Mike Jukich was so excited after winning the World Series of Poker that he jumped on the main stage table. That’s what a jackpot of nearly a million dollars would do.
Jukich earned his victory in the $1,500 Monster Stack, the 21st event of the 2022 World Series of Poker, after opponent Mateusz Moolhuizen went to pocket king and queen of clubs. With a high-card ace, Jukich earned his first gold bracelet and a total of $966,577.
He was the last man standing outside a field that started with 6,501 entries.
Warning: NSFW language
Watch the amazing last moments of WSOP Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack as Mike Jukich, full of emotion, jumps onto the table after taking his victory.
A full replay of the event is now available on PokerGO.
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In case you didn’t take a closer look at it, here’s the freeze frame.
Jukich’s excitement comes with good reason. He’s clearly been chasing this moment since he lost his lead in the chips and finished 12th in 2013.
“So what was chasing me before was in 2013, I think I was a chip leader with 12 left in the $1,500 event and $720,000 at the top and I ended up finishing 12th and I was smashed,” Jukich said in a PokerGo press release. . “So I didn’t participate in Thunderdome, didn’t tag her from the WSOP final table set list, nothing like that. I was very disappointed. I’ve never run well any summer I’ve been here until I finally had a deep run. In the main event after finishing 12th. But yeah, she’s been pumped this year.”
As the runner-up, Moolhuizen earned $597,362. Third-placed Frances Anderson won $449,912.