The $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event drew a field of 272 runners, which was down considerably from the 355-player field in 2018 won by Shaun Deeb, who also took 17th this year. Nonetheless, the stacked field of mostly pros were able to generate a prize pool of $2,556,800 to fight over.
The four-day tournament finally concluded Tuesday, on the last nighf of the 2019 World Series of Poker. When the dust settled, the bracelet and the $630,747 first-place prize was in the hands of Anuj Agarwal, a 35-year-old Los Angeles cash game grinder.
“It hasn’t hit me,” Argawal told WSOP reporters after the win, “but I know objectively how bad I wanted this, just to build my confidence in the future. It feels good to know that I’m maybe finally knowing what I’m doing in tournaments.”
Agarwal, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, studied at UC Berkeley before turning to poker as his career. This win comes just days after he made a deep run in the WSOP main event, finishing 123rd for $59,295. He now has more than $1.1 million in career live tournaments earnings.
In addition to the money, Agarwal also earned 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points for his win. The POY is sponsored by Global Poker.
The final table featured Ben Heath (6th), who won a bracelet earlier this summer, as well as Gal Yifrach (3rd), and Kahle Burns (2nd).
Other notables to make a deep run in the tournament included Markus Gonsalves (8th), Stefan Huber (9th), James Romero (10th), Alan Goehring (12th), Lauren Roberts (14th), Simon Deadman (16th). Shaun Deeb (17th), Steve Sung (19th), Andrey Pateychuk (21st), Jason Koon (23rd), Jennifer Tilly (24th), Dominik Nitsche (27th), and Paul Volpe (29th).
Here is a look at the final table results.
For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.