The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event attracted 6,737 players, but in the end it was Qui Nguyen who topped them all to become poker's latest world champion. However, had a coin flip gone differently with 12 players remaining, it could have very well been Wisconsin's Mike Shin who ran over the final table.
On Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event, Vojtech Ruzicka raised to 800,000 from the cutoff and Shin called from the small blind. Nguyen then three-bet to 2.7 million from the big blind, Ruzicka called, and Shin four-bet jammed for 14.1 million. Nguyen tanked for three minutes before making the call, and Ruzicka got out of the way.
Unfortunately for Shin, the board ran out and he was out in 12th place for $427,930. It was far and away the largest score of his career and brought his lifetime earnings up to $571,260, which vaulted him to 13th on Wisconsin's all-time money list.
"A little disappointed because obviously I was so close to it, but like I said before, if you'd have told me at the start of the tournament I'd get 12, I would have been stoked," Shin previously said of his elimination. "I try not to think about it. I don't think it's going to go away though. I think about that hand though, every single day, every single hour. I'm thinking about it at this moment."
Shin's disappointment in missing out on the November Nines seems to have disappeared, and he is more than excited to be having fun in the sun. That's because Shin left frigid Milwaukee, which is in the single digits, and is in action here on Day 1a of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas looking for his first PokerStars-related cash.