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WSOP 2022: “Comeback Kid” Massoud Eskandari Wins Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors NLHE For $330,609

Massoud Eskandari wins WSOP 2022 Event 59 Super Seniors
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  • Namita Ghosh July 2, 2022
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Only five players from a starting field of 2,669 returned on Friday for the final day of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors NLHE. Massoud Eskandari (cover image) was in pole position when the play resumed, and after four hours of the game, he was the last one standing and won his maiden WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $330,609.

An emotional Eskandari in the post-match interview said, “It means the world to me because I’ve worked very hard for this. I’ve been spending a lot of hours and put my life into this. Of course, it comes with a lot of luck, and I can tell all the grinders out there, just keep grinding and grinding, and it will happen to you. If you put the effort, the time, and work hard on it, there’s no reason for you guys not to get it. So best of luck to everyone.”

The Los Angeles-based player is also known as the “comeback kid” in the poker circuit back home. By the time Eskandari entered the heads-up against Jennifer Gianera, he was the short stack facing a nearly a 4-to-1 chip deficit. True to his nickname, Eskandari fought his way back up to stage an epic comeback.

Eskandari later explained the reason for his nickname, “They named me that because I’m never out until I’m out. I make a lot of comebacks. I know how to play short-stack and deep stack. Many, many times, everybody counted me out, and I just went to the top and either won the tournament or came in second.”

In 2014, Eskandari had come very close to winning the WPT Legends of Poker title but finished runner-up after losing a lengthy heads-up battle to Harry Arutyunyan. He has played the Seniors event only twice at the WSOP, and this is the first time he’s played in the Super Seniors category.

“I thought everybody was, excuse my french, but were an old fart, and it’s going to be an easy field. There are some fantastic players in there, so it’s not like a walk in the park,” he said after his impressive win.

The event created a $2,375,410 prize pool, paying out 401 top finishers at least $1,601.

Former bracelet champions Ivo Donev (384th for $1,601), Hoyt Corkins (214th for $2,210), Larry Wright (158th for $2,465), Barny Boatman (68th for $4,915), James Hess (56th for $5,805) and defending champion Jean-Luc Adam (40th for $8,325) were among those who finished in the money.

Each of the five finalists was guaranteed at least $85,940.

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Massoud Eskandari – 19,000,000
  2. Jennifer Gianera – 16,500,000
  3. James Jewell – 8,425,000
  4. Peter Mylenki – 4,200,000
  5. Sharri Crawford – 4,200,000


Final Table Recap

Within 30 minutes of play, Peter Mylenki shoved with pocket fours but unfortunately for him, James Jewell woke up with pocket kings, ending Mylenki’s tournament run in fifth place.

Peter Mylenki
Peter Mylenki


Around 40 minutes later, Sharri Crawford shoved all-in from the small blind for 3 Million holding king-ten, and Eskandari made the call with ace-deuce. Crawford spiked a king on the flop to take the lead, but Eskandari paired his ace on the river to take down the pot, eliminating Crawford in fourth place.

Sharri Crawford
Sharri Crawford


Less than an hour later, Jennifer Gianera won the biggest pot of the tournament. The action began with James Jewell raising 600K from the small blind. Gianera defended the big blind. Jewell continued for 1.7 Million on the flop, and Gianera called. The turn paired the board, and Jewell shoved for roughly 20 Million. Gianera went into the tank and shook her head. She repeatedly said, “I can’t fold,” and finally made the call, showing for sevens full of jacks. Jewell, who held , was drawing dead. The on the river was a brick. Giana got up and hugged her rail, having now climbed into the chip lead.

Even though left short-stacked after losing the massive pot, James “The Jammer” Jewell managed to find a double-up, but he was soon eliminated in third place. Jewell jammed from the button for 2.5 Million with and Eskandari called off from the big blind with . The board ran out , busting Jewell in third place.

James Jewell
James Jewell


Jennifer Gianera entered the heads-up match with a significant lead holding 40 Million in chips versus Eskandari’s 12.5 Million. The “comeback kid” scored an early double-up and soon collected a big pot to take charge. After a duel that lasted nearly two hours, both players were all-in on the flop .

Jennifer Gianera
Jennifer Gianera


Jennifer Gianera

Massoud Eskandari

Gianera held a flush draw which wasn’t enough to beat Eskandari’s pair of kings. The turn and the river didn’t help Gianera, who was relegated to a runner-up finish.

Eskandari won the tournament for his career-first WSOP bracelet! As he did so, Eskandari’s rail erupted in celebration, shouting, “You deserve this.”

Massoud Eskandari
Massoud Eskandari


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Massoud “CBK” Eskandari – $330,609
  2. Jennifer Gianera – $204,293
  3. James “The Jammer” Jewell – $151,882
  4. Sharri Crawford – $113,755
  5. Peter Mylenki – $85,940


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