Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:13 AM Local Time
Tommy Nguyen Wins 2018 WSOP Monster Stack for $1,037,451
Tommy Nguyen has become the ninth millionaire crowned at the 2018 World Series of Poker, after taking down Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK for $1,037,451.
After a rollercoaster ride of emotions at the final table, Nguyen was nearly at a loss for words when asked what it felt like to win $1,000,000. "I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it. I never doubted that I was going to win. I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here."
That's a pretty lofty goal for someone who is making their first appearance at the World Series of Poker at the age of 28, but Nguyen has just been riding a hot streak. Nguyen won over $100,000 at a major poker tournament in Canada just two months ago and has used the money to enter events at the WSOP this year.
The final table featured a staggering nine all-ins featuring ace-king, with big slick emerging victorious seven times. Eventual winner Nguyen sent two players to the rail, and shortly before midnight here in Vegas, Nguyen's ace-king sent eventual runner-up James Carroll to the rail as the Canadian clinched victory.
Official Final Table Results:
|2||James Carroll||United States||$640,916|
|3||Francis Rusnak||United States||$475,212|
|5||Daniel Corbett||United Kingdom||$266,987|
|7||Shyam Srinivasan||United States||$154,463|
|9||Rittie Chuaprasert||United States||$92,061|
Final Day Recap
The day began with 29 players, and David Cabrera Polop was the first casualty; failing to spin up the one ante he returned with. A steady stream of eliminations over the course of the first two levels brought play down to two tables just after the first break of the day, with James Carroll in the lead.
Carroll, along with Chris Chong and Daniel Corbett would tussle for the chip lead as the players headed off on dinner break ten-handed on the unofficial final table.
Once they returned it didn't take long to get down first to a final table and then to a final eight. First Jimmy Chen lost a flip with pocket fours to bust in tenth, and then in the very first hand of the final table Rittie Chuaprasert got his remaining chips blind-on-blind, only to be dominated and bust in ninth.
The final table had a number of major coolers, and Harald Sammer would fall victim to one. He moved in with ace-king only for Shyam Srinivasan to wake up in the big blind with queens. Queens held, and the Austrian would be eliminated.
Michael Benko would scoop a miracle four-card flush to double, despite shaking his opponent's hand and saying "Nice hand," before the river was even dealt, and there was a lull in proceedings until Srinivasan's exit in seventh. Once again, ace-king was involved, and Srinivasan's nines fell to Nguyen's big slick who flopped both an ace and a king.
At this point, it was Chris Chong who held the chip lead, but Nguyen was pushing him close. Benko was next to go at the hands of Carroll, as the latter started to work his way back into contention short-handed. Benko ran ace-ten into Carroll's ace-king and failed to improve.
Daniel Corbett would bust in the very next hand, as three players were eliminated in under half an hour. In the same all-in as earlier with Srinivasan, pocket nines against ace-king, it was a king on the river for Chong that ended Corbett's run in fifth.
Carroll and Nguyen continued to push, and, despite eliminating Corbett, Chong was pushed down the chip counts. Eventually, he fell at the hands of Nguyen with ace-five against, indeed, ace-king, and play was three-handed.
Nguyen was obviously here to play; bluffing eventual third-place finisher Francis Rusnak with eight-high before Rusnak lost a flip to bust in third. He then proceeded to grind down James Carroll, allowing him to double up once, before finishing it with none other than ace-king to end the tournament in style.
"I was actually supposed to graduate this year but I dropped a course in accounting to take poker more seriously," Nguyen said after his victory. Although he has been playing poker for around ten years, he admits he wasn't always a winning player. "I knew I wasn't a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more."
And learning more has subsequently meant he's started winning more, starting with his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:09 AM Local Time
James Carroll Eliminated in 2nd Place ($640,916)
Hand #127: Tommy Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 and James Carroll raised all in for 14,625,000. Nguyen snap-called.
With both rails screaming for cards the flop came . Carroll's rail were content for a sweat, calling for the deuce of diamonds, which would give Nguyen a flush draw.
