On a packed day of poker action in Las Vegas, Bally’s and Paris welcomed thousands of players and three walked away with gold. Two first-time WSOP bracelet winners were joined by Daniel Zack, who won his third WSOP bracelet and second this summer.

Zack Takes Seven Card Stud Crown for Player of the Year Lead

Dan Zack won his third WSOP bracelet in a third format and in doing so won his second f the 2022 World Series, taking the Player of the Year lead in the process. Zack, who returned to action on the final day third of three remaining players, battled hard across eight gruelling hours to take the title, relegating David Funkhouser to the runner-up spot for $200,356.

At a final table which had already seen the early departures yesterday of Shaun Deeb (5th for $83,465), Chad Eveslage (6th for $63,914) and Brian Hastings (7th for $49,571), Ziya Rahim missed out in third place for $147,800 when Funkhouser made a straight and six-five low to go into heads-up with 5.7 million chips to Zack’s 2.5m.

The lead changed hands many times across eight hours of relentless heads-up play, but eventually, Zack had his man, and with aces and deuces, claimed the title and $324,174 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Daniel Zack U.S.A. $324,174
2nd David Funkhouser U.S.A. $200,356
3rd Ziya Rahim U.S.A. $147,800
4th Eric Kurtzman U.S.A. $110,379
5th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. $83,465
6th Chad Eveslage U.S.A. $63,914
7th Brian Hastings U.S.A. $49,571

Perry Pips Chris Moorman to Freezeout Crown

David Perry conquered the $500 Freezeout final table as British online poker legend and double WSOP bracelet winner Chris Moorman fell just short of his third bracelet. Moorman was one of several strong players in the latter stages of this big value tournament which reduced from thousands to just 202 hopefuls at the close of play.

At the final table, there were early exits for four American players in a row before French player Sebastien Guidez busted in fifth for $63,302. When Moorman busted Daniel Eichorn in third for $111,341, he grabbed the lead but with 61 million to Perry’s 58 million, there was still everything to play for.

Perry turned the stacks around early in their heads-up battle and when he built a 2:1 chip lead, Moorman moved all-in with an open-ended straight draw on a flop where Perry called with the flush draw. Oddly, Perry deuce caught on the turn instead and no straight or flush cards came, leaving Moorman the runner-up and Perry, clearly overwhelmed at his achievement, punching the air in delight.

WSOP 2022 Event #43 $500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st David Perry U.S.A. $241,729
2nd Chris Moorman United Kingdom $149,405
3rd Daniel Eichhorn U.S.A. $111,341
4th Josh Pregar U.S.A. $83,623
5th Sebastien Guidez France $63,302
6th Phong Than Nguyen U.S.A. $48,299
7th Elven Espinar U.S.A. $37,148
8th Henry Reyes U.S.A. $28,802
9th Daniel Marcus U.S.A. $22,512

Fabian Brandes Claims PLO 6-Max Title on PokerGO

In a dramatic conclusion to the PLO 6-Max Event #39, Fabian Brandes outlasted long-time chip leader Leonid Yanovski from Israel as the German won his first gold bracelet. Overall, there were 719 entries in the $3,000 buy-in event, with just six returning to action on the final day.

The action was all broadcast on PokerGO, where fans tuned in for every raise, fold or all-in. With American player Sean Winter crashing out in third to miss out on his first WSOP win, there was drama all the way as Brandes, who himself led an earlier WSOP this series only to finish second, managed to inflict exactly that fate on the overnight chip leader from the past two days, Leonid Yanovski.

WSOP 2022 Event #39 $3,000 PLO 6-Max Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Fabian Brandes Germany $371,358
2nd Leonid Yanovski Israel $229,529
3rd Sean Winter U.S.A. $156,401
4th Thomas Morrison U.S.A. $108,604
5th Ferenc Deak Hungary $76,880
6th Grzegorz Derkowski Poland $55,501

Millionaire Maker Reaches Five-Handed Final Day

The penultimate day of action in the $1,500-entry Event #37, otherwise known as the Millionaire Maker, saw 24 players reduced to just five players as American player Tyler Gaston bagged up a cool 64 million chips to lead four opponets to the final table. Bulgarian Yuliyan Kolev (58.3 million) is closest to Gaston, with Israel’s Oren Rosen (43 million) and Australian Yita Choong (22.9 million) also shooting for glory. Fellow American Dominic Brazier (10.2 million) will start with just eight big blinds, but this is the one tournament where anything really can happen and usually does.

