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Day 21 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was relatively slow-paced, with just Event #42: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em crowning a champion in Latvia’s Aleksejs Ponakovs. The event generated a lot of buzz as the Poker Hall of Famer Phil Ivey came close to clinching his 11th gold bracelet in the event. However, Ivey will have to wait a little longer to get there as he finished runner-up for $1,172,659.
Indian players came out in good numbers on Day 1 of Event 43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em. While no one from the team made the cut for Day 2, Young Gun Siddharth Karia (209th for $1,552 ~ ₹1.21 Lakhs), Tarun Goyal (595th for $876 ~ ₹68,441), and Himmat Singh (671st for $801 ~ ₹62,581) were able to finish in the money.
Day 1 of the event locked in a massive field of 4,786 entries, which was reduced to just 205 runners by the end of the day’s play. Italy’s Lorenzo Negri (1,860,000) bagged the overnight chip lead.
Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em closed out Day 3 with just 24 players left in the fray from the 232 runners who resumed play on Monday. Brazil’s Alen Tenorio (16,600,000) grabbed the most giant stack, with John Sova (15,300,000) hot on his coattails.
Day 2 of Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed began with 16 players and was initially set to play down to the final five. However, the play was paused, with six players still in contention. Day 1 chip leader Leonid Yanovski (8,700,000) retained his chip lead heading into Day 3.
Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was another event that played out slower than expected. While expected to crown a champion, Day 3 was halted with the fourth-place elimination of Eric Kurtzman. David Funkhouser (3,455,000) will headline the three finalists on an impromptu Day 4.
Event #44: $100,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship logged in 192 entries, with only 43 players making it through to Day 2. Philip Long (320,000) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader. Late registration is open till the start of Day 2, so the field will most likely expand.
Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em – Day 3
After three days of play, the massive 7,961-player starting field in Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em has been whittled down to 24 players. Day 3 had 232 hopefuls returning to the felts, and only about a tenth of them survived the nine levels of play.
Brazil’s Alen Tenorio (16,600,000) topped the day-end chip counts, closely followed by John Sova (15,300,000).
Jacek Pastula (14,775,000), Justin Fawcett (12,350,000), Linus Richter (11,200,000), Raul Martinez (10,925,000), Paul Ahn (10,425,000), and Dominic Coombe (10,300,000) are the only players carrying over 10 Million in chips into the final day.
Interestingly, none of the 23 survivors have won a bracelet before. So, irrespective of who wins the event, it will be their maiden bracelet.
While no Indian player went as far as Day 3, a total of 11 players posted ITM finishes on Day 2. These include Aditya Sushant (316th for $5,816 ~ ₹4.54 Lakhs), Paawan Bansal (359th for $5,165 ~ ₹4.04 Lakhs), Young Gun Neel Joshi (494th for $4,172 ~₹3.26 Lakhs), Nipun Java (528th for $4,172 ~ ₹3.26 Lakhs), Ankit Ahuja (536th for $4,172 ~ ₹3.26 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (592nd for $3,795 ~ ₹2.97 Lakhs), Kunal Patni (717th for $3,218 ~ ₹2.51 Lakhs), Kunal Punjwani (752nd for $3,218 ~ ₹2.51 Lakhs), Meherzad Munsaf (1,002nd for $2,400 ~ ₹1.88 Lakhs), Muskan Sethi (1,083rd for $2,400 ~ ₹1.88 Lakhs), and Dilip Ravindran (1,182nd for $2,400 ~ ₹1.88 Lakhs).
The remaining players return for Day 4 at 10 AM (PDT) on June 21 to play down to a champion who will take home $1,125,189 and the gold WSOP bracelet.
End of Day 3 Chip Counts
Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed – Day 2
Day 3 of Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed had 16 returning players sounding off the day`s action. While the plan was to play down to the final five, the day`s play ended with a final table of six players left in contention for the prestigious title.
Israel’s Leonid Yanovski (8,700,000) had started the day as the chip leader and retained his lead. Yanovski picked up the final elimination on the day, which was of Amirhossein Shayesteh (7th for $40,878), which earned him a huge pot and put him one step closer to realizing his dream of winning his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Another player who held his ground on Day 3 was Fabian Brandes, the runner-up finisher in Event #19: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. Brandes has proved his mettle with this runner-up finish and will be looking to improve that on the final day by bringing home his maiden WSOP gold bracelet.
