The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has passed its warm-up stages and is slowly moving towards the much-anticipated main event.
Meanwhile, the tournament has seen a spate of engaging games with a lot of new and familiar names making their mark on the series.
Below we examine the results and highlights of the second week of the 2022 WSOP, i.e., events #14 through #29.
Event #14 – $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Event #14 featured 2,392 participants and had a $3,193,320 prize pool.
French national Leo Soma, who made his first appearance at a WSOP tournament, also won his first bracelet. The young player collected $456,889, the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Thomas Schultz from the United States was second with $282,358 in prize money, while Argentinian Maximiliano Gallardo’s third place won him $203,451.
2022 WSOP Event #15 – $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Daniel Zack (USA), a WSOP regular since 2013, won Event #15. ($440,757)
A total of 196 entrants vied for a portion of the $1,827,700 prize money. This is Zack’s second gold bracelet, having won Event #4 back in 2013. The win took Zack’s total WSOP earnings to $2,649,650.
Dustin Dirksen (USA) came in second, earning $272,408, which was slightly over half of Zack’s bounty. This is his third 2nd place in WSOP events since 2007.
Yuval Bronshtein (Israel), winner of the 2021 WSOP event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, took third place with $195,203 in earnings.
Event #16 – $3,000 No-Limit Holdem
The 16th event saw Austrian Stefan Lehner win first place and $558,616 in prize money, taking his total WSOP earnings to $750,177.
Second place went to Toby Boas (USA), along with $345,244 in earnings. Nathan Russler, also from the USA, came in third and earned $248,298, his biggest WSOP bounty since his first WSOP appearance in 2015.
Event #17 – $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
Event #17 was almost dominated by players from the United States, for 29 out of the Top 30 players were from the States.
Dominic Sarle (USA) bested poker whizz Jerry Wong (USA) in a heads-up game after a 10-hour play, scoring his biggest WSOP prize yet of $164,243 and his maiden gold bracelet. While he failed to get his first WSOP bracelet, Jerry Wong was able to find consolation in his $101,514 prize.
In third place came Daniel Strelitz (USA) – winner of Event #11, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2019 WSOP – who took home $67,820.
Event #18 – $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
Event #18 drew a total of 2,663 participants who contributed to a massive purse of $2,370,070.
Following a tough 15-hour game, Bryan Schultz (USA) got the best of Young Sik Eum (USA) with an ace-queen off-suit against Sik Eum’s J-2 of diamonds. Schultz’s pair of queens was enough for him to take home the grand prize of $330,057, while Young Sik Eum took home $203,949.
The second runner-up, Angela Jordison (USA), left with $151,544 when she was eliminated by Sik Eum, who went all-in pre-flop and was saved by an ace on the fifth street.
Event #19 – $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
Event #19 had 264 entrants competing for a share of a $6,237,000 prize pool.
After eliminating American player Fabian Brandes ($907,132), the high-stakes game earned Tong Li (China) his first cash as well as his first WSOP bracelet.
Li started third in chip count, and his position further worsened as the game unfolded, leading him to the brink of elimination. Eventually, Li got back into the fold and faced off against Brandes in a heads-up, eliminating his German opponent to win his first bracelet and the grand prize of a whopping $1,467,739.
Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh (USA) had to make do with third place and a $644,365 reward.
The prestigious high-roller event attracted some notables who made it into the money but fell short of the official final table. These players include familiar names such as Chance Kornuth (13th), Daniel Negreanu (16th), Yuri Dzivielevski (24th), and Stephen Chidwick (29th).
Event #20 – $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 350 players and a prize pool of $467,250.
Denis Nesterenko of Russia clinched his first WSOP bracelet, alongside $108,250 in winnings. Nesterenko was one of nine players to return for the event on its final day after an initial crowd of 350 entrants.
He initially ousted Chinese opponent Yufei Zhong. Despite entering the event 2nd in chips, Zhong was eliminated in 5th place.
It ultimately came down between Nesterenko and Von Altizer (USA), whom the Russian beat with a seven-six against her eight-five.
Evan Sayer (USA) finished third, earning $44,347 – the largest WSOP prize of his career so far.
Event #21 – $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold’em
The multi-flight Event #21 was played over five days at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas and attracted a crowded field of 6,501 entrants, which skyrocketed the prize pool to $8,678,835.
Mike Jukich (USA) won the high-stakes event after eliminating Mateusz Moolhuizen (Netherlands) in a heads-up. With J (Spade) – 10 (Heart) – 5 (Spade) on the flop, Moolhuizen, who had K-Q of Clubs, had a 51 percent chance to win with a possible straight draw. However, the appearance of 3 (Diamond) on the turn gave Jukich, who held A (Heart) – 8 (Club), a chance to win as he was now a favorite. When 5 (Club) appeared on the river, the game was over.
