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  5. The 2022 World Series of Poker saw a new Player of the Year in Daniel Zack, an enforced absence for the most successful WSOP player of all-time, Phil Hellmuth and a rousing rally from a rising star of the game, Daniel Weinman. As poker fans look back on a thrilling Series to watch we caught up with all three men in the first part of our double header in looking back at the first WSOP to take place at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas.   Phil Hellmuth was forced out through sickness at the very beginning of the series, while Dan Zack had won two events by the 40th event of the WSOP. Coming up on the rails, Daniel Weinman trod between the tracks to win bracelet gold and threaten the POY lead right to the last week. We asked each man whether the World Series lived up to his expectations and how they dealt with the WSOP’s different stages after very different starts and endings for all.   Phil Hellmuth: “No, it didn’t live up to expectations. After seven final tables in the 2021 WSOP, including a first and two second places - both times I had the chip lead - I know it’s possible for me to win four bracelets in one year. In 1993, I won three bracelets, and they only had like 16 tourneys. In 2011, I had three second places, and 2012 I won two bracelets including the WSOPE Main Event. Thus, my expectations are off the chart! The 2022 WSOP didn’t live up to expectations. However, maybe I’ll play WSOP Europe and do something over the top and have 2022 WSOPE live up to my high expectations!”   Daniel Zack: “I’d say my own personal WSOP far exceeded my expectations. The past few years I’ve had the goal of winning a bracelet and chasing POY, but I’m well aware that neither are probable. Playing a full schedule, I might be a 3-1 or 4-1 dog to win a bracelet each year and POY is a longer shot than that. To win two bracelets and POY feels like a dream. The early stages of the WSOP I was in full grind mode just putting in hours and hopping into each tournament as soon as I busted the last. Towards the end, I was allowing myself a bit more rest and late registration. That said, the pressure of not wanting to blow my POY lead kept me pretty motivated to still show up each day at a reasonable time and put in my best effort.”   Daniel Weinman: “This WSOP blew my expectations away. I haven't played a full summer in at least five years; I tend to get burnt out in the middle and split the series up into a few trips. However, after the great start with a bracelet and second [place] in the first fortnight, I put my head down and grinded out the entire thing. This WSOP felt like it had two halves. I had so much momentum in the first half, leading the POY race for most of the time, but I definitely lost some steam around the middle. After a gruelling four days of play in the $50k Poker Players Championship, I was spent mentally and physically. I didn't bag chips or cash a tournament for at least a week after that. I had actually booked a flight home at one point, but Shaun Deeb convinced me to stay out and play the last couple of weeks after the main event and try to win POY.”   This year’s Player of the Year Race went very differently for each of the three men, but while Hellmuth was out of the running early, Weinman and Zack went head-to-head for the prize of a flag on the wall of The Horseshoe in Las Vegas next summer, as well as free entry into the 2023 WSOP Main Event.   PH: “Missing most of the first two weeks of WSOP was rough! I’m pretty happy with the 2022 POY structure, but they need to make a tweak or two. Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb have input into this, and I hope they make a few changes regarding what cashes are worth. There are too many points for highest buy-ins, especially considering that most folks can’t afford to play them. Also, too many points when you finish 40th in a massive field for a small cash. But a few minor tweaks should do it.”   DW: “It was a lot of fun to be a part of the POY race. I've watched my closest friends in poker all win in previous years, and never thought I had much of a chance given I don't usually play too many of the $10k mix events and had never played anything over a $10k. Given the WSOP seemed to add more and more $25k+ events each year, POY always seemed like a pipe dream. The race ultimately came down to myself, Dan Zack, and Deeb, and created a sort of friendly rivalry. We'd sweat – OK, maybe anti-sweat - each other’s final tables and check in each night to see if the others had managed any cashes that day. In the final week of the series, it became apparent that I was going to need to win another bracelet to have a chance. In the $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty event, I got my chance making the final table and taking an average stack into four-handed play. Ultimately, I made a play that was probably -EV in order to increase my POY chances and lost a flip for near the chip lead to bow out in fourth. Then in one of the final tournaments of the summer, the $10k six-max no limit, I had another chance, but couldn't get much together on Day 3 and busted around 30th. That was the last live tournament I played, and after busting the final 2 online events, I conceded the race to ‘Donkey Dan’!”   DZ: “It’s funny because everyone was saying that it wasn’t close down the stretch but the pressure of being the front runner really gets to you. Almost two weeks out, many people were pre-congratulating me and all I could think about was how disappointed I’d be if I blew the lead. Dan Weinman had a big run in the Hall of Fame Bounty the last week where he placed 4th and had he won we would’ve been tied, so I was sweating his runs pretty hard. I always love the competition of the POY leaderboard each year and it was a blast being in serious contention wire-to-wire.”   [caption id="attachment_638434" align="aligncenter" width="2182"] Daniel Weinman's winning moment captured the imagination of fans everywhere as the popular pro won gold at Bally's.[/caption]   The move from the Rio to Bally’s and Paris was a dramatic one and saw many in the game forewarn their peers of the perils of moving. By and large, however, the move to the Strip has to be looked back upon as a stroke of genius. All three men are in favor of it.   DZ: “I think it was a massive success. I love the new venue, it feels more spacious & being on the strip unlocks so many new food and entertainment options. Super excited that this is where we get to come each year going forward.   PH: “100 out of 100! Everything was well done!! Jack Effel, the WSOP staff and dealers were top notch. The food options were tremendous, and the location fantastic!”   DW: “I loved the move to the Strip. I was never a fan of the Rio, the hotel was a nightmare and the food options were awful. I stayed at Bally's this entire WSOP and found it very comfortable and super easy to get around. I'm definitely hoping the series stays on the strip going forward.”   Would any of the three men make changes to the organization and structure of the World Series? Any changes are bound to be made early by Jack Effel and the gang with less than 10 months to the kick off.   PH: “Well, nothing from the location to the way it was run. Personally, I would take even more days off. I have been gifted great knowledge about all of the games, but not gifted the stamina that others have. Less tourneys, and more rest, are better for my results.”   DZ: “Hopefully they’ll have the air conditioning up and running from the start next year. Apart from that I’d change some of the scheduling, it seemed the WSOP sometimes overlapped tournaments that had massive player fields creating giant late registration lines. They also didn’t space out certain limit events causing many players who play limited schedules to miss some of their favorite events.”   DW: “It's hard to complain after such a successful summer, but I do think the POY scoring system needs a bit of tweaking. There's no doubt in my mind that Dan Zack had a better summer than me, but the race is so favored towards high rollers and 10k mix players, it feels as if no one else really has a chance. The easiest thing I can think of to make the race a little more fair, is to have some sort of field bonuses for big field no limit events similar to the 25k fantasy draft. This gives some of the smaller stakes guys a chance to be in the race. When doing the math afterwards, I came to the conclusion that playing the main event didn't make much sense if I was solely chasing POY. 2nd place in the main gets less points than a bracelet in the 80-player 10k short deck field. Some adjustment is needed but I'm not sure what the best solution is. The other thing I can think of to make the POY race more interesting is if there was some more financial incentive to go for it. The banner and the $10k Main Event entry is nice, but if the WSOP/Caesar's were to put something like 1% of the total rake towards a POY Top 10 race, similar to the FedEx cup for golf, I think they'd easily make up for it in additional entries of people chasing the gold.”   [caption id="attachment_638855" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Phil Hellmuth's WSOP fail to extend his record-breaking 16 bracelets as the all-time leader, but he once again provided great value for fans.[/caption]   All three men are well known to their peers in the game and we had to ask about any sweats or swaps that they enjoyed along the way, as well as those deep runs, comebacks and dramatic finishes that are the signature moments of World Series of Poker history.   DZ: “I don’t really buy pieces anymore and I hardly ever swap. My only swap in the Main was a 1% swap with Brian Kim for the final table only. He was chip leader with 30 left which was pretty wild, since it’s the type of swap you don’t even expect to ‘activate’. It was fun to see a friend make a deep run and root them on. As for comeback wins, my win in the Stud-8 almost wasn’t to be. On Day 1, I lost a big pot and was down to 4k chips from 60k starting stack with about an hour left in the day. I scooped six out of seven hands dealt and had 130k just 15 minutes later or so. That was a pretty wild rush to then lead to an outright win!”   PH: “I didn’t swap much, and didn’t stake folks, or take many pieces of folks. My second-place finish almost didn’t happen. I decided to play $600 Pot Limit Omaha instead of $3,000 No Limit Hold’em. When I busted the PLO, I almost left the building as I was super tired, and super, super, super frustrated. The night before was $10,000 PLO 8 or Better and I left for 45 minutes in the middle of the tourney! I whispered quietly to Felipe Ramos, “I can’t take it anymore,” then left. No tantrums. Just a quiet walkout. Massively frustrated. After my PLO bust out, I decided to fire the $3,000 NLHE. I played poorly at first and was just gambling when I won a big pot with [8c] [2c] versus pocket aces - he slow played them when I three-bet Julien Martini with eight-deuce. My 60,000 starting stack was 93k when I started trying my hardest. Negreanu got torched on Twitter for ‘playing half hearted’ or ‘not trying’. I was guilty of the same thing for the first 90 minutes! I played my best poker on Day 2 and was never all in for like 15 hours between Day 2 and Day 3. On Day 3 I played great but could have played even better. I let my opponent run me over - I do that a lot - then bang, bang, bang, I have all of his chips. But I made a mistake or two three-handed and heads up.”   DW: “My swaps did not go very well, as to be expected when you have a very good summer. I am in a few group chats with Matt Glantz, and somehow missed out on a piece of the $1 million bounty he won, but it was fun to see everyone else getting a little piece of the lottery!”   Daniel Zack will defend his POY title and both Daniel Weinman and Phil Hellmuth will be right back in the mix in 2023 - and quite possibly the WSOP Europe before that. It is clear that the best in the game see the WSOP as having been close to perfection in 2022, so if the World Series of Poker can make a few tweaks, it might be even better next year.   [caption id="attachment_638497" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Daniel Zack won his second WSOP bracelet of 2022 in Event #40 to take the overall lead in the Player of the Year race, a lead he wouldn't lose.[/caption]
  6. Did you wish that the World Series of Poker had made it from your ‘wish list’ to your ‘To Do’ list this summer? Maybe you faced down one of those conversations that ends with the question asking you whether you could cope with bubbling a tournament and the inevitable crushing feeling that can come with such an eventuality.     One man who made his trip to Vegas happen and bubbled was GGPoker player Eric Raus. The recreational player, who works full time, was in play in a $1,000-entry WSOP event when he approached the money bubble...with no fear.   Protecting Himself Before the Series Started   "I dream of winning big just as anyone and will continue shooting my shots!"   In the build-up to the 2022 World Series of Poker, Raus was one of several players who became a ClubGG member. With ClubGG running promotional paths through satellite qualifiers into events as prestigious as the WSOP Main Event, Raus could look forward to bubble protection. Specifically, being a member of ClubGG meant that if Raus went out of an event on the direct bubble then he’d win entry into that tournament’s corresponding 2023 event for free.   Rather than risking leaving for nothing like everyone else, $1,000 was his if he busted, as he eventually did. Raus, who also has strong live results in Choctaw and the Lodge Mystery Bounty Event too said that while it wasn’t the result he wanted, he had a great time playing as he always does at the WSOP in Las Vegas.   “I don’t get many opportunities to travel for many of the great events year round so I have a greater appreciation for the times I do play,” said Raus. “Overall, it’s a great experience for me. I would consider [myself] a recreational player who enjoys the game for the experience and social aspects first and foremost. Obviously, with that said, I dream of winning big just as anyone and will continue shooting my shots whenever possible!”   Raus first heard about the ClubGG Bubble Protection promotion after the fact, thinking it was a separate promotion rather than being inclusive of his ClubGG membership.   “I happened to see it posted in the updates on PokerNews as I was following some friends who were still playing. I was a bit disappointed as I thought ‘How I could I miss that?’ It was already disappointing enough to stone bubble and then to think I missed out on this great promotion.”   Finding His GGPoker Credentials   "Needless to say, I’ll be keeping the membership!”   It turned out that Raus was eligible and was a member of ClubGG so after GGPoker verified his credentials, they paid right out.   “I indeed stone bubbled and they honored their promotion which was a great feeling afterwards. Most people wouldn’t even bother following up, but they did, and I’m satisfied with the result. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping the membership!” In the heat of the moment, it was a great time to be had at the WSOP in Vegas. With everything on the line, the drama built.   ‘The atmosphere was pretty entertaining as it got closer and closer to that magic number 591. It’s funny because my friends were just outside the ropes since my table was fairly close to the middle aisle and they were rooting me on laughing because of how close it was and I was basically going to be all in blind on my big blind after losing an all in just a few hands prior.”   With four hands before he was all-in ‘blind’, every hand Raus picked up was “insta fold”. The atmosphere on the rail was raucous, with Raus’ friends egging him on.   [caption id="attachment_638849" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Eric Raus pictured in WSOP action as the bubble approached that would change his summer.[/caption]   The Moment the Bubble Burst   “Anxiety was killing me at that point. It was fun until that moment I was called, and my opponent showed six-eight. I hadn’t looked at my cards at that point and flipped them down hard as if I had a monster, which it turns out I clearly did not.”   Long story short, Raus was rustled out of contention, and with the $1,000 entry fee, his $50 membership looked like amazing value.   “As it turned out, I would say [it was] definitely great value,” says Raus. “In the event you can make it to Day 2 at least.”   Raus enjoyed his time at the World Series of Poker so much he can’t wait to go back and play again – this time for free!   “It was fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!”   Eric Raus will be back in action at the WSOP in 2023 as Las Vegas once again welcomes those with ClubGG and the ultimate protection – not having to sweat the bubble in some of the most important events of the summer.  
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  10. One of the names to leap out of the headlines over the last few years in the World Series of Poker, Alex Livingston shot to fame in 2019 when he finished third in the WSOP Main Event for a career-high score of $4 million.   Far from that being his only major live score, Livingston has become a tournament mainstay over recent years, cashing for $6 million in career earnings in live tournaments alone, and had another successful summer in Las Vegas. With Over $275,000 in winnings from six cashes in the 2022 WSOP alone, Livingston won Event #9 on this year’s schedule for his first-ever bracelet.   Can Livingston conquer our notoriously difficult set of questions in the latest edition of 15 Bigs, however? Let’s put him to the test.   You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV Show or Movie to watch on repeat, which is your pick?   The Office, hands down.   He’s not the only one to pick the popular sitcom there – Josh Arieh said exactly the same.   If you were stranded on a desert island with one book for company, what would it be?   I'd probably pick a book of very difficult puzzles, to keep me occupied for a long time.   What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever? Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx. I say this because I actually listened to it for 17 hours straight once playing Borgata $5/$10 no limit.   17 hours straight?! What a session. If you haven’t heard it for yourself, join Livingston in putting it on repeat. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsMikuC8dzs[/embed] What’s your favourite place to play poker and why? Amsterdam - awesome casino and city.   Livingston has that in common with the 2013 WSOP world champion Ryan Riess, as we found out last month. If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meal and drink? 
 Steak, corn on the cob and a really good red wine. Where’s your favourite non-poker holiday destination? New Zealand. You can play poker every day for a year or play no poker for a whole 12 months - which do you choose? Every day for a year - not close.   We can believe it. Check out one of Livingston’s most famous plays in the 2019 WSOP Main Event.   https://twitter.com/PokerGOnews/status/1150644155627913216 Who is the person you don’t have around anymore that you miss the most?
 My Dad. Which person would you most like to meet but never have? Tiger Woods. When’s the last time life put you on tilt? Minor life tilt frequently but can't remember the last major life tilt I've had. If you couldn’t play the WSOP Main Event next year, which family member would you put into the action in your place?   My brother. What’s your best poker skill? My ability to adapt to my opponents.   And your biggest leak? Bad mental game for online poker. If you could make one rule change to poker, what would it be? Shot clocks becoming the norm and having the amount of time to act vary based on streets. Or use a chess clock style where you have X amount of time per player per level.   [caption id="attachment_638834" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Livingston believes a shot clock should be in operation not only at the WSOP but elsewhere too.[/caption] You have just ten seconds with the person of your dreams… what do you say? Really don't know how to answer this one!   Did we stump him at the last? We’re claiming that as a win against one of Canada and poker's finest.   Official WSOP photograph courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  11. Over the course of this year’s World Series of Poker, the tantalising chance of the reigning Player of the Year retaining their title was a distinct possibility. Sadly for Josh Arieh and his supporters, the 2021 winner couldn’t make it back-to-back titles in 2022, but after two third-place finishes, banked even more than he did in his winning year. So why did it feel like he could have done more?   A Series of Two Halves   Having attended “20 different World Series of Poker”, the player known affectionally as ‘Golfer Josh’ lost out on the POY title as Dan Zack swept to victory. Arieh enjoyed the opening few weeks of the series a lot more than the closing ones.   “I'm what you would consider a WSOP vet,” Arieh says. “You’d think I have it all figured out. Think again! This year I was fortunate enough to make two deep runs early and won more money the first week than I did my entire 2021 series, where I won Player of the Year. This momentum would be enough for the normal person to coast their way through six weeks and play their A game, knowing that no matter what they are going to be nearly seven figures in the black.”   Although Arieh got off to a great start, a bracelet eluded him and after winning two in 2021 but cashing for less, the psychology of the battle for bracelets this year took its toll.   “I felt like I was playing my A-game and was enjoying my time at the table. Then weeks three and four came and I began to fade. When I fade, it's uglier than most. I'm unable to beat the most recreational of ‘rec’ players! That’s the question I ask myself when I'm laying in bed at night; why do I fade?”   The Life of a Grinder   "In my late teens and early twenties, I would basically be in a pool hall for 16 hours a day, seven days a week."   If Arieh felt himself under pressure, then his thoughts would return him to an earlier point in his life. Over two decades ago, Arieh was living quite a different life, albeit with similarities to his later blooming as a professional poker player.   “In my late teens and early twenties, I would basically be in a pool hall for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, trying to make money,” he tells us. “I loved the grind of battling and competing on the pool table. I was always able to find edges eventually. The WSOP reminds me a lot of my old pool hall days, [it’s] a war of attrition. If I’m able to play my best throughout the entire month, I know it's good enough to stumble across an opportunity or two at some big bucks.”   That’s the dream for many aspiring WSOP bracelet winners, but for a man who has won four of them already, how can he continue to improve and fight for more?   “One of my best traits as a poker player is that I'm completely honest with myself,” he says. “I do everything I possibly can to try to find my responsibility in every hand I lose. Even in the worst of beats, I can usually find something that I did prior to it which caused my opponent to react in the way they did. Sometimes it's the action that I wanted to provoke, and other times I find that my high VPIP (voluntarily put in pot) caused it. Either way, I try to take full responsibility for bad beats and it's freeing. I'm very rarely a victim.”   Finding the Answers   Arieh has been wrestling with tough questions since the end of this year’s World Series, such as why his game faded and what might have fogged his decision-making process.   “I think that what I've figured out through the years is that the pain of giving up and not fighting is a lot less painful than continuing to fight hard and losing after a tough fought battle. Accepting a big risk, big reward situation is much easier than grinding or battling through the situation.”   [caption id="attachment_638839" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Josh Arieh pictured after winning one of his two WSOP bracelets in 2021.[/caption]   Arieh has tried to invent ‘little games’ with himself to try to find that extra little motivation to convince him that each shot at glory might be the last chance he has. “I’ve done all that I can think of to try to find that extra internal motivation to continue to fight, but unfortunately after twenty years of doing so, I still struggle,” he admits “I feel like I’m in a very small percentile when it comes to mental strength. I’ve put a huge emphasis on staying mentally healthy in my career. For some strange reason, it still isn’t enough.”   Arieh played around 30 of the 88 WSOP events in the summer 2022 series in Vegas, cashing in 10 events, and making three final tables. Despite profits of somewhere between $900,000 and $1 million for him and his investors, Arieh wasn't happy with his final fortnight.   [caption id="attachment_638838" align="alignright" width="425"] Josh Arieh brought his A-Game to the WSOP in the first half of the series but thinks he 'faded' in the final weeks.[/caption]   “It looks like a great summer, right? Financially, yes, but I’d give my mental grade a C-, possibly a D. I was miserable at the table the final two to three weeks and my play definitely declined greatly as the summer went on. Why I can’t stay motivated and engaged is a complete tragedy. I had an opportunity to defend as POY, which has never been done.”   Fame and Fighting for Glory   "I will never get inducted into the WSOP Hall of Fame if I don’t get a fifth bracelet."   Arieh has a huge list of motivations for success. After being nominated for the 2022 Poker Hall of Fame, Arieh missed that boat as the late, great Layne Flack got the nod. He knows what he has to do in order to improve his chances of that changing next year.   “I will never get inducted into the WSOP Hall of Fame if I don’t get a fifth bracelet,” he concedes. “I have two teen daughters that think money grows on trees, so I have a lot of reasons why I should want to fight! I hope I have more opportunities to compete in more World Series of Poker, but my time is ticking.”   As he gets older, Arieh knows that Father Time is his biggest opponent at the felt. The 14-hour days are “harder and harder” and if poker is a young player’s game, then how long can such an experienced pro keep threatening the biggest prizes in the game?   “Very soon, if not already, I have to accept that I’m at a disadvantage from the start,” he says. “My goal is to not take the easy way out but continue to fight every second at the table. I know that my A-game is good enough; I need to make sure I win the inner battle with myself and show up every day with a desire to fight.”   If there’s one inner belief that is underlined by Josh Arieh’s every reply, it’s his determination to do better, try harder and improve. That ability to work from negatives is the most positive reason to believe that he can make it five bracelet wins and be in the battle for the 2023 WSOP Player of the Year crown.  
