Hussein Ensan wins 2019 WSOP Main Event

Hussein Ensan has won the 2019 WSOP Main Event.

The 55-year-old poker pro triumphed over the second largest field in World Series of Poker Main Event history. This year’ main event drew 8,569 entrants, just short of the record-setting 8,773 entrants that played in 2006.

For the win, Ensan claimed his first WSOP bracelet and cashed $10 million, by far the largest payday of his poker career. Before the main event win Ensan had won just over $2.6 million in live-poker tournaments and his largest cash was $860,000 in a 2014 EPT event.

How? Hussein Ensan wins Main Event

The final day of the main event began with only three players. They included Ensan, Dario Sammartino and Alex Livingston. When play began Ensan had the chip lead with 326.8 million chips, followed by Livingston with 120.4 million and Sammartino with 67.6 million.

After an early double up Sammartino passed Livingston in chips, knocking him down to the short stack position. Livingston ended up being the first of the final three eliminated. He was in a tough spot all-in with A-J against Sammartino’s A-Q and the board did not help him.

For third place, Livingston pocketed $4 million.

How did Heads Up play unfold?

When heads-up play began between Ensan and Sammartino, Ensan had a slim chip lead with 279.8 million chips to Sammartino’s 235 million. That changed on the second hand of heads-up play after Sammartino doubled up to takeover the lead.

That would be one of numerous times that the chip lead would change hands during four hours of heads-up.

Eventually, Ensan went on a strong run to take back the chip lead and never relinquish it. On the final hand of the tournament with the board showing 10s-6s-2d-9c Sammartino pushed all-in. Ensan made a snap-call and turned over pocket Kings.

Sammartino trailed with 8s-4s but had several outs holding a gut-shot straight draw and flush draw. None of his out appeared though, as the river card was the Qc.

For second place Sammartino cashed a cool $6 million.