Nearly a year ago, Loni Harwood won Event #60 of the 2013 World Series of Poker, earning $609,017 and her first gold bracelet. Harwood was apart of the bracelet ceremonies once again early Tuesday morning for Event #59 of the 2014 WSOP, but this time she was simply a participant in a FaceTime call with her boyfriend and winner, Phillip Hui.
Hui, who was down to as little as one bet at one point, survived a very swinging final table and came back from a large chip deficit during heads-up play to win the event, $286,976, and his very own gold bracelet. The Texan briefly welled up with joy, and was all smiles as he wished Harwood goodnight.
Zack Milchman finished in second place, earning $177,609. He had a more than 6-1 chip advantage on Hui during the heads-up battle, but Hui made a full house, quads, and a steel wheel, snatching the chip lead away. On the final hand, Milchman got his last two bets in the middle and flopped a wrap, but Hui made a single pair and held as the turn and river both produced bricks.
The third and final day of this event began with 20 players, and bracelet winner David Williams was the chip leader. Tony Merksick and Mike Leah quickly exited, leading to a two-table redraw, and the next players to bust were Justin Bonomo, Marvin Rosen, Brendan Taylor, and Sun Kwak.
Melissa Burr was the next to go, missing out on yet another final table by just a hair. She was grinding a short stack all day until she finally found herself all in and at risk against Jordan Morgan, who made trip sixes by the river to eliminate Burr.
Steve Lustig and Scott Abrams followed Burr out the door, and we were finally at an unofficial final table of 10. The official final table bubble lasted nearly three hours, however, and most of the stacks at the table started to shrink. Don Zewin eventually busted in 10th place when Milchman scooped a very bizarre pot with effectively eight-six high, and after that the bust outs were fast and furious.
Hui, who was in the middle of the pack, quickly chipped up then busted three players in an orbit; Joe Mitchell, Matt Glantz, and Jordan Morgan. The latter two were eliminated in the same hand when Hui flopped trip sixes and held against an over pair and straight and low draws.
Start-of-day chip leader Williams was chopped up Milchman and Ismael Bojang, exiting in sixth place, and Hui then busted John D’Agostino in fifth place. All five of those eliminations took place in less than 30 minutes.
All four of the final players held the chip lead at one point or another during four-handed play, and Bojang ultimately busted in fourth. The swingy play continued during three-handed action, with all three players holding the lead, and it was Michael Bess who bowed out in third place.
That’s when Hui’s comeback began, ending with a gold bracelet around his wrist.
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