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WSOP 2022: Nacho Barbero Wins Career-First Bracelet in Event #67: $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE; Last Year’s Runner-Up Aditya Agarwal Finishes 44th

The heads-up match of the 2022 WSOP Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em was in a sense similar to a FIFA World Cup final, with Argentina’s Nacho Barbero (cover image) going head-to-head with Brazil’s Fabiano Kovalski. This time, Argentina took home the gold as Barbero came out on top, clinching his career-first bracelet and a $587,520 payday. He collected 16 bounties along the way for an additional $48,000.

The Argentinian has been cashing at the WSOP since 2006 and has 50 scores under his belt, including five final table appearances. The bracelet win has boosted his WSOP earnings to $1,185,734.

“It feels amazing. I’m so happy. Literally, my dream in poker was to win one. It’s amazing,” Barbero said following his win. “I’ve been coming since 2007, I think, or 2005. So many close ones, and never could close it out. And, finally.”

Even though the Brazilian finished runner-up, Kovalski’s final day run was nothing short of spectacular. Entering the unscheduled Day 2 with just 2 BBs, he found the perfect mix of aggression and luck to make it to the heads-up showdown against Barbero. It would have been a remarkable story had he managed to claim the win, but Kovalski shouldn’t be too disappointed with the $363,116 second-place cash prize worth considering where he started.

 

Aditya Agarwal Finishes 44th

India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal was among the 419 players who entered the event. But unlike others, he had a score to settle. For those unaware, Agarwal finished runner-up in the Super Turbo Bounty NLHE last year, picking up a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

 

Agarwal managed another deep run in the event but fell towards the end on Day 1 in 44th place for $13,730 (~₹10.84 Lakhs). This was Agarwal’s fourth series cash (his 52nd overall).

The #3 ranked player on India’s All-Time Money List, Agarwal found early success in the series with a final table finish in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold ’em (9th for $23,634 ~₹18.36 Lakhs) in the opening week. He has already accumulated $84,545 (~₹66.75 Lakhs) at the 2022 WSOP, pushing his lifetime WSOP earnings to $955,952 (~₹7.54 Crores), and is on the cusp of crossing the $1 Million mark.

 

Day 1 Recap

The $10K Super Bounty Turbo NLHE registered 419 entrants, creating a $2,650,175 prize pool. While initially meant to be a single-day event, the day’s play was paused after 12 hours, with six players carrying the bracelet fight to Day 2.

With the top 63 places assured payouts, Diego Sanchez money-bubbled the event in 64th place. Bracelet winner Tyler Cornell (63th for $10,984) was the first to finish in the money.

Jonathan Little (12th for $27,269), Kyle Julius (15th for $22,327), Andrew Brown (19th for $18,625), JC Tran (24th for $18,625), Michael Mizrachi (25th for $18,625), PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari (40th for $13,730), Phil Ivey (41st for $13,730), Martin Zamani (45th for $12,013), Paul Volpe (46th for $12,013), Eric Froehlich (47th for $12,013) and Chance Kornuth (49th for $12,013) were among the notables who boarded the money bus.

The elimination of Mike Watson in 10th place ($33,924) led to the remaining nine players reconvening at the final table.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

 

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Nacho Barbero – 7,700,000
  2. Rob Hollink – 3,600,000
  3. Rainer Kempe – 3,500,000
  4. Ilya Nikiforov – 3,100,000
  5. Maria Ho – 1,600,000
  6. Paul Chauderson – 1,450,000
  7. Andrew Lichtenberger – 1,400,000
  8. David Mzareulov – 1,100,000
  9. Fabiano Kovalski – 825,000

 

Final Table Recap

Paul Chauderson was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his were overcome by Nacho Barbero’s . The flop gave Chauderson a pair of queens, but it still wasn’t enough against Barbero’s flopped the nut straight. The & were inconsequential, ending Chauderson’s tournament run in ninth place.

Paul Chauderson
Paul Chauderson

 

David Mzareulov was the next to fall when his were bested by Barbero’s that turned a two pair.

David Mzareulov
David Mzareulov

 

Rainer Kempe was the last player to be eliminated on Day 1. It was a classic cooler when Kempe’s ran into Ilya Nikiforov’s , ending the German’s run in seventh place.

Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe

 

With Kempe gone, the play was paused with six players remaining. Nacho Barbero held a commanding chip lead heading into the final day’s play, while the eventual runner-up Fabiano Kovalski was the shortest stack.

 

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Nacho Barbero – 12,225,000
  2. Ilya Nikiforov – 4,875,000
  3. Rob Hollink – 3,250,000
  4. Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,500,000
  5. Maria Ho – 1,875,000
  6. Fabiano Kovalski – 425,000

 

Final Day Recap

Andrew Lichtenberger got his run for a second bracelet cut short in sixth place after pitching his against Barbero’s . The Brazilian spiked an eight on the flop to win all of Lichtenberger’s chips.

Andrew Lichtenberger
Andrew Lichtenberger

 

Women in Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho was the next to fall in fifth place. Her failed to hold on against Fabiano Kovalski’s that turned a boat on the runout ,

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

 

Three minutes later, it was Rob Hollink’s turn to leave. His were no match for Barbero’s that rivered two pair on the runout .

