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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, June 24, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019

$50,000 Poker Players Championship (Event #58)

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $3,552,000
  • Entries: 74
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 12:43 AM Local Time
Phil Hui's Dream Comes True as He Conquers $50k Poker Players Championship for $1,099,311

Phil Hui

He was grinding $150 tournaments in August. Ten months later, he's conquered the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at 2019 World Series of Poker.

Phil Hui has reached the pinnacle of the mixed-game tournament poker, topping what is widely considered the toughest tournament in the world. Hui walked away with a whopping $1,099,311 top-prize and his name will be forever engraved on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

"It has been my dream. I'd rather win this over the Main Event," Hui said minutes after the final hand.

It was only the second time that Hui had a chance to compete in the stellar contest, heavily loaded with the best players on the planet. The 74-strong field had to bow to a down-to-earth man.

"When it was finally over, it just hit me. I still don't know if it's real or not," Hui said.

If anything characterizes Hui as a player, it's his humble approach to the game. He showed tremendous respect for the competition he faced. He knows he might not be the best in the world just yet. But there is one thing that makes Hui a true champion: his appearance both on and off the table. Hui is all about hard work and modesty.

"This is the one tournament that I wanted to play. Just to be lucky to play it... and to win it... it's incredible."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Phil HuiUnited States$1,099,311
2Josh AriehUnited States$679,246
3John EspositoUnited States$466,407
4Bryce YockeyUnited States$325,989
5Shaun DeebUnited States$232,058
6Dan CatesUnited States$168,305

Hui personifies the prestige of PPC in the poker world. He had won a bracelet before. He had been to many final tables. He had played for large sums of money. Still, this tournament is really something special.

The champion admitted that it was hard for him to get any sleep ahead of each day. While Hui was enjoying himself and the opportunity he had, he couldn't escape the pressure. It was a mix of excitement and anxiousness as adrenaline pumped through his body.

Fortunately for him, that was all sidelined when he returned to the grind.

"When I get on the table, I'm comfortable."

It could be hardly anticipated that Hui would play the main character in the narrative. The first four days of PPC were all about Phil Ivey and Josh Arieh. One of the most adored and feared players in the world, Ivey had been crushing until he hit the wall before the final table.

Arieh led the tournament at multiple checkpoints and he was cruising through the final day. It seemed he would be the one reaching the eternal glory.

Meanwhile, Hui flew under the radar. But he made it to the heads up against Arieh, a match that would last hours with the chip lead changing countless times.

"I thought I had such a big edge playing in the limit games that I was taking really low-variance lines playing the big bet games," Hui revealed his gameplan for the final day. "I was just trying to take my time and not get complacent and not get ahead of myself in all the other games," he added.

It seemed that he was well-equipped to outplay Arieh in the stud games. Hui admitted that his success had a lot to do with a hot card deck.

To win such a tournament with a slow structure, deep stacks, and a complex mix of games can never be accomplished just by a stroke of fortune. There is no place for unprepared players in the PPC.

Hui was shell-shocked in the moments after his victory, a feat hard to comprehend in the flow of adrenaline. But he knew one thing: the hard work he'd been putting in through the year had paid off. Hui had a summer to forget last year, but that experience helped him to become a better player. He started to focus on improving in every game.

Hui gave huge credit to his girlfriend, Loni Harwood, who helped him to sharpen his no-limit hold'em skills. Hui was grinding low-stakes tournaments only a few months ago, testing new strategies and preparing for a big summer. In the meantime, he studied the mixed games by watching streams and replays of tournaments and cash games with the best players; those he'd eventually defeat in the PPC.

"Everything taught me a lot," Hui said.

Phil Hui
Phil Hui

Now with a great run during the 2019 WSOP, including a $1 million cherry on top, Hui has his eyes on nothing but the Player of the Year honors.

"I want to win the POY this year. That was my main goal going into this year. POY is the first on my list," he revealed.

Hui has already accomplished a remarkable feat, a privilege to only a few players in the world, but he remains the same person; humble, focused, eager to become better and better.

Seeing one's own name on the Chip Reese Trophy must bring a warm feeling, but don't expect any conceited words from Hui.

"My name doesn't belong there yet. I'm happy it's there, but I need to do a lot more to be in that group with those guys. They're unbelievable."

Maybe, if he wins the desired POY, he will reconsider his self-evaluation, but it seems more likely that Hui will always treat the game and opponents in the same way he always has — with respect and humility. It doesn't matter if he's sitting in a $150 tournament in Florida or defending the Poker Players Championship title.

Friday, June 28, 2019 11:20 PM Local Time
Josh Arieh Eliminated in 2nd Place ($679,246)

Phil Hui

2-7 Triple Draw

Following Josh Arieh's double, the two got it in again on the next hand with Arieh all in for 1,510,000.

