When play got down to the unofficial final table of ten, Phillip Hui was as far away from the bracelet as anyone could be at that point. With only 23,000 in his stack, he did not even have a big bet left. Hui tweeted that it was time for a comeback, although probably half-jokingly. But a couple hours later, it was no longer half a joke as he did manage to come back and find his way to the top.
Hui started his road to eventual victory soon after the start of 10-handed play. He put the last of his chips at risk against two players and his #js#jc#10s#10c held up for the high while the board provided no possibility for low. It was game on.
He soon made another double up through David Williams and although it did not give him a very big stack, it was enough to give him a decent fighting chance. And while Hui was trying to grow his stack, players started to hit the rail. First to go was Don Zewin, who gave the last of his chips to Zach Milchman, and the official final table was formed.
Joe Mitchell fell next as he surrendered what little chips he had to Hui, who managed to grow his stack in the process. Hui’s good run continued as soon he eliminated two players in the same hand, sending both Jordan Morgan (8th) and Matt Glantz (7th) to the rail.
Williams came into the day with high hopes, but his dreams were crushed by Ismael Bojang, who sent him out in 6th place. Then Hui continued to gather chips by eliminating John D’Agostino in 5th place, good for $65,736.
Boajang ran good for the first half of the final table, but then his luck started running out and a series of crippling blows saw his stack disappear. It ended with a finishing strike from Michael Bees, who sent Boajang to the rail to pick up $87,594. Milchman proceeded to eliminate Bees ($118,036) and the remaining two players were ready to proceed heads-up.
Hui found himself once again as the underdog, with Milchman enjoying a 4:1 chip advantage. Things were looking even worse for Hui when Milchman proceeded to grind his stack down and seize an 18:1 advantage. It seemed that Hui was poised for second place, but he had yet another comeback in him.
Hui managed two double ups in a row to get back in the game. Soon after, Hui held the lead and he wouldn’t let it slip from under his fingers. It was now Hui who was grinding Milchman’s stack. On the final hand, Milchman was holding #kc#qc#jd#3s against Hui’s #jc#10h#9d#7s. Hui hit a pair of tens on the #ah#10s#2c flop and managed to bring it home after the #4s turn and #8c river.
Hui eliminated Milchman in second place and sent him home with $177,609 for his efforts. Hui earned his first WSOP bracelet and first place prize money of $286,976. He was ecstatic about his victory, not only because of winning his first bracelet but also because the WSOP had been going really bad for him until this point. It was a relief to finally book a sizable win just as time was running out on the number of tournaments left to play.