Another huge day in the World Series of Poker saw seven events take place and three bracelets handed out to new winners. With Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Josh Arieh and Tom Thomas all starring in the action, Day 20 of the 2022 WSOP was full of excitement at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas.
Koon, Ivey and Smith Survive Super High Roller Opening Day
There were top 10 bags for some of the biggest poker players on the planet on Sunday night as Phil Ivey, Dan Smith and Jason Koon were just three of the names to star. With 52 entries in total, the field has already gone past the $5 million mark in terms of a prize pool. On Day 1, just 23 players survived the dozen levels that took pace to bag up, while others will be pondering a late registration on Day 2. Anyone who does do so will only receive the equivalent of 15 big blinds.
At the close of play, Masashi Oya (2,765,000) was chip leader, with Aleksejs Ponakovs (2,490,000) and Koray Aldemir (2,390,000) close behind. British player Ben Heath (2,275,000) closed out an all-foreign top four, with American poker legends such as Jason Koon (2,230,000), Seth Davies (1,580,000), Dan Smith (1,560,000), and Phil Ivey (1,410,000) all present in the top 10.
Other big names were not so fortunate to survive, with Michael Addamo, Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger, Jake Schindler and Chris Brewer all losing the maximum of two $100,000 entries to mean they are frozen out of the action, others such as Jeremy Ausmus, Erik Seidel, Dario Sammartino and Adrian Mateos will all have the option of registering on Day 2 for six fugures, with a 15-big-blind stack on offer.
WSOP 2022 Event #42 $100,000 Super High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Masashi Oya – 2,765,000
- Aleksejs Ponakovs – 2,490,000
- Koray Aldemir – 2,390,000
- Ben Heath – 2,275,000
- Jason Koon – 2,230,000
- Gregory Jensen – 2,150,000
- Seth Davies – 1,580,000
- Dan Smith – 1,560,000
- Christoph Vogelsang – 1,450,000
- Phil Ivey – 1,410,000
Bromfman Wins Single Draw Bracelet After Bumper Finale
Pedro Bromfman won Event #38, the $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event, as he outlasted a final three opponents that contained two winners from 2022 in Scott Seiver and Alex Livingston.
Bromfman came into the seven-handed final table ahead of the rest of the field, with only Seiver and Yuri Dzivielevski on seven-figure stacks. Bromfman, who hails from Brazil had over 2.2 million chips and even after Seiver bust Eli Elezra in seventh place for $41,0111, was still ahead.
The eliminations of Farzad Bonyadi (6th for $53,687) and Yuri Dzivielevski (5th for 71,315) followed before the final four battled down to the win. Along with Cary Katz, 2022 bracelet winners Scott Seiver and Alex Livingston made life difficult for Bromfman, but he won gold for the first time after getting the better of Seiver heads-up, and in doing so prevented yet another close run from a player aiming to become the first to win two bracelets this summer. Seiver had got closest, but 40 events in, it is yet to happen.
WSOP 2022 Event #38 $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw Final Table Results:
- Pedro Bromfman – $294,616
- Scott Seiver – $182,086
- Cary Katz – $131,362
- Alex Livingston – $96,104
- Yuri Dzivielevski – $71,315
- Farzad Bonyadi – $53,687
- Eli Elezra – $41,011
WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Day 2 Top 10 Chipcounts:
The second day of action in the Millionaire Maker Event #37, saw 1700 players reduced to just 232 survivors by the close of play. At the end of a packed Day 2, it was Tom Thomas (2,875,000) who had the lead, with Raul Martinez (2,370,000) and Tyler Gaston (2,140,000) both making the top 10.
With the winner of the inaugural Lodge Championship Main Event, Alain Bauer (1,950,000) also bagged up a ton 10 stack, there were bags to fill for Matt Affleck (1,855,000), Kenny Hallaert (1,815,000), Elio Fox (1,510,000), Ryan Leng (1,330,000) and Michael Mizrachi (850,000) among others.
- Tom Thomas – 2,875,000
- Paul Ahn – 2,650,000
- Seamus Cahill – 2,560,000
- Raul Martinez – 2,370,000
- Maxime Chilaud – 2,250,000
- Harsukhpaul Sangha – 2,200,000
- Chen-An Lin – 2,145,000
- Tyler Gaston – 2,140,000
- Thibault Renard – 1,990,000
- Alain Bauer – 1,950,000
Sean Winter and Jan-Peter Jachtmann Star in PLO 6-Max
On a busy second day of action in the 6-Max Pot Limit Omaha Event #39, Leonid Yanovski (5,000,000) built a big lead as he raced to the final day as chip leader of just 16 players. There were 156 players who took part in Day 2, but the closest to Yanovski is Jamey Hendrickson, who bagged up 3,660,000 and will look to seal a bracelet win after coming second just a few days ago in Event #30, the 8-handed version of this PLO even costing $1,000 to enter.
Others battling for the $371,358 top prize include Event #19 runner-up Fabian Brandes (2,060,000), Ukrainian player Andriy Lyubovetskiy (3,180,000) and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (1,130,000).
