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WSOP 2022: Mike Allis Bows Out in Style, Overcomes Massive 5,702-Entry Field in Event 71: $1,111 One More For One Drop to Win Career-First Bracelet ($535,610)

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 14, 2022
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Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop of the 2022 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) was a week-long affair. The event supports a great cause and usually comes with its own set of excitement and drama. The final day of the One More for One Drop ran alongside Day 7 of the Main Event. While the Main Event was still in the process of playing down to the nine-player final table, less than 50 feet away from the featured streaming table, the One More for One Drop crowned a champion in Mike Allis (cover image)!

The Idaho resident overcame a whopping 5,702 entries and defeated the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (2nd for $331,056) after a lengthy heads-up to secure his first bracelet and the top-heavy $535,610 first-place cash prize. This was by far the most significant live tournament score recorded by Allis, whose previous best showing was a $32,882 payday for his 35th-place finish in the 2013 Millionaire Maker. He now has more than $800,000 in total earnings to his name.

The One More for One Drop was to play down to five players on Tuesday, but the fast pace of the action saw the day end with just three players remaining. Allis bagged a commanding chip lead with 142,700,000 (71 BBs) for almost two-thirds of the chips in play, with Riess (46,700,000) (23 BBs) and Basel Chaura (38,600,000) (19 BBs) a distant second and third.

Unsurprisingly, being the shortest stack, Chaura was the first to hit the rail in third place ($331,056). Riess secured the elimination, chipping up in the process to start the heads-up against Allis. At the start of the day, it had seemed like it was going to be an easy win for Allis, but Riess proved his mettle and gave the veteran player a tough fight for the title. The heads-up lasted almost three hours, but in the end, Allis came out on top to potentially close out in WSOP career style with the shiny gold bracelet by his side.

His first-career bracelet is the cherry on top of a lifetime of poker, with this potentially being the last tournament of his WSOP career. He plans on giving the majority of his prize money to his grandchildren.

“I was very tired and mentally fatigued. The dealers were really awesome, helping me with my chip counts. I was very nervous (at the final table),” Allis said after his impressive win.

The heads-up with Riess continued for almost three hours and ended bizarrely. “I didn’t know if I was going to win or not, I said going into today that a lot of it would have to come down to my cards, but I did feel comfortable playing such a good opponent because that guy (Riess) is terrific. If I had to play heads-up with him again, he’d probably kill me. I think I got very fortunate.”

 

Talking about his coming back to the WSOP next year, Allis said, “If my health holds up, I’d like to (come back and defend my title), but one of the reasons that I’ve been here for six weeks is because of my bad health. I said that I was going to play the whole series, and I had a few min-cashes. I kept saying to myself, ‘My luck’s gotta change’ because I was losing all my flips, and then in this tournament, I won a few flips. I feel really grateful.”

 

Team India’s Run in One More for One Drop

Indian players entered the event in good numbers, with many cashing through the three starting flights. Ten Indians made it through to Day 2: Young Gun Neel Joshi, Tarun Goyal, Anirudh Reddy, Gokul Krishna, Shashank Jain, Raghav Bansal, Paawan Bansal, Kunal Patni, Abhishek Paul, Apratim Sharma, and Akash Malik (67,000).

Only three of them reached as far as Day 3, but none progressed. The Day 1C chip leader Neel Joshi posted the deepest run from the team, finishing 98th for $5,664 (~₹4.51 Lakhs). Shashank Jain (102nd for $4,938, ~₹3.93 Lakhs) and Tarun Goyal (209th for $3,847, ~₹3.06 Lakhs) fell out relatively early on Monday, July 11.

Neel Joshi, Shashank Jain & Tarun Goyal
Neel Joshi, Shashank Jain & Tarun Goyal

 

Team India’s Scores in the One More for One Drop

PlayerPositionPrize Amount
Neel Joshi98th$5,664 ~ ₹4.51 Lakhs
Shashank Jain102nd$4,938 ~ ₹3.93 Lakhs
Tarun Goyal209th$3,847 ~ ₹3.06 Lakhs
Apratim Sharma369th$2,815 ~ ₹2.24 Lakhs
Kunal Patni498th$2,384 ~ ₹1.90 Lakhs
Gokul Krishna781st$1,778 ~ ₹1.41 Lakhs

 

The $5,074,891 prize pool was distributed among the top 856 places. Some bracelet winners who finished in the money included Joon Kim (20th for $22,554), Barry Hutter (28th for $18,468), Joao Simao (64th for $8,967), Blair Hinkle (79th for $7,633), Yan Shing Tsang (84th for $6,549) and Indo-American Sandeep Pulusani (87th for $6,549).

