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With less than a week left for the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to conclude, Day 45 of the series was privy to a lot of fast-paced action. Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship, which ran a 17-hour marathon session on Wednesday to get to an unofficial 10-handed final table, took a gap day today. The remaining players will return at 2 PM (PDT) on July 15 to resume the fight for the World Championship title.
Seven bracelet events were on tap on Thursday (July 14), and three of them played down to a winner.
France’s Gregory Teboul triumphed over a massive 6,903-entry field in Event #75: $777 Lucky Sevens No-Limit Hold’em (7-Handed) to capture his maiden gold bracelet and a career-best $777,777 payday.
Joining the prestigious ‘four-time bracelet winners club’ was another Frenchman, Julien Martini. He won Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship for a career-best WSOP cash of $328,604.
Latvia`s Romans Voitovs rode his massive final table chip lead to the finish line in Event #80: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha to collect his career-first WSOP bracelet and $158,609. He trumped a field of 2,107 entries to become the third player from Latvia to clinch a bracelet!
India’s Nipun Java was in the hunt for his third bracelet in Event #80: $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO. He finished 22nd for $5,950 (~₹4.75 Lakhs). Shashank Jain (268th), Abhishek Goindi (270th), and Raghav Bansal (315th) were also seen in action on Day 1, and all of them min-cashed for $960 (~₹76,817).
Another event with Indians running deep was Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em. Day 2 of the event had 153 runners taking their seats, including Young Gun`s Neel Joshi and Abhinav Iyer. Both players were eliminated after the money bubble burst, with Joshi finishing 41st for $14,259 (~₹11.38 Lakhs) and Iyer placing 104th for $8,021 (~₹6.40 Lakhs). The day ended with ten players left in the field and Peter Turmezey (8,810,000) securing the overnight chip lead.
Event #82: $800 No-Limit Hold ’em Deepstack registered 2,812 entrants, with just 167 progressing to Day 2. Raghav Bansal bagged the 68th largest stack of 695,000. Tarun Goyal (255th for $1,603, ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (261st for $1,603, ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs), and Paawan Bansal (267th for $1,603 ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs) crossed the money line, but couldn`t advance to Day 2. Justin Lapka (2,425,000) emerged as the day-end chip leader.
The penultimate High Roller tournament at the 2022 WSOP, Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em, attracted a star-studded field of 97 players. While 32 players survived the day’s onslaught, with late registration open till the start of Day 2, the field will surely grow. Dan Colpoys (2,835,000) is the Day 1 chip leader.
Andre Akkari (262,100) captured the end-of-Day 1 chip lead in Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. among 179 survivors from a 327-player starting field.
Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Day 2 of Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em saw a 153-player starting field whittling down to ten finalists through ten levels of play.
Hungary’s Peter Turmezey (8,810,000) claimed the overnight chip lead and found a late-night surge. He won several large pots in the last two levels of play, including the last hand of the night, where he won a massive pot after landing on the winning side of a kings vs. ace-king clash.
Toby Lewis (6,665,000) commands the second chip lead after a solid day that saw him steadily ascend the chip counts starting from the middle stages of the day and ending strong.
Two-time bracelet winner Cliff Josephy (4,180,000) and Winamax Team Pro Francois Pirault (2,815,000) are some notables who bagged and tagged for Day 3.
Young Guns Neel Joshi and Abhinav Iyer from India carried stacks to Day 2. Both players busted out before the day’s play ended but managed to finish in the money.
The Pune-based pro, Neel Joshi, finished 41st for $14,259 (~₹11.38 Lakhs). An experienced campaigner at the WSOP, Joshi has done quite well at the 2022 WSOP. He has already scored six times in the series, raking in $66,085 (~₹52.75 Lakhs). Joshi had bagged the 47th biggest stack of 274,000 on Day 1 and featured prominently in the day’s live coverage. He was seen in action early on, during Level 16, when he forced Indo-American Pushpa Agarwal to fold her hand, moving up to 334,000.
At the start of Level 18, Brek Schutten jammed all in preflop, holding . Joshi called with . The board revealed , eliminating Schutten.
By Level 19, Joshi was sitting with 1.03 Million in chips, but two levels later, he had tumbled down to 630,000. He eventually walked out in 41st place for $14,259 (~₹11.38 Lakhs).
Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer made an early exit in 104th place for $8,021 (~₹6.40 Lakhs). Iyer has already cashed seven events at this year’s series, collectively adding $95,183 (~₹75.98 Lakhs). The Chennai-based pro has also found success in non-WSOP events. He finished fifth in Event #104: $1,600 NLHE Monster Bounty at the Venetian DeepStack Championship Series for $20,247 (~₹16.16 Lakhs) and made deep runs in Event #42: $600 NLHE The Grand Stack (127th for $805, ~₹64,266) at the MGM Grand Summer Series and Event #55: $1,100 NLHE (132nd for $1,895, ~₹1.51 Lakhs) at The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget.