Rob Hollink
Rob Hollink

 

Eliminations came by quickly as just a minute later, Ilya Nikiforov’s went up against Barbero’s . The board ran and Barbero’s turned pair of sevens, eliminated Nikiforov in third place.

Ilya Nikiforov
Ilya Nikiforov

 

Nacho Barbero (17,040,000) held an over 2:1 chip lead on Fabiano Kovalski (8,100,000) before they began the heads-up play. The match lasted over 30 minutes, and Barbero held his lead until the end.

Fabiano Kovalski
Fabiano Kovalski

 

On the final hand, Barbero limped from the button, and Kovalski moved all in out of the big blind. Barbero snap-called to put Kovalski at risk.

Fabiano Kovalski

Nacho Barbero

The board opened . While both players rivered top pair, Barbero’s Queen kicker relegated Kovalski to a runner-up finish.

Nacho Barbero
Nacho Barbero

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Nacho Barbero – $587,520
  2. Fabiano Kovalski – $363,116
  3. Ilya Nikiforov – $254,791
  4. Rob Hollink – $181,667
  5. Maria Ho – $131,655
  6. Andrew Lichtenberger – $97,002
  7. Rainer Kempe – $72,683
  8. David Mzareulov – $55,401
  9. Paul Chauderson – $42,970

 

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WSOP 2022: Joshi 7th in Chips Among 26 Survivors in Event #65; Ved & Bansal Make Day 2 in Mini Main Event; Agarwal, Sharma & Iyer Pick Up Scores

Day 32 of the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) was an eventful one for the Indian rail, with our ‘desi’ players running deep in several bracelet events. But before we get to Team India’s exploits, let’s take a quick look at the three tournaments that awarded bracelets.

Konstantin Angelov collected his maiden bracelet in Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $199,466. India’s Nishant Sharma had returned on Day 2 with the 16th biggest stack, and as luck would have it, it’s the same place he finished, collecting $7,779 (~₹6.14 Lakhs). This was Sharma’s third score of the series and his 17th WSOP cash overall.

Konstantin Angelov
Konstantin Angelov

 

Eli Elezra, inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame last November, clinched his fifth bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $611,362. He defeated the start-of-day chip leader Chino Rheem (2nd for $377,855) heads-up.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

 

Massoud Eskandari won Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, clinching his career-first gold bracelet and $330,609. Jennifer Gianera finished runner-up for $204,293.

Massoud Eskandari
Massoud Eskandari

 

Young Gun Neel Joshi headlined Team India`s run on Friday. He was one of four Indians returning on Day 2 of Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em. And even though he started the day with an above-average stack, he made his way up the charts to bag the seventh biggest stack of 2,215,000 among 26 survivors. With the likes of former bracelet winners Phil Hellmuth (3,290,000), Julien Martini (1,825,000), Justin Saliba (1,430,000), and Renan Bruschi (1,140,000) still in contention, Joshi will need to bring his A-game to Day 3 to make it to the final table.

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi

 

Bracelet winners Abhinav Iyer (95th place for ₹5.37 Lakhs) and Kartik Ved (194th for ₹3.80 Lakhs) also cashed in the event. Japan’s Keiji Ito (6,360,000) commands the overall chip lead for Day 3.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

 

Speaking of Kartik Ved, the head honcho of PokerGuru Staking quickly jumped into Day 1 of Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (Freezeout). The event logged in a massive field of 5,833 entrants, and only 479 survived the opening day`s play. By the time the bags were brought out, Ved had accumulated the 12th biggest stack of 1,925,000 out of the 479 runners advancing to Day 2. Fellow countrymen Raghav Bansal also made the cut, albeit with a below-average stack of 860,000. Ankit Ahuja couldn’t advance and fell out shortly after the money bubble burst in 645th for $1,752 (~₹1.38 Lakhs). Jake Bluston (2,825,000) will be headlining the 479 players on Day 2.

Kartik Ved, Raghav Bansal & Ankit Ahuja
Kartik Ved, Raghav Bansal & Ankit Ahuja

 

India`s ‘original Poker Guru’ Aditya Agarwal was the biggest scorer of the team. After finishing runner-up in Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty eight months ago, Agarwal managed another deep run in the event this year, i.e., Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em, but failed to make the final table. He finished 44th for $13,730 (~₹10.84 Lakhs). The event is down to six players, and Nacho Barbero (12,225,000) holds a commanding chip lead heading into the final day.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

 

The record-breaking Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, saw 42 ladies return on Day 3 and played down to eight players. Lynh Nguyen (3,870,000) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader. The Day 1 chip leader, Indo-American Gargee Sharma, fell in 27th place for $4,569.

 

Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 3

The record-breaking 1,074-entry field in Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship has been whittled down to just eight players after three action-packed days.

Day 3 opened up with 42 ladies taking their seats for a shot at making the final table at this one and only specialized ladies event of the series. As the dust settled after eight levels of play, Lynh Nguyen bagged the biggest stack of 3,870,000. Christina Gollins is almost neck-to-neck with Nguyen with 3,845,000, followed by Julie Le with 3,100,000 in third place.

