Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud has come to its conclusion after a field of 329 ended in just one champion for the WSOP Bracelet and the grand prize of $103,292 out of the prizepool of $439,215.
After just five hours of play, Alex Livingston has defeated the field in Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud to capture his first World Series of Poker bracelet in a dominating performance that saw him go wire to wire on his chip lead.
Coming into today, Livingston had no recorded tournament victories as he had finished second and third in many events but today was the right time for him to come out on top.
He talked about how his third place finish in the 2019 Main Event has changed his poker playing perspective in recent years. “I used to be mostly just a cash game player. Since the Main Event, it got me more inspired to play a few more tournaments, especially going harder during the world series. So this win doesn’t really change my plans for this WSOP as I was going to play a full schedule anyway.”
When asked about how he would consider himself as a seven card stud player, Livingston was honest. “It’s probably my worst game. I am good at Razz and Stud-8 but I don’t think I am that great in stud. Anyone could have won with the cards I was dealt, I ran very well.”
Livingston was a wire to wire chip leader winner from about the midway point in Day 2 as he explained the reason for that was mainly his good fortune.
“I did a good job of keeping my foot on the gas as others were battling for pay jumps but at the same time I ran so pure the entire tournament. It honestly feels kinda fluky.
“In the past when I have made final tables, I have slept badly or been nervous in the morning but this time I didn’t have any of that.”
Livingston had a little bit of fun with runner-up Daniel Weinman as they had a bet about the winner wearing their new bracelet. “Dan and I are going to go golfing and he said that I have to wear the bracelet on the first hole” he smiled as he described the first use of his new shiny bracelet.
Final Table Results
|2||Daniel Weinman||Unitd States||$63,835|
|4||Hojeong Lee||United States||$31,083|
|5||Kenny Hsiung||United States||$22,344|
|6||John Racener||United States||$16,391|
|7||Brad Rubin||United States||$12,276|
|8||John Evans||United States||$9,391|
Action of the Day
First to be felted was John Evans, who came into the final table short stacked and lost all-in versus Kenny Hsiung to go out in 8th.
Next came a pivotal double knockout for Livingston. When two short stacks, in Brad Ruben and John Racener were picked off by the chip leader when his two pair of kings and sixes was enough to take us to five.
Kenny Hsiung was next to fall to Thomas Taylor. When he was reduced to five or so big bets, he ran it versus Taylor but didn't catch up against Taylors two pair.
In fourth, second in chips at the time Hojeong Lee got into it with Livingston and it didn't go well for him against the chip leader, falling to Livingston's flush with two pair aces and tens.
Third place was Thomas Taylor, who was super short after losing most of he chips on the previous hand. Livingston was the benefactor of the elimination, with his full house securing heads-up play.
Action was heads up within 3 hours and 30 minutes after Livingston eliminated five of the eight players that reached the final table.
Weinman did chip away at Livingston to get back into the contest but eventually Livingston caught the right cards and got paid in a couple of big spots.
''Stud is not my best game, I just ran crazy, ask Dan (Dan Weinman), ask anyone,'' admitted a modest Livingston, who also took full advantage of his cards and got maximum value in multiple spots when he committed to his read of situations.
That concludes PokerNews coverage of Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud, stay with us to get the scoop on all other events going on this summer in the World Series of Poker.