Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:22 AM Local Time
Hand #364 - Qui Nguyen Wins 2016 WSOP Main Event
Qui Nguyen (pictured above) raises to 8,500,000 on the button and Gordon Vayo (pictured below) moves all in for 53,000,000 from the big blind. Nguyen quickly calls.
Vayo shows and is dominated by Nguyen's .
The crowd rises to their feet in anticipation of the flop and the respective cheers begin.
The flop is and Nguyen flops top pair, but Vayo flops a double gutshot straight draw. Vayo needs to hit an eight or a queen to double up again and continue this heads-up match.
"Pair the board!" yells the fans on Nguyen's rail.
The turn is the and Vayo is one card away from a runner-up finish, while Nguyen is one card away from more than an $8 million first place prize and a Main Event title.
The river is the and the fans erupt in celebration. Nguyen drags the pot with a pair of kings and Vayo is eliminated in second place. Vayo takes home $4,661,228 for his second place finish.
Nguyen is the newest Main Event champion. He takes home $8,005,310 along with his first WSOP bracelet and his name etched into poker history.
A full recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.
Qui Nguyen - 2016 WSOP Main Event Champion ($8,005,310)
Gordon Vayo - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,661,228)