The day was fast-paced, with quick eliminations early in the day. The field was trimmed down to just three tables in under two hours of play, with Day 2 chip leader Cherish Andrews still in the lead.

The Day 1 chip leader, Indo-American Gargee Sharma, was among the early eliminations of the day. Following Sharma to rail was short-stacked Tiffany Michelle, who exited the tournament in Level 23. Maria Konnikova followed her a few hands later in 20th place, leaving the rest of the players to be seated over two tables with Andrews still enjoying a commanding chip lead.

Gargee Sharma
Gargee Sharma

 

One of the rags to riches stories at the event was of Ranae Warren. Day 2 was tough on Warren, as at one point in the tournament, she barely managed to scrape through the money bubble with just 5,000 in chips. However, Warren worked her way up to finish Day 2 with the sixth biggest stack and had an equally inspiring run on Day 3, where she finished 14th in the day-end chip counts.

As the unofficial final table of ten began, the players were informed that instead of playing down to five as scheduled, they would go until only eight remained.

Jennifer Loman was the first to go in tenth place, and the day ended with a rather surprising elimination of Andrews in ninth place.

The remaining eight players will resume the final table action on July 2 at 2 PM (PDT). Viewers will get to follow the action on PokerGO`s YouTube channel as they battle it out for the top prize of $166,975 and the WSOP bracelet.

Lynh Nguyen
Lynh Nguyen

 

End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Lynh Nguyen – 3,870,000
  2. Christina Gollins – 3,845,000
  3. Julie Le – 3,100,000
  4. Meikat Siu – 3,020,000
  5. Felisa Westermann – 2,910,000
  6. Sandy Tran – 2,555,000
  7. Jessica Teusl – 985,000
  8. Natalie Hof – 965,000

 

Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

The 1,359 player starting field in Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit in down to 26 players after two days of action. After nine levels of play on Friday, Japan’s Keiji Ito (6,360,000) had the most chips in the bag, followed by Richard Scardina (4,835,000) and David Jackson (4,700,000).

A group of four Indians was among the 224 players returning on Day 2, namely Young Gun Neel Joshi (266,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (180,000), and Young Guns Arsh Grover (130,000) and Abhinav Iyer (116,000).

Among the four, only Neel Joshi carried a stack forward to Day 3. He was first seen in action during Level 17, by which time he had doubled his starting stack to 597,000. Five levels later, he held almost 2 Million in chips.

During Level 25, Joshi was involved in a hand with Winamax Team Pro Romain Lewis. The French pro had pipped Aditya Agarwal heads-up in Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty last year to claim his maiden gold bracelet. Ironically, Agarwal’s compatriot knocked Lewis out of the event in 33rd place for $16,733. The hand in question saw Joshi bet 100,000 from the button, and Lewis moved all-in for 800,000. Joshi gave Lewis the courtesy of showing his cards before making the call.

Neel Joshi

Romain Lewis

The board ran confirming Lewis’ exit as Joshi chipped up to 3.10 Million.

Thirty-eight minutes later, Ramiro Petrone doubled up through Joshi, bringing his stack down to 1.715 Million. Despite the hit, Joshi bagged 2,215,000, putting him seventh in chips among the 26 survivors.

A well-known name in the domestic circuit, Joshi’s biggest career finish happens to be the ₹65.01 Lakhs he won for his runner-up finish in India`s biggest online tournament, PokerBaazi’s inaugural ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss. Abhishek Maheshwari took down the event for ₹1 Crore.

Last year, Joshi had made a close run to the bracelet in Event #86: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, ultimately finishing third for $72,031 (~₹53.58 Lakhs). Before his third-place finish, Joshi’s deepest run in a WSOP bracelet event was his sixth-place finish in the 2020 WSOP Online Event #36 $1.5K Fifty Stack NLHE for $59,878 (~₹44.75 Lakhs).

The chemical engineer from BITS Pilani had already cashed three bracelet events this year and has locked in his fourth cash with his deep run. However, a run to the top will not be easy for Joshi, especially with the likes of Phil Hellmuth in the hunt for his career-17th bracelet.

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi

 

India’s only solo gold bracelet winner, Abhinav Iyer, was eliminated in Level 19. He jammed from the cutoff for about 240,000, and David Lopez re-shoved from the button.

Abhinav Iyer

David Lopez

The community card ran and Lopez’s flopped top pair, ousted Iyer in 95th place for $6,803 (~₹5.37 Lakhs).

Kartik Ved was also eliminated in Level 19, and he finished 194th for $4,818 (~₹3.80 Lakhs). This was Ved’s fifth score of the series, taking his overall WSOP (cashes) tally to 16.

Arsh Grover was looking to open his scorecard at the series and was the only one of the four returning Indians who busted short of the money.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover

 

Kyle Kitagawa money-bubbled the event after coming out on the wrong side of a cooler with his kings falling flat out into aces, assuring the remaining 204 players at least $4,818.

Martin Stoyanov (29th for $16,733), PokerStars Ambassador Steve Enriquez (37th for $14,090), Michael Gathy (40th for $14,090), Brian Green (43rd for $14,090), Alex Lindop (57th for $10,425), Renat Bohdanov (77th for $8,174), Andres Korn (82nd for $7,401) and Hossein Ensan (86th for $7,401) were other notables who hit the rail on Day 2.

