Hand #175: Qing Liu Wins WPT at Venetian ($752,880); Joe McKeehen Finishes as Runner-Up ($491,960)

Mar 9, 2021

Heads Up Qing Liu
Photo:  Qing Liu

HAND #175  –  Joe McKeehen moves all in for 3,300,000, and Qing Liu calls with Club KSpade 4. McKeehen turns over Heart KDiamond 7, and he’s in a dominating position to double up here.

But the board comes Spade 6Diamond 4Heart 2Diamond 9Club 6, and Liu wins the pot — and the WPT title — with two pair, sixes and fours.

Joe McKeehen finishes as the runner-up, earning $491,960.

Qing Liu wins the WPT at Venetian, earning $752,880, a WPT Champions Trophy, and a Venetian trophy. Liu’s name will be added to the WPT Champions Cup alongside every other WPT champion from all 18 seasons.

Liu also earns 1,400 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race, and he’s guaranteed at least an additional 600 points when the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table is played (where Liu will start fifth in chips). So at the very least, Liu will catapult up to third place with 2,000 points in the POY race, and he could earn up to a total of 2,600 to move into second place. The top three places all receive prizes, so Liu has an excellent chance of reaping additional rewards.

Congratulations to Qing Liu!

1st:  Qing Liu  –  $752,880
2nd:  Joe McKeehen  –  $491,960
3rd:  Roland Rokita  –  $363,235
4th:  Jack Hardcastle  –  $271,050
5th:  Kou Vang  –  $204,430
6th:  Trace Henderson  –  $155,865

* First place usually includes the $15,000 seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions. However, due to the pandemic, the TOC will not take place this year. As such, the winner will receive the $15,000 as part of the first place amount in cash.

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