped him gain momentum and stack advantage before winning it with the king of spades and the straight flush.
"I felt it, the king of spades, before it fell – in my mind."
Official Final Table Results
|3||Christopher Staats||United States||$254,580|
|4||Sung Joo Hyun||South Korea||$189,098|
|5||Richard Douglas||United States||$141,565|
|6||Jon Hoellein||United States||$106,822|
Final Day Action
At noon local time, fourteen players out of 4,732 strong field returned for the fourth and final day of this event. For each buyin in the prize pool, $111 would go to the One Drop foundation, bringing in more than half a million dollars for the charity that provides sustainable access to water.
Bracelet winner Justin Liberto would be the first to go after losing a big coinflip with ace-king against Erwann Pecheux' pocket sevens. Paul Byrne was the next one out the door, followed by Daria Feshchenko. The Russian, who was part of the 888poker 8-Team promotion during the Main Event, bowed out in 12th place after losing with ace-trey against Tosques' king-jack.
Another bracelet winner just fell short of the final table, as last year's Tag Team champion Aditya Sushant got railed when he ran king-jack into pocket queens. Richard Cox was the first out of the final ten who made the unofficial final table to bust, bringing the remaining nine players to the official final table. Filipino Lester Edoc finished in 9th place after losing pocket jacks to Tosques' king-seven.
Wei won a key pot against Pecheux at this stage, where he caught an ace on the turn to win with ace-king against Pecheux' pocket queens. The French pro never truly recovered from it; although it took until the 59th hand at the final table before he'd become the next to go. Pecheux shoved ace-ten from the cutoff and his countryman and fellow teammate Tosques reshoved on the button with pocket kings. No help for Pecheux made him the eight place finisher.
Brazil's Renato Kaneoya finished in seventh and Joe Hoellein ran out of chips in 6th place. At that point, the crowds started gathering, making the final table a treat to watch. While the boisterous rail was mostly on Tosques' hand, Wei brought in some friends of his own who screamed at the top of their lungs.
After Hoellein busted, Richard Douglas was the next to go shortly after, failing to improve in an all-in situation. South Korea's Sung Joo Hyun then followed out the door. Three-handed play quickly came down to just two people after the elimination of Christopher Staats, who got the last of his chips in preflop with ace-nine and was looked up and outflopped by the king-queen of Tosques.
The heads-up started with equal chip stacks and went back and forth until one hand decided it all. Wei limped on the button, Tosques raised and Wei called. On a jack-nine-deuce flop with the jack and nine of spades, Tosques bet, Wei raised and the Frenchman called. The turn was the queen of hearts and Tosques check-shoved a little more than Wei's bet. Tosques showed pocket jacks, Wei had queen-ten of spades and celebrated with his wife and friends after the king of spades fell on the river to make him China's fourth bracelet winner after Yueqi Zhu, Jiang Chen and Yunpeng Zhou.
This concludes PokerNews live coverage of this event, but don't go anywhere as the stakes get higher in both the Main Event and the Big One for One Drop.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:45 PM Local Time
Francois Tosques Eliminated in 2nd Place ($345,145)
Hand #167: Guoliang Wei called on the button, Francois Tosques raised to 1,600,000 from the big blind and Wei called. Tosques bet 900,000 on the flop, Wei raised 2,600,000 and the Frenchman called.
The turn brought the and Tosques checked. Wei bet 8 million. Tosques quickly shoved all in for 9,250,000 total and Wei called.
It was an incredible showdown, with Tosques holding a set of jacks and Wei sporting an open-ended straight flush draw. Both the French and Chinese railbirds flocked around the screens at the Brasilia Twitch stage to watch the river being dealt.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river to improve Wei to a straight flush and the victory in the Little One for One Drop. The Chinese player let out a huge victory cry and jumped in the arms of his friends, who all ran on the stage in celebration. Shocked, the French rail instantly fell silent upon seeing the river. Tosques, standing behind his chair, sunk to his knees and lowered his head on the table as his dream of winning a WSOP bracelet was over.
Tosques' run in this tournament ended in second place, which secured the French pro a massive payday of $345,145. Guoliang Wei has become the winner of Event #68: $1000 + 111 The Little One for One Drop and received the gigantic first place prize of $559,332 as well as the coveted bracelet.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
|Guoliang Wei||47,350,000||10,350,000 |
|François Tosques||0||-16,300,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:35 PM Local Time
Hands #165-166: Two for Tosques
Hand #165: Guoliang Wei raised to 1,250,000 and Francois Tosques called from the big blind. The flop got checked by both, as did the on the turn. Tosques bet 2,000,000 on the river and won the hand.
