Jagdeep Bal Wins First-Ever The Hendon Mob Mid-Major Championship on USA Soil

On Sunday, after just over 12 hours of play at Thunder Valley Casino on Day 2 of The Hendon Mob Mid-Major Championship, it was Jagdeep Bal who managed to navigate his way through a massive field of 1,605 entries and emerged victorious in an eight-way chop deal for a career-best score of $71,036 as well as The Hendon Mob Trophy and a RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) ring.

Final Table Payouts

Place Player Payout
1 Jagdeep Bal $71,036*
2 Anthony An $61,330*
3 Yousef Salameh $60,396*
4 Miralem Mujkic $57,590*
5 Charlen Aseberos $56,088*
6 Wilson Chan $53,655*
7 Phatseluck Yang $45,680*
8 Hong Moon $39,950*
9 Thomas Morris $13,740

*Denotes eight-way deal.

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Day 2 Action

On Day 2, 203 players returned to action, all guaranteed a piece of the $834,600 prize pool starting at $860. The day progressed in a rather quick fashion, with many players finding themselves hitting the rail including Jeff Platt (123rd – $1,295), Tyler Patterson (102nd – $1,425), Harley Brooks (95th – $1,495), and special guest and reigning GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year Stephen Song (57th – $1,885).

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

Even after it got down to the final two tables, action still did not slow down until aggressive players Joe Nguyen (13th – $7,905) and Tony Barrera (12th – $10,240) were eliminated. After losing a large portion of his stack by doubling up Mujkic, it was Borui Zhang who was eliminated in tenth place ($13,740) by none other than Mujkic.

Final Table Action

Final Table
The final table.

After a few hands at the final table, short-stacked Thomas Morris moved all in with ace-jack but was called by Hong Moon with ace-queen. Morris failed to improve after the queen-ten-ten flop and was therefore eliminated in ninth place as the first final table-casualty.

Nothing notable happened for the next level as chips just exchanged hands, but as Level 31 began and the average stack became 15 big blinds, the players paused to consider an ICM chop deal.

After the chips were counted and the payout numbers generated, the players took a vote and the verdict in favor of a chop was unanimous! Having the most chips at the time of the chop, Bal received the highest payout of $71,036 as well as the Hendon Mob trophy and RGPS ring!

Congratulations to Bal for winning the $600 Hendon Mob Mid-Major Championship at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in beautiful Sacramento, California!

Be sure to stick around this coming weekend for updates on the $2,500 buy-in RGPS Last Kilometer: $1 Million GTD Main Event starting on Friday, July 28th!

Jagdeep Bal
Jagdeep Bal

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