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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 to Thursday, June 27, 2024

Event #64: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

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  • Buy-in: $600
  • Prizepool: $2,684,130
  • Entries: 5,263
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 28, 2024 1:12 AM Local Time (about 24 days and 6 hours ago)
Christopher Moen Wins First Bracelet and $289,323 in Event #64: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

Christopher Moen

It wasn't easy for Christopher Moen, but he managed to grind it out over the course of two days and was crowned a champion for his efforts at the 2024 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. To do so, Moen defeated Thomas Kuess in a quick heads-up battle on Day 2 to take down Event 64: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack. In fact, the heads-up showdown only lasted ten hands before Moen emerged as the winner.

Moen won a $289,323 prize and, of course, a WSOP bracelet, the first of his poker career, while Kuess collected $192,809 for his runner-up finish.

Final Table Results

1Christopher MoenUnited States$289,323
2Thomas KuessAustria$192,809
3Cody ChungUnited States$143,258
4August SmrekUnited States$107,289
5John RicksenUnited States$80,996
6Cal NailnUnited States$61,642
7Daniel HiroseUnited States$47,295
8Guilherme De CastroBrazil$36,586
9Vance IsonoUnited States$28,536

"That was impressive, wasn't it?" the Sioux Falls native joked with PokerNews after the fact, "I mean, I really hit that string of cards, and then I really took off," he said, referring to his late-night heater.

"And, of course, I had to get lucky. I wouldn't even be here if I hadn't spiked one with pocket tens against queens earlier in the day. It's just how it is."

With Moen, it wasn't only luck that was on his side; he was applying maximum pressure to his opponents to stay in the lead and worked it to great success. This combo of luck and skill is what it takes to be a champion, and that is exactly what happened here tonight as he took home his biggest score to date. Moen says he plays poker a lot but still has a full-time job back in South Dakota driving a charter bus and really only came out to Vegas to play a few events with his nephew, who was on his rail despite the fact he was being blinded out in another tournament.

Christopher Moen
Christopher Moen

"I had to take time off from work to be here, and I honestly haven't been able to play anything else since I've been here, but I cant really be too mad about that!" Moen laughed when asked what the rest of his WSOP schedule looked like, but also said he had no real plans for his winnings and it was still sinking in.

Action on the Day

After the frenzy of Day 1 of this event, Day 2 was no different. Players put all of their chips into the middle with zero regard for their safety. By the time the first break rolled around, more than half of the field was already lost in desperate attempts to double up or bust.

The action really only slowed down as they approached the final three tables, and even then, they were down to 27 in no time. That's when the surviving players bagged up and migrated over to the Horseshoe Event Center, aka 'The Thunderdome', to join the chaos comprising several coinciding final tables, all with their own massive rails. But before they knew it, they dwindled down to the final two tables, and then Francis Beauregard was eliminated in 11th by John Ricksen to send the surviving members to the final table, with Ricksen leading the charge.

Final Table

Once at the final table, however, it quickly became the Moen show as he and Ricksen chopped to bust out Vance Isono in ninth, followed by Guilherme De Castro in eighth as his ace-jack was no match for Moen's ace-king. Moen then continued to amass chips and next busted out Daniel Hirose in seventh when he caught a pair of eights on the turn with ace-eight against the ace-ten of Hirose.

Right after that is when things started to go downhill for Ricksen as he first doubled up August Smrek, who held aces against his king-jack and then he doubled up Cody Chung who held ace-king against his jack-ten. After these two rough hands, Ricksen was very short and in survival mode when he got very lucky. A huge hand unfolded between Cal Nailn and Moen when Nailn four-bet jammed with king-three suited and Moen called off with ace-ten offsuit for heaps of chips. Moen drilled a ten on the turn, and the river was a brick to eliminate Nailn in sixth place, earning Ricksen a big pay jump.

Cal Nailn
Cal Nailn

Ricksen then proceeded to get it all in on the very next hand against Moen with seven-nine suited, but Moen's ace-three triumphed and knocked him out in fifth place. Moen then continued the steamroll by knocking out Smrek, who held ace-jack, but Moen's queen-eight found a pair to send him out in fourth. Kuess then gained some momentum when he doubled through Moen by spiking a straight on the river, and that gave him enough chips to knock out Cody Chung in third when his queen-three bested his ace-eight by making a pair of eights.

Moen and Kuess then entered their heads-up battle, with Moen holding a little over a 2:1 chip advantage over Kuess, but it wasn't long til it was all over.

