Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:27 PM Local Time
John Gorsuch Completes Epic Comeback to Win 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker for $1,344,930
The 2019 World Series of Poker Event #19: $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker was the largest in history with 8,809 runners, which over the course of five days was reduced to just one. John Gorsuch completed an epic comeback being down to less than two big blinds seven handed to win the tournament for $1,344,930 and his first gold bracelet.
The win came at just the right time for the 42-year-old, who for the past 15 years started and grew a company in Washington DC. It was associated with the Department of Defense, and two years ago he decided to sell, a process that took until May 31 of this year to complete. He sold his house, moved home to Florida, and bought an RV.
"I started a company and had over 100 people with $15 million in revenue, and this is still the biggest day of my life," he said after the win. "I'm a millionaire. I need to call my financial advisor and CPA. The CPA literally just emailed two days ago about my second-quarter estimates. Now I need to re-estimate my second quarter."
While Gorsuch had more than $450K in earnings before the event, the victory actually marked his first win on HendonMob.
"I've not won an outright tournament since maybe 2013, a small bar-type tournament," he said. Gorsuch then credited an earlier experience from the 2019 WSOP his success – specifically the first round of the Shootout Event where he played, and ultimately lost, a three-hour heads-up match.
He learned to be patient, pick his spots, and fight to the end. Now, he's got seven-figures to show for his resilience. That money will be put to use both in the short and long-term. For the former, he can now help out with plans for January 2021 cruise to celebrate his parent's 50th wedding anniversary.
"I think now I'm just going to pay for everything. I'm definitely upgrading on that trip," he said while adding he intends to help them with an addition to their house while upgrading his own fifth wheeler. As for the long term, the win will likely influence how serious he takes poker.
"I'm a poker player for right now," he said. "Poker is awesome. I can play poker all day, all night long. This kind of helps figure out whether or not I want to keep doing it. I don't play cash stakes at all. You've got to run good in tournaments otherwise your cash flow dries up quick if you don't supplement it with cash [games]."
Final Table Results
|1||John Gorsuch||United States||$1,344,930|
|3||Lokesh Garg||United States||$619,017|
|5||Josh Thibodaux||United States||$350,758|
|6||Cory Albertson||United States||$266,771|
|7||Bob Shao||United States||$204,306|
|9||Josh Reichard||United States||$122,375|
Final Table Action
Day 5 saw six players return to action and from the get-go it was the Kazuki Ikeuchi show. He started off by eliminating Cory Albertson in sixth place after getting it in with a double gutter against the nut flush draw. Ikeuchi was behind but managed to pair the river to steal the pot.
Not long after, Josh Thibodaux made an ill-timed bluff as he three-bet all in on the turn drawing dead when Ikeuchi held kings full of tens. That gave Ikeuchi a 112bb stack while his three opponents had under 10 bigs each.
Vincas Tamasaukas bowed out in fourth place losing king-six to Lokesh Garg's king-jack, and Garg would follow him out the door in third after running ace-four into Ikeuchi's ace-jack suited.
By that point, Gorsuch had closed the gap a bit and then doubled into the chip lead after a big hand where his top set of kings held against a diamond flush draw. Gorsuch's fearless style saw him whittle Ikeuchi down before the final hand played out.
The chips went in on the turn when Gorsuch spiked two pair with queen-seven against the pocket rockets of Ikeuchi. The river was a brick and Ikeuchi had to settle for second place and $830,783 in prize money.
It marked the second year in a row Ikeuchi came close to capturing a bracelet as last year he and two partners finished second in Event #55: $1,000 NLH Tag Team for $36,202 apiece.
As for Gorsuch, he was left to take the winner photo sporting a full Dallas Cowboys ensemble.
"Tell Jerry if he wants to put me up in the suite for a game, preferably an NFC Championship game, I'd love that," he said. "If I can win a bracelet they can win it."
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:26 PM Local Time
Kazuki Ikeuchi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($830,783)
Hand #153: Kazuki Ikeuchi limped, John Gorsuch checked his option, and the flop came out . Gorsuch bet 3.5 million and Ikeuchi called. The turn saw Gorsuch move all in and Ikeuchi called off for 31.7 million.
