Phil Hui wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Other than the World Series of Poker Main Event, the one tournament most poker pros say they want to win the most at the WSOP is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Several of the best poker players in the world took their shot at it earlier this week, but in the end Phil Hui was the only one left standing.

With the win in the Championship Hui claimed his second career WSP bracelet. His first came in 2014 when he won the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament. Hui cashed $1,099,311 for winning the Championship and he also gets to add his name to the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

How did Phil Hui win Poker Players Championship?

When Hui reached the six-player final table he was surrounded by former WSOP winners, with nine WSOP bracelets around the table. This included four-time winner Shaun Deeb, and single bracelet winners Bryce Yockey and John Esposito.

Also at the final table was two-time WSOP winner Josh Arieh, and it came down to him and Hui heads-up for the tournament title.

When heads-up play began Arieh had a massive chip lead on Hui with 16.2 million chips to Hui’s six million. Despite the disadvantage Hui didn’t play scared and slowly began to chip away at Arieh’s lead.

Hui eventually took over the chip lead only to watch Arieh take it right back. Throughout their five-hour heads-up battle the chip lead changed hands several times.

Eventually Hui went on a solid run to grow his chip stack and never look back. Near the end of the tournament Hui had a near 20-to-1 chip lead on Arieh.

On the final hand of the tournament with 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw the game of choice Arieh’s stack was so low he was all-in on the deal. Hui took two draws before standing pat with 9-5-4-3-2.

Arieh took all three draws and heading into the third draw held 6-5-2. His first card gave him a chance when he caught at 3. He needed a 7 or and 8 to stay alive, but pulled an Ace which ended the tournament.

For the second place finish Arieh cashed $679,246.