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WSOP 2022: Nathan Rao Makes His Second ITM Finish of the Series in Event #57; Paul Hizer, James Todd & Martin Stoyanov Claim Bracelets on Day 29

Nathan Rao, Paul Hizer & James Todd
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis June 29, 2022
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The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is close to completing a month of exciting action. Day 29 was action-packed, with nine tournaments running in tandem, and three of them played down to a winner.

One of the most popular events of the series, Event #51: $400 Colossus, culminated with Paul Hizer from the UK winning his first-ever live title and career-first WSOP bracelet along with a $414,490 cash prize.

Paul Hizer
Paul Hizer

 

Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors was the other live event that crowned a champion on Tuesday. It took James Todd just five hours on Day 3 to capture his maiden gold bracelet and a $161,256 paycheque. The event helped raise funds for war veterans, and this year, it raised $74,809 for the USO (United Service Organizations), among other charities.

James Todd
James Todd

 

The third bracelet on Day 29 was awarded to Martin “115FTW” Stoyanov, who took down the [Online] $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack for $132,783. Two Indians cashed the event, namely Tarun Goyal (66th for $1,650 ~ ₹1.30 Lakhs) and the country’s first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (248th for $786 ~ ₹62,055).

India`s Nathan Rao picked up his second cash of the series on Day 2 of Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold ’em. He finished 216th for $1,902 (~ ₹1.50 Lakhs). John Ypma (6,660,000) bagged the end-of-day chip lead among 60 survivors.

Nathan Rao
Nathan Rao

 

Aditya Sushant had entered Day 2 of Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better with an above-average stack of 135,000, but sadly fell out before the money bubble burst. Richard Crooks (6,440,000) will be headlining the 14 finalists on Day 3.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

 

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team is down to the final five teams, with Team Paggeot firmly in the driver’s seat with 7,975,000 in chips. Team Tsugaru (4,900,000) and Team Leonard (2,235,000) carry the subsequent big stacks.

One of the most prestigious events of the series, Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, is just two days away from crowning a champion. Day 3 saw only 13 runners survive the day’s onslaught from a starting field of 112 entries. Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski (5,645,000) claimed the day-end chip lead.

Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em got off to a roaring start with 2,668 entries, and 706 among them made the cut. Harold Boutilier (830,500) bagged an overwhelming chip lead heading into Day 2.

Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em locked in 102 entries, with 42 players making it through to Day 2. Elior Sion (372,000) bagged the chip lead. With late registration open till the start of Day 2, the field is almost guaranteed to grow and may even set a new attendance record.

 

 

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team – Day 3

Day 3 of Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team began with 20 teams returning to the felts. After nearly 12 hours of play, only five teams kept their bracelet hopes alive.

Team Paggeot (Corey PaggeotJamie Kerstetter) will headline the five teams returning on the final day with a stack of 7,975,000.

Team Tsugaru (Yutaro TsugaruTaichi Ichikawa) with 4,900,000, Team Leonard (Patrick LeonardEspen Jørstad) with 2,235,000, Team Spitale (Franco SpitaleMartin Pochat) with 1,850,000 and Day 2 chip leaders Team Kraemer (Mackenzie KraemerJon Schiller) with 1,250,000 are the other teams in the bracelet chase.

From India, Team Luther (Spartan Poker Pro Nikita Luther – Indo-Swiss player Dinesh Alt) had made the cut for Day 2 but exited in 124th place for $1,611 (~₹1.27 Lakhs).

Team Taylor (Esther TaylorDJ MacKinnon) was the first to fall out on Day 3 (20th for $4,799). A steady flow of eliminations followed as Team Barnum (12th for $7,152), Team Rugna (13th for $7,152), Team Lennon (14th for $5,812), Team Lipiner (15th for $5,812), Team Yunis (16th for $5,812), Team Robinson (17th for $5,812), Team Denapoli (18th for $4,799) and Team Phillips (19th for $4,799) fell out in quick succession of each other.

The elimination of Team Ripper (Wagner RipperWalter Ripper) in 11th place for $8,941 set up the ten-handed final table with Team Paggeot (3,330,000) leading the charge.

Team Savakinas (Michael SavakinasSatoshi Tanaka) were the first to be eliminated from the final table by Team Paggeot (10th for $8,941).

