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On the fourth and final day of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed NLHE Championship, Connecticut’s Gregory Jensen (cover image) was the last player standing and won his career-first gold bracelet. The American overcame a 394-player field and defeated Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv (2nd for $509,674) heads-up to win a new career-best $824,649.
Gregory Jensen came into the series with a modest $18,094 in live tournament earnings. He kicked off his 2022 WSOP campaign with a bang, scoring a fourth-place finish in Event #42: $100K High Roller for a career-best $571,896. Just days ago, Jenson placed 13th in Event #83: $50,000 High Roller NLHE for $87,500. With the bracelet win, he has boosted his lifetime live tournament earnings to $1,502,139.
According to Jensen`s WSOP.com profile, this win marked his fifth WSOP cash, improving his WSOP tally to $1,489,023.
In his post-win interview, Gregory Jensen said, “feels like a dream.”
He added, “It was just an incredible run, and I feel better about the bracelet than the money. The bracelet was the big thing, and I just couldn’t believe that it could happen this quickly. I’m super lucky. I played against many players who were way better than me, but sometimes you get lucky.”
Elaborating on how he was playing poker after a long time, Jenson said, “I don’t get to play as much poker as I’d like to. I used to play when I was younger, but I haven’t played in a long time. And I just want to play against the best and see what it’s like, and so it’s just a tremendous experience.”
“I was able to get lucky. It was only the third time in my life being at a final table, and all through it (I was) just getting good cards and playing them reasonably. It’s humbling playing against such good players,” he added.
The 394-player field in the $10K NLHE Championship helped collect a hefty $3,674,050 prize pool, and 60 places got paid. A min-cash was worth $16,000.
The former bracelet Abhinav Iyer was the only Indian player to cross the money line and placed 38th for $20,000 (~₹15.99 Lakhs). This was his eighth cash of the series (38th overall), tying him in second place with Young Gun Neel Joshi for the most cashes by an Indian at the 2022 WSOP.
Iyer’s best run of the series was in Event #25: $800 NLHE Deepstack (7th for $56,388, ~₹43.99 Lakhs). His other ITM runs came in Event #78: $2,500 NLHE (27th for $13,999, ~₹11.14 Lakhs), Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout NLHE 8-Handed (104th for $8,021, ~₹6.40 Lakhs), Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout NLHE (95th for $6,803, ~₹5.37 Lakhs), Event #49: $2,000 NLHE (156th for $4,355, ~₹3.40 Lakhs), Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE (134th for $3,217, ~₹2.50 Lakhs), and Event #21: $1,500 MONSTER STACK NLHE (870th for $2,400, ~₹1.87 Lakhs).
Scott Bohlman (8th for $64,995), Romain Lewis (12th for $39,529), four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (14th for $39,529), three-time bracelet winner Davidi Kitai (15th for $39,529), Jared Jaffee (22nd for $32,025), four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (24th for $26,638), Daniel Weinman (28th for $26,638), five-time bracelet winner Brian Rast (39th for $20,000), and Upeshka De Silva (42nd for $17,500) were bracelet winners to finish in the money.
The final table line-up included Lucas Foster (3rd for $341,902), bracelet winners Ali Eslami (4th for $234,396), Barak Wisbrod (5th for $164,304), and high-stakes pro Brock Wilson (6th for $117,819).
Gregory Jensen (17,890,000) held a 3:1 chip lead at the start of his heads-up match with Pavel Plesuv (5,750,000), but the latter cut down the deficit after scoring a double-up. On the final hand, Jensen shoved with , and Plesuv called off with . The board gave Jensen the winning pair of nines for the victory!
Final Table Results (USD)
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