Ben Heath wins $50K High Roller WSOP event

Ben Heath topped a star-studded field made up of many of poker’s best to claim his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

Along with his first WSOP bracelet, Heath also cashed $1,484,085 for the win. He is the first player at this year’s WSOP to post a seven-figure cash.

How did Ben Heath win the $50K final table?

At the High Roller final table, Heath was the only player that hadn’t won at least one WSOP bracelet. The other five players combined to win seven bracelets, including two each for Nick Petrangelo and Chance Kornuth.

Oddly enough, Kornuth and Petrangelo were the first ones sent to the rail. Kornuth was knocked out in sixth place to collect $251,128, while Petrangelo finished in fifth place and cashed $335,181.

Controversy clouded the next person sent to the rail. Sam Soverel got things started with a bet of 400,000 and Dmitry Yursov followed by going all-in. Heath asked for a chip count before making his move.

Even after getting the count, he continued to think until his time bank ran down. He then threw in a 30 second time chip. Soverel, mistaking the time chip for a bet immediately threw his hand into the muck out of turn.

With Soverel out, Heath immediately called Yursov’s all-in bet. That was it for Yursov, whose A-10 was beaten by Heath’s A-Q when the board failed to improve his hand. For fourth place, Yursov cashed $458,138.

Soverol followed him out the door in third place, sent packing by Heath after his K-J couldn’t match Heath’s A-K. Soverel received $640,924 for third place.

How did heads-up play unfold?

Heads-up play featured Heath and Andrew Lichtenberger. Heath began heads-up play with the chip lead, but both players traded the lead back and forth a few times before the final card was played.

Heath wrestled back the chip lead at end. On the final hand, Lichtenberger pushed all-in preflop and Heath made a quick call. It looked like Heath was in trouble, holding A-J to Lichtenberger’s A-K. A Jack on the flop changed everything and when Lichtenberger received no help on the turn or river it was all over.

For second place Lichtenberger cashed $917,232.