Team Knight (Curtis Knight – Chris Barnes) was eliminated next (9th for $11,352) and were soon joined at the rail by Team Russell (Adam Russell – Ryan O’Grady), who got knocked out by Team Paggeot (8th for $14,636).

Team Paggeot claimed their second elimination on the final table when they busted Team Spahiu (Renato SpahiuNicholas Velentzas) (7th for $19,156).

Less than 10 minutes later, the final elimination of the day took place when Team Vankeuren (Zachary VankeurenGabriel Ramos) was ousted by Team Tsugaru (6th for $25,446).

With Team Vankeuren’s exit, the play was halted for the day. The five teams will return for the final day, Day 4, at 4 PM (PDT) on June 29. The last day of the Tag Team Event will be live-streamed on PokerGO from 5 PM (PDT) onwards.

While all five teams are assured at least $34,299, their eyes will be on the $148,067 up-top ($74,033 to each player) and the gold bracelets.

Corey Paggeot
Corey Paggeot

 

End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Corey Paggeot – Jamie Kerstetter – 7,975,000
  2. Yutaro Tsugaru – Taichi Ichikawa – 4,900,000
  3. Patrick Leonard – Espen Jørstad – 2,235,000
  4. Franco Spitale – Martin Pochat – 1,850,000
  5. Mackenzie Kraemer – Jon Schiller – 1,250,000

 

Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship – Day 3

The Poker Players Championship was first hosted in 2013 and has been one of the series’s largest and most prestigious events ever since. This year, Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, has undoubtedly drawn the attention of the entire poker fraternity for the right reasons. It’s like a battle of the beasts; in this case, they are all tamed to put forward their best game.

Currently down to 13 players, Day 3 saw the fall of some highly notable names.

The day began with 41 returning poker heavyweights. With the top 17 assured payouts, Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw champion Maxx Coleman money-bubbled the event.

The subsequent four eliminations took place within two hours after Coleman’s exit.

Dan Smith (17th for $83,738) was the first player to finish in the money.

David “ODB” Baker (15th for $83,738) and Scott Bohlman (16th for $83,738) fell out quickly one after the other, and Bryce Yockey (14th for $100,866) was the last player to fall on Tuesday.

Getting back to those who made it through the day, inching closer to getting their name etched on that elite trophy, includes players of equally high stature, if not more.

Brazilian poker prodigy Yuri Dzivielevski (5,645,000) grabbed the end-of-day chip lead. Trailing the two-time bracelet winner is the defending champion Dan Cates (4,995,000) and Johannes Becker (3,990,000). Cates’ favorable position and unmatched expertise in the format make him a top contender to make it to the final five on Day 4.

Ten of the 13 survivors are former WSOP champions, with Lou Garza (1,660,000), Matthew Gonzales (985,000), and Philip Sternheimer (940,000) being the only exceptions.

Another notable player in contention, although with an outside chance, is the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir. More of a No Limit Holdem player, Aldemir has done exceptionally well for himself in this mixed game format event and is currently ranked fifth in chips with 3,205,000.

The list of noteworthy poker players does not end here. Another notable player advancing to Day 4 is the former Poker Players Championship champion, Matthew Ashton. Besides Cates, he is the only other player amongst the final 13 to have a shot at winning the prestigious title more than once. Ashton will enter Day 4 with a middling stack of 2,250,000, good enough for seventh place on the day-end leaderboard.

Other prominent names whose hopes of winning the most sought-after title ended on Tuesday include ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, 2007 PPC champion Freddy Deeb, French mixed game specialist Julien Martini, Anthony Zinno, and the three-time PPC winner Michael Mizrachi.

Jean-Robert Bellande, Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Stephen Chidwick, and Erik Seidel were among those who were eliminated before the money bubble burst.

The remaining 14 players will return on Day 4 to play down to the final five. The five-player final table will be streamed on PokerGO on June 30.