Phil Hellmuth (3,290,000), Julien Martini (1,825,000), Justin Saliba (1,430,000), and Renan Bruschi (1,140,000) are bracelet winners who bagged and tagged for Day 3.

The remaining 26 players are assured at least $20,149, with $598,173 and the prestigious gold bracelet reserved for the eventual champion.

Day 3 will resume at noon (PDT) on July 2.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Keiji Ito – 6,360,000
  2. Richard Scardina – 4,835,000
  3. David Jackson – 4,700,000
  4. Kuenwai Lo – 4,585,000
  5. Phil Hellmuth – 3,290,000
  6. Timothy Sullivan – 2,615,000
  7. Neel Joshi – 2,215,000
  8. Samy Dubonnet – 2,045,000
  9. Chad Brewer – 1,975,000
  10. Onur Unsal – 1,875,000
  11. Julien Martini – 1,825,000
  12. Ramiro Petrone – 1,625,000
  13. Blake Bohn – 1,600,000
  14. Justin Saliba – 1,430,000
  15. Pieter Aerts – 1,405,000
  16. Joshua Robertson – 1,380,000
  17. Aaron Johnson – 1,325,000
  18. Tamer Alkamli – 1,325,000
  19. Derek Lacock – 1,295,000
  20. Anton Wigg – 1,230,000
  21. Victor Li – 1,155,000
  22. Renan Bruschi – 1,140,000
  23. Michael Trivett – 1,080,000
  24. Brian Markman – 720,000
  25. Diego Ventura – 700,000
  26. David Lopez – 685,000

 

Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) – Day 1

Day 1 of Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold ’em (freezeout) served as a prelude to the upcoming Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship. A massive field of 5,833 players joined the action, and after 22 levels of play, only 479 had a stack to carry to Day 2.

Jake Bluston (2,825,000) bagged Day 1 chip lead, with James Dike (2,505,000), Jaeyoung Choi (2,380,000), Vincent Li (2,315,000) and Jake Schwartz (2,275,000) advancing with the other top stacks.

India’s Kartik Ved jumped into the event shortly after busting Event #65 and worked up quite a stack. The former bracelet winner is ranked 12th in chips with a massive stack of 1,925,000. The Indian rail hopes the WSOP Online 2020 Event #64: $840 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em champion will bring yet another bracelet home.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

Ved has been one of the most consistent performers in the ongoing series, having already cashed five times – 103rd in Event #46: $ 5,000 No-Limit Hold ’em – 6-Handed for $8,807 (~ ₹6.96 Lakhs), 194th in Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold ’em for $4,818 (~₹3.80 Lakhs), 592nd in Event #37: $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold ’em – Millionaire Maker for $3,795 (~ ₹3 Lakhs), 123rd in Event #18: $ 1,000 No-Limit Hold ’em – Freezeout for $2,773 (~ ₹2.19 Lakhs) and 263rd in Event #34: $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold ’em – Freezeout for $2,407 (~₹1.90 Lakhs).

Raghav Bansal (860,000) was another Indian to make it to Day 2 and is currently ranked 148th among the survivors. Bansal has one prior cash in the series, i.e., $1,689 (~ ₹1,33 Lakhs) from his 75th place finish in Online Event #5: $600 Online Deepstack Championship. However, he has now locked in at least $2,165 with a deep run in the event but will be hoping to go the distance.

Raghav Bansal
Raghav Bansal

 

Ankit Ahuja was yet another contender representing the Indian tricolor. However, he fell in 645th place for $1,752 (~₹1.38 Lakhs).

Ankit Ahuja
Ankit Ahuja

 

Paawan Bansal and Young Gun Arsh Grover were also seen in action but busted short of the money.

Paawan Bansal
Paawan Bansal

 

James Calderaro (1,800,000 ), Leo Soma (1,175,000), Tyler Patterson (920,000), Shaun Deeb (700,000), and Women Poker Hall of Famer Kathy Liebert (585,000) are other top regs advancing to Day 2.

The $1000 buy-in event created a $5,191,370 prize pool and assured the top 875 places at least $1,602. The eventual champion will take home $594,189 and the alluring WSOP gold bracelet.

Bracelet winners who made ITM finishes on Day 1 include Brett Shaffer (537th for $2,002), Barry Hutter (602nd for $1,703), Pete Chen (630th for $1,752), Kate Kopp (692th for $1,752) and Robert Varkonyk (810th for $1,602).

Day 2 will start at noon (PDT) on Saturday, June 2, where the 480 survivors will return to Bally’s in a bid to move further ahead in the bracelet chase.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Jake Bluston – 2,825,000
  2. James Dike – 2,505,000
  3. Jaeyoung Choi – 2,380,000
  4. Vincent Li – 2,315,000
  5. Jake Schwartz – 2,275,000
  6. Andres Vasquez – 2,275,000
  7. Kyle Montgomery – 2,200,000
  8. Kenneth ODonnell – 2,100,000
  9. Nektarios Vasilakis – 2,090,000
  10. Victor Choupeaux – 2,035,000

 

Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em registered a 419 entry-field, and after 12 hours of play, only six players remain in the fray.

