Texas grinder and World Series of Poker Circuit ace Phillip Hui has realised one of his big ambitions – winning his first WSOP bracelet – by taking down event 59, a $3,000 buy-in Omaha Eight-Or-Better competition after besting a field of 456 other players.
Remarkably, at one stage in the heads up, Hui was at an 18 to 1 chip disadvantage, a situation that most players would have found untenable…but he persevered, showing considerable grit and talent to claim victory in the end and the $286,976 main prize.
The four-ring Circuit veteran faced a tough final table that included Jordan Morgan, Matt Glantz, David Williams, John D’Agostino, Ismael Bojang and fellow WSOP Circuit ring holder Zachary Milchman.
By the time play reached three-handed it was a competitive struggle between Hui, Milchman and Michael Bess, with the lead switching from one to the other until Bess as eliminated and Milchman entered the heads up with a 6 to 1 lead, which he extended at one stage to 18 to 1.
However, there was no stopping the big comeback Hui pulled off, and he secured the win.
Milchman and the rest of the table were paid as follows:
Zachary Milchman $177,609
Michael Bess $118,036
Ismael Bojang $87,594
John D’Agostino $65,736
David Williams $49,817
Matt Glantz $38,089
Jordan Morgan $29,356
Joe Mitchell $22,793