Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:41 PM Local Time
Loren Klein Wins 4th Bracelet in 4 Years; Claims $127,808 in Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
Bill Boyd and Doyle Brunson had been the only players in World Series of Poker (WSOP) history who had won bracelets in four consecutive years. Loren Klein has now joined the two legends, adding number four to his résumé as he prevailed in the 2019 WSOP Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet.
Klein came back from the shortest stack at the final table to conquer a 218-entry contest for $127,808 and his fourth bracelet, following previous wins over the past three years.
While Boyd and Brunson accomplished their streaks back in the 1970s, Klein is the first player to make it four-in-a-row in the modern era with large attendances. The 218-entry field in the Mixed Big Bet is, in fact, the smallest player field among his triumphant runs.
That, however, didn't make it any easier for him. Sitting at the bottom of the standings ahead of the final day, Klein knew that the only way to bounce back would lead by risking elimination.
He made his first move only minutes into play, drawing with a one-pair hand against Phil Hui's two pair in no-limit five-card draw. Klein peeled a higher two pair, survived, and took off from there.
Final table Results
While Ryan Hughes held onto a commanding lead, Klein was the other star at the table. He kept grinding his stack up, assuring the remaining players that they couldn't dismiss his bid for the title. After all, he was the only one who had emerged victorious three times, more than any other player at the table.
But it was Hughes pulling the strings before the first break, magnetizing two-thirds of the chips in play with five players left. The first break, however, was a turning point. Even Hughes could suddenly be wounded, and Hui and Klein both bit into his stack.
The three started to profile as the contenders for the bracelet, and the eliminations of Joey Couden and Arthur Morris confirmed that it would be Hughes, Klein, and Hui who'd battle it out.
The chances were fairly even, but a key hand in pot-limit deuce propelled Klein to the chip lead. Hui was again on the unlucky side, having his pat nine outdrawn by Klein's one-card draw in a predraw all-in clash.
Hui soon busted to Hughes, paving the way for the heads-up match. Again, the chip-spread was relatively fair, and a reasonably deep-stacked play offered room for a potentially strenuous encounter.
There wouldn't be one, though as Klein showed a decisive dominance and dragged the majority of the pots, quickly seizing a 2-to-1 advantage.
The final strike came in pot-limit Omaha hi-lo, and Klein was as tough an opponent as anyone in the four-card flop game. He made a second-nut flush while Hughes held the nut blocker. Hughes showed multiple times during this tournament—and in many previous ones—that he isn't scared to put his chips into the middle, and he went for it. He raised all in, Klein picked him off, and that was it. Hughes had to settle for second place, just like he did in the same tournament in 2018.
This year's WSOP is virtually at its halfway point, so there are still dozens of bracelets up for grabs. While Klein has already met his yearly quota, he would undoubtedly prefer to snag his fifth by the end of the summer. Keep following the PokerNews live coverage to find out whether he'll double down or if he'll have to wait until 2020.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:40 PM Local Time
Loren Klein Wins for $127,808; Ryan Hughes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($78,985)
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Ryan Hughes raised his button to 45,000, Loren Klein called and they checked the flop.
The turn filled the flush draw and Klein led out 100,000. Hughes called.
The completed the board and Klein fired 250,000. Hughes didn't spend much time before announcing he was all in and Klein wasn't particularly happy to see that.
Nonetheless, Klein called within a few seconds. Hughes turned up for a nut blocker and Klein showed second nuts with to end the tournament.
Hughes repeated his runner-up finish from last year while Loren Klein walks away as a champion, winning his fourth career bracelet. Klein has been decorated every year since 2016, extending his streak to four consecutive years today.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:29 PM Local Time
Three in a Row for Klein
No-Limit 2-7 Draw
Ryan Hughes sat on the button and he raised to 55,000. Loren Klein called. Klein drew two and Hughes only drew one.
Klein led out after the draw when he bet 210,000 and that was too much for Hughes.
Klein won the two hands after that as well and Hughes is getting shorter and shorter.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:20 PM Local Time
Klein Extending the Gap
Loren Klein got the better of the Big O round and he's kept adding chips to his stack after the game changed to no-limit hold'em.
Klein raised to 50,000 on his button, Hughes called and they went to flop where Hughes check-called 75,000.
The appeared on the turn and Hughes check-called 165,000.
Hughes checked again on the river and Klein cut out the third barrel, making it 300,000. Hughes let his cards go, allowing Klein to scoop the pot without showing his hole cards.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:10 PM Local Time
Phil Hui Eliminated in 3rd Place ($51,346)
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Phil Hui lost a big pot against Loren Klein and was left short and he just lost the remaining chips to Ryan Hughes. Hui got his chips in after the first draw.
Hughes stood pat while Hui drew one and they repeated on the third draw. Hughes showed and Hui tabled and he was drawing to a perfect eight.
