Four bracelet events saw action on Day 2 of the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas. With the players in the $100,000 High Roller Bounty event reaching not only the money places but the final table too, some of the best in the world clashed in pots worth millions of dollars not just at the felt but in prize money too.

With the first bracelet of the 2022 WSOP claimed in the $500 Casino Employees event and two more bracelet events taking place, the action was non-stop.

Kornuth the King on Penultimate Day of High Roller Bounty Event

Chance Kornuth bullied some of the best players in the game as he reached the final five players in total command of the chipcounts. With a surprise late registration from Matthew Steinberg, 16 players took to the felt to resume the action, with just seven of them to be paid. It took no time at all for the field to be reduced by three, with Lazslo Bujtas, Frank Crivello and Erik Seidel all busting in the opening few hands. Seidel, a nine-time WSOP bracelet winner, was shot down with ace-queen by Dario Sammartino’s ace-king.

Bill Klein was the next player to depart and in unfortunate circumstances, as his two-pair on the turn saw the chips committed only for David Peters to hit a gutshot when he was all-in with a shot at Broadway and a flush draw. It was during this period that Kornuth took charge, doubling up through Justin Young to grab the chip lead with ace-jack rivering a gutshot to triumph against pocket queens.

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Daniel Negreanu busted in ninth place when Chance Kornuth bad beat the six-time bracelet winner.

As Kornuth rose through the ranks to take a commanding lead into the late levels, others fell, often at his hand. After Cary Katz departed in 10th place, play moved to a final table of nine players, and Kornuth busted Negreanu. The Canadian was extremely unfortunate, with his ace-king rivered by Kornuth’s ace-queen. Kornuth had more than double everyone’s chips except David Peters and after Phil Ivey busted Nick Petrangelo in ninth place with eights cracking kings the bubble was burst.

Ivey was next to go, cashing for $133,127 in eighth after his pocket sevens lost a flip to David Peters’ ace-jack. It was the inexperienced Steinberg who was the last man to leave the felt, busting in sixth for $180,872, the biggest cash of his career to date to Kornuth’s flopped bottom set. With five players left, Kornuth has a huge chip lead with which to attempt to win his fourth WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2022 Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty Final Table Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Chance Kornuth U.S.A. 14,265,000
2nd David Peters U.S.A. 8,920,000
3rd Ali Imsirovic Bosnia/U.S.A. 1,815,000
4th Dario Sammartino Italy 1,740,000
5th Koray Aldemir Germany 860,000

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Katie Kopp Wins Casino Employees Event

A dramatic final table in the opening event of the 2022 WSOP saw Katie Kopp win the $500-entry Casino Employees Event as she conquered the final four having been down to just five big blinds.

In an exciting conclusion to the event, the reigning winner of the 2021 Casino Employees event, Jimmy Barnett busted early on the final day to see Kenny Hallaert move into a commanding position in the field. The Belgian was unable to convert a top three stack and his vast experience into the win, however, sliding out of contention in 15th place before the final table was reached.

With blinds shallow and players busting quickly, Kopp had to hang on to survive the early skirmishes, but after she made the final four, her short stack played itself into a coinflip double and that momentum gave her the opportunity to win. From there, Kopp – backed by a boisterous rail chanting “Can’t stop Kopp!” throughout – seemingly couldn’t lose. Winning two more flips with small pairs to take the lead into the heads-up battle against Wyatt Frost, Kopp cooled his jets with her ace-queen triumphing against his ace-nine in the final hand.

Surrounded by friends and family, Kopp was a deserving victor and has immediately won a bracelet for female players at the first available opportunity. If the rest of the WSOP players aren’t in love with the Paris Ballroom immediately, Katie Kopp is sure to be forever.

WSOP 22 Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Katie Kopp U.S.A. $65,168
2nd Wyatt Frost U.S.A. $40,273
3rd Brandon West U.S.A. $28,356
4th Shaun Colquhoun U.S.A. $20,275
5th Joe Chang U.S.A. $14,725
6th Vikram Vijay U.S.A. $10,865
7th Gonzalo Gonzalez U.S.A. $8,147
8th Arturo Jimenez U.S.A. $6,210
9th Kyle Dempsey U.S.A. $4,813

Freezout Field Cut Down to Size

In Event #3, the $2,500-entry Freezeout, Jesse Kertland ended the day on top of the field, with 941,000 chips, some way clear of Michael Moncek (873,000) and Casey Hatmaker (849,000). Big names made the top 10 throughout, with Shannon Shorr (670,000) putting himself in a top five position that will see him battle deep to bag his first WSOP bracelet.

Others to thrive included Chris Hunichen (543,000), David Benyamine (520,000) and Dylan Linde (495,000), but some failed to make the cut. Jesse Lonis, Kathy Liebert, Niall Farrell, Matt Affleck, Upeshka De Silva, Maria Konnikova, Joe Cheong, Byron Kaverman and Landon Tice were all out of contention by the close of play, with Maria Ho, Jake Schindler and Tamon Nakamura all needing to register for another tournament in order the break their bracelet ducks, with just over 100 players surviving from 732 entries.

WSOP 2022 Event #3 $2,500 Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Jesse Kertland U.S.A. 941,000
2nd Michael Moncek U.S.A. 873,000
3rd Casey Hatmaker U.S.A. 849,000
4th Jan Bednar Czech Republic 829,000
5th Shannon Shorr U.S.A. 670,000
6th Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. 604,000
7th Wojciech Barzantny Austria 568,000
8th Chris Hunichen U.S.A. 543,000
9th David Benyamine France 520,000
10th Dylan Linde U.S.A. 495,000

Finally, in Event #4, the $1,500 Dealers Choice event, Dennis Eichhorn leads the remaining 123 players from 460 entries. It’s a star-studded top 10, with John Monette (213,500) and Ben Yu (192,000) both making the top five. Brian Rast (169,500) and Travis Pearson (165,500) both made the top 10, but while plenty of superstars made the cut, many others of note fell.

Mixed game specialist Benny Glaser, WSOP Main Event runner up David Williams, 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh and Robert Mizrachi were among the former bracelet winners who couldn’t survive to Day 2.

WSOP 2022 Event #4 $1,500 Dealers Choice Top 10 Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Dennis Eichhorn U.S.A. 276,000
2nd Mitul Sheera U.S.A. 245,500
3rd Brett Richey U.S.A. 220,500
4th John Monnette U.S.A. 213,500
5th Ben Yu U.S.A. 192,000
6th Qinghai Pan U.S.A. 185,500
7th Marco Johnson U.S.A. 183,500
8th Scott Bohlman U.S.A. 179,000
9th Brian Rast U.S.A. 169,500
10th Travis Pearson U.S.A. 165,500

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