The turn was the and the river was the with Carroll eliminated in second place for $640,916
|Tommy Nguyen||93,900,000||17,100,000 |
|James Carroll||0||-17,200,000 |
Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:05 AM Local Time
Hands #124-126: All Three for Nguyen
Hand #124: Tommy Nguyen received a walk.
Hand #125: Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 and James Carroll folded.
Hand #126: Carroll folded and gave Nguyen another walk.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:03 AM Local Time
Hands #118-123: Nguyen Builds Back Up
Hand #118: James Carroll raised to 2,000,000 and Tommy Nguyen called. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Nguyen check-called a bet of 2,500,000 from Carroll and the completed the board. Nguyen checked again and Carroll fired another 9,200,000 which Nguyen folded to.
Hand #119: Nguyen opened to 2,500,000 and Carroll shoved all in. Nguyen instantly mucked his hand.
Hand #120: Carroll limped in on the button and Nguyen checked his option. The flop came and Nguyen check-folded to a bet of 1,500,000 from Carroll.
Hand #121: Nguyen just called on the button and Carroll jammed all in which got a fold from Nguyen.
Hand #122: Carroll limped in on the button and Nguyen checked. The flop came and Nguyen folded to a bet of 1,500,000 from Carroll.
Hand #123: Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 on the button and Carroll called. The flop fell and Carroll check-called a bet of 2,000,000 from Nguyen. The turn was the and both players checked to the on the river. Carroll led out for 5,500,000 and Nguyen snap-called. Carroll tabled and Nguyen held for two pair.
|Tommy Nguyen||76,800,000||-1,200,000 |
|James Carroll||17,200,000||1,200,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:52 PM Local Time
Five Pots to Nguyen Reopen the Gap
Hand #113: Tommy Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #114: James Carroll raised to 2,000,000 and Nguyen three-bet to 6,500,000. Carroll folded.
Hand #115: Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 and Carroll called. Carroll check-folded to a bet of 2,700,000 on the flop.
Hand #116: Nguyen received a walk.
Hand #117: Nguyen raised to 2,500,000 and Carroll folded.
|Tommy Nguyen||78,000,000||9,000,000 |
|James Carroll||16,000,000||-9,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:49 PM Local Time
Carroll Doubles Through Nguyen
Hand #112: James Carroll moved all in for 12,075,000 and Tommy Nguyen called.
Nguyen's rail were screaming for paint but the flop came . The turn gave Nguyen a gutshot, but the turn ensured that Carroll would double up.
|Tommy Nguyen||69,000,000||-14,500,000 |
|James Carroll||25,000,000||14,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:44 PM Local Time
Hands #104-111: Chips Don't Change
Hand #104: James Carroll shoved all in and Tommy Nguyen folded.
Hand #105: Nguyen pushed all in this time but Carroll folded.
Hand #106: Carroll moved all in again and Nguyen couldn't find a hand to call with.
Hand #107: Nguyen folded his button.
Hand #108: Carroll laid down his big blind.
Hand #109: Nguyen shipped all in and Carroll mucked his cards.
Hand #110: It was Carroll's turn to move all in on the button and Nguyen laid his hand down.
Hand #111: Nguyen folded his button again.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:43 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:37 PM Local Time
Hands #99-103: Chips Flying Nguyen's Way
Hand #99: Tommy Nguyen raised to 1,700,000 and James Carroll called. Carroll check-called a bet of 2,000,000 on a . The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the . Carroll bet 1,500,000 and Nguyen raised to 6,000,000. After some thought Carroll called.
"Flush is good," said Nguyen, tabling . Carroll rechecked his cards and mucked.
Hand #100: Carroll raised to 1,800,000 and Nguyen called. Nguyen check-called a bet of 1,500,000 on and the two checked down an board. Carroll showed and won the pot.
Hand #101: Nguyen raised to 1,700,000 and Carroll called. Carroll check-called a bet of 2,000,000 on but check-folded to a bet of 8,000,000 on the turn.
Hand #102: Carroll raised to 1,600,000 and Nguyen called. Nguyen check-folded to a bet of 1,600,000 on .
Hand #103: Nguyen raised to 1,700,000. Carroll called. The flop came and Carroll check-called a bet of 1,500,000. The turn was the and Carroll check-called 5,000,000.
