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  1. Some of the most high profile tourneys on the World Series of Poker docket were on display during Day 24 at Bally's and Paris Casinos in Las Vegas, as the Seniors Championship and the $250,000 Super High Roller rolled on, while the first flight of the Colossus kicked off. Two more bracelets were awarded, and another two events were on the schedule for a jam-packed day of tournament action.   Frenchman Pastore Holds Off Song For First Bracelet   The final day of WSOP Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em brought five players back, with Americans Stephen Song and Elio Fox looking to add to their bracelet totals, while Paraskevas Tsokaridis (Greece), Tamer Alkamli (Canada), and Jonathan Pastore (France) all trying to bring their inaugural bracelets back to their respective countries. In the end, Pastore was able to overcome Song's overwhelming chip lead at the start of play to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet and $771,765, which is almost ten times his previously recorded top cash of $73,382. Tsokaridis came into the day as the short stack, and he swiftly blinded down to just four big blinds before busting to Pastore. Fox followed just moments later, his [poker card="kh"][poker card="3s"] no match for Song's [poker card="kc"][poker card="5d"] when the flop delivered Song trip fives. Pastore's climb continued shortly after, taking a healthy chunk from Song before busting Alkamli in third. Pastore began heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Song, and he was able to take a healthy swipe out of Song with a flush to gain a 2:1 lead early in the match. The final hand of the short heads-up battle saw Song three-bet a Pastore open to 2.1 million with the blinds at 150,000/300,000, and Pastore called to see a [poker card="qc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"] flop fall. Song bet 900,000 more, and Pastore stuck around to see the [poker card="6s"] on the turn. Song fired 2.5 million, and Pastore called again. Song barrelled off for his last 4.275 million on the [poker card="4d"] river, and Pastore held firm and called with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"]. Song held a complete airball with [poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"], and Pastore earned the win and the bracelet with his nice call.   WSOP 2022 Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed NLHE Final Table Results   Jonathan Pastore - $771,765 Stephen Song - $476,990 Tamer Alkamli - $331,503 Elio Fox - $234,036 Paraskevas Tsokaridis - $167,882   Panagiotou Returns in Style to Earn Eight-Game Mix Gold   The final day of WSOP Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix Six-Handed brought 16 players back to play down to a champion, and Cyprus native Menikos Panagiotou ended up overcoming a game Nick Yunis in heads-up play to earn his first WSOP bracelet in his first cash in an official WSOP bracelet event. Despite winning a WSOP HORSE Daily Deepstack on June 20th, Panagiotou's last recorded Hendon Mob cash actually came all the way back in 2017. The lack of cashes didn't deter Panagiotou from playing an aggressive game all day long, which solidified his run to WSOP gold.   Panagiotou started off the day with an elimination, knocking Noah Bronstein (16th - $8,935) in Limit Hold'em. Notables Hye Park (15th - $8,935), Richard Bai (12th - $8,935), and Adam Friedman (10th - $11,387) swiftly followed, and after the first break of the day, short-stacks Robert Campbell (9th - $14,831) and Dustin Dirksen (8th - $14,381) busted in quick succession to bring the field to a final table of seven. Adam Demersseman started the final table with two big bets, and despite an early double, was the first player to bust. Jake Liebeskind would be left with crumbs shortly after when Jason Stockfish made a seven-high straight and a seven-low in Omaha 8 or Better, and busted soon after in Razz. Stockfish would gain no further momentum, however, and bricked a draw to an eight-perfect in 2-7 Triple Draw when Eric Buchman held a ninety-eight to bust in fifth. Buchman's fortunes turned next after a rough run in Omaha 8 or Better and Razz to fall in fourth, and once Joon Park exited in third, Panagiotou and Yunis were neck and neck with plenty of chips to work with for what could've been a lengthy heads-up duel.   Yunis started out hot, getting a 3:1 chip lead in the early going, but Panagiotou clawed back in Razz before winning a few big pots in Stud 8 or Better to regain the lead. Razz would give Panagiotou almost all the chips in play after Panagiotou made a seven-low on seventh street, and Yunis would lose his last crumbs in PLO when Panagiotou flopped a wheel.   WSOP 2022 Event #48: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix 6-Handed Final Table Results   Menikos Panagiotou - $180,783 Nick Yunis - $111,724 Joon Park - $75,938 Eric Buchman - $52,621 Jason Stockfish - $37,188 Jake Liebeskind - $26,814 Adam Demersseman - $19,735   Foxen in Command of Super High Roller   With the addition of four players at the start of Day 2, 34 players returned for Day 2 of Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller, and only eight will come back tomorrow for the final day of play, with Alex Foxen holding court with 24,150,000 chips, over a quarter of the remaining chips in play. The always talkative Martin Kabrhel and Chris Hunichen are the only other player over 40 big blinds, while Brandon Steven, Phil Ivey, Adrian Mateos, Dan Zack and Sam Soverel round out the remaining field.   Michael Moncek was one of the final four to enter, but his $250,000 investment was worth a negative $1 million an hour ROI, as he lasted just fifteen minutes. Bryn Kenney, who bagged a stack yesterday, actually busted quicker than that, and Justin Bonomo also got no traction going and exited early on Day 2. Daniel Negreanu then was busted when his tens couldn't hang on against David Peters, and when he was rivered by a runner-runner flush, DNegs took his frustrations out on his vlog equipment, but not Peters, who actually was next to go:   https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1540508478174662656?s=20&t=D4SL6hY3Tx0nmuZ_wCJJJw   Andrew Robl, Sean Winter, Kathy Lehne and Koray Aldemir would all bust before the final two tables, and Stanley Tang and Cary Katz busted shortly after to bring the field to 14. With just nine players reaching the money and an over $400,000 bubble, play slowed down as players jockeyed for a massive payday. Foxen managed to cooler Zack with his aces surviving against Zack's Big Slick to leap him to the top of the counts, and from there he used his big stack to apply max pressure on Nick Petrangelo with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"]. Petrangelo had raised the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] however, and called off his last 30 big blinds, but failed to find any help to bubble, and after the elimination of Henrik Hecklen (9th - $414,815), play concluded for the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts   Alex Foxen - 24,150,000 Martin Kabrhel - 17,800,000 Chris Hunichen - 12,375,000 Brandon Steven - 7,850,000 Phil Ivey - 7,300,000 Adrian Mateos - 6,950,000 Dan Zack - 4,375,000 Sam Soverel - 3,200,000   Sarnoff Leads a Packed House on Day 2 of Seniors   A whopping 1,439 fifty-and-over poker players returned from a record-setting start field of 7,188 entrants for Day 2 of Event #47: $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship. The field was trimmed considerably after ten levels of play, and just 198 will return for Day 3 on Saturday. Ben Sarnoff is the only player over the 3 million chip mark, while WSOP bracelet winner Andres Korn also managed a top-10 stack by day's end. Allyn Shulman (1,130,000), Victor Ramdin (1,004,000), Ken "Teach" Aldridge (965,000), Neil Blumenfield (650,000) and Kathy Liebert (635,000) all also managed to advance. Once the bubble burst in Level 14, nearly 1,000 players were sent to collect a payday before play's end. David "The Dragon" Pham (440th - $2,879), Kevin Song (485th - $2,697), Humberto Brenes (507th - $2,597), and Barry Greenstein (535th - $2,361) all were able to earn some cash, while defending champ Robert McMillan won't be going back-to-back, as he was knocked out in 778th for $1,750.   WSOP 2022 Event #47: $1,000 Seniors NLHE Championship Top Ten Chip Counts   Ben Sarnoff - 3,155,000 Valerii Lubenets - 2,810,000 Jan Pettersson - 2,600,000 Mike Landers - 1,995,000 Patricia Devine - 1,935,000 James Clarke - 1,920,000 Keith Littlewood - 1,802,500 Jeffrey Sims - 1,725,000 Andres Korn - 1,710,000 Michael Campitelli - 1,650,000   Trio of Events Round Out Day 24   Event #49: $2,000 No Limit Hold'em brought 310 players back from a starting field of 1,977, and just 40 of them bagged a stack for Day 3. Brazilian Lucas Tabarin (4,240,000) takes the chip lead and the only 4 million+ stack to the final day, while Heidi May (2,500,000), Eddy Sabat (1,605,000), Nate Silver (1,385,000) and Faraz Jaka (770,000) headline those that managed to navigate the day.   297 of the 310 players who returned today were guaranteed a payday, and Damian Salas (51st - $10,830), Eric Baldwin (71st - $7,885), Connor Drinan (187th - $4,006) and Melanie Weisner (193rd - $4,006) were just some of those that managed to earn some cash.   WSOP 2022 Event #49: $2,000 NLHE Top Ten Chip Counts   Lucas Tabarin - 4,240,000 Jack Corrigan - 3,910,000 Ioannis Angelou Konstas - 3,751,000 Valdemar Kwaysser - 2,945,000 Adam Geyer - 2,745,000 Nathan Rao - 2,335,000 Kyle Montgomery - 2,175,000 Heidi May - 2,005,000 Tyler Cornell - 1,830,000 Evan Sandberg - 1,755,000   Meanwhile, Day 1a of Event #51: $400 Colossus pulled 5,881 entrants in to take their shot with big stacks for a cheap buy-in. 684 of those players would remain at the end of 17 levels of play, with Kao Saechao leading the field with 1,514,000 in the bag for Day 2. Mary Dvorkin is right on his heels with 1,388,000, while Marle Spragg managed to bag a more modest 236,000 in chips.   Former WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer couldn't manage to surf through the colossal field to earn a bag or a cash, and William Lahti, Ryan Depaulo, Jeff Boski, JJ Liu, Shaun Deeb and Joe Cada would all join Raymer on the rail before the end of the day. One more flight remains for players looking to advance to Sunday's Day 2 flight, so any of these players who bust have another chance to bag up a stack.   WSOP 2022 Event #51: $400 Colossus Top Ten Chip Counts   Kao Saechao - 1,514,000 Mary Dvorkin - 1,388,000 Brett Silverman - 903,000 Jason Kolpin - 875,000 Brian Weaver - 864,000 Mark Marcellus - 722,000 Roger Edelen - 710,000 Gabe Ramos - 670,000 Gabriel Andrade - 650,000 Joey Gargiulo - 598,000   And finally, Event #52: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix brought 456 players out for Day 1 action in an event that mirrors the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship in game selection. Schuyler Thornton clocks in with a narrow chip lead of 220,400 over mixed game specialist Nick Guagenti's 209,200 stack, while David Williams (206,500), Chance Kornuth (176,400), defending champ Nicholas Julia (151,200) and Daniel Negreanu (125,600) all put a solid chunk of change in the bag for Day 2. WSOP 2022 Event #52: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix Top Ten Chip Counts   Schuyler Thornton - 220,400 Nick Guagenti - 209,200 Scott Bohlman - 208,200 David Williams - 206,500 Dane Coltman - 200,400 Peter Ippolito - 183,900 Joey Couden - 182,600 Chance Kornuth - 176,400 Mike Gorodinsky - 158,400 Nicholas Julia - 151,200 The man behind the #POSITIVITY movement and the Chainsaw, together at last. At least until Hellmuth eliminated Kessler soon after this photo was taken.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1540572118877777920?s=20&t=kCz7R9Ct1-_Y9wHZtYXIbA   When you're fighting for the WSOP Player of the Year, every tournament counts, but for Shaun Deeb, watching Dan Zack flip the God Mode switch has to be tilting.   https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1540586761243332608?s=20&t=kCz7R9Ct1-_Y9wHZtYXIbA   Jeremy Ausmus singing the praises of the Bally's/Paris rooms during the WSOP:   https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1540486551519371264?s=20&t=kCz7R9Ct1-_Y9wHZtYXIbA       Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  2. On Day 23 of the 2022 World Series of Poker, there were two bracelet winners and five other huge events including the first day of the $250,000 Super High Roller event. With wins for both Phil Hui and Andrew Yeh, there were celebrations at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas well into the night. Five other events took place, including the $250,000-entry Super High Roller, which saw players such as Phil Ivey and Adrian Mateos star at the felt.   Hui Claims Third Bracelet Win in Epic PLO Comeback   Phil Hui is no stranger to winning a WSOP bracelet in dramatic circumstances, with the former golfer already having won events at the World Series such as the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship in 2019 for just under $1.1 million. Today, he claimed his third WSOP bracelet in style as he came back to win the $1,500-entry Pot Limit Omaha Event #45 for $311,782.   At a stacked final table full of stars, Hui took the third-lowest stack into the nine-handed unofficial final table, with another player needing to bust for the final eight to be confirmed. Hui started his rise to ultimate victory shortly after Dylan Smith busted to Shane Nardiello, with Dylan Weisman also on the rise. Sadly for the latter, his end was just beginning, as a vital pot against Hui went the eventual winner’s way to leave Weisman short.   After he busted, Weisman was not happy with his own play.... although he later admitted he might not have played as badly as he originally thought.   https://twitter.com/Dweisman13/status/1540074196205576192   After the elimination of Paul Fehlig in seventh place for £44,735, David Williams failed to grab his second bracelet as he busted in sixth for $58,606, the former busting to Nardiello and the latter to Hui. That put Hui not into the lead, but with a lot more chip control over pots and in taking out Williams, denied a poker great the chance to stop him.   Nardiello’s was a shock exit in fifth for $77,635 before Charles Coultas (4th for $103,979) and overnight chip leader David Prociak (3rd for $140,783) followed him from the felt. That left just Hui and Daniel Tordjman, who had risen through the ranks at the final table with the same quiet calm that Hui exuded. After going into the heads up with a 5:2 chip advantage, Tordjman initially chipped up, building an even bigger chip lead, but Hui’s resilience is not legendary without reason and he ground back into contention with a dogged determination.   Tordjman was on the brink of going into a 4:1 lead before Hui made a straight and a few hands later, the chips were level instead. Both men had the lead multiple times over the next period, but when hui doubled up into a 5:1 lead with aces full of sevens, he was in the position to end the contest and that he did when sevens and eights proved enough to take the title and his third bracelet.   Tordjman, so close to glory, had to settle for $192,674 and the runner-up position, while Hui could celebrate with a $311,782 payday and that priceless third bracelet to add to his collection.   WSOP 2022 Event #45 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Results:   Phil Hui - $311,782 Daniel Tordjman - $192,674 David Prociak - $140,783 Charles Coultas - $103,979 Shane Nardiello - $77,635 David Williams - $58,606 Paul Fehlig - $44,735 Dylan Weisman - $34,532   Yeh Claims Debut Gold After Impressive Heads-Up Victory   Andrew Yeh won the first WSOP bracelet of his career after a stunning heads-up victory over Craig Chait. After hours of heads-up action finally concluded with Yeh grabbing victory, he banked the $487,129 top prize in the 410,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. Championship at the expense of several stars at the final table.   With just five players remaining, John Racener was one of those star names coming into the five-handed final. Racener, however, was the first player to bust as he cashed for $108,253 and crashed out to Bryce Yockey in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo. Yockey’s win at the time looked like an important one for him, putting him third in chips, but despite this, an extended period of play saw him buts in fourth place for $148,896.   With three players left, long-time chip leader in the event, Philip Long, busted for $209,424, missing out on heads-up when Yeh got the better of him in Seven Card Stud. Yeh took that pot and a big lead into heads-up play, with 9.1 million chips against 3.3 million for Chait. But although it looked like an unassailable lead for Yeh at points, Chait came fighting back time and time again and both men held the lead at different points.   Eventually Yeh proved the winner and celebrated with a huge rail who were inside the Thunderdome supporting him, with Chait left with the consolation prize of $301,068 as runner-up.   WSOP 2022 Event #44 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Results: Andrew Yeh - $487,129 Craig Chait - $301,068 Philip Long - $209,424 Bryce Yockey - $148,896 John Racener - $108,253 Paul Sokoloff - $80,523 Mike Gorodinsky - $61,314 Eric Wasserson - $47,819   Adrian Mateos Builds Big Lead in Super High Roller   Spanish pro Adrian Mateos is defending his 2021 Super High Roller title with a vengeance if Day 1 of this year’s corresponding event is anything to go by. Mateos built a huge chip lead as 52 entries were whittled down to just 30 survivors on Day 1, as he bagged up 9,745,000 chips by the close of play. Only Phil Ivey has above half of Mateos’ chips, with the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner piling up 6,830,000 by the close of play.   Elsewhere in terms of survivors, Dario Sammartino (4,835,000), Dan Zack (4,445,000) and Alex Foxen (4,250,000) all made the top 10 chipcounts, with Justin Bonomo (2,385,000), Ben Heath (1,890,000), David Peters (1,070,000) and Daniel Negreanu (655,000) taking different sized stacks through to Day 2.   Among those to bust and fail to make the Day 2 cut in this toughest of surroundings were Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler, Dan Smith, Chance Kornuth, Michael Addamo and Scott Seiver, though players can still enter or re-enter up to the first deal on Day 2. WSOP 2022 Event #50 $250,000 Super High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:   Adrian Mateos - 9,745,000 Phil Ivey - 6,830,000 Dario Sammartino - 4,835,000 Nick Petrangelo - 4,500,000 Dan Zack - 4,445,000 Alex Foxen - 4,250,000 Martin Kabrhel - 3,935,000 Koray Aldemir - 3,805,000 Chris Hunichen - 3,750,000 Aleks Ponakovs - 3,370,000   Stephen on Song in Event #46   Stephen Song ended the penultimate day in a dominant position as just five players remained in the $5,000-entry no limit hold’em Event #46. With his four opponents totalling approximately his stack, Song’s lead of 23.3 million chips to his nearest rival Tamer Alkamli (8,710,000) is a huge one. Song has already got one WSOP bracelet in his career and looks a huge favorite to do so again.   A total of 46 players started the day, with almost all of them ending on the rail. Joao Simao (43rd for $15,482), Anthony Zinno (32nd for $21,597), Joey Weissman (21st for 32,459), Robert Mizrachi (14th for $40,885), Anthony Spinella (13th for $40,885), and the man who led when Day 3 play began, Ezequiel Waigel (7th for $90,714), all departed on a day of drama that leaves Song as the table captain with just one table left.   If there is one of his opponents who has more experience than others at grinding back a chip deficit it is perhaps Elio Fox, who has won two previous bracelets and starts with 5,635,000 chips, though this equates to just 14 big blinds.   WSOP 2022 Event #46 $5,000 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Chipcounts:   Stephen Song - 23,320,000 Jonathan Pastore - 5,950,000 Tamer Alkamli - 8,710,000 Paraskevas Tsokaridis - 2,590,000 Elio Fox - 5,635,000   Record-Breaking Field in Seniors Event   The $1,000-entry Event #47 saw Day 1b of the Seniors Championship swell with entries across Bally’s and Paris as a total of 7,188 entries across both starting flights set a new record in the event.   Ken O'Malley (363,500) leads the field with a massive prize pool of $6.3 million to fight for, and a top prize of well over $600,000. Closest to O’Malley is Alexandre Hill on 310,000, with Mike Fisher (300,000), Victor Amereno (291,500), Stephen Driggers (277,500), and Dara O’Kearney (110,000) just four of the players to survive a busy Day 1b.   While many stars made it, others such as the former WSOP Main Event winner Greg Raymer ended up on the rail, with ‘Fossilman’ having entered both Day 1a and Day 1b in pursuit of more gold to no avail.   WSOP 2022 Event #47 $1,000 Seniors Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   Ken O'Malley - 363,500 Daniel Hake - 325,500 Mark Schlig - 324,000 Alexander Hill - 310,000 Brian Topp - 307,000 April Facey - 306,000 Andrew Finlay - 304,000 Richard Anthony - 301,500 Michael Fisher - 300,000 Peter Muhlbek - 298,000   Two More Events Close the Day   Two more big WSOP events closed out the action, as in Event #48, 200 players were reduced to just 16 still in the hunt in the $1,500-entry 8-Game Mix event. Jason Stockfish (2,540,000) has a big lead to defend on the final day, with Jake Liebeskind (1,692,000) and Eric Buchman (1,461,000) his nearest rivals.   Others to make the top 10 included the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell (1,229,000), and Hye Park (1,063,000), with mixed game legend and 2022 bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,027,000) still looking for the win. Others such as Daniel Weinman, Scott Abrams, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Jeremy Ausmus and Shaun Deeb all missed out on the final day after losing their chips on Day 2.   WSOP 2022 Event #48 $1,500 Eight Game Mix Top 10 Chipcounts:   Jason Stockfish - 2,540,000 Jake Liebeskind - 1,692,000 Eric Buchman - 1,461,000 Ryan Roeder - 1,376,000 Robert Wells - 1,309,000 Nick Yunis - 1,283,000 Robert Campbell - 1,229,000 Menikos Panagiotou - 1,116,000 Hye Park - 1,063,000 Adam Demersseman - 1,053,000   The final event to close down for the evening was Event #49, the $2,000 buyin no limit hold’em event. A total of 1,977 entries made the prize pool an awesome $3.5 million, and of the 311 players who survived to keep dreaming of the half-million top prize, it is popular poker pro Faraz Jaka (735,000) who has the most chips.   Jaka is followed by some very well-known pros as players such as nearest rival Dan Colpoys (730,000), Romain Lewis (520,000), Natalie Hof (431,000), Alex Keating (309,000), Kristen Foxen (306,000), Joao Vieira (295,000), Maria Ho (166,000), Chris Moorman (160,000), Harrison Gimbel (129,000), Johan Guilbert (184,000), Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (95,000) and Matas Cimbolas (85,000) all made Day 2.   With players such as 2009 world champion Joe Cada, Matt Stout, Kenny Hallaert, Calvin Anderson and Anatoly Filatov all losing their stacks on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #49 $2,000 NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Faraz Jaka - 735,000 Dan Colpoys - 730,000 John Perry - 729,000 Tommy Kivela - 669,000 Daniel Custodio - 540,000 Romain Lewis - 520,000 Jack Corrigan - 501,000 Unknown - 478,000 Damien Le Goff - 465,000 Gerson Caldeira - 462,000   2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh updated poker fans on the situation with yesterday’s explosive hand against Phil Hellmuth.   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1539925069496864769   Hellmuth himself updated fans on a particular problem he and others face – getting rest days when there are so many great tournaments on offer.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1540161063584296961   Scott Seiver has had a great Series so far, winning his fourth bracelet, but he can see the difference between a min-cash in a lower tournament and the latest tournament buy-in.   https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1540150970545340416   Finally, even legendary players still feel that buzz when they sit down in a WSOP event for the first time.   https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1540089875927445504   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  3. A bumper day of action in the 2022 World Series of Poker saw one bracelet winner take gold and over a million dollars while five other events provided great drama and excitement at Bally’s and Paris casinos in Las Vegas. With five players remaining in the H.O.R.S.E. Championship, huge stars made the final stages of bracelet events on Day 23 in Sin City.     Yuliyan Kolev Wins Millionaire Maker for $1.1 million   Bulgarian player Yuliyan Kolev won the $1,500-entry Millionaire Maker for $1.1 million as the Thunderdome was packed with fans inside Bally’s as five players played down to a winner. Kolev, whose fans wore the same fast-food bucket hats as their man, created a raucous atmosphere as the drama played out.   The first person to leave the party of five was Dominic Brazier, who came into play as the short stack and got it all-in with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7s"]. Called by Kolev with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"], the board of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"]Ad][poker card="Js"] saw the eventual winner river two pairs to top Brazier’s flopped top pair and send him home with $301,346.   Next to go was Yita Choong in fourth place for $395,545 when his pocket pair of [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] against Kolev’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="4s"]. Choong stayed ahead on the flop of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6d"], but the turn of [poker card="Qc"] put Kolev into the lead and he rode out the [poker card="2d"] river to knock out another rival.   In third place, chip leader when play began Tyler Gaston busted with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Th"] against Oren Rosen’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"]. The board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="Qd"] gave Rosen the pot and saw Gaston on the rail with $522,705. Israel player Rosen grew his stack upon starting heads-up play, but still had just 86 million chips to 113 milion for Kolev.   Very soon afterwards, Kolev had the title as Kolev’s three-bet with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"] was called by Rosen with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"]. The flop of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"] saw Rosen hit his queen and Kolev’s c-bet of 10 million was called. On the turn of [poker card="3d"], Kolev moved all-in and got the call he was after. When the [poker card="9c"] river landed, the rail erupted as Kolev was crowned king of the Thunderdome, winning $1,125,141, while Rosen finished as runner-up for $695,390.   WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Results:   Yuliyan Kolev - $1,125,141 Oren Rosen - $695,390 Tyler Gaston - $522,705 Yita Choong - $395,545 Dominic Brazier - $301,346   Racener Chasing Yeh in Final Five of H.O.R.S.E. Championship   The final table of the $10,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. Championship was reached as Andrew Yeh has the chip lead with over 3.8 million chips. Behind Yeh, Philip Long closely follows with 3.6 million, with John Racener a slightly distant third of 2.5 million. Behind Racener is Bryce Yockey, who had the overnight lead with 1,290,000 chips and Craig Chait has a little less than him on 1,245,000.   On a busy day at the felt, players such as Yuri Dzivielevski, Shaun Deeb, Maxx Coleman, Eugene Katchalov and Matt Glantz all lost their tournament stacks, but others took longer to bust, with 2022 bracelet winner Brad Ruben (12th for $26,347) and Ben Lamb (10th for $31,327) both lost out just before the final table. When Mike Gorodinsky (7th for $61,314) was followed from the felt by Paul Sokoloff (6th for $80,523), the final table was set and tomorrow, one winner will take the $487,129 and the WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #44 $10,0000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Chipcounts: Andrew Yeh - 3,860,000 Philip Long - 3,630,000 John Racener - 2,520,000 Bryce Yockey - 1,290,000 Craig Chait - 1,245,000   Final 10 Players Reached in 8-Max PLO Event   Just 10 players remain in the $1,500-entry PLO 8-Max Event #45, where David Prociak has the chip lead with 6,400,000 chips. With a busy day seeing 87 players hit the rail, Dylan Weisman ended the day second in chips with 5,660,000, with Shane Nardiello (4,725,000) also in the podium places. Elsewhere in the top 10, David Williams (2,980,000) and Phil Hui (2,675,000) both have great chances and will be fighting hard when play resumes.   Plenty of big names made their departures on Day 2 of the event, with Dash Dudley (28th), Brandon Cantu (42nd) and Scott Bohlman (46th) all running deep without making huge money.   WSOP 2022 Event #45 $1,500 PLO 8-Handed Final Day Chipcounts:   David Prociak - 6,400,000 Dylan Weisman - 5,660,000 Shane Nardiello - 4,725,000 Charles Coultas - 4,325,000 Daniel Tordjman - 3,745,000 David Williams - 2,980,000 Phil Hui - 2,675,000 Paul Fehlig - 1,930,000 Kao Saechao - 1,820,000 Dylan Smith - 1,640,000   Waigel Streets Ahead in $5k NLHE 6-Max Event Of the 324 players who returned to play Day 2 of the $5,000-entry 6-Max NLHE Event #46, only 47 players remain, with Argentinian player Ezequiel Waigel (3,440,000) well ahead of Anthony Spinella (2,575,000) and Stephen Song (2,485,000) in pursuit of the $771,765 top prize. With other big names such as Robert Mizrachi (1,170,000), Joey Weissman (985,000) and Elio Fox (895,000) all well-placed to make a run at the title when play resumes on Day 3.   Superstars busted across the day too, of course, with Ryan Riess, Dario Sammartino, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ben Diebold, Stefan Schillhabel, Jake Daniels, Angel Guillen and Bin Weng all departed, moving onto the next event and the next pursuit of WSOP gold.   WSOP 2022 Event #46 $5,000 NLHE 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts:   Ezequiel Waigel - 3,440,000 Anthony Spinella - 2,575,000 Stephen Song - 2,485,000 Johan Marinet - 2,150,000 Justin Bond - 2,145,000 Paraskevas Tsokaridis - 1,970,000 Anthony Hu - 1,745,000 Felipe Ketzer - 1,540,000 Jonathan Pastore - 1,340,000 Jonho Hong - 1,315,000   Seniors Led by James Kennedy with Allyn Shulman Close   The $1,000-entry Seniors Event started on Day 23, with Day 1a serving a bumper crowd of 5,075 players, with just 607 of those progressing to Day 2. Chip leader after a long Day 1a was James Kennedy (452,000), with Allyn Shulman (361,500), Kevin Song (350,000), Barry Schulman (305,000) and Michael Abecassis (110,000) all having booked Day 2 seats already.   Of the thousands who busted, plenty were players of genuine repute, with Greg Raymer, Perry Friedman, Humberto Brenes, Todd Witteles, Bruno Lopes and defending champion Robert McMillan all going to need to buy back in on Day 1b if they want to shoot for the title, with over $4.5 million in the prize pool already.   WSOP 2022 Event #47 $1,000 Seniors Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   James Kennedy - 452,000 Seongsu Kong - 365,000 Allyn Shulman - 361,500 Orlando Barrera - 358,500 Michel Bouskila - 353,500 Kevin Song - 350,000 Terence Anton - 343,500 Louis Russo - 339,000 Dennis Spretz - 333,000 Daniel Gerard - 310,000   Hellmuth Slams Arieh as Poker Brat Explodes   In the final event of the day to close, there was drama at the felt between the top two in last year’s WSOP Player of the Year race. Josh Arieh, who won the prestigious award last year and whose banner adorns the walls of Bally’s this year as a result, was torn apart by Hellmuth, who are berating the man who pipped him to the title, had the floor called him after an excessive barrage of expletives.   Hellmuth would later bust the event, as would others such as Yuri Dzivielevski, David Bach, Alex Livingston, Eugene Katchalov, Joe McKeehen and Yuval Bronshtein as 200 players escaped from a bulky Day 1 field of 695 total entries. There was no such exit for Arieh, however, who celebrated the day he received his first Poker Hall of Fame nomination by doing what he does best at present – piling up chips. Arieh ended the day with 119,300 chips and his reward was to draw the seat to the left of Shaun Deeb (60,900) on Day 2.   At the top of the leaderboard, Michael Dobbs (293,100), has a slim lead over Jay Kerbel (269,000), Hoeu Liu (251,500) and Randy Ohel (237,000), with Jason Stockfish (235,500) also making the top five. Others to bag up chips on a busy day at the felt included Event #15 runner-up Dustin Dirksen (227,000), former WSOP Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen (161,800) and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng (151,500).   WSOP 2022 Event #48 $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts:   Michael Dobbs - 293,100 Jay Kerbel - 269,000 Hieu Luu - 251,500 Randy Ohel - 237,000 Jason Stockfish U.S.A. 235,500 Dustin Dirksen U.S.A. 227,000 Robert McLaughlin U.S.A. 222,200 Alex Outhred U.S.A. 221,600 Tyler Willse U.S.A. 216,800 Scott Bohlman U.S.A. 208,900   Reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh welcomed the man he pipped to last year’s prize, Phil Hellmuth as the pair sat down in the final event of the day, but while the pair were all smiles, things were about to go awry when the Poker Brat berated Arieh - who would later change his Twitter handle to suit - only to find the floor called on him...   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1539823716946677760   ...which was a shame because his day had started so positively.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1539421999151271938   Mixed game specialist Adam Friedman called out a friend and rival of his, Brian Rast on being nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame upon turning 40.   https://twitter.com/AdamFriedman119/status/1539765652499472384   Rast, meanwhile, was in action at the cash game tables after stepping away from bracelet events for a couple of days.   https://twitter.com/tsarrast/status/1539760133634347008   The 10 nominees caused quite the reaction, as the Poker Hall of Fame winner is set to be announced in just under three weeks time.   https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1539661139910336514   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  4. On a pulsating day of poker action, Dan Zack claimed a third bracelet of his career and became the first player this series to win two gold WSOP bracelets to boot. Elsewhere, Chris Moorman lost heads-up to David Perry in a shock ending to their event and Fabian Brandes won gold on a day where three players took home titles.     Zack Grinds Out Epic Third Bracelet Win   Dan Zack won his second WSOP bracelet in 2022, becoming the first person to do so in the 40th event of the 2022 WSOP. Coming from behind with three players left, Zack won the third WSOP bracelet of his career in style as he watched David Funkhouser take out Ziya Rahim in third place before an epic eight-hour battle for the bracelet began.   It was a delayed three-handed match that took place on Day 22, as the proposed final table yesterday didn’t work out so easy to conclude. Despite the early and fairly quick eliminations of well-known players Shaun Deeb (5th for $83,465), Chad Eveslage (6th for $63,914) and Brian Hastings (7th for $49,571), three men came back to battle for glory.   Funkhouser began with more than double Zack’s stack, but the popular $25k Fantasy Draft player eventually got ahead and booked the win, celebrating in his traditionally modest manner on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/Dan__Zack/status/1539518975146463232   WSOP 2022 Event #40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship:   Daniel Zack - $324,174 David Funkhouser - $200,356 Ziya Rahim - $147,800 Eric Kurtzman - $110,379 Shaun Deeb - $83,465 Chad Eveslage - $63,914 Brian Hastings - $49,571   Perry Takes Bracelet as Moorman Comes Close   Chris Moorman finished in second place of the $500-entry Event #43, the freezeout no limit hold’em event which saw David Perry take home the bracelet and top prize of $241,729. With 10 players making the final table, there were quick exits for Robert Pettit and his conqueror Daniel Marcus, as both Americans busted in 10th and 9th respectively. It was Henry Reyes who busted in eighth for $28,802. His shove on a [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"] flop with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"] was called by Moorman’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9d"], which held through the [poker card="Jh"][ turn and [poker card="7d"] river, meaning Moorman had a strong lead over his rivals at the felt.   Out in seventh was Elven Espinar, and he was followed from the felt by Phong Than Nguyen and Sebastien Guidez before Moorman busted Daniel Eichorn in third for $111,341. Eichorn’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"] was no match for Moorman’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="9d"] after the board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"] gave Moorman a straight on the turn.   With 202 players starting the final day, just two were left and heads-up, Moorman had a slim lead with 61 million ahead of Perry’s 58 million. Despite this, Perry moved ahead and had a 2:1 by the time the final hand played out. On a flop of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6c"], Moorman check-shoved with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"] and was called by Perry’s [poker card="Jc"][poker card="2c"]. Moorman was ahead, but not for long as a [poker card="2h"] on the turn delivered Perry the most unlikely of outs, with the [poker card="4s"] river giving him his first WSOP bracelet, and he celebrated by leaping into the air before shaking Moorman’s hand.   WSOP 2022 Event #43 $500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Results:   David Perry - $241,729 Chris Moorman - $149,405 Daniel Eichhorn - $111,341 Josh Pregar - $83,623 Sebastien Guidez - $63,302 Phong Than Nguyen - $48,299 Elven Espinar - $37,148 Henry Reyes - $28,802 Daniel Marcus - $22,512 Robert Pettit - $17,741   Brilliant Brandes Lands Debut Bracelet   Just nine days ago, Fabian Brandes came second in Event #19. A whole 20 events and half the number of days after beginning that attempt at gold that came so close, he has achieved it in the next tournament he’s played. The German player got the better of overnight chip leader Leonid Yanovski in the PLO 6-Max Event #39 for a top price of $371,358.   Brandes’ win is impressive enough on that merit, but when you take into consideration that the Israeli Yanovski led not only the final day but the preceding one too, Brandes’ victory at the last is all the more creditable. With a total of 719 entries in the $3,000-entry 6-Max event, American player Sean Winter had a thrilling time despite finishing third.   At one point, Winter was down to one big blind, almost the literal chip and a chair, before winning seven consecutive all-ins to eventually ladder all the way to third place and a score of $156,401.   WSOP 2022 Event #39 $3,000 PLO 6-Max Final Table Results:   Fabian Brandes - $371,358 Leonid Yanovski - $229,529 Sean Winter - $156,401 Thomas Morrison - $108,604 Ferenc Deak - $76,880 Grzegorz Derkowski - $55,501   Millionaire Maker Reaches Final Five   On day 4 of the $1,500-entry Millionaire Maker, Event #37, the day’s starting field of 24 players fought all the way to the final five players as U.S. player Tyler Gaston bagged the chip lead with 64,000,000 chips. Second in chips Bulgarian Yuliyan Kolev (58.3 million) is close to the leader, with Israeli Oren Rosen (43 million), Australian Yita Choong (22.9 million) and American Dominic Brazier (10.2 million) completing the line-up of finalists.   The final levels were exciting with former WSOP Main Event table finalist Nick Marchington both grabbing the chip lead and looking imperious before it all fell apart and he exited in ninth for $108,704. The final elimination saw Stanley Weng move all-in with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] but he was called by Kolev with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] and the board of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2h"] saw Weng busted in sixth for $231,145, completing the final day line-up.   WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Chipcounts:   Tyler Gaston - 64,000,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 58,300,000 Oren Rosen - 43,000,000 Yita Choong - 22,900,000 Dominic Brazier - 10,200,000   Day 2 of H.O.R.S.E. Championship Sees Fillies Fall   There were 209 total entries in the $10,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. Championship, otherwise known as Event #44. With just 114 of those starting Day 2, 22 players remained at the end of a packed day of action at the mixed game felt.   When the dust settled, it was Bryce Yockey who led the final 22 players with 1,465,000 chips, a big lead from nearest rivals Eric Wasserson (1,025,000) and Jerry Wong (885,000). With other poker luminaries Ben Lamb (875,000), Mike Gorodinsky (825,000) and John Racener (710,000) all present in the top half of the leaderboard, others like Robert Campbell, Phil Ivey, Anthony Zinno, Dylan Linde, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Weinman and Alex Livingston all failed to make the cut.   WSOP 2022 Event #44 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   Bryce Yockey - 1,465,000 Eric Wasserson - 1,025,000 Jerry Wong - 885,000 Ben Lamb - 875,000 Andrew Yeh - 865,000 Eric Rodawig - 835,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 825,000 Ismael Bojang - 750,000 John Racener - 710,000 Gary Benson - 640,000   Two More Bracelet Events Conclude Opening Flights   In Event #45, the $1,500-entry Pot Limit Omaha event, a bumper Day 1 saw 1,437 entries whittled down to 97 survivors, with Joshua Stefansky (1,660,000) ahead of everyone else. In fact, he is far and away the monster chip leader, with his nearest rival John Riordan (972,000) having only just over half his stack. Others to bag big included WSOP bracelet event stars Dylan Weisman (803,000) and David Williams (769,000).   With stars such as Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth all busting, there was also a cash and deep run for last year’s Player of the Year Josh Arieh, who finished 216th for $2,405 and vital points.   WSOP 2022 Event #45 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Top 10 Chipcounts:   Joshua Stefansky - 1,660,000 John Riordan - 972,000 Vincent Moscati - 959,000 Mark Liedtke - 943,000 Daniel Tordjman - 853,000 Hossein Ghodosi - 826,000 Dylan Weisman - 803,000 David Levy - 784,000 Sander Van Wesemael - 772,000 David Williams - 769,000     Finally, in Event #46, the $5,000-entry no limit hold’em event, a galaxy of stars arrived to play with big names such as Daniel Lazrus (349,500), Chance Kornuth (339,500), Ryan Riess (317,500), Calvin Anderson (255,000) and Daniel Negreanu (211,000) all surviving Day 1. It was United States high roller regular Chris Brewer (485,000) who led from Austrian Oliver Bosch (480,000), with Christian Pham a c-bet behind the duo on 455,000 chips.   While plenty of players enjoyed a good day at the felt as 850 entries were reduced to 277 Day 1 survivors others such as Joe McKeehen, Anatoly Filatov, Player of the Year hopeful Scott Ball, Ben Heath, and Andre Akkari all failed to bag up on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #46 $5,000 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Chris Brewer - 485,000 Oliver Bosch - 480,000 Christian Pham - 455,000 Fikret Kovac - 432,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - 428,500 Ian O'Hara - 419,000 Taylor Paur - 395,000 Hui Kuo - 392,000   Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler treated some fans to a $200 meal as Vegas got weird.   https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1539410284049223682   Dan ‘Cowboy’ Smith had an idea for a new Super High Roller event next year, as the 2022 bracelet winner confirmed he’s a fan of turning up on time.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1539389747474206720   Ever the positive poker champion, Joe Hachem was keen to highlight the value for money coffee available in the WSOP venue. Well, kinda.   https://twitter.com/JosephHachem/status/1539342490242756608   Barry ‘Robin Hood’ Greenstein confirmed the top 10 questions he’s asked at the WSOP, and his answers. Hey, saves an ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread.   https://twitter.com/barrygreenstein/status/1538959678217916416   Finally, amazing news as Doyle Brunson was confirmed as a WPT ambassador and used his first social media post since the announcement to confirm that he’ll hopefully be in the mix in the Main Event!   https://twitter.com/TexDolly/status/1539300202372182016   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  5. A dramatic day at the felt in Las Vegas saw Phil Ivey dominate the final table of Event #42, the $100,000 Super High Roller only for Aleks Ponakovs to overtake the 10-time bracelet winner and claim gold. With the Latvian coming into the final five ahead in chips, he eventually took down his second WSOP title and first live win. In five other events on Day 21, the Millionaire Maker worked its way down to just two dozen players as more action took place at Bally’s and Paris.     Ivey Eclipsed by Ponakovs as Poker Legend Falls Just Short   Phil Ivey got so close to his history-making 11th WSOP bracelet that the Poker Hall of Famer could almost taste victory. Working down from 23 players who started Day 2 to a winner, the event played to a winner in one fewer day that was on the schedule. With players such as Eric Worre (10th for $162,623), Nick Petrangelo (9th for $181,068), Masashi Oya (8th for $210,485), Mikita Badziakouski (7th for $255,001), and Talal Shakerchi (6th for $321,437) all going close, the final table featured Phil Ivey hunting a new piece of gold wristwear.   Down to five, it was Latvian player Aleks Ponakovs who held the chip lead. When Michael Moncek shoved from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="4h"] over Ben Heath’s raise with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Td"], Heath made the call and held through the board of [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="8s"], with the American drawing dead by the turn and cashing for $420,944 in fifth place.   Next to go was Greg Jensen, who cashed for $571,896 in fourth when he ran into the ever-impressive Heath. Jensen four-bet shoved with [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] and was snap-called by Heath with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"]. The board of [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9c"] never really gave Jensen much hope and that left play three-handed for the title and $1.8 million top prize.   [caption id="attachment_638492" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Phil Ivey was unable to close out a dramatic final table in the $100,000 Super High Roller WSOP 2022 Event #42.[/caption]   Heath was flying high, but Ivey clipped his wings when his flush draw got there from the flop to double through Heath’s pocket aces and that gave Ivey a huge stack of 17.2 million, with Heath down to 6 million. Ponakovs, who had led, was marginally behind Ivey, however, after Heath lost out with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] against Ivey’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jh"] to bust in third place for $805,024, the battle was heads up with Ivey behind on 15.9 million to the Latvian’s 21.2 million.   The final duel was an intense one and the momentum swung both ways between the two greats, Ivey at one point taking a 2:1 lead after a superb call with top pair nines. Trip kings helped the Latvian reverse that lead, however, and although he didn’t lead by nearly as much, returning roughly to the opening stacks they had when heads-up play began, it turned out to be enough.   In the final hand, all the chips went in on the turn when the board showed [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"]. Ponakovs, who had bet 3 million, held [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9s"], while Ivey, who check-shoved for 11 million at that stage had an open-ended straight draw with [poker card="8d"][poker card="6s"]. Ponakovs was an 81% favorite to win the hand and so it proved as he called and won his second WSOP title when the [poker card="8h"] landed on the river.   Ivey cashed for $1.1 million in second place, a terrific runner-up prize, but those two digits were not to be lined up next to each other in representing his 11th bracelet. It was Ponakovs who bagged his second and first WSOP win in a live arena, as well as claiming the top prize of almost $1.9m.   WSOP 2022 Event #42 $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results:   Aleks Ponakovs - $1,897,363 Phil Ivey - $1,172,659 Ben Heath - $805,024 Gregory Jensen - $571,896 Michael Moncek - $420,944   Two Dozen Remain in Hunt for $1.1 million   The Millionaire Maker event is a special one, with a narrative that twists and turns like the best thriller. This unputdownable drama reached its plot twist just before the chips were bagged, too, as Michael Mizrachi and James Calderaro – the only two remaining bracelet winners in the field – busted, leaving two dozen potential first-time winners to battle it out over the next two days.   With 23 players between him and $1.1 million, John Sova (15,300,000) has the chip lead, with Jacek Pastula (14,775,000) and Alen Tenorio (12,800,000) close behind. Others to bag chips included Raul Martinez (10,925,000), as well as British players Nick Marchington (9,275,000) and Kevin Houghton (5,000,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Top 10 Chipcounts:   John Sova - 15,300,000 Jacek Pastula - 14,775,000 Alen Tenorio - 12,800,000 Justin Fawcett - 12,350,000 Linus Richter - 11,200,000 Raul Martinez – 10,925,000 Paul Ahn - 10,425,000 Dominic Coombe - 10,300,000 Stanley Weng - 9,550,000 Nick Marchington - 9,275,000   Yanovski Leads Final Six in PLO 6-Max Event   Just six players remain in the hunt for the $3,000-entry PLO 6-Max Event #39 crown and top prize of $371,358. After another day at the top of the leaderboard, it is overnight chip leader Leonid Yanovski who is still ahead with 8,700,000 chips as the final begins. With Austrian Fabian Brandes (6,560,000) and American Sean Winter (4,275,000) both in hot pursuit, all six players have yet to win a bracelet and will play down to a winner tomorrow to see who achieves that lofty ambition. Day 3 saw the last of the former bracelet winners crash out, with Jason DeWitt (15th for $18,494), Jan-Peter Jachtmann (14th for the same) and Andriy Lyubovetskiy (9th for $30,729) all crashed out on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #39 $3,000 PLO 6-Handed Final Table Chipcounts:   Leonid Yanovski - 8,700,000 Fabian Brandes - 6,560,000 Sean Winter - 4,275,000 Grzegorz Derkowski - 3,685,000 Ferenc Deak - 3,110,000 Thomas Morrison - 2,435,000   Deeb and Hastings Miss Out in Seven Card Stud   The final table of Event #40, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, saw Shaun Deeb, Chad Eveslage and Brian Hasting all eliminated on a day of drama. Deeb in particular will be gutted not to have made it further, if only for the fact that by the time he went in fifth, Hastings (7th) and Eveslage (6th) had both departed.   Deeb fell in fifth as he was a back-to-back victim of Eric Kurtzman, but it was Deeb and Evesalge’s conqueror who was the last man to bust on the night, as he went from having over 60% of the chips in play with four left to on the rail.   David Funkhouser took out the former runaway chip leader and it is he who leads the last three players, two of who have never won a bracelet before in the aforementioned Funkhouser (3,455,000 chips) and second-placed Ziya Rahim (2,545,000). The third wheel is however the man who might run over them both, as in-form Dan Zack (2,230,000) looks to become the first player to win two WSOP bracelets this summer in Vegas in the 40th event of the series.   WSOP 2022 Event #40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table:   David Funkhouser - 3,455,000 (chips rank) Ziya Rahim - 2,545,000 (chips rank) Daniel Zack - 2,230,000 (chips rank) Eric Kurtzman - $110,379 Shaun Deeb - $83,465 Chad Eveslage - $63,914 Brian Hastings - $49,571   Two More Events Close Day 1s   Elsewhere in the World Series of Poker on Day 21, two more events got through Day 1s with differences. In Event #43, there were an incredible 14 hours of action, with 4,786 total entries in the $500-entry freezeout NLHE Event. With a bumper prize pool of $2 million surpassed, it was Lorenzo Negri who grabbed the chip lead and a bag of chips totalling 1,860,000 by the close of play.   With a top prize of almost a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs, Jonathan Dimmig (1,165,000), Chris Moorman (880,000), Yoon Kim (675,000), Andrew Hulme (665,000), Maria Ho (565,000), and Steve Watts (520,000) all made the cut with others such as   Others weren’t so fortunate as to bag any chips at all, with WSOP winners Phil Hellmuth, Chance Kornuth and Chino Rheem, as well as noted poker author Maria Konnikova, all busting on Day 1.   WSOP 2022 Event #43 $500 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:   Lorenzo Negri - 1,860,000 Robert Pettit - 1,590,000 Peter Schneider - 1,570,000 Alan Gendelman - 1,550,000 Carol Filipski - 1,505,000 Jared Ward - 1,465,000 Michael Suggs - 1,420,000 Mason Hinkle - 1,325,000 Matthew Biafore - 1,290,000 Connor Daynard - 1,285,000   Finally, Event #44 began on Monday as 97 players survived from 192 entries in the $10,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. event. Fans will be asking ‘Why the Long face?’ whe they see who is at the top of the chipcounts, but the leader is well known to his peers. Philip Long (320,000) took down the $1,500-entry 2019 Eight Game Mix bracelet event less than three years ago and with other bracelet winners such as Brad Ruben (307,500) Yuri Dzivielevski (270,500) Andres Korn (253,000), and John Racener (247,000) all ending Day 1 in the top 10, Day 2 will be some battle to make the money places.   