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WSOP 2022: Neel Joshi & Abhinav Iyer Make Day 2 in Event #49; Andrew Yeh & Phil Hui Win Bracelets on Day 24

Neel Joshi, Abhinav Iyer, Andrew Yeh & Phil Hui
  • Naman Sharma June 24, 2022
  • 5 Minutes Read

Day 24 at the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) filled in a packed schedule – much like the day before. Across the seven bracelets events running on Thursday, two of them played down to a winner with Andrew Yeh (Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship) and Phil Hui (Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed) bagging the coveted gold bracelets.

Young Gun Neel Joshi and India’s only solo bracelet winner, Abhinav Iyer, gave the Indian rail something to cheer about after making it through Day 1 in Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em with above-average stacks. Joshi bagged 289,000, placing him 56th in chips among the 310 survivors. Iyer carried a stack of 234,000 to Day 2 and ranked 97th in the day-end chip counts. The event logged in 1,977 entries, and Faraz Jaka (735,000) commands the chip lead heading into Day 2.

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi


Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em is one of two bracelets events close to crowning a champion. Day 3 saw Stephen Song (23,320,000) bag a commanding chip lead among the remaining five players.

Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship has been a record-shattering one. Between two starting flights, the event clocked in a record field of 7,188 entries. Ken O’Malley (363,500) bagged the top stack on Day 1B among 832 survivors. A total of 1,439 qualifiers from the two flights will be returning for Day 2, and Day 1A chip leader James Kennedy (452,000) will be headlining them all.

Sixteen runners advanced to Day 3 in Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed with Jason Stockfish (2,540,000) in the lead. This is another bracelet event on the precipice of announcing a winner soon.

The most expensive event of the 2022 WSOP, Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller, was one of two events firing up to a start on Thursday. Day 1 clocked in 52 entries, with 31 players progressing to Day 2. Adrian Mateos (9,745,000) bagged the end-of-day chip lead, with the ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (6,830,000) second in chips. Late registrations are open till the start of Day 2, so the action is bound to intensify.


Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 3

It took nine hours of play on Day 3 of Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em to reduce a field of 46 returning players to the final five.

American Stephen Song is the runaway chip leader with a stack of 23,320,000 (58 BBs). The subsequent big stack belongs to Tamer Alkamli, who has 8,710,000 (22 BBs).

Stephen Song is a former bracelet winner who had claimed his career first bracelet in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2019 WSOP. Song has already picked up six cashes at the 2022 WSOP (and is now confirmed a seventh), including a final table finish in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. With the overwhelming chip lead that Song has bagged for the final day, he is the on-money favorite to win a second bracelet.

While it seems like Song is poised to win his career-second bracelet, he may face tough competition from two-time bracelet winner Elio Fox. Even though Fox is one of the shorter stacks, with 5,635,000 (14 BBs), he still could make a comeback on Day 4.

Day 3 saw a flurry of eliminations. The standout story of the day was that of Jimmy D’Ambrosio. He had gone down to his last big blind, a single 25,000 chip, with 18 left. He won four all-ins in a row, and people were starting to think it would be a repeat of Yuliyan Kolev‘s run in the MILLIONAIRE MAKER. However, it was not to be, as he busted 15th for $40,885 but not before running his stack up to 900,000.

Other notable eliminations on Day 3 included Anthony Spinella (13th for $40,885), Robert Mizrachi (14th for $40,885), Indo-American Sandeep Pulusani (18th for $32,459), Joey Weissman (21st for $32,459), Anthony Zinno (32nd for $21,597), and Chad Himmelspach (39th for $18,113).

The unofficial final table was formed with the elimination of Justin Bond (8th for $68,370). Day 2 chip leader Ezequiel Waigel (7th for $90,714) was next to go, and Patrick Sekinger (6th for $122,395) was the last player to fall out, signaling the end of the day’s play.