The river was the . Carroll check-called a final bet of 7,000,000 and Nguyen showed and that was good enough to take down the pot and open a commanding chip lead.
|Tommy Nguyen||83,500,000||25,000,000 |
|James Carroll||10,500,000||-25,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:23 PM Local Time
Hands #95-98: Nguyen Gets the Best of Carroll
Hand #95: Tommy Nguyen raised to 1,700,000 and James Carroll called. The flop came and Carroll check-called a bet of 1,100,000 from Nguyen. The turn was the and Carroll led out for 3,300,000. Nguyen called to see the land on the river. Carroll checked this time and Nguyen slid in a bet of 10,000,000. Carroll quickly tossed his cards and Nguyen took the first pot.
Hand #96: Carroll opened to 2,000,000 and Nguyen defended. The flop fell and Nguyen check-called a bet of 2,000,000 from Carroll. Both players checked the on the turn and the on the river. Nguyen tabled and Carroll mucked.
Hand #97: Nguyen raised to 1,700,000 and Carroll made the call. The flop came and Carroll checked to Nguyen who bet 2,000,000. Carroll called and the hit the turn. Both players checked and the completed the board. Carroll led out for 3,500,000 and Nguyen folded.
Hand #98: Carroll made it 1,800,000 to go and Nguyen three-bet to 5,700,000 which earned him the pot.
|Tommy Nguyen||58,500,000||6,700,000 |
|James Carroll||35,500,000||-6,600,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11:01 PM Local Time
Francis Rusnak Eliminated in 3rd Place ($475,212)
Hand #94: Francis Rusnak was sitting on less than ten big blinds and shoved all in for 6,800,000 on the button. Tommy Nguyen asked for a count from the big blind and then made the call.
The flop came and Rusnak picked up a flush draw to go with his two overcards. The turn was the and Rusnak was down to one last card. The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Nguyen's pocket deuces held up to be the best hand, eliminating Rusnak in third place.
The final two players are taking a quick break before heads-up play begins.
|Tommy Nguyen||51,800,000||9,800,000 |
|James Carroll||42,100,000||1,100,000 |
|Francis Rusnak||0||-10,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:56 PM Local Time
Hands #89-93: Nguyen Bluffs with Eight-High
Hand #89: Francis Rusnak raised all in and took down the pot.
Hand #90: James Carroll raised to 1,700,000 and Francis Rusnak defended his big blind. Rusnak check-folded to a bet of 1,000,000 on an
Hand #91: Carroll limped and Tommy Nguyen checked his big blind. The pair checked a flop and the turn was the . Carroll bet 1,600,000 and Nguyen folded.
Hand #92: Nguyen limped and Rusnak checked. Nguyen bet 1,000,000 on a flop. Rusnak called. The turn was checked by both players and the river was the . Nguyen bet 4,000,000 and Rusnak folded.
"Show it," shouted his rail, and Nguyen showed for eight-high.
Hand #93: Carroll received a walk.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:49 PM Local Time
Chris Chong Eliminated in 4th Place ($354,903)
Hand #88: Tommy Nguyen opened to 1,700,000 from under the gun and Chris Chong shipped all in for around 11,200,000. Nguyen snap-called and the cards were on their backs.
Nguyen held the hand that nobody could beat on the final table, ace-king, and was in a dominating position. The flop came and both players flopped a pair of aces with Nguyen still holding the better kicker. The turn was the and the river brought the . Nguyen held on to eliminated Chong in fourth place late into the day.
|Tommy Nguyen||42,000,000||9,000,000 |
|James Carroll||41,000,000||7,000,000 |
|Francis Rusnak||10,500,000||-4,500,000 |
|Chris Chong||0||-10,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:45 PM Local Time
Hands #86-87: Carroll Flops Top Pair
Hand #86: Francis Rusnak received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #87: Rusnak limped in from the small blind and James Carroll checked his option. The flop came and Rusnak led out for 1,025,000. Carroll called to see the land on the turn.
