- Stephen Song topped 5,430 entries to win the tournament
- The victory landed him the biggest score of his career
- Song defeated fellow bracelet winner Lisa Eisenberg heads-up to secure the title
Dream Year for Song
Song describes his latest victory as the “cherry on top” of what has been an amazing year for him. The WPT Prime Championship win gave him his largest score to date, dwarfing his previous biggest cash of $476,990 which he won after finishing second in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $5,000 six-max event.
The 27-year-old said he felt so blessed after taking down the tournament and couldn’t believe he was able to get past a huge field of more than 5,400 entries. 2022 has been a “dream year” for Song who has amassed more than $2,380,000 over the past 11 months. He has reached 16 final tables and made 51 cashes, bringing his total live tournament earnings to over $5.1 million.
Final Table Results
Stephen Song entered the final table as the chip leader, just two big blinds ahead of fellow WSOP gold bracelet winner Lara Eisenberg. The first player to bust was Giorgii Skhulukhiia who finished in sixth place for $153,000. He was followed to the rail by Albert Nguyen who took home $200,000 for his fifth-place finish.
Alon Messica enjoyed a nice run after Nguyen’s exit, grabbing the chip lead at one point. He was unable to maintain that position though as his journey eventually ended in a hero call. He finished fourth for $265,000.
The three remaining players engaged in multiple all-in pots, ultimately ending in Young Eum’s elimination. Eum walked away with $354,000 for finishing in third place. The American poker pro has had some great results at this buy-in level this year. In June, he finished runner-up in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em freezeout at the WSOP and then went on to capture his maiden bracelet in the $1,000 mini main event less than a month later for nearly $800,000 in combined winnings.
Eisenberg was ahead in chips 3:1 when heads-up play began, but Song recovered and later took over the top spot. The tournament officially came to a close when Eisenberg moved all in with two top pair against Song’s eight-high straight. Eisenberg found no help on the river to end her bid in second place for $481,500.