Hand #166: Tosques completed the button, Wei raised to 1,700,000, Tosques limp-shoved for 11,650,000, and Wei asked for a count. He thought for over a minute before folding.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:21 PM Local Time
Hands #160-164: Back and Forth
Hand #160: Guoliang Wei got a walk.
Hand #161: Francois Tosques got a walk.
Hand #162: Tosques limped the button and Wei checked. The flop came and Wei checked to Tosques, who bet 500,000. Wei called and they saw the pair the board on the turn. Both players checked and the river was the .
Wei checked, Tosques bet 500,000, and Wei quickly called. Tosques tabled for eights full of nines, good for the pot.
Hand #163: Wei raised to 1.25 million on the button and Tosques folded.
Hand #164: Tosques completed on the button and Wei made it 1.6 million in the big blind. Tosques folded and Wei won the pot.
|Guoliang Wei||37,000,000||-700,000 |
|François Tosques||16,300,000||800,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:14 PM Local Time
Hands #155-159: Wei Starting To Distance Himself
Hand #155: Guoliang Wei completed the button, Francois Tosques raised to 1,800,000, Wei limp-reraised to 5,000,000, and Tosques folded without hesitation.
Hand #156: Tosques completed and Wei checked his option. Wei checked the flop, Tosques bet 500,000, and Wei called. The turn was the and Wei checked. Tosques now bet 800,000 and Wei called again.
The river brought the and both players checked. Wei showed for a king high. Tosques couldn't beat it and had to muck. The Chinese rail erupted in a loud applause.
Hand #157: Wei raised the button and Tosques folded.
Hand #158: Tosques limped in and Wei checked. The flop got checked by both. Wei bet 900,000 on the turn and Tosques folded.
Hand #159: Wei limped in and Tosques checked. Tosques quickly check-folded to a 500,000 bet on .
|Guoliang Wei||37,700,000||5,600,000 |
|François Tosques||15,500,000||-5,700,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:07 PM Local Time
Hands #150-154: Wei Extends Lead
Hand #150: Francois Tosques limped on the button and Guoliang Wei three-bet to 1.7 million in the big blind. Tosques folded and Wei took the pot.
Hand #151: Wei raised to 1.2 million on the button and Tosques called in the big blind. The flop came and both players checked to the turn. Tosques checked, Wei bet 1.3 million, and Tosques folded.
Hand #152: Tosques raised to 1.25 million on the button and Wei pushed out a tower of 100K chips for a raise of around 4 million. Before the dealer could count it all the way down, Tosques let it go.
Hand #153: Wei completed on the button and Tosques checked. On the flop, Tosques checked, Wei bet 500,000, and Tosques folded.
Hand #154: Tosques raised to 1.25 million on the button and Wei called. On the flop, Wei checked, Tosques bet 1 million, and Wei called.
The fell on the turn and they both checked. The river was the . Both players checked and Wei's queen-four for fours and deuces was good for the pot.
|Guoliang Wei||32,100,000||6,000,000 |
|François Tosques||21,200,000||-5,900,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:54 PM Local Time
Hands #144-149: Dead Even
Hand #144: In the first hand of heads-up play, Francois Tosques raised to 1,250,000 and Guoliang Wei called. The flop was and both players checked.
The landed on the turn and Wei bet a million straight. Tosques had a different idea as he cut out raising chips. As soon as he slid a pile forward, Wei relinquished his hand.
Hand #145: Wei raised to 1,250,000 on the button and Tosques called. The flop got checked by both players. On the turn, Tosques bet 1,600,000 and Wei called.
The river brought the and Tosques checked. Wei studied the board before checking behind. Tosques showed for queen high and Wei showed for ace high and won the hand.
Hand #146: Tosques raised to 1,250,000 and won the hand.
Hand #147: Wei raised to 1,200,000 and Tosques bought a flop. The flop came down and Wei followed up with 900,000. Tosques quickly mucked.
Hand #148: Tosques raised to 1,250,000 and Wei gave up his big blind.
