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Steve Sung beats Phil Galfond to win Event #52

Steve Sung ΐνσ Εωεντ #52All good things come to an end but fortunately for Steve Sung, his luck didn’t run out before the end of WSOP Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed). He was amazing in all three days of the tournament and after winning several hands on the River, his confidence was boosted. Steve didn’t let the final table pressure affect his play and kept his cool even when going heads up against the more experienced Phil Galfond.

18 players returned for Day 3 but most of them were crushed by the high blinds and several were eliminated in the first two hours, leaving nine to compete at the final table. David Baker, Todd Terry and Christian Harder were among the first to leave Event 52 while Phil Galfond and Stephen Sung were the main beneficiaries of their eliminations. At the final table, Richard Lyndaker bled chips and was eliminated in the sixth place, with Day 1 and 2 chip leader Max Lehmanski leaving soon after.

Galfond was the chip leader for most of the final table but he lost his advantage when three handed play began, with Sung taking over in a couple of hands. The two players started with evenly matched stacks and although Galfond had slightly more chips and was the more experienced player, in the end he had to settle for second place. He received $744,000 but he was obviously upset for failing to win a World Series of Poker bracelet again, having no reaction on Twitter. On the other hand, various poker players including Jeff Madsen congratulated the recent winner for his overall performance and his attitude at the final table and heads-up:

Steve Sung would’ve been eliminated several times in Day 2 if lady luck hadn’t been on his side, but against Galfond, he simply played better. He won with two pairs against Phil’s Jacks and received $1.2 million and the sought after bracelet. Check out the nine players who made the final table and their prizes:

  1. Steve Sung – 1,205,324
  2. Phil Galfond – 744,841
  3. Dani Stern – 509,473
  4. Stephen Chidwick – 353,780
  5. Max Lehmanski – 249,291
  6. Richard Lyndaker – 178,261
  7. Shannon Shorr – 129,342
  8. Keith Lerr – 129,342
  9. Kevin Eyster – 95,884

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