Jerry Wong is a very happy man. He has won the 2017 WPTDeepStacks SHR Lucky Hearts Poker Open Ultimate Re-Entry Event getting the better of 4,756 entries to win $250,000.
He has bettered his record at the World Poker Tour event as he finished in the 8th position out of 6,737 entries in 2016 for a World Series of Poker main event. He has proved once again that he can find his way through a massive field and eventually get to a position of reckoning and that is to enter the final table.
It was a $360 buy-in tournament and the 4,756 entries recorded was the second largest tournament entry registered in the history of poker in Florida. The increase in the number of entries meant that the $500,000 guarantee was demolished and it went on to become a $1,426,800 prize pool. That’s a lot of money.
At the end of it all, Wong had to make a deal when the play finally came to a four-handed action. With the deal, he was able to secure the title and get a first place payout of $250,000. He was holding 42 of the 66 million chips that were in the play and the next largest stack on the table was just 9 million. This is a resounding win for Wong and he was happy that everyone at the table agreed to the deal. The decision to strike a deal was taken in the best financial interests of all the four concerned.
Wong acknowledged that he had to fight against some of the pretty good players at the final table. He was lucky to have some nice cards in his hands after the dinner break. Apart from the title and the money, Jerry Wong also got 528 Card Player ‘Player of the Year’ points and he has now moved to the 18th place in the POY race.