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The curtains have fallen on the international leg of the 2022 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Online Series on Natural8/GG Poker, with 33 players winning shiny WSOP gold bracelets. The most sought-after of all the online bracelet events of the leg was Event #33: $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event. 29-year-old Swedish poker phenom Simon Mattsson (cover image) waded past the 4,984-strong field, clinching his first WSOP gold bracelet for a career-best $2,793,574 and a free entry to the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions. Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul took home $2,094,884 in second place.
According to his Hendon Mob profile, Mattsson has $1,505,297 in recorded live earnings. His live tournament scorecard opened in 2011, and his best career finish took another six years coming – he won $337,007 after taking down the €2,200 NLHE event at the PokerStars Championship in Barcelona. 2022 has been a good year for him, with three FT finishes and the WSOP Online Main Event victory was the icing on the cake, getting him a career-best finish and the WSOP bracelet.
He also has more than $27 million in total online cashes under the screen name ‘C. Darwin2’ according to Pocket Fives, the most by any player in the world.
The $5,000 buy-in event registered 4,984 entries across nine starting flights, generating a $23,674,000 prize pool. The top 500 places got paid.
From India, Dhruvin Kothari (109th for $34,971), Rahul Byrraju (296th for $17,594), Pulkit Goyal (304th for $17,594), Aditya Abhinav (479th for $13,368) crossed the money line.
Bracelet winners Joseph Cheong (11th for $138,149) and Patrick Leonard (22nd for $91,488), Paulina Loeliger (27th for $79,743), three-time bracelet winner Justin Bonomo (64th for $46,028), 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas (96th for $34,971), two-time bracelet winner Chris Moorman (105th for $34,971), 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (147th for $26,568) and two-time bracelet winner Joao Simao (230th for $20,185) were notables who finished in the money.
You can watch the replay of the final table live stream below.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The short-stacked Tim Rutherford made a quick exit in ninth place after his ran into Feng Zhao’s .
Oliver Sprason joined the rail in eighth place. Sprason’s lost the flip against Kannapong Thanarattrakul’s on the runout that gave Thanarattrakul the winning set of tens.
On the next hand, Jordan Spurlin got knocked out in seventh place. In a battle between the blinds, Kannapong Thanarattrakul moved all-in with from the small blind. Spurlin in the big blind made the call with , putting his tournament life on the line, but couldn`t outdraw his opponent.
Soon after, short-stacked Yanfei Chi was eliminated in sixth place – his getting no help against Samuel Vousden’s on the board .
Up next, Istvan Briski went out in fifth place after his were crushed by Feng Zhao, who woke up with in the big blind.
Within a few minutes, Samuel Vousden was sent packing in fourth place after his failed to hold against Kannapong Thanarattrakul’s . Thanarattrakul flopped the nut flush on the board , eliminating Vousden.
Next on the chopping block was Feng Zhao in third place. He shoved from the button with and got called by Simon Mattsson with . Mattsson dodged all of Zhao’s odds on the runout , setting up the heads-up finale.
Simon Mattsson (183,784,622) held a significant chip lead over Kannapong Thanarattrakul (115,021,766) at the start of the heads-up play and gradually pulled ahead into a 3:1 lead before the final hand was dealt.
The last hand of the tournament saw Thanarattrakul moving all-in with . Simon Mattsson called with for a turned straight, taking down the prestigious gold bracelet and a career-best $2,793,575.
Final Table Results (USD)
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