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WSOP 2022: Espen Jørstad Wins Main Event For $10 Million; Chaos Ensues on the Las Vegas Strip Interrupting Ongoing Bracelet Events

Day 47 at the 2022 WSOP
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 17, 2022
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Day 47 at the 2022 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) started as a glorious day for poker as a brand new World Champion was crowned in Norway’s Espen Jørstad. The poker pro and Twitch streamer took down Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship for a career-best $10 Million. He defeated Australian Adrian Attenborough (2nd for $6 Million) heads-up to top a field of 8,663 players, the second-largest in WSOP history. Argentina’s Michael Duek finished third with $4 Million.

Espen Jørstad - 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion
Espen Jørstad – 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion


The four most recent Main Event winners have all been international players from outside the USA. Germany’s Koray Aldemir won in 2021, Argentina’s Damian Salas took it down in 2020, and Iranian-born German citizen Hossein Ensan was the last man standing in 2019. 2018 was the last time an American player, John Cynn, won the most prestigious title in poker. This year, no American made it further than sixth place – Jeffrey Farnes (6th for $1.75 Million).

The jubilation that usually follows the conclusion of the Main Event was disrupted when a freak accident at the MGM Grand Casino led to a false rumor of an active shooter on the prowl being circulated through casinos. Expectedly, the rumor caused panic among patrons at the MGM Grand Casino and several others, including the Paris Ballroom at the WSOP.

A rush among players to leave for shelter caused a stampede, which left many players injured, and the three bracelet events that were still ongoing, Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship, and Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, had to be unceremoniously paused.


The WSOP soon clarified that the rumors about shots fired at Paris & Bally’s were false.


They even asked players to return to their respective seats for the bagging process.


The WSOP later announced that all ongoing Saturday events would restart at noon (PDT) on Sunday, July 17.


Eventually, the chaos subsided, and several players returned to bag and tag their stacks.

Day 3 of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. was unaffected by the alleged shootout incident. The event played to the final three players, with Poland’s Tomasz Gluszko (5,320,000) bagging the overnight chip lead.

Day 1B of Event #85: $1,500 The Closer was halted with 477 runners still in the field. These players will return at noon on July 17 and play through Level 22 (currently 16:47 remaining in Level 17). After completing Level 22, they will take a one-hour break before converging with the 75 qualifiers of Day 1A at 5 PM (PDT) for Day 2.

When the play was interrupted, Allan Alejandro (812,000) was chip leading the tournament. Eight Indians were also among the 477-player Day 1B field: Sriharsha Doddapaneni (412,000), Young Guns Arsh Grover (290,000), and Neel Joshi (282,000), along with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (211,000), Muskan Sethi (150,000), Tarun Goyal (120,000), Paawan Bansal (111,000) and Kunal Punjwani (92,000).

Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Arsh Grover, Neel Joshi, Ashish Ahuja, Muskan Sethi, Tarun Goyal, Paawan Bansal & Kunal Punjwani
Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Arsh Grover, Neel Joshi, Ashish Ahuja, Muskan Sethi, Tarun Goyal, Paawan Bansal & Kunal Punjwani


Day 2 of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship ended abruptly. Forty-five players are still left in contention from a starting field of 394 entries, and Daniel Rezaei (1,389,000) has the most chips in play.

Abhinav Iyer (692,000) was among the top 15 stacks in the fray, while Shashank Jain busted out before the interruption.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Unlike the previous two events, Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em did not release any EOD chip counts. A list of assorted chip counts was shared, showing bracelet winners Alex Foxen (456,000), David “ODB” Baker (401,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (320,000), and Hossein Ensan (292,000) holding the top stacks.

Shashank Jain informed us that after busting Event #86, he jumped into Event #87 and had carried 72,000 to Day 2.

Shashank Jain


Besides the Main Event and Event #84, the only other tournament that proceeded without interruptions was [Online] $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em Second Chance. Fred “staeks” Li outlasted the 781-entry field to win his first WSOP bracelet and $159,060.


WSOP Tournaments Paused – Paris Ballroom Evacuated

Just hours after the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion was crowned, chaos rained down at the summer series as reports of an active shooter on the Las Vegas strip sent tables and chips flying while players scrambled towards the exits.

As it turns out, there was no shooting at all.

Nearly a mile down Las Vegas Boulevard, a glass door at the MGM Grand Casino had shattered, causing patrons and valet staff to flee, assuming there had been a shootout. Word quickly spread on social media, and it wasn’t long before it reached someone inside the Paris Ballroom at the 2022 WSOP.

Murmurs turned into panic, and then a stampede of players, dealers, and staff rushed towards the exits, no doubt remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting just outside the Mandalay Bay Casino in 2017. A total of 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured by a lone gunman at the country music concert on that fateful day five years ago.

Some WSOP patrons reported injuries afterward. Poker pro Vanessa Kade said she fell and skinned her knee in the commotion. Circuit winner Michael Trivett said he was trampled on his way out of the casino and hurt his leg.


Although there were initial attempts to restart some of the events, too many of the players were no longer in the building, and there was still the matter of sorting out all of the spilled-over chip stacks. As a result, the three bracelet events being played out in the Paris Ballroom were ended early for the evening, with staff being instructed to bag the chips for the players who were no longer there.

The final table of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. continued until three players remained. The Daily Deepstack tournaments, Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em Championship, and Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em, also resumed, although some players were blinded off.

The false shooting report also affected poker rooms at other venues, including the MGM Grand, Aria, Caesars Palace, and Bellagio.


Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. – Day 3

Day 3 of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. commenced with 22 hopefuls getting back into action to resume their pursuit for the bracelet. After a marathon ten hours of play, it was decided that a fourth day would be required to play down to a champion.

