2016 WSOP: Tony Dunst Wins $k NLHE for $339,254

Tony Dunst has picked up a career first WSOP gold bracelet after taking down Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $339,254. After overcoming a field of 2,452 players at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the poker pro and WPT television analyst commented:
“I ran really good at the right place at the right time. It’s awesome that it happened at the World Series in the very last preliminary event of the summer in this huge field. I just ran the purest, and it means today, and the last couple of days, were my days.”
The $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event featured a prize pool worth $2,206,800, and amongst the pros subsequently seeing a return on their buy-ins was Matt Glantz in 264th ($1,750), Eric Baldwin in 85th ($3,123), Chris Bjorin in 62nd ($5,031), and Faraz Jaka in 17th ($13,684).
At the final table, Tony Dunst eventually progressed through to heads-up play where he held a 2-to-1 chip lead over last remaining opponent Jason Rivkin. It would then take a further 104 hands before the final hand was played with Dunst (Q-8) moving all-in preflop, only to be called by Rivkin holding K-10. The Q-8-7-9-10 board which ensued then sealed the deal, and so Rivkin collected $209,586 for his hard-fought efforts, while Dunst earned the coveted bracelet.
“One of the ways I practice playing out final tables is watching them at my job, doing online commentary, and discussing them with other great poker players,” explained Dunst. “It forces you to go through the motions of a major final table over and over again.. I’m getting a sense of what plays people are making when there is big money on the line, what their ranges are, and what types of plays they are making, what they are capable of, whether they’re bluffing or not bluffing, and that helps a great deal.”
Final Table Results:
1: Tony Dunst $339,254
2: Jason Rivkin $209,586
3: Joshua Field $153,015
4: Francisco Araujo $112,724
5: Matas Cimbolas $83,804
6: Sergio Cabrera $62,880
7: Levon Torosyan $47,622
8: Raffaele Castro $36,406
9: David Sciacqua $28,097

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