After checking through the flop in a raised pot, Kuess moved all in and was snap-called by Moen. Kuess flipped over nine-ten for a flopped pair of tens, but Moen had him drawing stone-dead as he had already made two pair with kings and tens. The river ace was just a formality, and the pot was shipped to Moen, declaring him a new owner of a WSOP gold bracelet and giving him a handsome payday of $289,323.

Thomas Kuess
Thomas Kuess

That concludes the coverage of Event # 64: $600 No-Limit Deeptack here at the 2024 World Series of Poker, but keep an eye on PokerNews for all of the updates!

Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:46 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Thomas Kuess Eliminated in 2nd Place ($143,258)

Thomas Kuess

Christopher Moen raised to 7,500,000 preflop, and Thomas Kuess called to see a flop of    .

Both players then checked and went to the turn  . Kuess then announced he was all in and Moen quickly called to put him at risk, a bracelet on the line.

Thomas Kuess:   
Christopher Moen:   

"Wow, I'm drawing dead..." Kuess sighed as he realized the bracelet was no longer within his grasp; Moen already had two pair.

The river was just a formality as it came the   and Moen was shipped the pot for the win while Kuess was named the runner-up.

Christopher Moen158,130,00067,130,000
Thomas Kuess0-67,000,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:39 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Moen Folds to Kuess

Thomas Kuess raised from the small blind to 5,500,000, and Christopher Moen called from the big blind.

After seeing the     flop, the action went to Kuess, who raised to 5,000,000. Moen re-raised to 15,000,000, and Kuess responded with jam for their entire 41,050,000 stack.

Moen took some time but made the fold, and Kuess scooped the pot.

Christopher Moen91,000,000-10,000,000
Thomas Kuess67,000,00021,000,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:25 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Heads-Up Play Begins

After the elimination of Cody Chung, Christopher Moen and Thomas Kuess have began their heads-up battle, with Moen holding more than a 2:1 chip advantage over Kuess

Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:23 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Cody Chung Eliminated in 3rd Place ($143,258)

Cody Chung

Cody Chung moved all in preflop and was called by Thomas Kuess to put him at risk of elimination.

Cody Chung:   
Thomas Kuess:   

Chung was ahead of Kuess with his ace-high, but the flop of     put Kuess in the lead with his pair of queens. The turn   gave Chung some extra outs with a flush draw, but the river   was a brick that sent him to the rail for a third-place finish.

Christopher Moen101,000,000-9,000,000
Thomas Kuess46,000,00017,000,000
Cody Chung0-16,200,000
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:14 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
August Smrek Eliminated in 4th place ($107,289)

August Smrek

Christopher Moen raised from the button to 10,000,000, and August Smrek moved all in and got a quick call from Moen.

August Smrek:  
Christopher Moen:   

Smrek was head before the board came      , giving Moen two pair.

Smrek was eliminated from the tournament in fourth place.

Christopher Moen110,000,00029,000,000
August Smrek0-26,400,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:04 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
John Ricksen Eliminated in 5th Place ($80,996)

John Ricksen

After securing a $19,000 pay jump, short-stacked John Ricksen got the last of his chips into the middle preflop and was called by Christopher Moen to put him at risk.

John Ricksen:   
Christopher Moen:   

Ricksen needed some help to stay alive, but the runout of       did not do it and he was sent out in fifth place.

Christopher Moen81,000,0004,000,000
John Ricksen0-7,000,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 11:00 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Cal Nailn Eliminated in 6th Place ($61,642)

Cal Nailn

Cal Nailn opened to 5,000,000 and was then three-bet to 17,000,000 by big stack Christopher Moen. Nailn then gave Moen a good staredown before he announced he was all in for over 30,000,000.

Moen asked for a count but even before the dealer could finish he made the call to put Nailn at risk in a massive pot.

Cal Nailn:   
Christopher Moen:   

Nailn needed to improve to stay alive in this one, but the runout of       only improved Moen to a pair of tens and he was sent out in sixth place while the monstrous pot was shipped over to Moen.

Christopher Moen77,000,00033,000,000
Cal Nailn0-24,000,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:48 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 8 hours ago)
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,300,000/2,500,000
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:33 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 9 hours ago)
Chung Doubles Through Ricksen

Cody Chung moved all in preflop and action folded to John Ricksen in the big blind, who tanked for close to two minutes before he decided to call.

Cody Chung:   
John Ricksen:   

Chung was well in the lead with his ace-king and the runout of       kept it that way to score him a double while Ricksen was now the one left short.