Hand #149: Wei raised to 1,300,000 and Tosques defended. Both players checked the flop and turn. Tosques bet 900,000 on the river and won the hand.
|François Tosques||27,100,000||6,450,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||26,100,000||-610,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:39 PM Local Time
Chris Staats Eliminated in 3rd Place ($254,580)
Hand #142: Francois Tosques got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #143: Chris Staats moved all in for 3.25 million on the button and Francois Tosques called in the small blind to put him at risk.
Tosques' rail screamed for a king or queen and it came on the flop. The turn and the river couldn't save Staats and he had to settle for third place, taking home $254,580 for his deep run in the Little One for One Drop.
The final two players are taking a short break to get ready for heads-up play.
|Guoliang Wei||26,710,000||910,000 |
|François Tosques||20,650,000||4,250,000 |
|Christopher Staats||0||-4,900,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:28 PM Local Time
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Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:27 PM Local Time
Hands #135-141: Wei and Tosques Keep Tangling
Hand #135: Francois Tosques raised to 825,000 on the button and Christopher Staats defended his big blind. Staats check-folded the flop to a 550,000 bet from Tosques.
Hand #136: Tosques got a walk.
Hand #137: Tosques completed the small blind and Guoliang Wei checked his option. The flop was and 400,000 from Tosques was enough.
Hand #138: Tosques limped the button, Wei raised to 1,700,000, and Staats and Tosques folded.
Hand #139: Wei raised to 900,000 on the button and Tosques peeled from the big. The flop was and both players checked.
The on the turn brought a second check from Tosques. Wei bet 1,200,000 and Tosques called.
On the river, Tosques checked a third time. Wei checked behind, Tosques showed , and won with ace high.
Hand #140: Tosques completed the small blind and Wei checked. Tosques bet 400,000 on the flop and Wei called.
The turn was the and Tosques opted to check. Wei cut out a bet of 2,000,000 and Tosques gave it up.
Hand #141: Wei limped the small blind and Staats checked his option. The flop came and they checked to the turn. Wei bet 400,000 and Staats raised to 800,000. Wei called and the river was the . Both players checked and Wei showed , good for the pot.
|Guoliang Wei||25,800,000||-1,100,000 |
|François Tosques||16,400,000||3,000,000 |
|Christopher Staats||4,900,000||-1,900,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:18 PM Local Time
Hand #130-134: Chips Move Around
Hand #130: Francois Tosques limped the button, Guoliang Wei folded the small blind, and Chris Staats checked his big blind. On the flop, Staats checked, Tosques bet 550,000, and Staats folded.
Hand #131: Tosques got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #132: Tosques completed in the small blind and Wei checked his option. They checked through a board of and Wei showed king-nine for a pair of nines to win the pot.
Hand #133: Wei completed in the small blind and Staats checked. They both checked the flop and the turn. On the river, Wei check-folded to Staats' bet of 400,000.
Hand #134: Wei raised to 900,000 on the button and both blinds folded.
|Guoliang Wei||26,900,000||700,000 |
|François Tosques||13,400,000||-200,000 |
|Christopher Staats||6,800,000||-500,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:12 PM Local Time
Hand #129: Wei Spikes Ace for Chip Lead
Hand #129: Francois Tosques raised to 1,400,000 in the small blind. Guoliang Wei three-bet to 4,000,000 in the big blind. Tosques four-bet shoved all in and Wei, who played 13,100,000 total, called it off after 30 seconds.
The Chinese and French rail jumped on their feet and cheered for the ace and seven, respectively. The flop was safe for Tosques, but the landed on the turn to send the Chinese fans in a frenzy. The river was the and Wei doubled into the chip lead.
|Guoliang Wei||26,200,000||13,100,000 |
|François Tosques||13,600,000||-13,000,000 |
|Christopher Staats||7,300,000||-100,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:09 PM Local Time
Hands #124-128: Tosques Gets Some Back
Hand #124: Tosques raised on the button and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #125: Wei raised the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #126: Tosques raised to 1.4 million in the small blind and Wei folded.
Hand #127: Wei limped the small blind and Chris Staats checked his option. On the flop, both players checked and the turn was the . Wei bet 600,000 and Staats let it go.
Hand #128: Staats limped the small blind and Tosques checked. On the flop, Staats checked, Tosques bet 400,000 and Staats folded.
|François Tosques||26,600,000||1,200,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||13,100,000||500,000 |
|Christopher Staats||7,400,000||-1,600,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:03 PM Local Time
Hands #116-123: Wei Doubles Through Tosques
Hand #116: Guoliang Wei shoved 7,030,000 on the button and won the hand.
