Steve Sung wins WSOP Event #4 Stimulus Special

Steve Sung wins WSOP Event #4 Stimulus Special

Friday, 5 June 2009

A big field for a small buy-in was what organisers of the $1,000 No Limit Hold Em Event #3 hoped for and boy did they deliver. A whopping field of 6,012 players sat down for the so-called Stimulus Special, a record for any event other than the WSOP Main Event.

In the end it was won by an established pro, Steve Sung, who claimed the first prize of $771,106. The win marked a sharp turnaround for Sung who fell just short of the money in the $40,000 No Limit Hold Em event earlier this week.

"I was really bummed out after busting out of the $40K," Sung said. "I told myself I have to start playing better. I was able to bounce back.”

Sung has career earnings into the millions but he’s never enjoyed much success at the WSOP. A best finish of seventh in the 2007 Seven-Card Stud was scant reward for the 24-year-old’s abilities. “I feel that this big monkey is off my back. It feels amazing to win. … I am speechless right now. Maybe in a week it will hit me that I really won. But right now, I am not believing this.”

Jack Powell led the British challenge finishing 30th for a cash of $22,671.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1. Steve Sung - $771,338

2. Pete Valdos - $473,282

3. James Adam Matz III - $313,826

4. Larry Sidebotham - $227,253

5. Nathan Mullen - $175,851

6. Dan Heilmiller - $145,851

7. Jeff Oakes - $126,612

8. Phong Huynh - $117,414

9. Daniel Fuhs - $114,167

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