With the WSOP glory, a prestigious bracelet, the $1,449,103 first prize, and the already legendary Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, a lot is at stake for these remaining contenders.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

 

End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Yuri Dzivielevski – 5,645,000
  2. Dan Cates – 4,995,000
  3. Johannes Becker – 3,990,000
  4. Taylor Paur – 3,290,000
  5. Koray Aldemir – 3,205,000
  6. Naoya Kihara – 2,830,000
  7. Matthew Ashton – 2,250,000
  8. Daniel Weinman – 1,805,000
  9. Lou Garza – 1,660,000
  10. Benny Glaser – 1,210,000
  11. Matthew Gonzales – 985,000
  12. Philip Sternheimer – 940,000
  13. John Racener – 370,000

 

Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold ’em – Day 2

Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold ’em had 560 players returning on Day 2, and after 10 levels of play, only 60 bagged and tagged for Day 3.

John Ypma, who had entered Day 2 with the third-highest stack, chipped up to grab the end-of-day chip lead with a stack of 6,660,000. John Ciccarelli (6,635,000), and Mike Vanier (6,085,000), who bagged the second and third biggest stacks of the day, are the only other players carrying over 6 Million in chips.

India`s Nathan Rao had made it to Day 2 with an average stack of 270,000 and ranked 220th in chips among the 560 survivors. He fell out in 216th place for $1,902 (~ ₹1.50 Lakhs), picking up his second cash of the series after his 20th place finish in Event #49: $ 2,000 No-Limit Hold ’em a few days ago for $18,930 (~ ₹14.93 Lakhs). This was Team India’s 45th cash at the 2022 WSOP.

Nathan Rao
Nathan Rao

 

Several notables including Nacho Barbero (405th for $1,293), Alejandro ‘PapoMC’ Lococo (409th for $1,293), Brett Apter (415th for $1,293), Kelly Minkin (436th for $1,293), Scott Margereson (457th for $1,201) and two-time bracelet winner Chris Moorman (540th for $1,051) fell out early on Day 2.

The $600 buy-in event created a $2,505,630 prize pool. All 60 players advancing to Day 3 have locked in at least $5,273, while the eventual champion will take home $299,464 and the gold bracelet.

Day 3 will resume at noon (PDT) on Wednesday, June 29, in the orange section of Bally’s, where the plan is to continue playing until only five players remain.

John Ypma
John Ypma

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. John Ypma – 6,660,000
  2. John Ciccarelli – 6,635,000
  3. Mike Vanier – 6,085,000
  4. Jonathan Hyatt – 5,200,000
  5. Yota Mitsui – 4,755,000
  6. Nick Marchington – 4,415,000
  7. Patrick Truong – 4,330,000
  8. Hyojung Urm – 4,170,000
  9. Abdullah Alshanti – 4,135,000
  10. Jon Van Fleet – 4,100,000

 

Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better – Day 2

Two hundred and three players returned on Day 2 of Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight or Better, and after ten levels of play, only 14 made the cut.

Richard Crooks leads the charge with a stack of 6,440,000, with Peter Neff (6,110,000) hot on his heels. Crooks and Neff are the only players who will be returning on Wednesday with over 6 Million in chips.

Stuart Easton (4,235,000), Lawrence Brandt (2,980,000), Joey Couden (2,675,000), Jerry Odeen (1,935,000), Robert Tanita (1,670,000), Jacob Ferro (1,300,000), Frank Salese (1,145,000), and Alexander Orlov (1,100,000) are the other top stacks in the field.

Former bracelet winner and three-time WSOPC gold ring winner Jared Jaffee bagged the 11th biggest stack of 875,000. Jaffee recently raised a debate on RTA use in live events after tweeting an image of Brock Wilson using such an app during a live tournament at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

India`s Aditya Sushant was one of our top stories yesterday, for he returned with the 88th most enormous stack of 135,000. He was not mentioned in the Day 2 live reporting, and since his name is missing from both the payouts list and end of Day 2 chip counts, we have to assume that he was among the seven players who busted out before the money bubble burst.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

 

Jacob Brundage money-bubbled the event in 197th place.

Among the notables who finished in the money on Day 2 was the Day 1 chip leader Justin Liberto (17th for $10,222), Nathan Gamble (20th for $10,222), Rami Boukai (23rd for $10,222), Gregory Kolo (25th for $8,499), Alex Foxen (33rd for $7,161), Steven Wolansky (41st for $6,115), Kevin MacPhee (46th for $6,115), Daniel Zack (48th for $5,294), Indo-American Raj Vohra (57th for $4,648) and Connor Drinan (60th for $4,648).