  12. The 2022 World Series of Poker came to a close on Wednesday, with the Tournament of Champions playing down to a winner after a total of three days of play. Benjamin Kaupp managed to earn his first career WSOP gold bracelet in the last event of the series, and we'll break down just how the final two days of the invitation-only tournament played out for a talented field of 2022 WSOP bracelet and ring winners.   Woof Has a Ball En Route to Day 2 TOC Chip Lead   A few new players jumped in with the 149 who bagged during Day 1 action to try and spin fifteen-big blind stacks up, bringing the total field in the $1 million dollar freeroll up to 470; those names included bracelet winners "Cowboy" Dan Smith, Stephen Song and Chad Eveslage. With the field finalized, 60 players were eligible to earn a piece of the seven-figure prize pool, with a min-cash good for $3,500 while the eventual winner would pocket a $250,000 payday and the final WSOP gold bracelet of the 2022 WSOP.   2022 WSOP Main Event champ Espen Jorstad was another of the final players to register, but he would join fellow bracelet winners Ari Engel, David Jackson, and Katie Kopp on the rail in the early going. A pair of WSOP Main Event champs fell just before the bubble between Joe McKeehen and Joe Cada, and when the field was down to the direct bubble, it looked like Event #73: $1,500 Razz champ Daniel Strelitz was going to be the last player to leave empty-handed, until he hit a pure one-outer to survive.   https://twitter.com/dDeoxyribo/status/1549546385531289600?s=20&t=iyy4-JeN6B4JQZTS5HfrzA   Daniel Weinman ended up as the unfortunate bubble boy after running kings into the aces of Carlos Loving, and the remaining 60 players were in the money. 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Dan Zack (55th - $3,500) was one of the first players who earned a payday, while Christopher Bissinger went on an absolute tear to head into the dinner break as the only player with over a million chips. Maxx Coleman (41st - $4,600) was one of the first to go after dinner, and he was followed by Fred Li (35th - $5,300), the aforementioned Strelitz (29th - $5,300) and Dan Smith (28th - $5,300), who already experienced some runbad during the dinner break before busting just short of the final three tables.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1549560391511904256?s=20&t=X-EqAZcgeQaKsaetLBn8wA   Before play ended for the day, Bissinger (22nd - $6,200) had his hot run come crashing to a halt after losing a series of hands, and Daniel Sepiol (18th - $6,200) and Ivan Deyra (17th - $7,400) were the final two casualties before play concluded for the day. Jonathan Woof, who won a monster pot against Robert Cowen just before the redraw to the final three tables, ended the day with the chip lead over the remaining field of 16, with Loving and Cowen both in striking distance, while Benjamin Kaupp was the only other player above 50 big blinds at the end of the day.   WSOP 2022: Tournament of Champions Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts   Jonathan Woof - 2,190,000 Carlos Loving - 1,800,000 Robert Cowen - 1,685,000 Benjamin Kaupp - 1,250,000 Erik Bauer - 985,000 Gregory Wish - 955,000 Raul Garza - 915,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 870,000 Ali Eslami - 790,000 Ryan Messick - 660,000   Kaupp Claims Final Bracelet of 2022 WSOP   The final sixteen players returned on Wednesday to duke it out for the Tournament of Champions bracelet, and Benjamin Kaupp, who earned his ticket to the freeroll by winning a ring during the 2022 WSOP Online Pennsylvania Circuit, added a cool quarter-million dollars and a WSOP bracelet to the $14,954 and WSOP ring he won after a ten-and-a-half hour final day on the felt.   Alan Gibson (16th - $7,400) was first to go, busting his short stack to Kaupp, and Antoine Vranken (15th - $7,400) and Ryan Hohner (14th - $7,400) swiftly followed. Kaupp continued his ascent up the counts after dispatching Dominick Sarle (13th - $9,100) with aces, and Carlos Loving (12th - $9,100) and Erik Bauer (11th - $11,400) were the final two to fall before the field combined to the unofficial final table of ten.   Jonathan Woof's chip lead at the start of the day had evaporated by the time the final table was reached, and he three-bet shoved his stack of just over 32 big blinds in with eights early on at the final table. Ali Eslami was waiting with kings, however, and Woof's bark ran out of bite in tenth, bringing the table down to the official final table of nine. Gianluca Speranza would bust his short stack shortly after, and once Eric Bensimhon fell in eighth, the final seven players reconvened on the PokerGo Mothership for the final livestream of the 2022 WSOP.   Kaupp began the stream in the middle of the pack, but quickly rose up the ranks after finding aces and doubling through the Big Slick of Ryan Messick, who earned a WSOP bracelet online Monday morning in the WSOP Pennsylvania Online Bracelet Series then flew in on a red-eye to claim his seat. Kaupp would maintain his momentum, knocking out Yuliyan Kolev and his KFC bucket hat a few hands later.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1549921023780196353?s=20&t=phWyumU-UIMlRd1yytCMgA   Gregory Wish lost the remaining crumbs of his short stack a few hands later, and Ali Eslami ran top pair into the nut flush of Messick to lose all but a single 5k chip, which was gone one hand later. The final four, who at this point were fairly evenly stacked up, would then play for nearly two hours before the next major confrontation, which saw Kaupp put a bad beat on Messick to essentially swap stacks.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1549958517204795393?s=20&t=phWyumU-UIMlRd1yytCMgA   With the blinds finally starting to catch up to the final four, Robert Cowen made a stand with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] for his last 18 big blinds, but failed to improve against the [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"] of Messick to bust. Kaupp then caught a big bluff from Raul Garza to take a commanding lead, and while Messick managed one double through Kaupp, he wouldn't be so lucky a few hands later, leaving the newly-minted Pennsylvania bracelet winner out in third and ensuring the winner of the Tournament of Champions would be earning their first WSOP gold bracelet.   Kaupp began heads-up play with a huge 8:1 chip lead, but Garza notched an early double to keep his hopes for his first WSOP bracelet on life support. On the fourth hand of heads-up, Garza ripped his last 14 big blinds in with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"], and Kaupp made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"]. A [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] flop and [poker card="th"] turn left Garza looking to pair up to survive, but the [poker card="5s"] river left Kaupp overcome with emotion, as he rested his head on the rail of the final table, drinking in his accomplishment before embracing Garza. Kaupp earned $250,000 and his first WSOP gold bracelet, while Garza had to settle for a hefty $150,000 consolation prize.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1549996377110822914?s=20&t=phWyumU-UIMlRd1yytCMgA   WSOP 2022: Tournament of Champions Final Table Results   Benjamin Kaupp - $250,000 Raul Garza - $150,000 Ryan Messick - $100,000 Robert Cohen - $75,000 Ali Eslami - $50,000 Gregory Wish - $37,500 Yuliyan Kolev - $27,500 Eric Bensimhon - $20,000 Gianluca Speranza - $15,000 Jonathan Woof - $11,400   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  13. It's closing time for poker players at the World Series of Poker, as the final two open gold bracelet events at Bally's Casino in Las Vegas came to a conclusion today. One final event kicked off today; the exclusive Tournament of Champions with a guaranteed million-dollar prize pool for anyone who earned one of the 88 WSOP gold bracelets handed out during this year's series, as well as WSOP Circuit ring winners, both virtual and live, from the 2022 WSOPC series.   Jensen Hedges His Bets to Earn $10k Six-Max Gold   Gregory Jensen, a hedge fund trader from Connecticut, returned to the final table of Event #86: $10,000 6-Max No Limit Hold'em Championship in second chip position, but went on a massive heater during today's final day of play to earn his first WSOP bracelet and $824,649. This concludes a huge summer for Jensen, who came into the 2022 WSOP with just $18,094 in career Hendon Mob earnings before notching a fourth-place finish in Event #42: $100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller for $571,896, prior to this victory.   The final six players had already locked up $117,819 before play began on the day, and it didn't take long for the first player to fall. Brock Wilson's run was first to end, as he got his last 7.5 big blinds in good with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"] against the [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] of Jensen. Jensen got no help on the flop, and while he picked up a gutshot on the turn, the [poker card="th"] river was enough to send Wilson, who notched his eighth cash of the summer in this event, out in sixth place. Barak Wisbrod followed Wilson out a short time later after losing a flip to Ali Eslami, and that would be the last elimination at the final table that wasn't caused by Jensen.   Eslami, who already earned his first WSOP bracelet earlier in the series in Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, found himself in what looked to be a favorable spot against Jensen one level later, as he flopped bottom set with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"] on a [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3h"] flop. Eslami ended up getting his big stack of over forty-five big blinds in against Jensen, but was coolered by Jensen's [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] for top set. No miracle three fell on the turn or river, and Eslami went from jockeying for the chip lead to out in fourth, surely to the delight of short stack Lucas Foster, who earned a six-figure ladder thanks to the brutal set-over-set scenario.   Foster would succumb shortly after when his [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] took a bad beat when Jensen's [poker card="ah"][poker card="3s"] rivered a wheel, leaving Pavel Plesuv heads up and at a 3:1 disadvantage against Jensen. Plesuv managed to get the stacks to nearly even before the final confrontation, which saw Jensen jam preflop with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and Plesuv call it off with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"]. Jensen found a pair on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="jc"] flop to take a big lead, and despite Plesuv picking up a few outs on the [poker card="8h"] turn with a gutshot, Jensen's sunrun would not be denied when the [poker card="js"] fell on the river to send the 6-Max Championship bracelet back to Connecticut.   WSOP 2022: Event #86: $10,000 6-Max NLHE Championship Final Table Payouts   Gregory Jensen - $824,649 Pavel Plesuv - $509,674 Lucas Foster - $341,902 Ali Eslami - $234,396 Barak Wisbrod - $164,304 Brock Wilson - $117,819   Nguyen Closes out The Closer With Maiden Bracelet   An extra day of play was needed to conclude Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, with 17 players returning to decide the fate of one of the final WSOP bracelets to be awarded in the 2022 WSOP. Minh Nguyen started the day as chip leader, and ran into little trouble on the way to earning his first career WSOP gold bracelet and $536,280, despite a late rally by eventual runner-up Ahmed Karrim.   Tigran Gasparyan started the day near the bottom of the counts, and would only play one hand before busting out in 17th for $25,480. Before the official final table was reached, Triple Crown winner Chris Moorman (14th - $25,480) and Canada's Vincent Lam (10th - $40,020) were among those to fall by the wayside.   With the average stack at the start of the final table sitting just a hair above 20 big blinds, it didn't take long for the numbers to thin out, as Zach Johnson and Rudy Cervantes found themselves out in the same hand, courtesy of Michael Liang. Two levels ticked by before Samuel Brown jammed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] for his last 11 big blinds, only to run into the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"] of Madelyn Carr to fall in seventh. After Daniel Tabello busted in sixth, Manuel Herrera Garcia was next to go, first losing with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] against the [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] of Liang, then shortly after losing with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"] against the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] of Nguyen to bust.   Another double elimination brought the field down to the final two, as Carr jammed her last few big blinds with [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] and Liang ended up committed for slightly more with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"]. Nguyen had them both at risk with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"], and despite the [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="td"] flop giving Carr the lead, the [poker card="th"] turn gave Nguyen trips, and a safe [poker card="2s"] river left Nguyen with just a slightly chip disadvantage against his heads-up opponent Karrim. The final hand of the tournament saw Karrim commit his stack with a pair and an open-ended straight draw on the turn, but he was drawing dead against the made nut straight of Nguyen, securing Nguyen's first WSOP gold bracelet with zero drama going to the river.   WSOP 2022: Event #85: $1,500 The Closer Final Table Results   Minh Nguyen - $536,280 Ahmed Karrim - $331,470 Michael Liang - $247,890 Madelyn Carr - $186,770 Manuel Herrera Garcia - $141,770 Daniel Tabello - $108,420 Samuel Brown - $83,540 Rudy Cervantes - $64,870 Zach Johnson - $59,759   Cowen Leads Talent-Laden Field in TOC   A wealth of poker talent took the opportunity to leap into the final event of the WSOP, the invitation-only Tournament of Champions, with a total of 463 eligible players taking part in the million-dollar freeroll freezeout. Ten one-hour levels trimmed the field down to 144 players by day's end, with registration still open until the start of Day 2 Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time. The UK's Robert Cohen, who notched his second career WSOP bracelet during this year's series in Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, leads the field with an impressive bag of 428,000, good for 214 blinds when play resumes tomorrow.   Ali Eslami leapt into the fray immediately after busting in fourth in the $10k 6-Max Championship, and he kept the heat on with a healthy 305,000 chip bag. Other notable players who will return to Day 2 include Daniel Strelitz (235,000), former WSOP Main Event champs Joe McKeehen (125,000) and Joe Cada (95,500), newly-minted 2022 WSOP POY Dan Zack (100,500), and Ari Engel (19,500).   Embattled poker pro Jake Schindler snuck in late to try and spin up a stack, but to the sure delight of many, the $50k High Roller bracelet winner's WSOP came to an end after losing a late-night flip against Michael Bohmerwald. Other players who won't be returning to claim the final bracelet of the 2022 WSOP include Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin, La Sengphet, Adam Friedman, David Peters, Ethan "RampagePoker" Yau and Eli Elezra.   WSOP 2022 Tournament of Champions Top Ten Chip Counts   Robert Cohen - 428,000 Ali Eslami - 305,000 Daniel Sepiol - 285,000 Aleksejs Ponakovs - 247,500 Zachary Seymour - 241,000 Daniel Strelitz - 235,000 Cheryl Svenson - 221,500 Carlos Loving - 203,000 Fred Li - 183,500 Erik Bauer - 183,000   Daniel Negreanu pumped out a ton of content during this year's WSOP, and he shared his last hurrah with fans today:   https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1549059464476499968?s=20&t=nYq5ufzu1UdgenmUXYlNkg   What a difference a year makes for Francis Anderson!   https://twitter.com/FrancisPoker123/status/1549072785460236290?s=20&t=nYq5ufzu1UdgenmUXYlNkg   Erik Seidel ends his summer by avoiding the doghouse with his backer:   https://twitter.com/Erik_Seidel/status/1549074884050894849?s=20&t=nYq5ufzu1UdgenmUXYlNkg   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  14. With five events taking place on a superb Sunday of action, Bally’s and Paris were filled with WSOP hopefuls looking to either save their summer or seal yet more profit on an already thrilling trip to Las Vegas. Three bracelets were won on the day in live events as   Brandt Wins Second Summer Bracelet for $205k Lawrence Brandt won his second bracelet of the summer, joining Player of the Year leader Dan Zack and newly crowned world champion Espen Jørstad as the only other player to make it a double in Vegas during the 2022 World Series of Poker.   Taking down the title in Event #84, the $3,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. event, Brandt got the better of both Tomasz Gluszko (3rd for $87,687) and Roberto Marin (2nd for $126,895) as two massive stud hands proved pivotal in propelling Brand to the summit, with quad nines the winning hand to earn the bracelet over Marin at the end.   After winning Event #58, the $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, way back in June, Brandt has achieved something no-one other than two of the stars of the 2022 WSOP have done and won his second bracelet of the summer. There’s still the Tournament of Champions to be won too, with the added event taking place between July 18th ad 21st this week.   WSOP 2022 Event #84 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:   Lawrence Brandt - $205,139 Roberto Marin - $126,895 Tomasz Gluszko - $87,687 Richard Tatalovich - $61,789 Kevin Gerhart - $44,415 Kristan Lord - $32,583 Perry Friedman - $24,403 Yarron Bendor - $18,669   Wang Claims Second Bracelet in 8-Max NLHE Event   Michael Wang won his second bracelet as he saw off the Colombian Farid Jattin in a stunning comeback victory at the death in Event #87, the $5,000 buy-in 8-Max NLHE event. After Vanessa Kade exited in 10th place and Erfan Guela busted in ninth to Michael Wang, the first player to leave the eight-handed official final table was Will Nguyen, who, after doubling through Erik Seidel, crashed out to chip leader Kartik Ved, as the Indian player’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] outran Nguyen’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"].   In seventh place, Fred Goldberg made his exit, with his [poker card="Jc"][poker card="3c"] no good against Farid Jattin’s ace-ten, with an ace on the flop doing the fatal damage to Goldberg’s stack. Goldberg cashed for $70,734 and was followed by Billy O’Neill for $83,740 when O’Neill’s [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] lost to Wang’s [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"] when a board of [poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="Jd"] doomed the American with fewer chips.   Out in fifth place was Yuval Bronshtein as the two-time bracelet winner lost with [poker card="As"][poker card="7h"] to Jattin’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Td"] as the Colombian made a Broadway straight on the turn to oust the Israeli for a result worth $126,089. It was the former chip leader Kartik Ved who crashed out in fourth, his [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] lost to Jattin’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jd"].   Down to three players, nine-time WSOP winner Erik Seidel saw his WSOP come to an end with a summer-saving cash of $238,321 to celebrate. He lost out with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"] busting to Jattin’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. That hand gave Jattin a massive lead, with the Colombian holding 24.4 million to Wang’s stack of 4.1 million, representing only 10 big blinds at 200,000/400,000.   That meant nothing as Wang doubled up not once but twice to get back to almost even, the first time with a dominating king-jack against Jattin’s queen-jack and the second time with a rivered flush. After a pot of 24 million went Wang’s way with a Jattin bluff called by Wang with trips, it was almost over. In the final hand, Jattin couldn’t hold with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="4d"] as Wang’s call for Jattin’s final five big blinds with [poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] saw Wang river quad threes for the win.   WSOP 2022 Event #87 $5,000 8-Max NLHE Final Table Results:   Michael Wang - $541,604 Farid Jattin - $334,747 Erik Seidel - $238,321 Kartik Ved - $172,103 Yuval Bronshtein - $126,089 Billy O'Neil - $83,740 Fred Goldberg - $70,734 Will Nguyen - $54,185   Brar Wins Debut Gold in Super Turbo Bracelet Event   Alberta native Jaspal Brar won his first-ever WSOP bracelet after outlasting 1,287 opponents in the fast-paced Super Turbo event. Costing $1,000 to play, Event #88 on the schedule – officially the last bracelet event excepting the Tournament of Champions which appears off-schedule – saw one of the quickest final tables of the series.   Playing down to a winner on the only day of the event, players such as Phil Hui (41st for $4,487), Jesse Sylvia (28th for $5,333) and Jason Wheeler (19th for $6,426) all grabbed a piece of the $1.1 million prize pool before the nine-handed final table was reached.   Once the final table began, two quick bust-outs for Jonathan Hilton (9th for $15,491) and Huy Nguyen (8th for $19,942) were followed by Brazilian Vinicius Escossi cashing for $26,000 in seventh place. Ronald Sullivan left in sixth place for $34,327 before Christopher Garman left the party in fifth for $45,885.   Four players remained and the only bracelet winner among them was Boris Kolev from Bulgaria. He was knocked out by the eventual champion Brar as Kolev called off his final two blinds with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Th"] and couldn’t overcome Brar’s [poker card="As"][poker card="3s"], with an ace on the turn leaving Kolev needing a king for Broadway on the river only to see the [poker card="6c"] land and his hopes of a second bracelet over.   Kolev cashed for $62,090, a little less than Jesse Capps in third place for $85,040 before Brar took on Jesse Lonis with Lonis down to 11 million and Brar on 15 million. The tournament-ending hand saw Lonis shove with [poker card="As"][poker card="6d"] and Brar call it off quickly with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"], the board of [poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] ending the event in the Canadian’s favor for his 33rd WSOP cash and by far the most important of his career.   WSOP 2022 Event #88 $1,000 Super Turbo NLHE Final Table Results:   Jaspal Brar - $190,731 Jesse Lonis - $117,872 Jesse Capps - $85,040 Boris Kolev - $62,090 Christopher Garman - $45,885 Ronald Sullivan - $34,327 Vinicius Escossi - $26,000 Huy Nguyen - $19,942 Jonathan Hilton - $15,491 Nguyen Leads Final 17 in The Closer   After Day 1b finished its delayed opening flight, Day 2 was reached in the Closer, leading to cashes for some superstars of the game and only one bracelet winner making the final day. At the close of play on Day 2, Minh Nguyen bagged up 20,275,000 chips, with Michael Liang second in chips on 19,200,000.   Of the 235 players who started Day 2, most big names slid out of contention, as stars such as Bryan Piccioli (80th for $6,750), Barry Hutter (42nd for $13,730) and Shaun Deeb (30th for $16,740) all failed to make the final day. Double bracelet winner Chris Moorman was the only former winner to bag up chips and the online poker tournament legend is short on 5,475,000 chips.   