A Main Event title eluded Viet Vo a couple of time until last night when he outlasted 952 entries at Rio Las Vegas for $274,030 and a gold ring
Viet Vo entered a tough final day of the WSOP Circuit Rio Las Vegas Main Event with former WSOP gold bracelet winners and multiple-time gold ring winners, but remained unfazed by the stats, played his game and took down the $1,700 buy-in tournament.
Vo scooped his career’s largest cash last night and his second gold ring from the series. The player collected the top prize of $274,030 for taking down the Main Event at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. He emerged victorious over a field of 952 entrants, including a number of decorated poker professionals.
Over the course of his poker career, Vo has come really close to winning a WSOP Circuit Main Event title several times. However, that title has kept eluding him until last night. The player told WSOP Circuit staff after his triumph that it felt really good to “finally close it out.”
Prior to quitting his daily job and dedicating his undivided attention to poker, Vo had played just for fun every night after work. He found out that he was really good at the game and decided to become a full-time player four years ago when he finished second in a WSOP Circuit Main Event in Chicago. He never regretted his decision.
A Tough Day
The final day of the tournament kicked off with 23 survivors returning to the host casino on Tuesday. The hopefuls were led by one-time WSOP Circuit Main Event champ Jared Jaffee. The player kept his momentum for the greater part of the day, but eventually busted in 7th place.
Vo did not have the best start of the day and even though he made it to the official final table, things got really stressful for him during that stage of the game. The player survived all the way down to three-handed play. The final three players battled it out for four levels before someone hit the rail. And Vo was the short stack for the greater part of those four levels.
Eventually, he turned out to be one of the final two survivors, the other one being Sohale Khalili. The two-handed match began with the eventual champion being the short stack. However, a key hand that saw Khalili’s eights full of fives run into Vo’s eights full of sixes changed the course of the game forever.
Vo doubled through his opponent, leaving him down to just 14 big blinds. The soon-to-be-champion never looked back from that point on. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Vo shoved and Khalili called for his last 3.1 million.
Khalili tabled [Ah][10s] to Vo’s [Jd][10h]. The board ran out [Js][8c][6c][4h][Jc] to end Khalili’s run. The player collected $169,497 for his runner-up finish. As for Vo, aside from his second gold ring and the first-place prize, the player also secured a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.
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