The remaining five players will return at 2 PM (PDT) on June 24. The final day’s action will be live-streamed on PokerGO.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song


End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Stephen Song – 23,320,000
  2. Tamer Alkamli – 8,710,000
  3. Jonathan Pastore – 5,950,000
  4. Elio Fox – 5,635,000
  5. Paraskevas Tsokaridis – 2,590,000


Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship – Day 1B

Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship set a new attendance record after the conclusion of Day 1B, recording a total of 7,188 entries (Day 1A – 3,206 and Day 1B – 3,928).

Day 1B ended with 832 players making it through to Day 2. They will be joined by the 609 survivors from Day 1A, making for a Day 2 starting field of 1,439 players.

The event created a prize pool of $6,397,320, and the top 1,079 players are assured a min-cash of $1,600. The eventual champion will take home a $694,909 top prize and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Ken O’Malley (363,500) accumulated the most chips on Day 1B, with Alexandre Hill (310,000) finishing second in the day-end chip counts. Mike Fisher (300,000), Victor Amereno (291,500), and Stephen Driggers (277,500) were the other names on top of the survivor’s list.

The Day 1A chip leader, James Kennedy (452,000), holds the overall chip lead. The remaining 1,439 players will return for Day 2 on June 24 at 10 AM (PDT).


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Kenneth Omalley – 363,500
  2. Daniel Hake – 325,500
  3. Mark Schlig – 324,000
  4. Alexander Hill – 310,000
  5. Brian Topp – 307,000
  6. April Facey – 306,000
  7. Andrew Finlay – 304,000
  8. Richard Anthony – 301,500
  9. Michael Fisher – 300,000
  10. Peter Muhlbek – 298,000


Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed saw 200 players taking their seats, and after ten levels of play, only 16 survived the day’s onslaught.

Jason Stockfish (2,540,000) claimed the day-end chip lead, with Jake Liebeskind (1,692,000), Eric Buchman (1,461,000), Ryan Roeder (1,376,000), and Robert Wells (1,309,000) rounding out the top five stacks in play.

Robert Campbell (1,229,000) and five-time WSOP bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,027,000) are among the former bracelet winners carrying above-average stacks to Day 3.

Among the notables who fell out on Day 2 after reaching the money were Daniel Weinman (19th for $7,170), Allan Le (23rd for $7,170), Matthew Schreiber (28th for $5,886), David “Bakes” Baker (35th for $4,946), Mel Judah (36th for $4,257), Jeremy Ausmus (40th for $4,257), Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen (43rd for $3,755), Brandon Shack-Harris (47th for $3,755), Motoyoshi Okamura (48th for $3,397), Shaun Deeb (49th for $3,397), Randy Ohel (50th for $3,397), Brandon Cantu (52nd for $3,397), Shawn Buchanan (53rd for $3,397), Scott Bohlman (54th for $3,153), Day 1 chip leader Michael Dobbs (58th for $3,153), Daniel Ospina (59th for $3,153), Ron Ware (63rd for $3,004), Josh Arieh (65th for $3,004), Ali Eslami (70th for $3,004), Fabrice Soulier (76th for $2,629), Nick Guagenti (77th for $2,629), Max Pescatori (79th for $2,629), Ian Johns (82nd for $2,629), Marco Johnson (86th for $2,629), Justin Liberto (95th for $2,403), David “ODB” Baker (96th for $2,403), Brian Yoon (101st for $2,403) and Ivo Donev (102nd for $2,403).

The $1,500 buy-in event created a $927,825 prize pool, and the 16 survivors have all locked in at least $8,935. The eventual champion will take home $180,783 and the gold bracelet.

Day 3 will kick off at 2 PM (PDT) on Friday, June 24.

Jason Stockfish
Jason Stockfish


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Jason Stockfish – 2,540,000
  2. Jake Liebeskind – 1,692,000
  3. Eric Buchman – 1,461,000
  4. Ryan Roeder – 1,376,000
  5. Robert Wells – 1,309,000
  6. Nick Yunis – 1,283,000
  7. Robert Campbell – 1,229,000
  8. Menikos Panagiotou – 1,116,000
  9. Hye Park – 1,063,000
  10. Adam Demersseman – 1,053,000
  11. Joon Park – 1,036,000
  12. Adam Friedman – 1,027,000
  13. Richard Bai – 513,000
  14. Meikle Partin – 331,000
  15. Dustin Dirksen – 200,000
  16. Noah Bronstein – 111,000


Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

One of the two bracelet events to fire up on Thursday, Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em, attracted 1,977 entrants. After 15 levels of play, only 310 advanced to Day 2.

