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Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) came to a close on Friday, with Konstantin Angelov (cover image) taking down the event for his maiden WSOP gold bracelet and $199,466 in first-place prize money. Gregg Merkow finished runner-up for $123,251.
After the win, Angelov admitted that he is relatively new to Pot-Limit Omaha. He said, “I’ve played PLO for only a few months now,” and added, “I don’t know how to explain it. I feel incredible.”
He further said, “All the time, I felt perfect, and I knew I would win this tournament. I was short-stacked, but that’s nothing. You have to believe, pick the right moments, and that’s it. If you start to worry about the game, you can’t. You just have to enjoy every minute.”
Pointing at a tattoo on his arm, Angelov said, “That’s my brother. He passed away seven years ago. I love to play poker, I’m not a professional, but he would call me the ‘Poker Machine.’ Almost two months ago, I lost my mother too. This is for my brother and my mother. There may have been nobody here for me, but I know that my brother and my mother are here.”
The $600 buy-in event attracted 2,858 players, collecting $1,457,580 in the prize pool. The top 429 crossed the money line with a min-cash worth $961.
Some of the notables to post ITM scores on Day 1 included Barry Greenstein (115th for $1,703), Brad Ruben (132nd for $1,703), Rami Boukai (172nd for $1,502), Joe Cada (213th for $1,337), Lok Chan (344th for $1,051) and Maxx Coleman (368th for $961).
Day 2 began with 102 survivors. India’s Nishant Sharma was among them, and he started with an above-average 1,350,000 stack, putting him 16th in chips. Sharma, who holds the record for the deepest run by an Indian in the WSOP Main Event, eventually bowed out in 16th place for $7,779 (~₹6.14 Lakhs). In his last hand of the event, Sharma went all-in with after Rafael Mota opened the action. Mota called and showed . The board gave Mota a pair of queens ending Sharma’s run in the event.
This was Sharma’s third cash of the series (17th overall), boosting his lifetime WSOP earnings to $294,849. His other two ITM scores of the series came in Event #21: $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (142nd for $7,584 ~₹ 5,99,144) and Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (207th for $1,754 (~₹ 1,38,568).
Justin Bullion was knocked out in tenth place for $15,020, setting up the unofficial final table.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
The short-stacked Christopher Keller was eliminated in ninth place for $19,009.
Final Table Recap
Rafael Mota was the first final table casualty in eighth place. On the flop , Mota moved all-in with and Kostantin Angelov looked him up with . The turn and river didn’t improve Mota’s hand.
After almost thirty minutes of play, Benjamin Miner went out in seventh place after his failed to get past Guillaume Soumier’s .
Seven minutes later, Philippe Pelluault joined Miner to the rail in sixth place. His couldn`t improve against Gregg Merkow’s .
Soon after that, the last lady standing in the event, 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba was knocked out in fifth place. With the flop open , Saliba went all-in with and Guillaume Soumier called off with . The turn & river both bricked for Saliba.
Not long after that, Guillaume Soumier was eliminated in fourth place. He moved all-in on the with and Konstantin Angelov made the call, tabling . The turn and river gave Angelov a superior straight, busting Soumier.
Twenty-three minutes later, Igor Ioffe ripped it in with on the flop . Gregg Merkow came along with the call and showed . The turn and the river gave Merkow the winning straight, knocking Ioffe out in third place.
The eventual winner Konstantin Angelov (51,240,000), held the early advantage at the start of his heads-up match against Gregg Merkow (34,500,000). It turned out to be a short battle, and the final hand saw Gregg Merkow pushing all-in on the flop after Konstantin Angelov bet pot, and the latter called.
The last two streets blanked out, and just like that, Angelov took down the tournament with his set!
Final Table Results (USD)
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