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WSOP 2022: Bradley Anderson Wins First Bracelet in Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo ($195,565)

Bradley Anderson wins WSOP 2022 Event 72
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  • Namita Ghosh July 10, 2022
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The 2022 WSOP Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo was the only event playing down to a winner on Saturday. It made a three-day run, and 23 players from a starting field of 771 returned for the final day’s play. Bozeman, Montana resident Bradley Anderson (cover image) was the last player standing after a marathon 12-hour-plus session that stretched well into the night to collect his first gold bracelet and a $195,565 paycheque.

Anderson overcame a stacked final table with iconic players like seven-time bracelet winner Men Nguyen and Barny Boatman in contention. He ultimately defeated Scott Abrams heads-up to clinch the bracelet, picking up his eighth career WSOP cash.

This was Anderson’s second WSOP final table appearance. In 2014, he finished fifth in Event #8: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker for $355,913 and what was his first recorded live tournament cash at the time.

On the final day, Anderson has his wife, Savannah Anderson, on his rail. Talking about the victory, he said, “It is definitely surreal. Today was a tough grind. I had a big chip lead going into heads up, and Scott chipped away at me, but I weathered the storm. I wasn’t really thinking about the money. I was focused on winning the bracelet.”

On whether he was intimidated playing poker legends Nguyen and Boatman on the final table, Anderson said, “Barny was beating my butt in a lot of pots today! Men Nguyen is such a character, and it was a good group on the final table today.”

When asked if busting the Main Event turned out to be a good thing for him, Anderson replied, “Yeah, Exactly!! If you offered to me to bust the main and win a side event, I for sure would have taken that.”

The event paid out the last 116 players standing from the $1,029,285 prize pool. Among the notables who finished in the money were Day 1 chip leader Kate Krickl (95th for $2,639), bracelet winners Filippos Stavrakis (110th for $2,413), Eugene Katchalov (99th for $2,413), Todd Witteles (96th for $2,639), Brandon Shack-Harris (72nd for $3,016), Scott Clements (62nd for $3,358), Yueqi Zhu (46th for $4,113), Chance Kornuth (45th for $4,113), Nathan Gamble (38th for $4,713), Shawn Buchanan (35th for $4,713), Mel Judah (20th for $8,085), and Rami Boukai (12th for $10,097).

Five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (9th for $16,740) was the last player to bust before the eight players converged on the unofficial final table.

 

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Mark Erickson – 4,000,000
  2. Scott Abrams – 2,980,000
  3. Barny Boatman – 2,400,000
  4. Bradley Anderson – 2,305,000
  5. Men Nguyen – 2,300,000
  6. Jarod Minghini – 2,250,000
  7. Peter Neff – 1,760,000
  8. Shawn Carter – 900,000

 

Within the first 30 minutes of action, Shawn Carter (8th for $16,740) was eliminated, bringing the field down to the official seven-handed final table.

 

Final Table Recap

Jarod Minghini lost most of his chips to Anderson in a hand of PLO 8 or Better and soon found himself in a three-way confrontation. Mark Erickson won the high pot, and Men Nguyen took the low pot, eliminating Minghini in seventh place.

Mark Erickson then clashed with Anderson and Men Nguyen in what turned out to be the biggest hand of the tournament, with nearly 10 Million in the pot. Nguyen won most of the pot, with Anderson taking the low half. Erickson lost about 4.590 Million in the hand to become short-stacked.

Though barely hanging on, Erickson quickly quadrupled up to give himself enough headroom for a comeback. A shocked Erickson even announced – “Put that in the record books!” However, his jubilation was short-lived since Scott Abrams wiped out his stack in a Big O hand, sending him packing in sixth place.

Men Nguyen was the next player to fall. The seven-time bracelet winner lost most of his stack to Abrams, and Peter Neff finished the job in the next hand, relegating Nguyen to a fifth-place finish.

The Hendon Mob co-founder Barney Boatman scored a massive double-up through Neff to climb up to the second chip lead behind Neff. Anderson was the shortest of the four players remaining. Around 40 minutes later, Anderson scored a huge double-up through Neff in a PLO Omaha 8 or Better hand to climb into the chip lead with 6.695 Million in chips. Neff was left short-stacked with 1.620 Million.

Peter Neff couldn’t spin his stack up and fell in fourth place after losing all his chips to Anderson in Big O.

Anderson kept pulling further ahead, and around an hour later, he eliminated two-time bracelet winner Barney Boatman in third place. The hand in question was played in Limit Omaha 8 or Better, and with Boatman out of the picture, it was Anderson vs. Abrams for the bracelet.

Anderson held over 16 Million to Scott Abrams’ 3.26 Million at the start of the heads-up match, but Abrams proved a formidable opponent. He quickly doubled up and began clawing his way to cut the deficit.

The heads-up went on for almost 90 minutes, and Anderson took it down in a Big O hand.

Bradley Anderson wins WSOP 2022 Event 72
Bradley Anderson

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Bradley Anderson – $195,565
  2. Scott Abrams – $120,881
  3. Barny Boatman – $83,050
  4. Peter Neff – $58,089
  5. Men Nguyen – $41,377
  6. Mark Erickson – $30,026
  7. Jarod Minghini – $22,205

 

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