Rusnak checked this time and Carroll tossed in a bet of 3,200,000. Rusnak called and the completed the board. Both players checked and Rusnak tabled for a pair of sixes while Carroll showed for a pair of tens.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:39 PM Local Time
Hands #82-85: Big Double for Nguyen as Chong Falls Down the Counts
Hand #82: Tommy Nguyen limped in the small blind and Francis Rusnak moved all in from the big blind. Nguyen folded.
Hand #83: Chris Chong raised to 1,600,000 and James Carroll defended his big blind. Carroll check-called a bet of 1,200,000 on the flop and then check-called 4,150,000 on the turn. The river was the and both players checked.
Carroll turned over for a pair of fives and was good.
Hand #84: Nguyen raised to 1,700,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #85: Chong limped in the small blind, and Nguyen raised to 2,700,000. Chong then moved all in and Nguyen called for 16,400,000.
The flop came with Chong taking the lead and pushing Nguyen toward the exit. The turn was the and the river the . Chong fist-pumped in celebration, but it was Nguyen's rail making all the noise as he rivered a flush to double up.
|James Carroll||34,000,000||6,750,000 |
|Tommy Nguyen||33,000,000||10,500,000 |
|Francis Rusnak||15,000,000||-6,000,000 |
|Chris Chong||10,000,000||-22,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:38 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:25 PM Local Time
Hands #78-81: Carroll Closes in on Lead
Hand #78: James Carroll opened from under the gun and was called by Chris Chong on the button. The flop came and Carroll led out for 1,200,000. Chong raised to 3,500,000 and Carroll made the call.
The turn was the and both players checked to the on the river. Carroll led out for 5,100,000 and Chong tank-folded.
Hand #79: Tommy Nguyen raised to 1,200,000 on the button and Carroll defended his big blind. The flop fell and Carroll check-folded to a bet of 1,000,000 from Nguyen.
Hand #80: Nguyen made it 1,200,000 from under the gun and Chong called from the big blind. The flop came and Chong check-called a bet of 1,000,000 from Nguyen.
The turn was the and Chong checked again. Nguyen fired another bet of 2,000,000 and Chong still called. The river brought the and both players knuckled the table. Chong showed for two pair and Nguyen's cards hit the muck.
Hand #81: Francis Rusnak raised to 1,200,000 and Nguyen defended his big blind. Both players checked the flop and the landed on the turn. Nguyen led out for 1,700,000 and Rusnak folded.
|James Carroll||27,250,000||3,750,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:11 PM Local Time
Hands #73-77: Table Adjusts to Four-Handed Play
Hand #73: Francis Rusnak raised to 1,200,000 from under the gun and took down the pot.
Hand #74: James Carroll raised to 1,250,000 and Rusnak three-bet to 3,535,000. Carroll folded.
Hand #75: Chris Chong raised to 1,225,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #76: Rusnak raised to 1,200,000 and Chong moved all in. Rusnak folded.
Hand #77: Carroll raised to 1,300,000 and Tommy Nguyen defended his big blind. Carroll quickly check-folded to a bet of 1,200,000 on the flop.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:07 PM Local Time
Daniel Corbett Eliminated in 5th Place ($266,987)
Hand #72: The action folded around to Chris Chong in the small blind who announced all in. Daniel Corbett was in the big blind and quickly made the call for his last 6,050,000 chips.
It was a race situation with Corbett holding the pocket pair. His nines were looking good on the flop of . The landed on the turn and the rail cheered for a higher card. The river brought the and Chong hit his king to eliminate Corbett in fifth place.
|Chris Chong||32,000,000||10,100,000 |
|Daniel Corbett||0||-6,600,000 |
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:03 PM Local Time
Michael Benko Eliminated in 6th Place ($202,327)
Hand #71: The action folded to Michael Benko in the cutoff who ripped all in for 7,900,000 and James Carroll pushed all in over the top from the small blind. Chris Chong folded the big blind and the two hands were tabled.
Carroll had a dominating lead heading to the flop of . The turn brought the giving Benko some chop outs, but the on the river secured the win for Carroll and Benko was eliminated in sixth place.
|James Carroll||23,500,000||8,775,000 |
|Michael Benko||0||-8,100,000 |