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On Tuesday, it took nine hours of play for Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to crown a champion, with Fabian Brandes (cover image) emerging as the winner. The German won his career-first gold bracelet and a $371,358 top prize!
Brandes, who now resides in Vienna, Austria, raced past a 719-entry field to claim the lion’s share of the $1,919,730 prize pool. In the heads-up, he faced off against Leonid Yanovski, who also happened to be the Day 2 and Day 3 chip leader. Yanovski will be disappointed with how the final table panned out. At one stage, the musician from Haifa, Israel (whose band is called Big Blind Special), had two-thirds of the chips in play. Despite such a dominating lead, Brandes eventually won the bracelet.
“It was a rollercoaster of a day! It is unreal to have the bracelet in my hand,” said Brandes in the post-tournament interview.
The event assured the top 108 places payouts; among the players finishing in the money was India’s Anik Ajmera. The Bengaluru-based player picked up his career-first WSOP score, falling out in 25th place on Day 2 for $12,143 (~₹9.45 Lakhs).
Other notables who finished in the money included Andriy Lyubovetskiy (8th for $30,729), Jan-Peter Jachtmann (14th for $18,494), Jason DeWitt (16th for $18,494), Jonathan Cohen (19th for $14,820), Matt Waxman (62nd for $6,042), Frank Kassela (73rd for $5,287), Norbert Szecsi (83rd for $5,287), and Alex Epstein (85th for $5,287).
Amirhossein Shayesteh (7th for $40,878) was the last player to fall on Day 3, and the play was immediately halted after the six-handed final table was formed.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
It took close to four hours of play on Tuesday before the first final table elimination occurred. With the board open , Grzegorz Derkowski pitted his against Fabian Brandes’ . Brandes was ahead with two pairs of Queens and Tens. The river was no help to Derkowski, who bowed out in sixth place.
Less than an hour later, Ferenc Deak‘s were crushed by Sean Winter’s , ending the former’s run in fifth place.
Next to go was Thomas Morrison when his could not match up against start-of-final table chip leader Leonid Yanovski’s . The board bricked for Morrison, ending his bracelet run in fourth place.
Three-handed play continued for about three hours before Sean Winter’s hunt for the elusive maiden bracelet ended in third place. His were bested by Brandes’ that rivered a boat on the runout .
The heads-up between Fabian Brandes and Leonid Yanovski began with the German player in the lead. While Yanovski came close to bridging the gap several times, he couldn’t quite take the lead away from Brandes. After a little over an hour into the match, Brandes came out on top to collect his career-first bracelet.
On the final hand, with the flop open , both players moved all-in, creating a pot of 21 Million.
Brandes had some catching up against Yanovski’s two-pair and needed a Queen, Jack, or ten to keep his bracelet run going. The turn brought the , and Brandes’ rail erupted in cheers as he made a straight. The river spelled the end of Yanovski’s bracelet dreams, relegating him to a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
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