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    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Ryan

The One Drop events at the World Series of Poker are consistently going to draw in a whole lot of attention, for quite a few very good reasons. The first reason is that they are going to be helping out a great charity that helps bring fresh and clean water to places in the world that do not have this currently. The tournament takes a percentage out of each buy-in that goes towards the charity, but this doesn’t stop the tournament from drawing in a massive field and some huge prize pools as well. One of the most recent One Drop events was the Little One for One Drop, which featured an $1,111 buy-in, and allowed players to rebuy as well up through level four. This was one of the final events that had to be wrapped up as the 2013 Main Event was set to get underway. It didn’t take too long for the field to close out and determine a winner on Sunday.

In total there were 4,756 players who bought into the $1,111 No Limit Hold’em event which was the 58th event on the schedule. Going into the final day on Sunday there were only eight players left in the action though, and it took a short grind of around three hours for Brian Yoon to be able to beat out the rest of the field and take down the bracelet, as well as the very nice pay day of $663,727. Yoon played a great tournament pretty much throughout, and going into the final day or two of action he was definitely a player to watch.

If you remember last year, the Big One for One Drop featured a $1 million buy-in, and was won by Antonio Esfandiari. They decided to create smaller versions of this tournament this year, and with the lower buy-in, we saw a massive number of players, a great prize pool, and also a very good amount of money donated to charity. In total there was $527,916 that will be going towards the One Drop charity. It’s fairly amazing when you consider that this much money was raised by charity from the smallest of all of the One Drop tournaments. The $1,111 buy-in allowed a very large number of players to take part, and with it being for charity it meant that we saw some of the biggest names in poker jumping in on the action as well.

Leading up to this tournament, the name Brian Yoon might not have been the most well-known, as he had only pulled in four cashes at the World Series of Poker in his career, with one coming this year, two coming last year, and one coming back in 2011. This was also the first final table that he had ever made it to. To top things off, any of his other cashes at WSOP events had come OUTSIDE of the top 50. His gold bracelet and $600k+ pay day meant that he had his first bracelet, but also tripled his total lifetime tournament winnings in live poker tournaments.

When we saw the action get down to the final table of action, Yoon was sitting in a solid spot. He had right at 2.65 million chips, and was in third place. Starting the day, Nghi Tran was sitting at the top with 4.13 million chips, and then Roland Israelashvili was in second with 3.375 million chips. After Yoon, two players had more than two million chips, so it was definitely going to be a race to the finish to see who would be able to grab the win.

This was surprisingly a very quick final table when you take all things into account. When were down to our final two players, it was Yoon holding a massive chip lead over his opponent, Cuong Van Nguyen, as he had 14.035 million chips to the 5 millon of Nguyen. Nguyen actually shoved the first five hands in a row and took down the pots, but then Yoon started turning the aggression around, as he won five in ar ow and expanded on his original chip lead up, pushing it up to 2 million chips more.

The action came to a close on the 11th hand of heads up play, as Nguyen raised it pre-flop to 450,000, and Yoon shoved to make his opponent all in. Nguyen made the call and turned over 10-8o, and he had two lives against the K-Qc of Yoon. Nguyen was able to hit a ten on the flop, but the river was the card that changed it all, as Yoon spiked a King and gave him the better pair and the win in the huge tournament. His first ever WSOP tournament win came in a big one, and also brought in a huge score as well. For second place, Nguyen took home a pay day of $408,264.

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