Gorsuch turned two pair to pull ahead of aces and he held when the bricked on the river.
|John Gorsuch||220,225,000||53,625,000 |
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||0||-53,900,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:23 PM Local Time
Hands #146-152: A Hard Fought Battle
Hand #146: John Gorsuch raised to 4 million and Kazuki Ikeuchi called to see the flop. Ikeuchi check-called a bet of 6 million and then both players checked the turn as well as the turn. Gorsuch tabled the and claimed the pot.
Hand #147: Ikeuchi opened for 5 million and Gorsuch called to see a flop. Both players checked and did the same on the turn. Both players checked the river and Ikeuchi won it with his .
Hand #148: Gorsuch limped, Ikeuchi checked his option, and both players checked the flop. Ikeuchi bet 3 million on the turn and Gorsuch raised all in. Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #149: Ikeuchi limped, Gorsuch raised all in, and Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #150: Gorsuch folded and gave Ikeuchi a walk.
Hand #151: Ikeuchi limped and Gorsuch checked his option to see a flop. Gorsuch checked and called when Ikeuchi bet 2.5 million. The turn paired the board and both players checked to see the river. Gorsuch opted to bet 10 million and Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #152: Gorsuch limped and folded when Ikeuchi moved all in.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:21 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:20 PM Local Time
Hands #140 - 145: Seeing a Few Flops
Hand #140: Kazuki Ikeuchi got a walk.
Hand #141: Ikeuchi raised to 4 million and was called by John Gorsuch. Both players checked to the turn on a board reading , and then Gorsuch bet 4 million, taking down the pot.
Hand #142: Gorsuch called and Ikeuchi checked his option. On the flop, Borsuch bet 2.5 million, which was enough to get a fold from Ikeuchi.
Hand #143: Ikeuchi called and Gorsuch checked. Gorsuch then check-folded after Ikeuchi bet 2 million on the flop.
Hand #144: Ikeuchi got a walk.
Hand #145: Ikeuchi raised to 4 million and Gorsuch made the call. Gorsuch check-called the 2.5 million bet from Ikeuchi on the flop, but folded to Ikeuchi's 10 million bet on the turn.
|John Gorsuch||166,600,000||-6,500,000 |
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||53,900,000||6,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:05 PM Local Time
Hands #133-139: Jostling Back and Forth
Hand #133: Kazuki Ikeuchi raised to 4.5 million and John Gorsuch called to see a flop. Gorsuch check-called a bet of 5 million and the appeared on the turn. Gorsuch checked again and Ikeuchi bet 14 million. Gorsuch gave it up.
Hand #134: Gorsuch raised to 4 million and Ikeuchi called. Both players checked the flop and Ikeuchi checked the turn. Gorsuch bet 6 million and Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #135: Ikeuchi gave Gorsuch a walk.
Hand #136: Gorsuch raised to 4 million and Ikeuchi called. Both players checked the flop as well as the turn. Action repeated on the river and Gorsuch took it down with the .
Hand #137: Ikeuchi raised to 4.5 million and Gorsuch called. The latter checked the flop and Ikeuchi bet 3 million. Gorsuch check-raised to 8 million and Ikeuchi called to bring about the on the turn. Gorsuch bet 16 million and Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #138: Gorsuch opened for 4 million and folded when Ikeuchi moved all in.
Hand #139: Ikeuchi raised to 4 million, Gorsuch called, and the flop came down . Action went check-check and the appeared on the turn. Gorsuch checked, Ikeuchi bet 4 million, and Gorsuch raised to 20 million. Ikeuchi folded.
|John Gorsuch||173,100,000||18,000,000 |
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||47,400,000||-18,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:03 PM Local Time
Hands #128 - 132: A Little Back and Forth
Hand #128: John Gorsuch raised to 4 million, Kazuki re-raised all in and Gorsuch asked for an exact count. The dealer confirmed 35.4 million and Gorsuch folded.
Hand #129: Ikeuchi raised to 4.5 million and then folded to the 17 million three-bet for Gorsuch.
Hand #130: Gorsuch raised to 4 million, Ikeuchi raised all in and Gorsuch folded.
Hand #131: Ikeuchi raised to 4.5 million and was called by Gorsuch. Gorsuch check-called the 3 million bet from Ikeuchi on the flop. Gorsuch then led out for 7.5 million on the turn, but folded when Ikeuchi went all in.