Event #61: Ladies NLHE Championship finalist Christina Gollins bubbled the unofficial ten-handed final table (11th for $42,980).

Christina Gollins
Christina Gollins

 

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Basel Chaura – 56,800,000
  2. Mike Allis – 41,000,000
  3. Ryan Riess – 25,200,000
  4. Niklas Warlich – 25,000,000
  5. Salah Nimer – 21,200,000
  6. Mohammed Jaafar – 17,300,000
  7. Rio Fujita – 12,100,000
  8. Andrew Robinson – 12,100,000
  9. Leonardo De Souza – 10,300,000
  10. Boris Akopov – 6,500,000

 

Boris Akopov was the first among the ten finalists to fall (10th for $42,980), setting up the official nine-handed FT.

Boris Akopov
Boris Akopov

 

Final Table Recap

Niklas Warlich was sent packing in ninth place after he moved all-in with , only to see Mike Allis waking up with behind him.

Niklas Warlich
Niklas Warlich

 

Next in line was Rio Fujita in eighth place, who gave up his stack to Mohammed Jaafar.

Rio Fujita
Rio Fujita

 

Fifteen minutes later, Andrew Robinson got knocked out in seventh place. Basel Chaura opened 2x from the middle position. Robinson shoved his 2.67 BB stack from the small blind. The 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess called from the big blind, and Chaura put in the extra chips. Riess and Chaura checked the flop. Riess bet 3 Million on the turn, and Chaura called. Both players checked the river.

Andrew Robinson

Ryan Riess

Basel Chaura

Riess and Chaura made a pair of aces, but Riess took down the pot with the better kicker, eliminating Robinson.

Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson

 

Within a few minutes, Salah Nimer went out in sixth place. Short-staked Nimer shoved all-in from the small blind with and Basel Chaura called off with . With no surprises on the runout, Chaura clinched the pot eliminating Nimer.

Salah Nimer
Salah Nimer

 

Not long after that, Brazil’s Leonardo De Souza saw his bracelet run ending in fifth place. De Souza shoved his 6 BB stack with , and Basel Chaura called off with . The board gave Chaura a rivered straight.

Leonardo De Souza
Leonardo De Souza

 

After some to and fro, Mohammed Jaafar exited in fourth place after his were dominated by Mike Allis’s .

Mohammed Jaafar
Mohammed Jaafar

 

Jaafar’s elimination signaled the end-of-play on Day 4. Mike Allis (142,700,000) bagged the overnight chip lead, with Ryan Riess (46,700,000) and Basel Chaura (38,600,000) having a lot of distance to cover.

 

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Mike Allis – 142,700,000
  2. Ryan Riess – 46,700,000
  3. Basel Chaura – 38,600,000

 

Final Day Recap

Twenty-four minutes into the final day’s action, Ryan Riess sent Basel Chaura packing in third place. The latter’s ran into the former WSOP Main Event champion’s . Chaura rivered two pairs on the board, but Riess had him beat after making a flush on the river.

Basel Chaura
Basel Chaura

 

Chaura’s elimination set up the heads-up between Mike Allis (137,000,000) and Ryan Riess (91,000,000), with the start-of-day chip leader holding on to his lead. The heads-up lasted nearly three hours, during which time the chip lead changed hands a few times, but in the end, Allis pulled through, claiming his career-first gold bracelet.

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

 

The final hand turned out to be rather unusual. It was Riess’ turn to act, yet Allis announced all in. Riess called, and Allis was forced to shove. Riess called.

Ryan Riess

Mike Allis

The community cards revealed , and Allis rivered a six-high straight, prolonging Riess’s wait for a career-second bracelet.

Mike Allis
Mike Allis

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Mike Allis – $535,610
  2. Ryan Riess – $331,056
  3. Basel Chaura – $250,157
  4. Mohammed Jaafar – $190,363
  5. Leonardo De Souza – $145,892
  6. Salah Nimer – $112,612
  7. Andrew Robinson – $87,551
  8. Rio Fujita – $68,562
  9. Niklas Warlich – $54,085
  10. Boris Akopov – $42,980

 

Content & Cover Image Courtesy: PokerGO, PokerNews & WSOP

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