Mike Jukich is $966,577 richer and can now call himself a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner.

On Tuesday, Jukich emerged victorious atop the 6,501-entry field in the 2022 WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack, winning nearly $1,000,000 in prize money. Jukich was already the owner of a WSOP Circuit gold ring, but he decided to add to his jewelry collection with a WSOP gold bracelet.

“I am getting pulled in every different direction and trying to just take it all in,” Jukich said in the moments after. “I just can’t. It just doesn’t seem real. It really doesn’t seem real.”

Playing under the bright lights on the main PokerGO televised stage in front of a raucous rail of supporters, Jukich remained calm and composed and he fought his way to the winner’s circle. Jukich had been on the big stage of the WSOP before. He finished 12th in an event in 2013 and 51st in the WSOP Main Event in 2018, but nothing compares to the feeling of winning a WSOP gold bracelet in such a popular event.

“So, what’s haunted me before was in 2013 I think I was chip leader with 12 left in a $1,500 event and $720,000 up top and I ended up getting 12th and was devastated,” Jukich recalled. “So I didn’t get in the Thunderdome, didn’t mark it off the bucket list of making a WSOP final table, none of that. I was super disappointed. I just never really ran good any summer I was out here until I finally had a deep run in the Main Event after the 12th-place finish. But yeah, I was pumped this year. They switched it up. The Rio will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first World Series that I went to when I was 21, but I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m just stoked that they’re going to get a new place, new run good new, new everything. I was playing a full schedule no-limit events and just I won a small MGM tournament a week ago. Then I just hopped in here. This is this is just crazy, this tournament.”

Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack Final Table Results

Place Name Country Prize
1st Mike Jukich United States $966,577
2nd Mateusz Moolhuizen Netherlands $597,362
3rd Francis Anderson United States $449,912
4th Joao Simao Brazil $341,095
5th Anthony Spinella United States $260,315
6th David Zarrin United States $199,995
7th Yoshiya Agata Japan $154,688
8th Jessica Teusl Brazil $120,455
9th Ricardo Caridade Portugal $94,439

The final day of Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack at the 2022 WSOP saw 39 players return to the battlefield. Around 5 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, Romain Lotti was eliminated in 10th place to set the final table. That’s when the PokerGO live stream of this event kicked off, and it turned out to be quite a fun one to watch.

Ricardo Caridade ended up being the first player eliminated when he ran ace-queen into Anthony Spinella’s ace-king. He picked up $94,439 for his ninth-place finish. Then it was Jessica Teusl busting in eighth place for $120,455. Teusl’s boyfriend, Stefan Lehner, won the $3,000 NL Hold’em for $558,616 just a few days prior.

After Teusl, Yoshiya Agata busted in seventh place for $154,688, David Zarrin went out sixth for $199,995, and bracelet winner Anthony Spinella finished fifth for $260,315.

After Brazilian Joao Simao busted fourth for $341,095 and American Francis Anderson went out third for $449,912, Jukich went heads up with Mateusz Moolhuizen. In a wild hand, the two found the money in on the turn and it was Moolhuizen’s full house against Jukich’s two pair. Jukich needed a king on the river to stay alive and double up, and he found just that when a king spiked to give him a higher full house. After that, Jukich’s ace-eight beat Moolhuizen’s king-queen to win it all.

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