Hand #132: Gorsuch raised to 4 million and got a call from Ikeuchi. Ikeuchi check-called the 3.5 mllion bet from Gorsuch on the flop and both players then checked the turn and river. Ikeuchi tabled and Gorsuch mucked his hand.
|John Gorsuch||155,100,000||-28,000,000 |
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||65,400,000||28,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:46 PM Local Time
Hands #122-127: Gorsuch Extends Chip Lead
Hand #122: John Gorsuch limped the small blind and Kazuki Ikeuchi raised to 8 million. Gorsuch called and the flop came down . Ikeuchi bet 6 million and Gorsuch folded.
Hand #123: Ikeuchi raised to 4.5 million and Gorsuch folded.
Hand #124: Gorsuch raised to 4 million, Ikeuchi called, and the flop fell . Ikeuchi check-folded to a bet of 2.5 million.
Hand #125: Ikeuchi raised the small blind to 4.5 million, Gorsuch called, and the flop came out . Gorsuch check-called a bet of 4 million and the dealer burned and turned the . Gorsuch led out for 12 million and Ikeuchi called to see the river.
Gorsuch returned to checking and Ikeuchi checked behind. Gorsuch tabled the and it was good as Ikeuchi mucked.
Hand #126: Gorsuch raised to 4 million, Ikeuchi called, and the flop fell . Both players checked as they did on the turn. The river put four hearts on the board but still it went check-check. Gorsuch tabled the for two pair and Ikeuchi mucked.
Hand #127: Ikeuchi gave Gorsuch a walk in the big blind.
|John Gorsuch||183,100,000||96,300,000 |
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||37,400,000||-96,300,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:42 PM Local Time
Hands #120 - 121: Gorsuch Doubles Through Ikeuchi
Hand #120: John Gorsuch raised to 5 million, Kazuki Ikeuchi then three-bet to 17 million and took down the pot.
Hand #121: Ikeuchi raised to 5 million, and this time Gorsuch three-bet to 17 million, getting a call from Ikeuchi. On the flop, Gorsuch continued for 15 million and Ikeuchi made the call. Gorsuch then went all in for his remaining 47.8 million on the turn and was called by Ikeuchi.
Gorsuch had flopped top set, but Ikeuchi had flopped top pair and the flush draw. The river was safe for Gorsuch, giving him the huge double-up and chiplead.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:21 PM Local Time
Lokesh Garg Eliminated in 3rd Place ($619,017)
Hand #119: Lokesh Garg moved all in for 12.5 million from the small blind and Kazuki Ikeuchi called from the big.
Garg was dominated and failed to get lucky on the flop. The turn locked it up for Ikeuchi and Garb hit the rail in third place after the was run out on the river.
The final two players are now on a short break while the staff prepare for heads-up play.
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||133,700,000||-8,600,000 |
|John Gorsuch||86,800,000||25,000,000 |
|Lokesh Garg||0||-16,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:21 PM Local Time
Hands #116-118: Gorsuch Pulls in a Big One
Hand #116: Kazuki Ikeuchi received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #117: Ikeuchi limped from the small blind and then called when John Gorsuch raised to 6 million from the big. The flop saw Ikeuchi check and Gorsuch bet 7 million. Ikeuchi called and the appeared on the turn.
Ikeuchi checked, Gorsuch did the same, and the completed the board on the river. Ikeuchi bet 13 million and Gorsuch thought long and hard before raising to 30 million. Ikeuchi folded and Gorsuch pulled in a nice pot.
Hand #118: Ikeuchi raised the button to 4 million and won the pot.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:20 PM Local Time
Hands #111 - 115: Garg Doubles Through Gorsuch
Han #111: Kazuki Ikeuchi raised to 7 million from his small blind and John Gorsuch made the call from his big blind. After Ikeuchi continued for 5 million on the flop, Gorsuch raised to 15 million and Ikeuchi folded.
Hand #112: Gorsuch raised to 10.2 million from the small blind and Garg called off his remaining 8.3 million from his big blind.
The board ran out , which secured Garg's double-up.
Hand #113: Ikeuchi got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #114: Gorsuch got a walk.
Hand #115: Gorsuch raised to 5 million from his small blind and Garg folded his big blind.
