Jeremy Wien Claims Gold in 2018 WSOP $5,000 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em

Jeremy Wien was among the top stacks when eight-handed final table play kicked off on the third day of the 2018 WSOP $5,000 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em. The player had his ups and downs throughout the day, played a strenuous heads-up match against heads-up specialist David Laka, and eventually found himself in possession of all chips at the table for a $537,710 payday and a gold bracelet, his first one from the series.

The $5,000 buy-in tournament drew a field of 518 entries who created a prize pool of over $2.4 million. The event was played over three days, with the final one kicking off with eight final tablists who were headlined by none other but US poker stars David Peters and Jake Schindler.

The eight players were off to a quick start as the first elimination occurred shortly after cards were thrown in the air. The speed of action was then reduced for a while. Eventually, it took around five hours to for the start-of-the-day field of eight to be whittled to just Wien and Laka.

The two players were then off to a slow and action-packed heads-up that saw Wien emerge from a significant chip disadvantage, battle it out for 138 hands against one of poker’s best heads-up players, and eventually beat him for his first WSOP gold piece.

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Chips were sliding back and forth for four hours during the two-handed duel. Play began with Laka holding a 4-1 advantage with more than 10 million in chips. During the first stages of the match, Wien would gain some momentum, which Laka would kill swiftly only to see his opponent improve all over again.

Then, during what turned out to be the final stages of heads-up and the tournament as a whole, Laka and Wien were almost even in chips.

Hand #290 was the final one to be dealt as part of the tournament. Laka, a 21-year-old Spaniard, had 6.6 million at that point, while Wien held 6.3 million in chips. The two players did not rush to move it all in pre-flop but waited for the [Jh][8c][2h] flop to make their next move. Laka then announced all in with [Qd][Qs] and Wien called with [Ah][Ad]. The [3c] on the turn and the [6h] on the river were of little use to Laka and the player busted in second place, thus failing to claim his first WSOP gold bracelet. The player received $332,328 as the runner-up finisher in the tournament.

Commenting on his victory, Wien said that he had played the Heads-Up championship last week which helped him a lot gain confidence for his participation in the $5,000 Big Blind Antes tournament. He also pointed out that unlike most of the guys he faced at the final table, he played pretty tight and looked to pick his sports very carefully. Apparently, his strategy paid him quite well.

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