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Dash Dudley (cover image) from Michigan, USA, towered over a massive 2,569-entry field in Event #62: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Freezeout of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to win his third bracelet and $301,396 in prize money (his third-best career finish). David Sanchez collected $186,258 in second place.
While initially slated to be a single-day affair, the massive field brought on the need to add an unscheduled second day to close things. Dudley entered the final day with just under four big blinds among 20 survivors and played fearlessly over the next five hours to emerge as the champion.
“Feeling amazing. This is the story you dream of. Three blinds left to start the day with 20 players left and somehow catch enough heat to get here and then close it out for number three. That was the goal this summer, so it feels amazing,” said Dudley in his post-match interview.
He added, “I didn’t plan to play this tournament. I was going to play the PLO8 yesterday but thought I’d take a shot at this real quick.” And further said, “Never had chips really but somehow made it happen. Super blessed.”
Dudley won his first bracelet in 2019 WSOP Event #52: $10K PLO Championship for $1,086,967, and four months later, he picked up his second bracelet in WSOP Europe Event #2: €500 PLO for €51,600. He came excruciatingly close to winning his third bracelet earlier in the series when he finished runner-up in Event #28: $50,000 High Roller PLO for $861,442. However, there was no stopping him today.
With the win, the Lansing, Michigan-native registered his fourth cash of the series (48th overall), boosting his lifetime WSOP earnings to $2,724,006. His third bracelet win also helped him cross the $3 Million mark in lifetime live earnings, pushing him to $3,065,227.
The massive field helped generate a very appetizing $2,145,115 prize pool and paid out 386 places.
While Indians came out in numbers for the event, Yudhishter Jaswal was the only one from the team to cross the money line and placed 183rd for $2,063 (~₹1,63,062) – picking up his second cash of the series.
The field was packed with top regs, and several among them finished in the money. These include Ren Lin (23rd for $11,208), 2022 Wynn Millions champion Tony Sinishtaj (26th for $11,208), Jonas Mackoff (42nd for $7,557), MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang (51st for $6,293), Michael Wang (58th for $5,290), Upeshka Desilva (75th for $3,848), Brian Altman (120th for $2,569), Eric Froehlich (135th for $2,291), Kevin MacPhee (153rd for $2,291), 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess (168th for $2,291), Adrian Buckley (201st for $2,063), JC Tran (223rd for $1,878), Dara O’Kearney (231st for $1,878), Joao Vieira (297th for $1,643) and poker media figure Kevin “KevMath” Mathers (362nd for $1,502) – all of whom fell out on Day 1.
The unscheduled Day 2 began with 20 players. Some big names who fell short of the final table were Elvis Toomas (11th for $21,692), Kerrie Shelton (13th for $17,249), Mihai Manole (14th for $13,841), and Chris Fraser (16th for $13,841) – who collected 25 bounties in the event!
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Short-stacked Shaun Colquhoun was the first one out (10th for $21,692), and his exit set the official final table in motion.
Final Table Recap
Ken Drewry crashed out early in ninth place after running his into Jan Bednar’s .
Soon after that, Dimitre Dimitrov was knocked out in eighth place. His failed to improve against John Bredengerd’s .
Kevin Davis was next to fall in seventh place. On the board , Jan Bednar raised with , and Davis moved all-in with . Bednar called and took down the pot after his set held through the river.
After that, the short-stacked Yuhei Sanada fell out in sixth place.
Thirty-five minutes later, Indo-Canadian Harpreet Padda was eliminated in fifth place in a three-way showdown.
Jan Bednar got the axe in fourth place, with his getting dominated by David Sanchez’s .
Three-handed play went on for some time before the Day 1 chip leader John Bredengerd hit the rail. After losing a pot to David Sanchez, Bredengerd announced all-in with the next hand. Sanchez called off with . The board gave Sanchez two-pair, busting Bredengerd in third place.
David Sanchez (36,025,000) held a slight advantage over Dash Dudley (28,200,000) when the duo sat on either side of the table for the heads-up match, but Dudley quickly snatched the advantage.
The final hand didn’t take too long coming. David Sanchez shoved on the button with and Dash Dudley snap-called with . The runout gave both players a pair of kings, but Dudley took down the pot with the better kicker, collecting his third WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Results (USD)
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