Entering the $100,000 buy-in Main Event, Punsri had some impressive results on his resume. According to Hendon Mob, he’d cashed for over $1.6 million lifetime, but was still seeking a career-defining victory. He achieved that goal in Cyprus with a $2.6 million score.
Punsri, who hails from Thailand, beat out 99 entrants, a large field for a six-figure buy-in tournament, en route to his first major poker tournament title. He defeated Wayne Heung heads-up to finish it off. The runner-up from Hong Kong received $1,825,000, quadrupling his career Hendon Mob results.
Wiktor “limitless” Malinowski, one of the top high stakes online crushers in the world, finished in third place for $1,210,000.
Henrik Hecklen busted in fourth place for $946,000, thanks in large part to a cooler he lost to Punsri at the final table. The eventual champion, who was the shorter stack at the time, had pocket kings, which held up against pocket queens. It was that hand, which you can view below, that catapulted Punsri into the chip lead, and then eventually into the winner’s circle.