Jerry Wong Triumphs at 2018 WSOPC Coconut Creek High Roller

Jerry Wong Triumphs at 2018 WSOPC Coconut Creek High Roller

The WSOP Circuit got underway at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Florida on September 13, and currently has just two events from its 12 event schedule left before reaching its conclusion. One of the players taking part in the festival is Jerry Wong, who in 2016 made the poker headlines after reaching the WSOP Main Event that year.

On Friday, 21st, the November Niner showcased his skills once more, and this time managed to overcome a 69 player field at Event #9: $2,200 NLHE High Roller to walk away with a first place prize worth $48,300. Wong said that he was also able to benefit from an advantageous seated position at its final table, and commenting later stated:

“The table draw was pretty good. I had the tougher players to my right and the weaker players on my left, so I was able to run them over a little bit.”

$3.5M in Earnings

Following his victory, Jerry Wong now has $3,561,789 in winnings to his name, around a third ($1,100,076) of which is accounted for by his 8th place finish at the 2016 WSOP Main Event. The New York pro also put in a good showing at this year’s World Series of Poker, and made three final tables, including at the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event where he was eventually eliminated in 4th place for a $303,491 payday. That represents his third biggest score to date, with his second biggest haul recorded after a third place finish at the 2017 EPT PCA $10,000 Main Event for $725,000.

$2,200 WSOPC High Roller

The $2,200 High Roller featured a $138,000 prize pool, which was almost treble its original $50,000 guarantee. Nevertheless, just the final table of seven would see a return on their buy-ins, with recognizable pros competing for the gold ring including the likes of 2015 WSOP Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley, 3-time WSOPC ring winner Peter Vitantonio, and Indiana’s 5th highest tournament earner Chad Eveslage.

Wong subsequently entered the final table in pole position, and continued to drive home his advantage, controlling more than half of all chips in play five-handed, and 85% of all chips by the time heads-up was reached.

Heads-Up Recap

Wong’s final opponent was Georgia’s Mack Ham, who despite putting up fierce resistance, was unable to get his nose in front at any stage. In the deciding hand of the contest, Ham (K-10) pushed his remaining 360,000 chips preflop, while Wong with 1.64 million chip behind him called holding J-6.

The dealer then laid out a 9-9-6-A-5 board to consign Ham to a runner-up finish worth $29,848, while Wong collected $48,300 for the win, in addition to a coveted WSOP Circuit ring.

“I’m just pretty happy to win. I would’ve quit if I lost heads-up,” quipped Wong following his impressive performance.

Final Table Results

1st: Jerry Wong $48,300
2nd: Mack Ham $29,848
3rd: Chad Eveslage $19,791
4th: Josh Beckley $14,010
5th: Jeffrey Morzella $10,547
6th: Peter Vitantonio $8,414
7th: Hassan Tahsildar $7,090

Event #10: $1,700 Main Event

Jerry Wong was also one of 735 players to enter the WSOPC $1,700 Main Event, and managed a solid 71st place finish for $3,018. With two of its three days now complete, there are currently 17 competitors still in contention, led by Dmitrii Perfilev, Corey Bierria, and Lloyd Gunther. Play resumes at Noon local time, with a $222,691 prize awaiting its ultimate champion.

Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em

The $400 No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 115 runners to create a prize pool of $37,950, meaning a min-cash is worth $793, while the victor will receive $11,385 and a WSOP Circuit title. After a day’s play, the field has been reduced to just 9 finalist who will play down to a champion later today. Leading the way is Wayne Lovell (363,000), followed by Greg Baird  (307,000), and  Dan Chalifour (248,500), while Huicun Oiao (61,500) is the final table’s short stack.