Some who were unable to do that included Scotty ‘Baby’ Nguyen, Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu, Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler, Joe ‘Aussie’ Hachem and WSOP co-commentator Norman Chad.   WSOP 2022 Event #44 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   Philip Long - 320,000 Brad Ruben - 307,500 Hansu Chu - 289,500 Yuri Dzivielevski - 270,500 Gary Benson - 267,000 Andres Korn - 258,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 256,000 John Racener - 247,000 Kyle Montgomery - 246,500 Wilson Igwe - 238,000   Jeremy Ausmus may have found the player who cares the least about their progress at the 2022 World Series of Poker.   https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1539044003613618176   Nick Howard has hit upon a little optimization among those who have been to Vegas and the WSOP before.   https://twitter.com/nickhowardpoker/status/1538959893423525888   Nick Wright used a reply on Twitter to hint that he might want to fire again at Phil Hellmuth. Poking the GOAT during the World Series of Poker? We’re here for it!   https://twitter.com/getnickwright/status/1539003368835883014   Ben Spragg is excited to be in Las Vegas at an opportune moment.   https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1539114619154976768   And finally, Dan Zack is having another great summer, with one bracelet win already and having reached the final three potentially another one tomorrow. However, he has just experienced the undoubted highlight of his trip.   https://twitter.com/Dan__Zack/status/1539070883897085953   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  6. On a busy day of action in Las Vegas, Nevada, the rooms were packed at both Bally’s and Paris casinos as Steve Albini won a WSOP bracelet and the first day of the Millionaire Maker took place with over 3,500 entries.     Music Guru Albini Claims Second Bracelet   American musician and poker player Steve Albini won his second WSOP bracelet after conquering the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event #32, taking down the top prize of $196,089 after a thrilling final table victory. The guitarist, record producer and music engineer has worked with musicians and bands such as Robert Plant, Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey. This week, he’s now become a multiple WSOP bracelet winner after an entertaining race to the title.   Starting the final table in middle position and very much part of the chasing pack, former WSOP Main Event runner-up and bracelet winner David Williams busted in ninth place to Eddy Vataru, and afterwards expressed his disappointment on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1537935873446072320   By that point, Albini, who had also come into play as one of the chasing pack, had taken the chip lead. With 5.3 million chips, only Jason Daly (3.9m) was within range. One of the most in-form players in poker, Japanese player Tamon Nakamura was the next to go, busting in eighth place for $19,373. Vataru followed him from the felt shortly after, with Richard Bai again the beneficiary.   Bai was again the victor as he claimed a third scalp in a row, busting Peter Brownstein in sixth place for $33,552 and bumping up to 4.7 million chips. Albini was staying ahead, claiming small pots, but suffered a big loss to James Morgan to slip down the pecking order. That changed again, however, as Albini – who rang a small bell at the felt when he won the pot was dinging his way up the leaderboard again with a series of pot wins.   After the elimination of Kyle Loman in fifth place and an extended period where no-one busted, the remaining four players went to the dinner break, with Bai and Albini both short-stacked behind the massive chip lead of Jason Daly. Both short stacks had just a third of Morgan’s stack, who himself had only half of Daly’s monster stack.   When Morgan took out Bai in fourth shortly after play resumed, Albini knew that he had to make a move or one might not be there to make. Relentless in his aggression, Albini went from short stack to a massive chip leader with 11.3 million, his two opponents barely scraping 6 million between them. Albini took out Daly in third place and in doing so gave himself a 5:1 chip lead going into the heads-up battle for the bracelet against his Canadian opponent Morgan.   Heads up lasted a short while, but it didn’t take too long for Albini to get the job done in Stud 8 or Better after winning three successive hands in Seven Card Stud. Morgan was consigned to the runner-up position, cashing for $121,195, while Albini won $196,089 and his second WSOP bracelet. Albini was delighted and shared his success with fans on Twitter, many of them poker’s finest.   https://twitter.com/electricalWSOP/status/1538058273894502401   WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:   Steven Albini - $196,089 James Morgan - $121,195 Jason Daly - $85,943 Richard Bai - $61,862 Kyle Loman - $45,209 Peter Brownstein - $33,552 Eddy Vataru - $25,294 Tamon Nakamura - $19,373   French Connection Leads Freezeout Field   Just 10 players remain in the hunt for gold in Event #34, the $1,500-entry Freezeout event, which worked its way down from 158 players to just survivors on the penultimate day of the tournament which has a $364,899 top prize. Players such as Koray Aldemir (133rd), Andre Akkari (120th), Cary Katz (111th) and Garry Gates (99th) all busted early for less than $4,000 and soon it was a race to the final ten.   Landon Tice and Martin Jacobson were two of the biggest names to crash out, with the pair each busting with three tables left. Soon only 10 remained and of those, it was Samuel Bifarella (10,375,000) who has the most chips. With fellow French players Maxine Parys (9,000,000) and Michel Leibgorin (4,000,000) both in the top four, Justin Pechie (4,890,000) is the American in a French sandwich at the top.   Previous bracelet winners Steve Zolotow (3,775,000) and Jeremy Wien (2,100,000) will be looking to claim their third and second bracelets respectively.   WSOP 2022 Event #34 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Chipcounts:   Samuel Bifarella - 10,375,000 Maxime Parys - 9,000,000 Justin Pechie - 4,890,000 Michel Leibgorin - 4,000,000 Steve Zolotow - 3,775,000 Dwayne Sullivan - 3,445,000 David Dibernardi - 2,850,000 Jeremy Wien - 2,100,000 Kenny Robbins - 2,040,000 Orson Young - 1,790,000   Big Names Survive Big Bet Event on Day 2   Just 17 players survived from the 101 players who took part in Day 2 of the $2,500-entry Event #35, the Big Bet event. Among them, some of the biggest names in mixed game poker made the cut, with no fewer than nine former bracelet victories among the 17 players to make the final day.   Leading the field in terms of chips is Drew Scott, who bagged up 1,340,000 chips and a comfortable lead over stars like Galen Hall (1,127,000) and Chris Smith (1,048,000), both of whom are the only other players to top a million chips. Others to make the top 10 chipcounts included Michael Trivett (742,000), Patrick Leonard (495,000) and Keith Lehr (459,000).   Plenty of stars of the felt also busted on Day 2, with Mike Watson, Dario Sammartino, George Alexander, Jerry Wong, Benny Glaser, Frank Kassela, Daniel Weinman, Brian Rast and the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh all busting out, with Areih sharing a pro tip from the event for his followers.   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1537973705757708288   WSOP 2022 Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Top 10 Chipcounts:   Drew Scott - 1,340,000 Galen Hall - 1,127,000 Christopher Smith - 1,048,000 Lok Chan - 909,000 Ryan Moriarty - 908,000 Rami Boukai - 792,000 Michael Trivett - 742,000 Patrick Leonard - 495,000 Keith Lehr - 459,000 Scott Bohlman - 416,000   Jeff Madsen Chases Fifth Bracelet on Final Day of Seven Card Stud Event   With just 15 of the 152 players who started the day surviving, U.S. player Chris Papastratis built a huge chip lead, holding 3,200,000 chips by the close of play, more than Kenny Hsiung (1,560,000) and Jeff Madsen (1,340,000) in second and third place respectively. Madsen especially will be desperate to catch up on the final day, chasing his fifth gold bracelet and the top prize of $135,260.   With the top 71 players making the money places on Day 2, some, such as Andrew Barber, Mike Matusow, Alex Livingston and John Cernuto came close but failed to make profit. Others did so but couldn’t make the final day’s play, with Michael Mizrachi (71st for $2,421), Max Pescatori (61st for $2,421) and Barry Greenstein (45th for $3,026) all cashing.   WSOP 2022 Event #36 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:   Chris Papastratis - 3,200,000 Kenny Hsiung - 1,560,000 Jeff Madsen - 1,340,000 John Holley - 1,030,000 Jon Kyte - 825,000 Scott Lake - 615,000 Chad Campbell - 600,000 John Bunch - 600,000 Brian Scholl - 535,000 Ali Eslami - 490,000   Two More Events Close Day 18 Play   On Day 1a of the Millionaire Maker, an incredible 3,546 entries were whittled down to 738 players on Day 1. Rick Alvarado (466,500) led the field as play stopped for the night, but he is followed closely by Russian professional Anatoly Filatov (429,500) and Federico Castaing (427,000), with Perry Johnson (413,500) not far back.   Some very big names also survived the day, with Jason Wheeler bagging 369,500 for a top 10 chip stack, with Elio Fox (275,000) Shannon Shorr (244,000), Maria Ho (114,500) and Niall Farrell (99,000) all making the cut too. Big names such as Daniel Lazrus, David Pham, Kevin Gerhart, DJ Alexander, Upeshka De Silva and Ben Heath all hit the rail.   WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Day 1a Top 10 Chipcounts:   Rick Alvarado - 466,500 Anatoly Filatov - 429,500 Federico Castaing - 427,000 Perry Johnston - 413,500 Stanislav Angelov - 412,500 Vu To - 389,000 Ian Modder - 386,000 Santiago Plante - 375,500 Jason Wheeler - 369,500 Cosmin Joldis - 368,000   Finally, in the $10,000-entry No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship, the 38th event of the 2022 WSOP concluded its Day 1 with Mark Johns (424,500) in the lead of 40 others who survived from 110 entries.   With players such as 2022 WSOP bracelet winner Alex Livingston (320,000) and four-time WPT winner Darren Elias (267,500) chasing him down, the chip leader will surely not have everything his own way on Day 2, with Jeremy Ausmus (262,500), Bradley Anderson (233,000), Scott Seiver (226,000), and Phil Hellmuth (197,500) all staying the Day 1 course.   Some to lose their stacks on the opening day included Shaun Deeb, Ben Lamb, Koray Aldemir, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Chad Eveslage, Dario Sammartino and Dan Smith.   WSOP 2022 Event #38 $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw Top 10 Chipcounts:   Mark Johns - 424,500 Alex Livingston - 320,000 Darren Elias - 267,500 Farzad Bonyadi - 267,000 Thomas Newton - 265,500 Jeremy Ausmus - 262,500 Ben Diebold - 257,500 Dan Shak - 241,000 Maxx Coleman - 240,500 Yuri Dzivielevski - 240,500   Optimization is a thing in poker and Darren Elias is here with a little advice for anyone looking to get into the game or make it as a winning player.   https://twitter.com/DarrenElias/status/1537900870037217280   Some players attend the World Series to Poker purely to tick something off their bucket list.   https://twitter.com/MrSparco/status/1537920199298469890   Scott Seiver reported good times from one particular table and its clear that the four-time bracelet winner is loving the game as much as ever.   https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1538003330244349953   Finally, imagine meeting one of your poker heroes for the first time after working in the same industry for years and this is what happens. It could only be Chainsaw.   https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1538034492496941057   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  7. There were three news bracelet winners crowned on Day 17 of the 2022 World Series of Poker, with two first-time winners and a player who entered the top 14 of WSOP winning players of all time. It was an action-packed 24 hours in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we’ve got all seven events to catch up on.     Daniel Weinman Wins Event #30 for $255k   Daniel Weinman achieved a lifelong dream as he added a WSOP bracelet to World Poker Tour and WSOP Circuit victories in one of the biggest days of his career to date. Weinman, who won his Circuit ring seven years ago, added more WSOP glory and pushed his live poker earnings past $3.3 million in the process as he toppled fellow American Jamey Hendrickson heads-up.   The final day began with 10 players not eight, but with both Lautaro Guerra and Oliver Weis busted inside a few minutes of each other, play was soon down to the official final table of eight. Americans Ruslan Dykshteyn and Stephen Song were first to go, as Chino Rheem raced past 10 million chips, but after Ferenc Deak lost his seat in sixth place, Rheem was a surprise departure, losing a series of damaging pots before sliding out of contention.   That was Weinman’s cue to increase the pressure on his opponents and he was not about to turn down the invitation. Weinman powered to victory, eliminating Rheem’s conqueror Germandio Andoni and eventually getting heads up with a healthy lead over fellow countryman Jamey Hendrickson. It didn’t take long for Weinman’s two pair to hold over Hendrickson’s draw and Weinman finally had the victory he so desperately craved, his bulky rail celebrating wildly in the wings.   WSOP 2022 Event #30 $1,000 PLO 8-Max Final Table Results:   Daniel Weinman - $255,359 Jamey Hendrickson - $157,819 Eduardo Bernal Sanchez - $116,751 Germandio Andoni - $87,167 Chino Rheem - $65,685 Ferenc Deak - $49,962 Stephen Song - $38,363 Ruslan Dykshteyn - $29,739   Brian Hastings Claims Sixth WSOP Bracelet Victory   Brian Hastings won his sixth WSOP with a stunning victory inside Bally’s as he toppled the stubborn Eric Wasserson heads-up to win $292,146 and put himself into the top 15 players ever to play the World Series of Poker. Overtaking luminaries such as Michael Mizrachi and Layne Flack, Hastings has now won $3.4 million in WSOP events alone and this latest victory only rubber-stamped his already stellar reputation as a modern great of the game.   The seven-handed final table saw Israel’s Yuval Bronshtein cash in seventh place, leaving the party early as his conqueror Hastings began his ascent. There was then an extended period of play without an elimination, but when the dust settled and five remained, Jordan Siegel was on the rail and Dan Zack led the remaining players.   Over another long session at the felt, the lead changed hands many times, but when players went to a dinner break, it was Hastings in the lead and Wasserson not far behind, and that set a pattern for how the remainder of the event played out. Marco Johnson busted in fifth place before Shaun Deeb exited in fourth for the final five-figure score of the event, cashing for $94,606 and some highly valuable Player of the Year points.   Dan Zack is higher in that current leaderboard than Deeb at present and he cashed higher than his rival in this tournament, busting in third place for a score of $129,760 and becoming the closest player so far to catching their elusive second bracelet this series. Heads-up, Hasting had a 5:2 chip lead and while Wasserson battled bravely, the momentum was always with the more experienced Hastings. He sealed the deal with just eight-high, leaving Wasserson to lick his wounds with a runner-up prize of $180,559 and Hastings to collect his sixth bracelet and the top prize of $292,146.   WSOP 2022 Event #31 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Results: Brian Hastings - $292,146 Eric Wasserson - $180,559 Daniel Zack - $129,760 Shaun Deeb - $94,606 Marco Johnson - $70,139 Jordan Siegel - $52,854 Yuval Bronshtein - $40,494   Nino Ullmann Outlasts Peters and Elias to First Bracelet Win   German player Nino Ullmann was cheered on to victory by a passionate German rail as he became the third player on Day 17 to crown his event with a win. Ullmann, who led when 55 players started the final day, got the better of a stellar cast of opponents in the final table drama, starting with Spanish player Lander Ljio, who busted to Ullmann when Lijo’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"] couldn’t hit against Ullmann’s [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] as the board came [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6s"].   Lijo cashed for $97,256 in sixth place and soon afterwards, it was the turn of 2022 WSOP bracelet winner David Peters to follow him from the felt. Peters cashed for $132,662 in fifth place when his [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Ts"] was unable to hold against Ullmann’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"]. Ullmann hit a king on the turn as the board came [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="5c"] and the German rail cheered their man loudly from the sidelines.   Things got even better for Ullmann in the next elimination as Darren Elias joined Peters on the rail. Elias was all-in with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] and called by Timothy Flank with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Td"], the board of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"] giving the four-time World Poker Tour Main Event winner nothing to cheer about himself, hitting the rail for $183,616.   With three players remaining, the pivotal moment in the destiny of the latest gold bracelet took place, with Anthony Hu busted by Ullmann. Ullmann shoved with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"] and got there against Hu’s [poker card="As"][poker card="5d"] as a board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="6s"] played out. That hand gave Ullmann a crucial advantage going into the heads-up, holding 36 million chips to Flank’s 19 million and while Flank caught up a little, the final hand was to prove why that prior aggression from Ullmann was key.   Flank made the raise in the last hand, Ullmann calling with [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] to see a flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"]. Flank, holding [poker card="Js"][poker card="6s"] had flopped top pair and c-bet, but Ullmann check-raised and when Flank moved all-in, had the chips behind him to make the call. With an open-ended straight and flush draw, Ullmann had plenty of outs and hit the [poker card="Td"] on the turn giving him the winning hand of a flush and leaving Flank drawing dead. The inconsequential [poker card="2s"] on the river only served to close the book on another memorable final table as deafening cheers saw Ullmann giving a rousing reception by his fans.   WSOP 2022 Event #33 $3,000 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Results:   Nino Ullmann - $594,079 Timothy Flank - $367,181 Anthony Hu - $257,821 Darren Elias - $183,616 David Peters - $132,662 Lander Lijo - $97,256   David Williams Leads Stacked Field in H.O.R.S.E. Event David Williams, the former WSOP Main Event runner-up and both WPT and WSOP winner, has the chip lead in Event #32, the $1,500-entry H.O.R.S.E. tournament. With 2,125,000 chips, Williams is marginally ahead of Jason Daly (2,105,000) and Michelle Roth (1,405,000) both present in the top five, as only 22 players made the final day. Others to star in the top 10 on the leaderboard included Japanese professional Tamon Nakamura (1,005,000) and Steve Albini (970,000).   Others were not so fortunate, with last year’s winner of the corresponding event, Anthony Zinno, falling from the field before the money places along with mixed game legend Michael Mizrachi and Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu. Finishing inside the money places were Wolfsburg and Germany international soccer player Max Kruse, Mike Matusow, and Phil Ivey.   WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:   David Williams - 2,125,000 Jason Daly - 2,015,000 Michelle Roth - 1,405,000 Richard Bai - 1,310,000 Shirley Rosario - 1,170,000 Robin Rightmire - 1,140,000 Kyle Loman - 1,110,000 Tamon Nakamura - 1,005,000 Peter Brownstein - 975,000 Steven Albini - 970,000   Main Event Winners Survive in $1,500-entry Freezeout Event   There was a field full of stars in the $1,500-entry NLHE Freezeout event #34, which saw just 158 players survive from the 1,774 entries on Day 1. Among those to make it to Day 2 are two former WSOP Main Event winners with 2014 champ Martin Jacobson (488,000) joined in the chipcounts by last year’s winner Koray Aldemir (200,000).   Chip leader after over 11 hours at the felt was Gregor Sverko from Croatia, who bagged up an incredible 1,046,000 chips – the only player to pass a million on the day. Behind Sverko, Keith Kordowski (812,000), Raffaele Sorrentino (788,000) and Kevin Schulz (666,000), as well as Athanasios Polychronopoulos (588,000), will all fancy their chances, while there was also a bag for Adrian Mateos (281,000). Others such as Maria Ho, Jeff Platt, Brad Owen, Ryan Depaulo and Vanessa Kade did not make the Day 2 seat draw.   WSOP 2022 Event #34 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Gregor Sverko - 1,046,000 Keith Kordowski - 812,000 Raffaele Sorrentino - 788,000 Jason Hickey - 752,000 Michel Leibgorin - 679,000 Kevin Schulz - 666,000 Euan McNicholas - 626,000 Jonas Wexler - 621,000 Christopher Maguire - 607,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 588,000   Two More Events End Day 1 Flights   In Event #35, 101 players survived from 281 entries in the $2,500-entry Mixed Big Bet event. A total of $625,225 ended up in the prizepool, meaning that the winner of this event will win $144,338 as well as the fabled gold WSOP bracelet. It was British player Richard Ashby who led the field when the day ended, piling up 387,100 chips.   Others to make Day 2 included Brian Rast (193,900), Keith Lehr (191,400), Michael Moncek (163,100), Alex Epstein (140,000), Michael Noori (137,200), Phil Ivey (51,300) and Daniel Negreanu (23,600), who needed two re-entries to survive.   WSOP 2022 Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Top 10 Chipcounts:   Richard Ashby - 387,100 Unknown - 273,000 Steve Friedlander - 204,200 Bariscan Betil - 199,300 Sterling Savill - 195,900 Brian Rast - 193,900 Keith Lehr - 191,400 Andrew Robl - 184,000 Daniel Mayoh - 180,500 David Prociak - 171,700   Lastly, Event #36 concluded with 471 entries taking on the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament. Just 152 players made it to Day 2, with Pearce Arnold (244,500), Kenny Hsiung (224,000) and Bruce Hoyt (196,000) all excelling on Day 1.   A little lower down the leaderboard, Chad Campbell (185,000), Barry Greenstein (146,000), Michael Mizrachi (104,500), Mike Matusow (90,500), Eugene Katchalov (82,000) all made Day 2, with others such as Yuval Bronshtein, Joao Vieira, Perry Friedman and Eli Elezra all failing to progress.   WSOP 2022 Event #36 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Pearce Arnold – 244,500 Kenny Hsiung – 224,000 Bruce Hoyt - 196,000 Ali Eslami - 189,500 Chad Campbell - 185,000 Angelo Macini – 171,500 Yuichi Kanai – 167,500 Harris Soetikno – 165,000 John Holley – 163,500 Claude Marbleu - 155,000   Joey Ingram welcomed some former poker players back to the field after a busy day in other investment markets.   https://twitter.com/Joeingram1/status/1537539314606690304   As many have pointed out, it’s not been a great summer for players called Phil, but Dan Smith rubbed in his team’s lead in detail.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1537601058834247687   It’s a frequent argument that if poker is so much fun then why do players look so stoic at the felt? Funnyman and Global Poker Award winner Joe Stapleton helped one fan work it out.   https://twitter.com/Stapes/status/1537518623845064705   Finally, want to feel old? No, neither does Galen Hall.   https://twitter.com/galenhall/status/1537299096205070336   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  8. A dramatic day at the World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas saw Jeremy Ausmus, Christopher Chatman and Rob Wazwaz all win gold on Day 14 of the 2022 World Series of Poker. With a total of eight events taking place across both venues, it was one of the busiest days of the summer so far, with the $50,000-entry PLO High Roller event seeing the return of a poker legend to the felt.   Jeremy Ausmus Wins Limit Hold’em Gold The final day of Event #23, the Limit Hold’em 6-Max event, was a dramatic one. Jeremy Ausmus was the eventual winner, taking home his fourth WSOP bracelet and third in the last year, but along the way, plenty of big names missed out on glory.   The final table was six-handed, but the final seven made the trip to the same table to compete for the bracelet. Shaun Deeb had already been eliminated by then, and Ausmus saw Gabe Ramos take out the only other man to have previously own a WSOP bracelet in Andrew Kelsall, as the latter’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"] couldn’t catch Ramos’ [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jd"].   Out in fifth place was Mike Lancaster, whose [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6c"] was dominated by Ramos’ [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Th"] to see Lancaster crash out for $29,185. Some time later, Rocco took out Zachary Grech in fourth place for $41,191 when Grech’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jc"] was no match for the former chip leader’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qs"], but by that point, Ausmus was in charge chips-wise and that continued when he took out Ramos in third place. Ausmus held [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"] and Ramos couldn’t catch up with his coolered [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"].   A huge bluff with Rocco might have got through many others when heads-up reached its pivotal stage, but Ausmus called with a pair of fives on a board showing [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8s"] after his opponent had bet every street. Ausmus closed it out soon after for victory, leaving Rocco to take home the $87,854 runner-up prize and Ausmus to claim gold again at the WSOP.   WSOP 2022 Event #23 Limit Hold'em 6-Max Final Table Results:   Jeremy Ausmus - $142,147 Michael Rocco - $87,854 Gabe Ramos - $59,486 Zachary Grech - $41,191 Mike Lancaster - $29,185 Andrew Kelsall - $21,170   Chatman Takes Flip & Go Crown   Christopher Chatman won the $1,000-entry FLIP & GO event on Monday night for a score of $187,770 after a busy day at the felt. With nine players making the final table, it was Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow who busted first, his [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jc"] dominated by Pete Chen’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"] despite Matusow’s boast that he knew ‘the queen in coming’. It didn’t and he hit the rail for $17,010.   