Former StarCraft Pro Jinho Hong Wins Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

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After hitting his best-ever live cash of $696,011 just three weeks ago, Jinho Hong has now won his first bracelet and another $276,067 by winning the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty. He defended Punnat Punsri Heads-up in a field of 865 entries. The total prize pool for this event was $1,495,363 with 130 players who get paid at the end.

Hong, better known in the StarCraft scene as “YellOw”, was visibly touched by the win and his track. After taking the usual winning photos, his splint flooded the gaming table area for the group picture and then spent some time taking selfies while proudly showing off his bracelet.

“Right now I’m so happy, my head is empty, very nervous, but I’m just so grateful to have won a bracelet,” was his response right after the win. “Winning the Wynn Summer Classic was bigger money but for me the bracelet is much more meaningful to me and hopefully in the future a lot more Koreans will try to get the bracelet and hopefully our country will grow.”

When asked about his connection to Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier He pointed out that sometimes they discuss hands and strategy. He added, “The overseas scene is much better than the Asian scene, especially the Korean scene. Korean players are still a bit left behind due to the language barrier and skill level, but it’s good that I’ve finally achieved something for Koreans. “

Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Results

SPACE player country Price
1 Jinho Hong South Korea $276,067
2 Punnat Punsri Thailand $170,615
3 Jacob Miegel Germany $120,756
4 Daniel Weinman United States $86,730
5 Pavel Spirins Latvia $63,225
6 Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil $46,791
7 George Rotariu Romania $35,164
8th Bas de Laat Netherlands $26,841
9 Dov Markovich Canada $20,814

Fast-paced action

Hong came into the day as the chip leader with Punsri hot on his heels. “It was good that I was the chip leader but Punsri was sitting directly to my left, it was quite difficult to deal with but it was what it was,” he reflected on the start of the day.

Hong extended his chip lead to nearly double Punsri’s when he knocked out both of them Yuri Dzivielevski and George Rotariu in the second hand of the day. Dzivielevski had played all in with pocket fives and Rotariu risked his tournament life while holding ace-jack. Hong held the ace-queen and while both Rotariu and Hong flopped top two pair, Hong held with the queen-kicker to reduce the final table to five players.

Pavel Spirins was short with four big blinds and was able to double through Punsri, but then lost all those chips Daniel Weinman with ace-nine against queen of diamonds. Spirins flipped the straight draw and hit it on the river, but Weinman also hit his flush to knock out the Latvian player in fifth place.

Daniel Weinman
Daniel Weinman took fourth place for $86,730.

But Weinman couldn’t keep those chips as he had to give them to Punsri when his ace-nine failed to hit on the two-five-king-jack-seven board while Punsri hit a pair of jacks on the queen turn – Jack in hand. Weinman accumulated 419 points for the WSOP Player of the Year rankings, not quite enough to overtake Daniel Zackwho stopped by to see what was happening.

A few moments later Jacob Miegel dropped to third place when his tens failed to beat Punsri’s kings to send the young German to the payout for his biggest cash, while Punsri extended his narrow chip advantage over Hong.

After a brief pause, heads-up play began and the action slowed somewhat as small pots bounced back and forth, but things turned around when Hong doubled down when all the chips were on the eight-queen-six-two- board went for them . They had both flopped top pair, but Hong had an ace for the kicker to leave Punsri behind with four big blinds.

Punsri doubled once, but the curtains fell for him when he pushed in 11 big blinds with pocket rockets and saw them cracked by Hong’s ace four when the board gave him a backdoor flush.

Jinho Hong
The moment Jinho sees Hong, he wins!
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