The 14 finalists will return for Day 3 at 2 PM (PDT) on June 29. All 14 players are assured at least $12,458, with the eventual champion set to take home $289,610 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Richard Crooks
Richard Crooks

 

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Richard Crook – 6,440,000
  2. Peter Neff – 6,115,000
  3. Stuart Easton – 4,235,000
  4. Joseph Couden – 2,675,000
  5. Lawrence Brandt – 2,098,000
  6. Jerry Odeen – 1,935,000
  7. Robert Tanita – 1,670,000
  8. Jacob Ferro – 1,300,000
  9. Alexandr Orlov – 1,100,000
  10. Corey Wade – 885,000
  11. Jared Jaffee – 875,000
  12. Jason Adams – 685,000
  13. Benjamin Miner – 535,000
  14. Frank Salese – 114,500

 

Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em is one of the special events included in this year’s schedule, which only allows players aged 60 and above to participate. Much like the Senior`s Event, it got off to a roaring start with 2,668 entries generating a $2,374,520 prize pool.

It was a comparatively light-hearted day as players were seen in high spirits sharing stories and bonding over the game of poker. By the end of the day, only 706 seniors advanced to Day 2, with Harold Boutilier (830,500) emerging as the runaway chip leader. He is the only player remaining with a stack of over 800K. Angelita Graye (312,500) and Philip Hayes (280,300) are a distant second and third in chips.

Defending champion Jean-Luc Adam (126,000) survived the day’s onslaught with a healthy stack that puts him sixth in chips at the start of Day 2.

The remaining players will return for Day 2 on Wednesday, June 29 at 10 AM (PDT) in Bally’s Gold and Silver section. From them, only 401 players will be making a money finish with a min-cash worth $1,601. The eventual champion will collect a $330,609 top prize and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Harold Boutilier – 830,500
  2. Angelita Grayer – 312,500
  3. Philip Hayes – 289,500
  4. Laurette Thurber – 258,000
  5. Yanki Koppel – 258,000
  6. Yin Guo – 252,500
  7. Michael Rice – 247,500
  8. Gregory Genge – 239,500
  9. Kathleen Gliva – 230,000
  10. Patrick Bermingham – 222,500

 

Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em had 20 players taking their seats at the start of the day. That number spiked to 102 through the day, and 42 among them bagged and tagged for Day 2. The late registration period remains open until the beginning of Day 2, which would add to the existing prize pool, raising the prospects of the event hitting a new attendance record.

The short deck format has been gaining significant popularity over the years. In 2019, WSOP introduced the first-ever short deck tournament in its schedule. Alex Epstein won the first bracelet in the short deck format in Event #8- $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em for $296,277, triumphing over a field of 114 entries.

Last year, Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE logged in 66 entries. Chance Kornuth came out on top to win $194,670.

Elior Sion (372,000) leads the 42 survivors to Day 2, with Stephen Chidwick (352,000), Leroy Fan (335,200), Ben Yu (314,100), and Mike Watson (298,200) in tow.

Former bracelet winners Anson Tsang (281,500), defending champion Chance Kornuth (196,700), David Peters (166,700), Brian Rast (162,900), Anthony Zinno (135,000), and Daniel Negreanu (97,500) are the other big names still in contention.

Among the notables who fell out on Day 1 were Justin Bonomo, Dario Sammartino, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, and Felipe Ramos.

The $10,000 buy-in event was a fun day with plenty of drinks going around the room. The comparatively new event saw Sam Soverel and others at the mercy of the deck, for they learned the game as the day went on. Soverel took to the “all-in or fold” strategy, and it worked out well for him to the displeasure of the current WSOP POY leaderboard topper Daniel Zack, who doubled him up.

The Day 2 action will start at 2 PM (PDT) on June 29, where the late registrants will join the 42 survivors.

Elior Sion
Elior Sion

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Elior Sion – 372,000
  2. Stephen Chidwick – 352,000
  3. Leroy Fan – 335,200
  4. Ben Yu – 314,100
  5. Mike Watson – 298,200
  6. Philip Marsico – 288,300
  7. Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang – 281,500
  8. Seongsu Kong – 280,200
  9. Jonathan Depa – 272,600
  10. Todd Ivens – 260,800

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