Iyer started Day 2 with a below-average stack of 89,000. He was not mentioned in the day’s live reporting and was one of the early eliminations of the day, finishing 104th for $8,021 (~₹6.40 Lakhs).
The money bubble burst about two and a half hours into the day when Marius Gierse crashed in 115th place.
Michael Mizrachi (12th for $33,011), Nacho Barbero (17th for $22,421), Day 1 chip leader Mark Davis (19th for $22,421), and Natural8 Ambassador Kitty Kuo (22nd for $22,421) were some of the notable eliminations on Day 2.
Following Mike Watson‘s 11th place exit ($41,057), the play was halted on Day 2. The ten remaining players are assured at least $41,057, with the winner slated to walk away with the $665,459 first-place cash prize and the gold bracelet.
Day 3 will commence at 2 PM (PDT) on July 15.
End of Day 2 Chip Counts
Event #82: $800 No-Limit Hold ’em Deepstack – Day 1
Event #82: $800 No-Limit Hold ’em Deepstack registered 2,812 hopefuls, and after twenty-two levels of play, only 167 bagged and tagged for Day 2.
Justin Lapka (2,425,000) will return on Friday with the most chips, with Marcelo Giordano Mendes (2,350,000), Selim Oulmekki (2,030,000), Steve Savio (1,965,000), and Artem Metalidi (1,895,000) holding the other top stacks.
Raghav Bansal is the lone Indian returning on Day 2 and is ranked 68th among the 167 survivors with 695,000. The live MTT pro has assured himself his fourth cash of the series.
Bansal has already scored in Event #80: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) (315th for $960, ~ ₹76,651), Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (156th for $4,133, ~ ₹3.30 Lakhs) & Online Event #5: $600 Online Deepstack Championship (75th for $1,689 ~ ₹1.35 Lakhs) at the 2022 WSOP.
Besides Bansal, Tarun Goyal (255th for $1,603, ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (261st for $1,603, ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs), and Paawan Bansal (267th for $1,60,3 ~ ₹1.28 Lakhs) took on the felts on Day 1. They failed to advance but managed to keep Team India’s WSOP tally ticking.
The money-bubble burst during Level 18, and Richard Alati and Steve Richards were two of three people to fall out on the bubble. Alati ran his pocket queens into Aaron Frei’s ace-jack, with Frei hitting quads. Richards’ pocket tens succumbed to Francis Anderson’s king-queen suited.
Among the notables who crossed the money line were Rami Boukai (193rd for $1,795), Nicholas Haynes (196th for $1,795), Brett William Blackwood (197th for $1,795) & five-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (239th for $1,603).
Notables still in contention include Gary Whitehead (1,325,000), Timur Margolin (1,220,000), Ran Koller (1,105,000), Kazuki Ikeuchi (985,000), Carlos Welch (935,000) and Blair Hinkle (875,000).
Players will return for Day 2 at noon (PDT) on July 15 in Bally’s and Paris Ballrooms to play for the alluring gold bracelet and the $272,065 first-place cash prize.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1
Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em brought in 97 deep pockets that helped create a staggering $4,643,875 prize pool. Only 32 runners survived the day’s onslaught to bag and tag for Day 2.
Dan Colpoys (2,835,000) bagged the Day 1 chip lead, with Fedor Holz (2,530,000), Stephen Chidwick (2,100,000), Gregory Jensen (1,895,000), and Brian Rast (1,635,000) claiming the top five stacks on the opening day.
Several former bracelet winners are in contention. These include Alexandros Theologis (1,290,000), Joao Vieira (1,150,000), Dan Smith (860,000), three-time bracelet winner Justin Bonomo (810,000), four-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver (550,000) and sixteen-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (395,000).
Among the notable names which unfortunately couldn’t survive the day’s onslaught were former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada, six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel.
With late registration open until the start of Day 2, both the field size and prize pool could still grow, though, at this point, any late entrants would start with only ten big blinds. The eventual payout structure will be disclosed after the late registrations are closed.
Day 2 will commence at 1 PM (PDT) on July 15.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. – Day 1
Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. registered 327 entrants, and only 179 survived the ten levels of play.
PokerStars Ambassador Andre Akkari (262,100) holds the Day 1 chip lead and is the only player with over 200K in chips. Greg Dyer (181,900), Joey Couden (178,100) Tomasz Gluszko (169,500), and Jeffery Taylor (168,100) are not too far behind.
Adam Friedman (114,700), Daniel Zack (112,700), Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson (102,400), Jeff Lisandro (88,700), Phil Hellmuth (69,800), Scott Seiver (66,900), Eli Elezra (53,300) and Daniel Negreanu (42,800) are other bracelet winners who advanced to Day 2.
The $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. generated an $873,090 prize pool, and the top 50 places are assured payouts. The eventual champion will take home the alluring WSOP bracelet and $205,319 in prize money.
Day 2 will commence at 2 PM (PDT) in the Bally’s Gold section on July 15.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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