Day 4 completed
|Blinds||800,000 / 1,600,000|
Day 4 completed
From a whopping 6,140 entries, the final player standing in the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #59: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship is Joe Foresman, earning his first gold bracelet and an added $10,000 seat into the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
Not only is this Foresman's first win, but it is also his first-ever career cash, taking home $397,903 and a coveted gold bracelet. He defeated a worthy competitor in WSOP champion Will Givens, who put up a massive fight and settled for $245,606 runner up.
"It was fun to play in. Once we got into the money, I was thrilled no matter what happened. I would've been happy cashing out $1,500, $2,000," Foresman told PokerNews. Understandably, the newly-crowned champion was often speechless after he realized the tournament was over. "When I got to the final table today, quite frankly, I said if I finished in fifth I don't care. I mean, it's still $100,000. This is still more than anything I could've ever imagined."
The 49-year-old graphic designer and musician has been playing poker for over 15 years and is a single business owner.
This is his first live career cash and win as he has only really played in a few daily deepstack events. The one and only bracelet event he has played before this one was when the WSOP was at Binion's.
"We sit there and dream about [winning a bracelet], but we never think it's going to be a reality," continued Foresman. "I had to get so lucky these four days. It's just one of those weeks."
When asked what he's going to do with the money, Foresman admitted he wants to make solid plans for his future. "I've wanted to buy a house for a while, it really depends on a lot of different factors. I'm probably going to invest a little in my partner's business, and beyond that, I've been wanting to give something to charity, but I don't know what charity yet."
Day 4 began with just five players remaining, and Foresman started the day with the chip lead. He only relinquished the lead to Givens, but quickly got it back before winning the title.
Final Table Results
|1||Joe Foresman||United States||$397,903 + $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat|
|2||Will Givens||United States||$245,606|
|6||Mrityunjay Jha||United States||$77,308|
|7||David Goodman||United States||$58,988|
Day 4 Final Table Action
In just the sixth hand of the day, a short-stacked Gleb Kovtunov got his remaining stack of about nine big blinds in before the flop with ace-six offsuit but was dominated by Jeff Hakim's ace-king. He turned a straight draw but the board bricked out, forcing Kovtunov to settle for fifth place and $102,077.
About 40 minutes later, it was Hakim who found himself at risk, going all in with ace-five. He was dominated by Givens' pocket queens and couldn't catch any heat. Givens rivered a set for good measure, and Hakim pocketed a nice payday worth $135,783 for his fourth-place finish.
Shortly after three-handed play began, Givens took over the chip lead, finally knocking Foresman down from the top spot. The two players battled it out on an eight-high flop with two spades, and Givens got aggressive with third pair. Foresman stayed in the hand with ace-high but Givens took his pair of sevens to showdown and snagged the chip lead.
It wasn't long before Foresman check-shoved all in on the river against Givens and got a snap-call. Foresman tabled aces up, and Givens flashed bottom two pair before sending the chip lead right back.
Steffen Logen hung around as the shortest stack for a while, and eventually found a double against the chip leader. It wasn't long before he started to fizzle out though and finally got his stack in the middle with pocket eights. Givens held queen-ten of spades and flopped a flush draw before turning a pair of tens to send the German packing. Logen licked his wounds but settled for $245,606 for his third-place finish.
Heads-up play didn't last too long with Foresman starting play with almost four times as many chips as Givens. Foresman won back-to-back hands, making trips in the first hand and then a flush in the next.
Givens was left with 20 big blinds, and then Foresman chipped away to bring him below 10 bigs. In the final hand, Givens got his stack in the middle with pocket tens, but Foresman flopped a set of fours to lock up the win.
Hand #153: Joe Foresman moved all in from the small blind and Will Givens instantly called for the last nine big blinds, having invested the big blind ante.
The flop improved Foresman to a set and he gasped an "oh my god." Givens failed to catch any help on the turn and river, and narrowly missed out on his second WSOP bracelet. Givens takes home $245,606 for his efforts, while Forsman has been crowned the champion and will pose for the winner shots shortly.
"It was meant for him, there was nothing I could do," Givens said in defeat while high-fiving his rail.
Hand #149: A walk for Will Givens.
Hand #150: Givens limped in and Joe Foresman checked. On the flop both players checked and Foresman bet the turn for 3,000,000, Givens called. After the river, both players checked and Foresman rolled over for trips fives as the winning hand.
Hand #151: Foresman completed from the small blind and Givens checked to the flop. A check by Givens brought a bet of 2,000,000 by Foresman and that won the pot.
Hand #152: Givens raised to 3,600,000 and Foresman jammed to force a fold from Givens.
Hand #144: Will Givens limped in, Joe Foresman raised to 5,500,000 and Givens folded.
Hand #145: Foresman limped in, Givens checked and they saw a flop of . Both players checked to the and the on the river. Givens bet 1,700,000 and Foresman folded.
Hand #146: Givens limped in and Foresman checked. The dealer fanned a flop of , Foresman checked, Givens bet 1,700,000 and Foresman folded.
Hand #147: Foresman made it 3,500,000 to go and Givens folded.
Hand #148: Givens raised to 3,600,000 and Foresman mucked.
Hand #141: Joe Foresman limped in and Will Givens raised to 4,000,000, which won the pot right there.
Hand #142: Givens raised out of the small blind to 2,500,000 and Foresman called to see the flop. Foresman check-called a bet of 1,800,000 and they checked the turn. On the river, Foresman check-called a bet worth 4,400,000 and Givens rolled over for a busted gutshot, which Foresman had beat with the for trips nines.
Hand #143: Foresman limped and Givens checked. They checked the flop and Givens bet the turn for 1,400,000, Foresman made the call. On the river, Givens fired a bet of 4,300,000 and Foresman raised to 10,000,000. Givens called and Foresman rolled over for a flush.
"Beautiful hand," Givens admitted in table chat and Foresman replied "that's how I have been running the last few days.
Hand #135: Will Givens limped in on the button, Joe Foresman checked his option and they saw a flop of . Both players checked to the on the turn and then the on the river. Foresman check-folded to a bet of 1,500,000 from Givens.
Hand #136: Foresman limped in and Givens checked. The dealer fanned a flop of and they both checked it all the way down, seeing the on the turn and the on the river. Foresman tabled for the winner.
Hand #137: Foresman got a walk.
Hand #138: Foresman made it 2,600,000 to go and Givens called. The flop came , Givens checked, Foresman bet 3,000,000 and Givens let it go.
Hand #139: Foresman got a walk.
Hand #140: Givens got a walk.
Hand #130: Joe Foresman raised to 2,600,000 and Will Givens called to see the flop. Givens check-called a bet of 3,700,000 and the turn was checked. On the river, Givens made it 6,700,000 to go and Foresman called. Givens turned over and Foresman mucked the .
Hand #131: Givens raised to 2,500,000 and Foresman folded.
Hand #132: Foresman opened to 2,600,000 and Givens came along to the flop. They checked to the turn and Givens bet 3,000,000, Foresman called. No betting action came on the river and Foresman won the pot with .
Hand #133: A walk for Foresman.
Hand #134: Foresman limped and Givens checked. They checked the flop and turn. Givens check-called a bet of 2,000,000 and Foresman showed for an eight-high straight.
Joe Foresman begins heads-up play with a big lead, sitting on 135,200,000 in chips for 112 big blinds.
Will Givens has his eye on his second gold bracelet, coming in to play with 49,200,000 in chips for 41 big blinds.