Jinho Kong Picks Up Victory In Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the life of Jinho Hong. The former professional gamer has tried his hand at poker over the past couple of weeks, and he is reaping the rewards in fine fashion.

A few weeks ago, the star managed to achieve his best ever live cash out in a poker event when he won just under $700,000, but he has managed to do something that he failed to achieve that day this week, as he captured a first bracelet with a success in the WSOP Hall of Fame Bounty.

Hong Wins WSOP Event

The World Series of Poker continues to dominate the poker headlines around the world, and there was yet another historic winner crowned earlier this week. This time it was in the form of Jinho Hong, who won the 76th event called the Poker Hall of Fame Bounty. It was a fascinating contest to watch, with a field of 865 players competing for the top prize. The number of players involved meant that the purse for the event stood at $1,495,363.

However, it was to be Hong’s big moment in poker, as he managed to get his hands on a very first bracelet. In the final stages, he managed to see off Punnat Punsri in the heads-up challenge. Those that play video games will be very aware of who the winning player was, as he usually goes by the name of ‘YellOw’ when playing StarCraft. However, his success in poker could mean that we may be seeing him at the table more often over the coming months and years.

In aftermath of winning the event, Jonho revealed that he was feeling ‘so happy’, before revealing that his head was ‘empty’. After reflecting on his achievements from the past couple of weeks, he said that getting his hands on the bracelet that had escaped him was far more satisfying than the career-high purse that he won at the Wynn Summer Classic a couple of weeks ago.

Final Table Standings & Returns

It was frantic stuff in the WSOP event earlier this week as the placings on the final table regularly changed hands. However, after the heads-up play, it was announced as South Korean star Hong was the winner of the competition. While it wasn’t as lucrative as his cash out three weeks ago, it still saw the former gamer pick up returns of $276,067 as well as the bracelet that his heart was set on. Punsri finished the competition in second overall, and cashed out for $170,615.

Jakob Miegel from Germany just missed out on a place in the top two, but he still picked up returns of $120,756 in total. Every other player on the final table picked up less than $100,000. Daniel Weinman finished fourth for $86,730, while Pavel Spirins and Yuri Dzivielvski won respective totals of $63,225 and $46,791. The final three players in action on the final table were George Rotariu, Bas de Laat and Dov Markowich.