Others who busted on the day included Jennifer Shahade, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Adrian Moreno, with the latter hardly to be blamed if he wasn’t in an optimal poker-playing frame of mind after the events of yesterday, which he described on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/Amo4sho/status/1548764218307928065   WSOP 2022 Event #85 $1,500 The Closer Top 10 Chipcounts:   Minh Nguyen - 20,275,000 Michael Liang - 19,200,000 Rudy Cervantes - 16,475,000 Daniel Tabello - 14,450,000 Zach Johnson - 12,050,000 Madelyn Carr - 9,075,000 Tjan Tetteh - 8,975,000 Ahmed Karrim - 7,700,000 Sean Ragozzini - 6,875,000 Vincent Lam - 6,000,000   Pavel Plesuv Leads Race to Six-Max Crown   Moldovan player Pavel Plesuv has the chip lead heading into the final day of the WSOP Event #86, the $10,000 6-Max NLHE event. On a day which started with 45 players still chasing the gold and top prize of $824,649, players fell quickly as Adrian Mateos (24th for $26,638) left before the final three tables. Once there, it was a race to the final table, with Davidi Kitai (15th), Anthony Zinno (14th) and Romain Lewis (12th) all coming up short for $39,529.   Moldovan poker pro Plesuv has never won a WSOP bracelet before, and will arguably never have a better chance, with his stack of 6,890,000 leading the way with just five opponents between him and glory. Both Greg Jensen (4,740,000) and Ali Eslami (3,785,000) provide close challenges, while Barak Wisbrod (3,205,000), Lucas Foster (2,380,000) and Brock Wilson (2,080,000) all still have their eyes on the prize.   WSOP 2022 Event #86 $10,000 6-Max NLHE Final Table Chipcounts:   Pavel Plesuv - 6,890,000 Gregory Jensen - 4,740,000 Ali Eslami - 3,785,000 Barak Wisbrod - 3,205,000 Lucas Foster - 2,380,000 Brock Wilson - 2,080,000   Erik Seidel was delighted with his deep run in Event #87 to get out of it in Vegas.   https://twitter.com/Erik_Seidel/status/1548929393363283968   Daniel Zack thanked everyone for their good wishes as he became accustomed to the reality that he is the 2022 Player of the Year.   https://twitter.com/Dan__Zack/status/1548918823012536325   Patrick Leonard put up an entertaining review of the WSOP Main Event final table.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1548851727767465985   The World Series of Poker wouldn’t be the same without KevMath so when he starts singing, you know it’s near the end.   https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1548905038889644032   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  15. There was high drama in more ways than one at the World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Casinos in Las Vegas today, as not only was the 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion crowned (which you can read about here), but another gold bracelet was awarded in an online event, while the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. will need an extra day to crown a champion, and the remaining three tournaments on the docket ended prematurely after a scary incident at MGM Grand just down the Strip.   Pennsylvania's Li Ships Lucky Sevens   Today's other WSOP gold bracelet was doled out to the winner of Online Event #11: $777 No-Limit Hold'em Lucky 7's, and just a hair over that lucky 777 number of entrants participated, with 781 total entries pushing the prize pool to $854,700. In the wee hours of Sunday morning, it was Fred "staeks" Li who earned the bracelet and $159,060 after besting Zach "zoks7" Okin in heads-up play.   With players looking for a last shot a WSOP glory, the action was swift from the start, as it took just six hours from the start of the tournament to reach the bubble. After the bubble had burst and the remaining 167 players were in the money, Jamie "DanBilzerian" Kerstetter and Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman were some of the first to earn a piece of the prize pool. David "dpeters17" Peters made a strong run, but was eliminated in 15th place for $7,094, and when Vincent "Allinvin138" Moscati was eliminated in 9th for $11,538, the eight-handed tournament reached the final table.   Li started the final table with a comfortable chip lead over the field, but Okin swiftly closed the gap with back-to-back eliminations of short stacks Daniel "IGetLost" Dizenzo and Michael "LatinoLoco" Acevedo to kick off the final table. Li struck back by taking out Dominick "flow_cold" Sarle next, but Okin reeled off the next two eliminations to bring the field to three.   The defining hand of the tournament took place soon after, with Michael "Mike916" Guzzardi jamming just under ten big blinds with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"], and Okin, who held the chip lead, three-bet shoved with [poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"]. Li woke up in the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kd"] in a completely nasty cooler of a hand, and a dry ten-high board left Li with an over 2:1 chip lead against Okin. A few levels later, Okin got his last chips in with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"], but Li's [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] turned a ten to send the Pennsylvania native home with his first WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Online Event #11: $777 NLHE Lucky Sevens Final Table Results   Fred "staeks" Li - $159,060 Zach "zoks7" Okin - $98,291 Michael "Mike916" Guzzardi - $69,573 Bobby "Ericartmenez" Oboodi - $49,914 Ryan "doyouliftbro" Jones - $36,239 Dominick "flow_cold" Sarle - $26,667 Michael "LatinoLoco" Acevedo - $19,915 Daniel "IGetLost" Dizenzo - $15,043   Fourth Day Needed to Crown $3k H.O.R.S.E. Champ   A total of 22 players returned for what was originally going to be the final day of play in Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. inside of Bally's, but three players hung on long enough to force overtime and Day 4 of action after a twelve-hour day on the felt. Tomasz Gluszko leads the trio, albeit with just over ten big bets when play resumes. Roberto Marin will return with around nine big bets, while Lawrence Brandt, who won a bracelet earlier in this year's WSOP in Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better, will return with just a hair over six-and-a-half big bets in his quest for a second bracelet of the series. Brandt would join elite company in doing so, as the other two players who have earned dual bracelets are current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack and WSOP Main Event champ Espen Jorstad.   Despite an early double, John Racener (20th - $6,835) was one of many early casualties, and Brandt did double duty soon after, eliminating both Cody Espeseth (18th - $6,835) and Joseph Thomas (17th - $7,978) in one hand of Razz to surge up the leaderboards. Andre Akkari (11th - $11,644) and start of day chip leader David Bach (9th - $14,594) both fell just short of the official final table of eight, where things slowed down considerably.   It would be two hour long levels later before Yarron Bender and Perry Freidman were eliminated a few hands apart, and the next level saw the departure of Kristan Lord, before Kevin Gerhart, who was seeking his fifth WSOP bracelet of his accomplished career, bricked a massive draw in Omaha 8-or-Better against Richard Tatalovich to fall in fifth. Tatalovich would meet his end in the same game a few orbits later, whiffing an open-ended straight draw against the kings-up of Marin to bring the field down to three. Play will resume at 2 p.m. PDT until a champion is crowned.   WSOP 2022 Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chip Counts/Results   Tomasz Gluszko - 5,320,000 Roberto Marin - 4,465,000 Lawrence Brandt - 3,300,000 Richard Tatalovich - $61,789 Kevin Gerhart - $44,415 Kristan Lord - $32,583 Perry Friedman - $24,403 Yarron Bendor - $18,669   Broken Glass Leads to Pandemonium and a Shortened Final Day at Paris   Things were humming along in some of the last tournaments of the series, including the second and final flight of Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, as well as Event #86: $10,000 NLHE 6-Max Championship and Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE. A tweet by DJ MacKinnon was the first sign that something was about to be amiss in the Paris Ballroom: https://twitter.com/djmacjr/status/1548535583470850049?s=20&t=Dtth1EM0aahtGcAw7StaBg   The crowd that cleared out of MGM as a result of the active shooter scare apparently made their way to Paris, as reports of players stampeding out of the poker room began to fill the Twitter airwaves, with tables and chairs being knocked over as players left, fearful of a legitimately terrifying prospect before them. Joey Ingram had an up-close view of the chaos as it happened:   https://twitter.com/Joeingram1/status/1548557268680994816?s=20&t=8yUPCkMoz6wpe7InI3DkyQ   Shortly after reports of the alleged incident came out, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department tweeted out that the noise that players and patrons had heard was not gunfire, but a broken window, allegedly caused by someone throwing rocks at the front glass doors at the MGM.   https://twitter.com/LVMPD/status/1548542552822800384?s=20&t=Dtth1EM0aahtGcAw7StaBg   Thankfully for players at the WSOP, it looks as though the incident left no one seriously wounded or worse for wear, although Daniel Negreanu did get a nasty and quite literal bad beat to end his WSOP:   https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1548552516433874944?s=20&t=Dtth1EM0aahtGcAw7StaBg   The WSOP informed players a bit later that play had concluded in all tournaments held in Paris for the evening, as opposed to trying to bring the scattered players back with the situation still in flux. Those players will return to Bally's tomorrow to either complete Day 1b then combine with the survivors from Day 1a, in the case of The Closer, or return and start Day 2 in the $5,000 NLHE and Day 3 in the $10,000 NLHE at the level they left off on.   Jeremy Ausmus shares some wisdom about the secret of Phil Hellmuth's continued success in poker:   https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1548424773717307392?s=20&t=8yUPCkMoz6wpe7InI3DkyQ   The Chainsaw's WSOP comes to a close after another unfortunate cooler:   https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1548466894809616384?s=20&t=8yUPCkMoz6wpe7InI3DkyQ   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  16. Norway’s Espen Jørstad claimed the WSOP Main Event title in a quick-quick-slow victory against Adrian Attenborough heads-up in Las Vegas for $10 million on Saturday night. The final table was a quick one, taking under two hours to complete, but in two huge tanking hands, it also took plenty of time to play out with two key hands the difference between winning and losing.   Jørstad came into play with the lead and ended up taking the title, but that doesn’t nearly tell the story of a pulsating period of play that decided the destiny of the 2022 world championship. Michael Duek was the short stack coming into play, and he lasted just 20 minutes as he moved all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8d"] on a board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="3s"], but Adrian Attenborough had the easiest call with the nut straight, holding [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"].   Heads-up, the stacks had evened out, with Jørstad leading with 284.5 million to Attenborough slightly behind with 235.5 million. Attenborough worked his way into a marginal lead, but the most pivotal pot of the tournament was about to put the Norwegian into a 3:1 lead. On a board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"], Jørstad shoved with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"] and went into a meditative state. Attenborough, holding [poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"], simply couldn’t work out what to do and the poker world went crazy during that 20-minute period.   [caption id="attachment_638794" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Adrian Attenborough can't work out what to do as he faces the decision of his poker life.[/caption]   Doug Polk was worried about the hour-long delay meaning the hand would catch up with the stream in real life.   https://twitter.com/DougPolkVids/status/1548442868842242048   Phil Galfond admitted that he would already have made the wrong call.   https://twitter.com/PhilGalfond/status/1548441703127719937   Erick Lindgren took the opportunity to help some neighbors out.   https://twitter.com/EdogPoker/status/1548442620933812226   Eventually, Attenborough made the right fold, but down 3:1, he had lost his momentum, and Jørstad had taken it without needing to show his cards. It wasn’t long after that Attenborugh faced a very similar situation, holding [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4s"] on a board of [poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="Qc"]. Once again, Jørstad was the aggressor, moving all-in on the river having made a full house with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="2s"], deuces over queens more than good enough.   [caption id="attachment_638795" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Jørstad in familiar pose, meditating on his way to victory. The peaceful Norwegian is now the world champion.[/caption]   Attenborough, however, wasn’t sure. Going back into the tank for eight minutes, eventually, the Aussie made the wrong call this time, as after wearing himself out mentally thinking about it, cursed, smashed a pile of black chips onto the felt and called to his own doom. Jørstad, cool as ice, turned over his cards, and Attenborough’s reaction told him everything he needed to know – that he was the world champion.   Attenborough went to his rail to tell his friends of his bad call, soon to be enveloped by commiserations. Jørstad, in the moment of his life, placed his hands together in peaceful thanks to his rail before hugging his friends.   Remko Rinkema’s interview with a proud yet crestfallen Attenborough was one of the most charmingly real moments of the final table.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1548470313066762241   After winning the Main Event, a delighted Jørstad stepped away from the table with his Main Event bracelet to ask his Tag Team bracelet-winning partner and friend Patrick Leonard his thoughts about the result.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1548462862837764096   After 8,663 players entered this year’s WSOP Main Event, Norwegian pro Espen Jørstad is the 2022 world champion! Congratulations to him and all the players who reached the historic 10-handed final table on an incredible achievement.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Results:   Espen Jorstad - $10,000,000 Adrian Attenborough - $6,000,000 Michael Duek - $4,000,000 John Eames - $3,000,000 Matija Dobric - $2,250,000 Jeffrey Farnes - $1,750,000 Aaron Duczak - $1,350,000 Philippe Souki - $1,075,000 Matthew Su - $850,675 Asher Conniff - $675,000   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  17. A scintillating day of poker action saw the WSOP Main Event final table go from having an unprecedented 10 players to only three as Espen Jørstad built a powerful chip lead with one day to go to find a world champion. Elsewhere, Joao Vieira was one of three bracelet winners on the day with a super seven events in total taking place at Bally’s and Paris on the day.   Espen Jørstad Builds WSOP Main Event Lead with Terrific Trio Remaining   The action at the final table of the WSOP Main Event was great from the off, with 10 players sitting down to battle it out for the $10 top prize instead of the nine at previous year’s final tables. When the battle began, two players held a joint chip lead in Espen Jørstad and Matthew Su, but after the early elimination of Asher Coniff in 10th place for $675,000, everything changed.   Coniff was all-in with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] and couldn’t hold against Michael Duek’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"], an unbelievable flop of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"] ending Coniff’s hopes with two cards still to come. Coniff was full of gratitude at the end of his run, saying it was “pretty crazy to experience something so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time”.   It took 100 hands to find the next player to leave and when they did, it was a shock exit, with Matthew Su going from chip leader with 10 left to on the rail in ninth for $850,675. Su shoved over Attenborough’s raise with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] but was well behind Philippe Souki’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"], which held over the board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5h"] to reduce the field to eight.   Souki may have finally found some hands, but that was to be his undoing. Picking up [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], he was all-in for less than eight big blinds, and busted to Matija Dobric, whose [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Js"] found Broadway on a board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="4d"]. Souki cashed for $1,075,000, the biggest prize of his career, admitting afterwards that he’d had “nine lives” to have made it so far, so didn’t feel too bad about losing with aces.   Next to go was Aaron Duczak, as the Candian slid out of the reckoning with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. He ran into Michael Duek’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] and the Argentinian won again after the board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Ah"] put Duczak through the cruellest of poker vagaries, false hope, as he busted on the river for $1,350,000.   It was Jeffrey Farnes who lost out in sixth place, the Blackfoot native all-in on a flop of [poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] only to be called by John Eames with [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"]. The turn [poker card="3d"] and river [poker card="3s"] counterfeited Farnes’ pair in painful fashion and he crashed out for $1.75 million. With five left, it was the turn of Croatian Matija Dobric to bust, as he lost out for $2.25m with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"] shot down by Espen Jørstad’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qs"], a board of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8c"] dooming the Croat on the flop.   It was John Eames who busted in fourth place, ending the day’s drama as he earned $3,000,000 in the 186th hand of the final table. Eames three-bet all-in for 24 big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"] but was called quickly by Jørstad with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"]. The flop of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"] saw Eames hit his jack and gain more outs, but the [poker card="3s"] turn was not one of them and when the [poker card="6h"] fell on the river, the British player’s dream was over.   “The all-ins are intense,” he told PokerGO afterwards. “The stacks were very flat from the start, so fourth isn’t a bad result.”   With three men now left in the race to become the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion, Norwegian player Espen Jørstad has 298 million, with Australian Adrian Attenborough (149.8 million) and Michael Duek (72.1 million) chasing him down. Who’ll win the $10,000,000 top prize? We’ll find out tomorrow.   WSOP 2022 Event #80 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Chips/Results:   Espen Jørstad - 298,000,000 Adrian Attenborough - 149,800,000 Michael Duek - 72,100,000 John Eames - $3,000,000 Matija Dobric - $2,250,000 Jeffrey Farnes - $1,750,000 Aaron Duczak - $1,350,000 Philippe Souki - $1,075,000 Matthew Su - $850,675 Asher Coniff - $675,000   Arani the Champion in Event #81   Mo Arani won his first WSOP bracelet after beating Dutch player Johannes Straver heads-up for the $665,459 top prize in the $5,000-entry Freezeout Event #81. At an eight-handed final table that raced to a conclusion, Michael Katz was the first to leave when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] couldn’t hold against Adam Hendrix’s [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"] as a board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="5d"] saw Katz doomed by the turn.   Cliff Josephy was next to go, as ‘JohnnyBax’ lost two big pots in a row to bust, the last of which saw him shove ten bigs into the middle with [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"] and lose to Straver’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"] to cash for $86,917. French player Francois Pirault was next to bust, losing with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"] against Peter Turmezey’s [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Th"] to cash for $115,122.   British pro Toby Lewis lost his seat in the top five as he saw his last seven blinds into the center of the felt with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ks"]. Arani had shoved from the small blind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8d"], but while Lewis made a good call, the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Tc"] saw the eventual winner make a better flush than the one presented on the board, seeing off Lewis for a result worth $154,806.   After Adam Hendrix was dominated to defeat in fourth for $211,295, overnight chip leader Peter Turmezey busted next, the Hungarian losing out in third place for $292,665 when his [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Th"] lost out to Straver’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"]. Heads-up, Arani had a roughly 2:1 chip lead, eventually winning once he doubled that chip lead.   All-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"], Straver needed to hold against Arani’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"], but the flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6c"] immediately put him well behind. The turn of [poker card="4s"] and river [poker card="3s"] saw the event ended in Arani’s favor, earning him the top prize of $665,459, and relegating Straver to a runner-up finish worth $411,279.   WSOP 2022 Event #81 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:   Mo Arani - $665,459 Johannes Straver - $411,279 Peter Turmezey - $292,665 Adam Hendrix - $211,295 Toby Lewis - $154,806 Francois Pirault - $115,122 Cliff Josephy - $86,917 Michael Katz - $66,638   Alsup All Over Event #82 in Deepstack Win Richard Alsup got the better of Gary Whitehead heads-up in a Transatlantic battle for the gold, with Ari Engel (3rd for $126,233) and Marc MacDonnell (4th for $95,487) coming close. In what was a fast-paced final table, Alsup’s win came after he returned from a bad beat with two tables left to make heads-up then win a war of attrition to claim his first bracelet and $272,065, by far the biggest win of his career.   WSOP 2022 Event #82 $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:   Richard Alsup - $272,065 Gary Whitehead - $168,093 Ari Engel - $126,233 Marc Macdonnell - $95,487 Ryan Jaworski - $72,759 Artem Metalidi - $55,849 Patrick Truong - $43,188 Frederick Brown - $33,648 Donny Casho - $26,413   Vieira Victory Earns Second WSOP Bracelet in High Roller   Joao Vieira came from behind to beat Lander Lijo to the Event #83 title as he claimed victory in the $50,000-entry High Roller event. In what was a battle between Spain and Portugal, Lijo had the chip lead in a bid to win his first-ever bracelet but let it slip to see Vieira’s rail erupt as their man won the second bracelet of his glittering career.   