Steve Albini joined players who have won multiple World Series bracelets, Day 1a of the Millionaire Maker filled both Bally’s and Paris Casino tables and there were four other events which worked their way toward the final stages of their tournaments on Day 18 of the 2022 WSOP.

Albini Claims Second Bracelet After Thrilling Comeback Win

Steve Albini has worked with legends of the music industry, producing work by bands such as Nirvana and artists such as PJ Harvey and Jimmy Page. So when he pitched up in the $1,500-entry H.O.R.S.E. event, he was playing with his usual dedication.

Albini, who won a Seven Card Stud event back in 2018 is able to click into a high level of focus at any given moment, being not only a music producer, but an accomplished guitarist and musician in his own right. That ability to focus was on show in spades at the final table as he came back from a short-stacked position several times.

It was a top-quality final table, with Tamon Nakamura the first player to depart in eighth place for $19,373. From there, Albini took the lead and then lost it again twice, but eventually, with three players left and the music engineer short-stacked compared to his two opponents, he rang a literal bell at the table whenever he won a pot and the final table turned into a dingathon.

Albini won pot after pot to rocket into the lead then dominated both Jason Daly (3rd for $85,943) and his heads-up opponent James Morgan (2nd for $121,195) in Seven Card Stud among other game formats to take the title.

WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Steven Albini U.S.A. $196,089
2nd James Morgan Canada $121,195
3rd Jason Daly U.S.A. $85,943
4th Richard Bai U.S.A. $61,862
5th Kyle Loman U.S.A. $45,209
6th Peter Brownstein U.S.A. $33,552
7th Eddy Vataru U.S.A. $25,294
8th Tamon Nakamura Japan $19,373

French Trio Dominating Final Table of Freezeout

Just 10 players remain in the field of the $1,500-entry Freezeout NLHE Event #34, with three French players in the top four on the leaderboard. Plenty of big names were taking part in the action on Day 2, including Landon Tice, but the online poker modern legend crashed out in 27th place for $10,509 to miss out on the very late stages of the event.

At the final table, it is Samuel Bifarella (10,375,000) who leads the field, from another French player in Maxine Parys (9,000,000) who will not be playing at the Paris Ballroom but instead transferring to Bally’s for the final day. There is some distance to the player in third place in the chipcounts, that being Justin Pechie (4,890,000) with the third French player of the trio in fourth place, Michel Leibgorin (4,000,000).

Only two former bracelets have chips in the final 10 players, with Steve Zolotow (3,775,000) looking to add a third bracelet to his resume and Jeremy Wien (2,100,000) hoping his short stack helps him win bracelet number two.

WSOP 2022 Event #34 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Samuel Bifarella France 10,375,000
2nd Maxime Parys France 9,000,000
3rd Justin Pechie U.S.A. 4,890,000
4th Michel Leibgorin France 4,000,000
5th Steve Zolotow U.S.A. 3,775,000
6th Dwayne Sullivan U.S.A. 3,445,000
7th David Dibernardi U.S.A. 2,850,000
8th Jeremy Wien U.S.A. 2,100,000
9th Kenny Robbins U.S.A. 2,040,000
10th Orson Young U.S.A. 1,790,000

Big Bet Event #35 Sees Seventeen Survive

After a busy day at the felt in Event #35, the $2,500-entry Mixed Big Bet event saw just 17 players still in the hunt for gold from 101 Day 2 starters. At the close of play, Drew Scott (1,340,000) held the lead, with Galen Hall trailing closest in his wake with 1,127,000 chips.

Elsewhere in the top 10 chipcounts, bracelet winners Keith Lehr (459,000) and Scott Bohlman (416,000) lurk, with British pair Patrick Leonard (495,000) and the overnight chip leader Richard Ashby (262,000) still in with a shout of victory.

With so many of the field busting on Day 2, we lost the likes of 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh, Canadian poker legend Mike Watson, Italian WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino and British mixed game multiple bracelet winner Benny Glaser along the way before the final day’s chipcounts were confirmed.

