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WSOP 2022: Japan’s Shota Nakanishi Rides Final Day Chip Lead to Victory in Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE ($277,212)

Shota Nakanishi wins WSOP 2022 Event 60
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  • Namita Ghosh July 1, 2022
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Five players returned to the Bally’s Event Center on Thursday to compete for the top prize in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE. Japan’s Shota Nakanishi (cover image) was in pole position, and he made a steady run to the finish line to win his first gold bracelet and the $277,212 cash prize that accompanied it.

Nakanishi is a well-known short deck specialist and has played hours of this variant online. That said, he had four of the best players competing for the prize. In the end, Nakanishi beat Ben Lamb (2nd for $171,331) heads-up to claim the bragging rights.

His victory sent the Japanese rail bursting into cheers. “I play lots of short deck, many times. I’ve been playing online for three years. I also enjoy no-limit hold’em and sometimes pot-limit Omaha,” Nakanishi said after the event.

The event clocked in a record-setting 110 entries, the most at this buy-in in the Short Deck format.

Day 2 began with 49 entries, and only 17 among them were to get paid. Some notables who fell before the bubble were Phil Ivey, Chance Kornuth, Daniel Zack, David Williams, and Sam Soverel.

Michael Watson got tagged as the unfortunate money bubble after he ran ace-king into Sean Winter’s pocket kings.

With Watson leaving in 18th place, the rest of the field was in the money for at least $16,449. Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (16th for $16,449), GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (15th for $16,449), Chino Rheem (14th for $19,590), and Elior Sion (9th for $29,712) were among those who finished in the money.

The elimination of Chris Brewer (8th for $29,712) set the unofficial final table into motion.

 

Final Table Recap

Robert Wilke was the first casualty on the unofficial final table and fell in seventh place, and Scott Smile followed him out in sixth place.

The five players bagged their stacks one last time, with Shota Nakanishi holding a commanding lead.

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Shota Nakanishi – 2,562,000
  2. Stephen Chidwick – 1,423,000
  3. Ben Lamb – 1,207,000
  4. Brian Rast – 855,000
  5. Sean Winter – 553,000

 

Final Day Recap

On the second hand of the final day, Ben Lamb scored a massive double-up through Stephen Chidwick. Down to his last 25 antes, Chidwick hit the rail in fifth place after running ace-nine into Nakanishi’s ace-jack.

The remaining four players went on a break, and shortly after the play resumed, Sean Winter raised from UTG with pocket queens. Nakanishi jammed with pocket kings, and Winter called, proclaiming he had the “lucky ladies.” He soon discovered Nakanishi held the better hand. The board ran pure for Nakanishi, eliminating Winter in fourth place.

Around 90 minutes later, Nakanishi raised from UTG, and Brian Rast made the call, pushing in his last 90,000 from the cutoff. Ben Lamb mucked his cards.

Brian Rast

Shota Nakanishi

The flop brought Rast a straight draw, but he failed to get there on the turn and river. Nakanishi collected the pot, busting Rast in third place.

Nakanishi held a 2-to-1 chip lead over Ben Lamb at the start of the heads-up play, and the duo fought for over two hours before they were all in, Lamb showing vs. Nakanishi’s . Nakanishi’s king-high kicker kept him ahead on the board , getting him his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Shota Nakanishi
Shota Nakanishi

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Shota Nakanishi – $277,212
  2. Ben Lamb – $171,331
  3. Brian Rast – $121,718
  4. Sean Winter – $88,168
  5. Stephen Chidwick – $65,143
  6. Scott Smile – $49,113

 

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerGO, PokerNews & WSOP

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