Two events came to dramatic conclusions on Sunday night, as Tong Li and Adam Friedman won gold to claim bracelets at Bally’s in Las Vegas. For Li, it was a first win in a World Series event and a career-high score of $1.4 million. For Friedman, however, it was a fifth WSOP bracelet in a purple patch of his career that has seen him claim gold in each of the last four years of WSOP play.

Li Grabs Gold, Arieh and Balll Fall Short

In a busy conclusion to Event #19, the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller, both Scott Ball (5th for $342,590) and Josh Arieh (3rd for $644,365) fell just short of glory as the final table played down from five to a winner. Despite six out of the eight final table players coming from American, heads-up was a truly continental affair as Austrian overnight chip leader Fabian Brandes took on Tong Li from China.

Eventually, the Shanghai player prevailed as his flopped trips turned into a full house on the river. On a day where virtually every player dropped to the bottom of the chipcounts, it was a thrilling finale that played out on the as-live stream on PokerGO.

You can watch every hand from the start to Li’s triumph, which earned him an incredible $1.4 million right here:

WSOP 2022 Event #19 $25,000 PLO High Roller Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Tong Li China $1,467,739
2nd Fabian Brandes Austria $907,132
3rd Josh Arieh U.S.A. $644,365
4th Sam Stein U.S.A. $465,717
5th Scott Ball U.S.A. $342,590
6th Jonathan Depa U.S.A. $256,582
7th Emmanuel Sebag U.S.A. $195,713
8th Gregory Shuda U.S.A. $152,091

Adam Friedman Wins Fifth WSOP Bracelet, Ivey Third

Adam Friedman claimed his fourth bracelet in four years as he bagged his fifth WSOP title in style at Bally’s in Las Vegas. At a final table he came into with an overwhelming lead, Friedman actually took several setbacks in his stride to retake a big lead on multiple occasions. In mixed games, Friedman is currently the king of the World Series and it showed from the off.

Phil Ivey was the other star at this final table, coming into play very short in eight position. Despite this, the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner took home over $108,000 after a run all the way to third place which entertained a packed rail cheering him on throughout.

With Day 2 chip leader Yuval Bronshtein busting in fourth place ($78,348), there was also a deep run for Ben Diebold, whose personal quest to become the only player to win two 2022 WSOP bracelets this summer came so close and yet so far as Friedman lived up to his billing once again.

WSOP 2022 Event #22 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Adam Friedman U.S.A. $248,254
2nd Jean Gaspard U.S.A. $153,433
3rd Phil Ivey U.S.A. $108,233
4th Yuval Bronshtein Israel $78,348
5th Ben Diebold U.S.A. $58,239
6th Marco Johnson U.S.A. $44,487
7th James Paluszek U.S.A. $34,939
8th Yueqi Zhu China $28,258

Monster Stack Sees Anderson On Top After Day 2

Calvin Anderson (4,040,000) topped the field on Day 2 of the $1,500-entry Event #21, also known as the ‘Monster Stack’. With 2,053 players beginning play on Day 2, just 271 survivors will stagger to their beds and conserve energy for what is going to be an intense next day’s play. Anderson’s chips are by no means miles clear, and John Simonian (4,020,000) is a three-bet behind the leader, with a more significant gap to Sebastian Toro (3,520,000) in third place.

Others such as Joao Simao (3,490,000), Aditya Agarwal (3,240,000), Ryan Leng (2,615,000), Anthony Spinella (1,670,000) and Justin Saliba (1,505,000) all thrived on their way to making Day 3 with realistic ambitions of giving themselves a lead to defend by the time the next day ends. Players such as game Patrick Leonard, Maria Ho, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Kade, Qing Liu, and Michael Gathy all departed along with almost 90% of the Day 2 field.

WSOP 2022 Event #21 $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Calvin Anderson U.S.A. 4,040,000
2nd John Simonian U.S.A. 4,020,000
3rd Sebastian Toro Colombia 3,520,000
4th George Abi-Zeid U.S.A. 3,495,000
5th Joao Simao Brazil 3,490,000
6th Josh Weiss U.S.A. 3,465,000
7th Joseph Bartholdi U.S.A. 3,340,000
8th Aditya Agarwal India 3,240,000
9th Nishant Sharma India 3,135,000
10th Rahul Deevara U.S.A. 3,065,000

Rocco Leads Final Nine in Limit Hold’em Event #23

Several big names made the final table in Event #23, as the penultimate day of drama saw Michael Rocco make his second final table of the summer and bank 1,675,000 chips, guaranteeing him a return of $11,980 but putting him in pole position for the $142,147 top prize and his first WSOP bracelet.

As you might expect in such a tough mixed game field, there were big names everywhere and the final table features plenty of them. Jeremy Ausmus was closest behind Rocco on 1,170,000 chips and he was joined in the final nine fellow bracelet winners Andrew Kelsall (1,145,000) and Shaun Deeb (715,000) as one of the toughest final table sets of players of this year’s World Series formed.

All in all, the penultimate day of the event saw 84 players of the 93 who started the day depart. Among them were superstars of poker such as 2021 WSOP Main Event winner Koray Aldemir and former WSOP bracelet winners Brian Hastings and Joao Vieira.