Phil Hui drew two and so did Arieh.

Hui needed one on the second draw while Arieh remained on a two-card draw.

Hui stood pat on the final draw, showing      . Arieh opened    , needing to peel two low cards.

Arieh showed a   and he needed to squeeze a seven or an eight to stay afloat. However, he would find an   and Hui finally eliminated his last opponent.

Arieh was rewarded with $679,246 while Hui is the 2019 PPC champion, taking home the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy along with the $1,099,311 top-prize.

Phil Hui
Phil Hui wins the $50K PPC
Phillip Hui22,200,0001,500,000
Josh Arieh0-1,500,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 11:15 PM Local Time
Arieh Ships Another Double

2-7 Triple Draw

Phil Hui raised the button and Josh Arieh three-bet. Hui four-bet it and Arieh called off for 750,000 total.

Arieh drew three on the first draw and then stood pat the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Hui took two-two-one.

Arieh:      
Hui:      

Arieh's seven-six was good and he scored the double.

Phillip Hui20,700,000-645,000
Josh Arieh1,500,000645,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 11:13 PM Local Time
Arieh Doubles

Stud Hi-Lo

Josh Arieh got his last 285,000 in on third street against Phil Hui.

Josh Arieh:     /     
Phil Hui:     /     

Arieh started with queens in the hole and ended with trips, while Hui failed to hit a low to allow Arieh to double.

Phillip Hui21,345,000-570,000
Josh Arieh855,000570,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 11:11 PM Local Time
Hui on the Goal Line

Phillip Hui

Stud Hi-Lo

Josh Arieh completed, Phil Hui called and Hui called on fourth street as well with both boards showing ace-ten.

Hui raised Arieh's bet on fifth and Arieh called.

Hui fired again on sixth, Arieh called one more time.

Arieh then fired on seventh but Hui looked him up with two pair and Arieh couldn't beat that.

Hui:     /     
Arieh:     /     

Arieh was left with only a half of a big bet and Hui is now inches away from the finish line.

Phillip Hui21,915,0003,215,000
Josh Arieh285,000-3,215,000
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Friday, June 28, 2019 11:06 PM Local Time
Hui Takes a Bite Out of Arieh

Stud Hi-Lo

Phil Hui:     /     
Josh Arieh:     /     

Both players had an ace up which meant because of the suit Josh Arieh had to bring it in. Phil Hui completed and then called when Arieh raised.

Arieh bet fourth, Hui called, and then Arieh check-called bets on fifth, sixth, and seventh.

Arieh showed a pair of aces but it was no good as Hui held two pair with sevens and fours.

Phillip Hui18,700,0001,700,000
Josh Arieh3,500,000-1,700,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:59 PM Local Time
Hui Presses On Arieh

Pot-Limit Omaha

Josh Arieh raised to 350,000 on the button, and Phil Hui called.

Both players checked the     flop, and Hui bet 500,000 on the   turn. Arieh called.

On the   river, Hui bet 800,000. Arieh folded.

Phillip Hui17,000,000600,000
Josh Arieh5,200,000-600,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:53 PM Local Time
Arieh Wins Last Hand of Razz

Razz

Josh Arieh completed with a   and Phil Hui raised with a  . Arieh called.

Both hit a seven on their boards and Arieh called a bet from Hui.

They got the same card again on fifth, an  , and Arieh called a bet again.

Hui received a paint card on sixth and Arieh used it to fire. Hui called.

Arieh bet on the river again and Hui didn't peel a desired card so he folded.

Arieh:     /     
Hui:     /      - folded on seventh

Phillip Hui16,400,000-2,200,000
Josh Arieh5,800,0002,200,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:49 PM Local Time
Arieh Gives It Up on Seventh

Razz

Phil Hui:    /      /  
Josh Arieh:    /      /  

Phil Hui brought it in and called when Josh Arieh completed. Hui took the lead on fourth and bet, which Arieh called. That action would repeat on both fifth and sixth before Hui bet a final time on seventh. Arieh looked at his final card and folded.

Phillip Hui18,600,0001,900,000
Josh Arieh3,600,000-1,900,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:47 PM Local Time
Arieh Pulls Himself Off the Brink

Razz

Phil Hui:    /      /  
Josh Arieh:    /      /  

Josh Arieh brought it in with the  , then called when Phil Hui completed. Arieh called bets all the way to seventh street, where both players checked. Arieh tabled     for a ninety-eight and Hui mucked.