Next to go was Zach Cheatum, before Austin Apicella busted in sixth place. In fifth, Chen himself was on the rail after his [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"] was unable to overtake Chatman’s [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"], a board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="6d"] meaning Chen was drawing dead by the turn. In fourth place, Ian Steinman crashed out with a dominated king, before Tyler Willse busted in third for $85,420, his [poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"] unable to hold against Chatman’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"], two larger pairs than threes coming to counterfeit Willse’s hand and cruelly deny him a double up.   Heads-up, Chatman had 12 million, but Rafi Elharar had 13 million. That situation flipped on its head quickly, however, after both men hit top pair and Chatman had the better kicker. Soon after, it was all over as Chatman’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] sailed home against Elharar’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="6c"], the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Jh"] giving Elharar hope of a flush on the turn but denying him the pay-off on the river.   WSOP 2022 Event #24 $1,000 FLIP & GO Final Table Results:   Christopher Chatman - $187,770 Rafi Elharar - $116,050 Tyler Willse - $85,420 Ian Steinman - $63,530 Pete Chen - $47,760 Austin Apicella - $36,290 Zach Cheatum - $27,880 Georgios Sotiropoulos - $21,660 Mike Matusow - $17,010   Wazwaz Takes Deepstack Crown for Huge Top Prize   Event #25, the $800-entry Deepstack event was won for a first-time WSOP bracelet by Rob Wazwaz in the early hours of Tuesday morning. On what was a busy day, three figures of players played down to a winner as stars such as Melanie Weisner (101st) and Adam Levi (108th) both missed out on the latter stages of the event.   Once at the nine-handed final table, Israel’s Liran Betito was eliminated first, losing to Wazwaz’ aces as the eventual winner took an early command. After Frenchman Sebastian Clot busted in eighth place, it was a race to heads-up, with players such as Indian player Abhinav Iyer and overnight leader Maxine Duhamel losing their chips along the way.   Wazwaz did not have the lead going into heads-up, but an inspired call of Crow’s bluff once he took the lead sealed the win for the impressive Wazwaz, who with much less experience than many other players on the final day, managed to put in the performance of a lifetime to win a life-changing top prize of $358,346 and capture bracelet winning memories that will last forever.   WSOP 2022 Event #25 $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:   Rob Wazwaz - $358,346 Robert Crow - $221,399 Terence Reid - $166,011 Sean Legendre - $125,371 Dov Markowic - $95,363 Maxime Duhamel - $73,064 Abhinav Iyer - $56,388 Sebastien Clot - $43,839 Liran Betito - $34,336 Monster Stack Day 3 Sees 39 Players Survive to Final Day   Just 39 of the 271 players who kicked off the penultimate day of action in the Monster Stack $1,500 buy-in event survived on a day of drama inside Bally’s. With Japanese player Yoshiya Agata (19,475,000) the chip leader, just 38 opponents stand between the overseas player and Japan’s first bracelet of the summer, with the top prize of $966,577 very much on all the remaining players’ minds.   From a total field of 6,051 entries, others to make the cut for the final day included Anthony Spinella (15,850,000) in the top ten, while other former bracelet winners Calvin Anderson (9,925,000), Joao Simao (4,900,000), and Justin Saliba (2,900,000) will all be dreaming of taking down the tournament and adding another bracelet to their trophy collections. WSOP 2022 Event #21 $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Yoshiya Agata - 19,475,000 Frank Lagodich - 16,450,000 Anthony Spinella - 15,850,000 Andrej Senic - 15,375,000 Francis Anderson - 15,300,000 Jeremy Saderne - 14,400,000 Ricardo Caridade - 14,000,000 Max Steinberg - 12,875,000 Alexios Zervos - 12,100,000 Ricardo Eyzaguirre - 12,100,000   Eveslage Shoots for Second Bracelet This Summer   Chad Eveslage will attempt what no player has done so far this summer and become the only person to win two WSOP bracelets in 2022, as he chip leads Event #26, the $10,000-entry Limit Hold’em Championship final table. With 1,080,000 chips, Eveslage leads from both Matthew Schreiber (970,000) and Joey Coulden (830,000) who are his closest challengers.   In a rollercaoster day at the felt, many big names battled in vain to reach the 14 paid spots in the event, with Joao Vieira (38th), Anthony Zinno (35th), Dan Zack (32nd), Josh Arieh (31st), Yueqi Zhu (30th), Yuval Bronshtein (23rd), and Brian Rast (15th) all falling short.   It was Jesse Lonis who finished 14th for $16,920 before Matthew Rightnour (13th) and Marco Johnson (13th) both cashed for the same. Yi Klassen (11th) and Nick Pupillo (10th) both won $18,506 as they just missed out on making the final table.   WSOP 2022 Event #26 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Chipcounts:   Chad Eveslage - 1,080,000 Matthew Schreiber - 970,000 Joey Couden - 830,000 Kyle Dilschneider - 705,000 Jonathan Cohen - 605,000 Matt Woodward - 530,000 Matthew Gonzales - 435,000 David Litt - 190,000 Amir Shayesteh - 175,000   Arieh and Seiver Both Chasing PLO High Roller Leader Jouhkimainen   The 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh and 2022 WSOP bracelet winner Scott Seiver both sit in third and fourth place in Event #28, the $50,000-entry PLO High Roller, with Finnish pro Joni Jouhkimainen leading the field.   With 106 entries whittled down to just 36 survivors, Jouhkimainen (2,935,000) leads from nearest rival Aaron Mermelstein (2,375,000) with Scott Seiver (1,835,000) and 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (1,825,000) both right behind the top two. There is a massive $5 million prize pool in the event and $1.3 million up top.   Others to survive the day and reach the final three dozen with just 16 places paid included returning poker legend Jason Mercier (1,070,000), who took some time off in recent years to have a family with his wife Natasha. He has come back at the right time given his love of mixed games and is joined in the Day 2 seats draw by WSOP bracelet winners Chance Kornuth (895,000) and Ben Lamb (845,000) among others.   With so many players busting out, we lost some big names on Day 1, with bracelet winners Anthony Zinno, Jeremy Ausmus, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Negreanu, Dan Zack, Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey and Dylan Weisman all busting before the close of play.   WSOP 2022 Event #28 $50,000 PLO High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:   Joni Jouhkimainen - 2,935,000 Aaron Mermelstein - 2,375,000 Scott Seiver - 1,835,000 Josh Arieh - 1,825,000 Michael Heritsch - 1,795,000 AP Garza - 1,390,000 Aaron Katz - 1,250,000 Manuel Stojanovic - 1,180,000 Krasimir Yankov - 1,120,000 Veselin Karakitukov - 1,110,000   Two More Events Close Out Marathon Day In Event #27, the $1,500-entry Shootout event, there were soe terrific players who made it through the 1,000-strong field make the money and the last 100 places. Each 10-handed table played down to a winner who cashed and their number included stars of the felt such as Chris Moorman, Tom Schneider and Brian Yoon. Others to make the cut were Mustapha Kanit, Patrick Leonard, Maria Konnikova and the WSOP Main Event winner of 2016, Qui Nguyen.   Joining others players such as Kevin Song, Cole Ferraro, Alan Sternberg, Ben Keeline, Dalibor Dula and JJ Liu in the next round is Ukrainian pro and Eugene Katchalov, who told us earlier in the series of his journey from his war-torn home country to take on the best in Las Vegas to raise money for Ukrainian humanitarian charities.   Finally, Phil Hellmuth returned to action after a week-long COVID lay-off in Event #29, the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Event, bagging over 120,000 chips on Day 1 of the vent he won last year. Of the 437 starters, 122 players were still in seats at the close of play, with Ian O’Hara (294,500) Brandon Shack-Harris (235,500) and Tom Schneider (207,500) all making the top 10 with O’Hara the chip leader.   Others to survive the day included Mike Matusow (149,500) and Chris Brewer (117,500), Greg Raymer (62,000), and Barry Greenstein (61,500). With over 300 players busting, some luminaries whose lights went out on Day 1 included Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, John Monnette, Galen Hall, Dylan Linde, Melanie Weisner and the 2021 Main Event winner Koray Aldemir.   WSOP 2022 Event #29 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Top 10 Chipcounts: Ian O'Hara - 294,500 Brandon Shack-Harris - 235,500 Jon Kyte - 213,500 Tom Schneider - 207,500 Gabe Paul - 189,500 Michael Lang - 185,000 Ilkka Heikkila - 172,500 Jonathan McGowan - 172,000 Yosif Nawabi - 170,500 Yanni Raz - 166,000   Building a stack in a World Series of Poker event is exciting in any event, but in the Monster Stack, it looks amazing!   https://twitter.com/MaxJSteinberg/status/1536457522223075328   A certain Rounds quote sprang to mind when considering the illness sweeping through sections of the WSOP.   https://twitter.com/Matt_Itkin_23/status/1536432435197464577   Finally, it’s great to see that the 16-time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth, return to action. The Brat is back...   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1536648185346523142   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  9. On a day where eight bracelet events took place and four new WSOP champions were crowned, it was the biggest winning day of the 2022 World Series of Poker so far. With all the action inside Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas, the stars were out for a superb end to half the tournaments that played down to a winner on Day 16 of the WSOP.     Robert Cowen Wins PLO High Roller for $1.3m   The first British winner this World Series of Poker came in Event #28 where Robert Cowen took down the $50,000-entry PLO High Roller final table. Taking care of Dash Dudley heads-up, Cowen managed to win courtesy of some aggression at the felt and off it, backed up by a raucous rail of British fans.   With just five men starting the final table, Jared Bleznick lost out first, busting in fifth place for $342,626. Bleznick lost with kings against aces to Dudley, then proceeded to give a great account of his tournament after the event. Jeff Platt’s ‘exit’ interview with Jared Bleznick was truly something to behold as the popular if enigmatic poker player summed up his ‘excitement’ at cashing for six figures.   https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1537228623727341568   Cowen was the man who took out the overnight chip leader Veselin Karakitukov, who earned $458,016, before Ben Lamb lost his seat too, Cowen’s relentless aggression forcing others into mistakes. Heads-up, Dudley went into the battle with just a third of Cowen’s stack and a short time later was out in second place for $861,442. Cowen, however, won his second WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $1,393,816.   WSOP 2022 Event #28 $50,000 PLO High Roller Final Table Results:   Robert Cowen - $1,393,816 Dash Dudley - $861,442 Ben Lamb - $622,861 Veselin Karakitukov - $458,016 Jared Bleznick - $342,626 Jason Mercier - $260,819 Aaron Katz - $202,103 Scott Seiver - $159,464   Cohen Overcomes Dilschneider in Delayed Heads-Up Duel   Jonathan Cohen came from behind to win the delayed heads-up against Kyle Dilschneider in Event #26, the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. With 3,000,000 chips, Dilschneider was the favorite to take the title, but it was Cohen who ran away with it on a dominant day at the felt.   The final table had played down to the final two the day before, when Chad Eveslage was the chip leader and chasing his second WSOP bracelet. He busted in sixth place, however, and a day later, Cohen got the job done, describing the battle as “misery” in an interview withour friends PokerNews after the event.   WSOP 2022 Event #26 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results:   Jonathan Cohen - $245,678 Kyle Dilschneider - $151,842 Matthew Schreiber - $107,978 Matthew Gonzales - $78,435 Joey Couden - $58,226 Chad Eveslage - $44,194 Matt Woodward - $34,314 Amir Shayesteh - $27,269 David Litt - $22,192   Simhai Seals Shootout Win   Just 10 players started the final day in the $1,500-entry Shootout NLHE Event #27. With the sole remaining World Series of Poker bracelet winner among the last day of players, Kevin Song, busting in ninth, the field was open to anyone as players battled down for the win. After David Yonnotti busted in eight, he was followed from the felt by Austin Peck and Roongsak Griffith in seventh and sixth respectively, only five remained.   Tim McDermott had made it to the final day after at one point being down to a single chip on Day 2, so his result of finishing in fifth place for $64,129 was amazing by any standards. In his final hand, McDermott held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5h"] and was busted by Anant Patel’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Tc"] when the board came [poker card="Td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Qs"].   Ravi Raghavan busted in fourth place for $84,047 when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] couldn’t catch Simhai’s [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Ts"] after a board which produced a king and jack but nothing else to help Raghavan. Moments later, Anant Patel cashed in third place for $111,226, as he was unlucky to bust with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"] against Simhai’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="3s"]. The flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"] saw all the money go into the middle and Patel couldn’t overtake Simhai on turn and river.   Simhai closed it out soon after, his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5c"] overtaking David Dowdy’s [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"] when a board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Qs"] counterfeited his opponent’s hand. Simhai’s victory handed him the $240,480 top prize and a debut WSOP bracelet win.   WSOP 2022 Event #27 $1,500 NLHE Shootout Final Table Results:   Michael Simhai - $240,480 David Dowdy - $148,618 Anant Patel - $111,226 Ravi Raghavan - $84,047 Timothy McDermott - $64,129 Roongsak Griffith - $49,414 Austin Peck - $38,455 David Yonnotti - $30,227 Kevin Song - $24,001 Derek Sudell - $19,253   Coleman Drops Newton to Win Lowball Crown   Event #29 saw Maxx Coleman take the fourth and final WSOP bracelet when he took down the $1,500 NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw event. With seven players making the final table, German footballer Max Kruse finished in seventh place when he cashed for $14,078. The 34-year-old Kruse, who has played for Fenerbahce, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg and his national team of Germany in a glittering career, lost out to Thomas Newton as the American leapt up the leaderboard.   Next to go was Mexican player Tomas Szwarcberg, who busted in sixth place for $19,108 before both Kenneth Po and the overnight joint chip leader Yuri Dzivielevski both lost their stacks. Heads up saw Newton lose out to Coleman as he doubled up his short stack once but couldn’t manage it twice, busting for $78,997 in second place. Coleman’s victory, worth $127,809, was one he celebrated in style after finally landing the prize he’d always dreamed of.   WSOP 2022 Event #29 $1,500 NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw Final Table Results:   Maxx Coleman - $127,809 Thomas Newton - $78,997 Roland Israelashvili - $53,828 Yuri Dzivielevski - $37,379 Kenneth Po - $26,464 Tomas Szwarcberg - $19,108 Max Kruse - $14,078   Weinman Winning With 10 Left in PLO Event #30 Just 10 players are left in the hunt for the bracelet in the $1,000-entry PLO eight-handed WSOP Event #30. On Day 2, players such as British former Five Diamond Winner James Dempsey, high roller Dylan Weisman, 2021 No Limit Player of the Year challenger Cole Ferraro and Ryan Laplante all exiting, Daniel Weinman’s stack of 6.42 million was the biggest.   Others to make the final ten players include Chino Rheem (4,855,000), Ruslan Dykshteyn (3,200,000) and Stephen Song (2,665,000) and with a $255,359 top prize up top, the final day’s play will be a huge one for potential new winners.   WSOP 2022 Event #30 $1,000 PLO Omaha 8-Max Final Table Chipcounts:   Daniel Weinman - 6,420,000 Eduardo Bernal Sanchez - 4,940,000 Chino Rheem - 4,855,000 Germandio Andoni - 4,555,000 Jamey Hendrickson - 4,495,000 Ruslan Dykshteyn - 3,200,000 Ferenc Deak - 2,850,000 Stephen Song - 2,665,000 Oliver Weis - 1,610,000 Lautaro Guerra - 1,300,000   Hastings in Line for Sixth WSOP Bracelet, Hellmuth Hanging On   Just 10 players also remain in the $10,000-entry Limit 2-7 Lowball event, Event #31 on the schedule, with Brian Hastings (1,365,000) the chip leader. With Eric Wasserson (1,350,000) close behind, others such as Marco Johnson (1,105,000) and Andrew Kelsall (540,000) are in the top 10.   It is just behind those players that much of the focus will begin, however, with 16- time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth coming back with 380,000 chips and just nine opponents between him and his 17th gold bracelet.   Daniel Zack (535,000), Shaun Deeb (435,000) and Yuval Bronshtein (280,000) are also present as some very experienced players will battle for bracelet glory on Thursday night.   WSOP 2022 Event #31 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Final Day Chipcounts:   Brian Hastings - 1,365,000 Eric Wasserson - 1,350,000 Marco Johnson - 1,105,000 Jordan Siegel - 725,000 Andrew Kelsall - 540,000 Daniel Zack - 535,000 Shaun Deeb - 435,000 Phil Hellmuth - 380,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 280,000 Ali Eslami - 170,000   Two Other Bracelet Events End Day 1 Flights   The talented Japanese professional Tamon Nakamura (311,000) leads the remaining 264 in Event #32, the $1,500-entry H.O.R.S.E. tournament with a top prize of $196,089. An incredible 773 entries saw the event far outstrip last year’s attendance of under 600 players, and with Max Kruse returning to action following his earlier final table eleimination, the Germany football bagged up 224,000 chips.   Others to stack up chips included Dzmitry Urbanovich (189,000), 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey (105,000), mixed game and no limit monster competitor Michael Mizrachi (76,000), Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow (45,000) and Anthony Zinno (122,000) with others such as Todd Brunson, Scotty Nguyen and Maria Ho among those to depart.   WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:   Tamon Nakamura - 311,000 Max Kruse - 224,000 Nathaniel Parenti - 206,500 John Fahmy - 203,350 Natascha Stamm - 202,000 Robert Kearse - 196,500 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 189,000 Eric Rodawig - 180,500 Shirley Rosario - 172,000 Daniel Plonsker - 171,000   Finally, in Event #33, the $1,500-entry 6-Max NLHE event, it was German player Nino Ullman (2,565,000) and two Canadians, Rayan Chamas (2,500,000) and Vanessa Kade (2,290,000), in the podium places of the 203 players to survive from 1,350 entries on Day 1 of this event.   Others such as Dylan Linde (1,910,000) and Taylor Paur (1,660,000) made the top 10, with stars of the felt Keith Lehr (1,510,000), Davidi Kitai (1,470,000) and Dmitry Yurasov (1,420,000) three former bracelet winners to join them.   WSOP 2022 Event #33 $1,500 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Nino Ullmann - 2,565,000 Rayan Chamas - 2,500,000 Vanessa Kade - 2,290,000 Matthew Wantman - 2,170,000 Abbas Heidari - 2,145,000 Viliyan Petleshkov - 2,085,000 Dylan Linde - 1,910,000 Taylor Paur - 1,660,000 Joseph Antar - 1,650,000 Alexandre Moreau - 1,540,000   Jonathan Cohen takes a great winner's photo...   https://twitter.com/PokerGOnews/status/1537269468971159552   ...while two very talented Brazilians were ever-present in front of the cameras on Day 16 too.   https://twitter.com/r3medies/status/1537195021081841664   Adam Friedman hosted an 'ask me anything in what has become something of a routine this month for WSOP players.   https://twitter.com/AdamFriedman119/status/1537178719877361664   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.    
  10. Today sees the final table of the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller, otherwise known as Event #19, and with just five players left, two of the men who will fight for the $1.4 million top prize were last year’s WSOP Players of the Year. Josh Arieh won the overall leaderboard including all games, but Scott Ball was the No Limit Hold’em winner.   On the Ball   Since then, Ball has been working hard on his game and even harder on his personal development to put himself in a position to do it all over again... this time eclipsing the top spot Josh Arieh also looks well positioned to fulfil.   “I want to do it again just to keep proving myself. It’s less pride and more motivation. I’m excited to get in there and play and shake it up in these bigger buy-in events in person.”   A year ago, while Ball was a respected professional, he was not the 2021 WSOP NLHE Player of the Year. In 2022, however, players approach him very differently as an opponent.   “There’s a chunk of people in the high roller scene that are going to be like ‘This guy is a fish’! In the smaller buy-ins, a certain percentage are like ‘Oh, this guy is the one who Mike Matusow said sucked one time... then there another kind of people are like ‘He won two bracelets and he’s good’. It’s about adapting your approach to how others play you.   Ball was never one of those players who hated the Rio, but he’s already loving Bally’s and Paris, like so many poker professionals and recreational players alike.   “I think in general the WSOP is what you make of it,” he says, “If you don’t go into it with a positive outlook and make the best of it, especially during downswings, which are more common than not, you can think of the negative stuff. A lot of people are quick to berate new dealers too, but I’m just glad that we get the WSOP, man!”   [caption id="attachment_638385" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Scott Ball won the WSOP 2021 NLHE Player of the Year, but only the overall winner -Josh Arieh - got a flag on the Bally's wall. Can Ball grab one this year?[/caption] Taking on the Champ   Ball’s positive outlook extends to taking on Josh Arieh for the title of not only Player of the Year this year, but also the winner of Event #19. Three other great opponents stand in both men’s way, but while Fabian Brandes, Tong Li and Sam Stein will all provide stiff challenges, Arieh and Ball have six of the seven bracelets won by players at the final table between them. Arieh has double the number of his younger opponent.   “It was decided after I won that the NL player doesn’t get a flag,” says Ball with a smile. “It’s a motivator at the end of the day! I’ve got to win the main one. Assuming I can put some runs together Its possible. Theoretically, playing no limit I had a chance to win by running good, but I could be stuck a quarter of a million this year. I’m willing to re-enter $25k and $50k events if its at the proper time and the field looks right. Starting off hot would be nice!”   Ball is guaranteed to win at least $342,590 even if he finishes in fifth place, but he could win over a million more than that if he takes home the bracelet. Ball says it's vital to bring his A-Game and not just at this final table, but across the whole series.   “You’ve got to hold your head up high at all times show up, get your job done, not make excuses and stay healthy. Last year there were definitely mistakes I made mentally. Every year I give myself a tournament where I drink and have cocktails. In 2021, the last $5,000 event [The Closer] saw people that could still pass me, so I’m not doing that this year! Every point matters.”   Keeping a level head and staying focused are things that come naturally to Ball now, and it’s the hard work behind the scenes that have done it. He’s no longer concerned with other results of what others might say.   “Last time we spoke, what people said hurt me and affected me a great deal,” he admits. “Now I have a chuckle and a laugh. I’ve grown a lot since the last series, as a player but more so as a human being.”   [caption id="attachment_638383" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Scott Ball is happiest with the improvements that he's made in his life not just his poker game.[/caption] Doing the Work   Ball is a big fan of many other players, one of whom is his good friend Daniel Lazrus, who also won two WSOP bracelets in 2021.   “Danny’s one of those guys who I respect a lot - he’s a really good person. He’s just so good. I think Danny and I are addicted to learning and implementing improvement. If you’re addicted to winning, then it’s a trainwreck waiting to happen. But making the right decisions? You have to do that work.”   Becoming better at no limit hold’em is all about correcting errors along the way and enjoying that process.   “Everyone’s making so many mistakes,” Ball says. “There’s no one playing poker not making mistakes, even the best players in the world. The game is so damn hard, you can’t play perfectly. For example, the weakest part of my game last World Series was blind vs blind. Until a week ago I hated it. Now I love those spots -they’re so much fun. That’s down to a lot of working at it."   Far from running from the challenge, Ball always seems to tackle it head on. The way he describes is makes it sound mandatory.   “It's your job if you want to win these high rollers – you don’t have a choice. Sometimes you can get deep in a One Drop or the Main Event and there are more recreational players, but I think a lot of online end bosses who disappeared for a while will turn up this year. All the best are still here and trying to win. If you want to be competitive, you better be working hard. If not, people pass you. It’s crazy how fast the game move and evolves all the time.”   Ball has his eyes on the immediate prize of $1.4 million that is on the line in Event #19. But there is a lot more to come from Scott Ball no matter what the result. The end game is about the long game.   “There’s a lot more to accomplish,” he says. “I feel like I’ve got this far, and I’ve worked hard mentally. I’m proud of where I’ve come. I need to continue to succeed in order to provide a legacy.”   Scott Ball is well on his way to doing that already. If he can take down the reigning Player of the Year, it might help leapfrog his great and respected rival and put himself in the position to get a flag on the wall at Bally’s.          