Elsewhere at the final table, Galen Hall came third for $625,941, overnight leader Dan Colpoys finished fourth for $463,589, with Brian Rast failing to grab his sixth bracelet in fifth place for $347,658. Lijo ended up winning $855,631 as runner-up, with Fedor Holz (7th) and Stephen Chidwick (8th) failing to keep up with the overnight positions on the podium behind Colpoys. Vieira’s top prize of $1,384,415 is in the top ten of non-Main Event prizes paid out at this summer WSOP in Las Vegas.   WSOP 2022 Event #83 $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results:   Joao Vieira - $1,384,415 Lander Lijo - $855,631 Galen Hall - $625,941 Dan Colpoys - $463,589 Brian Rast - $347,658 Sean Perry - $264,034 Fedor Holz - $203,107 Stephen Chidwick - $158,278 Alexandros Theologis - $124,974   Three Other Events End with Big Names Starring   In Event #84, David Bach (1,094,000) bagged the biggest stack in the $3,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. event, with Perry Friedman (985,000) on his shoulder at the end of Day 2. Others to make the top ten in chips with 22 players remaining from 179 who started the day included Kevin Gerhart (778,000) and Brazilian pro Andre Akkari (747,000). Gerhart has the most previous bracelets, with four already to his name.   WSOP 2022 Event #84 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:   David Bach - 1,094,000 Perry Friedman - 985,000 Tomasz Gluszko - 982,000 Roberto Marin - 968,000 Mike Wattel - 843,000 Andrew Brown - 827,000 Joseph Thomas - 796,000 Kevin Gerhart - 778,000 Andre Akkari - 747,000 Richard Tatalovich - 738,000   In Event #85, A total of 929 entrants were whittled down to just 75 hopefuls who will aim to win gold after Day 1a with 1b taking place tomorrow. South African player Ahmed Karrim (1,695,000) has the chip lead, while Jennifer Shahade (920,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (735,000) and Roland Israelashvili (500,000) all made the cut. Others who played but missed out on Day 2 included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein and Justin Bonomo.   WSOP 2022 Event #85 $1,500 The Closer Top 10 Chipcounts:   Ahmed Karrim - 1,695,000 Raghav Bansal - 1,600,000 Sean Ragozzini - 1,550,000 Garrett Johnstone - 1,450,000 Tony Nieman - 1,285,000 Kazuhiro Shirasawa - 1,235,000 Teddy Cablay - 1,200,030 Neil Rauschhuber - 1,100,000 Jessie Bryant - 1,000,020 Ronnie Anderson - 935,000   Finally, in Event #86, the Six-Max NLHE event, Barry Woods bagged the chip lead, with 400,000 chips. He is followed by 2022 bracelet winner David Jackson (326,000), Ben Heath (311,000), Jared Jaffee (201,000), Brian Rast (131,500), Kristen Foxen (131,000), Erik Seidel (935,000), Scott Seiver (73,000), Chance Kornuth (59,500), and 2021 defending champion in this event Ben Yu (42,000), with 150 players surviving from the 349 entries.   WSOP 2022 Event #86 $10,000 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Barry Woods - 400,000 Ugur Secilmis - 378,000 Masashi Oya - 357,000 Pierre Calamusa - 333,500 David Jackson - 326,000 Eli Berry - 325,000 Johan Guilbert - 316,000 Ben Heath - 311,000 Christophe Panetti - 309,500 Craig Mason - 302,500   Fellow Tag Team bracelet winner and friend of Espen Jørstad, British poker sensation Patrick Leonard, advocated the Norwegian’s preparation for the final table buy focusing on his friends.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1548066122276098049   Matija Dobric was happy to take advice from any corner of the Thunderdome and immediately got to work.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1548051989904232449   Scott Seiver had to put any criticism to one side as he just sat back and enjoyed the action in a spirit that most appear to have shared this year.   https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1548117733790715908   PokerGO’s Remko Rinkema highlighted on the best stare-downs of the whole series... from an unexpected source.   https://twitter.com/RemkoRinkema/status/1548177331075682304   Elite PokerNews photographer Danny Maxwell captured the British ‘spirit’ on the rail perfectly.   https://twitter.com/MannyDaxwell/status/1548117290368913409   Jeff Platt was back ‘in the field’ after a bout of COVID truncated his run to the final table. Back in his suit today, however, Platt... removed his shoes in the line of duty.     https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1548209476682993665   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  18. This weekend, the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event will conclude with ten players battling it out for the $10 million top prize and famous bracelet that comes with the title of world champion. The Thunderdome at Bally’s – soon to become the Horseshoe Las Vegas – in Sin City will play host to the dramatic conclusion of this year’s version of the world’s greatest poker tournament.   This year, in an unprecedented situation taken after 17 hours at the felt on the build-up to the final, there will be ten rather than nine finalists. But who are those players and which player will win the $10 million? We’ve taken a look into our crystal ball and come up with some answers.   The blinds will begin at 600,000/1,200,000, with a 1,200,000 ante. Let the games begin.   Seat 1: Philippe Souki (11 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638764" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Philippe Souki (United Kingdom)[/caption] The first of two British players at the table, Souki just survived after a late double-up saw him sneak into the final ten with just 11 big blinds. Souki is a much-loved London-based pro, who has the rowdiest rail who will support him all the way as he battles for victory. Souki has won over $830,000 in his poker career but although he has four ranking wins on The Hendon Mob, none of his wins have come in results with a buy-in higher than $1,000. He comes into this final table in great form, however, with the $102,214 he earned for finishing fourth in last month’s Wynn Summer Classic the best result of his career to date.   Verdict: Impressive to the last, but the shallow average stacks could go either way for him. Needs an early double to shoot for the big one.   Seat 2: Adrian Attenborough (42 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638767" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Adrian Attenborough (Australia)[/caption] Australian Attenborough is bidding to become the first Main Event winner from his home country since Joe Hachem conquered the poker world in 2005. Attenborough has won $1.4 million in poker tournaments to date, with his best result a third-place finish in the Bellagio Cup five years ago last month. His best ranking win came in Macau in the Macau Poker Cup for over $193,000 and his ability to travel the world making money has never been better proven than in this event, where the Aussie is already guaranteed by far his biggest score.   Verdict: Sure to go on the attack, Attenborough looks like he feels every win or loss. An early hit to his stack would be costly, but the reverse is true if he climbs quickly.   Seat 3: Matija Dobric (57 Big Blinds)     [caption id="attachment_638769" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Matija Dobric (Croatia)[/caption] The charismatic Croat has the third-largest stack at the final table and with the average stack being fairly shallow, could be a real threat. Dobric’s aggression at the felt is an appealing trait at the Main Event final table where history shows it can be profitable. Dobric has only $239,167 in lifetime tournament winnings, but if any player at the final table takes him for being less experienced, they are wrong to do so. Dobric has cashed an incredible 11 times at the World Series – including two online cashes - in the past 10 months alone and came 32nd in last November’s WSOP Main Event for his biggest cash of $198,550. He’s already guaranteed to win three times that even if he is the first player to leave the final table.   Verdict: The Croatian is going to bring fireworks, whether he wins or loses. Could decide the destiny of the bracelet with one major hand.   Seat 4: Michael Duek (41 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638770" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Michael Duek (Argentina)[/caption] Duek is one of the most deceptively dangerous players at the final table. Winning his biggest-ever live result of $548,015 in Event #69 of this year’s World Series, Argentinian player Duek was only denied his first bracelet by second-place Shiva Dudani and eventual winner Sean Troha. Duek now has the chance to win the biggest event of all and carve his name in history, and has cashed five times during the 2022 World Series, including in this Main Event.   Verdict: One to be watched. If others don't take him seriously, he might just surprise them.   Seat 5: Matthew Su (69 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638772" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Matthew Su (U.S.A.)[/caption] One of the two chip leaders at the final table, Su is joint-highest with 69 big blinds. Su has really impressed on his run to the WSOP Main Event final table, but incredibly only has just under $50,000 in lifetime tournament with three recorded ranking cashes. He built his stack with a series of steady, solid plays on Day 7, however, and Su looks to have no fear in pressing opponents into making mistakes as he has displayed throughout the Main Event.   Verdict: Capable of some really steady play, will be interesting to see if his temperament holds to the very end.   Seat 6: John Eames (46 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638773" align="aligncenter" width="500"] John Eames (United Kingdom)[/caption] British hopes aren’t just pinned on Souki this year, with John Eames making the final in great shape chips-wise. Eames is known by everyone in the UK as part of the ‘Brit Pack’ that includes Jake Cody, James Akenhead, Charles Chattha, Toby Lewis and more. Eames has some serious old school skills, a fearless nature and a superb temperament. He’s cashed for $2.1 million in his career, including a WSOP Circuit win in 2014 in Las Vegas. Eames has the chance of adding a bracelet win eight years on, proving that despite him going quiet in terms of playing live poker, no-one should forget about his skills at the felt.   Verdict: A sleeper hit. If he makes the latter stages, he could end up being the favorite.   Seat 7: Jeffrey Farnes (29 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638775" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Jeffrey Farnes (U.S.A.)[/caption] Jeffrey Farnes is a home-grown U.S. hero with a huge local backing and fans from his native Blackfoot. Farnes has a wealth of cashes in WSOP Events and while he has only cashed in his native America, he has a tournament pedigree that stands up, with previous cashes in the Mini Main Event and Main Event itself. Whatever he cashes for now will be the biggest result of his career. Farnes has had some amazing hands already in this Main Event. Can he continue the run good and take the title?   Verdict: There has to be an early casualty and we think it could be Farnes. So near and yet so far.   Seat 8: Aaron Duczak (47 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638776" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Aaron Duczak (Canada)[/caption] The intriguing Duczak is Canada’s last hope for the title and their first Main Event winner since Jonathan Duhamel in 2010. Duczak has a good stack and although he sits between both chip leaders and has one to his direct left, will have no fear. Duczak has over $423,000 in live poker tournament results, with a consistent record of success since his first tournament cash way back in 2006. Duczak could be hampered by his position but with WSOP Cashes around the world, will be guaranteed to top a million in live earnings wherever he finishes.   Verdict: Any early trouble might handcuff his ability to fight out of it and could become a victim of position.   Seat 9: Espen Jørstad (69 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638778" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Espen Jørstad (Norway)[/caption] The Norwegian joint chip leader has shown his mettle over the course of a WSOP series where he has made his name. Full of enthusiasm on his social media and at the felt, he is the walking, talking example of positivity bringing success. It’s hard not to see him starring given that he has already won a bracelet this series and consistently shown his prowess in this year's Main Event. Jørstad, who has $271,000 in cashes in his career to date, will be one of the favorites to run deep and we can’t see him missing out on the final day of action.   Verdict: Certainly capable of victory, a nagging feeling that he’ll fall just short.   Seat 10: Asher Coniff (21 Big Blinds)   [caption id="attachment_638779" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Asher Coniff (U.S.A.)[/caption] A stack misread initially told fans that he’d have 25 big blinds to fight with, but the super-talented Coniff only has 21 big blinds to his name. In the rarified atmosphere of Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event, he looked as comfortable as if he was playing a home game, and with $2.8m in tournament winnings alone, no player at the final table has cashed for more in their careers. Coniff has all the skills and the poker personality to become an incredible world champion - a little like Koray Aldemir has been this past year - but the Main Event is a strange beast and sometimes the best player at the table doesn’t get the breaks. Has a decent starting position, though.   Verdict: So tough to call, because with chips, Coniff might be favorite, but without them, every player faces an uphill battle. Out in sixth place. WSOP 2022 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Chipcounts: Seat Player Country Chips Big Blinds 1 Philippe Souki United Kingdom 13,500,000 11 2 Adrian Attenborough Australia 50,800,000 42 3 Matija Dobric Croatia 68,650,000 57 4 Michael Duek U.S.A. 49,775,000 41 5 Matthew Su U.S.A. 83,200,000 69 6 John Eames United Kingdom 54,950,000 46 7 Jeffrey Farnes U.S.A. 35,350,000 29 8 Aaron Duczak Canada 56,000,000 47 9 Espen Jørstad Norway 83,200,000 69 10 Asher Conniff U.S.A. 24,400,000 21   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  19. Seven events took place across a busy day of poker action at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas. With bracelets won in the Razz Championship as well as the $777 Lucky 7’s and $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Events, it was a day off for the Main Event final ten, but everyone else seemed to be at the felt!   Julien Martini Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Razz Championship French player Julien Martini joined David Peters and Scott Seiver as a four-time bracelet winner in Event #79 as he claimed the win in the $10,000-entry Razz Championship. In what was a thrilling final table, nine players entered the last table with 17 WSOP bracelets between them, that’s one more than Phil Hellmuth!   Once the final nine sat down, Ziya Rahim’s departure was followed by Brandon Shack-Harris in eighth place after the American had led the field coming into the final day. Brian Hastings’ bid to make it seven bracelet wins fell away for him to bust in seventh and the WSOP legend joined Shack-Harris in taking on Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson.   https://twitter.com/ToddBrunson/status/1547860454705287170   The Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos had played some great stuff heading to the final stages of the event, but he just couldn’t get anything going at the final table after dinner break, exiting in fifth place for $50,295.   https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1547828502405136387   Down to the crucial final stages, Koray Aldemir missed out on the opportunity to win his second WSOP bracelet and after Yueqi Zhu busted in third place, Martini used his massive chip advantage to close it out against Hal Rotholz, who failed to win his first bracelet but made it all the way to a great second-place score of $203,281.   For Martini, however, perhaps a celebratory drink of his own name, after winning his fourth WSOP bracelet and third inside nine months. Scintillating stuff.   WSOP 2022 Event #79 $10,000 Razz Championship Final Table Results:   Julien Martini - $328,906 Hal Rotholz - $203,281 Yueqi Zhu - $149,958 Koray Aldemir - $111,991 Felipe Ramos - $84,683 Max Pescatori - $64,847 Brian Hastings - $50,295 Brandon Shack-Harris - $39,561 Ziya Rahim - $31,456   Teboul Takes Title After French Resistance   Gregory Teboul won the final table of the Lucky 7’s Event #75 (Why not Event #77? – Ed) as he took down a final table containing poker legend Allen Cunningham. With seven players reaching the final table, it was the five-time bracelet winner Cunningham who left in seventh place. Shoving for ten big blinds with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"], Cunningham lost to Teboul’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Ts"] when the board came [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="Qd"]. Fortunately, Cunningham could see the serendipity in such an achievement.   https://twitter.com/AllenCunningham/status/1547681924142927874   It was Padres fan Kyle Miholich who busted in sixth when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2d"] was dominated by Rodney Turvin’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] after a queen-high board propelled Turvin up the leaderboard. Just a few minutes later, Jed Stewart was on the rail too, his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6h"] no good against Turvin’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6d"], with all the chips going in on the flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"]. A [poker card="6s"] on the turn followed by a [poker card="4d"] on the river doomed Stewart and gave Turvin a huge lead over the remaining field with four left.   All three of Tuvin’s opponents had less chips together than he had as chip leader, but Teboul took a chunk out of the leader’s stack before James Hughes busted in fourth place. Hughes lost out for less than ten big blinds with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"] as Christopher Farmer’s [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"] got there on a board of [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8h"].   Despite winning that hand, the overnight leader Farmer was still short stacked, and busted in third for $207,777 when Turvin’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ks"] was too good for Farmer’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"]. Turvin had a decent lead heading into the heads-up battle, with 168 million chips to Teboul’s 108 million, but that was reversed ahead of the final hand. Teboul had a 4:1 lead when he raised it up with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Td"] and called off Turvin’s [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] shove, holding through the ten-high board to win his first-ever WSOP bracelet and that jackpot-looking top score of $777,777.   WSOP 2022 Event #75 $777 Lucky 7's Final Table Results:   Gregory Teboul - $777,777 Rodney Turvin - $400,777 Christopher Farmer - $207,777 James Hughes - $154,777 Jed Stewart - $116,777 Kyle Miholich - $87,777 Allen Cunningham - $66,777   Voitovs Wins Third Bracelet for Latvia   Latvian poker player Romans Voitovs won the third bracelet his country has ever claimed as he saw out Event #80, the 4600-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO bracelet event. On the second and final day of the event where 76 players kicked off the action, two players raced clear of the action with Romans Voitovs and Michael Dobbs working their way towards what seemed like an inevitable clash for the gold.   Heads-up, Voitovs had a 3:1 lead and although Dobbs battled back, when he shoved with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"] on a flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][97h], Voitovs was priced in to call with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"]. The turn of a [poker card="6h"] meant the Latvian had one hand on the bracelet and drawing only to a ten for the chop, Dobbs was denied by making his set on the [poker card="Ad"] river, as Voitovs’ turned straight gave him victory and sent his Latvian rail into ecstasy.   WSOP 2022 Event #80 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Final Table Results:   Romans Voitovs - $158,609 Michael Dobbs - $98,026 Justin Barnum - $72,544 Francisco Baruffi - $54,172 Richard Bai - $40,822 Jordan Russell - $31,046 Jacob Staley - $23,831 Andrew Peplinski - $18,464   Colpoys on Top After Epic Day 1 of $50,000 High Roller   Daniel Colpoys leads the field in Event #83, the $50,000-entry High Roller NLHE event which kicked off on its Day 1 today. With a stellar field packed with stars, 97 players were whittled down to 32 survivors, as Colpoys bagged up over 2.8 million, a little clear of German legend of poker Fedor Holz (2.3m). Elsewhere in the top 10, Stephen Chidwick (2.1m), Brian Rast (1.6m) and Henrick Hecklen (1.05m) all ended the day ahead of the million-chip mark to go into Day 2.   Other players who sailed into the next day’s play included Dan ‘Cowboy’ Smith (860,000), Justin Bonomo (810,000) and Punnat Punsri (625,000), all of whom ended play in the top half of the chipcounts. Scott Seiver (550,000), Sam Soverel (530,000) and Sean Winter (495,000) will be present too, with Adrian Mateos (265,000) and Dan Zack (230,000) among the short stacks to make the cut.   Others weren’t so fortunate, with Martin Kabrhel, Erik Seidel, Bryn Kenney, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Brewer, Jason Koon, Christoph Vogelsang, Ben Heath, David Peters, Jason Mercier and Nick Schulman all busting.   WSOP 2022 Event #83 $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Dan Colpoys - 2,835,000 Fedor Holz - 2,530,000 Stephen Chidwick - 2,100,000 Gregory Jensen - 1,895,000 Brian Rast - 1,635,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,380,000 Alexandros Theologis - 1,290,000 Yong Wang - 1,255,000 Joao Vieira - 1,150,000 Henrik Hecklen - 1,050,000   Toby Lewis, Cliff Josephy and Adam Hendrix Chasing NLHE Glory   Just 10 players remain in the $5,000-entry NLHE Freezeout Event #81, with Peter Turmezey (8,810,000) holding the lead into the final day. With Toby Lewis (6,665,000), Adam Hendrix (5,140,000) and Cliff Josephy (4,180,000) all in the top five, Marius Gierse missed out on the money as ‘bubble boy’ before Aaron Massey (23rd) Kitty Kuo (22nd) Mark Davis (19th) and Nacho Barbero (17th) all missed out after the money places began to make their payouts, with Michael Mizrachi (12th) heading out just before the final table.   With 11 players left, just one more player departed before the final day, with Mike Watson running [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"] into Turmezey’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ks"] to bust, a board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"] sending ‘Sir Watts’ home with $41,057.   