Stoyan Madanzhiev Nabs Biggest WSOP Win Ever
What had initially started out as an unlikely Event #77: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event final table finish for Stoyan Madanzhiev, could not have worked out in a more pro-Madanzhiev way no matter which way the chips could ultimately have ended up falling.
With only 12 players remaining in the running for the big finish, an unlikely two-man-show ended up dropping the ball just as Madanzhiev would have started to lose hope of a GGPoker bragging right being in the offing.
Not to mention of course a single-router that would ultimately lead the Poker champ all the way to the World Series of Poker first-place $3,904,686 prize money.
All In The Same Swing
The Bulgarian’s ace-three clipping of the wings of a seriously short-stacked Samuel Vousden, which was the hand that would eventually lead Madanzhiev to the final table action, wasn’t at all unlike that which had played out on the felt all tournament long.
By the time the 5,802 player-field had petered down to a 38-player final day band, Madanzhiev had already been showing signs of being in the running to benefit from a massive boost to his $5,500 in career earnings earned so far. But that said boost would ultimately amount to the largest prize ever awarded in the history of online Poker, not even the hopeful Bulgarian could have seen coming.
But interestingly enough, the hand that led to the ousting of the last remaining final table competition had not been the most significant hand played by the Bulgarian throughout the tournament. That hand would have been the one played during a face-off with Martin Arce and his king vs. ace-king – a hand played at a time when 25 players remained hopeful yet of a grand final heads-up standoff.
That hand, most important of all, would have been the one that saw Madanzhiev stake his claim to a pot of 22 million, and one of 40 million at the 300,000 big-blind.
Beating A Notorious Party
By the time the final table had been hashed out, several big Poker names were left remaining in the big-money running. Stefan Schillhabel, Thomas Ward, Samuel Taylor, and Tyler Cornell had all made it into the final-table money.
But it would ultimately all fade into the background against a final table heads-up dual between Stoyan Mandanzhiev and runner-up Wenling Gao.
Gao, incidentally, following the successful securing of the $2.7 million runner-up prize cheque, is now officially the #1 female all-time WSOP money leader.