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WSOP 2022: Nacho Barbero Wins Career-First Bracelet in Event #67: $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE; Last Year’s Runner-Up Aditya Agarwal Finishes 44th

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 3, 2022
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The heads-up match of the 2022 WSOP Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em was in a sense similar to a FIFA World Cup final, with Argentina’s Nacho Barbero (cover image) going head-to-head with Brazil’s Fabiano Kovalski. This time, Argentina took home the gold as Barbero came out on top, clinching his career-first bracelet and a $587,520 payday. He collected 16 bounties along the way for an additional $48,000.

The Argentinian has been cashing at the WSOP since 2006 and has 50 scores under his belt, including five final table appearances. The bracelet win has boosted his WSOP earnings to $1,185,734.

“It feels amazing. I’m so happy. Literally, my dream in poker was to win one. It’s amazing,” Barbero said following his win. “I’ve been coming since 2007, I think, or 2005. So many close ones, and never could close it out. And, finally.”

Even though the Brazilian finished runner-up, Kovalski’s final day run was nothing short of spectacular. Entering the unscheduled Day 2 with just 2 BBs, he found the perfect mix of aggression and luck to make it to the heads-up showdown against Barbero. It would have been a remarkable story had he managed to claim the win, but Kovalski shouldn’t be too disappointed with the $363,116 second-place cash prize worth considering where he started.


Aditya Agarwal Finishes 44th

India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal was among the 419 players who entered the event. But unlike others, he had a score to settle. For those unaware, Agarwal finished runner-up in the Super Turbo Bounty NLHE last year, picking up a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


Agarwal managed another deep run in the event but fell towards the end on Day 1 in 44th place for $13,730 (~₹10.84 Lakhs). This was Agarwal’s fourth series cash (his 52nd overall).

The #3 ranked player on India’s All-Time Money List, Agarwal found early success in the series with a final table finish in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold ’em (9th for $23,634 ~₹18.36 Lakhs) in the opening week. He has already accumulated $84,545 (~₹66.75 Lakhs) at the 2022 WSOP, pushing his lifetime WSOP earnings to $955,952 (~₹7.54 Crores), and is on the cusp of crossing the $1 Million mark.


Day 1 Recap

The $10K Super Bounty Turbo NLHE registered 419 entrants, creating a $2,650,175 prize pool. While initially meant to be a single-day event, the day’s play was paused after 12 hours, with six players carrying the bracelet fight to Day 2.

With the top 63 places assured payouts, Diego Sanchez money-bubbled the event in 64th place. Bracelet winner Tyler Cornell (63th for $10,984) was the first to finish in the money.

Jonathan Little (12th for $27,269), Kyle Julius (15th for $22,327), Andrew Brown (19th for $18,625), JC Tran (24th for $18,625), Michael Mizrachi (25th for $18,625), PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari (40th for $13,730), Phil Ivey (41st for $13,730), Martin Zamani (45th for $12,013), Paul Volpe (46th for $12,013), Eric Froehlich (47th for $12,013) and Chance Kornuth (49th for $12,013) were among the notables who boarded the money bus.

The elimination of Mike Watson in 10th place ($33,924) led to the remaining nine players reconvening at the final table.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Nacho Barbero – 7,700,000
  2. Rob Hollink – 3,600,000
  3. Rainer Kempe – 3,500,000
  4. Ilya Nikiforov – 3,100,000
  5. Maria Ho – 1,600,000
  6. Paul Chauderson – 1,450,000
  7. Andrew Lichtenberger – 1,400,000
  8. David Mzareulov – 1,100,000
  9. Fabiano Kovalski – 825,000


Final Table Recap

Paul Chauderson was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his were overcome by Nacho Barbero’s . The flop gave Chauderson a pair of queens, but it still wasn’t enough against Barbero’s flopped the nut straight. The & were inconsequential, ending Chauderson’s tournament run in ninth place.

Paul Chauderson
Paul Chauderson


David Mzareulov was the next to fall when his were bested by Barbero’s that turned a two pair.

David Mzareulov
David Mzareulov


Rainer Kempe was the last player to be eliminated on Day 1. It was a classic cooler when Kempe’s ran into Ilya Nikiforov’s , ending the German’s run in seventh place.

Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe


With Kempe gone, the play was paused with six players remaining. Nacho Barbero held a commanding chip lead heading into the final day’s play, while the eventual runner-up Fabiano Kovalski was the shortest stack.


Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Nacho Barbero – 12,225,000
  2. Ilya Nikiforov – 4,875,000
  3. Rob Hollink – 3,250,000
  4. Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,500,000
  5. Maria Ho – 1,875,000
  6. Fabiano Kovalski – 425,000


Final Day Recap

Andrew Lichtenberger got his run for a second bracelet cut short in sixth place after pitching his against Barbero’s . The Brazilian spiked an eight on the flop to win all of Lichtenberger’s chips.

Andrew Lichtenberger
Andrew Lichtenberger


Women in Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho was the next to fall in fifth place. Her failed to hold on against Fabiano Kovalski’s that turned a boat on the runout ,

Maria Ho
Maria Ho


Three minutes later, it was Rob Hollink’s turn to leave. His were no match for Barbero’s that rivered two pair on the runout .

Rob Hollink
Rob Hollink


Eliminations came by quickly as just a minute later, Ilya Nikiforov’s went up against Barbero’s . The board ran and Barbero’s turned pair of sevens, eliminated Nikiforov in third place.

Ilya Nikiforov
Ilya Nikiforov


Nacho Barbero (17,040,000) held an over 2:1 chip lead on Fabiano Kovalski (8,100,000) before they began the heads-up play. The match lasted over 30 minutes, and Barbero held his lead until the end.

Fabiano Kovalski
Fabiano Kovalski


On the final hand, Barbero limped from the button, and Kovalski moved all in out of the big blind. Barbero snap-called to put Kovalski at risk.

Fabiano Kovalski

Nacho Barbero

The board opened . While both players rivered top pair, Barbero’s Queen kicker relegated Kovalski to a runner-up finish.

Nacho Barbero
Nacho Barbero


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Nacho Barbero – $587,520
  2. Fabiano Kovalski – $363,116
  3. Ilya Nikiforov – $254,791
  4. Rob Hollink – $181,667
  5. Maria Ho – $131,655
  6. Andrew Lichtenberger – $97,002
  7. Rainer Kempe – $72,683
  8. David Mzareulov – $55,401
  9. Paul Chauderson – $42,970


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