WSOP 2022 Event #81 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:   Peter Turmezey - 8,810,000 Toby Lewis - 6,665,000 Adam Hendrix - 5,140,000 Cliff Josephy - 4,180,000 Francois Pirault - 2,815,000 Johannes Straver - 2,585,000 Mo Arani - 2,400,000 Michael Katz - 1,865,000 Caio Almeida - 1,860,000 Valentin Oberhauser - 1,470,000   Two Other Bracelet Events Start Day 1s   Two more bracelet events took place on Day 45 of the 2022 WSOP, with Justin Lapka top dog in the 82nd event of the 2022 WSOP, the $800-entry No Limit Hold’em Deepstack event. Lapka bagged up 2,425,000 chips , with Marcelo Giordano Mendes coming in second on 2.35 million. Elsewhere, Selim Oulmekki (2,030,000) and Artem Metalidi (1,895,000) bagged top five stacks, with Ebony Kenney (795,000) and Ryan Leng (395,000) both surviving to Day 2 also.   WSOP 2022 Event #82 $800 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chipcounts:   Justin Lapka - 2,425,000 Marcelo Giordano Mendes - 2,350,000 Selim Oulmekki - 2,030,000 Steve Savio - 1,965,000 Artem Metalidi - 1,895,000 Francis Anderson - 1,800,000 Ranganath Kanchi - 1,650,000 Martin Gavascinapoletano - 1,635,000 Marsel Backa - 1,605,000 Richard Alsup - 1,500,000   Finally, in Event #84, the biggest stack belonged to Brazilian pro and well-known Team PokerStars Pro of old Andre Akkari (262,100), who piled up heaps more than his nearest rival Greg Dyer (181,900). With big names such as Daniel Negreanu (72,900), Mike Matusow (44,900), Todd Brunson (102,400), John Racener (62,200), and Eli Elezra (53,300) amounting slightly smaller stacks, 328 players entered but only 179 players lasted the day to reach Day 2.   WSOP 2022 Event #84 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:   Andre Akkari - 262,100 Greg Dyer - 181,900 Joey Couden - 178,100 Tomasz Gluszko - 169,500 Jeffrey Taylor - 168,100 Paresh Doshi - 167,600 Clifford Ziff - 154,400 Mauricio Ferreire Pais - 152,700 Bruno Jais - 149,900 Jannicholas Neizert - 148,700   Russell Thomas is looking out for all the WSOP Main Event gamblers out there.   https://twitter.com/RunGoodRussell/status/1547710457107992576   Sandeep Pulusani looked back on his bracelet win from yesterday by posting a How it Started / How It’s Going photo comparison.   https://twitter.com/momentofdeep/status/1547772422689959936   Greg ‘Fossilman’ Raymer admitted to having an awful time in terms of WSOP results, but the cash action more than made up for it.   https://twitter.com/FossilMan/status/1547634702156046338   Barny Boatman pointed to a key advantage on the WSOP Main Event finalists’ ‘prep day’ as the rain fell in Las Vegas.   https://twitter.com/barnyboatman/status/1547822437642842112   Jennifer Shahade is happy to take advice from all corners of the globe in her poker career. Left corners, traffic lights, crossroads...   https://twitter.com/JenShahade/status/1547829848013299713   We have to finish on one of the funniest videos this summer, however, as Greg goes ‘all-in’ on Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth.   https://twitter.com/GREGGOESALLIN/status/1547766577352757248   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  20. The WSOP Main Event reached the final table of ten players, with everyone remaining now just nine eliminations away from the top prize of $10 million. In seven other bracelet events, three events were taken down, with two new winners and one repeat winner claiming gold.   Tension, Excitement and Disbelief as Epic Main Event Reaches Final Table of Ten!   An unprecedented situation arose in Las Vegas, as the final table of ten instead of nine was reached for the first time as play ended at shortly before 7am in Las Vegas. With 35 players starting the day, the final table of nine was not reached in the traditional manner as 10 players remained at the close of play with the hour approaching 7.00 am local time.   Players had been at the felt for 17 hours, as early eliminations featured short-stacked Marco Johnson (35th)) l the previously dominant Adam Demersseman (30th) and the 2020 Hybrid Main Event winner Damian Salas, whose defeat in 27th place saw his astonishing run in recent years ended just a short time before the closing stages started to play out.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1547395473140375552   Once the remaining two dozen players began to battle for supremacy, however, it became clear that with no big chip leader and everything on the line, it was going to take some time. That was an understatement.   On what became one of the longest days in WSOP history, Brian Kim busted in 23rd place, and he was joined by Aaron Mermelstein three places later. Two after that, the longest-lasting female player in the Main Event – the superb Efthymia Litsou – lost her stack in 18th place for $323,100 when she ran ace-ten into pocket kings belonging to Espen Jorstad.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1547490478727127040   The Tag Team bracelet winner from earlier in the series was chip leader and continued in that role for much of the final table.   After Kenny Tran lost his seat in 17th place, David Diaz made one of the folds of the entire series when he laid down a full house on the river to a better full house.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1547542650156457988   He deserved better than to bust a few places later in 13th but bust he did. And the final dozen saw short stacks double for some time. Vadim Rozin exited in 12th with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ts"] beaten Aaron Duczak’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"], a board of [Qs[[poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7h"] played down to one Canadian busting the other.   Robert Welch left in 11th place when his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"] lost to Jorstad’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"] as a board of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6s"] saw the Norwegian grab a share of the chip lead. Upon that elimination, the tournament directors announced that the day was over and that for the first time in history, 10 players would meet at the final table instead of nine, with players almost delirious with a combination of happiness and relief.   In just a couple of days’ time, the ‘unofficial’ final table will begin with ten instead of the official nine. Only one man can win, and that prize of $10 million is now closer than ever to the hopefuls looking to become this year’s WSOP World champion.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Chipcounts:   Matthew Su - 83,200,000 Espen Jorstad - 83,200,000 Matija Dobric - 68,650,000 Aaran Duczak - 56,000,000 John Eames - 54,950,000 Adrian Attenborough - 50,800,000 Michael Duek - 49,775,000 Jeffrey Farnes - 35,350,000 Asher Conniff - 29,400,000 Philippe Souki - 13,500,000   Riess Loses Heads Up After Epic Battle for Bracelet   Ryan Riess fell just short of his second WSOP bracelet victory after Mike Allis claimed his debut win at the end of an epic three-hour battle for the gold. Three men returned to the felt for the final day of action in the event and Riess initially got off to the best start possible by busting Basel Chaura in third place for $250,157.   Chaura was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jd"], Riess calling the three-bet shove with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"]. The flop of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"] looked ideal for Riess, but the [poker card="Qc"] on the turn was anything but, flipping the script to put Chaura ahead. The [poker card="Jc"] river initially left both players wondering for a beat, but pretty quickly, they both realized that Chaura’s rivered two-pair had been overtaken by Riess’ backdoor flush, and the battle for gold was down to two men.   Heads up play took some time, with three hours required to find a winner. During that time, both men had the lead, but eventually, Riess called all-in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] and was right to do so, with the stacks shallow and only 12 big blinds represented by his 48 million chips to Allis’ 180 million. Allis had been bluffing with [poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] but Riess couldn’t get the double-up as the board ran out with an incredible rivered straight for Allis, coming [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"] to deny Riess the chance of a second gold bracelet and afford Allis that honor for the first time.   WSOP 2022 Event #71 One More for One Drop Final Table Results:   Mike Allis - $535,610 Ryan Riess - $331,056 Basel Chaura - $250,157 Mohammed Jaafar - $190,363 Leonardo De Souza - $145,892 Salah Nimer - $112,612 Andrew Robinson - $87,551 Rio Fujita - $68,562 Niklas Warlich - $54,085 Boris Akopov - $42,980   Pulusani Claims Comeback Victory for Second Bracelet   Sandepp Pulusani heralded a second bracelet win as he overcame a final table where he began as a short stack to win $277,949 and gold in front of friends and family at Bally’s on Wednesday night. With eight players coming back to the action, the play was fast in both Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em, with William Leffingwell busting first in PLO for $30,129 in eighth place.   Next to go was Vegard Andreassen, the Norwegian busting in seventh place for $39,114. One of the most experienced players at the table followed him from the felt as Noah Bronstein busted in sixth for $51,372 after shoving with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Tc"] in no limit hold’em, called by Vincent Lam with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] and overtaken on the board of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Qd"] to bust.   With five players left, Pulusani was climbing and scored a great pot in a three-way all-in, rivering the nut flush when all-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3h"] against Richard Kellett’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"] and Aden Salazar’s [poker card="7h"][poker card="7c"]. The board of [Jh[[poker card="Th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="Kh"] saw Kellett bust for $68,274 and Salazar take a huge hit to his stack.   Vincent Lam left in fourth place for $91,800, busting in PLO to Salazar as the overnight chip leader battled to re-establish his supremacy. Taking a big lead three-handed, Salazar couldn’t hold onto that chip advantage, however, as a topsy-turvy three-handed battle eventually left him on the rail for $124,864.   Heads-up saw Pulusani take on Esther Taylor, who had taken out Salazar to move to within one double of the lead. Taylor would slip behind before rallying further to survive with a double-up, but eventually, her time was up. All-in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"] against Pulusani’s [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"], Taylor would hit her queen on the board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Qh"], but it only gave Pulusani the straight and confirmed his second WSOP bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #77 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Final Table Results:   Sandeep Pulusani - $277,949 Esther Taylor - $171,787 Aden Salazar - $124,864 Vincent Lam - $91,800 Richard Kellett - $68,274 Noah Bronstein - $51,372 Vegard Andreassen - $39,114 William Leffingwell - $30,129   Allen Cunningham Chasing Sixth Bracelet From Short Stack   The $777-entry Lucky 7’s final day has been reached and the five-time WSOP bracelet winner Allen Cunningham is the only player left in the field who has previously won gold at the World Series. With nine players making the final day, Cunningham will have to do it the hard way if he wants to make it six wins, however, as he will start the last showdown with 13 big blinds and a dream.   Top of the chipcounts is Christopher Farmer, who bagged up 77.4 million chips, some way clear of Rodney Turvin (58 million), with everyone else from Kyle Miholich (31.7 million) and below having less than half of the chip leader’s massive stack. Cunningham has just over 13 million to play with so will need help early, but after seeing off the challenge of 276 other players on a frantic Day 2, will have no fear in playing for his sixth bracelet and a top prize of $777,777.   Players to bust on the day included Ismael Bojang (136th), Calvin Anderson (120th), Cherish Andrews (95th) and Martins Adeniya (49th), with the nine players who remain still at separate tables as the final day kicks off. All the chips are on one table, too, with both the top two stacks sitting next to each other and Cunningham not at that table, so expect an early scrap for chips to make the final table.   WSOP 2022 Event #75 $777 Lucky 7's NLHE Final Table Results:   Christopher Farmer - 77,400,000 Rodney Turvin - 58,000,000 Kyle Miholich - 31,700,000 Jed Stewart - 25,700,000 Braxton Moore - 20,800,000 Gregory Teboul - 19,700,000 James Hughes - 19,600,000 Allen Cunningham - 13,200,000 Paul De La Soujeole - 13,100,000   Aube Claims First Bracelet After House Wins Event #78, the $2,500-entry NLHE event was won by Canadian player Sebastian Aube, as he claimed the $499,636 top prize after an exciting, fast-paced final table. The day began with 22 players, but after some high-profile eliminations such as Kenny Hallaert (22nd), the final day chip leader David Miscikowski (13th) and Brien Lee in 10th place, nine players battled down to a winner with Aube leading the final table field.   Jonathan Zarin lost a big flip to bust in ninth place, his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kd"] losing to Brian Etheridge’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"] after a painful run-out of [s][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="Jh"] saw the latter hit Broadway in a runner-runner straight turn and river. Ran Koller left in eighth for $52,240 and he was followed from the felt by Solve for Why’s Matt Berkey, who cashed for $68,102 when his [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"] couldn’t hit against Aube’s [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Th"] as a ten on the river even gave the eventual winner a set.   After Berkey’s exit, the field raced to the business end of the event, with Julien Loire making the heads-up battle with a slight deficit of 20 million against Aube’s 27 million. Aube managed to seal the deal shortly after winning with a better kicker against the same two pair as Loire.   Around 4:1 up in chips, called from the big blind with [poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"]. On the flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"], Loire checked with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8d"] and so too did Aube. The [poker card="Tc"] turn saw a small bet from Aube called by his opponent, while the river [poker card="7d"] saw all the chips piled in, Loire hitting his straight but Aube catching a full house with the same card. Aube’s shove was called to his own doom by Loire and the latest bracelet of the 2022 WSOP was won.   WSOP 2022 Event #78 $2,500 NLHE Final Table Results: Sebastien Aube - $499,636 Julien Loire - $308,817 Brian Keith Etheridge - $222,762 Axel Hallay - $162,627 Leandro Vlastaris - $120,177 Santiago Plante - $89,905 Matt Berkey - $68,102 Ran Koller - $52,240 Jonathan Zarin - $40,588   Shack-Harris Leads Field of Stars in Razz Championship   Only 13 players remain in the $10,000-entry Razz Championship, with Brandon Shack-Harris leading a number of former bracelet winners in the hunt for more gold in tomorrow’s final day. With 1,152,000 chips, Shack-Harris is only a tiny amount clear of Brian Hastings, who will be going for what would be a seventh WSOP bracelet if he can take the tournament down.   It is one of the toughest, if not the toughest final days full of players in this year’s World Series, with Julien Martini (873,000), Max Pescatori (724,000), Chance Kornuth (707,000), Joao Vieira (677,000), Koray Aldemir (480,000) and David Benyamine (362,000) all hunting further bracelets in their glittering careers.   Other potential winners included first-timers such as Ziya Rahim (611,000) and Felipe Ramos (413,000) both looking to win their first bracelets.   WSOP 2022 Event #79 $10,000 Razz Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,152,000 Brian Hastings - 1,149,000 Julien Martini - 873,000 Yueqi Zhu - 749,000 Max Pescatori - 724,000 Chance Kornuth - 707,000 Joao Vieira - 677,000 Ziya Rahim - 611,000 Koray Aldemir - 480,000 Felipe Ramos - 413,000   Two Other Bracelets Events in Action   Two other WSOP events enjoyed busy Day 1s as a strong attendance record at this year’s series continued in Las Vegas. In Event #80, Jorge Briones bagged the biggest stack with over 2.5 million chips, marginally clear of John Dollinger on 2.13m behind him. No-one ended the first day of the $600-entry Mixed PLO/NLHE Event with over 2 million chips, but some strong names made 76 survivors from over 2,100 entries.   Those include but aren’t limited to the current Player of the Year leader Daniel Zack (1,295,000), Josue Aguiree (1,095,000), four-time bracelet winner Asi Moshe (880,000) and the former Poker Players Championship winner Phil Hui (280,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #80 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:   Jorge Briones - 2,585,000 John Dollinger - 2,135,000 Dror Ramaty - 1,965,000 Giuseppi Maggisano - 1,900,000 Justin Barnum - 1,815,000 Florian Ribouchon - 1,800,000 Nipun Java - 1,775,000 Jonathan Dimmig - 1,710,000 Jordan Russell - 1,580,000 Quentin Roussey - 1,380,000   In Event #81, the final event of the night to close saw Mark Davies bag the chip lead after a dominant display ended with his stack of 1,127,000 clear in the lead. Davies is some way clear of Yuki Kashihara (829,000) in the $5,000-entry Freezeout event, with Tony Bracy (704,000) the only other player above 700,000 chips. There were top 10 stacks for Kitty Kuo (580,000) and Terence Etim (524,000), with Cliff Josephy (419,000) and Anthony Spinella (412,000) both looking to add another bracelet to their collections.   Players to leave this event without any return on their investments on Day 1 included Ole Schemion, Kristen Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, Upeshka De Silva, Chris Da-Silva and Alex Foxen, with Calvin Anderson failing to make a Day 2 also for what seems like the first time this series!   WSOP 2022 Event #81 $5,000 Freezeout NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Mark Davies - 1,127,000 Yuki Kashihara - 829,000 Tony Bracy - 704,000 Johannes Straver - 670,000 Francois Pirault - 614,000 Kitty Kuo - 580,000 Terence Etim - 524,000 Tzu Yen - 510,000 James Romero - 500,000 Javier Carcirreynaldos - 491,000   It may be a slightly dramatic comparison, but Marle Spragg was complimentary – in a way – about players who literally go ‘onto the next one’ in the aftermath of WSOP defeat.   https://twitter.com/MarleSpragg/status/1547480027486232576   Aaron Mermelstein had to admit that a Tweet he posted earlier in the series was wrong.   https://twitter.com/aaronmermelpokr/status/1547469520024924161   Felipe Ramos had to physically wake up his opponent in the $10k Razz Championship... then wished he hadn’t.   https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1547392043315372032   Finally, whoever is in charge of the music at Bally’s... we can’t help but applaud the bravery of your choice of music!   https://twitter.com/RonnieBardah/status/1547314038773669888   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  21. Every poker player will be put to the test in a tournament eventually. Down to ‘15 bigs’, they’ll need to come up with the right answers. That’s the theme of our quick-fire Q & A feature, so this week, we ‘kicked off’ a chat with former professional soccer player and now pro poker player Steve Watts.   Will the former Leyton Orient striker find the back of the net or freeze with the goal in sight? We’re about to find out as he takes on the same questions we fired at both the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh and the 2013 WSOP Main Event world champion Ryan Riess.   You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV Show or Movie to watch on repeat, which is your pick?   I like Top Boy, I’m from Peckham and the estates and I know what’s going on. I’d usually watch Only Fools and Horses for the laughs, but I’ve watched it so many times.   [caption id="attachment_638733" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Top Boy centers around Dushane Hill, played by the flawless Ashley Walters in the Netflix series.[/caption]   If you were stranded on a desert island with one book for company, what would it be?   An autobiography of Connor McGregor, probably. I don’t read much. The last book I read was on London gangsters about Freddie Forman. What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever?   I love Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson but it would probably be Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross. A lot of funerals that I’ve gone to play it for their Dads. It played at my Dad’s funeral.   [caption id="attachment_638734" align="alignright" width="680"] Steve Watts is a sucker for a little bit of Luther Vandross.[/caption] What’s your favourite place to play poker and why?   I feel lucky in Marbella. I’ve only played two tournaments and reached the final table both times. It’s got a cool vibe and you can hang out at the beach. In terms of the tour, I’m a fan of Barcelona and Prague.   If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meal/drink? 
   I’d probably have a nice Chicken Madras, and a Stella Citrata to wash it down with. No coriander, I can’t have little leaves in my mouth. Keema Naan, a couple of Onion Bhajis, lovely. Where’s your favourite non-poker holiday destination?   I like Tenerife. I like walking up and down the promenade and it’s got such nice restaurants. I’ve been Dubai with Katie, but with the kids, Tenerife has a nice water park. 
 You can play poker every day for a year or play no poker for a whole 12 months - which do you choose?   I’d definitely rather not play for a year than play every day, that would knacker me out, I’d be too tired! 
 Who is the person you don’t have around anymore that you miss the most?
   I miss my brother and Dad, I can’t pick between them. Which person would you most like to meet but never have?   Mike Tyson. I’d say, ‘You want some?’ He used to be nutty and now he’s calmed down. But still got it in him, of course he has. When’s the last time life put you on tilt?   Life put me on tilt massively during COVID because it was so boring and I felt sorry for everyone missing out two years of their lives. You can’t play it yourself…so which family member do you trust with your $10k WSOP Main Event entry?   My Mum can actually play, so I’m sending her in. What’s your best poker skill?   Reading people live. And your biggest leak?   Impatience is probably the hardest thing for me, I’m not someone who’s meant to sit still. I’m sitting there getting fat!   [caption id="attachment_638735" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Steve Watts (left) in conversation with another British poker legend, Sam Trickett.[/caption] If you could make one rule change to poker, what would it be?   I’d bring back talking at the table. I like people having banter. They’ve stopped that at the 2022 World Series - I don’t know why. I used to find it funny when you could ask people questions or ask them what they had. That seems to all be gone which I feel is a shame because it takes a lot of fun out of the game. You have just ten seconds with the person of your dreams… what do you say?   It would obviously be my wife, Katie. “Love you, look after the kids, see you later. Have a nice day!”    