Nacho Barbero holds the runaway chip lead with a stack of 12,225,000 (49 BBs). Ilya Nikiforov is a distant second in chips with 4,875,000 (20 BBs).

Former bracelet winners Rob Hollink (3,250,000) and Andrew Lichtenberger (2,500,000), along with Women Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho (1,875,000), feature among the Day 2 survivors. Fabiano Kovalski (425,000) will enter Day 2 with just 2 BBs.

India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal was seen in action in this event. Interestingly, he had finished runner-up in the Super Turbo Bounty NLHE last year, picking up a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores).

Agarwal was first seen in action during Level 11 when his was pitted against an anonymous player’s . The runout gave the rival player a flopped pair of Jacks, but Agarwal had a better hand with the Broadway straight, getting him the bounty and pushing his stack to 289,000.

Seven levels later, Agarwal secured a double knockout. A short-stacked player moved all in from UTG, and Cliff Josephy re-shoved for 71,000 from the middle position. Agarwal was sitting on the button and pushed his covering stack into the middle. The players in the blinds folded.

UTG Player

Cliff Josephy

Aditya Agarwal

The flop gave Agarwal a commanding lead. The turn and river were no help to the other players. The double knockout propelled Agarwal’s stack to 401,000.

Although this hand was not mentioned in the live reporting, Agarwal informed us that at some point during the day, he lost a massive pot to ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

 

Sadly, Agarwal’s run came to an end in Level 21. His elimination hand saw Mike Watson open to 50,000 from the early position. The action folded to Agarwal, who was in the big blind, and he moved all-in. Watson called with the bigger stack, putting Agarwal at risk.

Aditya Agarwal

Mike Watson

The board ran , and Watson’s Jack kicker sent Agarwal to the rail in 44th place for $13,730 (~₹10.84 Lakhs).

This was Agarwal’s fourth cash of the series (his 52nd overall). The Goa resident had early success in the series with a final table finish in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em (9th for $23,634 ~₹18.36 Lakhs). He has already accumulated $84,545 (~₹66.75 Lakhs) at the 2022 WSOP, pushing his lifetime WSOP earnings to $955,952 (~₹7.54 Crores), and is on the cusp of crossing the $1 Million mark.

With the top 63 places assured payouts, Diego Sanchez money-bubbled the event in 64th place.

Former bracelet winner Tyler Cornell (63th for $10,984) was the first player to finish in the money.

Jonathan Little (12th for $27,269), Kyle Julius (15th for $22,327), Andrew Brown (19th for $18,625), JC Tran (24th for $18,625), Michael Mizrachi (25th for $18,625), PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari (40th for $13,730), Phil Ivey (41st for $13,730), Martin Zamani (45th for $12,013), Paul Volpe (46th for $12,013), Eric Froehlich (47th for $12,013) and Chance Kornuth (49th for $12,013) were among the notables who boarded the money bus.

The elimination of Mike Watson in 10th place ($33,924) led to the remaining nine players reconvening at the final table.

Rainer Kempe (7th for $72,683), David Mzareulov (8th for $55,401), and Paul Chauderson (9th for $42,970) were the last three players to fall before the play was halted on Day 1.

The remaining six players are assured a min-cash of $97,002, but their eyes will be on the $587,520 top prize and the coveted gold bracelet. They will resume play at 2 PM (PDT) on July 2.

Nacho Barbero
Nacho Barbero

 

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Nacho Barbero – 12,225,000
  2. Ilya Nikiforov – 4,875,000
  3. Rob Hollink – 3,250,000
  4. Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,500,000
  5. Maria Ho – 1,875,000
  6. Fabiano Kovalski – 425,000

 

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WSOP 2022: Jonathan Pastore Defeats Stephen Song to Claim His Career-First Bracelet in Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed NLHE ($771,765)

Jonathan Pastore (cover image) toppled a field of 928 players in Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), clinching his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $771,765 cash prize that accompanied it. The Frenchman’s victory came at the expense of former bracelet winner Stephen Song (2nd for $476,990), who had carried a massive chip lead into the final day.

The final day started with an almost immediate elimination, as Pastore took out Greece’s Paraskevas Tsokaridis in fifth place. Pastore won a few more pots to pull ahead, but Song was not about to lie down and reestablished his lead when he eliminated Elio Fox in fourth place. Pastore then took out Tamer Alkamli in third place to start the heads-up match with a slim lead holding a stack of 26 million to Song’s 20 million.

It was an outrageous bluff that thrillingly ended the event, with Song trying an audacious move with just five-high on a King-high board. Song’s shove on the river put Pastore to the test with just queen-jack, but he made the call, and his rail erupted in celebration.

The Friday night victory brought Pastore his first WSOP bracelet and the most significant cash of his career. He almost didn’t play the event because there were a few other ones he wanted to play, but then he decided that it was such a prestigious one that he might as well give it a try.

“Having all of my friends on the rail really helped me. We are a big group of friends and poker players who live in Malta and came to play the World Series. Coming from the amateur poker circles in France, with all my friends around me, I feel I mixed those two worlds today, and it’s beautiful,” Pastore said in the post-tournament interview.