Faraz Jaka (735,000) holds the most massive stack in the field, with Dan Colpoys (730,000), John Perry (729,000), Tommy Kivela (669,000), and Daniel Custodio (540,000) following him in the day-end chip counts.

Two Indians made the cut for Day 2 – Young Guns Neel Joshi and Abhinav Iyer. Joshi (289,000) is ranked 56th in chips, while Iyer (234,000) holds the 97th most enormous stack among the 310 survivors.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


The top 297 places are assured a min-cash of $3,205. With the money bubble looming, Joshi is chasing his third cash of the series, while Iyer is close to banking his fourth score at the 2022 WSOP.

Romain Lewis (520,000), Barak Wisbrod (427,000), Brett Apter (333,000), Main Event champion Damian Salas (318,000), Tyler Cornell (310,000), Joao Vieira (295,000), Ben Yu (292,000), Jason Wheeler (286,000), Arash Ghaneian (256,000), Dmitry Yurasov (252,000), Georgios Sotiropoulos (248,000), Dalibor Dula (228,000), Marcel Vonk (205,000), Eric Baldwin (196,000) and Scott Davies (184,000) are former bracelet winners who will be returning on Day 2 with above-average stacks.

The $2,000 buy-in event generated a $3,519,060 prize pool, and the eventual champion is assured a $527,944 payday and the gold WSOP bracelet.

The 310 survivors are scheduled to reconvene at 1 PM (PDT) on June 24.

Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Faraz Jaka – 735,000
  2. Dan Colpoys – 730,000
  3. John Perry – 729,000
  4. Tommy Kivela – 669,000
  5. Daniel Custodio – 540,000
  6. Romain Lewis – 520,000
  7. Jack Corrigan – 501,000
  8. Did Not Report – 478,000
  9. Damieln Le Goff – 465,000
  10. Gerson Caldeira – 462,000


Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller – Day 1

The most expensive event at this year`s WSOP, Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller, clocked in 52 entries on its opening day, and 31 players bagged stacks for Day 2. With late registration open till the start of Day 2, more participants are expected to join the field.

After ten levels of intense action, four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos emerged as the end-of-day chip lead, bagging 9,745,000.

Ten-time bracelet winner and poker legend Phil Ivey grabbed the second-biggest stack of 6,830,000. A few days ago, the Poker Hall of Famer came excruciatingly close to claiming his career-11th bracelet in Event #42: $100,000 High Roller, ultimately finished runner-up for $1,172,659. Earlier in the series, Ivey finished third in Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $108,233, yet again missing out on the elusive gold bracelet. Even though there are still two full days of play left in the $250K Super High Roller, Ivey, with his gigantic stack, will be looking to get the monkey off his back – he has last won a WSOP bracelet in 2001. Will the third time prove to be lucky for him? We will find out soon enough.

Dario Sammartino (4,835,000), Nick Petrangelo (4,500,000), current WSOP POY leaderboard topper Dan Zack (4,445,000), Alex Foxen (4,250,000), Martin Kabrhel (3,935,000) and the defending WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir (3,805,000) are the other poker pros who the made the top 10 chip counts list on Day 1.

Day 2 will commence at 2 PM (PDT) on June 24, Friday.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Adrian Mateos – 9,745,000
  2. Phil Ivey – 6,830,000
  3. Dario Sammartino – 4,835,000
  4. Nick Petrangelo – 4,500,000
  5. Dan Zack – 4,445,000
  6. Alex Foxen – 4,250,000
  7. Martin Kabrhel – 3,935,000
  8. Koray Aldemir – 3,805,000
  9. Chris Hunichen – 3,750,000
  10. Aleksejs Ponakovs – 370,000


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