Cody Chung16,200,0007,800,000
John Ricksen7,000,000-14,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:18 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 9 hours ago)
Smrek Doubles Through Ricksen

August Smrek

John Ricksen raised from the button to 3,500,000 and August Smrek moved all in from the small blind for 11,600,000. Ricksen took some time before making the call and the players flipped their cards.

August Smrek:   
John Ricksen:   

Smrek was sitting with pocket aces and looking to hold to stay in the tournement.

The     flop missed for both, but the   turn brought in a sweat for Smrek, as Ricksen was looking at an open-ended straight draw.

The flush came in on the   river, and Smrek sealed the double.

August Smrek26,400,00010,200,000
John Ricksen21,000,000-14,150,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:06 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 9 hours ago)
Daniel Hirose Eliminated in 7th Place ($47,295)

Daniel Hirose

Christopher Moen had made it 3,800,000 to go and then Daniel Hirose moved all in for 6,600,000 total , which Moen called when it folded back to him.

Daniel Hirose:   
Christopher Moen:   

It looked like Hirose was in a great spot to double, at least until the turn was the      to give Moen the lead with his pair of eights and the river   bricked to send him to the exit in seventh place.

Christopher Moen44,000,000-336,000,000
Daniel Hirose0-8,500,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:02 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 9 hours ago)
Guilherme De Castro Eliminated in 8th Place ($36,586)

Guilherme De Castro

Guilherme De Castro made it 6,000,000 to go and then Christopher Moen moved all, which forced folds from the rest of the table. When it got back to De Castro he quickly called to put himself at risk and the cards were tabled.

Guilherme De Castro:   
Christopher Moen:   

De Castro would need to improve to stay alive against Moen, but the runout of       failed to do so and he was sent to the payout desk in eighth place.

Christopher Moen38,000,00016,700,000
Guilherme de Castro0-24,625,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:56 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 9 hours ago)
Vance Isono Eliminated in 9th Place ($28,536)

Vance Isono

Short Stacked Vance Isono was forced all in on the big blind and was called by three other players to put him at risk.

The players on the side then checked through the board of       and the cards were tabled.

Vance Isono:   
Cal Nailn:   
Christopher Moen:   
John Ricksen:   

Rickson and Moen then chopped the pot with their ace high while Isono was eliminated in ninth place.

Vance Isono0-4,700,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:46 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Kevin Madar Eliminated in 10th place ($22,444)

Kevin Madar

Kevin Madar moved all in from under the gun for around 5,500,000. Cal Nailn was the only caller from the hijack with around 15,500,000 behind.

Kevin Madar:   
Cal Nailn:   

The flop came low with the dealer placing the    , this continued on the   and   runout and Madar was eliminated in 10th place.

Cal Nailn24,000,00016,700,000
Kevin Madar0-4,300,000
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:39 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Franco Spitale Wins Millionaire Maker
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:25 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:18 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Final Table Redraw
PlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Thomas KuessAustria29,000,00024
Cody ChungUnited States8,400,0007
Christopher MoenUnited States21,300,00018
Kevin MadarFrance4,300,0004
John RicksenUnited States35,150,00029
Vance IsonoUnited States4,700,0004
August SmrekUnited States16,200,00014
Daniel HiroseUnited States8,500,0007
Cal NailnUnited States7,300,0006
Guilherme De CastroBrazil11,200,0009
John Ricksen35,150,0004,950,000
Thomas Kuess29,000,000-100,000
Christopher Moen21,300,000-1,700,000
August Smrek16,200,00010,225,000
Daniel Hirose8,500,000-4,300,000
Cody Chung8,400,0001,000,000
Cal Nailn7,300,000-800,000
Vance Isono4,700,000-4,100,000
Kevin Madar4,300,000-1,550,000
Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:10 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Players Take a Short Break

Players take a short 15-minute break.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 9:07 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 10 hours ago)
Francis Beauregard Eliminated in 11th Place ($22,444)

Francis Beauregard

Francis Beauregard moved all in from the hijack for around 3,250,000. The only caller was John Ricksen in the small blind.

Francis Beauregard:   
John Ricksen:   

Ricksen was ahead with an ace, and the     flop didn't change too much.

The   turn gave both players two pair on the board, and Ricksen stayed ahead with the ace kicker on the   river.

Beauregard was eliminated in 11th place, and Ricksen added more chips to his stack going into the final table.

John Ricksen30,200,0004,300,000
Francis Beauregard0-12,900,000
Gorilla Gaming