  11. The twelfth day of action at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris casinos in Las Vegas saw just one new event kick off with Limit Hold'em enthusiasts getting a $3,000 version to fire into, while the second and final flight of the $1,500 Monster Stack and Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship the other options for players. Meanwhile, two bracelets were awarded, while the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller played down to the final five players.   Stefan Lehner Tops Talented Final Table For First Bracelet Day 4 of Event #16: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em, brought nine players back for the final table, and with shallow stacks to start, it was a brisk seven-and-a-half hour jaunt to crown a winner, Austria's Stefan Lehner, earning his first WSOP gold bracelet and $558,616, a huge leap from his previous career-high score in 2021 in WSOP Event #29: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Fifty Stack Online. Despite stacks at the final table beginning at an average of just 27.5 big blinds, it took until the second level of the day for WSOP bracelet winner Davide Suriano to run into aces and fall in 9th. Nicholas Dolen and former WSOP bracelet winner Joey Weissman would both fall in the next level, while Alex Foxen took control of the final table and ascended into the chip lead. After Kevin Stevens busted in 6th, the tables turned on Foxen. The man with over $21 million in career Hendon Mob reported earnings first lost a chunk to Lehner, who check-called a flop and turn bet with middle pair correctly. Foxen then lost a flip to Toby Boas, and shortly after lost his last few big blinds with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"] to David Miscikowski's [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] to depart in 5th. Miscikowski, who started the final day as chip leader, would be next to bust, running [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] into Boas's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] in a pre-flop clash. Boas took command of three-handed play from this point, and once Nathan Russler fell to Lehner in 3rd, Boas had a 3:1 chip lead going into heads-up play. Lehner held firm, and eventually caught a huge bluff from Boas to double into his own 4:1 chip lead. Boas would call off his last 7.5 big blinds a short time later with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"], but Lehner's [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] would hold up to leave Boas as the runner-up. WSOP 2022 Event #16: $3,000 NLHE Final Table Results Stefan Lehner - $558,616 Toby Boas - $345,244 Nathan Russler - $248,298 David Miscikowski - $180,795 Alex Foxen - $133,300 Kevin Stevens - $99,535 Joey Weissman - $75,282 Nicholas Dolen - $57,683 Davide Suriano - $44,785 Brandes and Arieh Headline Final Five of PLO Championship With 28 players returning for Day 3 of Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, only five would secure seats in for the live-streamed final day of play. Fabian Brandes will return as the chip leader with 13.175 million in chips and he and Tong Li will be searching for their first career bracelet, while WSOP Bracelet winners Josh Arieh, Sam Stein and Scott Ball all look to add to their bracelet totals. With a veritable who's who of poker left in the field, plenty of familar faces fell by the wayside throughout the day. Keith Lehr (25th) couldn't spin up the short stack, while Yuri Dzivielevski (24th) and Noah Schwartz (22nd), all three of whom own WSOP gold, also bowed out early, with each earning a $50,575 payday. Arieh spent much of the middle part of the day chipping up, including winning a substantial pot off of Ben Lamb, who called a 900,000 river bet from Arieh only to be shown the nut flush. Daniel Negreanu (16th – $57,738) was the first to bust once the field reached two tables, bricking a combo draw against Jonathan Depa's top two pair. More bracelet winners hit the rail shortly after, including Lamb (15th – $67,313) and Chance Kornuth (13th – $80,105), before Jared Bleznick busted in 10th ($97,266) to Arieh, giving the four-time bracelet winner a big boost to second in chips going to the unofficial final table of nine, right behind Brandes. David Williams (9th – $120,457), Gregory Shuda (8th – $152,091), and Emmanuel Sebag (7th – $195,713) all earned a six-figure payday, while Depa (6th – $256,582) would be the final elimination of the day, as he called off a micro-stack of just under two big blinds and failed to improve against the aces of Arieh. While Brandes has a healthy edge chip-wise, it will be hard to discount any of the contenders behind him, as even the shortest stack in Ball returns to Day 4 with over 26 big blinds to work with. WSOP 2022 Event #19: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Chip Counts Fabian Brandes - 13,175,000 Josh Arieh - 8,900,000 Tong Li - 6,350,000 Sam Stein - 5,875,000 Scott Ball - 5,300,000 Nesterenko Holds Off Altizer For 2-7 Triple Draw Title An assortment of mixed game pros were on hand for the final day of WSOP Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, and all eyes were on Von Altizer, who could've become the second woman to ship WSOP gold in an open event already this series. Denis Nesterenko denied Altizer's quest for a gold bracelet in her third lifetime cash in 2-7 Triple Draw at the WSOP, and earned his first bracelet and $108,250 for his victory. James Maguire (9th) and Kenny Hsiung (8th) were the final two players to miss the final table of seven, both players falling to Hieu Luu. Next to go was the final day's starting short stack, Peter Lynn, who managed a payout ladder before failing to improve on the final draw with a four-card eighty-six against a made eighty-seven of Yufei Zhong. Benny Glaser, who won this very event back in 2015 for the first of his four WSOP bracelets, would bust next in 6th when Zhong peeled a seventy-six on the final draw to best Glaser's eighty-seven. Despite the two knockouts, Zhong would be next to go, and the remaining four players had very similar stacks from this point. Nearly two hours would pass before Luu busted in 4th, and Evan Sayer would bow out in 3rd a short time later after whiffing on a four-card wheel draw on the final draw, with Altizer's ninety-eight hanging on. Nesterenko entered heads-up with the chip lead, and quickly expanded it by making a wheel early on to take a commanding lead. The last hand was patted down on all three draws, but Altizer's eighty-five was no match for the seventy-six of Nesterenko. WSOP 2022 Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Final Day Results Denis Nesterenko - $108,250 Von Altizer - $66,910 Evan Sayer - $44,347 Hieu Luu - $30,107 Yufei Zhong - $20,948 Benny Glaser - $14,947 Peter Lynn - $10,945 Kenny Hsiung - $8,230 James Maguire - $8,230 Friedman Laps the Field in Seven Card Stud Championship There were 11 new players joining the 41 returning players on Day 2 of Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, bringing the total field up to 96 players. Only eight of those players managed to make it through to the final day of play, and Adam Friedman holds a massive lead over the remaining players, with around 40% of the chips in play at an absolutely stacked final table, with 21 WSOP gold bracelets represented, including four by the aforementioned Friedman. Only fifteen players would receive a payout from the largest Stud tournament at the WSOP, and Steve Zolotow, Brian Rast, Jeremy Ausmus, Dario Sammartino, and Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier all failed to reach the money. After Brandon Cantu bubbled in 16th, Friedman, who held a modest chip lead at the time, began his rapid ascent to domination, first by busting David Prager (15th – $16,170). Once the final table was reached after losing John Monnette (13th – $17,686), Randy Ohel (12th – $17,686), Cary Katz (11th – $20,213) and Thomas Taylor (10th – $20,213) in short order, Friedman turned on the heat even further. Friedman won most of the first few hands at the final table, bleeding Kevin Gerhart and Phil Ivey down to crumbs in short order. Ivey was able to crawl back from just over half a big bet to survive to Day 3 as the short stack, but Gerhart was less fortunate, as his aces-up couldn't best the three fives of Ben Diebold to bring play to a close for the day. WSOP 2022: Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Chip Counts Adam Friedman - 2,385,000 Jean Gaspard - 1,231,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 837,000 Ben Diebold - 375,000 Marco Johnson - 236,000 James Paluszek - 235,000 Yueqi Zhu - 231,000 Phil Ivey - 174,000 Another Monster Field for the Monster Stack   3,561 more entrants joined the already massive 2,947 runners from Day 1a in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack, bringing the total field to 6,508 entrants over two flights. Only 1,252 players made it through the day, meaning 2,150 players will hit the felt for Day 2 action between the combined flights. Linus Richter put a whopping 788,000 chips in a bag for the Day 1b chip lead, giving him a large cushion over second-place Justin Lee and his 631,000 chips. Vojtech Ruzicka, Pavel Plesuv, Kenna James, and Scott Davies also managed to bag healthy stacks.   Veronica Brill was unable to spin up a stack and reach Day 2, and joining her on the rail throughout the day were Manig Loeser, Felipe Ramos, and Greg Raymer.   WSOP 2022: Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack Top Ten Chip Counts   Linus Richter – 788,000 Justin Lee – 631,000 Andrew Rosen – 592,000 Ricardo Eyzaguirre – 549,500 Tarun Goyal – 549,000 Sergio Ramirez – 541,500 Boris Kolev – 504,000 Matthew Kuba – 498,500 Nghia Le – 498,000 Phuoc Nguyen – 494,500 Vampan Leads, Deeb in Contention in Six-Max Limit Hold'em   Short-handed limit hold'em was on tap as the only new event of the day, with Day 1 of Event #23: $3,000 Limit Hold'em Six-Max garnering 213 entrants before registration came to a close. Daniel Vampan bagged up the chip lead among the 93 players to advance to Day 2, with an impressive bag of 217,500, or just over 54 big bets to work with. Many notables are sitting with healthy stacks, including Joao Vieira (176,500), Shaun Deeb (107,000), Robert Campbell (76,000), and defending champion Ryan Hansen (64,500).   A number of top pros were unable to find the end of the day, including Joe McKeehen, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Scott Seiver, Nick Schulman, Anthony Zinno, and JJ Liu.   WSOP 2022: Event #23: $3,000 Limit Hold'em Six-Max Top Ten Chip Counts   Daniel Vampan – 217,500 Phuong Nguyen – 210,000 Ruiko Mamiya – 207,000 Bin Duan – 193,000 Joao Vieira – 176,000 Motoyoshi Okamura – 161,000 Jameson Painter – 160,000 Lyly Vo – 160,000 William Smith – 151,000 Timothy Ebenhoeh – 151,000   Is it getting hot in here, or is it just Josh Arieh's sun-run at the WSOP so far this year? https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1535886224337948672?s=20&t=h4Xh290RreIepDKEi01S4g   Speaking of heat; is the heat wave in the Bally's tournament area finally coming to an end? https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1535783193931968512?s=20&t=h4Xh290RreIepDKEi01S4g   And Allen Kessler posting a...good beat story? Say it ain't so, Chainsaw! https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1535717161183809536?s=20&t=h4Xh290RreIepDKEi01S4g   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  
  12. Eight bracelet events saw three players claim gold on Day 11 of the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris casinos in Las Vegas. With five other events in action too, there was drama all the way as some of the biggest players in the world such as Alex Foxen, Scott Ball, Dan Zack and Daniel Negreanu duked it out for glory.   Dan Zack Wins Second Bracelet After Seven-Hour Heads Up Showdown   Just five players started the final day. Somehow, 11 hours of action later, there was a winner, with Dan Zack eventually outlasting Dustin Dirksen after one of the longest heads-up battles in WSOP history.   The first three eliminations of the day in the $10-,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship were relatively quick, with each of Jake Liebeskind (5th for $105,913), Ray Dekhharghani (4th for $142,456) and overnight chip leader Yuval Bronshtein (3rd for $195,203) lasting an average of just an hour. Then, Dan took on Dusting and Zack and Dirksen clashed in an unbelievable heads-up showdown that left both the victor and runner-up staggering away from the table at 4am.   For Zack, his eventual victory earned a second WSOP bracelet. For Dirksen, it was ultimately his third second-place finish in WSOP events and the pain was evident after he told this reporter “Was a lot of fun ‘til I lost.” The reality is, however, that in a battle this intense and revealing of character, there couldn’t be a loser, just two great players sharing the biggest slice of the prize pool a little less than evenly.   Dirksen will have to wait for his moment holding up the bracelet for the cameras, while Zack got to do so for the second time. In the end, however, after such an incredible match to watch play out, poker ended the night the biggest winner.   WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Final Table Results: Daniel Zack - $440,757 Dustin Dirksen - $272,408 Yuval Bronshtein - $195,203 Ray Dekhharghani - $142,456 Jake Liebeskind - $105,913   Sarle Claims Maiden Bracelet Win for $164,000   It was a dramatic ending to Event #17 where Dominick Sarle finally won his first WSOP gold bracelet a year after coming so close in a WSOP Online event. Sarle, who overcame Jerry Wong heads up for the win, somehow last summer’s BIG $500 Encore event after having a huge heads-up lead, but this time sealed the deal to outlast Wong and claim gold in the $2,500-entry Mixed Triple Draw event for a top prize of $164,243.   Day 3 began with Bariscan Betil in the chip lead, but he would pall in 11th place as it was all change at the top of the leaderboard. Once the seven-handed final table convened, there were some very big players with stacks, while others such as bracelet winners Steve Zolotow (17th for $7,565), Galen Hall (15th for $7,565) and Yehuda Buchalter (13th for $7,565) missing out on the final table.   Once there, players such as John Monnette (4th for $46,294) and Daniel Strelitz (3rd for $67,820) both got close, but Sarle took on Wong for the title. Sarle built a big chip lead again and might well have been thinking of last year’s summit meeting for gold. The same would come true for Wong, who came second for $101,514 a year after doing likewise in the Mixed Big Bet event. For Sarle, however, it was redemption. This time the lead stuck and he rode it home to claim the top prize of $164,243 and his first-ever WSOP bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #17 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Final Table Results:   Dominick Sarle - $164,243 Jerry Wong - $101,514 Daniel Strelitz - $67,820 John Monnette - $46,294 Matthew Schreiber - $32,033 Alex Epstein - $23,052 Philip Eisman - $16,833   Miscikowski Leads $3,000 NLHE Event #16 Final   David Miscikowski leads the final table of nine players in Event #16, the $3,000-entry No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $558,616 top prize. Of the nine finalists, Miscikowski (9.8 million) is joined by other former bracelet winners Davide Suriano (2,725,000) and Joey Weissman (4,980,000) also still in contention.   Miscikowski’s closest rival when the final day begins will be Stefan Lehner (7,195,000), with Nathan Russler (7,000,000) not far behind. Overnight chip leader Alex Foxen made the final table but will have to work hard to emerge victorious and claim his first WSOP bracelet, having just 4,020,000 chips to work with.   Players to depart on the day included Niall Farrell, whose rollercoaster of a day saw him lead the event with three tables remaining only to bust in 12th place, the exact place he busted the corresponding event last year, cashing for $28,102 after running queens into Miscikowski’s pocket kings.   Others to cash included Romain Lewis (19th for $18,628), Felipe Ramos (34th for 15,489) and Jeff Platt, whose run came to an end in 45th place for a score of $11,180.   WSOP 2022 Event #16 $3,000 NLHE Final Table Chipcounts:   David Miscikowski - 9,800,000 Stefan Lehner - 7,195,000 Nathan Russler - 7,000,000 Nicholas Dolen - 6,125,000 Kevin Stevens - 5,690,000 Joey Weissman - 4,980,000 Alex Foxen - 4,020,000 Davide Suriano - 2,725,000 Toby Boas - 2,075,000   Scott Ball Leads from Williams and Negreanu in PLO High Roller   A busy day in the $25,000-entry Event #19, the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, saw 69 late entries bolster the field to 264 as the 2022 event bulked up its number to pile up over $6.2 million in prize money. With 52 players more than played the same event in 2021, the bumper field was trimmed to just 28 players by the close of play. Top of the shop after those 10 levels was Scott Ball, who bagged a stack of 3,990,000 chips. Behind him, however, are a number of great players who will relish hunting him down to claim the bracelet and $1.4 million top prize.   In the top 10, Jonathan Depa (3,625,000) was closest to Ball’s stack while David Williams was bought in on his birthday and bagged up 2,970,000 chips in third place on the leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu (1,550,000) and 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (835,000) lurk menacingly in the chasing pack, with Chance Kornuth (515,000) a little further back.   Anything could happen on what will be a hugely entertaining Day 3, not least due to Ball, Arieh and Kornuth lining up next to each other - in that clockwise order - when play resumes.   WSOP 2022 Event #19 $25,000 PLO High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:   Scott Ball - 3,990,000 Jonathan Depa - 3,625,000 David Williams - 2,970,000 James Chen - 2,585,000 Emmanuel Sebag - 2,315,000 Aaron Mermelstein - 1,955,000 Philip Wiszowaty - 1,640,000 Sam Stein - 1,635,000 Daniel Negreanu - 1,550,000 Frank Crivello - 1,550,000   Schultz Can’t Be Caught as Windy City Native Blows Away Young Sik Eum Chicago player Bryan Schultz eventually took down the $1,000-entry Event #18 after an awesome display of skill and perseverance gave him the gold in the early hours of Saturday morning in Las Vegas. Nine players made the final table, but when they began, it was Kevin Legerski who busted first, earning $30,375 when his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7c"] was beaten by Young Sik Eum’s dominating [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"].   Soon after, Mike Holtz busted in eighth place for $38,874 when his [poker card="As"][poker card="9s"] couldn’t catch Chultz’s pocket jacks as the eventual winner of the event stamped his authority on proceedings. After the bust-outs of Tony Dam (7th for $50,180) and Robert Hofer (6th for $65,326), Nick Palma lost to Eum’s turned straight to earn $85,761. That was the last five-figure sum to be won, with Harry Rubin just missing the podium places in fourth for $113,532.   Three-handed play lasted soe time, with Angela Jordison in particular impressing, but eventually, she missed out on the heads-up when her shove with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jd"] which initially met favor on the board showing [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Qd"] by the turn dashed her dreams when Eum’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="7h"] hit top pair on the [poker card="Ah"] river.   That left Eum trailing Schultz by over 2:1 in chips, and while the outsider dropped then re-doubled back to the same-sized stack, he was eventually beaten when Schultz’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qs"] held there against Eum’s [poker card="Jd"][poker card="2d"] after a board of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="7d"] had Eum drawing to three outs on the turn and shaking hands by the river. WSOP 2022 Event #18 $1,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:   Bryan Schultz - $330,057 Young Sik Eum - $203,949 Angela Jordison - $151,544 Harry Rubin - $113,532 Nick Palma - $85,761 Robert Hofer - $65,326 Tony Dam - $50,180 Michael Holtz - $38,874 Kevin Legerski - $30,375   [caption id="attachment_638353" align="aligncenter" width="1068"] Bryan Schultz won his first-ever WSOP bracelet after a marathon 15-hour final day at the felt in Event #15.[/caption]   Altizer Leads with Glaser Chasing in Limit Lowball Event   The final table of Event #20, the $1,500-entry Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw event saw just nine players still in seats by the close of play, with Von Altizer leading the way on over 2.6 million chips. Yufei Zhong is right behind her on just under 2.3 million, while in third place on the leaderboard, British mixed game specialist and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser (1,185,000) has the chance to win his fifth gold bracelet and the top prize of $108,250.   Kenny Hsiung will come into the final day in sixth place in terms of chips with 485,000 and is the only WSOP bracelet winner still in the hunt other than Glaser. On a very busy day at the felt, players such as Allen Kessler, Jake Daniels, Adam Friedman and Joe McKeehen all ended the day without chips, with Friedman cashing in 16th place for $5,054, going close but not close enough to the final day.   WSOP 2022 Event #20 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Chipcounts: Von Altizer - 2,625,000 Yufei Zhong - 2,290,000 Benny Glaser - 1,185,000 Denis Nesterenko - 940,000 James Maguire - 700,000 Kenny Hsiung - 485,000 Evan Sayer - 275,000 Hieu Luu - 175,000 Peter Lynn - 75,000   Monster Stack and Seven Card Championship Each End of Day 1 Flights   There were a massive 2,947 entries on Day 1a of the $1,500-entry Monster Stack, otherwise known as Event #21, Chip leader on the day Frank Lagodich (635,000), was followed in the counts by Italian pro Mustapha Kanit (550,500), Vanessa Kade (470,500), Tim Reilly (481,000), Michael Gathy (380,000) and Johnnie ‘Vibes’ Moreno (367,500) as 898 players survived to Sunday’s Day 2 and with a day off to prepare.   Players to fall on Day 1a included WSOP bracelet winners James Dempsey, Michael Mizrachi, Kevin MacPhee, Barny Boatman, Allen Cunningham, Men Nguyen and Jason Wheeler.   WSOP 2022 Event #21 $1,500 Monster Stack Top 10 Chipcounts:   Frank Lagodich - 635,000 Mustapha Kanit - 550,500 Paul Siegel - 491,500 Scott Roderick - 489,000 Andrew Dean - 485,000 Tim Reilly - 481,000 Vanessa Kade - 470,500 Mathieu Carpena - 469,000 Dominique Dunn - 468,000 Kelly Minkin - 443,000   Big names were all over Day 1 of the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship like a Bally’s player on a cup of ice as Bertrand Grospellier (262,000) ended the day ahead of close rivals Phil Ivey (256,500) and Yueqi Zhu (237,000) in the top 10 chipcounts.   Others such as Randy Ohel (228,000), Adam Friedman (153,000) and Brian Rast (108,000) all had strong showings to be proud of in one of the toughest fields of players yet in this year’s WSOP, while plenty of big names couldn’t survive, with stars such as Scott Seiver, Felipe Ramos, Nick Schulman, Mike Matusow and Shaun Deeb all ending their days before 41 of the 85 total entries bagged up their chips.     WSOP 2022 Event #22 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:   Bertrand Grospellier - 262,000 Phil Ivey - 256,500 Yueqi Zhu - 237,000 Randy Ohel - 228,000 James Paluszek - 220,500 Brian Liberman - 206,500 Kevin Gerhart - 205,000 Leonard August - 196,000 John Lytle - 191,000 Vasilis Lazarou - 182,500   Michael ‘Gags’ Gagliano let everyone in the world know of exactly how warm the atmosphere was at Bally’s with air con problems affecting everyone in seats.   https://twitter.com/Gags30poker/status/1535023925968572417   Maria Ho had a novel solution for some players who are enduring the stifling heat.   https://twitter.com/MariaHo/status/1535369304031391745   There was good news, however, as WSOP guru ‘Kevmath (Kevin Mathers) provided the news that players needed to see.   https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1535443521343086592   Finally, Norman Chad has held his powder on recent cheating allegations to a degree, but he could not hold it in any longer.   https://twitter.com/NormanChad/status/1535335991518433280   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  13. On a dramatic day of action, seven events took place at both Paris and Bally’s casinos in the heart of Sin City on the Las Vegas strip. With Frenchman Leo Soma winning a career-high score of over $450,000 and his first bracelet, there were wild celebrations on his rail. The victory, which came after a dominant display at the final table, saw France claim their first WSOP bracelet of the 2022 series.   Soma Claims Maiden Win for Massive Score   In WSOP Event #14, Leo Soma won by far the biggest live score of his career as he took down Event #14, the $1,500-entry Six-Max tournament, for $456,889. Before winning, Soma had only earned less than $5,000 in live events or WSOP Online tournaments but now has a flagship title to himself after an incredible display of dominance at the final table.   There was an early exit for Anson Tsang on the final day where 16 played down to a winner. His short stack couldn’t double back into contention. The former bracelet winner called it all off with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9s"] but was way behind the aggressor in the hand, Ronit Chamani, who held [poker card="Td"][poker card="Ts"] and hit gin on the flop of a board showing [poker card="Th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="As"]. Tsang, unable to add to his previous bracelet win, won $27,858 for his run to 15th place.   After eliminations for Tianyi Mu and Mustapha Kanit in 14th and 13th places respectively, plenty more busted before the final table of seven convened, and once there, it was the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada who busted, his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ks"] cracked by Soma’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] after a brutal runout of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="9s"] put paid to Cada claiming his fifth WSOP bracelet.   Soma used his momentum to bust four of his remaining five opponents, as he continued to overcome the odds to eliminate his opponents. Sitting with a massive chip lead, overnight chip leader Daniel Wellborn’s move for four big blinds with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"] held no fear for Soma, who flicked in the micro-call with [poker card="6c"][poker card="7c"]. Once again, the board paid him off and he improved his lead from huge to unassailable.   After taking out Max Gallardo in third place, Soma had a 10:1 chip lead and made light work of Thomas Schultz heads-up, winning the final hand with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="3h"] against Gallardo’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9s"] after the board came [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"]7[s][poker card="Tc"].   WSOP 2022 Event #14 $1,500 6-Handed NLHE Final Table Results:   Leo Soma - $456,889 Thomas Schultz - $282,358 Maximiliano Gallardo - $203,451 Daniel Wellborn - $148,171 Derek Sudell - $109,083 Ivan Zhechev - $81,188 Joe Cada - $61,098   Bronshtein Bags Up Lead for Omaha Championship   In Event #15, the $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo or 8 Better Championship, Day 3 began with 24 players and ended with just five in their seats as the final table was reached with Yuval Bronshtein in the lead. Players such as Jake Schwartz (24th for $17,680) and Johannes Becker (22nd for the same amount) were quick to depart, with the latter going from the chip leader to out in four places of the day beginning.   Before the final table was reached, there were plenty of big names who lost their stacks, with Phil Hui, Connor Drinan and Kosei Ichinose busting between 19th – 17th, and Day 1 chip leader Bryce Yockey didn’t last much longer, with his run ending in 16th for just $23,098. After the eliminations of Freddy Deeb and Todd Brunson shortly before the final table, it was Kane Kalas busting in eighth place for $48,839 that really set the race rolling to a finish.   Alex Livingston saw his bid for two bracelets in this summer’s series ended in seventh place for $61,991, and when Bart O’Connell crashed out in sixth place for $80,250, the final five were set. They’ll play down to a winner who’ll bag the top prize of $40,757 tomorrow afternoon on PokerGO, live from the Bally’s Thunderdome.   WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship:   Yuval Bronshtein - 4,175,000 Dustin Dirksen - 3,165,000 Daniel Zack - 2,440,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 1,695,000 Jake Liebeskind - 295,000   Foxen Leads After Day 2 of $3,000 NLHE   Event #16, the $3,000-entry NLHE bracelet event, saw Alex Foxen end Day 2 as chip leader, bagging up 2,070,000 as he was chased down by players such as Niall Farrell (1,610,000), David Miscikowski (1,315,000) and Adrian Mateos (1,165,000), all of whom made the top 10. With others to bag big including Felipe Ramos (970,000) Ben Dobson (835,000), Jeff Platt (790,000), Alex Theologis (695,000) and Amir Levahot (655,000), just 75 players made the cut, with Ramos loving life at the felt, celebrating his experience on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1535159328457363456   With the money places starting at 160, plenty made money on the day without reaching the end of day counts, with Michael Gathy (135th for $5,276), Faraz Jaka (112th for $6,029) and Ali Imsirovic, (89th for $6,962) all ticking the profit box on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #16 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chipcounts: Alex Foxen - 2,070,000 Niall Farrell - 1,610,000 Michael Marder - 1,595,000 Stefan Lehner - 1,395,000 Arnaud Enselme - 1,350,000 David Miscikowski - 1,315,000 Lander Lijo - 1,175,000 Adrian Mateos - 1,165,000 Tyler Hirschfeld - 1,130,000 Toby Boas - 1,105,000   Jerry Wong Chasing Lead in Event #17   The second day’s play in Event #17, the Mixed Triple Draw event, which cost $2,500 to play, was a busy one and ended with just 17 players still in seats. Of them, Bariscan Betil was the man with the most by the close of play, bagging up 1,190,000. Chasing him down, however, is Jerry Wong (1,140,000), who came 8th in the 2016 WSOP Main Event.   Elsewhere in the top 10, there were stacks for Frank Kassela (750,000) and Alex Epstein (475,000), while Daniel Strelitz (425,000), Galen Hall (310,000) and Steve Zolotow (135,000) all have hopes of making the final day count, with 134 players having starting the day. Hall freely admitted on social media that he is not a mixed game expert by any means.   With players such as Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, James Opie and Daniel Negreanu all failing to make the final day, there are nine former bracelet winners among the final 17 players – over half the field.   WSOP 2022 Event #17 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Top 10 Chipcounts:   Bariscan Betil - 1,190,000 Jerry Wong - 1,140,000 Andrew Brown - 1,010,000 Yehuda Buchalter - 980,000 Alejandro Torres - 885,000 Dominick Sarle - 815,000 Frank Kassela - 750,000 Matthew Schreiber - 740,000 John Monette - 600,000 Alex Epstein - 475,000   Big Field Led By Little   Event #18 kicked off on Thursday as the $1,000 NLHE Freezeout event began in style with a mammoth 2,663 playing the event. Just under 200 players made the cut with James Little (765,000) leading the field. Behind him, some excellent players will challenge for a final day lead, with Lily Lotfy (755,000) and Thomas Stocker (720,000) closest in pursuit.   Others such as top 10 rivals Jordan Griff (690,000), Paul Lee (695,000) as well as Shaun Deeb (395,000), Ben Yu (270,000), Yaser Al-Keliddar (185,000) and Ismael Bojang (375,000) will all wan to have a say in who wins gold.   WSOP 2022 Event #18 $1,000 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:   James Little - 765,000 Lily Lofty - 755,000 Thomas Stocker - 720,000 Paul Lee - 695,000 Jordan Griff - 690,000 Dustin Cullimore - 675,000 Ryan Yu - 635,000 Jason Reels - 635,000 Austin Farmer - 630,000 Amirpasha Emami - 625,000   Final Two Events End Day 1 Flights   In Event #19, 196 players took on the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller event. As play ended, just 124 players bagged up chips, with Jared Bleznick top dog with 601,500. Pursued by players such as Chris DeMaci (586,000), Sean Winter (578,000) and James Chen (553,000) in the top 10, there were strong appearances from Scott Ball (403,500), Chance Kornuth (333,000) and Poker Hall of Famer Phil Ivey (360,500), who all did very well. Others didn’t do so well, with Norbert Szecsi, Daniel Negreanu and Julien Martini all eliminated on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #19 $15,000 PLO High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:   Jared Bleznick - 601,500 Chris DeMaci - 586,000 Sean Winter - 578,000 Frank Crivello - 575,000 James Chen - 553,000 Ben Lamb - 540,500 Dmitrii Perfilev - 536,500 Duarte Baptista - 484,500 Kristopher Tong - 444,500 Conrad De Armas - 437,500   Lastly, the final event of the day was Event #20, the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball event. With 350 total entries, just 116 players made Day 2, with Justin Geary bagging the most with 259,000 chips at close of play. Karl Tretter (222,000), Kevin Gerhart (178,500) and Robert Mizrachi (149,500) all made the top 10, with Calvin Anderson (134,000), Adam Friedman (130,500), Daniel Ospina (96,500), Ken Aldridge (76,500) and former world champion Joe McKeehen (69,500) all making the counts.   Players such as Scott Clements, reigning Main Event winner Koray Aldemir, Michael Mizrachi and Randy Ohel were unable to make Day 2, with Barry Greenstein and Joao Vieira two more who bricked out on the day.   WSOP 2022 Event #20 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Top 10 Chipcounts:   Justin Geary - 259,500 Karl Tretter - 222,000 Hasan Kural - 192,500 Yufei Zhong - 180,500 Kevin Gerhart - 178,500 John Prather - 172,500 Pawel Andrzejewski - 160,000 Michael Balan - 157,500 Robert Mizrachi - 149,500 Von Altizer - 148,000   With COVID-19 one player we didn’t hope to see at the 2022 WSOP, Matt Waxman eulogised on how some players’ casual attitude to playing once having tested positive doesn’t fit logic.   https://twitter.com/Matthew_Waxman/status/1535153743561314304   Brian Rast and Daniel Negreanu discussed the finer points of the $25k Fantasy Draft scoring system.   https://twitter.com/tsarrast/status/1535014092456374272   Phil Hellmuth gave us a COVID update from his suite...   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1535128799636926464   ...Ryan Depaulo had a witty suggestion for the gatekeepers in Las Vegas at the WSOP...   https://twitter.com/depaulo_ryan/status/1534992226467692563   ....while Max Silver got practical.   https://twitter.com/max_silver/status/1534988422896660480   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  14. WSOP 2022: Diebold and Schindler Win Maiden WSOP Bracelets   The latest action in the 2022 World Series of Poker saw seven bracelet events take place, and three first-time winners claim gold. With Jake Schindler winning the $50,000, there was a dose of controversy to go with the celebrations, while Ben Diebold proved shrewd investors in the $25k Fantasy Draft sand Pocket Fives Sponsorship platform very smart indeed.   Diebold Beats Gorodinsky to Gold It didn’t take long for the first WSOP bracelet of the day to be won, with Ben Diebold claiming gold as he beat Mike Gorodinsky to the bracelet. For Diebold, it was his first of the day, with Gorodinsky missing out on his third as Diebold dominated from the off with the biggest stack.   