Next out, was bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia in 6th place ($10,511). Mandavia, who was short, three-bet shoved from the small blind with and found himself in bad shape against Daniel Mijac's in the big blind.
Mesa De Armas's heater eventually came to an end when Cheong managed to score a massive double against him to take the lead. Cheong flopped a full house and got maximum value through Mesa De Armas’s nut flush, taking the chip lead. A few hands later, Cheong eliminated Yeray Mesa De Armas in 5th place ($13,924) in an all in pre flop situation, flopping a flush with against Yeray Mesa De Armas’s .
Cheong leading became the highlight of the day as his chances of going back-to-back as champion of the $2,200 High Roller at the World series of poker at Planet Hollywood were extremely high. He started dominating most of the rest of the final table.
Rean was quietly building on his side and managed to eliminate Daniel Mijac in 4th place ($18,796) when he flopped a king with against Mijac’s sevens all in pre-flop. He continued adding to his stack slowly, eventually catching up with Cheong.
Rok Gostisa took 3rd place when he shoved his 8 big blinds from the small blind with . Cheong woke up with , made the call, and stayed ahead.
When the heads-up portion of play got underway, both players were not far apart in chips. However, Rean kept extending his lead while Cheong didn’t have much going his way. Eventually Cheong was down to 15 big blinds and decided to call an all in from Rean on a board. Rean revealed for a flopped set of aces and that was it for Cheong's hope of going back to back, as he was holding . Cheong couldn't finish up, taking the title of runner-up instead for a $36,342 payday.
Full Final Table Results:
1st - Nirath Rean - $58,802
2nd - Joseph Cheong - $36,348
3rd - Rok Gostisa - $25,876
4th - Daniel Mijac - $18,796
5th - Yeray Mesa De Armas - $13,924
6th - Ankush Mandavia - $10,511
7th - Daniel Barry - $8,085
8th - Colin Dentan - $6,333
9th - Malki Yaroon Zeev - $5,049