The Las Vegas Strip is abuzz with the sights and sounds of poker fans traversing the adjacent Paris and Bally’s Hotels & Casinos to attend events in the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

A usual sight at an unusual site, considering the past 17 WSOP tournaments were held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Read on to see a full summary of events and schedule from the initial week and details about major upcoming events.

The World Series of Poker 2022

World Series of Poker Overview

The 53rd World Series of Poker kicked off on May 31.

After two disruptive years, the 2022 WSOP returns to its usual slot and format. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 WSOP was moved entirely online, while last year it was re-scheduled for September through November in 2021.

The tournament will feature 88 live bracelet events and 14 online events from May 31 to July 20.

Outline of WSOP Week 1 Recap

The first week of the 2022 World Series of Poker saw an almost unprecedented interest in participation, logging 30,331 entries across the first 13 events.

The ten bracelet events in Week 1 generated more than $24 million in prize money. All save three events accumulated seven-figure prize pools.

A total of 2,080 of those entries in Week 1 were registered for the traditional $500 multi-flight Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em event.

Below we will provide a day-by-day overview of the events from the first week of the 2022 WSOP.

Event #1 – $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em

The customary two-day $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em signified the beginning of the WSOP 2022. Kate Kopp, a dealer from Cleveland, Ohio, took first place after surging from rank 111 to the top and winning her first gold bracelet and $65,168 in winnings.

Event #2 – $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

The opening day’s main event was the High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em with a $100,000 buy-in at 3 pm, Pacific Time. David Peters, a familiar name in WSOP with over $33 million in live tournament earnings, won the event, earning his fourth WSOP bracelet. 

Three-time bracelet winner and Las Vegas native Chance Kornuth took second place, while 2019 WSOP runner-up Dario Sammartino (Italy) finished third.

Kornuth eliminated Koray Aldemir (Germany) early on with a jack-high against Aldemir’s king-high, sending the current WSOP champion to 5th place.

In a brief heads-up match-up, Peters got the better of Kornuth with a pair of kings against his opponent’s eights.

Event #3  – $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em

The second day of the WSOP (June 1st) marked the beginning of Events #3 and #4.

The third event was the 3-day Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em with a $2,500 buy-in. American player Scott Seiver, who was another high-roller and WSOP regular, came in first in a crowded field of 752 entries to win his fourth WSOP bracelet and bag $320,059 in a heads-up against his fellow countryman, Alexander Farahi.

David Goodman, who was also from the USA, took 3rd place after losing to Seiver with an ace of clubs against Seiver’s pair of off-suit queens.

Event #4 Overview – $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

Event #4 was the $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Brad Ruben (USA) won first place and took his fourth WSOP bracelet, along with $126,288 in winnings.

Ruben defeated Canadian Jaswinder Lally – winner of WSOP 2021 Event #7 – in a heads-up match after calling Lally’s raise before the flop. Ruben got a flush on the turn and the river did nothing to improve Lally’s hand. 

Third place and $52,282 in winnings went to Naoya Kihara of Japan.

Event #5 – $500 Housewarming No-limit Hold’em

The much-anticipated $500 Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em began on June 2nd with 20,080 entries, making it one of the biggest live tournaments in WSOP history.

The event took place over 6 days and included an $8,433,600 prize pool. On the final day of the event, WSOP newcomer Henrieto ‘Henry’ Acain of Stockton, CA, defeated Jared Kingery and Christian Taylor, both from the US, despite starting the day 4th in chip count.

The fortuitous moment for Acain came when he hit a flush on the turn and river with ace-three to best Kingery’s pocket aces and take home the top prize of $701,215. This was Acain’s first-ever WSOP bracelet.

Despite a wobbly start, Acain’s luck turned as he continued on a winning streak, eliminating Sridhar Sangannagari, Yavine Brewer, and Isidro Martinez, who were all Americans.

On the final hand, Kingery held a pair of off-suit aces against Acain’s Ace of Clubs and 3 of Spades, with an Ace of Hearts and 7 and 8 of Clubs on the table. Luck smiled on Acain who hit a runner-runner flush on the turn and river with a K and 4 of clubs.

