Watch This Poker Player Turns $400 Into $414K With Massive World Series Of Poker Win

Watch This Poker Player Turns $400 Into $414K With Massive World Series Of Poker Win

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  • Paul Hizer just entered the poker history books after winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet when he bested a field of 13,565 players.
  • The WSOP Event #51: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em brought in a massive pool of players due to the lower buy-in and the competition spanned four long days.
  • Hizer lived every poker player’s dream by turning just four hundred dollars into a $414,490 payday (and a gold bracelet) for his win.

Paul James Hizer just lived out every poker player’s dream. He turned $400 into a $414,490 payday and bested a field of 13,565 players to win the World Series of Poker Event #51: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

This was by far the biggest field yet of the 2022 World Series of Poker. And there are only about three weeks left in the 2022 WSOP with the first flight of the Main Event beginning Sunday, July 3rd.

For his win, London-based Paul James Hizer flipped his $400 buy-in into the tournament into $414,490 or 1036.225x what he spent to get into the event. He also won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the admiration of his peers. Prior to winning the $400 Colossus, Hizer’s biggest WSOP cash was just $35,573 which came a few days prior for finishing 31st in the Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em.

Watch This Poker Player Turns $400 Into $414K With Massive World Series Of Poker Win

PokerGo uploaded a 20-minute video including all the biggest action from the final table. This includes the final hand where Paul James Hizer had his opponent dominated and his hand held up for the win. Check it out, jump ahead in the video to see the final hand, and we can discuss the tournament’s action down below:

Action from The COLOSSUS WSOP Tourney

Paul James Hizer faced Sam Laskowitz heads-up for the gold bracelet. Ultimately, Sam Laskowitz finished in second place for $256,170 which is still an insanely good return on a $400, 4-day investment. Hizer earned 1,206.1 Player of the Year points for his win and Laskowitz earned 603.

What’s interesting about these two meeting heads-up for the World Series of Poker bracelet is (1) neither had won at the WSOP before, (2) Laskowitz had never even chased at the WSOP before, and (3) Laskotitz and Hizer were the chip leaders after Day 3. So they were able to hold onto those chip leads and best the field before getting heads-up.

Sam Laskowitz had the chip lead over (Paul) James Hizer. The pivotal moment came when Sam got Hizer all in and was winning with pocket 3’s to Hizer’s AsQh with straight draws and over cards for a pair. Laskowitz had a 68% chance of winning the hand before the flop came but the flop delivered the King of Hearts for a straight and Hizer doubled up.

From there, it was only a matter of time before he won the bracelet and finished 1st in a field of 13,565 players.

As far as payouts go at the World Series of Poker, $414,490 isn’t that crazy at all. Alex Foxen just won the $250K buy-in Super High Roller event for his first gold bracelet and he earned $4,563,700 for that win. But that’s really only an 18.25x return on his $250K buy-in whereas Paul James Hizer turned his $400 into $414,490, over 1000x his initial investment.