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After three days of intense action, the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #74: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha finally crowned a champion in Canada’s Pei Li (cover image). Li trounced a field of 1,390 entrants to claim his career-first gold bracelet and the $190,219 top prize!
Counting this win, Li has five WSOP cashes to his name, collectively worth $199,833. When asked what he plans to do with the prize money, he said, “No, nothing right now.”
When asked why he agreed to runner-up Nolan King‘s request to raise blinds by two levels, Li said, “He’s a very aggressive player, but so am I, so it made it a fun time heads up [to play for bigger pots].”
Nirav Parekh was the only Indian to make Day 2 in the event. He eventually finished 116th place for $2,014 (~₹1.60 Lakhs). This was Parekh’s second cash of the series after his 60th place finish in Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold’em for $14,130 (~₹11.17 Lakhs).
The event allowed re-entries through Level 9 on Day 1, and the mad rush of players firing multiple bullets helped generate a prize pool worth $1,855,650. The top 209 places got paid and Maxx Coleman (12th for $10,316), Day 1 chip leader Tamer Kamel (17th for $6,835), Indo-American Ankush Mandavia (19th for $6,835), and Connor Drinan (24th for $5,668) were among the notables crossing the money line.
Day 2 had 124 players taking their seats, and the elimination of Emrah Cakmak (10th for $12,906) signaled the end of the day’s play.
The nine finalists, led by Nolan King (12,700,000), returned on Monday at 2 PM (PDT) to play down to a winner.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
About 30 minutes into the final day’s action, bracelet winner Diogo Veiga pitted his against Raul Esquivel’s . The board brought and Esquivel’s turned two pair eliminated Veiga in ninth place.
Seventeen minutes later, Konstantin Angelov‘s were cracked by Esquivel’s that turned a boat on the board, knocking Angelov out in eighth place.
Soon after that, Ryan Scully‘s ran into Nolan King’s . The runout gave Scully a flopped straight, but King’s rivered flush ended the former’s run in seventh place.
After the start of Level 27, Eric Lescot‘s were crushed by King’s . Both players flopped sets on the runout , but King took down the pot with his higher set, ousting Lescot in sixth place.
William Gross fell out in fifth-place after his were overpowered by King’s that rivered a flush.
Seven minutes later, with the flop open , Eemil Tuominen led out for 1.3 Million, and King raised enough to get the rest of Tuominen’s chips in.
Tuominen was ahead with his pocket rockets, but King had plenty of outs, including a gutshot straight draw. The turn gave King the Jack high straight and improved to a Queen high straight on the river . Tuominen bowed out in fourth place.
Three-handed play continued for over an hour, before Raul Esquivel‘s elimination got the heads-up match underway. With the board open , Esquivel’s were no match for Pei Li’s who`s rivered flush sent Esquivel packing in third place.
Pei Li (23,000,000) held an almost 2:1 chip lead over Nolan King (12,000,000) entering the heads-up play. The duel lasted over four hours, during which time the chip lead changed hands several times. In fact, after the conclusion of Level 31, both players agreed to skip two levels to take play to 200,000 / 400,000 blinds (Level 34). In the end, it was Li who emerged victorious.
On the deciding hand of the tournament, King called preflop, and Li made it pot. King made the call, and they saw the flop open . Li fired a bet of 2 Million, and King shoved all in for 3.9 Million. Li called.
The Canadian was ahead with a flopped pair of Queens. The turn bricked for both players, but the river bettered Li’s hand to trip Queens, relegating King to a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
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