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||142,300,000||-11,000,000 |
|John Gorsuch||61,800,000||6,800,000 |
|Lokesh Garg||16,500,000||4,300,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:03 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:47 PM Local Time
The final three players are now on a break.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:46 PM Local Time
Hands #107-110: A Pair of Doubles for Gorsuch
Hand #107: Kazuki Ikeuchi received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #108: Kazuki Ikeuchi moved all in from the small blind and John Gorsuch called off for 11.1 million from the big.
Gorsuch was in big trouble but got lucky to take the lead on the flop. The turn and river were safe for Gorsuch and he shipped a much-needed double.
Hand #109: Ikeuchi raised the button to 3.5 million and Lokesh Garg defended the big blind to see a flop. Garg checked and called when Ikeuchi bet 3.3 million. When the appeared on the turn, Garg checked for the second time and Ikeuchi bet 10 million. Garg folded and Ikeuchi won the pot.
Hand #110: Gorsuch raised the button to 4 million and Ikeuchi moved all in from the small blind. Gorsuch called off for 22.3 million total and the hands were turned up.
The flop have Gorsuch the lead and both the turn and river kept him there to give him another double.
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||153,300,000||-30,600,000 |
|John Gorsuch||55,000,000||40,600,000 |
|Lokesh Garg||12,200,000||-300,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:37 PM Local Time
Vincas Tamasaukas Eliminated in 4th Place ($474,375)
Hand #106: Vincas Tamasauskas moved all in for his last 9.7 million and Lokesh Garg made the call from his big blind.
The board ran out , which kept Garg's king-jack high in the lead and eliminated Tamasaukas from the tournament, sending him to the payout line with the largest cash of his poker career.
|Vincas Tamasauskas||0||-9,700,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:35 PM Local Time
Hands #103-105: Ikeuchi Applying Pressure
Hand #103: Kazuki Ikeuchi received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #104: Ikeuchi limped the small blind and John Gorsuch checked his option from the big. The flop came down and both players checked. The turn saw Ikeuchi check and then fold to a bet of 2 million from Gorsuch.
Hand #105: Ikeuchi raised the button to 3.5 million and won the pot.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:35 PM Local Time
Joshua Thibodaux Eliminated in 5th Place ($350,758)
Hand #102: Kazuki Ikeuchi raised to 3.5 million under the gun and Thibodaux called from the button. Both blinds folded and it was heads up to the flop. Ikeuchi bet 3.3 million, Thibodaux called, and the dealer burned and turned the .
Ikeuchi checked, Thibodaux bet 5.2 million, and Ikeuchi check-raised to 10.4 million. Thibodaux moved all in for 29.3 million and Ikeuchi snap-called.
Thibodaux picked the wrong time to make a move as he was drawing dead. The meaningless was run out on the river and Ikeuchi raked in the massive pot to give him a 112bb stack while the other three players are all sitting under 10 bigs each.
|Kazuki Ikeuchi||183,900,000||109,400,000 |
|John Gorsuch||14,400,000||-4,000,000 |
|Lokesh Garg||12,500,000||-5,900,000 |
|Vincas Tamasauskas||9,700,000||-7,200,000 |
|Joshua Thibodaux||0||-32,800,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:33 PM Local Time
Hands #99-101: A Couple of All-In Jams
Hand #99: Joshua Thibodaux raised to 3.5 million under the gun and won the blinds and ante.
Hand #100: Vincas Tamasauskas moved all in for 12.9 million under the gun and won the pot.
Hand #101: Lokesh Garg moved all in for 12.5 million under the gun and won the pot.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:31 PM Local Time
Cory Albertson Eliminated in 6th Place ($266,771)
Hand #98: Cory Albertson was the first player to be eliminated from the final table, in gut-wrenching fashion. After action folded around to Albertson on the button, he raised to 3.3 million, Kazuki Ikeuchi then three-bet to 11.1 million and Albertson made the call. Ikeuchi checked the flop, and then check-raised to 43.3 million after Albertson had continued for 7.7 million
Albertson, who would be all in for his tournament life, tanked for almost two minutes before he making the call.
The turn was safe for Albertson, but river crushed his hopes of becoming an instant millionaire.
|Cory Albertson||0||-59,600,000 |