WSOP 2022 Event #39 $3,000 PLO 6-Handed Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Leonid Yanovski – 5,000,000
- Jamey Hendrickson – 3,660,000
- Jason Stockfish – 3,320,000
- Andriy Lyubovetskiy – 3,180,000
- Sean Winter – 2,590,000
- Fabian Brandes – 2,060,000
- Ferenc Deak – 1,855,000
- Thomas Morrison – 1,545,000
- Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 1,130,000
- Amirhossein Shayesteh – 1,000,000
Stovall Stuns Super Turbo Field for Maiden Win
Ramsey Stovall won the $1,000-entry Super Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event, which saw a deep run from Josh Arieh, the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year winner, in 11th place, and Brazilian footballer Neymar, who ran to 49th place for just under $4,000.
It took 15 hours to whittle 2,227 entries to a winner, with Stovall beating Timothy Heng heads up for the top prize of $191,223 after Rafael Lebron had crashed out in sixth place for $36,782. In a packed event, both current world champion Koray Aldemir and 2009 winner Joe Cada were among those to bust earlier in the event.
WSOP 2022 Event #41 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Results:
- Ramsey Stovall – $191,268
- Timothy Heng – $118,213
- Steve Frakes – $87,047
- Wing Yam – $64,702
- Larry Carillo – $48,551
- Rafael Lebron – $36,782
- Ed Chang – $28,136
- Louise Francoeur – $21,733
- Wen Ni – $16,953
Eveslage and Deeb Star in Seven Card Stud Event
Day 2 of the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud 8 or Better Championship ended with Chad Eveslage in charge of the final 15 players, with just one day’s play to go to find a winner. It took 13 hours of play to see 90% of the day’s field depart and when the dust settled, Eveslage (1,131,000) and Deeb (1,017,000) both eclipsed a million chips, with Eric Kurtzman (873,000), David Funkhouser (805,000) and Long Tran (720,000) rounding out the top five.
Elsewhere in the field, 2022 bracelet winners Daniel Zack (568,000) and Brian Hastings (483,000) will fire for their third and seventh WSOP titles respectively when play resumes.
WSOP 2022 Event #40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Chad Eveslage – 1,131,000
- Shaun Deeb – 1,017,000
- Eric Kurtzman – 873,000
- David Funkhouser – 805,000
- Long Tran – 720,000
- Daniel Zack – 568,000
- Todd Brunson – 540,000
- Felipe Ramos – 530,000
- Brian Hastings – 483,000
- Eric Wasserson – 428,000
PumpknHead Wins Online Event as Arieh, Hellmuth and Deeb Fall Short
The latest online WSOP bracelet event saw ‘PumpknHead’ triumph to win the $141,705 top prize in the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max Online Event #4. With 470 entries, just 126 players got paid and players such as 16-time champion Phil Hellmuth, five-time WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, Run It Once supremo Phil Galfond and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Anthony Zinno all ran deep without making the final table.
At one point, Josh Arieh, who won last year’s 2021 WSOP Player of the Year award, was leading both the online event and Event #41, the $1,000 Super Turbo, but he fell in both events, albeit for over 300 POTY points combined across the two events.
WSOP 2022 Online Event $1,000 PLO Final Table Results:
- ‘PmpkHead’ – $141,705
- Greg Koutelidakis – $87,603
- ‘brat337′ – $61,301
- ‘Pohnkemon’ – $43,552
- ‘Goforbrok3′ – $31,363
- Jeffrey Brown – $22,952
- Nathan Gmble – $17,036
- Daniel Scroggins – $12,830
- Brad Ruben – $9,837
Joe Cada doesn’t regret bringing his wife over to play at the WSOP one bit… just in time for the Tag Team event?
Her text to me “ idk how many chips I have or how to stack them, but I have this many with 4 bounties” 😝. pic.twitter.com/35mYg8lMw5
— Joseph Cada (@JoeCada99) June 19, 2022
If you think that the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year is too big-time to take pictures with fans, don’t worry, he’ll pose for a picture with any poker hopeful.
See guys… I’m nice… I do pic requests for anyone! pic.twitter.com/XOxAmn9Ar6
— Joshua Arieh (@golferjosh) June 20, 2022
Phil Hellmuth may have arrived late to the WSOP party, but he’s now bringing the metaphorical disco ball, including his mum and dad, who had to share ‘Lumestackin’ with the online event players during dinner. Hope Phil Jnr kept his elbows off the table!
Yay! Wifey figured it out and I’m IN @WSOP Online Pot Limit Omaha, AND more than doubled up when my AAxx flopped A-J-4, and held! Just now got to 87,000 in chips (started w 20K) when my nut straight held up. My name is Lumestackin (anagram for “luckiest man” #POSITIVITY pic.twitter.com/jb0whAKAO9
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 20, 2022
Some dealers have been given a lot of praise this summer, but Felipe Ramos believes that poker players don’t do enough to make dealers feel just as much a part of the WSOP as anyone else…
Everyday, every single day, Dealers arrive and leave the table saying: Hello/good morning/afternoon/have a good day/good luck.
What do we do as poker players? We fail. Just a few of us have the decency of interacting and wishing the same, engaging in some respectful/human way.
— Felipe Mojave Ramos (@FelipeMojave) June 19, 2022
…while this dealer was just ice cold at the felt!
Poker at wsop and the dealer tells a player that he reminds her of her ex husband. He asks about him and she says he died last year and she threw his ashes in the trash. Damn
— kunuk (@TheRealKunuk) June 19, 2022
Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.