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LAS VEGAS — Qui Nguyen won the 2016 World Series of Poker main event late Tuesday night, earning $8 million and the diamond-encrusted gold bracelet. He defeated Gordon Vayo in a heads-up battle that lasted 181 hands and well over seven hours to win his first career WSOP bracelet in his first time playing the WSOP main event.

After failing to put Vayo away in three all-in showdowns, the fourth all-in between the pair led to Nguyen’s victory. On the final hand, Nguyen raised to 8.5 million chips and Vayo reraised all in for 53 million. Nguyen called with Kc-Tc and had Vayo’s Js-Ts in bad shape, but Vayo improved from three winning cards to eight on a Kd-9c-7d flop. The 2s turn and 3h river triggered cannons of confetti to fire off in the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino as the newest world champion of poker was crowned.

Nguyen, 39, was the chip leader to end both the first and second day of final table play, but quickly fell out of the top spot. He doubled up short stack Cliff Josephy on the very first hand of play Tuesday, and then Vayo won most of those chips in a pot worth over 200 million (out of 336.6 million total chips in play) with three-of-a-kind threes against three-of-a-kind deuces.

Josephy doubled his stack through Nguyen twice, bringing himself briefly back into contention only to dump those chips back shortly before his demise. Despite being the chip leader to begin the final table Sunday, Josephy was unable to make much of a positive move until the start of day three. While he was ultimately eliminated in third place, it came after a chaotic start to the final table; in 16 hands of three-handed play, Josephy was involved in five all-in pots, including the double-up on the very first hand and set-over-set hand against Vayo. Josephy also lost the last of his chips to Vayo, when his Qd-3d made a pair of threes and couldn’t beat Vayo’s pair of kings with Kh-6d. For his third place finish, Josephy received $3,453,035, eclipsing his next-best tournament payout by more than seven times.

Vayo and Nguyen traded the lead several times early on in heads-up play, but the tournament turned well into Nguyen’s favor with a single river card. Nguyen took aggressive actions on the flop and turn despite holding just a draw with Qc-5c, against Vayo’s Ad-9h on a board of Ac-Ts-9c-Ks, but the Kc on a river made Nguyen’s flush and he immediately pushed his stack all-in — the first such bet of heads-up play. After more than six minutes, Vayo ultimately folded, but that pot gave Nguyen a lead of more than 2-to-1.

Over the next 20 minutes Vayo’s stack dwindled further, until he found himself all-in for the second time on Thursday with As-Jd against Kh-9h. Neither player improved their hand, pulling Vayo back to within a 2-to-1 disadvantage. Although Vayo hovered around this mark for a considerable stretch, he continuously found himself worn down by Nguyen’s aggressive style.

There was a brief moment of recovery for Vayo, who got lucky to hit a running turn and river to make a flush when both players flopped a pair of queens, but he’d never get closer than a 50 million-chip gap.

After grinding down Vayo’s stack yet again, a third all-in pot led to one final double-up for the eventual runner-up — but Nguyen would finally seal the victory on his fourth try. He is the 47th WSOP main event champion, and just the second Vietnamese-born winner; the first was Scotty Nguyen, who won the 1998 WSOP main event for $1 million.