The remaining six reconvene at 4 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, June 21, where they will battle it out for the $371,358 top prize and the gold bracelet!
Final Table Chip Counts
Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship – Day 3
Day 3 of Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship had 15 players returning to their seats in hopes of winning the prestigious gold bracelet. The play ran through seven 90-minute levels, and even after over 10 hours of action, three players were left standing.
David Funkhouser (3,455,000) bagged the chip lead heading into what will be an impromptu added Day 4, where he will be eyeing his maiden WSOP bracelet after a final table finish in Event#7: $ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. However, Ziya Rahim (2,545,000) and two-time bracelet winner Daniel Zack (2,230,000) follow Funkhouser closely, making it an open contest.
A slew of notables fell out before reaching the Final Table, including Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson (11th for $25,010), GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (12th for $20,448), and John Monnette (14th for $17,892)
Following Long Tran‘s ninth place exit for $31,003, the eight-handed final table was set up.
Shaun Deeb (5th for $83,465), Day 2 chip leader Chad Eveslage (6th for $63,914), Brian Hastings (7th for $49,571), and Steven Loube (8th for $38,947) were some top names who fell out of the bracelet sweat on the FT.
Eric Kurtzman (4th for $110,379) was the day’s last elimination.
The three finalists have locked in at least $147,800, with the eventual champion guaranteed $324,174 and the WSOP bracelet.
Day 4 will begin at 3 PM (PDT) on June 21 in the Bally`s Event Center.
End of Day 3 Chip Counts
Event 43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1
Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em logged in a massive field of 4,786 entries, and after a marathon 14 hours of play, only 205 kept their bracelet hopes alive.
With a $500 buy-in, the event was sure to witness Indian participation. While no Indians made it through to Day 2, three players from Team India made ITM finishes, namely. Young Gun Siddharth Karia (209th for $1,552 ~ ₹1.21 Lakhs), Tarun Goyal (595th for $876 ~ ₹68,441), and Himmat Singh (671st for $801 ~ ₹62,581).
Italy’s Lorenzo Negri (1,860,000) leads the group into the final day, with Mitch Pettitt (1,590,000), Peter Schneider (1,570,000), Alan Gendelman (1,550,000), and Matthew Biafore (1,290,000) rounding up the top five stacks among the survivors.
Though not top ten in chips, the list of notables advancing to Day 2 includes British poker pro Chris Moorman (880,000) and Women in Poker Hall of Fame member Maria Ho (565,000).
Other notables who entered but failed to make Day 2 included David Rheem, author Maria Konnikova, three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth, and the all-time leading bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.
The 205 survivors resume play at noon (PDT) on June 21. Those returning are guaranteed a min-cash of $1,552.
Day 2 is slated to play down to a champion, and the winner is guaranteed a $241,729 cash prize and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – Day 1
Day 1 of Event #44: $100,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship registered 192 entries, of which only 97 bagged and tagged for Day 2. The event registered 43 more entries than last year’s turnout. With late registration open till the start of Day 2, more players are expected to register and add to the existing prize pool.
The 2018 WSOP Event#22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix champion Philip Long (320,000) will be leading the charge on Day 2, followed by this year`s Event#4: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice winner Brad Ruben (307,500), in the hunt for his second bracelet of the series.
Hansu Chu (289,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (270,500), and Gary Benson (267,000) round out the top five stacks heading into Day 2.
Andres Korn (258,000), John Racener (247,000), Mike Matusow (206,000), Shaun Deeb (167,500), Jeff Madsen (143,000), Robert Mizrachi (136,000), 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir (85,500) and defending champion Kevin Gerhart (55,000) are among the notables who qualified for Day 2.
Other notables who entered the event but failed to make Day 2 include Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Allen Kessler, Scotty Nguyen, Cary Katz, Joe Hachem, and Norman Chad, all of whom have a chance to re-enter before the start of play on Day 2.
The 97 remaining players (and those who register late) will begin playing at 2 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, June 21.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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