Coming into play with 5.7 million chips, Diebold quickly built an insurmountable lead and Gorodinsky got it in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"]. Ben Diebold’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] held across the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5s"] board, and in doing so won the $299,488 top prize, leaving Gorodinsky to collect the $185,095 runner-up prize.   WSOP 2022 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results:   Ben Diebold - $299,488 Mike Gorodinsky - $185,095 Brian Rast - $134,370 Christopher Claassen - $98,738 Naoya Kihara - $73,453 Randy Ohel - $55,329   Schindler Claims Gold as Schutten Finally Beaten In the Thunderdome, Jake Schindler won in the $50,000 High Roller final, overcoming Brek Schutten heads-up. In a victory that was seen by many in the poker industry as a controversial given the recent allegations about Schindler’s methods of victory in other events, there was nothing about his win in the six-handed final that was controversial.   With six remaining, Andrew Lichtenberger saw his short stack drift away, with his [poker card="As"][poker card="5s"] beaten by Schutten’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] as the chip leader at the start of play further strengthened his chip advantage. Next to go was David Peters, who came close to his second bracelet of the summer but couldn’t get there as he busted in fifth for $326,464. Peters lost with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] against Shannon Shorr’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] when a board with both a jack and an ace came to send him home.   It was Shorr himself who departed next, with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] losing out to Schindler’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] to head to the rail with $436,412. That elimination took some time, with chips drifting a little shallower. When three-handed, Schindler had 17 million chips, wit both Punnat Punsri and Brek Schutten holding over 6 million each.   It was Punsri who busted in third place, cashing for $593,481 when his [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jc"] couldn’t overtake Schutten’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ts"]. That pot gave Schutten 10.6 with which to battle Schindler (19.6m), but it would not be enough. After calling a big bluff, Schindler moved into a 3:1 lead and won the final hand with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"] as Schutten’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"] couldn’t catch him. WSOP 2022 Event #12 $50,000 High Rollers Final Table Results:   Jake Schindler - $1,328,068 Brek Schutten - $820,808 Punnat Punsri - $593,481 Shannon Shorr - $436,412 David Peters - $326,464 Andrew Lichtenberger - $248,516 Michael Rocco - $192,570 Dario Sammartino - $151,942   Moncek Gets the Gold as Yueqi Zhu Falls Short   Michael Moncek won $145,856 and his first gold WSOP bracelet after defeating Ben Ross heads-up in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. At a dramatic final table, Zhu’s [Kd][2s] couldn’t overtake Moncek’s [Kh][5d] in the hand that sent play heads-up, and at a table which largely was doainted by the winner, his lead was enough to give him confidence of a quick win, but that never happened as Ross fought back.   With the win eventually confirmed after a to and fro battle, Moncek took his first-ever bracelet win at a final table also containing overnight chip leader Christoph Kwon ($45,178) and Joe McKeehen ($32,761). Winning around a third of his lifetime winnings, Moncek was the victor on a special day at the felt for him, as 16 players fought to win gold inside Bally’s in Las Vegas.   WSOP 2022 Event #13 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Final Table Results:   Michael Moncek - $145,856 Ben Ross - $90,150 Yueqi Zhu - $63,314 Christoph Kwon - $45,178 Joe McKeehen - $32,761 Steven Wolansky - $24,149 Fred Lavassani - $18,100 Nick Pupillo - $13,798 Lee Markholt - $10,701   In Event #14, the chip leader after 25 levels of play and the end of Day 2 was Daniel Welllborn with a humungous 8.8 million chips. The $1,500-entry Six-Max event saw just 16 players remain in the hunt for another bracelet in the case of both Joe Cada (5.6m) and Anson Tsang (520,000) who made the final day too.   There is a huge disparity between Wellborn and most of the field, however, with the nearest to his massive chip lead Leonard August (5.8m) and the previously mentioned Cada, with others in the top 10 such as Ryan Jones (3.4m) and Tuanyi Mu (3m) much further back.   Players to miss out on the final day when all their chips were lost on Day 2 included three-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, former gold bracelet champion James Calderaro and Brad Ruben, who missed out on the chance to bag his second bracelet of the summer and fifth in less than two years.   WSOP 2022 Event #14 $1,500 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   Daniel Wellborn - 8,805,000 Leonard August - 5,800,000 Joe Cada - 5,645,000 Maximiliano Gallardo - 5,615,000 Thomas Schultz - 5,550,000 Leo Soma - 4,790,000 Ivan Zhechev - 4,650,000 Derek Sudell - 3,700,000 Ryan Jones - 3,400,000 Tuanyi Mu - 3,055,000   Event #15, the $10,000-entry Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, saw just 24 players make Day 3 after 110 players were whittled down to just 24 by the close of play. Those who fell short included late registrants Phil Ivey, Koray Aldemir, Ismael Bojang and Brian Rast, whose sterling summer continues apace with yet another cash.   Of those two dozen who did survive, German player Johannes Becker (895,000) has the lead, but he’s chased down by some superstars who made the top 10 chipcounts, such as Freddy Deeb (240,000), Connor Drinan (675,000), Dan Zack (610,000) and overnight chip leader Bryce Yockey (605,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Johannes Becker - 895,000 Freddy Deeb - 840,000 Ray Henson - 830,000 Connor Drinan - 675,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 670,000 Daniel Zack - 610,000 Bryce Yockey - 605,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 595,000 Bart O'Connell - 505,000 Kane Kalas - 490,000   In Event #16, 1,080 players took on the $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, with just 407 players surviving to Day 2. Of those, it is David Tovmasyan (325,500) who has the chip lead, with poker names such as Calvin Anderson (300,000), Christina Gollins (298,000), and Stephen Song (297,600) all making the top 10. Elsewhere in the Day 2 seat draw, sharks such as Chance Kornuth (226,000) and Norbert Szecsi (209,500) will swim into view, with both men already claiming gold so far this WSOP.   Players to miss out on Day 2 were over 600 in number and they included Main Event winner Aldemir, Brett Apter, Scottish Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell and Daniel Lazrus, who won both an online and live bracelet in 2021.   WSOP 2022 Event #16 $3,000 NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:   David Tovmasyan - 325,500 Barry Hutter - 311,500 Jarrett Bates - 311,500 Calvin Anderson - 300,000 Christina Gollins - 298,000 Stephen Song - 297,600 Michael Scarborough - 288,500 John Reiter - 286,000 Yi Wei Peng - 285,000 Alexandros Theologis - 283,000   Finally in terms of WSOP events, James Opie leads the way after Day 1 of the Mixed Triple Draw event which costs $2,500 to play. With 196,500 chips, Opie is a big bet or two clear of Robert Campbell (177,000), the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, with Kimberly Stone (167,500) and Jonas Mackoff (166,500) both making the top five chipcounts.   While some other big names such as Ari Engel (120,000), Daniel Negreanu (95,000), Joao Vieira (79,500) and Shaun Deeb (71,500) all survived, there were no chips left for mixed game specialist Adam Friedman, Julien Martini or Barry Greenstein.   WSOP 2022 Event #17 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Top 10 Chipcounts:   James Opie - 196,500 Robert Campbell - 177,000 Kenny Hsiung - 173,000 Kimberly Stone - 167,500 Jonas Mackoff - 166,500 Alex Epstein - 165,000 Sumir Mathur - 160,000 Paul Martino - 150,500 David Funkhouser - 146,500 Hasan Kural - 145,000   Sam Greenwood had a special message of congratulation for Jake Schindler on the back of his first WSOP bracelet win.   https://twitter.com/SamGreenwoodRIO/status/1534749486303551489   Alex Livingston celebrated winning a bracelet earlier in the series, but after losing it, was on the hunt for his gold. Thankfully, the mystery was solved and the bracelet found.   https://twitter.com/rumnchess/status/1534711363217629184   David Baker couldn’t help but celebrate Ben Diebold’s win...not only for him winning his WSOP bracelet but for $25k Fantasy points.   https://twitter.com/audavidb/status/1534657065599131649   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  15. Henry Acain won the $500-entry The Housewarming event on Tuesday night as he overcome the final table to turn his entry into a $701,215 windfall that represents the biggest result of his poker career. With a final table that only contained one former WSOP bracelet winner, Jordan Hufty, he crashed out in seventh place as half a dozen potential first-timers played down to a winner.   The final table saw 10 players gather to play down to a winner, and after Yavine Brewer left in 10th place for $54,705, the eliminations came thick and fast. Acain began his assault on the summit as his [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"] triumphed to knockout Isidro Martinez in ninth for $69,235, whose [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] were no match for the chip leader who was piling up a big lead. Erik Carvalho was soon on the rail too, his short stack shove with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="5c"] crushed by Orez Mokedi’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] for $88,214.   Hufty made his bow in a cooler as his [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qc"] was shot down by former Day 2 chip leader Christian Taylor’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="As"], with the only remaining bracelet winner in the field cashing for $113,145 in seventh place. With Darnell White (6th for $146,080) and Jen-Yue Chiang (5th for $189,850) both crashing out too, the elimination of Orez Mokedi in fourth place for $248,340 came when his pocket sixes couldn’t hold against Christian Taylor’s ace-eight, a board of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] giving the latter an unassailable full house on the river.   Three-handed play started with both Taylor and Acain tight at the top, with the former in a marginal lead, but that changed very quickly as Acain took charge, doubling through Taylor with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"] triumphing against [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] to take a huge lead. Taylor was out moments later for $326,965, but Acain’s lead was huge and heads-up he had a better than 3:1 chip advantage.   One double up followed, but Jared Kingery couldn’t repeat the trick as an incredible last hand ended the event in Acain’s favor. Kingery was in the best shape he could be pre-flop when the chips went in with him holding [poker card="Ad"][poker card="As"]. But although Acain started behind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3s"], he four-flushed when the board came [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="4c"]. Kingery cashed for $433,255 in second place, but it was Acain who won the $701,215 top prize and the biggest result by far of his poker career, along with his first bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #5 $500 The Housewarming Final Table Results:   Henry Acain - $701,215 Jared Kingery - $433,255 Christian Taylor - $326,965 Orez Mokedi - $248,340 Jen-Yue Chiang - $189,850 Darnell White - $146,080 Jordan Hufty - $113,145 Erik Carvalho - $88,214 Isidro Martinez - $69,235 Yavine Brewer - $54,705   Schutten Leads $50,000 High Roller with Six Remaining Brek Schutten leads the final six players in the $50,000-entry High Roller event with over 10 million chips. Closest behind him is Thailand-born Punnat Punsri, but he has just 7.1 million by comparison.   With players such as Jake Schindler (4.65m), Shannon Shorr (3.65m) and David Peters (3.4m) a little further back, it is Andrew ‘LuckyChewy’ Lichtenberger who will take a short stack of 1.32m into the final day shooting for the $1.3 million top prize.   Across the day, there were plenty of appearances from poker’s legends, including Phil Ivey who registered at the start of Day 2 only to bust to the eventual monster chip leader Schutten. World champion Koray Aldemir was busted by Jake Schindler, who at one point looked like he might lead into the final day, but a late rush from Schutten saw him bust Sean Winter on his way to a mammoth overnight lead. With others such as overnight chip leader Dan Smith also departing, it will be a fascinating play down to a winner on Wednesday night.   WSOP 2022 Event #12 $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:   Brek Schutten - 10,125,000 Punnat Punsri - 7,150,000 Jake Schindler - 4,650,000 Shannon Shorr - 3,650,000 David Peters - 3,425,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - 1,325,000   Bracelet on Hold in Dealer’s Choice   Two players remained when play ceased for the night in the $10,000-entry Dealer’s Choice Event #10. With the elimination of Brian Rast in third place, both Mike Gorodinsky (1.6million) and Ben Diebold (5.7m) agreed to close out the event tomorrow after a night’s rest. It’s an interesting dynamic to return to, with the top prize of $299,488 on the line and neither man wishing to win the $185,095 runner-up prize.   Diebold has the chip lead, but has never won a bracelet, while Gorodinsky is going for his third win in the World Series. Others to cash in the top 10 of this event included Felipe Ramos (10th for $25,522), Jeff Madsen (8th for $32,608) and overnight chip leader Randy Ohel (6th for $55,329) and the aforementioned Rast, who cashed for $134,370 in third place after a very solid start to his summer.   WSOP 2022 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results:   TBC - $299,488 TBC - $185,095 Brian Rast - $134,370 Christopher Claassen - $98,738 Naoya Kihara - $73,453 Randy Ohel - $55,329 Anatolii Zyrin - $42,205 Jeff Madsen - $32,608 Greg Mueller - $32,608 Felipe Ramos - $25,522   Vohra Claims First-Ever Bracelet, Denies Qing Liu Same Honor   The $600-entry NLHE Deepstack Event #11 saw 5,720 finally whittled down to a winner as Raj Vohra won his first-ever WSOP bracelet and an incredible top prize of $335,286. In doing so, Vohra denied Qing Liu that great achievement in the process.   The final table began with none of the nine players holding a previous victory on the WSOP, with Vohra taking control of the table when he eliminated the longest-lasting female player, Nicole Limo Greene in fourth place for $116,568. Greene was all-in from the cutoff with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6h"] for her final 15 big blinds and Vohra called it off from the big blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8h"] and Greene couldn’t catch him to give the eventual winner a vital pot.   Chips flew around the three remaining men but it was Hung Tran who busted in third place for $154,831 when his straight couldn’t top Liu’s flush. That pot gave Liu the lead with 103 million chips to Vohra’s 68.3 million, but the situation was flipped on its head soon into heads up after a hand that never got past the flop and minutes later, Liu was all-in with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] needing to hold to save his tournament life against Vohra’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"].   The flop of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"] was safe for Liu, but as Vohra’s rail chanted ‘Ace form space!’ over and over, it came true, and the [poker card="Ah"] landed on the turn. When the [poker card="5h"] landed on the river, Vohra’s rail exploded with joy as Liu grimaced and shook his opponent’s hand inside Bally’s in Las Vegas.   WSOP 2022 Event #11 $600 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:   Raj Vohra - $335,286 Qing Liu - $207,192 Hung Tran - $154,831 Nicole Limo Greene - $116,568 Michael Lin - $88,417 Junxiu Zhang - $67,572 Ralph Marquez - $52,035 Stanislav Snitsar - $40,378 Renaud Cellini - $31,574   Limit Action Sees Last Year’s Champion Fall   A busy day of Limit Hold’em action in Event #13 saw just 79 of the 160 Day 2 players survive as Christoph Kwon topped the lot with a chip stack of 1,695,000 chips, ahead of closest overnight rivals Lee Markholt (1,405,000) and Nick Pupillo (1,340,000), with former WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (1,195,000) not far behind.   With a prize pool of $696,000, players such as Jesse Lonis, defending event winner Yuval Bronshtein and Kevin Erickson busted out, along with others such as Brandon Shack-Harris and Anthony Zinno, both of whom made the top 50.   WSOP 2022 Event #13 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chipcounts:   Christoph Kwon - 1,695,000 Lee Markholt - 1,405,000 Nick Pupillo - 1,340,000 Joe McKeehen - 1,195,000 Steven Wolansky - 1,180,000 Pedro Rios - 985,000 Ben Ross - 965,000 Kenny Hsiung - 835,000 Yueqi Zhu - 785,000 Fred Lavassani - 710,000   Two Other Bracelet Events Reach End of Play   With two other events in the can, there were strong performances from Shankar Pillai (849,000) and Joe Cada (846,000) in the $1,500-entry Event #14, the NLHE Six-Max WSOP bracelet event. A total of just 160 players made it through the day which featured 2,393 entries and piled up a prize pool of $3.1 million.   With strong showings from chip leader Fabrice Bigot (1,076,000) among others such as Anson Tsang (758,000) and Shawn Daniels (732,000), there were some big names who made the next day, but plenty more who didn’t. Previous WSOP bracelet winners Daniel Lazrus, Cord Garcia, Dylan Linde, and Lara Eisenberg were among those who fell on Day 1.   WSOP 2022 Event #14 $1,500 NLHE 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts:   Fabrice Bigot - 1,076,000 Tianyi Mu - 883,000 Shankar Pillai - 849,000 Joe Cada - 846,000 Giuseppe Pizzolato - 802,000 Derek Sudell - 783,000 Blaise Hom - 782,000 Anson Tsang - 758,000 Leo Soma - 754,000 Javier Garcirreynaldos - 750,000   Chip leader Bryce Yockey (398,000) and Alex Livingston (240,000) both thrived in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, with the latter aiming for the second bracelet of this year’s WSOP. With others to make the top 10 including Perry Friedman (214,000) and Kosei Ichinose (209,000), there were also chips to put in bags for Mike Matusow (175,000), Scott Clements (158,000), Randy Ohel (145,000) and John Racener (136,000).   A lot of big players busted across the day, with Todd Brunson, Richard Ashby, Eli Elezra, Steve Zolotow, Brian Hastings, Robert Campbell, Amnon Filippi, Nick Guagenti and defending champion Ari Engel all hitting the rail.   WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Bryce Yockey - 398,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 350,000 Jesse Klein - 333,000 Bart O'Connell - 295,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 248,000 Alex Livingston - 240,000 John Esposito - 240,000 Perry Friedman - 214,000 David Prociak - 214,000 Kosei Ichinose - 209,000   Double WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman bemoaned his luck in the $600 Deepstack when compared to his Vegas housemates.   https://twitter.com/barnyboatman/status/1534376051295629312   ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano was all too happy to congratulate his buddy Josh Arieh in yesterday’s 8-Max High Roller. Perhaps even happier than the man himself.   https://twitter.com/BostonRob/status/1534321126264000512   There was bad news for Poker Brat fans as Phil Hellmuth announced that he’ll be out of action for more time this World Series.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1534356270211289092   Finally, Kid Poker referenced a certain 80’s TV show in declaring poker’s recent controversies may have led to it peaking.   https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1534316365267410944   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  16. It was another jam-packed day on the felt during Day 7 of the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris in the Vegas heat, and while one High Roller event reached a conclusion, an even bigger $50,000 buy-in High Roller kicked off, and the $10,000 Dealer's Choice continued on through Day 2. Even with those three large buy-in events on the docket, five more bracelet events were on tap for players to sink their teeth into as the action continued to build at the WSOP.   Eveslage Denies Schindler to Win $25,000 High Roller for $1.4m   Fifteen players returned for Day 3 action in Event #8: $25,000 High Roller, with five WSOP bracelet winners, the reigning WSOP Main Event champion, and a vast array of poker talent on display among their ranks. A nine-hour final day eventually saw Chad Eveslage, who came into Day 3 second in chips, overcome the talented field to pick up his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career high $1,415,610 payday for his efforts.   After Justin Young (15th) and Calvin Lee (14th) both busted for $65,511 during the first level of play, Taylor von Kriegenbergh got his aces cracked by the kings of Reagan Silber on the river in a brutal cooler to bust in 13th for $77,056. Silber also took out Jesse Lonis (12th) with Big Slick to continue gaining traction, but after Byron Kaverman fell in 11th, Silber would be the next to fall, jamming for thirteen big blinds on an [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Js"] board with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] and running into the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] of start of the day chip leader Chris Brewer. No help came for Silber on the river, and he was left with $92,725 for his tenth-place performance.   Dan Colpoys was the final player to miss the official final table when his fives couldn't crack Josh Arieh's kings to leave him with a $114,094 consolation prize. After short stacks Ognyan Dimov and Antonio Lievano fell in eighth and seventh, Eveslage put his foot on the gas and took control of the final table. First, he flopped a set of fives on Brewer, who flopped top pair, and Eveslage managed to get three streets of value.   Then, in one of the most dramatic hands of the final table, Eveslage jammed on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"], and Koray Aldemir called off his last six big blinds with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Brek Schutten woke up with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind, and elected to call off his last seventeen big blinds as well. Eveslage picked up a flush draw with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] flop, but made a straight instead with the [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="6d"] river to bust both players in one hand and take a commanding chip lead with just four players remaining.   Brewer would lose a flip a short time later to Arieh to bust in fourth, but Arieh's resurgence would be short-lived, as Arieh made fours-full but embattled poker star Jake Schindler made fives-full to take all but five big blinds from Arieh, who busted a few hands later. Eveslage started heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Schindler, but that would be as close as Schindler would get to taking the lead through a ninety-minute heads-up battle.   Eveslage took a number of small pots to whittle Schindler's stack down, and on the final hand of the tournament at 200,000/400,000/400,000, Schindler limped with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="6h"], and Eveslage checked his option with [poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"]. Both players checked a [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="9s"] flop that paired both players, and the [poker card="3c"] fell on the turn, improving Eveslage to kings-up and giving Schindler a flush draw to go with his pair. Eveslage led for 800,000 and Schindler called. The [10h] river gave Schindler an inferior two pair, and after Eveslage jammed for 3,900,000 effective, Schindler called off his stack and had to settle for runner-up, while Eveslage was able to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #8: $25,000 High Roller Final Table Results:   Chad Eveslage – $1,415,610 Jake Schindler – $874,915 Josh Arieh – $616,047 Chris Brewer – $442,213 Brek Schutten – $323,730 Koray Aldemir – $241,791 Antonio Lievano – $184,324 Ognyan Dimov – $143,480   Alex Livingston Goes Wire-To-Wire to Win First Bracelet   In a dominating performance, 2019 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston took his final table chip lead and never relinquished it in storming his way to his first WSOP gold bracelet, besting a tough final table that included Brad Ruben, fresh off of winning his fourth bracelet earlier in the week in Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice, and two other WSOP bracelet winners in Kenny Hsiung and former WSOP November Niner John Racener.   Despite the myriad of poker talent surrounding him, Livingston's chip lead never seemed threatened during the five hours of play in Day 3. After short-stacked John Evans busted in eighth, Livingston was able to dispatch both Ruben and Racener in the same hand early on with kings and sixes to leap to over half of the chips in play with just five players remaining. From there, Hsiung, Hojeong Lee and Thomas Taylor all fell in quick succession to leave Livingston heads-up with a multi-tabling Daniel Weinman, who also had a healthy stack in the Homecoming.   Livingston started heads-up play with 6.7 million of the just over 8.2 million chips in play, and Weinman wasn't able to make much ground up over the first few hands. A large pot then played out where Livingston made three nines and was able to get two bets in on seventh street after Weinman led out. Livingston raised, and Weinman made a crying call and was left with just 3.5 big bets. Those last few chips evaporated a few hands later, and Livingston captured his first WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Results:   Alex Livingston – $103,282 Daniel Weinman – $63,835 Thomas Taylor – $44,112 Hojeong Lee – $31,083 Kenny Hsiung – $22,344 John Racener – $16,391 Brad Ruben – $12,276 John Evans – $9,391   Filippi Latest to Break Through for First Bracelet   Just one day after Dan Smith finally took his name off the top of the "best without a bracelet" list, Amnon Filippi took his turn at knocking the monkey off his back as well, besting Matt Vengrin in a fourth day of play in Event #7: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.   Filippi's closest run to a WSOP gold bracelet came all the way back in 2007, when he finished fourth in the $50,000 HORSE Championship won by Freddy Deeb. Filippi had a few deep runs in last year's fall WSOP series before today's win, which saw him best a total field of 1,086 entrants.   With the limits already at 250,000/500,000 at the start of Day 4 play, the swings came quickly, as Vengrin won most of the early pots to open a 3:1 chip lead over Filippi. It didn't take long for Filippi to storm back, and on the last hand of the tournament, Vengrin got his crumbs in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="kh"] flop. Filippi had him at risk with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"], and somehow faded Vengrin's many outs on a benign [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="Td"] river to send Filippi his first WSOP gold bracelet.   WSOP 2022 Event #7 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results:   Amnon Filippi – $252,718 Matt Vengrin – $156,198 Paul Zappulla – $111,501 Murilo Figueredo – $80,671 Matt Glantz – $59,166 David Funkhouser – $43,997 Rami Boukai – $33,178 Mel Judah – $25,377   Smith Hunting Second High Roller Title of the Series   Day 1 of the latest High Roller event in the WSOP, Event #12: $50,000 High Roller, saw a total of 83 entrants pony up the big buy-in to duke it out with some of the elite minds of the poker realm. Only 23 of those players would bag up chips for Day 2 action, with Dan Smith, who finally notched his first career WSOP gold bracelet a few days earlier, leading the pack with 2,035,000 in chips, just notching Michael Rocco's 1,990,000 in chips for the lead. An absolutely stacked field remains, with a total of 26 WSOP gold bracelets among them, including David Peters, Chance Kornuth, Erik Seidel, Elio Fox, Dan Shak, Justin Bonomo and Christoph Vogelsang.   Nearly three-quarters of the field were eliminated in Day 1, and Bill Klein, Sam Grafton, Koray Aldemir, Nick Petrangelo, Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Riess and Jeremy Ausmus were just some of those that took their shot at finding High Roller glory, but none of them were able to advance on Day 1. Any of the aforementioned players who haven't already used their single re-entry could jump back in tomorrow before Day 2 play kicks off, along with any new entrants, meaning the prize pool is expected to grow slightly before being finalized tomorrow.   WSOP 2022 Event #12: $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts:   Dan Smith – 2,035,000 Michael Rocco – 1,990,000 David Peters – 1,910,000 Dario Sammartino – 1,890,000 Mikita Badziakouski – 1,780,000 Chance Kornuth – 1,545,000 Chris Hunichen – 1,400,000 Andrew Lichtenberger – 1,200,000 Erik Seidel – 1,200,000 Brekstyn Schutten – 1,190,000   Ohel Atop Stacked Field in Dealer's Choice   With the addition of ten new entries at the start of Day 2, Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice turned out to be the biggest edition of the event ever held with 123 entrants, barely edging out the 122 players from 2019. From 61 players at the start of the day, just 15 bagged up for Day 3 action, with Randy Ohel at the top of the counts with the only seven-figure stack, clocking in with 1,101,000 chips. Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Naoya Kihara and Nick Schulman are the only other stacks above 900,000, then a big gap separates the trio from the rest of the field.   Eli Elezra, Matt Glantz, Anthony Zinno, Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb and David Benyamine were some notable names unable to squeak into the money, and the final name to fall without a payday was none other than Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, who was left with dust after losing a Badeucey hand and couldn't spin it up shortly after in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo to exit the tournament as the bubble boy.   From there Nacho Barbero (19th), Nick Guagenti (18th), Ian O'Hara (17th) and Jean-Robert Bellande (16th) all earned a $16,264 payday before play concluded for the evening.   WSOP 2022 Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Top Ten Chip Counts:   Randy Ohel – 1,101,000 Naoya Kihara – 927,000 Nick Schulman – 904,000 Tuan Le – 635,000 Brian Rast – 574,000 Jeff Madsen – 573,000 Christopher Claassen – 521,000 Joao Vieira – 440,000 Greg Mueller – 377,000 Ben Diebold – 325,000   Taylor Tops Day 2 of the Housewarming   From a starting field of 20,080 over the four Day 1 flights, just 899 returned for Day 2 of Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No Limit Hold'em. After a lengthy fourteen-hour day on the felt, just 12 players will return to crown a winner, with Christian Taylor leading the pack with 221,300,000 in chips. Sridhar Sangannagari and WSOP bracelet winner Jordan Hufty managed to survive to the final day with modest stacks, while Erik Carvalho will have his work cut out for him with just three big blinds to bring back.   With a staggering number of players knocked out in Day 2 action, many notables found themselves at the payout desk throughout the day, such as Kathy Liebert, Scott Baumstein, Ryan Depaulo, Mike Sowers, Pat Lyons, Will "the Thrill" Failla, and Mark Seif. Brandon Cantu tried to hang on and make the final day, but called off his last ten big blinds with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] on the last level of the day and couldn't hang on against Sridhar Sangannagari's [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"] to bust in 13th place for $43,515.   WSOP 2022 Event #5: $500 The Housewarming NLHE Top Ten Chip Counts:   Christian Taylor – 221,300,000 Isidro Martinez – 155,000,000 Orez Mokedi – 125,450,000 Henry Acain – 108,425,000 Darnell White – 76,975,000 Jen-Yue Chiang – 74,775,000 Yavine Brewer – 70,325,000 Sridhar Sangannagari – 67,875,000 Jordan Hufty – 42,925,000 Jared Kingery – 30,825,000   Fashakin Fashions up a Monster Stack in the Deepstack   A huge field of 5,720 players fired in Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack, which gave players oodles of chips to start with, but with 22 levels of thirty minutes on the docket, the field quickly shed down to a final tally of 289 survivors by night's end. The current chip leader Femi Fashakin is no stranger to tackling big field events, as he owns a WSOP gold bracelet via taking down the BIG 50 event with 28,371 entrants at the 2019 WSOP for a cool $1,147,449. Others that managed to bag up chips include Vanessa Kade, Ankush Mandavia, and Yuri Dzivielevski.   Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi couldn't wade through the huge field and found himself on the rail shortly after registration closed, and others who failed to earn a cash include Kathy Liebert, DJ Alexander, Aaron Massey, and Daniel Lazrus. The remaining field will return tomorrow and play all the way down to a winner in this speedy two-day event.   WSOP 2022 Event #11: $600 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chip Counts:   Femi Fashakin – 3,215,000 Roberto Bendeck – 2,230,000 Todd Carlson – 1,800,000 Kfir Nahum – 1,555,000 Erik Cajelais – 1,400,000 Nicole Limo Greene – 1,355,000 Will Tinoco – 1,305,000 Sasa Ikac – 1,300,000 Trey Brabham – 1,250,000 Michael Lim – 1,195,000   Hsiung Looking For Second Limit Bracelet   Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em brought out 522 players content with keeping the action constrained to a limit instead of the more wild no-limit variety of hold'em. The limit wasn't held on the number of entrants, however, as 522 players joined the fray in hopes of accruing enough big bets to survive to Day 2. 160 players bagged up chips, with Kenny Hsiung bagging up the chip lead with 248,500 in chips, good for just over 31 big bets for tomorrow. Hsiung is no stranger to Limit Hold'em success, with his lone bracelet coming in 2012 in Event #48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em for $165,205.   Yuval Bronshtein, the defending champion of this event, managed a small bag, while Robert Campbell, Kevin Song, and Brandon Shack-Harris all also advanced to Day 2 action. Meanwhile, Ronnie Bardah, Daniel Negreanu, Eli Elezra, J.J. Liu, and David "Bakes" Baker all failed to survive, along with Adam Friedman, Ben Yu and Barry Greenstein.   WSOP 2022: Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chipcounts:   Kenny Hsiung – 248,500 Venkata Tayi – 238,000 Jesse Lonis – 208,000 Wendy Freedman – 164,000 Ben Ross – 150,500 Jacob Ferro – 141,500 Alexander Mazzola – 121,500 Michael Lipiner – 119,500 Chip Jett – 110,500 Robert Campbell – 100,500   Dan Smith is basking in the rays of what may well turn out to be quite the World Series season for him.   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1534075849091055616?s=20&t=KCN-VRKdHroetfLNxuSJvQ   There’s no shame in coming third, however, especially when it translates to a massive first week of profit for the Player of the Year.   https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1534047036206731264?s=20&t=KCN-VRKdHroetfLNxuSJvQ   Possibly the best-named poker player in the game, Nathan Gamble, points out something you don't see a lot at a WSOP final table heads-up match - pure fun!   https://twitter.com/GambleOnPoker/status/1533973427920379904?s=07&fbclid=IwAR2qQ5LcRT3nM7hx27pUhd0iqGlMEZ0oRLVFns74YFxjHsV_z4nmPdWKQg8   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.      