  22. It was moving day at the World Series of Poker, as the Main Event continued to roll on with Day 6 action bringing the field down to a scant few tables. Meanwhile, seven other bracelet events were on tap for players looking for one last chance to score a gold bracelet before the series comes to a close next week.   Field Shrinks to 35 During Main Event Day 6   It was already going to be hard to top the absolute roller coaster that was Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event, but a constant stream of dramatic action was in store for poker aficionados, albeit at the cost of many of the rising stars who had built a name for themselves in the previous few days. The 123 players that started play for Day 6 were reduced down to just 35, with Jeffrey Farnes (37,825,000) returning with a narrow chip lead over Brian Kim (33,875,000). The only other players over the 30 million chip barrier include Philippe Souki (32,475,000), Karim Rebei (31,475,000) and Espen Jorstad (31,175,000). Dan Smith was one of the first casualties of the day, first losing a flip with sevens to be reduced down to under four big blinds, then running ace-queen into ace-king to fall in 121st place. Smith shared a special moment that occurred after the elimination that may have helped soften the sting of his Main Event run coming to an end.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1546959115347324928?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ   Zilong Zhang was the talk of the tournament, both figuratively and literally, leading up to Day 6, but the fairy tale would come to a close a few days short of a Main Event Final Table berth. Zhang opened with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and flopped an open-ended straight draw on a [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="js"] flop, and called a check-raise from Cedrric Trevino to see the [poker card="6c"] fall on the turn. Trevino set Zhang in for his last 20 big blinds, and Zhang chose to call it off. Trevino held [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] for top pair and the flush draw, and a brick [poker card="kd"] river left the entertaining Zhang out the door in 117th.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1546983062528880641?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ     Two women managed to make it to Day 6, but only Efthymia Litsou will return for Day 7, as Shelby Wells couldn't continue her short stack magic and fell in 97th. The defending champ, Koray Aldemir, had the same problem, and couldn't get his nines to hold up against the ace-queen of Brian Kim to end a remarkable run in two straight Main Events, following up his victory with a 75th place performance. This leaves Damian Salas (5,800,000) as the only former WSOP Main Event champ left in the field.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1547037104764424193?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ     Trevino's Main Event run came to a shocking close shortly after. The "Poker Traveler" found himself all-in and at risk for just over 26 big blinds with kings against the jacks of Michael Duek on a [poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6c"] flop. The brutal [poker card="js"] fell on the turn, and no king fell on the river to leave a crestfallen Trevino out in 66th. Alejandro Lococo, who made an all-timer of a bluff in yesterday's Day 5, was one of the last players to fall as play concluded, as he got his last 7,050,000 in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"] of Farnes. There would be no drama on a clean board for Farnes, and Lococo has to settle for two deep runs of his own, finishing 39th this year after making it all the way to seventh place during last year's Main Event.   https://twitter.com/PapoMcArg/status/1547144476363108353?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ     WSOP Main Event Day 6 Top Ten Chip Counts   Jeffrey Farnes - 37,825,000 Brian Kim - 33,875,000 Philippe Souki - 32,475,000 Karim Rebei - 31,475,000 Espen Jorstad - 31,175,000 Matija Dobric - 29,550,000 Adrian Attenborough - 28,625,000 Andy Taylor - 23,900,000 Michael Duek - 22,575,000 John Eames - 22,450,000   Riess Looks to Beast Up Another Bracelet in One Drop   Only three players out of the forty-one that returned for Day 4 action in Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop managed to bag up for the final day of play, with Mike Allis bringing back a monster stack of 142,700,000, good for over ninety-five big blinds. Basel Chaura sits in third with a still comfortable stack of 38,600,000, but the most notable player left of the trio is 2013 WSOP Main Event Champ Ryan Riess, who holds 46,700,000 in chips in his quest for his second career WSOP gold bracelet. William Koenig (41st - $15,238) was the first to depart on the day, and he was joined on the rail by Lily Kiletto (39th - $15,238), Vinny Pahuja (33rd - $18,468), Barry Hutter (28th - $18,468), Joon Kim (20th - $22,554), and Christina Gollins (11th - $42,980) before the final table was reached. Boris Akopov and Niklas Warlich both had short stays at the final table, while Rio Fujita lost back-to-back hands to Mohammed Jaafar to fall in eighth. Short stacks Andrew Robinson, Salah Nimer and Leonardo De Souza all busted swiftly after that, and Jaafar would be the last elimination of the night, his [poker card="as"][poker card="5d"] unable to catch up to the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] of Allis to leave the final three to fight for the bracelet on Wednesday.   WSOP 2022 Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop Final Table Chip Counts/Payouts   Mike Allis - 142,700,000 Ryan Riess - 46,700,000 Basel Chaura - 38,600,000 Mohammed Jaafar - $190,363 Leonardo De Souza - $145,892 Salah Nimer - $112,612 Andrew Robinson - $87,551 Rio Fujita - $68,562 Niklas Warlich - $54,085 Boris Akopov - $42,980   Hong's a Natural; Ships Poker Hall of Fame Bounty   Two days were not enough for the final seven players in Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty, and despite no remaining bounties in the field, plenty of cash was at stake for the remaining field, which included two former WSOP bracelet winners. Jinho Hong, a former professional gamer from South Korea, managed to take his start of the day chip lead and turn it into $276,067 after a lightning-fast ninety minutes of play.   With just 130 big blinds left in play at the start, the first major confrontation saw two players hit the rail in the same hand; George Rotariu in seventh and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski in sixth, both at the hands of Hong. Pavel Spirins and WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Weinman would bust shortly after, each holding ace-nine as their final hand of the tournament. Jakob Miegel then ran tens into the kings of Punnat Punsri to bring play to heads-up, with both Hong and Punsri now sitting with healthy stacks and Punsri with a slight lead to begin. Hong was able to earn a double shortly after the second level of play began, with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] outkicking the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] of Punsri on a queen-high flop. All the money got in on a brick turn, and no king fell on the river to leave Punsri with crumbs. Punsri managed one double, but got his aces cracked by Hong's ace-four when the board ran out with four spades, and Hong's ace of spades netted him his first WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Results   Jinho Hong - $276,067 Punnat Punsri - $170,615 Jakob Miegel - $120,756 Daniel Weinman - $86,730 Pavel Spirins - $63,225 Yuri Dzivielevski - $46,791 George Rotariu - $35,164   Salazar in Command as 11 Remain in Mixed Hold'em/Omaha   A field of 151 hopefuls in Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha was whittled down to just 11 by the end of Day 2, and Aden Salazar sits well atop the counts, with his 9,140,000 in chips worth more than triple the average stack, and double his closest competitor in Noah Bronstein (4,200,000). Salazar's ascent to the top was boosted greatly by knocking out none other than Daniel Negreanu in 18th in a two million chip pot in Omaha, when Negreanu had his aces cracked by the top two pair of Salazar.   Notable players who fell short of the final day of play include Michael Wang, Dan Shak, Christian Harder, Connor Drinan, Scott Davies, and Nick Schwarmann.   WSOP 2022 Event #77: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Day 3 Chip Counts   Aden Salazar - 9,140,000 Noah Bronstein - 4,200,000 Vincent Lam - 3,810,000 Vegard Andreassen - 3,500,000 Daniel Chuprun - 2,040,000 Robert Topham - 1,805,000 Richard Kellett - 1,580,000 Esther Taylor - 1,385,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 1,210,000 William Leffingwell - 1,130,000 Jordan Kaplan - 1,000,000   Hastings and Negreanu Bag Heaps in Razz Championship   A total of 125 players hit the felt during Day 1 of Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship, all in hopes of making plenty of wheels on their way to securing a bag for Day 2. William Kakon heads into tomorrow's action with the chip lead over the remaining 59 players, but very close behind are a pair of six-time WSOP bracelet winners in Brian Hastings and Daniel Negreanu. In fact, a who's who of big names and bracelet winners litter the chip counts, including this year's winner of the $1,500 version of this event, Daniel Strelitz, and the defending champ Benny Glaser. Despite the slow pace of play on the opening day, a number of big names were unable to break through to Day 2, including Scott Seiver, Nick Guagenti, Chino Rheem, Maria Ho, Ben Lamb, and Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, who shared some of his misfortunes with his Twitter followers. Registration remains open through the start of play tomorrow, so the field may inch even further up before plays resumes.   https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1547056903590518784?s=20&t=lNCjh_tSi9JZ6Y5dc4hE0Q   WSOP 2022 Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship Top Ten Chip Counts   William Kakon - 308,000 Hal Rotholz - 299,000 Brian Hastings - 263,000 Kyle Dilschneider - 247,000 Daniel Negreanu - 240,000 Amir Nematinia - 228,500 Perry Friedman - 228,000 Adam Friedman - 214,000 David Bach - 210,500 Yueqi Zhu - 198,500   Berkey Cruising in Search of $2,500 NLHE Gold   A total of 257 players returned for Day 2 of Event #78: $2,500 No Limit Hold'em, with only 205 set to earn a payday. Just 22 will return for Day 3 action, with Solve for Why founder Matt Berkey holding a comfortable chip lead over the remaining field. A pair of WSOP bracelet winners in Ran Koller and James Gilbert also survived the day, as did Kenny Hallaert. After three players busted on the same hand to burst the bubble, the payout desk was inundated with big names claiming some cash, including Upeshka De Silva, Scott Seiver, Jack Sinclair and David Peters, as well as former WSOP Main Event champs Joe Cada and Martin Jacobson.   WSOP 2022 Event #78: $2,500 NLHE Top Ten Chip Counts   Matt Berkey - 5,430,000 Thomas MacDonaldd - 3,935,000 Sebastien Aube - 3,130,000 Axel Hallay - 3,100,000 Luke Martinelli - 2,955,000 Santiago Plante - 2,920,000 Ran Koller - 2,270,000 Julien Loire - 2,060,000 Alexander Farahi - 1,905,000 Nicholas Vayssieres - 1,745,000   Ye Leads Final Flight of Lucky Sevens   Another 4,017 players joined the fray in Event #75: $777 Lucky Sevens for the third and final Day 1 flight, bringing the total number of entrants to 6,903 over all three flights. Alon Messica leads the field with 3,050,000 chips, while James "mig.com" Mackey, Barry Greenstein, and Joe Serock all managed to survive the wild and frenetic action that the fast-paced structure of the Lucky Sevens tourney provides. Kathy Liebert managed to squeak into the money before running into kings, while Jake Schwartz and Dannah Kamp both also earned a payday before the final cards were dealt on Day 1. The three flights will combine for Day 2 action tomorrow, and the remaining field will play down to the final five tomorrow, all gunning for a top prize guaranteed to be $777,777.   WSOP 2022 Event #75: $777 Lucky Sevens Top Ten Chip Counts   Alon Messica - 3,050,000 Joseph Elpayaa - 2,875,000 Xinli Ye - 2,800,000 4Artem Metalidi - 2,680,000 Rodney Turvin - 2,600,000 Mike Takayama - 2,455,000 Michael Leanos - 2,070,000 Yita Choong - 2,060,000 Cherish Andrews - 2,000,000 Romans Voitovs - 1,985,000   Online Bracelet Event Sees Anderson Fall Just Short   More drama closed out the day in the Online Event which took place today, which was the 8-Max High Roller event and cost $3,200 to enter. There was another first-time winner who took the prize as French player Julien Perouse won the event for $324,767 after he outlasted the eight-handed final table that was full of American players other than himself.   This year’s $3,200-entry Online Event saw an even bigger prize pool than in 2021, with players such as Mike Watson (44th), Daniel Negreanu (34th) and Jeremy Ausmus (25th) all making the money without troubling the five-figure payouts. Others such as Patrick Leonard, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Upeshka De Silva all missed the money.   After Adam Hendrix and Corey Paggeot both lost in the same hand to Brian Altman, it was a surprise exit next as Altman himself hit the rail, running into Calvin Anderson’s pocket aces to depart. With five players left, John Riordan’s exit was followed by the last dance for Alex Greenblatt. Then, Gabriel Nastasa made a swift exit in third for $137,055.   Heads-up, Anderson was hoping to win a third title, but he was denied by the forceful French pro, whose victory was worth $324,767, a good chunk more than Anderson’s runner-prize of $202,627.   WSOP 2022 $3,200 Online Event Final Table Results:   Julian Perouse - $324,767 Calvin Anderson - $202,627 Gabriel Nastasa - $137,055 Alex Greenblatt - $97,820 John Riordan - $66,512 Brian Altman - $47,835 Corey Paggeot - $35,070 Adam Hendrix - $26,336   Scott Seiver gave props to newly minted bracelet winner Jinho Hong for his past prowess as a StarCraft legend and performer in reality TV show "The Genius":   https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1547080742902964224?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ   Is it time for the Winter Series of Poker? Patrick Leonard seems to think so; more poker is better, right?   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1547062338179649536?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ   The last woman standing in the Main Event tells Remko Rinkema that she's relaxed and ready to go for the final days of the Main Event:   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1547090947942387712?s=20&t=Z5S1FSaVvNJ0eVIWN2IDIQ Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  23. An incredible day of action in the World Series of Poker saw six other events battle for column space alongside an unreal day of drama in the Main Event. With Day 5 of the world’s biggest poker tournament in action, players such as Dan Smith, Zilong Zhang and Aaron Mermelstein produced moments of magic along the way.   Main Event Day 5 Slashes Field as Easy as 123   Play was superb at every table, and with stars being born and made out of the drama this WSOP, the Main Event is showing why there is no tournament in the world like it. The narrative of Days 1-4 in this event followed many different strands, but from Day 4 onwards, it has been the Zilong Zhang show. The inexperienced major tournament player has been a star on the stream and his unconventional, talkative style clashed on Day 5 with the elite pro poker player of Dan Smith on Day 5.   After the dust settled on the day’s play, just 123 players were in seats from 380 entries, with the chip leader a new player in James Hobbs on over 12.5 million. With closest rivals Efthymia Litsou (11,675,000) and Aaron Mermelstein (10,680,000) making the cut. The overnight chip leader Mermelstein won a late pot by cracking aces on his way to a late flurry that saw him rival the top of the leaderboard.   Elsewhere in the top 10, last year’s seventh-place finisher Alejandro Lococo ended the night on 10,020,000 courtesy of an outrageous six-bet shove with ace-jack, seen here on the action fro the outer tables.   https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1546753491296604160   With British pro Philippe Souki (9,425,000) also bagging up a big stack, last night’s overnight chip leader Taylor von Kriegenbergh was unable to survive, after slipping down the leaderboard almost from the off. Others to bust included alleged live event cheat Ali Imsirovic, as well as poker legends Brian Rast and John Juanda.   One clash that no-one saw coming was the battle between Zilong Zhang and Dan Smith. Smith, known as ‘Cowboy’ was short when the day began, starting on just 16 big blinds, but after getting right back into contention, he was on the feature table with Zhang, and last year’s WSOP Player of the Year winner Josh Arieh couldn’t help but sing his praises after he made a great call.   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1546764098020397056   Here’s the call in all its glory courtesy of PokerGO: https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1546774063195889664   Smith himself was modestly pleased to make the next day’s play, albeit with a shorter stack after running shorter near the end. Others to join him included Damian Salas (2.4 million) and Koray Aldemir, with the reigning champion sliding dangerously into Day 6 water with 3.8 million chips.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts:   James Hobbs - 12,505,000 Efthymia Litsou - 11,675,000 Aaron Mermelstein - 10,680,000 Alejandro Lococo - 10,020,000 Gerald Morrell - 9,775,000 Dingxiang Ong - 9,500,000 Jorge Jou - 9,500,000 Dingxiang Ong - 9,500,000 Philippe Souki - 9,425,000 Robert Minor - 9,160,000   Pei Li Claims Bounty PLO Bracelet After Comeback Win   Pei Li came into play as the only player to half over a quarter of Nolan King’s chips, but sealed victory after a dramatic final table ended with a heads-up duel between the pair for the ages. Going into the final nine, Bulgarian player Konstantin Angelov was the only former bracelet winner, but he fell in eighth place for $20,930 to miss out on a repeat victory.   When Emil Tuominen was taken out in fourth place by King, many thought he might go on to dominate the remainder of the event as he had the previous 24 hours, but Li roared back into contention to lead the heads-up 2:1 before finshing the job and getting his hands on the first bracelet of his career and $190,219 top prize.   WSOP 2022 Event #74 $1,500 Bounty PLO Final Table Results:   Pei Li - $190,219 Nolan King - $117,545 Raul Esquivel - $85,739 Emil Tuominen - $63,231 William Gross - $47,153 Eric Lescot - $35,561 Ryan Scully - $27,125 Konstantin Angelov - $20,930 Diogo Veiga - $16,339   One Drop Down to Final 41 Players   Legends are chasing glory in Event #71, otherwise known as the $1,111-entry One More for One Drop event, with Barry Hutter (14,075,000) the chip leader. Hutter has some incredible players in his wake, however, with Christina Gollins (14,000,000), Boris Akopov (12,600,000) and the 2013 WSOP Main Event world champion Ryan Riess (10,425,000) all in the top four.   Others such as Joon Kim (7,575,000), Aaron Gunn (5,100,000), Bryan Kim (4,225,000) and Vineet Pahuja (3,075,000) will all be hopeful of overtaking the leaders, but others were not so fortunate on the penultimate day of action. Joao Simao, Blair Hinkle, Anson Tsang and Andrew Moreno all crashed out on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #71 $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Barry Hutter - 14,075,000 Christina Gollins - 14,000,000 Boris Akopov - 12,600,000 Ryan Riess - 10,425,000 Niklas Warlich - 10,075,000 Andrew Dubuque - 9,575,000 Mathias Duarte - 8,650,000 Salah Nimer - 8,475,000 Ronnie Ballantyne - 7,800,000 Joon Kim - 7,575,000   Lucky 7’s Led by Selim Oulmekki   The $777-entry Lucky 7’s event saw 1,818 players whittled down to just 75 players after a dramatic Day 1b, with 273 players making the money. The chip leader is Selim Oulmekki (2,565,000) and the French player is followed in the counts by Kevin Oakes (2,125,000) and Armando Figueroa (2,085,000), with Carlos Villamarin (1,830,000) a little further behind.   Others to survive the day include Gary Armstrong (1,805,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin MacPhee (460,000) and Daniel Zack (655,000), while others such as Bill Klein, Ben Spragg and Lexi Gavin both all out on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #75 $777 Lucky 7's Day 1b Top 10 Chipcounts:   Selim Oulmekki - 2,565,000 Kevin Oakes - 2,125,000 Armando Figueroa - 2,085,000 Matthew Land - 2,010,000 Maxwell Young - 1,980,000 Brett Murray - 1,925,000 Tommy Kivela - 1,920,000 Carlos Villamarin - 1,830,000 Gary Armstrong - 1,805,000 Adam Adler - 1,800,000   Bounty Madness Reduces Hall of Fame Event to Final Seven   The $1,979-entry Hall of Fame Bounty event is down to the final seven players and it is Jonho Hong who has the chip lead with 7,785,000 chips. Racing towards the top prize of $276,067 in Hong’s slipstream are well-known player Punnat Punsri (6,280,000) and Daniel Weinman, who has a bit to make up with 2,975,000 chips.   Elsewhere at the final table, Jakob Miegel (2,825,000) and Brazilian pro Yuri Dzivielevski (2,700,000) will both be fighting to put themselves in a position to challenge the leaders and with the Brazilian player one of only two former bracelet winners – Weinman being the other – there is still a lot to play for on the final day.   Players to fall at the last fence included Ole Schemion, Barry Greenstein, David Lappin, Anatolii Zyrin, Barbara Enright and Davidi Kitai, with Greenstein and Enright giving big bounties to those who eliminated them.   WSOP 2022 Event #76 $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Chipcounts: Jinho Hong - 7,785,000 Punnat Punsri - 6,280,000 Dan Weinman - 2,975,000 Jakob Miegel - 2,825,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 2,700,000 George Rotariu - 1,905,000 Pavel Spirins - 1,430,000   Drinan Leads Mixed Game Event   Connor Drinan may be known as the only man to lose with aces against aces all-in pre in a million-dollar buy-in tournament, but he is chip leader of the 77th event of the 2022 WSOP too. Racing to an incredible stack of 1,200,000 chips, the impressive Drinan ended the day as the top dog and one of only two players to top a million chips, with Vincent Lam second on the leaderboard with 1,070,000.   Elsewhere in a top 10 full of talent, Zachary Grech was third in chips (906,000), with Lok Chan (391,000), Daniel Negreanu (325,000) and Sean Winter (300,000) all surviving the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #77 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:   Connor Drinan - 1,200,000 Vincent Lam - 1,070,000 Zachary Grech - 906,000 Carter Newhof - 782,000 Leonard Sande - 624,000 Vangelis Kaimakamis - 620,000 Millard Hale - 614,000 Aden Salazar - 606,000 Miltiadis Kyriakides - 569,000 Mohammad Affaneh - 555,000   Jones Keeping Up in Event #78   Finally, in Event #78, English player Ben Jones heads the remaining field of 257 players who survived Day 1 of the $2,500-entry NLHE event. A total of 1,364 players were whittled down to that number by the close of play, when players such as Scott Seiver, Dara O’Kearney, Chris Moneymaker, Alex Foxen, Niall Farrell, Michael Gathy, Jen Shahade, Adrian Mateos, Brandon Adams and Phil Hellmuth all failed to progress.   Chip leader after those Day 1 levels was Jones with a stack of 738,000, and he was followed into the counts by Ari Oxman (685,000), Leandro Vlastaris (586,000), Weiming Aaron Lim (518,000) and Bryn Kenney (484,000), with the controversial figure finishing the day in fifth.   WSOP 2022 Event #78 $2,500 NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Ben Jones - 738,000 Ari Oxman - 685,000 Leandro Vlastaris - 586,000 Weiming Aaron Lim - 518,000 Bryn Kenney - 484,000 Georgios Kapalas - 464,000 Axel Hallay - 464,000 Sergey Sergeev - 457,000 Virgile Turchi - 452,000 Emmett Rutkowski - 450,000   Justin Bonomo did the PIO hard yards for anyone interested in Lococo's logic in the ace-jack hand.   https://twitter.com/JustinBonomo/status/1546762371753947137   Finally, a row erupted on Twitter between Phil Hellmuth and Doug Polk. With both men disagreeing strongly with the other’s standpoint on the cryptocurrency side of financial investments, we won’t make any comment one way or the other on either CoinFlex or Bitcoin Latinum. We’d simply advise that you grab a bucket of popcorn, and if you fancy some extra special popcorn that nobody else has like our popcorn, just send us your details and invest in our popcorn with us.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1546673404865945602   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  24. A thrilling day of action across six live bracelet events and two WSOP Online tournaments saw three bracelets won, the Main Event reduced to less than 400 players and an entertaining Hall of Fame bounty event see some of the biggest names arrive to play with a target on their backs. The action was hot at Bally’s and Paris as the Las Vegas Strip was lit up by the poker stars assembling at the felt.   Big Names Lining Up for Main Event Glory   After a total of 1,299 players began the day in the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event, only 380 players survived a brutal day at the felt which saw players such as feuding poker pros Martin Zamani and Bryn Kenney were joined on the rail by four former world champions in Ryan Riess, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson, and John Cynn.   The chip leader at the close of play was Taylor von Kriegenbergh, who ended the day with 5,305,000 chips and the only stack above 5 million. He was followed in the chipcounts by Dan Colpoys (4,835,000), Johan Schumacher (4,600,000) and overnight leader Aaron Mermelstein (4,285,000) who had another excellent day at the felt.   Six former world champions started the day, but while the 2020 ‘Hybrid’ Main Event winner Damian Salas (2,355,000) and defending 2021 Main Event champion Koray Aldemir (1,285,000) both made the cut, players at the top end of the chipcounts included Yuliyan Kolev (3,500,000), Alex Keating (3,000,000) and PokerStars Ambassador and Alejandro Lococo (3,200,000), who finished seventh in last year’s Main Event and will be looking to last six more places this year.