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The final bracelet event of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, Event #88: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold ’em, which also marked the last opportunity for players to achieve their dream of WSOP glory, is now in the books. The fast-paced event drew 1,288 entrants, closing the series with a good number, one thing that was a constant throughout the summer. After 15 long hours of play, Indo-Canadian Jaspal Brar was the last player standing and won his first WSOP gold bracelet and $190,731 in prize money. Brar is the second player of Indian origin to win a bracelet this summer, with Sandeep Pulusani winning the first one in Event #77: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO ($277,949) four days ago.
Brar defeated Jesse Lonis in a quick heads-up match to claim his career’s best live cash, crossing $1 Million in live tournament earnings. A regular at the WSOP since 2013, Brar has many impressive scores to his name. He had cashed six times in the ongoing series before this win.
“It feels good, really good. To be honest with you, the bracelet is big. Everyone wants it. The money comes and goes,” Brar said when asked what the bracelet victory meant to him.
He further mentioned how this win had been a dream come true for him, “I always wanted a bracelet. I come every year to [the WSOP] to play”.
Given the tournament format, the action was fast-paced, with the money bubble bursting in Level 16. The short 20-minute levels made it a quick sprint into the money.
The event generated a total prize pool of $1,140,980, split amongst the top 193 finishers. The hand-for-hand play commenced when 195 players were remaining, and two players got eliminated together, assuring the remaining a min-cash of at least $1,601.
Two Indian players cashed the event. Yudhishter Jaswal finished 116th for $2,002 (~₹1.60 Lakhs), picking up his fourth cash of the series, while Aditya Sushant collected $2,002 (₹1.60 Lakhs) in 123rd place, bagging his seventh cash at the 2022 WSOP.
Carlos Chang (11th for $12,190), Jason Wheeler (19th for $6,426), three-time bracelet winner Phillip Hui (41st for $4,487), Alex Foxen (48th for $3,828), four-time bracelet winners Jeremy Ausmus (67th for $2,908), and Ben’ B.Y.U.’ Yu (75th for $2,590) were some bracelet winners who finished in the money.
The elimination of Kurt Jewell in 10th place gave way to the final table action.
Final Table Chip Counts
Half an hour into the final table, the first elimination came about. Jonathan Hilton, who entered the final table with a short stack, was the first one out when his failed to hold up against Jesse Capps’ as the latter made a one-card flush on the board.
Ten minutes later, Huy Nguyen followed Hilton to the rail.
The board ran and the soon-to-be winner Jaspal Brar eliminated Nguyen in eighth place.
Brar continued the knockout spree as he sent Vinicius Escossi packing next.
The board opened , and while both players made a flush, Brar got the superior flush, eliminating Escossi in seventh place.
An hour later, another elimination ensued when Ronald Sullivan was all in for 500,000 in the big blind. Jesse Capps raised it to 1,200,000 in the cutoff, and the rest of the table folded.
Sullivan needed a miracle to survive, but there was no help forthcoming on the runout, resulting in Sullivan’s sixth place exit.
Ten minutes later, Boris Kolev opened to 2,700,000 from under the gun. Christopher Garman shoved all in and was the player at risk, as Kolev called.
The community cards opened , and Garman, who missed his straight draw, walked out in fifth place.
Brar joined in the knockout action when he moved all in from the cutoff with the table covered and got a call from Boris Kolev for his last 1,500,000.
The board ran , pairing Brar’s ace and bringing no help to Kolev, ending his run in fourth place.
Capps had shown his willingness to risk his tournament life multiple times during the day, but his luck finally ran out in third place. Brar was the initial aggressor and moved all-in from the button with . Jesse Capps called off out of the small blind with .
The board ran to send Capps packing in third place and leaving Jaspal Brar and Jesse Lonis to battle it out heads-up for the lion’s share of $190,731 and an alluring WSOP bracelet.
Only five minutes into the heads-up battle, the winner was declared when Jesse Lonis ran his into Jaspal Brar’s . The board came , and Brar’s pocket queens made him the newest bracelet winner of the series.
Final Table Results (USD)
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