Phillip Hui16,700,000-1,900,000
Josh Arieh5,500,0001,900,000
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Friday, June 28, 2019 10:47 PM Local Time
Hui Takes Huge One

Phil Hui

Razz

Phil Hui completed, Josh Arieh called and Arieh called bets on fourth and fifth streets as well.

Arieh then bet on sixth with Hui's board showing king-high. Hui called and Arieh fired on the river again. Hui raised, Arieh called and Hui showed     for a seven-six. Arieh mucked his hand.

Hui:     /     
Arieh:     /     

Phillip Hui18,600,0003,500,000
Josh Arieh3,600,000-3,500,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:42 PM Local Time
Hui Gets Quartered

Omaha Hi-Lo

Josh Arieh raised to 600,000 and called when Phil Hui three-bet to 900,000. On the     flop Hui bet and called when Arieh raised it.

Hui then check-called bets on both the   turn and   river.

Arieh tabled the      for nines and eights with an ace-three low. Hui rolled over the      for the same low meaning he got quartered.

Phillip Hui15,100,000-1,300,000
Josh Arieh7,100,0001,300,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:40 PM Local Time
Hui Pulling Away

Omaha Hi-Lo

Phil Hui raised on the button, and Josh Arieh called.

Arieh check-called a bet on the     flop, then led out on the   turn. Hui raised and Arieh called. Arieh check-called one last bet on the   river, and Hui showed      for a full house and a straight-six low. Arieh mucked, and Hui's boistrous rail, including Scott Stewart with a row of beers in front of him, roared their approval.

Phillip Hui16,400,0002,700,000
Josh Arieh5,800,000-2,700,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:37 PM Local Time
Bottom Two Good for Hui

Omaha Hi-Lo

Phil Hui raised on his button and Josh Arieh called from the big blind.

Hui earned one more call on the     flop and the   turn and   river were checked by both players.

Hui tabled      and took it down with the bottom two pair.

Phillip Hui13,700,000900,000
Josh Arieh8,500,000-900,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:35 PM Local Time
Hui a Straight Up Stud

Stud

Phil Hui:     /     
Josh Arieh:    /      /  

Phil Hui brought it in and Josh Arieh completed. The former put in a raise and Arieh called.

Arieh proceeded to check-call bets on the remaining streets only to muck when Hui tabled a ten-high straight.

Phillip Hui12,800,0001,800,000
Josh Arieh9,400,000-1,800,000
Jostens Fan Collection
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:30 PM Local Time
Even Again

Stud

Phil Hui:    /      /  
Josh Arieh:    /      /  

Phil Hui brought it in with the  , and called after Josh Arieh completed. Action checked down to sixth street, where Arieh bet. Hui called, and then called another bet from Arieh on seventh street, only to muck after Arieh tabled     for tens up.

Josh Arieh11,200,0001,600,000
Phillip Hui11,000,000-1,600,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:28 PM Local Time
Hui Hits a Pair

Stud

Phil Hui completed with an eight, Josh Arieh raised and Hui called.

Arieh bet on fourth again and Hui called.

Hui received another eight on his board and Arieh figured it was time to give up, folding to Hui's bet.

Hui:    /    
Arieh:    /     - folded on fifth

Phillip Hui12,600,0001,300,000
Josh Arieh9,600,000-1,300,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:26 PM Local Time
Hui with the Flop Three-Bet

No-Limit Hold'em

Phil Hui raised the button to 350,000 and Josh Arieh called to see a     flop. Arieh checked, Hui continued for 350,000, and Arieh check-raised to 825,000.

Not to be outdone, Hui clicked it back to the tune of 1.35 million and Arieh wasted little time in folding his hand.

Phillip Hui11,300,000400,000
Josh Arieh10,900,000-400,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:20 PM Local Time
Back and Forth Battle Continues

2-7 Triple Draw

Josh Arieh raised on the button, then called when Phil Hui made it three bets.

Hui took two cards, while Arieh took three on the first draw. Hui check-called a bet from Arieh.

Hui took two cards on the second draw, and Arieh stood pat. Hui again check-called a bet from Arieh.

Hui took one card on the final draw, and Arieh again stood pat. Both players checked and Hui flashed an  , while Arieh fanned       for the winner.

Josh Arieh11,300,0002,400,000
Phillip Hui10,900,000-2,400,000
Friday, June 28, 2019 10:17 PM Local Time
Hui Raises After Second Draw

2-7 Triple Draw

Josh Arieh raised, Phil Hui three-bet out of position and Arieh called.

Hui pitched two, Arieh three and Arieh called a bet from Hui.

Hui didn't improve while Arieh needed only one card on the second draw. Hui let him bet and then raised. Arieh gave it some thought and then laid his hand down.

Phillip Hui13,300,000900,000
Josh Arieh8,900,000-900,000
Jostens Fan Collection