Praising his heads-up opponent, Stephen Song, he said, “I got into some tough spots against him yesterday, but today was really easy for me. The beginning of the final table was difficult, but everything went well after, and today I didn’t have any tough spots. Playing against Stephen Song heads-up was really a great feeling. He is a player I admire, and I wish we had more players like him in the poker community.”

When asked about his plans for the rest of the series and about his winnings, Pastore said, “I want to stay focused and keep playing all the events that were on my schedule. For my winnings, I want to invest money and not really start playing much higher buy-ins. I also really want to study mixed games to play a lot of those events next year, so I’ll work on that and keep playing online a lot.”

The event saw 928 players paying the $5,000 buy-in to enter, generating a $4,243,500 prize pool. The mentor-mentee duo of Aditya Agarwal (138,500) and Kartik Ved (103,000) were among the 277 survivors returning on Day 2. While Agarwal failed to finish in the money, Ved picked up his fourth cash of the series, placing 103rd place for $8,807 (~₹6.89 Lakhs).

Aditya Agarwal & Kartik Ved
Aditya Agarwal & Kartik Ved

 

The top 138 places were assured payouts, and the bubble burst towards the end of Day 2, with Winamax Team Pro Guillaume Diaz falling out in 139th place. The 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas (138th for $8,053) was the first player to finish in the money.

Other notables who finished in the money included Event #10: $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship winner Ben Diebold (48th for $13,491), Eric Baldwin (58th for $11,991), Andrew Lichtenberger (64th for $10,874), Norbert Szecsi (70th for $10,874), Ryan Riess (75th for $10,066), Taylor Paur (88th for $10,066), the current WSOP POY leaderboard topper Daniel Zack (91st for $8,807) and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (106th for $8,807).

Following the elimination of the Day 2 chip leader Ezequiel Waigel (7th for $90,714), the six-handed final table was formed.

Ezequiel Waigel
Ezequiel Waigel

 

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Stephen Song – 15,300,000
  2. Elio Fox – 8,200,000
  3. Tamer Alkamli – 7,700,000
  4. Jonathan Pastore – 5,250,000
  5. Patrick Sekinger – 3,000,000
  6. Paraskevas Tsokaridis – 1,700,000

 

Final Table Recap

Patrick Sekinger was the first player to be eliminated on the final table when his were cracked by Tamer Alkamli’s . The board brought , and even though Sekinger flopped two pair, Alkamli’s King-high straight on the flop won him the pot, ending Sekinger’s run in sixth place.

Patrick Sekinger
Patrick Sekinger

 

The day’s play was halted after Sekinger’s exit.

 

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Stephen Song – 23,320,000
  2. Tamer Alkamli – 8,710,000
  3. Jonathan Pastore – 5,950,000
  4. Elio Fox – 5,635,000
  5. Paraskevas Tsokaridis – 2,590,000

 

Final Day Recap

The final day started after a one-hour delay.

The first elimination took place about an hour into the day’s play. Paraskevas Tsokaridis made an early exit after his were bested by Jonathan Pastore’s that bettered to a flopped set. Tsokaridis walked out in fifth place.

Paraskevas Tsokaridis
Paraskevas Tsokaridis

 

The next to go was two-time bracelet winner Elio Fox. His ran into Stephen Song’s . The board ran and Song turned a boat, busting Fox in fourth place.

Elio Fox
Elio Fox

 

Tamer Alkamli bowed out in third place when his could not hold up against Pastore’s that spiked a pair on the turn on the runout .

Tamer Alkamli
Tamer Alkamli

 

Jonathan Pastore (26,150,000) and Stephen Song (20,175,000) were almost evenly stacked entering the heads-up play, although Pastore had a slight edge. Early in the match, Pastore won a huge pot to whisk the lead away from Song; from there on out, he kept extending his lead. The heads-up lasted over an hour, finally ending with Pastore clinching his career-first gold bracelet.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

 

On the final hand, Pastore opened from the button for 650,000 and Song three-bet to 2.1 Million. Pastore called to see the flop open . Song fired a bet of 900,000, and Pastore called. The turn brought , and Song led out for 2.5 Million. Pastore once again called. The completed the board. Song tanked for a minute before announcing all-in for 4.275 Million. Pastore also went into the tank before deciding to call.

Stephen Song

Jonathan Pastore

Pastore’s flopped pair of queens denied Song his career-second bracelet, eliminating him in second place.

Jonathan Pastore
Jonathan Pastore

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Jonathan Pastore – $771,765
  2. Stephen Song – $476,990
  3. Tamer Alkamli – $331,503
  4. Elio Fox – $234,036
  5. Paraskevas Tsokaridis – $167,882
  6. Patrick Sekinger – $122,395

 

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WSOP 2022: India’s Kartik Ved Cashes in Event #46 & Bulgaria’s Yuliyan Kolev Wins MILLIONAIRE MAKER

Day 23 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was not lacking in action. Even though only one event played down to a champion, another five bracelet events were keeping the tournament area at the Bally’s and Paris buzzing with activity.

Bulgaria’s Yuliyan Kolev became the first player from his country to clinch a second bracelet as he took down Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em and is now the seventh player to claim over $1 Million ($1,125,141 to be precise) in first-place prize money.

