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2023 WSOP Paradise

Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions
Giorni 3
Event Info

2023 WSOP Paradise

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
k9
Premio
$420,000
Event Info
Buy-in
$1,500
Montepremi
$5,169,000
Entries
3,446
Informazioni livello
Livello
44
Bui
2,500,000 / 5,000,000
Ante
5,000,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 3
Entries
34
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions

Giorno 3 completo

Jin Hoon Lee Ships the Mystery Millions for $420,000!

Livello 44 : Blinds 2,500,000/5,000,000, 5,000,000 ante
Jin Hoon Lee
Jin Hoon Lee

The opening event of the first ever World Series of Poker Paradise has crowned a champion here at Atlantis Resort in beautiful Bahamas and while sharks swim in the ocean just a few hundred yards away, a different type of shark has stacked up every chip in the room to stand alone in Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions.

In a tournament that had a field size totaling 3,446 entries spread across five starting flights, Jin Hoon Lee has become the last man standing, securing his first WSOP bracelet and the $420,000 lion's share of the $5,169,000 prize pool that the event created.

Lee came back for the final day with the eighth biggest stack of the 34 returning players and was able to navigate his way to the final table after a day filled with ups and downs. When the final table began, Lee sat behind a middling stack that was only good for 14 blinds, but he played a very focused and disciplined game, picking his spots well and never giving anything away. Now, with all the dust settled, he stands alone.

Lee had no easy task in front of him at the start of the day with huge names like Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood and David Peters returning to chase the bracelet as well. Phil Hellmuth was also among the returning Day 3 field and was gunning for his record-extending 18th bracelet, but all of them would fall short of their ultimate goal of adding hardware to their trophy cases.

Action of the Day

The final table of nine was reached when a huge three-way confrontation led to a double elimination that would send Rafael Robles and bracelet winner Konstantinos Nanos to the rail on the final table bubble. From there, Hyunsup Kim would be the first to fall at the final table of nine when he got his short stack all in and in a dominating position but would be out-flopped and sent to an earlier than desired exit from the final table.

Next to fall was accomplished pro Davidi Kitai who lost a flip to find the exit in eighth place before Kartik Ved fell in a roller coaster of a hand that saw the lead change on every street of the runout. A little over an hour of play would pass before Thomas Santerne would be the next to exit after being on the wrong end of a flip situation.

Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

Next up on the chopping block was Drew Scott after he fell to a sick runout that saw him hold the lead until the final card fell. Bowing out in fourth place was Konstantin Maslak who got all in with a dominated ace and found no improvement after five cards. At this point, Maria Ho had busted all but one player and the final table and still held a big chip lead to enter three-handed play, but after losing a massive flip, she found herself short for the first time since the start of Day 2 and would be the next player to exit in third place when she got her short stack in and couldn't improve to extend her run at her first bracelet.

Maria HoJin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola
Maria HoJin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

When heads-up play began, Jin Hoon Lee had roughly a 3:1 chip lead, but Max Pinnola would battle back over a series of hands that saw him completely flip the chip counts to a 3:1 lead in his favor. The battle wasn't over yet, though, as Lee never gave an inch and stormed his way back after doubling with kings and aces in short order. On the final hand, Lee found himself headed to a runout with a dominating hand that would hold up through five cards, securing Lee his first WSOP bracelet in what was an action packed final table.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stJin Hoon LeeSouth Korea$420,000
2ndMax PinnolaUnited States$257,100
3rdMaria HoUnited States$200,000
4thKonstantin MaslakRussia$160,000
5thDrew ScottCanada$127,000
6thThomas SanterneFrance$101,000
7thKartik VedIndia$80,000
8thDavidi KitaiBelgium$64,000
9thHyunsup KimSouth Korea$51,000

Winner's Thoughts

Lee was absolutely over the moon to take down the bracelet. So much so, in fact, that his celebratory screams could be felt from the other end of the room and the fact that he had his friends around him to witness the moment made it all the more special. When asked what the victory meant to him, he expressed the elation he was feeling for bringing home a WSOP bracelet to his home country of South Korea.

