The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has concluded with American Benjamin Kaupp winning the Tournament of Champions finale for $250,000.

Kaupp topped a 470-player field by defeating Raul Garza heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet. Kaupp qualified for the WSOP 2022 Tournament of Champions by winning a WSOP-C Online Circuit Pennsylvania in a $215 No-Limit Hold’em event for $14,954.

There were 575 eligible players for the Tournament of Champions, and of the 470 that entered, just 16 returned for the final day on Wednesday. Following a flurry of eliminations that saw WSOP bracelet winners Antoine Vranken, Dominick Sarle, and Gianluca Speranza before the final table of seven kicked off the PokerGO live stream.

Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER winner Yuliyan Kolev exited first in seventh place when his pocket eights were unable to outdraw the pocket queens of Benjamin Kaupp. Gregory Wish would be eliminated in sixth place when he was all-in with ace-ten against the ace-nine of Raul Garza. Garza flopped a nine, and when Wish was unable to retake the lead, he collected $37,500 for his efforts.

Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo champion Ali Eslami was eliminated in fifth place by Robert Cowen. The final four players battled back-and-forth for more than three hours before Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Rollerwinner Robert Cowen exited in fourth place when his ace-jack failed to connect against the pocket nines of Ryan Messick.

The final three players returned from break all within a handful of big blinds of each other, but it would be Benjamin Kaupp that pulled away and began pressuring his two opponents. Messick would fall in third place when his ace-four lost to the king-ten of Kaupp for two pair. Kaupp entered heads-up play as the overwhelming chip leader with 12.5 million to Garza's 1.5 million. Garza doubled once, but then shoved with king-jack and was called by Kaupp's ace-six. The board ran out ten-high and Garza was eliminated in second place, while Kaupp was crowned the final WSOP bracelet winner of the 2022 WSOP; winning the Tournament of Champions for $250,000 in prize money.

Event #89: Tournament of Champions Final Table Payouts

Place Player Country Prize
1st Benjamin Kaupp United States $250,000
2nd Raul Garza United States $150,000
3rd Ryan Messick United States $100,000
4th Robert Cowen Wales $75,000
5th Ali Eslami United States $50,000
6th Gregory Wish United States $37,500
7th Yuliyan Kolev Bulgaria $27,500

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