Poland’s Tomasz Gluszko (5,320,000) holds the chip lead and is the only player with over 5 Million in the bag. Trailing Gluszko are Roberto Marin (4,465,000) and Lawrence Brandt (3,300,000).

The $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. generated an $873,090 prize pool from 327 entrants, and the top 50 places were assured payouts.

Richard Tatalovich (4th for $61,789), four-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (5th for $44,415), Kristan Lord (6th for $32,583), Perry Friedman (7th for $24,403), and Yarron Bendor (8th for $18,669) busted through the course of the final table.

Day 3 field was replete with former bracelet winners, and those who missed out on the final table action included Mike Wattel (14th for $9,536), Andrew Brown (18th for $6,835), and John Racener (20th for $6,835).

Other notables who reached Day 3 but fell short of making it to the final table were Day 1 chip leader Andre Akkari (11th for $11,664), Lena Wang (14th for $7,978), Jordan Siegel (17th for $6,835), and Mauricio Ferreira Pais (22nd for $6,835).

The three contenders will resume play at the Bally’s Event Center at 2 PM (PDT), with the first hand of a round of Razz.

Tomasz Gluszko
Tomasz Gluszko


End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Tomasz Gluszko – 5,320,000
  2. Roberto Marin – 4,465,000
  3. Lawrence Brandt 3,300,000

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Richard Tatalovich – $61,789
  2. Kevin Gerhart – $44,415
  3. Kristan Lord – $32,583
  4. Perry Friedman – $24,403
  5. Yarron Bendor – $18,669


Event #85: $1,500 The Closer – Day 1B

The second and final starting flight of Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, Day 1B, locked in 2,039 entries. The top 306 runners were assured a min-cash of $2,406. However, the play was paused abruptly, with 477 players still in contention.

While Day 1B is still not officially over, Allan Alejandro (812,000) has the biggest stack in play. Waheed Feda (793,000) and Shaun Deeb (745,000) have the following two big stacks.

Eight Indians feature among the 477 Day 1B participants: Sriharsha Doddapaneni (412,000), Young Guns Arsh Grover (290,000), and Neel Joshi (282,000), along with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (211,000), Muskan Sethi (150,000), Tarun Goyal (120,000), Paawan Bansal (111,000) and Kunal Punjwani (92,000).

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni


With the money bubble looming overhead, the remaining 477 runners will return to complete Day 1B at noon (PDT) on July 17.

Top 10 Chip Counts of Day 1B (Ongoing)

  1. Allan Alejandro – 812,000
  2. Waheed Feda – 793,000
  3. Shaun Deeb – 745,000
  4. Nikita Kalinin – 693,000
  5. Ronnie Ballantyne – 650,000
  6. Rodney Boswell – 630,000
  7. Yuzu Wang – 614,000
  8. Bernie Wen – 591,000
  9. Nissar Quraishi – 559,000
  10. Kang Hyun Lee – 555,000


Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship saw 37 late entrants join the 150 Day 1 survivors. The Day 2 field helped expand the field size to 394.

Daniel Rezaei (1,389,000) emerged as the day-end chip leader. Barry Woods (1,067,000) and Pavel Plesuv (1,058,000) were the two other players who bagged over a million.

Abhinav Iyer was among the Day 2 entrants and joined Day 1 qualifier Shashank Jain (84,000). While Jain exited before the money bubble burst, Iyer bagged the 12th biggest stack of 692,000.

Abhinav Iyer & Shashank Jain
Abhinav Iyer & Shashank Jain


With the top 60 places assured a min-cash of $16,000, Yang Wang money bubbled the event in 61st place.

Just after the dinner break, Chino Rheem and Anatoly Filatov were heading to the payout desk after failing to run up their short stacks. However, the disruption occurred soon after, bringing an abrupt to Day 2. WSOP had not updated the eliminations and payouts details at the time of publishing this report.

At the time of the disruption, 45 players were left in the field. They will return for Day 3 at noon (PDT) on July 17.

Daniel Rezaei
Daniel Rezaei


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Daniel Rezaei – 1,389,000
  2. Barry Woods – 1,067,000
  3. Pavel Plesuv – 1,058,000
  4. Pierre Calamusa – 900,000
  5. Aaron Kupin – 880,000
  6. Martin Zamani – 858,000
  7. Alexandros Kolonias – 832,000
  8. Aaron Mermelstein – 811,000
  9. Romain Lewis – 801,000
  10. Thomas Muehloecker – 738,000


Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

The opening day of Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em ended prematurely, and the clock showed a total of 208 players remaining from 574 registrations; however, this total will be confirmed at the start of Day 2.

Bracelet winners Alex Foxen (456,000), David “ODB” Baker (401,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (320,000), and Hossein Ensan (292,000) will be among the chip leaders when the action resumes at noon (PDT) on July 17.

After busting Event #86, Shashank Jain jumped into this event and bagged 72,000 for Day 2.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain


Other notable names such as Mike Matusow (256,000), Liv Boeree (246,000), Henrik Hecklen (210,000), Igor Kurganov (195,000), Phil Hellmuth (153,000), and Martin Jacobson (100,000) will also return on Sunday.

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen


Top End of Day 1 Chip Counts (Assorted)

  1. Alex Foxen – 456,000
  2. David “ODB” Baker – 401,000
  3. Hossein Ensan – 292,000
  4. Mike Matusow – 256,000
  5. Liv Boeree – 246,000
  6. Henrik Hecklen – 210,000
  7. Igor Kurganov – 195,000
  8. Joseph Cheong – 178,000
  9. Kris Burchfield – 171,000
  10. Justin Bonomo – 163,000


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