He made it clear that he hoped his win would further pave the way for other Korean players to throw their hat in the ring and use his win as the inspiration to come to the WSOP, take a seat at the table and bring home more bracelets for his country and with the international love that exists for the WSOP and the game of poker in general, there may be no better feeling in the world than to grow the game you love for the country you love.

That concludes coverage of this event but keep it locked to PokerNews for continued coverage of the first ever World Series of Poker Paradise from Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!

Tags: David PetersDavidi KitaiDrew ScottHyunsup KimJin Hoon LeeKartik VedKonstantin MaslakKonstantinos NanosMaria HoMax PinnolaMikita BadziakouskiPhil HellmuthRafael RoblesSam GreenwoodThomas Santerne

Max Pinnola Eliminated in 2nd Place ($257,100)

Livello 44 : 2,500,000/5,000,000, 5,000,000 ante
Max Pinnola
Max Pinnola

Max Pinnola shoved all in for 22,000,000 and Jin Hoon Lee called.

Max Pinnola: K4
Jin Hoon Lee: K9

The K83 flop kept Lee ahead with his dominating kicker to the 6 turn. Pinnola needed only a four to survive, but the Q river bricked and Pinnola was eliminated in second place for $257,100.

Meanwhile, Lee claims the WSOP bracelet and $420,000 for his victory.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
172,500,000 44,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
Eliminato

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

Lee Bluffs River

Livello 44 : 2,500,000/5,000,000, 5,000,000 ante

Max Pinnola limped with Q5 and Jin Hoon Lee checked his option with 42.

The KAA flop was checked to the 3 turn and Lee bet 5,000,000. Pinnola called.

The 10 completed the board and Lee slid forward a bet of 15,000,000, causing his opponent to fold.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
128,000,000 -2,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
44,500,000 2,000,000

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

Livello: 44

Bui: 2,500,000/5,000,000

Ante: 5,000,000

Lee Doubles With Superior Pocket Pair

Livello 43 : Blinds 2,000,000/4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Jin Hoon Lee
Jin Hoon Lee

Jin Hoon Lee raised to 8,000,000, Max Pinnola shoved, and Lee snap-called all in for 55,000,000.

Jin Hoon Lee: KK
Max Pinnola: 99

The board ran out 3J866 and the cowboys stayed ahead to move Lee into the lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
130,000,000 67,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
42,500,000 -67,000,000

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

Pinnola Adds to Lead

Livello 43 : Blinds 2,000,000/4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante

Max Pinnola limped with Q5 and Jin Hoon Lee checked his option with K9.

The dealer spread the K53 flop and Lee check-called for 5,000,000.

The 7 turn was checked to the Q river and Lee bet 7,000,000. Pinnola raised to 20,000,000 and Lee called.

Pinnola tabled his two pair and claimed the pot to extend his chip lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
109,500,000 18,000,000
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
63,000,000 -18,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

Lee Doubles Through Pinnola

Livello 43 : Blinds 2,000,000/4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante

Max Pinnola limped the button and Jin Hoon Lee followed suit and checked behind to bring out the K76 flop.

Lee checked over to Pinnola who jammed and got snap-called by Lee to set up a runout with Lee at risk.

Jin Hoon Lee: AA
Max Pinnola: 102

The turn brought the 5 leaving Pinnola with just one card left to hit a club, but when the river came the A, Lee secured the double and brought the stacks back to almost even.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
91,500,000 -27,500,000
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
81,000,000 27,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola

Livello: 43

Bui: 2,000,000/4,000,000

Ante: 4,000,000

Flush for Pinnola

Livello 42 : 1,500,000/3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante
Max Pinnola
Max Pinnola

Jin Hoon Lee limped with Q4 and Max Pinnola checked his option with 76.

The Q9A flop was checked to the 8 turn and Pinnola checked. Lee bet 4,000,000 and Pinnola responded with a check-raise to 15,000,000. Lee thought about it and called.

The 9 fell on the river and Pinnola jammed, putting Lee to the test for his remaining 53,500,000. Lee shuffled his chips and counted his stack as he watched his opponent before he eventually sent his cards into the muck to concede the pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Max Pinnola us
Max Pinnola
119,000,000 27,000,000
Jin Hoon Lee kr
Jin Hoon Lee
53,500,000 -27,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Jin Hoon LeeMax Pinnola