An incredible day of action in the 2022 World Series of Poker saw four bracelets won, and an amazing five other events take place at Bally’s and Paris as there was drama and excitement at every table. With a first-time Bulgarian and a brilliant second bracelet for a Brazilian, the action kicked off in events where a winner would be found on the day.

Spasov Takes Down Watson for Maiden Crown

Simeon Spasov became a first-time WSOP bracelet winner as he defeated Canadian Mike Watson in a battle of the potential first-timers in Event #49. The $2,000-entry NLHE event had worked its way to a final table where Watson led and the popular pro was looking to finally end his WSOP hoodoo and win a bracelet for the first time. It failed to transpire, however, as Watson couldn’t see off the stubborn Bulgarian heads-up.

The final table began with the elimination of Evan Sandberg, who lost his short stack early before German player Christopher Frank lost his stack in sixth place when Spasov’s ace-queen hit against pocket nines. Watson had lost a little but doubled back through Daniel Custodio before Walter Ripper (5th for $133,129) and Ioannis Angelous Konstas (4th for $177,761) both busted.

Three-handed play was a tense affair, with Custodio eventually the player to miss out. Eventually he busted with ace-deuce, Watson making a straight with king-queen. Heads-up, Watson had some to make up, but was unable to do so and when Spasov, who had previously cracked pocket aces with ace-queen on Day 3, it turned out to be an omen, with ace-queen eventually the winning hand against Watson’s ace-nine, sealing a memorable bracelet win and the top prize of $527,944.

WSOP 2022 Event #49 $2,000 NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Simeon Spasov Bulgaria $527,944
2nd Mike Watson Canada $326,296
3rd Daniel Custodio Portugal $239,679
4th Ioannis Angelous Konstas Greece $177,761
5th Walter Ripper Brazil $133,129
6th Christopher Frank Germany $100,688
7th Evan Sandberg U.S.A. $76,912

Joao Simao Wins Mixed Game Crown for Second Bracelet

Brazilian poker professional Joao Simao won his second WSOP bracelet of a glittering career when he beat Marius Gierse heads-up for $686,242. With eight players at the final table, it was Cody Rich who busted first, slipping out of contention and followed by Fred Goldberg and Australian player Joshua McSwiney.

With Aden Salazar (5th for $161,239) and Dante Goya (4th for $219,472) both leaving the action, the final three players were absolute giants of the game and three of the biggest to enter the event which saw 788 entrants overall.  Ryan Riess busted in third place when his hand in Pot Limit Omaha failed to catch his opponent Gierse’s.

The German player may have won that pot, but he was still almost a 4:1 dog and Simao kept the pressure on throughout heads-up, never losing the lead. He eventually won in PLO after growing his lead and won with aces and five to raucous celebrations on the Brazilian rail. No-one holds a bracelet party like Brazilian and the Thunderdome at Bally’s was rocking to the samba beat as Simao claimed gold again.

WSOP 2022 Event #53 $5,000 Mixed NLE/PLO Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Joao Simao Brazil $686,242
2nd Marius Gierse Germany $424,122
3rd Ryan Riess U.S.A. $302,980
4th Dante Goya Brazil $219,472
5th Aden Salazar U.S.A. $161,239
6th Joshua McSwiney Australia $120,165
7th Fred Goldberg U.S.A. $90,864
8th Cody Rich U.S.A. $69,727

KT Park Claims First Bracelet in Second WSOP Event

A frantic final day of action in Event #52, the $2,500-entry Nine Game Mix, saw big names such as Phil Hellmuth (24th), Scott Seiver (22nd), Daniel Negreanu (13th), Mike Gorodinsky (11th) and Scott Bohlman (8th) all bust before the six-handed final table where the first-time winner Park celebrated the biggest result of his career.

With six remaining, Michael Chow busted, just ahead of Taylor Paur (5th) and David Bach (4th). Phil Long, who has made two very deep runs in mixed game events this series, finished third before Brazilian Andre Akkari was outlasted heads-up by the less-experienced Park.

Park’s win and first bracelet also came with a top prize of $219,799 as yet another busy field for a mixed game paid out a six-figure score to the winner.

WSOP 2022 Event #52 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1 KT Park U.S.A. $219,799
2 Andre Akkari Brazil $135,848
3 Phil Long United Kingdom $90,411
4 David Bach U.S.A. $61,588
5 Taylor Paur U.S.A. $42,965
6 Michael Chow U.S.A. $30,713

Schwartz Leads Poker Players Championship After Dramatic Day 1

British player Luke Schwartz is aiming to win his second WSOP bracelet and after playing little live poker in recent years, is in a great position to make another statement win in this year’s prestigious Poker Players Championship. Bagging the biggest stack of 893,000, Schwartz sits some way ahead of his nearest rivals, but what rivals they are. Bryn Kenney (802,000), Shaun Deeb (718,500) and Bryce Yockey (715,000) are all on Schwartz’ tail, with last year’s event winner Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates’ (617,000) and the reigning world champion Koray Aldemir (546,000) also in a star-studded top 10.

Further back, players such as former event winner and 2022 bracelet holder Phil Hui (501,000) and six-time winner and fellow alumni from this year Brian Hastings (468,000) goes for bracelet number seven. Other poker legends such as Daniel Negreanu (429,000), Phil Ivey (362,000) and Brian Rast (160,500) all made the cut, but other big names fell, with Josh Arieh, Ben Diebold, Felipe Ramos, Eli Elezra and current WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack all crashing out.