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Results:   Tyler von Kriegenbergh - 5,305,000 Dan Colpoys - 4,835,000 Johan Schumacher - 4,600,000 Aaron Mermelstein - 4,285,000 Victor Li - 4,200,000 Rafael Mota - 4,050,000 Carlos Leiva - 3,860,000 Shelby Wells - 3,840,000 Jorge Hou - 3,800,000 Dingxiang Ong - 3,630,000   Strelitz Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win Second Bracelet   Daniel Strelitz won his second bracelet by taking down Event #73, the $1,500-entry Razz event for a top prize of $115,723. Getting the better of Lynda Tran heads-up Strelitz confirmed that a game he’s focused on a lot recently is one he is fasting becoming a great in as he swept the field aside and claimed victory.   With eight players making the official final table, Andres Korn was the first player to depart that final as the Argentinian lost out to Mark Gerencher for a score of $10,611. Gerencher may have won that pot, but he was the next player to leave, busting in seventh place for $13,860. After a long time, the field was trimmed from six to five when Kijoon Park made hs exit.   Later in the final table, Frank Kassela busted in fourth for $34,996 before Calvin Anderson departed in third for $49,557, but not before holding the chip lead. That was grabbed by Strelitz, however, and he held on after a topsy-turvy heads-up match to claim his second WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $115,723.   WSOP 2022 Event #73 $1,500 Razz Final Table Results:   Daniel Strelitz - $115,723 Lynda Tran - $71,527 Calvin Anderson - $49,557 Frank Kassela - $34,996 Sergio Braga - $25,198 Kijoon Park - $18,506 Mark Gerencher - $13,869 Andres Korn - $10,611   Penultimate Day Reached in $1,111 One Drop Event   Chip leader Jorge Walker will be ahead of the field when he sits down to play the penultimate day of action in the $1,111-entry One More for One Drop event, with 3,665,000 chips to his name. There are a number of terrific players in the top 10 however, with Andrew Moreno (2,470,000), 2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess (2,110,000) and Joao Simao (2,075,000) all over two million chips as they bid to derail the leader.   Others to make it to the next day’s play where 319 will start in seats included Sejo Kasic (2,300,000), Michael Stephenson (2,160,000), WSOP bracelet winner David Williams (1,560,000), Lily Kiletto (1,900,000) and Christina Gollins (1,600,000) and the 2003 Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker (1,550,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #71 $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts:   Jorge Walker - 3,665,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,470,000 Benjamin Thomas - 2,345,000 Sejo Kasic - 2,300,000 Dragos Trofimov - 2,210,000 Michael Stephenson - 2,160,000 Ryan Riess - 2,110,000 Joao Simao - 2,075,000 Kfir Nahum - 2,070,000 Dylan Cechowski - 2,050,000   King Has Huge Lead in Bounty PLO Event   The unofficial final table of nine has been reached in the $1,500-entry Bounty PLO evetn, otherwise known as Event #74 on this year’s World Series schedule. While the final table isn’t officially set, everyone will be around the same felt on the final day and one player has a huge chip lead.   Nolan King (12,700,000) has a big chip lead in the event as he races towards the final day with more than double his nearest rival Pei Li (5,525,000) and four times the chips of anyone else. Short stack is the microscopic pile belonging to Diogo Veiga (540,000), while the only previous bracelet winner to make the final nine is Bulgarian player Konstantin Angelov (2,850,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #74 $1,500 Bounty PLO Final Day Chipcounts:   Nolan King - 12,700,000 Pei Li - 5,525,000 Konstantin Angelov - 2,850,000 Eemil Tuominen - 2,800,000 Ryan Scully - 2,700,000 Raul Esquivel - 2,370,000 William Gross - 2,350,000 Eric Lescot - 2,330,000 Diogo Veiga - 540,000   Anderson in Charge in Lucky 7’s Event   In any other field, a Day 1 where 1,056 players were reduced to 44 in a single day might be random carnage, but this is the World Series of Poker and legends know how to rise to the top. They also know that Day 1b takes place tomorrow. One such luminary is Calvin Anderson, who ended Day 1 of the $777 buy-in Lucky 7’s event with 2,280,000 chips good for the chip lead.   Anderson has some stellar company at the felt when he returns for the final day, with closest rivals Phong Than Nguyen (2,000,000) and Kevin O’Harra (1,845,000). Joined by stars such as Ben Yu (1,330,000), Jason Wheeler (640,000), Andrew Barber (580,000), and WSOP legend Allen Cunningham (160,000). Plenty more bust-out heavy action will dominate tomorrow before we have a combined field.   WSOP 2022 Event #75 $777 Lucky Sevens Top 10 Chipcounts:   Calvin Anderson - 2,280,000 Phong Than Nguyen - 2,000,000 Kevin O’Harra - 1,845,000 Mohammadreza Soltany - 1,580,000 Pieter Susebeek - 1,550,000 Kenny Lau - 1,535,000 Vladimir Vasilyev - 1,525,000 Matthias Habernig - 1,480,000 Ariel Albilia - 1,420,000 Joseph Crowley - 1,380,000   Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Event Draws the Stars   One of the most popular events on the WSOP schedule is Event #76, the $1,979-entry Poker Hall of Fame Bounty event, which sees Poker Hall of Fame members start with a bounty on their heads that is appropriate to the year they were inducted. This year’s inductee, Layne Flack, was heralded as the HoF’s newest member before the kick off as everyone paid their respects to the man who sadly passed in 2021.   This year’s event saw a total of 835 entries, and while 139 players made the next day, only 130 of them will get paid, meaning we are nine from the bubble with Day 2 starting tomorrow. Expect an early period of tension then, where the big stacks get bigger and the smaller stacks get nervous.   There will be no end of glee about that situation from the leaders, who are headed by Shaun Deeb, who totalled 574,000 chips by the close of the day’s action. He was followed in the chicpounts by Marsel Backa (510,000) and Kfir Litman (503,000), with other top 10 stacks belonging to the dangerous David Lappin (430,000) and dedicated Daniel Weinman (370,000).   Players to lose both the bounties on their heads and their stacks by the close of play included Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker and Johnny Chan but plenty of other stars survived, with Barry Greenstein (327,000), Perry Friedman (320,000), Anatolii Zyrin (290,000) and Ole Schemion (246,000) all making the cut.   WSOP 2022 Event #76 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Top 10 Chipcounts: Shaun Deeb - 574,000 Marsel Backa - 510,000 Kfir Litman - 503,000 Shane Rose - 483,000 Michael Brown - 467,000 Joseph DiPascale - 444,600 David Lappin - 430,000 Noah Bronstein - 417,000 Bradley Gelbwaks - 409,000 Daniel Weinman - 370,000   The 2021 WSOP Player of the Year winner Josh Arieh has accepted that his reign as champion is over.   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1546358200068231168   Chris Moneymaker decided to take a break from WSOP Main Event action. He’ll pop back in 12 months.   https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1546214357293359106   Bracelet winner Patrick Leonard was a little frustrated at having the clock called on him.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1546324493525610496   Phil Hellmuth caught up with another Poker Hall of Famer as Huck Seed made a rare appearance on camera.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1546276450034012161   The Halll of Fame Bounty players took a line-up photograph for the ages, via our friends PokerNews.   https://twitter.com/PokerNews/status/1546307035070771200   Finally, Dan Smith is the hero we all need right now. Perhaps never more so than in this day and age of poker.   https://twitter.com/Angelajordison/status/1546345635304968193   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  25. The money bubble of the WSOP Main Event is always a thriller and on Saturday night, it was no different. With Bally’s packed to the walls, the remaining 1,300 players all made the money in the Main Event and there are some incredible stories emerging from the rubble of a brutal day at the felt.   With four other events in action, there was a first-time bracelet winner crowned in Event #72, a final table was reached in the Razz Event #73 and the $1,111-entry One More for One Drop event finally reached Day 2 of its tournament.   WSOP Main Event Goes into the Money on Day 3 With just 1,300 players remaining, the World Series of Poker Main Event saw players go into the money places and earn a profit on their $10,000 entry on a pulsating day of action. Over 3,000 players began the battle to survive the bubble and after a day of drama, plenty of well-known pros ended the day outside the money places.   Players including Nick Maimone, Ken Aldridge, Sergio Aido, Ryan Feldman, Gregg Merkow, Daniel Smiljkovic, Scotty Nguyen, Tamon Nakamura, Kevin Gerhart, Katie Swift, Ben Spragg all busted outside the money places as the bubble loomed and with it the drama of waiting to discover who would play three days of intense poker for nothing and who would go a few minutes further and take home $15,000.   Others, however, were more than clear of the bubble places by the time play closed down upon it bursting. Aaron Mermelstein has the chip lead with an astonishing 2,059,000 chips, with Nick Howard – vocal in his criticism of Bryn Kenney participating in this event – bagging 1,850,000 chips. In third on the leaderboard is Israel’s Gabi Livshitz (1,835,000), while Michael Rocco sneaks into the top 10 on 1,540,000 chips.   Some very dangerous players lurk in the top half of the remaining 1,299-player field, with another controversial poker figure, Martin Zamani, coming in 11th place with 1,483,000, as he is followed by others such as his former friend Bryn Kenney (230,000) and the pilloried Ali Imsirovic (960,000). It goes without saying that clashes over whether some players should even have a bag at all have raged on social media.   Other stars of the felt gather in the shadows behind the leaders, with Michael Moncek (1,244,000), Ryan Torgersen (1,134,000), Mitchell Halverson (1,044,000), Chris Dasilva (906,000) and Toby Lewis (790,000) all well-placed in the top 100.   Six former Main Event winners made Day 4, with the 2021 world champion Koray Aldemir highest in their number of 537,000. The 2003 winner and man behind the ‘Moneymaker Effect’, Chris Moneymaker, has 470,000 to play with. Other former winners to make the next day’s play include 2020 Hybrid Main Event winner Damian Salas (396,000), the 2018 winner John Cynn (310,000), 2013 winner Ryan Riess (243,000) and 2012 winner Greg Merson (168,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts:   Aaron Mermelstein - 2,059,000 Nick Howard - 1,850,000 Gabi Livshitz - 1,835,000 Moshe Refaelowitz - 1,700,000 Brandon Lulov - 1,679,000 Jake Abdalla - 1,615,000 Thi Xoa Nguyen - 1,600,000 Ian Armstrong - 1,600,000 Jordyn Miller - 1,590,000 Michael Rocco - 1,540,000   Kassouf, Baker and Wheeler All Survive in One Drop   There was drama from the first card to the last deal in Event #71 as Day 1c packed Paris and Bally’s with players from all four corners of the globe. At the close of play, Argentinian player Mauricio Parodi (521,000) grabbed the chip lead, with Rami Owera (356,500) and Charles Thomas (347,500) both making the top 10 in fine form.   Elsewhere, other big names to survive the final Day 1 flight saw William Kassouf (221,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (156,000) and Jason Wheeler (58,500) all make the Day 2 cut, with players who busted included Martin Kabrhel and Vanessa Kade.   WSOP 2022 Event #71 $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts:   Mauricio Parodi - 521,000 Rami Owera - 356,500 Charles Thomas - 347,500 Catherine Valdes - 341,000 Roman Ilin - 334,000 Ernest Smith - 298,500 Jae Wook Shin - 285,000 Gurpreet Lubara - 279,000 Lee Kyung Min - 273,500 Ronan Nally - 261,000   Bradley Anderson Wins Mixed Omaha Bracelet Event for $195k   Bradley Anderson closed out victory in the only bracelet event of the day to award gold. He saw off the challenges of the two men at the top of the leaderboard for the past 24 hours, with Mark Erickson and Barny Boatman both making the final table but unable to claim the bracelet.   Mixed game specialist Adam Friedman was unable to add to his haul of bracelets as he made the final table but slid out in ninth place to bust the event for just over $16k. Scott Abrams was the man who made the heads-up battle, with his second-place finish worth $120,881 as he and Boatman were both short for the three-handed battle.   Boatman’s elimination meant there would be no repeat winner to claim a bracelet and Abrams, super-short when the heads-up match began, couldn’t see it out to recover a little but eventually lose to Anderson.   WSOP 2022 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table Results:   Bradley Anderson - $195,565 Scott Abrams - $120,881 Barny Boatman - $83,050 Peter Neff - $58,089 Men Nguyen - $41,377 Mark Erickson - $30,026 Jarod Minghini - $22,205 Shawn Carter - $16,740 Adam Friedman - $16,740   Strelitz Leads Charge to Final in Razz Daniel Strelitz will never get a better opportunity to win his second WSOP bracelet as he lead a stacked field in the final nine of the $1,500-entry Razz Event #73. He has a huge lead, holding 2,215,000 chips to Kijoon Park’s closest stack of 1,740,000, with Frank Kassela (1,630,000) and Calvin Anderson (1,360,000) completing the top four. The only other former bracelet winner still involved is Andres Korn from Argentina and he has 575,000 chips with which to battle. While he needs a bit of help, players such as the super-short Timothy Dalessandro (215,000) and Phuong Tran (180,000) need something of a miracle.   WSOP 2022 Event #73 $1,500 Razz Final Table Chipcounts:   Daniel Strelitz - 2,215,000 Kijoon Park - 1,740,000 Frank Kassela - 1,630,000 Calvin Anderson - 1,360,000 Sergio Braga - 1,150,000 Andres Korn - 575,000 Mark Gerencher - 510,000 Timothy Dalessandro - 215,000 Phuong Tran - 180,000   Kamel Over the Hump in Mixed Omaha Event   It didn’t take long for the final event of the day, the $1,500-entry Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Event #74, to complete with 124 players surviving from 1,390 entrants. It was British restauranteur and former poker pro Tamer Kamel who grabbed the chip lead with 1,064,000 chips being his stack on the day, with Canadian player Amir Amini (930,000) closest to the leader. Michael Thomas (760,000) and Alex Livingston (615,000) complete the top four.   Other superstars to bag chips include 2022 WSOP bracelet winner Patrick Leonard (380,000), with Poker Hall of Famers Daniel Negreanu (60,000) and Phil Hellmuth (54,000) both still in with a shout. So too is the 2022 HoF nominee and 2021 WSOP Player of the year Josh Arieh (45,000), whose record at spinning up a deep run from a short stack at the end of Day 1s in 2022 has been nothing short of sensational.   WSOP 2022 Event #74 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table Results:   Tamer Kamel - 1,064,000 Amir Amini - 930,000 Michael Thomas - 760,000 Alex Livingston - 615,000 Anderson Ireland - 570,000 Ryan Scully - 495,000 Evan Avery - 485,000 Johann Ibanez Diaz - 400,000 Patrick Leonard - 380,000 Bradd Fisher - 360,000   The Main Event bubble is an electric atmosphere at the worst of times, but one improvement a Mizrachi brother identified was to do with clocks.   https://twitter.com/PokerRob24/status/1546013030336450561   Ben Spragg couldn’t believe that an age-old ruling skittled his chances of success in the big one.   https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1545874630165942272   Patrick Leonard may not be involved in the Main Event any more this year, but he has some very cool tablemates in the latest WSOP to take place.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1545986764728197120   If you’re broadcasting the Main, can you swap or buy a piece of those involved? Not if you want to avoid sweating on camera, you can’t!   https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1545864906557177856   Finally, Dan Smith believes he may have identified a player masquerading under a pseudonym. Seems quite good at the game, though.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1545844835344474112   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  26. Day 2d of the biggest poker tournament in the world has concluded and with registrations closing for this year’s WSOP Main Event, the numbers game everyone loves to play saw a final total of 8,663 players registered. That means the 2006 record of 8,773 still stands as the biggest attendance in Main Event history. Elsewhere, three other events took place in Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No Limit Hold’em and Razz as players across both Bally’s and Paris casinos battled for the bracelets.   Main Event Just Misses Record   Day 2d of the WSOP Main Event saw an incredible number of players descend on both Vegas WSOP cardrooms as Bally’s and Paris were packed to the walls with players hoping to seal a place in the Day 3 seat draw. When the dust settled, one of the biggest stacks in the room belonged to one Bryn Kenney, with the Long Islander bagging up 665,000 chips.   That fell some way short of the chip leader in the room, however, with that man being Muhammad Abdel-Rahim who ended play with 936,500 chips. With a prize pool of over $80 million now on offer, with a confirmed top prize of $10 million, just 1300 players will cash and with over 3,000 making Day 3, there is still a long way to go in this marathon event.   Abdel-Rahim has already won over half a million dollars in his poker career, but one man he clashed with six years ago may well end up being a great bet for a deep run, as David Peters was the man who outlasted Abdel-Rahim to win his first bracelet in 2016. Peters lurks dangerously with 552,500 chips, good for 11th in chips by the close of the action.   The 2021 Main Event winner Koray Aldemir also made it through the day, albeit with a slightly lower stack of 255,000 chips, but that still equates to over 100 big blinds and the reigning champion will feel encouraged after a day’s play included a stint on the feature ‘TV’ table. Other big names to stack up above average chips included 2022 bracelet winner Massoud Eskandari (475,000), John Juanda (374,500), Chino Rheem (366,000), Adrian Mateos (339,500), and the 2003 winner Chris Moneymaker (297,500).   [caption id="attachment_638675" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Dan 'Jungleman' Cates couldn't survive Day 2d of the WSOP Main Event, despite bringing the spirit of the dragon.[/caption] While many superstars bagged up chips, others were not so fortunate, with the former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Johnny Chan both making exits on the day. Also bidding the field a fond farewell outside the money places were triple WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk, 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, four-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Livingston, David Tuchman, Dietrich Fast and Vanessa Kade among others.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Day 2d Top 10 Chipcounts:   Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 936,500 Marsel Backa - 738,000 Ryan Torgersen - 738,000 Bryn Kenney - 665,000 Jared Hyman - 661,500 Mathieu His - 646,000 Shota Nakanishi - 643,000 Michael Huynh - 640,500 Florian Guimond - 595,000 Carlos Leiva - 566,500   Day 1b of One More for One Drop Sees 500 Survive   Day 1b of the $1,111 buy-in One More for One Drop event saw a mammoth penultimate day’s field of 1,471 play down to just under 500 players on a dramatic day at the felt. It was Portuguese player Andre Cohen (456,000) who ended the night in the lead, but he will have close company on the leaderboard when play resumes on Day 2 on Sunday (after Saturday’s final Day 1 flight, Day 1c) as Dylan Cechowski (426,500) and Damian Kucharski (416,500) loom in his rear-view mirror.   With other big names such as Lilly Kiletto (290,000), Joao Simao (227,500), David Lappin (177,000), Christina Gollins (129,000), David Pham (119,500), Jason Wheeler (105,000), Michael Mizrachi (100,000) all present and correct, Day 2 is already looking like an extremely fun one to look forward to, with a variety of polished professionals, mixed game masters and No Limit ninjas ready to arm up and go to war.   Players who failed to make the end of the day with chips in the game included Czech double WSOP bracelet winner Martin Kabrhel, Andrew Mackenzie and Dominic Ricciardi.   WSOP 2022 Event #71 $1,111 One More for One Drop Day 1b Top 10 Chipcounts: Andre Cohen - 456,000 Dylan Cechowski - 426,500 Damian Kucharski - 416,500 Don Mullis - 350,000 Rupom Pal - 320,000 Eric Fields - 313,000 Alexander Gambino - 304,500 Sye Hickey - 292,000 Adam Walton - 287,000 Lily Kiletto - 280,000   Boatman and Erickson Pushing in Mixed Omaha Event There was a case of a deadly duo in Event #72, as the Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event saw just 23 players survive from 223 Day 2 starters. Of those survivors, the two most impressive stacks came from players who had wildly different days at the felt, but both ended up streets ahead of the competition.   Mark Erickson (2,580,000) bagged the chip lead after one huge hand doubled him into the lead with virtually the final hand of the day, and certainly the most meaningful in terms of the event’s narrative. The American is just a three-bet ahead of British WSOP star Barny Boatman. The Hendon Mob co-founder totalled 2,480,000 after a day where he relentlessly chipped up, cutting a swathe through the field and helping reduce its numbers along the way.   Boatman, going for what would be a hat-trick of gold trinkets in his glittering career, will be confident of finishing the job tomorrow, having played mixed games in both cash and tournament format for years. He is humble enough to respect all of his opponents though, and many of them command that respect due to huge results.   Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen may be some way back on 1,630,000 chips, but ended the night third on the leaderboard and he is joined by Adam Friedman (1,190,000) and Scott Abrams (890,000) in a high-quality top 10. With other bracelet winners Mel Judah (815,000) and Rami Boukai (385,000) also still in contention, it really could be anyone’s bracelet on the third and final day of the event.   Players such as overnight chip leader Kate Krickl (95th for $2,639), two-time WSOP event winner Brandon Shack-Harris (72nd for $3,016), three-time bracelet winner and WPT champion Chance Kornuth (45th for $4,113), and the amazingly named double WSOP winner Nathan Gamble (38th for $4,713) all came close to the final day without making the final day cut.   WSOP 2022 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Top 10 Chipcounts:   Mark Erickson - 2,580,000 Barny Boatman - 2,480,000 Men Nguyen - 1,630,000 Stanley Krimerman - 1,620,000 William Slaght - 1,565,000 Jarod Minghini - 1,515,000 Adam Friedman - 1,190,000 Scott Abrams - 890,000 Anthony Nguyen - 855,000 Mel Judah - 815,000   Calvin Anderson Leading Razz Race   Former Razz Championship WSOP bracelet winner Calvin Anderson leads the way in Event #73, the $1,500-entry Razz event, with 336,000 chips at the close of Day 1. With Nicolas Milgrom (283,500) and Vincent Griboski (223,000) his nearest challengers, there are also top 10 spots for Andres Korn (196,000), Daniel Strelitz (177,000) and Yuri Dzivielevski (160,000).   Others to survive included Ismael Bojang (150,000), Frank Kassela (119,000) and Patrick Leonard (82,000), with stars such as Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hellmuth, and the current WSOP Player of the Year leader Daniel Zack all failing to make the Day 2 seat draw.   WSOP 2022 Event #73 $1,500 Razz Top 10 Chipcounts: Calvin Anderson - 336,000 Nicolas Milgrom - 283,500 Vincent Griboski - 223,000 Daniel Tafur - 202,500 Andres Korn - 196,000 Ismael Bojang - 192,500 Arthur Morris - 179,000 Daniel Strelitz - 177,000 Matt Savage - 175,000 Loren Adam - 174,000   The action in the WSOP Main Event is crazy, but this really takes the prize. Ever found your hole cards... in your wallet?   https://twitter.com/UncleRonAA/status/1545584209674137601   After yesterday’s Main Event entrance for Phil Hellmuth went full dark side, an item on sale in Bally’s caught bracelet winner Stoyan Madanzhiev’s eye.   https://twitter.com/Stoyan_Mad/status/1545588974600695808   PokerGO presenter and award-winning broadcaster Jeff Platt raised the point that a big stack in the Main Event wasn’t exactly looking that big.   https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1545622457540755458   Matt Glantz didn’t believe that Scotty Nguyen was doing anything other than cheating by pocketing his Main Event stack on Day 2d.   https://twitter.com/MattGlantz/status/1545532763071082502   And finally, if there’s a player to follow at the Main Event, it’s often Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy. He’s seen it all.... mostly this year!   https://twitter.com/JohnnyBaxPoker/status/1545649279498272768   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  27. From the hopeful amateur to the World Series of Poker Main Event winner, every tournament poker player knows what it’s like to grind a short stack. Down to 15 big blinds, whoever they are will be looking to bounce back into the game and today’s 15 Bigs participant is no different. In fact, he's come back from a short stack to win the biggest prize of all.   Our latest subject also fits into the category of being a former world champion, with 2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess today’s star facing 15 tricky questions. Can the Michigan pro outrun us, or will we be called ‘The Beast’? You decide. You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV Show or Movie to watch on repeat, which is your pick?   Chopped.   We’re fans of good food, but this may be too high-brow even for us. Riess the Beast is clearly a gourmet. [caption id="attachment_638670" align="alignleft" width="332"] Riess would like to read the late Mike Sexton's autobiography.[/caption] If you were stranded on a desert island with one book for company, what would it be?   I’m not a big book reader so I’ll go with a book I own but haven’t read yet from the late great Mike Sexton, the 2016 autobiography Life’s a Gamble. What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever? [caption id="attachment_638669" align="alignright" width="350"] The 2013 WSOP world champion loves nothing more than to 'lose himself' in Eminem's music.[/caption] Lose Yourself by Eminem. What’s your favourite place to play poker and why?   Wherever the World Series of Poker is. There is nothing better.     Ryan is clearly advocating that, having survived Day 2abc with a massive 275,000 chips. Could he win it again? Take a look at our WSOP Main Event Day 2abc recap.   If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meal and drink? 
