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It took high stakes poker pro Scott Seiver about nine hours of play on Day 3 to come out on top in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em of the 53rd annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP)! Seiver collected his fourth gold bracelet and a $320,059 cash prize, topping $24 Million in live tournament winnings.
Despite starting the Day 3 charge with the commanding chip lead, Seiver had a swingy ride on the final table. In fact, with three players remaining, Seiver was the shortest stack with just 25 big blinds. Seiver fought back and eliminated David Goodman in third place to grab the heads-up chip lead. The heads-up between Seiver and Alexander Farahi lasted for over 40 minutes. In the end, Seiver’s experience won out as he claimed the gold hardware.
“I’ve wanted another no-limit bracelet for a long time,” said Seiver in the post-tournament interview, “the fields are so tough, everyone is so good at hold’em, and they are so large, so while I never thought I was due, it was something I really wanted for a while.”
“I’m gonna play a lot of events and maybe chase some player of the year,” he added.
Incidentally, Seiver had lost Round 4 of the High Stakes Duel III to Phil Hellmuth less than a month ago. This bracelet win is a redemption of sorts for the poker pro who has shot up to #24 on poker’s All-Time Money List.
Aditya Agarwal’s Trailblazing Run
Aditya Agarwal may have missed his chance at winning the elusive gold bracelet in the $2.5K Freezeout NLHE, but he kicked off Team India’s 2022 WSOP campaign magnificently. The Goa resident, one of the first to arrive in Sin City from the Indian contingent, entered Day 2 with the 14th most enormous stack.
His Day 2 journey saw him make it to the final 10 with the seventh-biggest stack. Following the elimination of Shawn Hood, Agarwal did make it to the nine-handed final table but, sadly, was the first one out and cashed $23,634 (~₹18.36 Lakhs).
His finish is his third time making it to a WSOP final table. The 37-year-old pro boosted his WSOP winnings to $895,041 (includes 47 WSOP cashes and 2 WSOPC cashes).
Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em logged in 752 entries, and 113 places were paid.
Christopher Gu money-bubbled the event in 114th place on Day 1, opening a flood gate of eliminations. Some notables who finished in the money included bracelet winners Dylan Linde (13th for $14,976), Adrian Mateos (44th for $7,448), Anthony Zinno (57th for $5,884), David “Bakes” Baker (93rd for $4,404), Joe Cada (105th for $4,027), and Shaun Deeb (108th for $4,027).
With the elimination of Shawn Daniels in 11th place, the play was paused on Day 2, with ten players bagging a stack for the final day’s play.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
1. Scott Seiver – 6,150,000
2. David Goodman – 3,900,000
3. Steve Zolotow – 3,125,000
4. Alexander Farahi – 2,615,000
5. Sergio Aido – 2,570,000
6. Chris Hunichen – 2,410,000
7. Aditya Agarwal – 1,870,000
8. Lewis Spencer – 1,465,000
9. Nick Schulman – 1,415,000
10. Shawn Hood – 890,000
With less than 10 big blinds under his belt, Shawn Hood expectedly was the first player to be eliminated on the final day. About 15 minutes after the start of the day’s play, Hood jammed from the big blind with , and Alexander Farahi called off with . The runout brought and Farahi rivered a King-high straight, knocking Hood out in 10th place for $18,645.
Final Table Recap
Eight minutes after the day’s first elimination, Team India’s bracelet dreams came to a crashing halt as Aditya Agarwal exited the tournament in ninth place. David Goodman raised UTG for 200,000, and the action folded to Agarwal, who shoved all-in from the hijack for 2.15 Million. The rest of the table folded, and Goodman called.
In a battle of Big Slick vs. Small Slick, the board ran , and Goodman’s King-high kicker won him the pot.
Next to go was Chris Hunichen. The six-time online poker triple crown winner pitted his against Goodman’s . The community cards showed and Goodman’s flopped boat ended Hunichen’s tournament run in eighth place.
About 40 minutes later, the remaining seven players went on a 10-minute break as the live stream was set up for PokerGO. Before the stream started, Lewis Spencer was the shortest stack with less than five big blinds. Within minutes of the live-stream starting, Spencer departed from the final feature table when his ran into Scott Seiver’s . The bricked, and Seiver’s Ace-high kicker eliminated Spencer in seventh place.
Finishing in sixth place was three-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman. Having entered the day as the second shortest stack, Schulman did well to make several pay jumps. He finally found a spot to move all-in and ripped it in for 1.1 Million from UTG. The action folded around to Sergio Aido in the big blind who called.
It was a Big Slick vs. Small Slick showdown for a second time on the final table. This time around, the board ran , and Aido paired his Queen on the turn, sending Schulman to the rail.
Twenty minutes later, the biggest pot of the tournament went down. Seiver raised 500,000 from the small blind, while Sergio Aido defended his big blind. The flop fell s2] and Aido called a 250,000 continuation-bet from Seiver. The turn brought , and Seiver check-called a 450,000 bet from Aido. The river was , and Seiver checked again. Aido fired a bet of 1.4 Million, and Seiver responded by jamming for 2.350 Million. Aido tanked for a long time, and after roughly five minutes, the clock was called on Aido. He thought for a bit longer before mucking his cards, and Seiver took down the biggest pot of the tournament. While Seiver’s stack climbed to 12.2 Million, Aido came tumbling down to 900,000.
Soon after that, Aido’s went up against Steve Zolotow’s . The board ran and Zolotow’s rivered two pair sent Aido packing in fifth place.
Four-handed play continued for nearly an hour before the next elimination occurred. In a battle of the blinds, Steve Zolotow‘s were cracked by Goodman’s which turned a full house on the runout. Zolotow walked out in fourth place.
With three players left, the chip lead changed hands multiple times. It was an even race between the final three players for nearly three hours. After that, David Goodman lost a big pot to Seiver, giving the latter a substantial lead and cutting Goodman’s stack down to 20 big blinds. A little over 30 minutes later, Goodman was eliminated in third place. His was no match for Seiver’s . With the board offering no help, Goodman’s elimination set up the heads-up finale.
The heads-up between Scott Seiver (16,600,000) and Alexander Farahi (9,720,000) began with the multiple bracelet winner in the driver’s seat. The match lasted for 44 minutes and culminated with Seiver claiming his career-fourth bracelet!
On the final hand, Farahi limped from the button, and Seiver raised to 1.3 Million. Farahi moved all-in for 7 Million, and Seiver snap-called.
The board brought and Seiver’s turned two-pair relegated Farahi to a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Scott Seiver – $320,059
2. Alexander Farahi – $197,806
3. David Goodman – $139,193
4. Steve Zolotow – $99,483
5. Sergio Aido – $72,233
6. Nick Schulman – $53,296
7. Lewis Spencer – $39,970
8. Chris Hunichen – $30,478
9. Aditya Agarwal – $23,634
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