By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This was the second largest field in WSOP tournament history with 8,569 players. The largest tournament was in 2006 with 8,773 players.
The 55-year-old Ensan is now the oldest player to win the tournament since 1999. Noel Furlong won at 61 twenty years ago.
“This is the best feeling in my life,” Ensan said after the event with a huge smile. “Unbelievable! I am so happy I’m here with the bracelet in hand. What can I say?”
He is the second German to win, according to WSOP.com. Pius Heinz won the entire tournament in 2011.
Ensan is also the third Iranian-born player to win. Hamid Dastmalchi was the last to do it in 1992.
Monsour Matloubi also won in 1990.
When the two competitors faced off, Ensan had a small lead over Dario Sammartino. The Italian then took the lead before the German was able to get it back.
Ensan was able to then build a demanding lead over Sammartino. He forced Sammartino all in with pocket Kings and was able to win the hand.
The Italian went home with a cool $6 million. With his second-place finish, he now has the most all-time earnings in Italy from Poker.
“Dario is a friend of mine,” Ensan said later. “He’s a very good player. But short-handed you need cards. You need hands, and for sure luck. And luck and hands were on my side. Otherwise, I’d be runner up.”
Alex Livingston was the third place finisher on Tuesday. He went home with $4 million.
The results of the final nine:
1st place – Hossein Ensan – $10,000,000
2nd place – Dario Sammartino – $6,000,000
3rd place – Alex Livingston – $4,000,000
4th place – Garry Gates – $3,000,000
5th place – Kevin Maahs – $2,200,000
6th place – Zhen Cai – $1,850,000
7th place – Nick Marchington – $1,525,000
8th place – Timothy Su – $1,250,000
9th place – Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000
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