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The 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is picking up pace, and how! While the Indian rail has its eyes set on Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, where WSOP veteran Aditya Agarwal is making headways after making the last 10 set to resume the final day’s play at 2 PM (PDT) on June 3, the series awarded its second bracelet this year in Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty.
Only five finalists from a 46-player starting field resumed play at the Paris Ballroom on Thursday. In one of the fastest final tables ever in WSOP history, David Peters defeated the Chip Leader Coaching founder Chance Kornuth heads-up to claim his fourth gold bracelet and a $1,166,810 first-place prize.
Like the fast-paced final day action, the heads-up went at a lightning-fast speed, and in less than 10 minutes, the heads-up was over with the start-of-Day 3 chip leader Kornuth receiving a consolation $721,144 for his runner-up finish – his second breakout score in less than a week.
Peters, who holds a brilliant WSOP record, added another feather to his cap with this win. The high-stakes MTT pro had won his first gold bracelet back in 2016 in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $412,557. In 2020, he bagged the online bracelet in the GGPoker.com Event #54: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship for $360,480. Last year, he claimed his third online bracelet on WSOP.com in Event #25: $7,777 NLH Lucky 7’s High Roller, netting $283,940.
Peter presently has 58 WSOP cashes to his name, worth a collective $3,482,056. This latest bracelet win has pushed his lifetime tournament earnings to $40,165,579, propelling him to #5 on poker’s All-Time Money List.
Talking about his win, Peters said, “It feels great, especially the first event of the series, first event being away from the Rio, it’s such a prestigious tournament, so many great players. Getting number four is big. There are not too many people who have four. It’s a very, very nice start to the series.”
Kornuth had entered the final day of the $100K High Roller Bounty as the chip leader. The poker coach only recently took down his first-ever WPT Main Event title, winning the WPT Choctaw Main Event on May 26. Given his form, Kornuth was the on-money favorite to win the bracelet. But it was not meant to be, as Peters dominated the final day action, eliminating the last three players en route to capturing his fourth bracelet!
Praising his heads-up rival, Kornuth, Peters said, “It’s always nice to beat someone that’s hot, and someone that’s a great player. It wasn’t exactly a super long battle heads-up, but it was nice to beat a player like that for sure.”
Event #2: $100K High Roller Bounty was the first marquee event of the series and, expectedly, brought the big guns to the felts. The star-studded field included Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler, Sergi Reixach, and Bryn Kenney – all four of whom have been accused of cheating.
Imsirovic was the only player among them to make it in the money, and he finished fourth for $350,158.
On the opening day of the 2022 WSOP, Imsirovic put up a post on his Instagram handle that he would be donating 50% of his profits across all WSOP events with buy-ins under $25,000 to charity. He intends to share his profits with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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While the cheating allegations against Imsirovic are still fresh in everyone’s memory, maybe this act of compassion will lessen some of the heat that the Bosnian poker pro is facing.
Day 2 of the $100K High Roller Bounty began with 16 players in action, and it soon whittled down to a final table of five, with Kornuth leading the pack. The top seven places were paid, and it was Nick Petrangelo who money-bubbled the event.
Phil Ivey, who ousted Petrangelo, was the first to get paid for his seventh-place finish for $133,127. Before the bags were brought out for the day, Matthew Steinberg became the last player to hit the rail and collected a $180,872 payday for his sixth-place exit.
You can watch the first 1 hour and 13 minutes of the final day’s action below. You can watch the entire day’s play by subscription on the PokerGO app.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Chance Kornuth – 14,265,000
2. David Peters – 8,920,000
3. Ali Imsirovic – 1,815,000
4. Dario Sammartino – 1,740,000
5. Koray Aldemir – 860,000
Final Table Recap
The five-handed final table resumed play on Day 3, and the action was fast-paced from the get-go. It merely took 26 hands and a little over an hour to reach a winner.
Chance Kornuth claimed the first elimination of the day, ousting reigning WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir, who also happened to be the shortest stack at the start of the final table. Eight minutes into the day’s play, Aldemir pitted his against Kornuth’s . The board brought , and Kornuth’s flopped pair of sevens knocked Aldemir out in fifth place.
Seven minutes later, Ali Imsirovic‘s were bested by David Peters’ . The board bricked, sending Imsirovic to the rail in fourth place.
Three-handed play continued for nearly an hour before Dario Sammartino fell out in third place. Peters raised to 350,000 from the button, and Sammartino jammed for his last 2.6 Million chips. Peters called.
The community cards opened and Peters’ pocket Jacks held, as Sammartino left the final table.
The heads-up between Davis Peters (16,800,000) and Chance Kornuth (10,900,000) began with the former holding a slight edge. The heads-up lasted for 10 minutes, with Peters riding his chip lead across the finish line.
On the final hand, Peters opened to 460,000 from the button and Kornuth 3-bet to 1.8 Million from the big blind. Peters 4-bet to 3.9 Million, prompting Kornuth to move all-in for 12 Million. Peters snap-called.
Peters was already ahead pre-flop, and the board made no difference, fetching him his fourth WSOP bracelet.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. David Peters – $1,166,810
2. Chance Kornuth – $721,144
3. Dario Sammartino – $498,686
4. Ali Imsirovic – $350,158
5. Koray Aldemir – $249,693
6. Matthew Steinberg – $180,872
7. Phil Ivey – $133,127
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