2019 WSOP: Event #12: $1,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty won by Daniel Park for $226,243

On June 4, Tuesday, a South Korean native living in New York was able to make an incredible one-chip comeback to capture his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #12 of the 2019 WSOP.

2019 WSOP Event #12: $1,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty:
Buy-in: $1,000
Date: June 4, 2019
Entries: 2,452
Prize pool: $1,471,200

Daniel Park outlasted a player field of 2,452 to take home the prize money worth $226,243.

Born in South Korea but currently living as a US citizen of Bayside, New York since he was nine, the 38-year-old Park said after he won, “I can’t believe it right now. It’s so unreal.”

Final Table Action

Park was able to survive an up-and-down final table experience before taking down the event. There was one point during the final table action that all he had left was a single 100,000 chip after posting his blind, before dramatically rising up to take the win.

Australian Emil Tiller got 4th spot to win his first-ever WSOP cash worth $75,149.

Brazilian Marcelo Giordano Mendes, who currently resides in Italy, finished in 5th place for $55,869.

Jennifer Dennis from Oklahoma, who recently won a solo WSOP Circuit cash for $924, settled in 3rd place for $102,010.

His last opponent was the most-experienced player at this final table, former bracelet winner Erik Cajelais from Montreal, Canada. Cajelais was able to survive his very own all-in situations, clawed his way up to the lead and then came crashing back down after having the final heads-up match against Park.

What he thought after the huge pot against Cajelais that rendered him at one point with just a single chip which was automatically all-in on the very next hand, he said, “It was a rough final table, I was playing really aggressive that ended up bringing me to one last chip, and from there I just had to play even more aggressive. I’m gonna take fourth. What is that, $75,000? I would have probably been happy with it.”

Park admitted, that like most players, he wanted to play aggressive and stay that way, “But sometimes bringing that into action is pretty hard.” Nevertheless, his chosen style of play allowed him to succeed, collecting 18 bounties to add to his life-changing payday.

The event drew 2,452 entries and the goal was to play all the way until only one remains. Almost 12 hours has passed when Roberto Valdez busted which then set the official final table, where Park was in the lead with 9.2 million in chips. However, Park was quickly overtaken by other players, including Tiller, Sargent and Cajelais, before making a comeback for the win.

The final hand was between Erik Cajelais and Daniel Park.

This is Park’s very first bracelet win in the WSOP and it’s just his first time this year to participate at any WSOP event (he finished 9th place for $11,693 in this year’s WSOP Event #9). He now has $205,617 in total live earnings, according to The Hendon Mob.

Regarding his future WSOP plans, he said he wasn’t really sure but will include next month’s Main Event, “I wasn’t thinking about playing the Main Event but this is going to force me to play it. I’ve always wanted to play the Main Event. I always used to watch it on TV, I thought it was like a TV, I never thought I would actually be able to play it.”

2019 WSOP Event #12: $1,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Results




Prize (USD)


Daniel Park




Erik Cajelais




Jennifer Dennis




Emil Tiller




Marcelo Giordano Mendes




John Yelaney




Travis Sargent




Lian Liu




Ferit Bulut






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