Kolev’s victory was emphatic as he was down to a single 25,000 chip with the big blind at 500,000 after losing a massive flip to Raul Martinez. He managed to win with that chip to go back into contention before getting lucky with pocket eights against Linus Ritcher pocket jacks. Cheered on by a boisterous rail, all of them donning upside-down KFC buckets as hats in honor of a famous Bulgarian music artist, Kolev took down the bracelet in style with his pocket aces getting him victory against Oren Rosen`s .

Among the events that ran alongside the MILLIONAIRE MAKER was Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. The mentor-mentee duo of Aditya Agarwal (138,500) and Kartik Ved (103,000) were among the 277 survivors returning on Day 2. While Agarwal failed to finish in the money, Ved picked up his fourth cash of the series, placing 103rd place for $8,807 (~₹6.89 Lakhs). This was Team India’s 34th score at the 2022 WSOP.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

With late registration open on Day 2, the final number of entries for the event touched 928, generating a $4,243,500 prize pool. Ezequiel Waigel (3,440,000) will headline the remaining 46 players on Day 3.

Event #44: $1,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship is among the events that are close to crowning a champion. Day 3 started with 22 runners, and by the time the bags were brought out, only five players were left in the fray. Andrew Yeh (3,860,000) will lead the final five to Day 4.

Another event on the verge of announcing a winner is Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. Day 2 saw a field of 97 returning players get trimmed down to the final 10. David Prociak (6,400,000) bagged the most giant stack of the day.

Day 1A of Event #47: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was spectacular as 5,121 entrants joined in, just 283 short of last year’s record 5,404 entries. With Day 1B left to play, that number will surely be crushed. James Kennedy (452,000) emerged as the end-of-Day 1A chip leader among 607 survivors.

Michael Dobbs (293,100) bagged the Day 1 chip lead in Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed among 200 survivors from a starting field of 695 entries.

 

Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – Day 3

Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship had 22 returning players from Day 2 – all with their eyes set on making the final table and eventually winning the gold bracelet and the $487,129 up top.

The eight-handed final table was set by Level 22, after which three more players were eliminated, leaving five finalists to return for Day 4.

Andrew Yeh (3,860,000) bagged the overnight chip lead, followed by Philip Long (3,630,000), John Racener (2,520,000), Bryce Yockey (1,290,000), and Craig Chait (1,245,000).

The final table eliminations included Paul Sokoloff (6th for $80,523), Mike Gorodinsky (7th for $61,314), and Eric Wasserson (8th for $47,819).

Notables who fell out before reaching the final table included Ismael Bojang (9th for $38,220), Ben Lamb (10th for $31,327), Gary Benson (11th for $31,327), Brad Ruben (12th for $26,347), Andres Korn (15th for $22,754), Eric Rodawig (16th for $20,193), Shaun Deeb (19th for $20,193), Eugene Katchalov (20th for $20,193), Maxx Coleman (21st for $17,669) and Yuri Dzivielevski (22nd for $17,669).

The five players will reconvene at 4 PM (PDT) on Thursday, June 23, where they will play down to a champion who will take home the $487,129 top prize and the gold bracelet!

Andrew Yeh
Andrew Yeh

 

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Andrew Yeh – 3,860,000
  2. Philip Long – 3,630,000
  3. John Racener – 2,520,000
  4. Bryce Yockey – 1,290,000
  5. Craig Chait – 1,245,000

 

Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed had 97 players returning for a shot at the championship’s title, and by the end of the day’s play, only ten players were left in contention

The event attracted 1,438 entrants, creating a $1,918,395 prize pool. The surviving ten players are all assured at least $21,293, but they will be playing for the $311,782 top prize along with the most sought-after WSOP gold bracelet.

Ending the day in the chip lead was David Prociak, with 6,400,000 in chips that make up for 64 blinds putting him in a slightly better position than the other top stacks in the field, Dylan Weisman (5,660,000) and Shane Nardiello (4,725,000).

Prociak won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #60: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at the 2016 WSOP. This summer, Prociak has made three cashes in the series already and will be looking to lock in his second bracelet in the event.

Among the notables making the final ten is Phil Hui (2,675,000), who won the Poker Players Championship in 2019. Another great story in the event is that of David Williams (2,980,000), who at one point was down to 300,000, but he made his way back and ran up his stack to reach the final ten.

The ten finalists will reconvene on Thursday, June 23 at noon (PDT) to play down to a champion.

David Prociak
David Prociak

 

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. David Prociak – 6,400,000
  2. Dylan Weisman – 5,660,000
  3. Shane Nardiello – 4,725,000
  4. Charles Coultas – 4,325,000
  5. Daniel Tordjman – 3,745,000
  6. David Williams – 2,980,000
  7. Phil Hui – 2,675,000
  8. Paul Fehlig – 1,930,000
  9. Kao Saechao – 1,820,000
  10. Dylan Smith – 1,640,000

 

Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em saw 324 players take their seats, out of which 277 had made their way from Day 1, and the rest registered before the start of play on Day 2. The event field ultimately stood at 928 entrants, creating a $4,243,500 prize pool. After nine levels of play, 46 players carried their stack forward to Day 3.