WSOP 2022 Event #23 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Max Final Table Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Michael Rocco U.S.A. 1,675,000
2nd Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. 1,170,000
3rd Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. 1,145,000
4th Gabe Ramos U.S.A. 1,100,000
5th Mike Lancaster U.S.A. 975,000
6th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. 715,000
7th Zachary Green U.S.A. 600,000
8th Robert Como U.S.A. 585,000
9th Kevin Erikson U.S.A. 570,000

Altman Wins Maiden Bracelet in Online Event

Brian Altman won his first-ever WSOP bracelet as he conquered the third online bracelet event of the 2022 World Series of Poker. Dominating play from three-handed action, Altman took out Gianluca Speranza in third place for $50,218 and Eric Salazar heads up ($68,397) to win the top prize of $110,662 and his first gold bracelet.

For Altman, it was a long-awaited victory, but there was to be disappointment for a man with more bracelets than anyone in history. Phil Hellmuth may be missing from the live felt, still having COVID, but the Poker Brat, who last month defeated Scott Seiver for $800,000 in high Stakes Duel managed to play online from his hotel suite. Sadly for ‘Brat Fans’, Hellmuth, playing under the pseudonym ‘LumeStackin’, was unable to make the final table and give his supporters hope of that elusive 17th WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2022 $400 Online Event NLHE Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Brian Altman U.S.A. $110,662
2nd Eric Salazar U.S.A. $68,397
3rd Gianluca Speranza Italy $50,218
4th ‘ninjaGO’ U.S.A. $37,190
5th ‘bvays’ U.S.A. $27,798
6th Sean Legendre U.S.A. $20,905
7th Zachary Grech U.S.A. $15,830
8th Chris Ginley U.S.A. $12,119

Flip and Go Fun Sees Seiver in for Multiple Bullets

Scott Seiver was alleged to have entered the $1,000-entry FLIP & GO Event #24 a mammoth 43 times amid a field of fun in the event. With $1,000 the buy-in, Seiver, who has already won a bracelet this series took a desire to cash to ridiculous lengths according to his poker peers on Twitter, while it was Chris Chatman who bagged the biggest stack at the close of play.

The rules of the FLIP & GO WSOP event are very simple. In the first instance, every player at each eight-handed table is all-in blind, flipping for the win in that initial hand. Win it and you’re in the money and playing normal NLHE poker for the win. While many big names made the money places, such as Patrick Leonard, Koray Aldemir, Nick Marchington and David Peters, others of course missed out…. on multiple occasions.

When the dust settled, just 157 players survived the cut for Day 2, with a total field of 1,182 players yielding 157 qualifiers for the accrual poker. Of those, Chatman has a big lead heading to the next day with 2,320,000 chips, but behind him in the top 10, players such as Galen Hall (1,470,000) and Brek Schutten (1,300,000) aren’t too far behind with plenty of experience to count on.

WSOP 2022 Event #24 $1,000 FLIP & GO NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Christopher Chatman U.S.A. 2,320,000
2nd Ian Steinman U.S.A. 1,665,000
3rd Randall Webb U.S.A. 1,530,000
4th Galen Hall U.S.A. 1,470,000
5th Austin Apicella U.S.A. 1,420,000
6th Perry Zhao U.S.A. 1,360,000
7th Rafi Elharar Israel 1,300,000
8th Brek Schutten U.S.A. 1,300,000
9th Han Cheng U.S.A. 1,215,000
10th Reiji Kono Japan 1,105,000

Two More Events See Day 1 Welcome Thousands of Players

There were an incredible 4,062 entrants in the $800-entry Event #25, otherwise known as the NLHE Deepstack Event. Just 240 players made it through to Day 2, however, with Canadian player Maxine Duhamel (1,725,000) ahead at the time of going to press.

With players such as David Yoon (1,100,000) and Bryan Piccoli (800,000) both in the top 10 chipcounts, there will be plenty of competition on Day 2, with bracelet holders such as Anatolii Zyrin (1,000,000), Stephen Song (920,000) and Joon Kim (725,000) all inside the top 88 positions.

WSOP 2022 Event #25 $800 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1 Maxine Duhamel Canada 1,725,000
2 Adam Kharman Australia 1,200,000
3 Tomas Szwarcberg Argentina 1,150,000
4 Jeffrey Kennedy Canada 1,150,000
5 David Yoon U.S.A. 1,100,000
6 Cody Brinn U.S.A. 1,050,000
7 Huifang Zhang U.S.A. 900,000
8 Lindsay Malu Kidu U.S.A. 850,000
9 Adam White U.S.A. 850,000
10 Bryan Piccioli U.S.A. 800,000

Finally, in Event #26, the $10,000-entry Limit Hold’em Championship, there were chips to bag for players such as chip leader Marco Johnson (354,000), Jesse Lonis (245,000) and Robert Campbell (224,000) in the top 10 alone as a top-quality field duked it out.

While Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel all busted, the biggest rail was gathered at the table of Neymar, as the former Barcelona player and current Paris St. Germain legend turned up to play. The Brazilian did not make it through the day, however, so might be looking to enter a tournament elsewhere if he’s sticking around at the World Series during the soccer off-season.

WSOP 2022 Event #26 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Marco Johnson U.S.A. 354,000
2nd Amir Shayesteh U.S.A. 319,000
3rd Joey Couden U.S.A. 255,000
4th Jesse Lonis U.S.A. 245,000
5th Kyle Dilschenider U.S.A. 244,000
6th Matthew Rightnour U.S.A. 237,000
7th Robert Campbell Australia 224,000
8th Nick Pupillo U.S.A. 213,000
9th David Lieberman U.S.A. 189,000
10th Yuval Bronshtein Israel 188,000


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