Nicholas “Illari” Baris was crowned the winner of the sixth online bracelet event of the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Baris topped a field of 1,750 entries in Event #68: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship to capture his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the grand prize of $303,738.75.
The New Yorker defeated WSOP.com Online Circuit winner Tara “bertperton” Cain heads-up to secure the title which represented his fifth WSOP cash and first final table. Prior to this victory, Baris achieved his highest online WSOP score in 2018 when he finished 8th in a PLO 6-handed tournament.
Final Table Action
Nine players battled it out at the final table for the lion’s share of the $1,662,500 total prize pool. Among them were bracelet winners Chris Ferguson and David Baker. Cain was leading the chips when the final action started and was responsible for the first elimination after knocking out Antonio “Karma007” Guerrero with a better ace. Guerrero walked away with $22,444 for his 9th place finish.
The next player to leave the game was Ryan “PlzCumAgain” Jones in 8th place for $29,260, as Cain continued to dominate the play with seven players remaining. Ferguson shoved from the small blind into William “TheBurrSir” Lamb Harding‘s pocket queens, sending him to the rail in 7th place, winning $38,736. This was Ferguson’s second final table this summer.
With six players left, Jack “Mr.Yang” Maskill was the short stack. He shoved into the small blind of Baris but failed to catch up, busting in 6th place for $51,704. Shortly after, Baker found a double through Lamb Harding and moved up second in chips as play progressed.
Cain was at it again, eliminating Jason “LuckDuck” Lawhun with flush against the latter’s flopped set. Lawhun took home $69,991 for his 5th place finish. Baker quickly followed Lawhun to the payout desk to collect his 4th place winnings of $96,093. Cain took out yet another player in Lamb Harding who ended his bid and finished in third place for $133,333.
Cain entered heads-up play with a huge chip lead against Baris. For a while, it looked like Cain was the one who was going to finish on top but in a sudden turn of events, Baris found a double up to take the lead. He went all in with pocket queens against Cain’s pocket nines. Baris’ cards held up and he emerged as the champ. Cain collected $187,530 in prize money as the runner-up.