   Yellow curry with chicken, potatoes and rice and a Captain and Coke. Where’s your favourite non-poker holiday destination?   I don’t take many non-poker vacations, but I’ll go with Amsterdam. [caption id="attachment_638668" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Riess would love a non-poker vacation to Amsterdam.[/caption]   You can play poker every day for a year or play no poker for a whole 12 months - which do you choose? I love poker but I’ll take the year off to spend extra time with the family! Who is the person you don’t have around anymore that you miss the most?
 My grandparents. Which person would you most like to meet but never have? [caption id="attachment_638667" align="aligncenter" width="794"] Riess has never met basketball and movie legend Michael Jordan. Surely someone can setup an assist?[/caption] Michael Jordan. When’s the last time life put you on tilt? Can’t remember to be honest. I don’t really go on tilt. If you couldn’t play the WSOP Main Event next year, which family member would you put into the action in your place? I’ll go with my brother, Bob. Bob the Beast? We're backing him to make it a family double with the potential for a viral nickname like that!   What’s your best poker skill?   Very good instincts.   And your biggest leak? I don’t always trust those instincts. If you could make one rule change to poker, what would it be? Abolish 10-handed poker. You have just ten seconds with the person of your dreams… what do you say?   That’s my wife. I would just tell her I love her.   His nickname might be ‘the Beast’, but clearly underneath that ruthless five-betting exterior beats the heart of a family man and a romantic at heart.   Could we yet see Ryan Riess back under the lights at the WSOP Main Event final table? Of all the modern players who might win it twice, he could be a great bet.   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  28. Day 2abc of the WSOP Main Event saw a packed Bally’s and Paris casinos play down to Day 3 in style as past champions, new hopefuls and... Darth Vader - sort of - participated in this year’s WSOP Main Event Day 2. With players able to enter with a reduced stack, we saw the grand entrance of Phil Hellmuth, a quick bust-out for the PokerBrat and plenty more besides. In two other events, play got underway in a big-value One Drop event and a Mixed Omaha event that saw another big field in this year’s WSOP.   Main Event Drama as Hellmuth Lasts One Hour, Two Former Winners Survive The first Day 2 flight of this year’s WSOP Main Event took place as Phil Hellmuth made his grand entrance and three Day 1 flights combined into the first of two Day 2s. With registration open until the end of the first two levels, some chose this day to make their entrance, and none did it more dramatically than Phil Hellmuth. Walking into the cardroom with the sound of John Williams’ Imperial March theme from Star Wars ringing in his ears, Hellmuth sat down to a chorus of cheers and boos, playing the pantomime baddie to perfection. Sadly for fans of the Poker Brat, Hellmuth wouldn’t win a single hand and was busto just 60 minutes later.   While Hellmuth struggled to find the force, plenty of others thrived, including two former WSOP Main Event winners in Ryan Riess and Joe McKeehen. Riess, the 2013 champion, won the Main the first time he stepped inside the walls of the Rio, and he will attempt to do the same this year at Bally’s, and in doing so become the first man to win two Main Events in the modern era. Collecting 275,000 chips, he finished with a deal more than the 2015 world champion McKeehen, who piled up 118,000 by the close of play.   Chip leader at the end of Day 2abc was Gavin Munroe, who ended up with 1,067,500 chips after going on a great late run. He was followed in the chipcounts by Karim Rebei who finished with 932,000 chips, with Nick Howard (810,000) a little further behind. With other big names such as Jason DeWitt (529,000), Jeremy Wien (497,500) and Tag Team co-winner Espen Jorstad (463,500) all in the top 40, it promises to be quite a Day 3 on the cards.   Phil Hellmuth may have busted but he was not the only one, with Bertrand Grospellier, Clayton Maguire, Shawn Daniels, Kenny Hsiung, Chris Brammer, James Canderaro and Daniel Alaei all on the rail before the close of play.   WSOP 2022 Event #70 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts:   Gavin Munroe - 1,061,500 Karim Rebei - 932,000 Nick Howard - 810,500 Ariya Iwato - 755,500 Steven Stolzenfeld - 708,500 Ayaz Mahmood - 618,000 Franco Gasparini - 584,000 Sergio Castelluccio - 570,500 Aliaksandr Shylko - 558,500 Richard Lee - 555,500   Liu Leads One Drop Event After Packed Day 1a   After a long opening day at the felt, Day 1a of the $1,111-entry One More One Drop event saw 841 entries, with 253 survivors making Day 2. Renmei Liu was the chip leader at the close of play with 445,500 chips, but he was closely followed by players such as Justin Lee (357,000), Rommel Berges (350,000), Justin Fawcett (348,500), Niko Koop (329,000) and Mateusz Moolhuizen (257,000).   Other big names to end the day with chips included Brian Green (159,000), Matt Berkey (101,500), Brett Shaffer (90,500) and Cherish Andrews (64,500), with plenty more entries guaranteed over the next few days. Last year’s event saw 3,797 entrants topped by Scott Ball on his way to becoming the NLHE Player of the Year for an extra $25,000.   WSOP 2022 Event #71 $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Renmei Liu - 445,500 Justin Fawcett - 438,500 Justin Lee - 357,000 Rommel Berges - 350,000 Aaron Earthman - 347,500 Adam Weinraub - 344,000 David Childs - 339,000 Garith Rodgers - 334,000 Niko Koop - 329,000 Michael Thach - 328,500   Krickl the Leader in Mixed Omaha Bracelet Event   Kate Krickl (280,500) leads the field in Event #72, the $1,500-entry Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, with 771 players taking part in the only Day 1 of this mixed game event. At the close of play, Krickl was followed by Mark Erickson (262,000) and David Prociak (244,000), as 223 players saw their names go into the metaphorical hat for the Day 2 seat draw.   With other big names such as Chance Kornuth (207,500), Dylan Weisman (186,500), Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen (147,500), Scott Clements (142,000) and Barny Boatman (135,500) all progressing, Day 2 should be a doozy as players battle it out to get closer to the $195,565 top prize and that priceless gold WSOP bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Top 10 Chipcounts:   Kate Krickl - 280,500 Mark Erickson - 262,000 David Prociak - 244,000 Giuseppe Liantonio - 243,000 James Chen - 223,500 Lisa Ahumada - 220,500 Michael Hernke - 219,500 Rob Hollink - 219,000 Andres Korn - 208,000 Chance Kornuth - 207,500   Jason Mercier may not be playing the WSOP Main Event but his wife Natasha is, and with her husband’s blessing, too. Gotta love the Merciers.   https://twitter.com/JasonMercier/status/1545215330733146113   It would appear Barstool Nate has some plans for next year’s World Series of Poker. Big plans.   https://twitter.com/BarstoolNate/status/1545199776349577216   You’ve heard of the Mystery Bounty at the WSOP. So what about the Misery Bounty? We’re here for it, that’s what.   https://twitter.com/random_chu/status/1545117997638897664   It was certainly a miserable hour at the felt for Phil Hellmuth as the Poker Brat busted the Main Event inside 60 minutes without winning a hand!   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1545136990462496768   Patrick Leonard followed up on his own advice for the WSOP Main Event... by busting with a premium hand.   https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1544934812296679424   Finally, Matt Glantz shared a pretty heartwarming tribute to a famous friend of his in the poker world as he told the world that winning $1 million wasn’t the luckiest day of his life.   https://twitter.com/MattGlantz/status/1545174503029817345   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  29. Every tournament poker player knows the feeling. Dropping down to 15 big blinds, they will need to power their way back into contention in order to shoot for the top prize. One man who knows all about doing this is the 2021 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Josh Arieh.   Having banked over $1.2 million in the 2022 WSOP already, Arieh took time out from the World Series felt to answer our devilish questions, the ’15 Bigs’ in an attempt to spin up his stack.   Does ‘Golfer Josh’ double or bust? Is he hitting the traps or finding the fairway? He’s all-in and at-risk...   You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV Show or Movie to watch on repeat, which is your pick? The Office - the American version. It was what I saw first, so naturally, I like it better.   If you were stranded on a desert island with one book for company, what would it be?   I don’t read.   What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever? [caption id="attachment_638652" align="alignright" width="1244"] The iconic 12" single version of How Soon is Now? by the Smiths. Arieh could enjoy it on repeat.[/caption] The Smiths – How Soon is Now?   What’s your favourite place to play poker and why?   The World Series of Poker. I want to compete against the world’s best - this is where that happens.   If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meal and drink?
   Nobu and an ice-cold bottle of Diet Coke. [caption id="attachment_638653" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Nobu food and a Diet Coke - that'll do Golfer Josh for a final meal.[/caption] Where’s your favourite non-poker holiday destination?   The Bahamas. I love the crystal-clear water.   You can play poker every day for a year or play no poker for a whole 12 months - which do you choose?   No poker for a year.   Who is the person you don’t have around anymore that you miss the most?
   [My] Gramma.   Which person would you most like to meet but never have? [caption id="attachment_638651" align="alignright" width="317"] Tiger Woods, a legend of the world of golf, but someone 'Golfer Josh' has never met.[/caption] Tiger Woods.   When’s the last time life put you on tilt?   Two mornings ago when trying to get my car from ARIA valet and it took so long I just decided to walk to the World Series instead.   If you couldn’t play the WSOP Main Event next year, which family member would you put into the action in your place?   Oh my gosh. Can I buy out for $9,800? Every family member is drawing dead!   What’s your best poker skill?   I’m honest with myself. I know when I’m at my best and know when I’m completely dusting money off.   And your biggest leak?   I get into a funk that I just don’t give a **** sometimes.   If you could make one rule change to poker, what would it be?   I don’t want a rule change. I just want the rules to be evenly and fairly enforced! Phil Hellmuth (below) continues to be a little bitch and treats people the way he wants and continues to get away with it.   [caption id="attachment_638479" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Phil Hellmuth might be the greatest ever at the WSOP, but Arieh thinks he is given preferential treatment.[/caption]   Ironically, Phil Hellmuth has met Tiger Woods pretty often. Do we sense a change of heart if Big Phil can hook up ‘Golfer Josh’ with his golf hero? You have just ten seconds with the person of your dreams… what do you say?   If I only have 10 seconds with person of my dreams - my girlfriend - there won’t be much talking!   A man of few words he may be, but Arieh has proved he is the man of action at the World Series of Poker. By winning last year’s WSOP Player of the Year award and cashing for over $1.2 million in the 2022 WSOP, all eyes will be on him in the remaining events as he battles to retain his POY crown.    
  30. The thirty-seventh day of the World Series of Poker saw incredible action on the felt, with the $10,000 Main Event's largest flight kicking off and the $1,000 Million Dollar bounty coming to a conclusion in jam-packed Bally's and Paris Casinos in Las Vegas.   Day 1d Brings 4,350 New Entrants to the Main Event   The final flight of the $10,000 Main Event at the World Series of Poker always marks the largest of the Day 1 flights, and this year's was no exception, as a whopping unofficial total of 4,350 players joined the 3,580 entrants from the first three flights to bring the combined total after all Day 1 flights to 7,930, which is pushing the record of 8,569 with registration still open for the first two levels of both Day 2abc and Day 2d. In all likelihood, it's not a matter of if the record will be broken, but by how much.   Vince Vaughn, the WSOP's Master of Ceremonies, finally made his maiden appearance on the year, replete with a decked-out Caesar costume. He was brought into the room along with multiple armor-clad centurions, all while holding the WSOP 2022 Main Event gold bracelet. He led the room in the traditional "Shuffle up and deal!" before the massive Day 1d flight began.   https://twitter.com/HorseshoeVegas/status/1544773295450439680?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ   Randall Heeb bagged up the Day 1d chip lead, with his 339,000 chip stack sitting third out of all four flights, among the huge field of players who bagged up chips for Day 2d. Mathieu His (316,000) and Joe Bold (299,600) fill out the podium of top three finishers, while Christoph Vogelsang (273,500), former Main Event champ Johnny Chan (218,800), last year's runner-up George Holmes (181,100), fellow former Main Event champs Damian Salas (125,000), Chris Moneymaker (108,800), and Greg Merson (103,700), and defending champ Koray Aldemir (71,800) all enjoyed success on the felt during the final Day 1 flight.   With a massive throng of players at the start of the day, there were certain to be big casualties along the way, and one of the biggest was none other than Phil Ivey, who spent some time at the PokerGo featured table with an above average stack for the start of the day. The wheels started to fall off when he rivered a straight with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"] on a [poker card="6d"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="8c"] board, but was up against [poker card="9s"][poker card="9h"] for the higher straight, and paid off a 6,000 chip river bet. Ivey's stack dwindled as the day progressed, and he lost his last 17,000 with just a few hands left before bagging and tagging, removing one of the most dangerous names in the game from contention. Ivey wasn't the only big name to hit the rail during the day, as both Allen Kessler and Barstool Sports' Owen Roeder both met their end at the hands of a wild board, as shared by Kessler: https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1544886949692878849?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ   Other players who won't be making it to Day 2 action include Landon Tice, Kyna England, poker vlogger Brad Owen, and WSOP bracelet winners Adam Friedman and Brandon Adams.   WSOP 2022 Event #70: $10,000 Main Event Day 1d Top Ten Chip Counts   Randall Heeb - 339,000 Mathieu His - 316,000 Joe Bold - 299,600 Bjorn Stoweno - 289,000 Jared Hyman - 285,000 Dan Hachem - 283,700 Alexandros Kolonias - 278,000 Sergio Coutinho - 277,000 Christoph Vogelsang - 273,500 David Finkel - 273,500   Borland Brings a Bounty Bracelet Back to Minnesota   Day 3 of Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty brought 33 players back to play down to a winner, with the majority of the big bounties having been claimed during Day 2 action, including the biggest bounty of them all when Matt Glantz snagged the $1,000,000 bounty. After just over nine hours of play, Minnesota's Quincy Borland, who didn't manage to hit a single big bounty all tournament, instead settled for his first WSOP gold bracelet and a healthy $750,120 payday for his efforts. Florian Duta's elimination in 26th place saw Ramon Kropmanns bink the final six-figure bounty remaining in the tournament, worth a cool $100,000. Adam Grandmaison, creator and host of the popular "No Jumper" podcast, would follow next in 25th, and both he and Duta pocketed $31,200 for their deep runs, along with their accumulated bounties. Natalie Hof Ramos made a deep run, but fell short of the final table in 13th ($48,180), as did Christopher Doan in 10th ($60,440) to bring the field down to a final table of nine. Kropmanns would be the first to fall at the final table, jamming his last ten big blinds with a weak ace and running into the ace-ten of Kevin Hong. Wojciech Barzantny took up the reigns of executioner next, getting a two-for-one by waking up with kings and flopping top set and turning kings full against Daniel De Almeida and Arash Asadabadi in a preflop all-in confrontation to send both players out in one fell swoop. Nellie Park started the final table near the bottom of the counts, but was able to ladder up until she got her last five big blinds in preflop with queen-nine and ran smack into the Big Slick of Michael Smith to fall in sixth. Smith's good fortune came to a screeching halt soon after, however, when his [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] was outflopped by the [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] of Hong on a [poker card="8s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="3s"] flop, and no spade or ace would come to prevent Smith from being coolered out in fifth. Barzantany would go next, his big stack whittled down until he jammed on the button for ten big blinds with a suited king-four, but Borland was waiting in the small blind with queens and held to eliminate the chip leader at the start of the final table. After David Timmons fell in third, Hong began heads-up play with just shy of a 2:1 chip lead over Borland. With just seventy-five big blinds in play shortly after heads-up commenced, Borland was able to swing the tide in a hurry, before the final hand where Hong raised the button, then four-bet shoved for around 24 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] after Borland three-bet. Borland was waiting with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"], and called and held to eliminate Hong and claim the lion's share of the prize pool and the final two bounties of the tournament.   WSOP 2022 Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty Final Table Results   Quincy Borland - $750,120 Kevin Hong - $463,610 David Timmons - $351,800 Wojciech Barzantny - $268,550 Michael Smith - $206,250 Nellie Park - $159,380 Arash Asadabadi - $123,910 Daniel De Almeida - $96,940 Ramon Kropmanns - $76,316 Christopher Doan - $60,440   Phil Hellmuth is trying to blunt expectations for his normally grandiose WSOP Main Event entrance tomorrow, but hints that next year's may be his most epic yet:   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1544946900171759616?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ   A closer look at the most prestigious of all the WSOP bracelets courtesy of The Action Network's Darren Rovell. https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1544874260430290951?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ   Barstool Mintzy spreading the hype about making it to the main stage with Phil Ivey:   https://twitter.com/BarstoolMintzy/status/1544817002744688645?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ     The floor can be called for all sorts of reasons at the WSOP, but this might be a rarity; maybe the guy thought the 100 denomination chips were lucky?   https://twitter.com/hhecklen/status/1544900879311970304?s=20&t=DnkVky6bVGIpRPQ_vdfgmQ     Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
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