WSOP 2022 Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Prize
1st Luke Schwartz United Kingdom 893,000
2nd Bryn Kenney U.S.A. 802,000
3rd Shaun Deeb U.S.A. 718,500
4th Bryce Yockey U.S.A. 715,000
5th Aaron Katz U.S.A. 695,500
6th David Benyamine France 651,000
7th Dan Cates U.S.A. 617,000
8th Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. 583,000
9th Benny Glaser United Kingdom 547,000
10th Koray Aldemir Germany 546,000

Sarnoff Grabs Final Day Lead in Seniors Event

The penultimate day of action in the $1,000-entry Seniors Championship saw Ben Sarnoff take the chip lead as five players remain in the hunt for the $694,909 top prize. Overnight, it was WSOP bracelet winner Kathy Liebert who had the chip lead, but while she made the final day, it was not a day of dominance for the 2004 bracelet winner and if she is to triumph again 18 years on she will need to do it from the middle of the pack.

Sarnoff will start the action on the final day with 55 million chips, a big lead from both Eric Smidinger (32.8m) and the aforementioned Liebert (29.1m). Both the other players have less than half Sarnoff’s stack, with Biagio Morciano (19m) some way ahead of Charles Mitchell (7.9m).

On a busy day of action, 16 players were whittled down to just five, with Domenico Scalamogna (10th for $53,324) missing out on the final table action. The only former bracelet winner at the final table, Andres Korn, busted in seventh place for $110,662, and when Jan Pettersson went in $143,189, the final five were set.

WSOP 2022 Event #47 $1,000 Seniors Championship Final Table Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Prize
1st Ben Sarnoff U.S.A. 55,000,000
2nd Eric Smidinger U.S.A. 32,800,000
3rd Kathy Liebert U.S.A. 29,100,000
4th Biagio Morciano Italy 19,000,000
5th Charles Mitchell U.S.A. 7,900,000

Jordan Pelon Cruises Through Colossus Crowd on Day 2

A vast sea of players was reduced to a small but bubbling stream as 1,695 players started Day 2 of the colossus and only 68 still had chips by its end. With a mammoth 15 levels of action taking place, the chip leader after Day 2 was a dominant Jordan Pelon, who hails from France.

Pelon bagged up an outstanding 30,350,000 chips to almost double the total of his nearest challenger, fellow French player Francklin Flory (17,375,000), with Ari Oxman (17,200,000) and Raymond Downing (17,025,000) also in the top four chipstcks.

With Frank Jamrow (15,975,000) and Gabriel Andrade (15,525,000), both not far behind, there will be plenty of drama on Day 3 when play resumes to race towards the final table and a champion, with the only former bracelet winner still in the field, David Jackson, one of the shorter stacks on 4,600,000.

WSOP 2022 Event #51 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Jordan Pelon France 30,350,000
2nd Francklin Flory France 17,375,000
3rd Ari Oxman U.S.A. 17,200,000
4th Raymond Downing U.S.A. 17,025,000
5th Frank Jamrow U.S.A. 15,975,000
6th Alon Butcher Guttman U.S.A. 14,800,000
7th Hartt Stearns U.S.A. 14,125,000
8th Anthony Ruttler U.S.A. 13,850,000
9th Gabriel Andrade Ecuador 13,525,000
10th Jeffrey Loiacono U.S.A. 13,175,000

Oliveira Leads Salute to Warriors

A busy day of battling at Bally’s took place for a great cause in the $500-entry Salute to Warriors Event #54, where Brazilian player Aryan Oliveira took the chip lead on the day with 1,328,000 chips. A total field of 3,209 played down to 498 survivors, but we will still need to lose 16 more players before the bubble bursts on Day 2.

Of the top stacks, Jackson Traub (1,077,000), Patrick Pilko (1,057,000), and Gerry Harris (1,024,000) all finished with over a million chips, with the highest-finishing former bracelet winner being Steve Zolotow (117th with 462,000 chips). Other former gold holders such as Long Ma (433,000), Perry Friedman (364,000) and Barry Greenstein (299,000) made the cut but others fell away with Paulina Loeliger, Anson Tsang, Player of the Year frontrunner Daniel Zack and Daniel Weinman all being cut from the field on the opening day.

WSOP 2022 Event #54 $500 Salute to Warriors Top 10 Chipcounts:
Position Player Country Prize
1st Aryan Oliveira Brazil 1,328,000
2nd Jackson Traub U.S.A. 1,077,000
3rd Patrick Pilko U.S.A. 1,057,000
4th Gerry Harris U.S.A. 1,024,000
5th Susan Faber U.S.A. 990,000
6th Samitti Eksarunchai U.S.A. 987,000
7th Manuel Machado Portugal 930,000
8th Robert Fauver U.S.A. 904,000
9th Wilbert Chun U.S.A. 886,000
10th Austin Srur U.S.A. 883,000

Tag Team Event Sees 913 Entries

Another bumper event was the $1,000-entry Tag Team event, which saw a busy Day 1 conclude with 913 teams cut down to 183 duos by the close of play. Taking place across both Paris and Bally’s cardrooms, some of the big stacks include chip leaders Peter Phan and Jeffrey Trina of Team Phan, who bagged up 435,500.

A long way behind them are Nick Yunis and Reynel Hernandez of Team Yunis (268,000), with Dennis Toms and Jose Giordani of Team Toms (246,500) not far behind them. Elsewhere, Brandon Nguyen and Ben Spragg of Team Nguyen (152,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker and Cord Garcia of Team Baker (143,000), Linda McCabe and Christian Soto of Team McCabe with (66,500) and Dara O’Kearney and Jason Tompkins of Team O’Kearney (51,000) all made the cut, with Marle Spragg and Gary Cordeiro of Team Cordeiro (48,000) also bagging a Day 2 stack.

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