It was a day of drama that saw the two dozen who started Day 4 reduced to five finalists. Britis player Kevin Houghton took out Tri Dao early only to fall soon after himself in 17th place. Fellow brit Nick Marchington had the chip lead and must have been hoping to put the disappointment of losing at a WSOP Main Event final table behind him and claim gold, but he slid down the pecking order and out in ninth place for $108,704. When Stanley Weng busted in sixth for $231,145, the final five were confirmed.

One of them will become a millionaire tomorrow under the lights.

WSOP 2022 Event #37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Tyler Gaston U.S.A. 64,000,000
2nd Yuliyan Kolev Bulgaria 58,300,000
3rd Oren Rosen Israel 43,000,000
4th Yita Choong Austrailia 22,900,000
5th Dominic Brazier U.S.A. 10,200,000

Yockey Leads H.O.R.S.E. Championship After Busy Day 2

With 209 total entries, just 22 players are still in with a chance of winning Event #44, the $10,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. Championship. The money bubble on Day 2 sent home players such as Phil Ivey, Anthony Zinno, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Dylan Linde, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Weinman, Robert Campbell and 2022 WSOP bracelet winner Alex Livingston.

At the close of play, Bryce Yockey (1,465,000) had the lead from Eric Wasserson (1,025,000), while Jerry Wong (885,000) came in third. Other big names such as Ben Lamb (875,000), Mike Gorodinsky (825,000) and John Racener (710,000) all ended the day in the top 10 chipcounts, with just five players due to survive after Day 3 tomorrow.

WSOP 2022 Event #44 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Bryce Yockey U.S.A. 1,465,000
2nd Eric Wasserson U.S.A. 1,025,000
3rd Jerry Wong U.S.A. 885,000
4th Ben Lamb U.S.A. 875,000
5th Andrew Yeh U.S.A. 865,000
6th Eric Rodawig U.S.A. 835,000
7th Mike Gorodinsky U.S.A. 825,000
8th Ismael Bojang Austria 750,000
9th John Racener U.S.A. 710,000
10th Gary Benson Australia 640,000

PLO Event Sees Williams and Weisman Shine

Event #45, the $1,500-entry PLO event, saw 1,437 entries with just 97 players surviving Day 1. Of them the chip leader was Joshua Stefansky (1,660,000), who holds a huge lead, being the only player over a million chips. Behind him is John Riordan (972,000), but further back in the top 10, dangerous players such as Dylan Weisman (803,000) and David Williams (769,000) lurk.

With a busy day of action and over 90% of the field departing, stars such as 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh crashed out, although Arieh did make the money. Others such as Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth also failed to last the night and bag up chips.

WSOP 2022 Event #45 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Joshua Stefansky U.S.A. 1,660,000
2nd John Riordan U.S.A. 972,000
3rd Vincent Moscati U.S.A. 959,000
4th Mark Liedtke U.S.A. 943,000
5th Daniel Tordjman France 853,000
6th Hossein Ghodosi U.S.A. 826,000
7th Dylan Weisman U.S.A. 803,000
8th David Levy U.S.A. 784,000
9th Sander Van Wesemael Netherlands 772,000
10th David Williams U.S.A. 769,000

Brewer Chip Leads $5k NLHE Event #46

Finally, Chris Brewer was top dog in the $5,000-entry NLHE Event #46 that closed the day’s action. It is Chris Brewer who holds the chip lead with 485,000 chips, but he’s only a three-bet ahead of Austrian Oliver Bosch (480,000), with Christian Pham not far behind on 455,000.

Elsewhere in the field, Daniel Lazrus (349,500), Chance Kornuth (339,500), Ryan Riess (317,500), Calvin Anderson (255,000) and Daniel Negreanu (211,000) all had good days at the felt as 277 survived from 850 entrants. Joe McKeehen, Anatoly Filatov, Ben Heath, Frank Stepuchin, Andre Akkari, Scott Ball and Dan Shak all entered but didn’t make the cut.

WSOP 2022 Event #46 $5,000 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Chips
1st Chris Brewer U.S.A. 485,000
2nd Oliver Bosch Austria 480,000
3rd Christian Pham U.S.A. 455,000
4th Fikret Kovac Boznia & Hervegovina 432,000
5th Aaron Van Blarcum U.S.A. 428,500
6th Ian O’Hara U.S.A. 419,000
7th Taylor Paur U.S.A. 395,000
8th Hui Kuo U.S.A. 392,000
9th Tobias Duthweiler Germany 387,000
10th Rui Bouqet Portugal 370,500

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