His last card turned out to be the and Hui was eliminated in third, banking $51,346.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:04 PM Local Time
Klein Outdraws Pat Nine to Double into Chip Lead
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Phil Hui raised to 60,000 on the button, Loren Klein three-bet to 200,000 out of the small blind and he called off for 691,000 total when Hui moved all in.
Hui started with a pat hand while Klein had a one-card draw. He still needed to change one on the second draw and they both patted the final round.
Hui had a nine-six perfect but his finished second as Klein made . The gigantic pot gravitated to Klein who took over the chip lead from Ryan Hughes.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 PM Local Time
Kerstetter Weighs in On Latest Dramas
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:55 PM Local Time
Small Pot to Hughes
Loren Klein raised from the button to 50,000 and Ryan Hughes called from the small blind. Big blind Phil Hui got out of the way.
The flop was dealt and both players checked. The turn was the and Hughes check-called a bet of 80,000 from Klein to see the river card complete the board.
They both checked on the river and Hughes took the pot down with .
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:47 PM Local Time
Klein Three-Bet Shoves Twice
No-Limit 5-Card Draw
The round of no-limit five-card draw didn't see any significant chip swings. The most significant action came on Ryan Hughes' button as Loren Klein three-bet shoved over his raise. Klein repeated that when the button rotated back to Hughes, but Hughes couldn't peel a calling hand on either of the occasions.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:33 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:19 PM Local Time
Players are on a 15-minute break.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:13 PM Local Time
Hui Takes from Hughes
No-Limit 2-7 Draw
Phil Hui raised his button to 45,000, Ryan Hughes called, and they both pitched one.
Hughes led out 70,000 and Hui snap-called.
"Jack," Hughes announced and Hui immediately turned up for the winner.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:59 PM Local Time
Hughes' Three Shells Get Paid Off
Ryan Hughes raised his button to 32,000 and Loren Klein called in the big blind. Hughes barrelled the board and Klein paid all three bets, check-calling 30,000 on the flop, then 90,000 on the turn, and finally 250,000 on the river.
Hughes tabled and Klein didn't have a queen or better, so he sent his cards into the muck.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:55 PM Local Time
Hui Makes a Hero Call
There was about 150,000 in the pot and the board read and Phil Hui sat in the big blind while he faced a bet from Ryan Hughes in the small blind.
The bet that Hughes had put in the middle was 165,000 and it was testing Hui. He counted his own multiple times before eventually calling it off.
Hughes showed and Hui won the pot with .
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:44 PM Local Time
Much Ado About Nothing
Phil Hui limped in the small blind, Loren Klein potted for 48,000, and Hui called.
Hui checked the flop and called when Klein fired 60,000.
The turn saw Hui check again and Klein potted. Hui raised all in and Klein was ready to go.
Both players had top two but Klein also had a flush draw.
The river pushed Hui towards the high half of the pot but Klein finished with a low and they chopped it up.
"F**k off," Ryan Hughes laughed.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:36 PM Local Time
Arthur Morris Eliminated in 4th Place ($34,328)
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Ryan Hughes raised to 32,000 from the cutoff and big blind Arthur Morris raised to 135,000 which was all in. Hughes said he had a really pretty Big O hand and Morris replied with ''That's good, that means you have aces''. Hughes called after a while and they started drawing.
Morris drew two and Hughes drew three in the first round. Morris only drew one in the second round and Hughes still drew three. Morris then announced he would still draw one in the final round and Hughes stood pat and tabled .
Morris showed and he was drawing to a wheel, needing a four or a six to double. The card he drew had two pips on the side and the suit wasn't on the table but when he opened it up it was the and he paired up to be eliminated in fourth place for $34,328.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:30 PM Local Time
Joey Couden Eliminated in 5th Place ($23,622)
Arthur Morris limped under the gun, Joey Couden overlimped on the button, and Ryan Hughes and Phil Hui joined them to the flop for the minimum price.
The flop fell and the action was checked to Couden who potted. Hughes folded, Hui raised, getting rid of Morris, and Couden called for his remaining chips.
Couden held and Hui showed .
The landed on the turn and Couden was drawing very thin as he could only hope for a ten to chop. He wouldn't get one as the hit the felt, and Hui busted him in fifth place.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:22 PM Local Time
Morris Hanging in There
Ryan Hughes made it 32,000 in the cutoff and Arthur Morris shoved for 84,000 in the small blind. Hughes called off.
The board ran out and Morris doubled with aces-up.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:19 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:19 PM Local Time
The Klein & Hughes Show Continues
It folded to Loren Klein in the cutoff and he raised to 30,000. Ryan Hughes called from the small blind and big blind Phil Hui got out of the way.
The flop was dealt and Hughes lead out with a bet of 45,000. Klein called the bet to see the on the turn. Hughes bet 85,000 and was called again and the river was the .
Hughes check-called to a 185,000 bet from Klein and the chips were pushed to Klein.