Jukich, who has been a WSOP regular since 2006 and even won a circuit event at the 2017/18 WSOP, won his first bracelet and $966,577 in first prize money. Moolhuizen had to settle for $597,362.
Francis Anderson (USA) came in third with $449,912 in earnings.
Event #22 – $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
While the high-roller event only saw 95 entries, it attracted a number of WSOP veterans. In fact, each of the final three players had at least one WSOP bracelet under their belt. In the end, Adam Friedman (USA) emerged as the champion and won his fifth bracelet as well as а $248,254 prize–the biggest slice of the $885,875 prize pool.
One-time bracelet winner Jean Gaspard (USA) ended second with $153,433 in his pocket, while ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (USA) finished third and won $108,233.
Event #23 – $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em
Event #23 saw 213 entries and had a prize pool of $568,710. In the end, WSOP veteran Jeremy Ausmus (USA) emerged as the champion. This would be his fourth win ($142,147) in WSOP tournaments since his first appearance in the 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit. The fourth bracelet earns Ausmus a place among the poker elite and makes him a potential candidate for the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame.
Michael Rocco and Gabe Ramos, both from the US, took second ($87,854) and third place ($59,486), respectively.
Event #24 – $1,000 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold’em Presented by GG Poker
The fifth time proved lucky for Christopher Chatman (USA), as he finally won his first WSOP bracelet following mediocre performances in his last four WSOP appearances.
Chatman took home the first prize of $187,770 in an event initially contested by 1,329 runners. Rafi Elharar (Israel) finished in 2nd place and earned $116,050 – his second-largest score next to the $534,574 he won after placing third in Event #3 $500 No-Limit Hold’em (WSOP 2019).
Tyler Willse (USA) was eliminated in 3rd place when his 3-3 lost to Chatman’s A-K in a board of 7-4-J-7-4 (off-suit). For his efforts, he received a payout of $85,420.
Event #25 – $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
After about a decade of playing in WSOP events, Rajaee Wazwaz (USA) finally won his first WSOP bracelet. Wazwaz came in first in a packed field that saw 4,062 entries, earning $358,346 in first prize alongside his maiden WSOP bracelet.
Robert Crow (USA), who was new to the WSOP scene, did not do too badly as he was the runner-up for Event #25. For his first WSOP, he earned himself a $221,399 payout.
Terence Reid (USA) won third place and $166,011, which was more than twentyfold his previous-biggest WSOP score of $7,441 in 2021.
Event #26 – $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
Jonathan Cohen (USA) won his first gold bracelet and his second six-digit prize ($245,678) after his second-place ranking in Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (WSOP 2012) where he took home $192,559.
WSOP novice Kyle Dilschneider (USA) bested the experienced Matthew Schreiber (USA) to take second place and $151,842 in winnings, while Schreiber’s 3rd place earned him $107,978.
Event #27 – $1,500 SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold’em
The three-day event attracted 1,000 participants that created a $1,335,000 prize pool.
After nearly 13 years since his last WSOP appearance in 2009, Michael Simhai (USA) returned in style and took 1st place, earning him his first WSOP bracelet and a grand prize of $240,480.
David Dowdy (USA) is still searching for his maiden bracelet after over a decade of playing at the WSOP. However, for coming up in second place, he won $148,618, which was his biggest winnings so far.
Second runner-up Anant Patel (USA) took home a payout of $111,226, marking his best WSOP performance so far.
Event #28 – $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha
Long-time WSOP player Robert Cowen (UK) took down the lucrative high-roller event, which saw 106 entries and a $5,074,750 prize pool. In addition to winning his second WSOP bracelet, he also received a payout of $1,393,816.
Cowen eliminated Dash Dudley (USA) in a heads-up game after getting lucky on the turn and getting nines full of jacks on the river to beat Dudley’s flush. Ben Lamb (USA), who placed 3rd in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event in 2011, came in 3rd and took home $622,861.
Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
In Event #29, Maxx Coleman (USA) came on top of 437 entrants to take the 1st place prize of $127,809 and, with it, his 1st WSOP bracelet.
Thomas Newton (USA) came in second for his best-yet WSOP show and most lucrative prize ($78,997) of his short WSOP stretch that started in 2019.
Roland Israelashvili (USA), who first entered a WSOP event in 2005, will have to wait a little longer to collect his first bracelet after ending the event in 3rd place with a $53,828 prize.
That’s the wrap-up for Week 2 of WSOP 2022. For next week’s events 30 through 44, who do you think will be the next WSOP bracelet winner?
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