Event #6 – $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship

The second event on June 2nd was the $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

The winner of the World Poker Tour and 2012 Aussie Millions, Dan Smith, defeated German player Christoph Vogelsang and won his first WSOP bracelet. Smith earned the top prize of $509,717 while Vogelsang had to make do with a bracelet-less 2nd place and $315,029 in earnings.

Dario Sammartino (Italy) placed third after being eliminated in the semifinal by Smith, while Vogelsang eliminated Kevin Rabichow (USA) to meet with Smith in the final. Despite Smith starting in a losing position with an ace-four against Vogelsang’s ace-ten, the tables turned in Smith’s favor on the flop. The turn and river did not help Vogelsang regain the lead.

Event #7 – $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Alongside Flight B of the Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em, June 3rd included Event #7: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

After forgettable runs in earlier WSOP tournaments, Amnon Filippi (USA) managed to win his first bracelet in an event contested by over 1,000 entrants. The 2006 World Poker Tour finalist beat Matt Vengrin (USA) and collected $252,718 in earnings, adding up $1,406,688 in winnings in WSOP live cash events.

Paul Zappulla (USA) came in third, winning $111,501 – his biggest WSOP bounty yet.

Events #8 – $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed

The High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed started at 1 p.m. and was played over the course of three days. The $25K buy-in event saw 251 entrants butt heads for a portion of a $5,929,875 prize pool.

Chad Eveslage (USA) won his first-ever WSOP bracelet alongside racking up $1,415,610 in winnings. The amount takes Eveslage’s live WSOP winnings to more than $5 million.

Eveslage faced tough opponents on the last day, including runner-up Jake Schindler (USA) and 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (USA), who finished third.

Event #9 – $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Event #9 was the $1,500 Seven Card Stud. Canadian Alex Livingston, who finished third at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, scooped up his first WSOP bracelet, earning about a fourth ($103,282) of the $439,215 prize pool. 

Daniel Weinman (USA) ended up as the runner-up while Thomas Taylor (Canada) finished third after being eliminated by Livingston.

John Racener (USA), who placed 2nd in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, finished 6th.  

Event #10 – $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship

Sunday, June 5th, saw Event #10 alongside the first two one-day WSOP online games.

The first online event – a $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout – earned Hungarian Norbert Szecsi his third WSOP bracelet and $288,850 in winnings.

The second online event was a $500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Big $500. UK-resident Manig Loeser was the event winner, scoring $127,153 in 1st prize winnings and his maiden WSOP bracelet.

The key event that day was the $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship with a prize pool of $1,146,975.

Ben Diebold (USA) bested Russian-born Mike Gorodinsky, winner of the 2015 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Diebold took home his first WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $299,488.

WSOP veteran Brian Rast (USA) will have to try again for his 6th WSOP bracelet after being eliminated in 3rd place.

Event #11 – $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

Monday, June 6th kicked off with Event #11 – a $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack – at 11 am.

Raj Vohra (USA) won top prize ($335,286) from a $2,914,650 pool against a field of 5,715 entrants.

Qing Liu and Hung Tran, both from the USA, finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

Event #12 – $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed

After his 2nd place win in Event #8, Jake Schindler (USA) redeemed himself in the $50K High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (Event #12) when he scooped up $1,328,068 and secured his first WSOP bracelet. The sum took his 2022 WSOP winnings in week 1 to over $2.2 million.

Brekstyn Schutten, who was 5th in Event #8, improved his position but not enough to win his first bracelet. He finished at 2nd place with $820,808 in winnings.

Punnat Punsri of Thailand was third, collecting $593,481 from the $4,835,375 prize pool.

Event #13 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em

Week 1 of WSOP came to an end with Event #13 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em – that saw 522 entrants vying for a portion of a $696,870 prize pool.

Michael ‘Texas Mike’ Moncek (USA) won first prize ($145,856) and also picked up his maiden WSOP bracelet.

Joe McKeehen, the 2015 WSOP Main Event winner, finished 5th behind runner-up Ben Ross (USA), second runner-up Yueqi Zhu (USA), and 4th place winner Christoph Kwon (USA).

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