Canadian Eliot Hudon is the 2022 WPT World Championship winner. Hudon topped a field of 2,930 entries in the $10,400 buy-in event to take home a first-place prize of $4,136,000. Hudon defeated Benny Glaser in heads-up play at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 20, to get the victory.

Previously, Hudon had never cashed for more than $113,800 in a live tournament, according to HendonMob.com, and this was his first World Poker Tour cash. Now, Hudon can proudly call himself the WPT World Championship champion.

2022 WPT World Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Eliot Hudon Canada $4,136,000
2nd Benny Glaser United Kingdom $2,830,000
3rd Jean-Claude Moussa United States $2,095,000
4th Adam Adler United States $1,608,000
5th Frank Funaro United States $1,301,000
6th Colton Blomberg United States $1,001,050

Hudon entered the six-handed WPT final table second in chips behind Glaser, but on the fourth hand of play the two flipped stacks with Hudon doubling through Glaser. Glaser had a large chip lead and simply moved all in preflop with ace-jack. Hudon found a call with pocket kings. Hudon’s kings held up to score him the enormous double up.

Not long after, Colton ​​Blomberg busted in sixth place. He went out at the hands of Benny Glaser and took home $1,001,050 for his sixth-place finish.

After Blomberg, Frank Funaro hit the rail in fifth place. Funaro was eliminated by Hudon, with Hudon once again picking up pocket kings. Funaro scored $1,301,000 for the result.

Falling in fourth place was Adam Adler. He got his money in with a flush draw against Hudon’s middle pair. Hudon’s hand held to leave Adler heading to the payout desk to collect his $1,608,000 payday.

Three-handed play saw Glaser double through Jean-Claude Moussa to leave Moussa with just three big blinds. Moussa doubled up on the next hand but then busted in third place on the hand after that. Hudon was the one who eliminated Moussa, with Moussa picking up $2,095,000 in prize money.

Heads-up play between Hudon and Glaser began with Hudon in the lead. His 228,200,000 in chips were well ahead of Glaser’s 67,500,000. From there, play lasted just seven hands before it was all over.

On the final hand, Glaser bluffed off his stack into the straight of Hudon. Hudon had limped from the button with seven-four. Glaser checked his option with queen-jack and the flop came down eight-six-two. Glaser checked, Hudon bet 2,000,000 (the size of the big blind at the time), and Glaser called.

The turn was a nine, and Glaser check-raised Hudon’s bet of 8,000,000 to 28,000,000. Hudon made the call to see a five complete the board on the river and give him a straight. With just queen high, Glaser went for it and moved all in for 59,000,000. Hudon wasted no time in calling and it was all over.

For his runner-up finish, Glaser earned a $2,830,000 score. Glaser also earned enough points to put him in the top 21 of the PGT leaderboard. If he maintains his position through today’s ARIA High Roller tournament, Glaser will qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship that is running at the PokerGO Studio starting Wednesday, December 21. In the PGT Championship, the top 21 players as ranked by the PGT leaderboard are competing for a winner-take-all $500,000 first-place prize.

For Hudon, his name will now be etched on the coveted Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup and he will go down in history as the winner of the largest World Poker Tour first-place prize to date. We’ll also see Hudon back in the field for next year’s WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, as Hudon’s winnings include a $10,400 seat into next year’s event.

2022 PokerGO Tour Leaderboard Top 21

Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Stephen Chidwick 3,412 6 32 $6,314,084
2nd Phil Ivey 3,083 3 17 $5,944,394
3rd Jason Koon 2,833 2 17 $6,231,848
4th Michael Duek 2,400 1 6 $5,063,505
5th Sean Winter 2,368 3 20 $3,599,071
6th Alex Foxen 2,356 4 19 $6,578,029
7th Espen Jorstad 2,239 1 5 $10,217,955
8th Chad Eveslage 2,162 2 8 $2,777,680
9th Danny Tang 2,139 1 12 $3,830,315
10th Daniel Dvoress 2,059 1 11 $4,328,482
11th Mikita Badziakouski 2,046 2 10 $4,249,869
12th Seth Davies 1,999 0 14 $3,861,220
13th Isaac Kempton 1,927 1 10 $2,076,682
14th Nick Petrangelo 1,921 3 10 $4,785,574
15th Jeremy Ausmus 1,901 4 21 $2,321,838
16th Paul Phua 1,899 2 12 $4,605,654
17th Sam Greenwood 1,882 1 9 $3,652,684
18th Daniel Negreanu 1,701 3 14 $4,680,175
19th Adrian Attenborough 1,700 0 1 $6,000,000
20th Benny Glaser 1,646 0 3 $3,311,420
21st Cary Katz 1,634 2 22 $1,908,890

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What Does the PGT Winner Get?

The 2022 PGT season will culminate in the season-ending PGT Championship, which is a $500,000 winner-take-all tournament. The top 21 players on the PGT leaderboard at the end of regular-season events qualify for the PGT Championship. The winner of the 2022 PGT Championship will be crowned this season's champion and take home half a million dollars in prize money.

Starting stacks in the PGT Championship will be based on the number of points earned by a player during the regular season.

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