  17. A mammoth day of action took place on Day 6 of the 2022 WSOP at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas as records were broken, legends took their seats and the action was hotter than a sprint down the Strip. With a total of seven events taking place, two online and five live tournaments saw players reach final tables, scrape through the busiest field of the series so far and claim two bracelets along the way.   Brewer on Top in High Roller   With a total of 251 entries, just 15 players remain in with a chance of taking the $1.4 million top prize in the $25,000-entry Event #8, the 8-Max High Roller. It is Chris Brewer who leads the way with a huge stack of 5.1 million chips, but the high roller regular will have plenty of competition on the final day, with players such as Chad Eveslage (4,914,000), Brek Schutten (4,610,000) and Jake Schindler (3,150,000) close behind him.   It's a stacked top 10 in general, with Justin Young (2,320,000), reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (1,995,000) and Ognyan Dimov (1,975,000) not far behind. Others to make the final day cut include bracelet winner Byron Kaverman (1,880,000) and WSOP 2021 Main Event champion Koray Aldemir, though the German powerhouse will have just 520,000 chips, the equivalent of six big blinds, to his name when play resumes.   Plenty of big names fell on the penultimate day, with Dan Shak (38th), Sam Grafton (35th) and Phil Ivey (34th) all cashing for $40,648. Event #2 bracelet winner David Peters exited in 27th place for $50,810, with Ben Lamb (24th) and Marius Gierse (23rd) cashing for the same amount. A little closer to the final day, Michael Wang (20th), Brian Rast (19th) and another former Main Event champ Joe McKeehen (18th) all busted for $57,009.   WSOP 2022 Event #8 $25,000 8-Max High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Chris Brewer - 5,100,000 Chad Eveslage - 4,914,000 Brek Schutten - 4,610,000 Jake Schindler - 3,150,000 Dan Colpoys - 2,385,000 Justin Young - 2,320,000 Taylor von Kriegenbergh - 2,230,000 Josh Arieh - 1,995,000 Ognyan Dimov - 1,975,000 Reagan Silber - 1,915,000   Alex Livingston Leads Final Table of Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud The $1,500-entry Event #9, the Seven Card Stud bracelet event, ended with just eight players remaining from a Day 2 field of 97 on a busy day of drama in the popular mixed game tournament. With a total field of 329 players, the chip leader heading into the final is Canadian pro and WSOP Main Event final table player Alex Livingston, whose stack of 2,495,000 ended play considerably clear of nearest challengers Kenny Hsiung (1,605,0000 and John Racener (1,160,000).   With 2022 WSOP bracelet winner from Event #4 Brad Ruben (725,000) still in contention, he could become the first double bracelet winner from this year’s World Series and there are plenty of other stories too, with Daniel Weinman multi-tabling both this event and The Housewarming tomorrow, with his stack already in the seat draw for Day 2 of the latter event.   Not everyone was so fortunate to make the final day, however, with Barry Greenstein (41st), Mori Eskandani (27th), Tamon Nakamura (26th), and Kevin Mac Phee (11th) all crashing out before the close of play. Earlier in the day, the event lost stars such as Andrew Kelsall (48th), Scott Hermann (47th) and Michael Hugenot (46th), all of whom min-cashed for $2,415.   WSOP 2022 Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Day Chipcounts:   Alex Livingston - 2,495,000 Kenny Hsiung - 1,605,000 John Racener - 1,160,000 Thomas Taylor - 765,000 Brad Ruben - 725,000 Daniel Weinman - 660,000 Hojeong Lee - 585,000 John Evans - 170,000   Norbert Szecsi Topples Tony Dunst for Online Crown The first online event of a dozen on the menu this World Series reached its conclusion as Tony Dunst was pipped to the post by Hungarian pro Norbert Szecsi, who won his third WSOP bracelet for $288,850, denying Dunst that honor in the process. Szecsi, who had the chip lead from four players left and dominated much of the final table, finished off Dunst to deny the Wisconsin player a third WSOP bracelet. It was actually the second runner-up spot Dunst had secure from his previous two WSOP heads-ups in 2019 and this year.   With Greg 'DustedYou' Merson slipping out on contention in third ($96,465) and Phil ‘HeyGuys’ Galfond finishing sixth for $52,230, it was a top-quality field in the final stages and a fitting ending to the first online event of the summer on the 2022 WSOP schedule.   WSOP 2022 Online Event $5,300 NLHE High Roller Final Table Results:   Norbert 'Balkan500' Szecsi - $288,850 Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst - $168,950 Greg 'DustedYou' Merson - $96,465 'qpoker205' - $74,120 Taylor 'galactar' Paur - $63,220 Phil 'HeyGuys' Galfond - $52,230 'mikejozoff' - $39,240 Adam 'PHsGoldShoes' Hendrix - $26,160 Toby 'DustPistons' Lewis - $18,530   Housewarming Hits Heights as Field Reaches 20,000   An amazing field of 20,080 was reached as the final Day 1 flight of The Housewarming saw 7,268 players put up the $500 entry. When the dust settled, it was Washington-based Christian Taylor who had the chip lead with 6,515,500, with a total of 339 players surviving the day.   Taylor was followed in the chipcounts by players such as Tyler Gaston (4,510,000), Portuguese player Rodolfo Romeira (3,340,000), and Simon Webster (3,650,000) as well as well-known faces such as Niall Farrell (1,320,000), Matt Affleck (1,650,000) and Ryan Depaulo, whose stack of 2,735,000 earned the WSOP bracelet winner a place in the top 10 as the prize pool sailed way past its $5 million guarantee to an incredible $8,435,280.   WSOP 2022 Event #5 $500 The Housewarming Day 1d Top 10 Chipcounts: Tyler Gaston - 4,510,000 Jong Kim - 4,000,015 Simon Webster - 3,650,000 Rodolfo Romeira - 3,310,000 Michael Delvecchio - 3,300,000 Vuong Do - 3,250,000 Arron King - 3,200,000 Michael Thach - 2,945,000 Zachary Milchman - 2,750,000 Ryan Depaulo 2,735,000   Vieira Leads $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Field as Friedman Falls   The first day of action in the $10,000-entry Dealer’s Choice Championship saw 113 players so far join the field, but in a shock bust-out, the winner of the last three editions of the event, Adam Friedman, could not survive on Day 1. With just 51 players making the overnight counts, Portuguese pro Joao Vieira (425,000) led the remaining field at the close of play.   Close behind Vieira, some great players are chasing him down, with Mike Gorodinsky (401,500), Nacho Barbero (269,500), Richard Ashby (250,500), and Jean-Robert Bellande (249,000) rounding out the top five. As if to illustrate the strength of competition in this event, six of the top seven players on the leaderboard have previously won WSOP bracelets.   Big names made the cut, but plenty fell too. Among those to exit on Day 1 of this popular Championship event were bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein, David Bach, Scott Bohlman, Benny Glaser, Anatoliy Zyrin, Dylan Linde, Robert Mizrachi, John Monnette, and of coutrse, the aforementioned Friedman.   https://twitter.com/AdamFriedman119/status/1533715095338905600   WSOP 2022 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Joao Vieira - 425,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 401,500 Nacho Barbero - 269,500 Richard Ashby - 250,500 Jean-Robert Bellande - 249,000 Matthew Schreiber - 245,500 Naoya Kihara - 223,500 Ian O'Hara - 188,000 Maxx Coleman - 187,500 Jordan Siegel - 182,000   Stalemate on Event #7 as Vengrin and Filippi Break in Early Hours   A stand-off for the bracelet will take place tomorrow as just the heads-up players remained in Event #7, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event. At the close of play inside Bally’s, Amnon Filippi (19,525,000) and Matt Vengrin (7,700,000) went to their beds knowing that one of them will wake up tomorrow and win their first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.   Until the final epic table of the day played out, it had been quick going, with Filippi dominating the leaderboard for much of it. Players to bust outside the final table included   Anthony Piazza (23rd for $8,281), Kosei Ichinose (14th for $10,053), and Bradley Smith (11th for $15,505), and once the final table began, action was hardly any slower. Double bracelet winners Mel Judah (8th for $25,377) and Rami Boukai (7th for $33,178) both departed before Matt Glantz, who came into the day fourth in chips, cashed in fifth place for a score of $59,166.   The departures of Murilo Figueredo from Brazil in third place for $80,671 and Paul Zappulla in third for $111,501 left the all-American duel on hiatus as play stopped across both Bally’s and Paris for Day 6. One of Filippi or Vengrin will win their maiden WSOP gold bracelet and the $252,718 top prize.... but who will it be?   Loeser Wins Second Online Bracelet for $127k   The second online bracelet of the 2022 World Series of Poker was won in the early hours of the morning by German player Manig Loeser for $127,153. Loeser, who also won his first bracelet in an online event back in 2021, added his second with a comeback win heads up against ‘omahabrian’.   A total of 1,213 played the event, and with almost $800,000 in the prize pool, the big names made the late stages, with Vanessa Kade, Phil Galfond (cashing in his second of two WSOP Online events overnight), Upeshka De Silva and David ODB Baker all get close to the final table.   Once that final table was reached, it looked like ‘omahabrian’ had one hand already holding the bracelet aloft, but down heads-up, Loeser doubled back into contention then captured the crown.   With [Ad][7s] in his hand, Loeser moved all-in on the river of a board showing [Ac][Kd][9c][2d][Jh]. With ‘omahabrian’ holding just over the value of the 6.5 million pot in chips behind, he made the call with [Ks][4s] and was shown the bad news, cashing for $78,641 and leaving Loeser to scoop up $127,153 and the second bracelet of the German’s impressive career to date.   WSOP 2022 Online Event #5 NLHE BIG $500 Final Table Results:   Manig 'Ohio77' Loeser - $127,153 'omahabrian' - $78,641 'tzinhoo' - $57,142 Matthew 'WhiteMJ' Hewitt - $47,878 'yumyummm - $31,008 Louie 'xlLoUielx' Torres - $23,176 Daniel 'Utradink420' Pricola - $17,502 Brandon 'BMueller' Mueller - $13,346 'ElevatorUp' - $10,309   Phil Hellmuth has one cash from one event so far and enjoyed a solid start to the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice event, where he finished exactly level with an old friend.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1533739371915902976   David Williams was excited to play the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, but made sure to give the greatest winner of the event due reverence.   https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1533572298480836608   Phil Galfond enjoyed a great run in the $5,000-entry online event, and thanked his fans for helping him to a sixth-place finish.   https://twitter.com/PhilGalfond/status/1533722954218934272   Matt Berkey was happy to eulogize on the value of playing the $500-entry The Housewarming event, which got over 20,000 entries...until Twitter joined in.   https://twitter.com/berkey11/status/1533521602465234949   Jamie Kerstetter hit the nail on the head yet again with the best reason to play the WSOP Onlie events.   https://twitter.com/JamieKerstetter/status/1533702669327446016   Max Silver took his time before nailing his colors to the mast in the ‘tank or no tank’ high roller debate.   https://twitter.com/max_silver/status/1533391474221633536   But we can’t end on anything other than a positive. It just wouldn’t be the World Series of Poker without this smile, baby.   https://twitter.com/TheScottyNguyen/status/1533603759087042560
  18. Dan Smith achieved a lifelong goal as he claimed his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet at Bally's casino in Las Vegas last night. Winning the $25,000-entry Heads Up Championship for over $509,000 the charismatic Smith overcame German high roller regular Christoph Vogelsang to claim his maiden bracelet victory in a career laden with success.   In the opening round, Kevin Rabichow was unable to get the better of Christopher Vogelsang after the German high roller regular prevailed in their semifinal. After moving into a slight lead, Vogelsang applied maximum pressure to get into a 2:1 lead before the final hand. Holding queen-seven, the German bet all three streets having hit his queen on the turn. Rabichow, who held pocket sevens and called off his tournament life on the river, had been correct about Vogelsang bluffing the flop but he had hit the turn and send Rabichow to the rail as a result.   In the other semifinal, Dan Smith got through against Italian Dario Sammartino. The 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up was behind for much of the battle but having doubled up to get to a chit deficit of 1:2, managed to get all his chips into the middle ahead with ace-six against Smith’s ace-four. Smith, known as the cowboy, was in danger of falling behind, but hit a four on the flop to go with an ace on the turn to make two pair and head to the final showdown.   The final began with Vogelsang moving into an early lead. Taking a lot of time on each hand, the German was infuriating some fans, but Dan Smith kept his head and after getting himself level, managed to move into the lead with two pair. Winning hand after hand without going to showdown, Smith moved into a near 2:1 lead, but the situation was immediately reversed with a runner-runner flush for the German to move into a big lead.   Smith needed a double and managed one with his [poker card="6h"][poker card="6d"] triumphing over Vogelsang’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5h"] as all the chips went in pre-flop and the board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] to double up the American professional. Moments later, it was all over. Smith three-bet all-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="4d"] and was in trouble when Vogelsang snap-called with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] was salvation for Smith, however, catapulting him into the lead and after the [poker card="7d"] turn, meant he would only need to fade three tens for the title. The river of [poker card="3s"] saw Smith crowned champion and Vogelsang had to be content with the runner-up prize of $315,029.   WSOP 2022 Event #6 $25,000 Heads Up Championship Final Day Results: Dan Smith - $509,717 Christoph Vogelsang - $315,029 =3. Dario Sammartino - $193,537 =3. Kevin Rabichow - $193,537 =5. Sean Winter - $75,045 =5. Jonathan Jaffe - $75,045 =5. Chance Kornuth - $75,045 =5. Dylan Destefano - $75,045   Reixach Leads Stacked $25,000 High Roller Field   Spanish player Sergi Reixach, who earlier this year faced down accusations of impropriety in his poker career, bagged the most chips in the $25,000-entry High Roller Event #8. With 229 entries being narrowed down to just 93 survivors, players will still have a chance to take their seats again or anew as registration is permitted until the first deal of Day 2. Reixach’s stack of 1,418,000 was some way clear of his closest rivals David Miscikowski (1,062,000) and Justin Young (1,018,000), with no other players eclipsing the million-dollar mark.   Others to feature in the top ten include Sam Grafton (884,000), Cary Katz (727,000) and the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year, Josh Arieh, who bagged up 510,000 by the close of play to the delight of anyone who had staked the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year via the Pocket Fives staking platform.   Not everyone who entered managed to make the Day 2 cut, however, with Daniel Negreanu and Mario Ho two players who both busted to the impressive Byron Kaverman. First Kaverman’s pocket eights were good enough to call Kid Poker’s river bluff with just king high. Then, a little while later, Kaverman crushed Ho’s snowmen with pocket tens to scoop another well-known scalp on his way to bagging up 447,000 chips.   Others to fall included Jonathan Jaffe, Chance Kornuth and Dario Samnartino, although all of those players will have the option of a Day 2 re/entry. Those with no need to do so included former WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (469,000), Event #2 winner David Peters (448,000), and 2009 world champion Joe Cada (310,000).   WSOP 2022 Event #8 $25,000 High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Sergi Reixach - 1,418,000 David Miscikowski - 1,062,000 Justin Young - 1,018,000 Sam Grafton - 884,000 Martin Stausholm - 854,000 Michael Moncek - 831,000 Brek Schutten - 818,000 Bertrand Grospellier - 750,000 Reagan Silber - 728,000 Cary Katz - 727,000   The Housewarming Breaks $5 million Guarantee with One Day1 Remaining   Three more events took place on Day 5, with the busiest by far the guarantee-smashing The Housewarming event. Costing $500 to play, an amazing 5,526 entries took part and just 249 players survived the day. With Day 1a and Day 1b’s players, that makes 560 Day 2 players already with one more Day 1 flight to come (Day 1d) tomorrow.   Leading the way on Day 1c was Tony Degon (4,665,000) with others in the top 10 including Jason Johnson (3,575,000), Jeffrey Rogers (3,035,000) and William Givens (2,920,000) present. Other big names such as bracelet winner Kevin Song (1,990,000), $25k Fantasy Draft favorite Dan Zack (1,610,00) and Women in Poker Hall of Famer Kathy Liebert (925,000) all made the cut too.   Others were not so lucky, with David Pham, Howard Mash, Daniel Needleman, Ryan Depaulo and Melanie Weisner among those to fall. WSOP 2022 Event #5 Day 1c $500 The Housewarming Top 10 Chipcounts: Tony Degon - 4,665,000 Jason Johnson - 3,575,000 Jack Najjar - 3,290,000 Jeffrey Rogers - 3,035,000 Benjamin Mccoy - 3,025,000 Gurunagaraju Salla - 2,935,000 Jean-Francois Alexandre - 2,920,000 Will Givens - 2,920,000 Spencer Tep - 2,800,000 Yohann Sagot - 2,750,000   Matt Glantz Fourth of Final 26 in Event #7   Matt Glantz is one of several players chasing their first bracelets in Event #7, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event. Amnon Filippi had the chip lead at the close of play with 3,000,000 chips. Paul Zappulla (2,090,000) and James Chen (1,820,000) weren’t far behind, with Glantz bagging up 1,675,000 behind them.   Van Law totalled 1,630,000, with multiple WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb one of his many victims. Others to stack up chips at the close of play included but weren’t limited to Mel Judah (1,135,000), Kosei Ichinose (955,000) and David Funkhouser (685,000).   Plenty of notables fell by the wayside on Day 2 of the popular event, with David Benyamine, Mike Matusow and John Monnette joined on the rail by Daniel Ospina, John Esposito and Ryan Hughes among others.   WSOP 2022 Event #7 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:   Amnon Filippi - 3,000,000 Paul Zappulla - 2,090,000 James Chen - 1,820,000 Matt Glantz - 1,675,000 Van Law - 1,630,000 Brian Nichols - 1,600,000 Rami Boukai - 1,305,000 Ronan Nally - 1,295,000 Bradley Smith - 1,175,000 Andrew Brown - 1,175,000     Opening Day of Seven Card Stud Event Sees Weinman Close to Lead A massive 329 players took to the felt in the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Event #9, a record for the event on the WSOP schedule. With just 97 players still in seats as the final hand finished, it was Spanish player Manuel Labandeira who grabbed the most with 281,500 chips.   Others to star in the format included Daniel Weinman (233,000), Kenny Hsiung (204,500) and Andy Bloch (161,000), with well-known players such as Tamon Nakamura (139,500), John Racener (129,000), Kevin MacPhee (104,000) and Rafael Lebron (87,500) all bagging up.   Lebron in particular will wish to be successful in taking the title, as it was he who did so in this event last year. Since then he has already won another bracelet, but winning back-to-back in the same event has not been done so far, with Jaswinder Lally falling just short in yesterday’s action.   Players to exit this event at the earliest stage included but weren’t limited to: Scott Bohlman, Barbara Enright, Todd Witteles, David Benyamine, Jeff Madsen, Brandon Shack-Harris, Andrew Barber, Nick Guagenti, Jake Schwartz and Frank Kassela.   WSOP 2022 Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Top 10 Chipcounts:   Manuel Labandeira - 281,500 Daniel Weinman - 233,000 Kenny Hsiung - 204,500 Jude Arena - 203,500 James Paluszek - 175,500 Timothy McBride - 166,000 Oxana Cummings - 165,000 Andy Bloch - 161,000 Edward Sass - 156,500 David Singer - 156,500   On Poker Twitter, players were not happy with Christoph Vogelsang’s tanking on the live stream of Event #6. Scott Seiver did not hold back with his condemnation of the purported tactic.   https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1533327873246760960   Brent Hanks admitted live on the PokerGO stream that he wouldn’t be able to take being Vogelsang’s opponent and Johnnie ‘Vibes’ Moreno was one of the many who was in agreement.   https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1533281195416358912   Dan Zack alleged that should Vogelsang have been playing in another event, that he would be responsible for much worse a reaction for his opponent.   https://twitter.com/Dan__Zack/status/1533336225230204929   It was all about ‘The Cowboy’ riding into the sunset and after many long years of trying, the man himself was... relieved!   https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1533357092010020864   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  19. Two WSOP bracelets were won and three more events moved close to the final table as Scott Seiver and Brad Ruben both claimed their fourth gold bracelets on the fourth day of this year’s World Series of Poker. With the $25,000-entry Heads Up Championship reaching the final four players too, stars of the felt such as Phil Ivey, Dan Smith, Dario Sammartino and the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir were all in action.   Seiver Wraps Up First NLHE Bracelet in 14 Years   The final day of the $2,500-entry Freezeout NLHE Event #3 saw Scott Seiver claim his fourth WSOP bracelet after an epic seven hours at the felt. With the nine-handed final table playing out on PokerGO, Seiver managed to triumph when he beat Alexander Farahi heads-up to claim the $320,059 top prize.   The action was initially very quick, with Shawn Hood the unfortunate player to miss out on the final itself. He busted in 10th place for $18,645 when his all-in move for just under nine big blinds saw his [poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"] overtaken by Farahi’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"]. The board of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="9s"] saw Farahi river a straight to take out his opponent and leap to second on the leaderboard behind Seiver.   Indian player Aditya Agarwal was the next to be eliminated after his [poker card="As"][poker card="Qh"] couldn’t overtake David Goodman’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] when a jack-high board sent the former home for $23,634. Chris Hunichen busted in seventh for $30,478 when his [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Js"] was no match for Goodman’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qc"], as all the chips went in pre-flop and an eight-high board sent ‘Big Huni’ to the rail.   With seven players left, play slowed a little, but eventually, British player Lewis Spencer ran short and moved all in for seven big blinds with king-three, called by Seiver’s ace-deuce which survived the board to reduce the field and send Spencer home with $39,970. Not long later, Nick Schulman made it to sixth place in unlucky fashion, all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"], his hand ousted by Sergio Aido’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"] after a board of [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="3s"] skittled Schulman’s hopes on the turn.   Seiver’s march to ultimate victory owed a lot to a big hand he won from Sergio Aido which gave Seiver a big lead and left the Spanish player short. Not long after, Aido was out, all-in with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7c"] and beaten by Steve Zolotow’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"], which found an ace on the flop of a board showing [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Ks"] by the river. Steve Zolotow was busted soon after, down to just nine bigs with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"], called and busted by Goodman with [poker card="4d"][poker card="3d"] and drawing dead by the turn as the board came [poker card="Qs"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8c"].   Three-handed was a long, drawn-out affair with all three men leading at various points. Eventually, Goodman’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] couldn’t overtake Scott Seiver’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"] and heads-up was reached. Queens would prove a lucky hand for Seiver again half an hour later as Farahi, down to a third of Seiver’s stack, moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8c"] and Seiver held [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. The board of [poker card="9s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"] was all Seiver wanted to see and he ended the tournament with the title and his first bracelet in no limit hold’em since 2008.   