WSOP 2022 Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Drew Scott U.S.A. 1,340,000
2nd Galen Hall U.S.A. 1,127,000
3rd Christopher Smith U.S.A. 1,048,000
4th Lok Chan China 909,000
5th Ryan Moriarty U.S.A. 908,000
6th Rami Boukai U.S.A. 792,000
7th Michael Trivett U.S.A. 742,000
8th Patrick Leonard United Kingdom 495,000
9th Keith Lehr U.S.A. 459,000
10th Scott Bohlman U.S.A. 416,000

Fifteen to One Tomorrow in Seven Card Stud Event #36

Of the 152 players who began Day 2 of the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event #36 on Friday, only 15 players made the final day cut. Of them, it is American player Chris Papastratis (3,200,000) who has the chip lead, with former bracelet winners Kenny Hsiung (1,560,000) and Jeff Madsen (1,340,000) chasing him down.

Although players such as Barry Greenstein (45th for $3,026), Max Pescatori (61st for $2,421) and Michael Mizrachi (71st for $2,421) all made the top 71 and banked profit, others fell short with WSOP 2022 bracelet winner Alex Livingston joining Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow and Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson on the rail outside the money places.

WSOP 2022 Event #36 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Chris Papastratis U.S.A. 3,200,000
2nd Kenny Hsiung U.S.A. 1,560,000
3rd Jeff Madsen U.S.A. 1,340,000
4th John Holley U.S.A. 1,030,000
5th Jon Kyte Norway 825,000
6th Scott Lake U.S.A. 615,000
7th Chad Campbell U.S.A. 600,000
8th John Bunch U.S.A. 600,000
9th Brian Scholl U.S.A. 535,000
10th Ali Eslami U.S.A. 490,000

Day 1a of Millionaire Maker Welcomes Vast Field

Day 1a of the $1,500-entry Event #37, the Millionaire Maker, saw 738 players escape from a bumper 3,546 entries on Day 1. The chip leader after an epic day at the felt was Rick Alvarado (466,500), but plenty of other big names also bagged big stacks, with Anatoly Filatov (429,500) not far behind.

Jason Wheeler (369,500) also made the top ten while Mitchell Mantin (349,000), Elio Fox (275,000) Shannon Shorr (244,000), Maria Ho (114,500) and Niall Farrell (99,000) all survived the first flight.

WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Day 1a Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Rick Alvarado U.S.A. 466,500
2nd Anatoly Filatov Russia 429,500
3rd Federico Castaing Argentina 427,000
4th Perry Johnston U.S.A. 413,500
5th Stanislav Angelov U.S.A. 412,500
6th Vu To U.S.A. 389,000
7th Ian Modder Canada 386,000
8th Santiago Plante Canada 375,500
9th Jason Wheeler U.S.A. 369,500
10th Cosmin Joldis Romania 368,000

Livingston and Elias Make Podium in 2-7 Single Draw Event

Bracelet winners Alex Livingston and Darren Elias both made the top three on Day 1 of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship event, otherwise known as Event #38. With Mark Johns (424,500) bagging a big chip lead from Livingston (320,000) and Elias (267,500), everyone will be battling to overtake the chip leader when Day 2 reconvenes with 41 players left from 110 entries on the day.

Other big names to make Day 2 included Jeremy Ausmus (262,500), Bradley Anderson (233,000), Scott Seiver (226,000), and Phil Hellmuth (197,500), who will be looking to move closer to his 17th WSOP bracelet when play resumes. Others weren’t so fortunate, with Shaun Deeb, Ben Lamb and Dan Smith all failing to survive the day.

WSOP 2022 Event #38 $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Mark Johns U.S.A. 424,500
2nd Alex Livingston Canada 320,000
3rd Darren Elias U.S.A. 267,500
4th Farzad Bonyadi U.S.A. 267,000
5th Thomas Newton U.S.A. 265,500
6th Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. 262,500
7th Ben Diebold U.S.A. 257,500
8th Dan Shak U.S.A. 241,000
9th Maxx Coleman U.S.A. 240,500
10th Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil 240,500

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