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WSOP 2022: Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra Wins Career-Fifth Bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($611,362)

Eli Elezra
  • Naman Sharma July 2, 2022
  • 3 Minutes Read

It was a special day for the 2021 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Eli Elezra (cover image), who won his career-fifth WSOP gold bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $611,362 on his wedding anniversary! He denied Chino Rheem his first bracelet in heads-up play.

The former Israeli army commando is no stranger to winning WSOP gold bracelets, as he already had four to his name, including the 2019 WSOP Event #20: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, 2015 WSOP Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud, 2013 WSOP Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw and 2007 WSOP Event #24: $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. With his latest bracelet win, Elezra improved his lifetime WSOP winnings to $2,677,549 and climbed to $5,248,665 in total live earnings.

Tweeting about his win, Elezra dedicated his fifth bracelet to his father, Michael, who passed away 18 days ago.

Elezra was overcome with emotion after his victory and, in the post-tournament interview, said, “You saw I was very emotional there because my dad died 18 days ago, and I wanted to win for him. And I did it.”

Elezra’s wife, Hila, constantly supported him from the rail, and post his victory, he also dedicated his win to his wife on what happened to be the couple’s 31st anniversary.

The 62-year-old said he had no plans to stop and disclosed, “I love the competition, I love the adrenaline, I play 5-6 days a week in cash games. And I just keep competing.”

Day 1 of the event drew a record-setting 268-player field, and after ten levels of play, only 124 were left standing. Several top names crashed out on Day 1, including Phil Hellmuth, Danny Chang, Mike Matusow, and Talal Shakerchi.

Day 2 saw 140 players return to the felts, including 16 late registrants sounding off the day, and after another ten levels of play, only 20 advanced to Day 3. Notables who were eliminated on Day 2 after the money bubble burst included the current WSOP POY leaderboard topper Daniel Zack (23rd for $20,214), Yuval Bronshtein (25th for $20,214), Yueqi Zhu (26th for $20,214), Ryan Hughes (30th for $17,687) and Brian Hastings (38th for $16,171).

The unofficial final table was set right after Dylan Lindsey (10th for $41,178) was sent to the rails in tenth place.

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Filippos Stavrakis – 3,500,000
  2. Chino Rheem – 3,400,000
  3. Eli Elezra – 2,600,000
  4. Damjan Radanov – 2,100,000
  5. Robert Cowen – 2,000,000
  6. Charles Coultas – 1,000,000
  7. Ken Aldridge – 920,000
  8. Seungjin Lee – 650,000
  9. Josh Arieh – 600,000

 

Being the second shortest stack at the start of the unofficial final table, Seungjin Lee could not extend his stay in the event for too long. Just five minutes after Lindsey’s departure, Lee followed him to the rail after getting eliminated by Eli Elezra.

 

Final Table Recap

Charles Coultas became the first final table casualty after losing all his chips in a three-way pot with Filippos Stavrakis and Ken Aldridge.

Ken Aldridge

Charles Coultas

Filippos Stavrakis

The board ran [x], and Aldridge and Stavrakis split the pot with two pairs of aces and jacks.

Elezra was in no mood to slow down as he eliminated the defending champion Josh Arieh in seventh place.

Josh Arieh

Eli Elezra

The community cards opened , giving Elezra a pair of Jacks which were good against Arieh, who missed both his flush and straight draws.

Elezra was on a roll as he eliminated Filippos Stavrakis in sixth place.

Filippos Stavrakis

Eli Elezra

The board opened . Elezra found a set on the flop, as the turn rolled , Stavrakis was drawing dead.

Fifteen minutes after Stavrakis walked towards the rail, Ken Aldridge followed him out when he moved all-in against Chino Rheem’s with his . The board was rather unfair for Aldridge as it gave Rheem a ton of outs on the flop, and the on the turn gave Rheem a two pair. The river was Aldridge’s last hope, but the on the last street was a brick, eliminating Aldridge in fifth place.

Damjan Radanov was Elezra’s next prey as he open-jammed from the cutoff, and Eli Elezra called out of the big blind.

Damjan Radanov

Eli Elezra

The flop landed , and Radanov was as good as drawing dead. and on the turn and the river did not change things, ending Radanov’s tournament run in fourth place.

Robert Cowen walked towards the rail in third place at the hands of Rheem.

Robert Cowen

Chino Rheem

The board ran [c12][s7][s9][h6][d11] giving Rheem a set on the flop. The turn gave Cowen a straight draw and a low draw, and the river was a brick, leaving Eli Elezra and Chino Rheem to battle heads-up for the title and the $611,362 up-top.

Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem

 

The heads-up battle between Elezra and Rheem was swingy; however, Elezra eventually beat Rheem to the punch. On the last hand of the tournament, Elezra bet the pot for 1,400,000 on the flop . Rheem moved all-in, and Elezra with his bigger stack called.

Chino Rheem

Eli Elezra

Elezra was ahead and kept the lead through the runout & to win his fifth WSOP gold bracelet!

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Eli Elezra – $611,362
  2. Chino Rheem – $377,855
  3. Robert Cowen – $271,219
  4. Damjan Radanov – $197,637
  5. Ken Aldridge – $146,242
  6. Filippos Stavrakis – $109,910
  7. Josh Arieh – $83,920
  8. Charles Coultas – $65,113

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerGO, PokerNews & WSOP

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