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  1. 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.
  2. A busy day in the Rio saw the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event work its way to a final table of five players who will battle for the bracelet tomorrow in the Thunderdome. Deeb Chasing Fifth Bracelet in PLO High Roller The day began with 25 players, but action was uncommonly pedestrian for some time until a wave of eliminations pushed play nearer the final eight who would form the final table. By the time the final eight was reached, players such as Gabriel Andrade (25th for $4,807), Jerry Wong (22nd for $48,007), Joao Vieira (18th for $51,208), Jeremy Ausmus (14th for $57,741), and Tommy Le (9th for $97,254) had all missed out on the final stages. For Le, it would have been a rueful exit, with his imperious nature of winning final tables in PLO Championships self-evident after his back-to-back bracelet win in the format just the other day. At the final table of eight, three more needed to bust for the final five to be reached. It was Charles Sinn who went in eighth place, earning $121,816 when his set of aces was flushed away by Maxx Coleman. Overnight chip leader Ben Lamb went out in seventh place for $156,387 when his flush was skittled by John Beauprez’s full house of fours over kings, with Beauprez correctly calling out ‘King!’ before the fateful card hit the felt. Finally, the night was over and the final table was set when French star David Benyamine failed in his attempt to clinch a second WSOP bracelet, busting in sixth for $205,655. Benyamine’s straight draws both bricked against Shaun Deeb, giving the four-time WSOP bracelet winner a vital pot to put him fourth in chips as the night drew to a close. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Chipcounts: Ka Kwan Lau - 10,750,000 John Beauprez - 8,725,000 Maxx Coleman - 5,730,000 Shaun Deeb - 3,640,000 Veselin Karakitukov - 2,745,000 Elezra Near the Top of Seniors Leaderboard Day 2 of the Seniors Event saw 1,107 players battle hard to play down to 148 bracelet chasers by the close of play. Eli Elezra was one big name who made the top 10 chip counts, with the four-time WSOP winner sitting on 1,515,000 chips by the close of play. It was David Kluchman (2,745,000) who took the chip lead by the end of Day 2, with April Facey looking for her first WSOP final table behind him on 2,330,000 chips. Other big names to survive included Bruno Lopes (1,380,000), Timothy Little (855,000), Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler (325,000) and the ‘Robin Hood of Poker’, Barry Greenstein (810,000), but others weren’t so fortunate, with Kathy Liebert (314th for $2,832), John Esposito (193rd for $3,528), John Cernuto (176th for $3,983) and Greg Raymer (710st for $1,601) all busting. https://twitter.com/FossilMan/status/1454190771356139522 WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Event Top 10 Chipcounts: David Kluchman - 2,745,000 April Facey - 2,330,000 Marc Walter - 1,675,000 Robert Sun - 1,615,000 Clyde Reed - 1,600,000 David Slaughter - 1,545,000 Eli Elezra - 1,515,000 Sean Moore - 1,445,000 Dennis McKelvey - 1,415,000 Chris Wa - 1,390,000 In Event #54, the Nine-Game Mix Six-Max event, Nicholas Julia bagged the chip lead, with 2,150,000 a massive stack at the close of Day 2. In fact, Julia piled up more than double his nearest challenger in Robert McLaughlin (1,013,000). There are some high-profile players in the top 10 alone, with Kenny Hsiung (822,000), James Woods (649,000), and Mike Matusow (559,000) all surviving as just 17 players remain from the 319 total entries in the event. Others who weren’t so fortunate to make the next day included Matt Waxman, Maria Ho, David Williams, Jim Collopy, Andrew Kelsall, and Adam Owen, all of whom will need to refocus on other events starting across a busy weekend of WSOP action. WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Nicholas Julia - 2,150,000 Robert McLaughlin - 1,013,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 829,000 Kenny Hsiung - 822,000 Kristan Lord - 820,000 Justin Liberto - 715,000 James Woods - 649,000 Matt Vengrin - 635,000 Marco Johnson - 603,000 Mike Matusow - 559,000 Event #55 is one of the cheapest yet best-value events on the schedule, as The Colossus looks set to crown another winner in the coming days. Ryan Depaulo kicked off action looking to see if he can reach the podium as he did in 2019, winning $208,643 when he came in behind Georgios Kapalas (2nd for $278k) and the winner Sejin Park who won the $451k top prize. https://twitter.com/depaulo_ryan/status/1453903095721648136 PokerGO presenter and fourth-place finisher in the Double Stack Event #43 Jeff Platt had another great day at the felt, bagging a massive stack. https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1454360294306631687 The chip leader at the end of play was Hiep Tran, who totaled 1.3 million chips. Behind him, Hogyun Kang (1,297,000) and Vincas Tamasauskas (1,241,000) hover ominously, while stars such as Justin Lapka (384,000) and Robert Varkonyi (175,000) both lived to three-bet another day. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts: Hiep Tran - 1,308,000 Hogyun Kang - 1,297,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 1,241,000 Martin Ryan - 1,178,000 Charbel Kanterjian - 1,118,000 Lucas Tabarin - 1,116,000 Joseph Malebranche - 1,098,000 Erikas Laugzemys - 1,048,000 Michael Marder - 1,018,000 Ivan Barnes - 900,000 There were 306 entries in Event #56, the $10,000-entry Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship, with just 113 making it through to Day 2, with Indian player Abhinav Iyer (483,500) capturing the chip lead and holding it to the closing of the bags. Belgian player Kenny Hallaert (468,000) and Matt Berkey (320,300) are both in hot pursuit of the leader with other superstars such as Asi Moshe (346,0000), Adrian Mateos (232,000), Justin Bonomo (175,500), Darren Elias (114,000), Tommy Le (109,000), Stephen Chidwick (102,500), and Maria Ho (59,500) all making it through to Day 2. Plenty of others were less fortunate, with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Ryan Leng, Ali Imsirovic, as well as 2019 and 2020 WSOP Main Event winners Hossein Ensan and Damian Salas all looking to the registration desk for what to play next. WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 NLHE Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Abhinav Iyer - 483,500 Kenny Hallaert - 468,000 Matt Berkey - 394,000 Ian Steinman - 360,500 Roland Rokita - 358,500 Jimmy D'Ambrosio - 340,000 Giuseppe Iadisernia - 340,000 Jeff Frerichs - 324,000 Nikita Kuznetcov - 300,000 Arian Stolt - 288,500 Finally, if you wondered whether Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth was pressing ahead with his entrance outfit, then be reminded that you should never doubt ‘The Greatest Showman’ in World Series of Poker history. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453843499091062786

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