The 2019 WSOP is officially done and dusted. Hossein Ensan of Germany cleaned up after winning the Main Event and a handsome payday of $10,000,000. The Iranian/German player dazzled the crowds amid shouts of jubilation. Ensan powered his way through the World Series of Poker with a massive chip lead and a commanding performance. That he held onto a staggering 63% of the chips is astounding, and he quickly developed an unassailable lead.  After about 9 hours of competitive play, Ensan delivered the coup de grace when he took control of the Main Event.

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The action ramped up a notch after Hossein Ensan knocked Dario Sammartino and Alex Livingston out. In less than 200 hands, Ensan added a glittering diamond-encrusted bracelet to his collection. 2019 marks the 50th annual WSOP and for Ensan it also meant a $10,000,000 payday for his efforts. With this monumental victory, Ensan now enters the Poker Hall of Fame as the reigning world champion. The 2019 WSOP fielded some 8,569 players from all over the world. For Ensan, his poker prowess paid off handsomely. When quizzed about how he felt after winning, Ensan responded with just one word…. ‘Unbelievable!’ Few poker tournaments compare to the spectacle that is the WSOP. This prestigious contest ranks atop the pile, and rightly so. 

WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

As the most competitive poker tournament of all, the WSOP dominates the poker calendar. With 8569 entries, and a total prize pool of $80,548,600, the 2019 WSOP was a spectacle to behold. The top 15 finishers featured an impressive mix of poker players hailing from Egypt, Italy, Canada, the US, the UK Austria, and Serbia. The top 15 players include the following:

  1. Hossein Ensan of Germany – $10 million
  2. Dario Sammartino of Italy – $6 million
  3. Alex Livingston of Canada – $4 million
  4. Gary Gates of the US – $3 million
  5. Kevin Maahs of the US – $2.2 million
  6. Zhen Cai of the US – $1.85 million
  7. Nick Marchington of the UK – $1.525 million
  8. Timothy Su of the US – $1.25 million
  9. Milos Skrbic of Serbia – $1 million
  10. Robert Heidorn of the UK – $800,000
  11. Henry Lu of the US – $800,000
  12. Michael Niwinski of Canada – $600,000
  13. Viktor Rau of Austria – $600,000
  14. Christopher Barton of the US – $500,000
  15. Paul Dhaliwal of Canada – $500,000

The official rankings feature 1286 ranked players who finished in the money with position #1286 Ryan Pochedly winning $15,000. All the in the money finishers (ITM) account for the massive payday of $80,548,600. $15,000 payouts were made from position #1063 through #1286. It’s worth pointing out that the top 10 finishers account for 39.26% of the total prize pool, or $31.6 million. 

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Hossein Ensan has cashed 1 time at the WSOP for career earnings of $10 million. In 2017, he competed at the WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) in Event #5 (The Colossus), with a €550 buy-in and finished 76th with earnings of €2,824. On the WSOP International Circuit at Kings Casino in Czech Republic, he competed in Event #11 the €1,650 Main Event with a €1 million guarantee where he finished first with a payout of €184,812. In 2018/2019, Ensan played at the WSOP Global Casino Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee North Carolina with a $10,000 buy-in. He scooped up $14,467, finishing in 15th place.

On his march towards victory, Ensan adopted a pragmatic approach. His goal was to simply get to the money and bag as much as he could every day. By Day 4 he had a big stack in play and his goal was to ante up and hope that the cards cooperated. His poker pedigree is well-known, and includes an EPT (European Poker Tour) championship title and a whopping $2.6 million in cashes. Neither the Italian, nor the Canadian at the final table were able to displace Ensan from the title. Early on the final day, Ensan got into a commanding position.

Fans on the rail were chomping at the bit, egging their players on. However, the man of the moment – Ensan – would not be displaced. It took an Ace/Queen combination to get Ensan firmly on track, and Livingston who managed an Ace/Jack on the button. Approximately 100 hands later, Ensan had whittled away Sammartino’s chip stack to just 40 big blinds, reducing him to a 2:1 deficit. All the big pots in this poker tournament were going Ensan’s way, and the rest is history!