Event #85: $500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]

Event Info

Prijavnina $500
Nagradni sklad $1,905,700
Players 4,012
Event #85: $500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]
Dan 1 končan

Michael Gathy Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Event #85: $500 Closer and $272,504

Michael Gathy
Michael Gathy

Event #85: $500 The Closer has come to a conclusion after close to 8 hours of play.

The tournament field drew 4,012 and after a scintillating day of rapid-fire action, the winner at the end was Michael “Hneves” Gathy who used the final opportunity of the series to claim the fourth bracelet of his career and the grand prize of $272,504.

Gathy won his last WSOP Bracelet in 2016 and has amassed 1.8 million in WSOP earnings in his impressive career.

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Michael "Hneves" GathyBelgium$272,504
2Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" LiChina$194,248
3Shankar PillaiUnited States$138,467
4Erik "KoiOfTheHill" Von BuxhoevedenGermany$98,704
5Luis Gustavo "DJLITTLESOUL" KameiBrazil$70,359
6Craig "mrfeeny" MasonUnited States$50,154
7Paul "Wizardofodds" HockinNew Zealand$35,751
8Toni "FinBuddha" OjalaFinland$25,485
9Vitor "SPEWberg" AdironBrazil$18,166

The Belgian poker pro was solidly within the top of the chip counts for much of the day but really waited until the final two tables to make his move toward the top.

The final table began with very few big blinds between all the players and the eliminations came rapidly as the entire table took only 30 minutes to complete, with most of the hands being preflop all in battles.

Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li entered the final table as the chip leader and at one point strengthened her lead but eventually Gathy would cut into that lead with several big pots and after Shankar Pillai was eliminated in third place, Gathy held a 2:1 chip lead going into heads up play.

Gathy would not relent in heads up as he did not allow Li to win many pots and quickly whittled Li’s stack down to a very short one before eventually securing his fourth bracelet.

Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li Eliminated in 2nd Place ($194,248)


After just a few hands of heads up play Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li got it all in the middle preflop.

Li held the {q-Spades}{7-Spades} against the {a-Spades}{3-Clubs} of Michael "Hneves" Gathy.

The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Spades} to bring no help to Li and she was eliminated in 2nd place and Gathy emerged as the winner.

Michael "Hneves" Gathy BE
Michael "Hneves" Gathy
BE 100,300,000 62,850,000
Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li CN
Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li
CN Izpadel

Toni "FinBuddha" Ojala Eliminated in 8th Place ($25,485)


Toni "FinBuddha" Ojala moved all his chips into the middle and got a call from Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li.

Things were looking good for him to double as he held the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. But the flop brought bad news as it came the {q-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} to give a set to the {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} of Li.

The turn was the {k-Hearts} and the river came the {9-Diamonds} and Ojala was gone in 9th place.

Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li CN
Yuan Yuan "SunnySummer" Li
CN 31,420,000 9,695,000
Toni "FinBuddha" Ojala fi
Toni "FinBuddha" Ojala
fi Izpadel