On Sunday 10 July, 2016, in sunny Las Vegas, partypoker ambassador Tony Dunst achieved the holy grail of live poker tournaments; he won a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Dunst was one of 2,452 entrants in Event 63, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which had a prize pool of $2,206,800 and a first place prize of $339,254. That monster-sized field was whittled to the final table of nine over the course of three days of intense poker action, where Dunst started second in chips.
2016 WSOP Event #63 Final Table
Twenty-nine hands into the final table action, with blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000a, David Sciacqua moved all-in for 430,000 from under the gun with and Joshua Field called with . The board ran to send Sciacqua home in ninth-place.
Next to fall was Raffaele Castro. Dunst opened to 80,000 on the button, then called when Castro moved all-in for 450,000 from the big blind. It was for Dunst versus the of Castro, and when the five community cards fell it was game over for Castro.
Seventh-place went to Levon Torosyan after he pushed his short stack of 180,000 into the middle while holding . Matas Cimbolas, who like Dunst is a World Poker Tour champion, called with , and spiked an unnecessary jack on the turn of the board.
Dunst then took up the role of executioner again to send Sergio Cabrera to the showers. Cabrera raised to 125,000 from middle position, Dunst made it 255,000 to go from the button, Cabrera moved all-in, and Dunst called. Cabrera held and needed to catch a piece of the board as Dunst held , but the board missed the Spaniard, and he exited in sixth-place.
The final five became four with the elimination of Cimbolas who had lost all but a handful of chips to Joshua Field the hand previous. Dunst raised to 160,000 from under the gun, Cimbolas called all-in for 120,000 in the small blind, and Francisco Araujo called in the big blind. The active players checked down the flop, turn, and river, Dunst winning the hand with to see Cimbolas bust.
Four hands after Cimbolas’ demise, Araujo fell by the wayside. Field moved all-in for 1,100,000 (around 14 big blinds) from the small blind with what turned out to be , and Araujo called from the big blind with . The flop kept the jacks ahead, but the turn put Field in command. The river left Field with the best hand, bust Araujo, and left three players in the hunt for the bracelet.
On the 150th hand of the final table, Jason Rivkin made it 210,000 to play from the small blind, Field moved all-in for 1,500,000, and Rivkin instantly called, turning over to Field’s . A final board reading sent Field home in third place, and the tournament into the heads-up stage.
It took another 104 hands to end the tournament, but it was worth the wait. The final hand saw Dunst move all-in to put Rivkin to the test for his 16 big blind stack. Rivkin called with the and was ahead of Dunst’s , but only until the flop. The turn was followed into play by the river, to secure the victory of Dunst, who now has a WSOP bracelet to go with his WPT Caribbean title.
2016 WSOP Event #63 Final Table Results
A huge congratulations to Tony Dunst from everyone at partypoker, here’s to this bracelet being the first of many won by our awesome ambassador.
Lead image courtesy of the World Series of Poker.