Hand #117: Francois Tosques shoved from the small blind and Wei folded the big blind.
Hand #118: Tosques raised to 825,000 on the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #119: Tosques got a walk.
Hand #120: Tosques limped in the small blind and Wei checked his option. The flop was and Tosques took it with a bet of 400,000.
Hand #121: Christopher Staats got a walk.
Hand #122: Tosques got a walk.
Hand #123: Tosques completed the small blind and Wei checked his option. On the flop, Tosques checked and Wei checked as well.
Out of nowhere, the action escalated on the turn. Tosques bet 550,000, Wei shoved all in for 5,830,000, and Tosques called after 20 seconds.
The French rail gathered around the screen and screamed for a king on the top of their lungs. The river was the and suddenly, the up-to-that-point-reasonably-quiet Chinese railbirds exploded in loud cheers of their own, rivaling those of the French in volume.
|François Tosques||25,400,000||-5,500,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||12,600,000||5,600,000 |
|Christopher Staats||9,000,000||-100,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:53 PM Local Time
Sung Joo Hyun Eliminated in 4th Place ($189,098)
Hand #115: François Tosques raised to 825,000 under the gun and Sung Joo Hyun moved all in for 2.09 million in the small blind. Christopher Staats got out of the way in the big blind and Tosques tossed in a chip to call.
The flop came , and Tosques rail called for "Black, black, black."
The turn was the and Erwann Pecheux, who has joined the French rail, yelled: "That's the best black in the deck!"
The on the river was safe as Hyun missed his flopped flush draw.
Hyun finished in fourth place, earning him $189,098 for his deep run.
|François Tosques||30,900,000||4,800,000 |
|Christopher Staats||9,100,000||-1,700,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||7,000,000||-200,000 |
|Sung Joo Hyun||0||-2,600,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:49 PM Local Time
Hands #111-114: More for Tosques
Hand #111: Chris Staats got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #112: Francois Tosques got a walk.
Hand #113: Tosques moved all in from the small blind, putting Guoliang Wei to the test in the big blind and Wei let his hand go. Another for Tosques.
Hand #114: It folded to Wei in the small blind and he raised to 2.54 million. Sung Joo Hyun folded and Wei took it down.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:45 PM Local Time
Richard Douglas Eliminated in 5th Place ($189,098)
Hand #110: Francois Tosques opened to 825,000 from the cutoff. Douglas three-bet shoved 5,680,000 on the button and Tosques instantly called.
The board ran out and Tosques' hand remained best. The French rail completely exploded, chanting 'Allez Francois' among other chants for at least 30 seconds. Under all the noise, Douglas quietly exited the stage to collect his fifth-place prize money.
|François Tosques||26,100,000||6,100,000 |
|Christopher Staats||10,800,000||1,100,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||7,200,000||-1,100,000 |
|Sung Joo Hyun||2,600,000||-800,000 |
|Richard Douglas||0||-6,000,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:42 PM Local Time
Hands #108-109: One for Staats
Hand #108: Richard Douglas got a walk.
Hand #109: Christopher Staats raised to 800,000 from the cutoff and Guolian Wei defended the big blind. Staats bet 600,000 on the flop and Wei folded.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:38 PM Local Time
Hands #103-107: Tosques Wins Four of Five, French Rail Erupts
Hand #103: Francois Tosques shoved all in from the button with a dead small blind and took down the pot.
Hand #104: Chris Staats raised to 800,000 from middle position and the remaining players folded.
Hand #105: Tosques raised to 825,000 in the cutoff and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #106: Tosques raised to 825,000 under the gun and the remaining players folded. He won another pot and his rail erupted in more French shouting.
Hand #107: It folded to Sung Joo Hyun on the button and he raised to 800,000. Tosques moved all in from the big blind and Hyun had a decision for his stack. He folded and Tosques won yet another pot.
|François Tosques||20,000,000||3,100,000 |
|Christopher Staats||9,700,000||100,000 |
|Guoliang Wei||8,300,000||-200,000 |
|Richard Douglas||6,000,000||-400,000 |
|Sung Joo Hyun||3,400,000||-1,700,000 |
Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:27 PM Local Time
Level 37 started