Jin Hoon Lee sends the 2023 WSOP Paradise Mystery Millions for $420,000!

Jin Hoon Lee

The opening event of the first ever World Series of Poker Paradise has crowned a champion here Atlantis Resort in the beautiful Bahamas, and while sharks swim in the ocean just a few hundred meters away, another species of shark has stacked every chip in the room to stand alone Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions.

In a tournament with a total of 3,446 participants, spread over five starting flights, Jin Hoon Lee is the last man standing and secures his first WSOP bracelet The lion’s share of $420,000 of Prize pool of $5,169,000 that the event was created.

Lee came back on the final day with the eighth-largest stack of the 34 returning players and was able to claw his way to the final table after a day full of ups and downs. When the final table began, Lee was sitting behind a mediocre stack of only 14 blinds, but he played a very focused and disciplined game, picking his spots well and never giving anything away. Now that the dust has settled, he stands alone.

Lee had no easy task at the start of the day with big names like… Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood And David Peters He also returns to hunt for the bracelet. Phil Hellmuth was also among the contestants who returned on Day 3, aiming for his record-breaking 18th bracelet, but all of them would fall short of their ultimate goal of adding hardware to their trophy cases.

Action of the day

The final table of nine was reached when a big three-way confrontation resulted in a double elimination that resulted in elimination Rafael Robles and bracelet winner Konstantinos Nanos to the rail on the final table bubble. From there, Hyunsup Kim would be the first out of the nine-player final table if he is all-in with his short stack and in a dominant position, but he is outed on the flop and has to leave the final table earlier than desired.

Next, Autumn was completed David Kitai who previously lost a flip and found the exit in eighth place Kartik Ved fell on a roller coaster ride that saw the lead change hands on every street of the runout. It would take a little over an hour of play until then Thomas Santerne would be the next to fold after finding himself on the wrong end of a flip situation.

David Kitai
David Kitai

Next came the chopping block Drew Scott after falling into a stark runout that saw him hold the lead until the fall of the final map. The elimination was in fourth place Konstantin Maslak who went all-in with a dominated ace and saw no improvement after five cards. At this point, Maria Ho had defeated all but one player and the final table and still had a big chip lead going into three-handed play, but after losing a massive flip she found herself on the defensive for the first time since the start of Day 2 and would be next The player was eliminated in third place when she was short stacked and failed to improve on her first bracelet to extend her run.

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

When heads-up play began, Jin Hoon Lee had about a 3:1 chip lead, but Max Brush fought back in a series of hands in which he completely turned the chip counts in his favor and took a 3-1 lead. The fight wasn’t over yet, however, as Lee didn’t give an inch and stormed back after doubling up with kings and aces in short order. In the final hand, Lee found himself facing a runout with a dominant hand that lasted five cards, securing Lee his first WSOP bracelet at an action-packed final table.

Final table payouts

Location player country Price
1 Jin Hoon Lee South Korea $420,000
2 Max Brush United States $257,100
3 Maria Ho United States $200,000
4 Konstantin Maslak Russia $160,000
5 Drew Scott Canada $127,000
6 Thomas Santerne France $101,000
7 Kartik Ved India $80,000
8th David Kitai Belgium $64,000
9 Hyunsup Kim South Korea $51,000

Winner’s thoughts

Jin Hoon Lee
Jin Hoon Lee

Lee was absolutely overjoyed when he was able to take the bracelet off. So much so that his cheers could be heard even from across the room, and the fact that he had his friends around him to witness the moment made it all the more special. When asked what the win meant to him, he expressed his joy at bringing home a WSOP bracelet in his home country of South Korea.

He made it clear that he hoped his win would pave the way for other Korean players to throw their hats in the ring and use his win as inspiration to get to the WSOP, take a seat at the table, and bring more bracelets with them Taking home for your country and given the international love that exists for the WSOP and the game of poker in general, there is perhaps no better feeling in the world than growing the game you love for the country you love .

That concludes our coverage of this event, but stay tuned PokerNews for continued coverage of the first-ever World Series of Poker Paradise from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!


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