WSOP 2022 Event #3 $2,500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Results:   Scott Seiver - $320,059 Alexander Farahi - $197,806 David Goodman - $139,193 Steve Zolotow - $99,483 Sergio Aido - $72,233 Nick Schulman - $53,296 Lewis Spencer - $39,970 Chris Hunichen - $30,478 Aditya Agarwal - $23,634   Smith and Sammartino on Collision Course in $25,000 Heads Up Championship   Just four men remain from the 64 players who took on the $25,000-entry Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship. When the dust settled, Dan ‘Cowboy’ Smith was on course for a match-up with WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino, with both men battling to win their first bracelet in this event. With Kevin Rabichow facing German high roller Christoph Vogelsang in the other semifinal, there will be a debut bracelet winner no matter who wins the $509,717 top prize.   The Round of 16 took place at the start of the day, with the winners of each time putting themselves into the money places. There was no profit for players such as heads up specialist John Smith, 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, reigning WSOP Main Event world champion Koray Aldemir, four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno or Alex Foxen in the money places as they all busted before the bubble burst to leave eight still in the hunt.   In the quarterfinals, Chance Kornuth lost out as he was beaten by Sammartino, with the entertaining match initially giving Kornuth a lead. The newly-crowned WPT winner and three-time WSOP bracelet winner could not make his experience count, however, as his Italian opponent retook the lead then won when pocket queens were too good for Kornuth’s pocket jacks with all the chips on the line.   https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1532866441786974208   Kevin Rabichow has perhaps enjoyed the highest-profile run to the final four, eliminating both Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey in Rounds 1 and 3 respectively. He took out Dylan Destefano in the last eight after Rabichow’s straight had bettered Destefan’s trips for a huge pot. Rabichow will play German pro Christoph Vogelsang for a place in the final after the latter beat countryman Aldemir in the Round of 16 then Sean Winter in the last semifinal to go into the books.   It is perhaps Dan Smith who will be the favorite heading into the final day’s action. Widely known as one of the best, if not the best, player never to win a WSOP bracelet, Smith, who sits in eight place on the all-time money list with $38.2 million in winnings, will overtake Jason Koon and move seventh on that list even if he loses in the semifinal. An outright win would leave him just a million short of Erik Seidel in 6th place. Smith has certainly earned the right to be this close, with wins over Jake Daniels, Laszlo Bujtas, Alex Foxen and Jonathan Jaffe on his way to the final four.   Each man may have sealed a decent slice of the $1.5m prizepool with $193,537 going to the beaten semifinalists and $315,029 the prospective prize for being runner-up, but having never done so before, each man will be dreaming of lifting that fabled gold bracelet for the cameras in the Thunderdome tomorrow.   Brad Ruben Wins Fourth Bracelet in Two Years   Brad Ruben won his fourth bracelet in a breathless 22 months as he added a second live WSOP win to two online victories since August 2020. Ruben’s win came at the expense of Jaswinder Lally heads up as the Canadian missed out on winning back-to-back bracelets in the same event by one agonizing place.   Ruben’s win came after the final day began with 14 players, but two big names busted early on, with WSOP commentary legend Norman Chad (13th for $5,993) and Brian Rast (12th for $5,993) both exiting stage left before the final table. After Marco Johnson busted in eighth place for $9,875, the final seven were reached and played down to a winner in style.   At that stage, four-time WSOP winner Ben Yu was in a solid lead, but that changed as second-in-chips Ruben would fly past his opponents. By the time the final four players were reached, Yu was short and busted to Ruben in Stud Hi-Lo Regular to give his opponent a marginal lead over the determined Lally. As Japanese player Naoya Kihara departed in third place for $52,282, the heads-up battle was sealed.   It was in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better that Lally was eventually defeated, as Ruben’s turned flush beat Lally’s pocket queens to give the American the title and his fourth WSOP gold bracelet in less than two years.   [caption id="attachment_638260" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Bradley Ruben won his fourth WSOP bracelet in under two years as he denied Jaswinder Lally back-to-back victories int he same event.[/caption]   WSOP 2022 Event #4 $1,500 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results: Brad Ruben - $126,288 Jaswinder Lally - $78,048 Naoya Kihara - $52,282 Ben Yu - $35,793 Jorge Walker - $25,056 Charles Bransford - $17,944 Alfred Atamian - $13,153 Gianluca Sets the Pace on Day 1b of The Housewarming   An incredible turnout saw Day 1b of the $500-entry The Housewarming event whittle 3,931 entries down to just 162 survivors. Gianluca Pace (4,085,000) was the chip leader when play ended, with Yavine Brewer (3,705,000) and Will Failla (3,700,000) closest to the top. WSOP bracelet winner Justin Lapka (3,000,000) was not far behind, with other big names Spencer Champlin (2,910,000), Joao Simao (1,385,000) and Ashley Frank (2,300,000) all making the Day 2 cut.   Big names to fall on the day included Anatoliy Zyrin, Barny Boatman, Men Nguyen, Eric Baldwin, Kathy Liebert, Daniel Bugzon and Joe Cada, as the field was narrowed down to just 5% of those who took seats during the day. WSOP 2022 Event #5 $500 The Housewarming Final Table Results: Gianluca Pace - 4,085,000 Yavine Brewer - 3,705,000 Will Failla - 3,700,000 Justin Lapka - 3,000,000 Riley Stahley - 2,995,000 Spencer Champlin - 2,916,000 Kyle Shigano - 2,900,030 Lisa Taylor - 2,505,000 Chad Yurkin - 2,500,000 Daniel Weinman - 2,315,000   Hellmuth Makes Day 2 Cut in Record-Breaking Omaha Day   Phil Hellmuth has been recovering from a recent bout of travel sickness by schmoozing with the stars as he ran into old friend Jay Z in Vegas at a Golden State Warriors game. Once the Poker Brat arrived at the Paris Ballroom to play, he couldn’t believe the numbers taking on the tables in the Omaha 8 or Better event.   https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1532942077700415488   Once in his chair, Hellmuth bagged up 100,500 chips in what he calls his “favorite event”. The chip leader on the day was Yehuda Buchalter (261,500), closely followed by Amnon Filippi (205,000) and Robert Tanita (187,500). Other big names to survive from the record-breaking event field of 1,067 entries included Benny Glaser (158,000), who bounced back from next to no chips to build an above-average stack by the close of play.   WSOP 2022 Event #7 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:   Yehuda Buchalter - 261,500 Amnon Filippi - 205,000 Robert Tanita - 187,500 David Flores - 182,500 Van Law - 180,500 Carol Fuchs - 166,500 Nathan Gamble - 166,000 Christopher Logue - 163,500 Bradley Smith - 161,000 Anil Jivani - 161,000   Team PocketFives co-manager Donnie Peters was quietly pleased that Scott Seiver sealed victory in Event #3. OK, he was pleased.   https://twitter.com/Donnie_Peters/status/1532953226831482880   Joey Ingram was quick to spot some soft seats in the cash games in Las Vegas, as a quick walkthrough at the World Series was enough to get Chicago Joey excited.   https://twitter.com/Joeingram1/status/1532865120711217154   Finally, while The Housewarming was a fun event for everyone to play on Day 1b, for one gentleman, it was a birthday he’ll never forget.   https://twitter.com/bbshark888/status/1532872184351166464   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  20. The opening day of the 2022 World Series of Poker has concluded in Las Vegas. After an opening day featuring “Shuffle up and deal!” from reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, the traditional curtain-raiser of the $500-entry Casino Employees event was followed by the first day of action in a new event, the $100,000 High Roller Bounty Event #2. There was controversy and action in equal measure throughout.   Phil Hellmuth Misses Opening Day   As the day dawned in Las Vegas, one of the biggest pieces of news concerned a player who wouldn’t make the action. This wasn’t any old player, however, as the 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth broke the news his fans dreaded, that he would miss the $100,000 High Roller Bounty event... with a travel-related illness. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1531763577505271810   Commiserations came in from far and wide, including the man who beat Hellmuth to the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year title, Josh Arieh, who wrote: “Phil not only has the most WSOP bracelets, he also leads the way with most diarrhoea this year! #getwellsoonPH”   If Hellmuth was missing the action, the Poker Brat’s perennial rivals Shaun Deeb and Daniel Negreanu were doing no such thing.   With the arrival of a trio of controversial figures in poker, Bryn Kenney, Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler, Deeb was not going to drop the recent allegations made against all three on behalf of the poker world. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1531880036621438976   Others who played the event included Phil Ivey. The arrival of Ivey on the opening day of the World Series – a rarity in recent times – sent Poker Twitter into a frenzy courtesy of WSOP guru ‘Kevmath’, a.k.a. Kevin Mathers. https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1531761259393081346   When it came to the poker itself, of the 43 total entries, just 15 players survived the day, with Kenney and Schindler among those to slide out of contention for one of the World Series biggest prizes. Justin Young bagged the chip lead with over 3.5 million chips and he holds a sizeable lead over most of the field heading to Day 2, with David Peters his closest rival on just over 3 million.   Elsewhere, Brian Rast was determined to focus on his game and make the most of every single hand. https://twitter.com/tsarrast/status/1531700748181901313   When play closed, players such as WSOP Main Event champion from last year Koray Aldemir (2,930,000), Ali Imsirovic (2,545,000), and Bill Klein (2,240,000) made the top five places with stars such as 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino (2,180,000), Ivey (1,975,000) and Erik Seidel (1,645,000) all making the top ten.   Others to star on the day included Cary Katz, who busted Alex Foxen to finish the day on 1,570,000 chips. Chance Kornuth rounded out the top 10 with 1,335,000 chips and Daniel Negreanu wasn’t far behind in 11th place of the remaining 15 players on 1,235,000.   WSOP 2022 Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty Top 10 Chipcounts: Justin Young - 3,565,000 David Peters - 3,085,000 Koray Aldemir - 2,930,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,545,000 Bill Klein - 2,240,000 Dario Sammartino - 2,180,000 Phil Ivey - 1,975,000 Erik Seidel - 1,645,000 Cary Katz - 1,570,000 Chance Kornuth - 1,335,000   Colquhoun Leads Casino Employees Event   The opening event of the 2022 World Series of Poker was the $500-entry Casino Employees Event, which this year saw 832 entries. With just 82 players still in seats by the close of play, plenty of well-known players in the field failed to make the money with Vanderpump’s words before the event seeing her gaining employee status just in time to take part herself. The star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills would not make the money places, but she had good company as the former event winner Chad Holloway and experienced player David Tuchman both lost their stacks without making profit too. The popular performer even had a little help at the table as you can see below.   https://twitter.com/LasVegasLocally/status/1531808681649614848   One player who is firing for his first WSOP bracelet is Kevin Hallaert, who has a big stack of 695,000 chips heading into the second day. It represents his best chance of breaking his bracelet duck in this event with a softer field than he is used and with a stack well over the average of 253,000. https://twitter.com/SpaceyFCB/status/1531833346233344001   Elsewhere in the top 10 chips, Kelli Phillips (613,000) and Kirby Brewer (588,000) both made the top five chipcounts and with 2021 champion Jimmy Barnett (206,000) also surviving the day’s play, there is all to play for as players return on Day 2 to play down to a winner and claim the first bracelet of the 2022 World Series of Poker.   WSOP 2022 Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Top 10 Chipcounts: Shaun Colquhoun - 885,000 Arturo Jimenez - 848,000 Kenny Hallaert - 695,000 Kelli Phillips - 613,000 Kirby Brewer - 588,000 Michael Murray - 533,000 Minxyun Kim - 485,000 Vik Vijay - 470,000 John Liu - 427,000 James Sutherland - 400,000   One change for this year’s World Series of Poker that has got everyone excited is the arrival of new poker chips at Bally’s and Paris for this series. https://twitter.com/RomeForReal/status/1531755017798946817   Poker players of all levels seem happy with them on an initial basis, with Ryan Laplante commenting: “New [WSOP] chip sets look great. No more slippery chips!”   Finally, when it comes to prop bets, Landon Tice is proving that he is no young buck on the scene, laying down the gauntlet to WSOP legend and permanent Player of the Year threat Shaun Deeb on Twitter. We can’t wait to see the hairstyle if Tice somehow manages to win. https://twitter.com/LandonTice/status/1531823135548383232 Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  21. The notion of a poker hand representing a poker player is not a new one. For decades, ten-deuce has been known as the ‘Texas Dolly’. So-called after Doyle Brunson, the hand struck notoriety thanks to being the winning hand in back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Events in 1976 and 1977. Last week, Phil Hellmuth’s queen-four call for his tournament life - and subsequent suck-out success - went viral. Playing against Alex Foxen in the 2022 U.S. Poker Open, the so-called ‘Poker Brat’ become associated with the hole cards around the world... but how long will that last? From Will Smith-related memes to Hellmuth’s own reaction to the hand, how has a week in the spotlight given queen-four off the unlikeliest of popularity boosts? The Hand Takes Place Whichever way you look at it, Alex Foxen and Phil Hellmuth played out one of the most virally viewed poker hands in history on PokerGO during the 2022 U.S. Poker Open. With both men in the running for not only the Event title but the leaderboard victory at that stage, Foxen saw Hellmuth’s three-bet and four-bet enough to set the Poker Brat all in with a call. Hellmuth weighed things up as co-commentator Brent Hanks, working alongside Jeff Platt in the PokerGO booth, stated what every viewer was feeling. “This a guy who can dodge bullets but can’t get away from queen-four? I am shocked that he’s taking time making this decision. It is not a decision.” It was, however, and as Hellmuth declared ‘I guess I better play to win.” He put in his remaining chips, deciding not to leave himself with nine big blinds. Of course, a queen came on the flop and to add insult to injury, another queen on the river gave Hellmuth the crucial double-up. No nines arrived across the board left Foxen perplexed, and he shot a look of wonderment slowly around the PokerGO Studio. “What did we just witness? What the heck was that?” said Hanks. The whole world was about to provide a different answer to that question. Poker Twitter Blows Up No sooner had the hand played out were PokerGO themselves sharing what has become one of the most popular poker hands in living memory for people to watch. Quotes, retweets, likes and engagements alone sent the hand around the globe faster than you could locate your push-fold charts to prove the call 'wrong'. https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1507474159030321155 Some of the comments on Poker Twitter have predictably been brilliant. “I swear the next time I'm dealt a [queen-four], I am shoving my chips in,” said one Poker Brat fan. “Instead of calling for my 'one time' I will announce ‘For Phil!’”. Many Hellmuth supporters came out in defense not only of their man but the hand itself. “I secretly love [queen-four],” one said. “It's my oddball hand.” Another represented many dozens with their assertion that: “From here on out, the queen-four will be known as ‘The Hellmuth’ or ‘The Brat’ People will be playing it like the [seven-deuce] game. Poker rooms across America will be talking about the hand!” They already were. The Memes Take Over From the moment the clip was shot out of the PokerGO social media cannon, the poker circus that exists online was in raptures. Max Pescatori hinted that an element of jealousy would waft through high roller games everywhere https://twitter.com/maxpescatori/status/1507533575054409733 Hellmuth himself shared the effect that the internet had enjoyed having on queen-four. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1507669423636692997 Plenty of fans were on Hellmuth’s side, and more than happy to show this runaway train of a meme subject would not be stopped by anything in its way. https://twitter.com/FPLFledgling/status/1507831077762736128 When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Poker Twitter moved at speed to appropriate the action to Hellmuth’s hand. https://twitter.com/jsmith84poker/status/1508287597067468804 While intelligent debate was thin on the ground, that didn’t mean the very best couldn’t parody it, and Phil Galfond’s post was a thing of beauty and a joy forever. https://twitter.com/PhilGalfond/status/1507837664216567808 Hellmuth even shared an amended hand ranking chart, giving new power to this craziest of calling hands. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1507667976891166720 Could ‘The Hellmuth’ Stand the Test of Time? One fan’s assertion that Johnny Chan could have prevented Hellmuth winning his iconic WSOP Main Event in 1989 really set the controls of the out of control juggernaut to ‘crazy’. “Your 1989 WSOP win showed up on my YouTube feed today,” they said. “Funny thing is if he played [queen-four] against your [pocket nines] he would have won. I think there's something magical about your hand.” Magical or not, Hellmuth didn’t win either the USPO event or any other event with the hand in question. So can it really stand the test of time? Eager to show that it might, the Poker Brat was on the road to a meet up game later in the week, and what would his first hand be? You’ve guessed it. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1509035404581736452 There’s a 'Queen-Four' Facebook group, and before long, you just know there will be t-shirts. If the hand catches on at the World Series, then the memes will all come out for a second airing. Hellmuth himself, as is so often the case, seems in charge of the hand’s destiny. Doyle Brunson played ten-deuce in not one but two vital spots. Both times he won a WSOP Main Event as a direct result, but while Hellmuth may not have the opportunity to do so, what the Poker Brat has in 2022 is a much more powerful media machine to feed. If Phil Hellmuth makes a final table at the 2022 World Series of Poker, then the Poker Brat will be waiting for two hole cards in particular to go crazy with on a live stream. Setting aside the value he’s stacking up by less experienced hopefuls presuming he is playing queen-four along the way, Hellmuth should absolutely play it under the lights. If queen-four makes it to mainstream television, we might never hear the last of a hand that is living in the moment for far longer than anyone gave it the chance of doing. All in? You'd better believe it.
  22. The complete schedule for this summer’s 2022 World Series of Poker has been announced. The series will contain 88 live gold bracelet tournaments to be held at its new home on the Las Vegas Strip of Bally’s (soon to be Horseshoe) and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino plus another 14 online events for players in regulated states. "This year is particularly historic for the WSOP with its move to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and debut in the best facilities we’ve ever had," said Ty Stewart, the WSOP's Executive Director. "We’re ready to welcome players from all over the world to our housewarming party at Bally’s, soon-to-be Horseshoe, and Paris. The schedule is jam-packed with first-class events and we expect this to be the biggest and most anticipated WSOP yet.” The series is anchored by "The Main Event", the $10,000 event - generally considered to be the ultimate tournament of any calendar year - returns to its traditional time slot around the 4th of July holiday. There are four starting flights from July 3-6 with the final table taking place over the course of two days on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16. One of the biggest tournaments on the schedule will be "The Housewarming". In the footsteps of 2019’s "The Big 50" and last year’s "The Reunion", "The Housewarming" welcomes players to the WSOP’s new home on the Las Vegas Strip with a $500 buy-in bracelet event. With four starting flights spread out over the opening weekend and a $5 million guarantee, this event will be a target event for all recreational players looking to check out the new layout between Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. There are plenty of new offerings for the new era, however, plenty of old marquee favorite events are returning to the schedule. The Monster Stack, Millionaire Maker, Colossus, and The Closer all headline weekends during the series in an effort to bring out weekend warriors. Bounties events are well represented including the featured bounty event, the Million Dollar Bounty. This event, which was originally conceived by the WSOP in 2020, is finally going to happen. It comes with a $1,000 buy-in and gives players four starting flights in an effort to make Day 2. That's when the bounties begin to pile up with a mystery bounty being awarded for every player KO'd and a top bounty prize of $1 million. High rollers have plenty to look forward to as well with 28 events (including Championship events) posting a buy-in of $10,000 or more. There’s a $100,000 High Roller Bounty on the very first day of the series, plus the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship, a mid-series $100K, and a $250,000 Super High Roller on June 23 among other events. 2022 WSOP Live Schedule of Events [table id=290 /] The move to The Strip includes all of the convention space from both Paris Las Vegas and the soon-to-be renamed Bally's. According to the WSOP, it will have 200,000 square feet of space and roughly 600 poker tables of action. Live coverage of the action will be handled by CBS Sports and PokerGO with 18 gold bracelet events covered and a minimum of 15 hours of start-to-finish Main Event coverage. WSOP Online bracelet events are back as well with 14 in total., Players in Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to battle for bracelets from the comfort of their homes. There are online events every Sunday throughout the series plus three "Double Up Bracelet Days". Check out the WSOP Online bracelet schedule below. 2022 WSOP Online Events [table id=291 /] In addition to all of the bracelet events, the popular Daily Deepstacks will also be available. Most days at 2 pm, 5 pm, and 9 pm in the Paris Ballroom. COVID-19/Vaccination Note This year the World Series of Poker's COVID policy will reflect local, state and CDC guidelines. There will be no proof of vaccination requirement, and currently there is no mask mandate in effect. "Players will be accountable to follow CDC guidelines appropriate to them as individuals."
  23. The worst kept secret in the poker world is now official news as the World Series of Poker announced that the 53rd annual WSOP will be moving to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino when it takes place from May 31 - July 19, 2022. After 17 years at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the WSOP has found a new home on the Strip in Bally’s and Paris for 2022. “As we approach the Final Table, we look back on yet another successful Main Event that exceeds expectations,” said World Series of Poker Senior Vice President, Ty Stewart. “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s turnout, both domestically and internationally. As we close out this chapter at the Rio, we are excited to have the iconic Vince Vaughn usher in a new era of WSOP at Bally’s and Paris next summer.” The announcement was made on Tuesday night during the early moments of this year’s WSOP Main Event final table when actor Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”, “Swingers”) turned up in his new role as the WSOP Master of Ceremonies and broke the news on the PokerGO live stream. “I have such a strong connection to Las Vegas and am honored to be selected as the Master of Ceremonies for what is set to be the most anticipated World Series of Poker tournament ever,” Vaughn said. “Poker has long been one of my favorite sports, so to be a part of something as historic as the WSOP finally moving to the Strip is an absolute dream. Vegas baby, Vegas!” It will be the shortest turnaround time between series in recent history with the opening weekend of the 2022 series kicking off just a little over six months after the end of the current one. The 2022 WSOP schedule of events is expected to be announced in January.

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