The top 138 places were assured payouts, and Winamax Team Pro Guillaume Diaz money-bubbled the tournament in 139th place. The 2020 WSOP Main Event Damian Salas (138th for $8,053) was the first player to finish in the money.

Among the 92 players who were eliminated on Day 2 was PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved. The 2022 NPS Super Highroller champion had entered Day 2 with 103,000 in chips. Though not much is known of his progress on Day 2, Ved fell out in 103rd place for $8,807 (~₹6.89 Lakhs). This was Ved’s fourth cash at the series, pushing his overall WSOP winnings to $311,890 (~₹2.44 Crores).

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

Ved’s mentor and India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal had also advanced to Day 2 with 138,500 but exited before the money bubble burst.

Other notables who also finished in the money include Event #10: $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship winner Ben Diebold (48th for $13,491), Eric Baldwin (58th for $11,991), Andrew Lichtenberger (64th for $10,874), Norbert Szecsi (70th for $10,874), Ryan Riess (75th for $10,066), Taylor Paur (88th for $10,066), current WSOP POY leaderboard topper Daniel Zack (91st for $8,807) and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (106th for $8,807).

Argentina’s Ezequiel Waigel bagged the end-of-day chip lead with a stack of 3,440,000. Former bracelet winners Anthony Spinella (2,575,000) and Stephen Song (2,485,000) hold the subsequent big stacks.

Robert Mizrachi (1,170,000), Joey Weissman (985,000), Elio Fox (895,000), Indo-American Sandeep Pulusani (605,000), and Joe Cada (380,000) are among the other notables progressing to Day 3.

The 46 survivors will return for Day 3 at 2 PM (PDT) on June 23.

Ezequiel Waigel
Ezequiel Waigel

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Ezequiel Waigel – 3,440,000
  2. Anthony Spinella – 2,575,000
  3. Stephen Song – 2,485,000
  4. Johan Martinet – 2,150,000
  5. Justin Bond – 2,145,000
  6. Paraskevas Tsokaridis – 1,970,000
  7. Anthony Hu – 1,745,000
  8. Felipe Ketzer – 1,540,000
  9. Jonathan Pastore – 1,340,000
  10. Jinho Hong – 1,315,000

 

Event #47: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1A

It’s true when they say WSOP offers something for everyone and the latest bracelet event proves just that. An event only for players aged 50 and above, Event #47: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em kick-started action on June 22 at 10 AM (PDT) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. With two starting flights and a single re-entry option per starting day, the event logged in a massive field.

Day 1A of the event is now in the books with a record-breaking field of 5,121 players. Last year the number of entries from both flights together was 5,404. With the phenomenal Day 1A turnout, the event is almost guaranteed to overtake last year’s record.

The day ended with America’s James Kennedy finishing with the most enormous stack of 452,000 among the 607 survivors. Kennedy is no stranger to WSOP. Although the gold still eludes him, he has many WSOP cashes to his name.

Many notables were in attendance, including Women in Poker Hall of Famer Allyn Shulman (350,000), who also bagged one of the top stacks of the night, placing her second in chips. Fellow Women in Poker Hall of Famer Kathy Liebert (225,000) is another player among the top ten stacks of the day, along with Kevin Song (350,000).

Other notables who entered Day 1A but failed to make it through the day include the 2004 Main Event Champion Greg Raymer, who intends to return tomorrow for a re-entry, Perry Friedman, Humberto Brenes, Todd Witteles, Bruno Lopes, and Antonin Teisseire.

James Kennedy
James Kennedy

 

Top Ten Chips Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. James Kennedy – 452,000
  2. Seongsu Kong – 365,000
  3. Allyn Shulman – 361,500
  4. Orlando Barrera – 358,500
  5. Michel Bouskila -353,500
  6. Kevin Song – 350,000
  7. Terence Anton – 343,500
  8. Louis Russo – 339,000
  9. Dennis Spretz – 333,000
  10. Daniel Gerard – 310,000

 

Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed – Day 1

Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed drew 695 players on Day 1, and after 15 levels of play, only 200 survived the day’s onslaught.

Michael Dobbs (293,100) claimed the Day 1 chip lead, with Jay Kerbel (269,000) and Hieu Luu (251,500) rounding out the top three stacks of the day.

Randy Ohel (237,000), Scott Bohlman (208,900), Nick Guagenti (206,000), Fabrice Soulier (185,400), and Robert Campbell (181,800) are among the former bracelet winners carrying above-average stacks to Day 2.

The $1,500 buy-in event created a $927,825 prize pool, and the top 105 places are assured a min-cash of $2,403. The eventual champion will take home $180,783 and the gold bracelet.

With the money bubble looming overhead, the action will intensify on Day 2 as the 200 survivors return to the felts at 2 PM (PDT) on June 23.

Michael Dobbs
Michael Dobbs

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Michael Dobbs – 293,100
  2. Jay Kerbel – 269,000
  3. Hieu Luu – 251,500
  4. Randy Ohel – 237,000
  5. Jason Stockfish – 235,500
  6. Dustin Dirksen – 227,000
  7. Robert McLaughlin – 222,200
  8. Alex Outhred – 221,600
  9. Tyler Willse – 216,800
  10. Scott Bohlman – 208,900

 

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