There was an excellent comeback effort from Young Sik over the weekend, as the American memorably won the Mini Main Event at the WSOP. It was an excellent display by Sik, who looked to be out of the running to win the top prize when play on the final table resumed. However, it was a day to remember for the American, as he finally got his hands on a first WSOP bracelet.
The success came just a few weeks after Sik had finished second in another WSOP event, which saw him pick up returns of $203,949. However, this win was the biggest of his career, as he claimed prize money of $594,189 following a dramatic end to the competition.
Sik Comes Back To Win Huge Event
Sik has been in fine form throughout the WSOP to this point, and a first bracelet looked on the agenda after he finished second in a previous event. However, that victory looked unlikely going into the final table action. But, his perseverance paid off, as he managed to top a huge field of players to pick up a first bracelet of his career. It was without doubt the biggest win of his career to date, as he had won $716,000 in career earnings before this event. However, his career total now stands at over $1 million, and has ensured that he has entered the top 200 players on the California all-time money list.
There will be a sense that bigger victories could be on the horizon for the American over the next couple of weeks. Sik was obviously delighted with his success in the event, and admitted that the victory even came as a shock to him, as he didn’t expect to be challenging for the win after starting with a 10 big blind stack. But, it was a credit to his perseverance that he was able to top the leaderboard and pick up the biggest victory of his career to date.
Final Table Standings
In total, there were nearly 6,000 entrants to the Mini Main Event at the WSOP, which created a massive purse of just over $5 million for players to compete for. While Sik managed to win the biggest purse after his sensational performance, there were still come big winners elsewhere on the final table in the Mini Main event. Cosmin Joldis was the unfortunate player to finish second overall, as the Romanian won returns of $367,000 for his performance.
Nine players were in action on the final table, with Kartik Ved finishing in third place and picking up handsome returns of $275,000. Phillip Lee and Kei Nitta completed the top five places in the event. Theodore Lee and Adam Velez finished in respective places of sixth and seventh, while the highest finishing player from the UK was Keith Littlewood, who picked up eighth place and returns of $72,000. The final player on the final table was Sergio Ochoa, but the American was the first to be eliminated.