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WSOP 2022: France’s Gregory Teboul Trounces 6,903-Entry Field in Event #75: Lucky Sevens NLHE to Win Career-First Bracelet ($777,777)

After five days of intense action, the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #75: $777 Lucky Sevens No-Limit Hold’em (7-Handed) finally culminated on Thursday, July 14. Gregory Teboul (cover image) topped the 6,903-entry field to claim the $777,777 top prize and his first-ever gold bracelet.

Coming into the event, the Frenchman had six WSOP cashes to his name worth a modest $15,060 and boosted his WSOP winnings to $792,837 after his bracelet victory.

It was a turbulent ride to the finish line for Teboul, who was the third shortest in chips among nine players at the start of Day 3. He shifted gears on the unofficial final table and got a much-needed double up early on after cracking Braxton Moore‘s pocket aces with a flopped set of tens to climb back in contention.

He eliminated five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham in seventh place before facing Rodney Turvin heads-up for the bracelet. Even though Teboul started the heads-up match with a 2:1 chip deficit, he quickly decimated Turvin’s stack and knocked him out in a preflop all-in showdown. Turvin collected $400,777 for his runner-up finish.

Teboul had one of the most supportive rails in the series, who were rightfully exhilarated following his win. In the post-tournament interview, Teboul said, “I feel very, very well because it’s not nothing to win a tournament in Las Vegas. It’s my fifth year here, and this was the good year.”

Teboul started his poker journey playing cards with friends over 15 years ago and began playing tournaments only in the last four years. Coincidentally, his previous best finish came just ten days ago, where he took down a $400 WSOP Daily Deepstack event for $31,583. “This has been my lucky year, lucky sevens!”

He continued: “My coach, Audrey, has helped me get here and learn how to keep the right mindset so I can handle bad beats and not going on tilt. I told my wife a few days ago that I had to stay because I was sure I would win; I knew 100% it was my tournament. I felt it the first day, the second day, and the third day. I knew before I won this one that this was my tournament.”

With the 2022 WSOP on its last legs, Teboul confirmed that he would not be sticking around for the last few events. He plans to hop on a plane right away and return home to France to celebrate this win with his wife and three children.


Team India’s Run in Event #75

The Lucky Sevens NLHE registered 6,903 entries across three starting flights, with only 285 runners making it to Day 2. Among the Day 2 survivors were three Indians, Chiraag Patel (1,515,000), MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia (720,000), and Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther (250,000).

All three pros busted on Day 2, with Young Gun Siddharth Karia running the deepest to finish 135th for $3,670 (~2.94 Lakhs), marking his fifth cash of the series.

Siddharth Karia
Siddharth Karia


Chiraag Patel picked up his second score at this year’s series, with his 148th place exit for $3,670 (~2.94 Lakhs).

Chiraag Patel
Chiraag Patel


The 2018 Tag Team bracelet winner Nikita Luther finished 260th for $2,800 (~2.24 Lakhs). This was her second cash of the series after her (and Dinesh Alt‘s) 124th place finish in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team for $1,611 (~1.27 Lakhs).

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther


Many notables cashed the event, including Mike Takayama (16th for $24,620), Santiago Soriano (22nd for $19,560), James Mackey (39th for $12,670), Ben Yu (72nd for $5,000), Chris Tryba (84th for $4,269) and Andrew Barber (92nd for $4,269).

Binchiat Tay (10th for $39,980) was the last player to be eliminated on Day 2.

Binchiat Tay
Binchiat Tay


Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Christopher Farmer – 77,400,000
  2. Rodney Turvin – 58,000,000
  3. Kyle Miholich – 31,700,000
  4. Jed Stewart – 25,700,000
  5. Braxton Moore – 20,800,000
  6. James Hughes – 19,600,000
  7. Gregory Teboul – 19,200,000
  8. Allen Cunningham – 13,200,000
  9. Paul De La Soujeole – 13,100,000


Final Day Recap

The first final day elimination took place within 27 minutes. Paul De La Soujeole‘s were bested by Allen Cunningham’s , resulting in the former`s ninth place elimination.

Paul De La Soujeole
Paul De La Soujeole


Towards the end of Level 38, Braxton Moore‘s ran into James Hughes’ , ending the former`s tournament run in eighth place and setting up the seven-handed final table.

Braxton Moore
Braxton Moore


Final Table Recap

Allen Cunningham was the first final table casualty. His could not match up against Gregory Teboul’s that rivered trip Queens on the runout.

Allen Cunningham
Allen Cunningham


Thirty-five minutes later, Kyle Miholich‘s ran into Rodney Turvin’s . The board ran and Turvin’s King-high kicker won him the pot, busting Miholich in sixth place.

Kyle Miholich
Kyle Miholich

A minute later, Turvin secured another knockout. This time, Jed Stewart‘s were pitted against Turvin’s . Both players made two pair on the board , but Turvin’s better hand sent Stewart packing in fifth place.

Jed Stewart
Jed Stewart


Four-handed play continued for less than an hour, ending with James Hughes‘ fourth place exit. The hand in question had Christopher Farmer moving all-in from the small blind, and Hughes called off his stack of about 21.50 Million from the big blind.

James Hughes

Christopher Farmer

The community cards brought , and Farmer took down the pot with a turned pair of tens, ousting Hughes in the process.

James Hughes
James Hughes


Despite winning Hughes’ chips, Christopher Farmer could only extend his time on the final table for another ten minutes. On his last hand, Farmer’s went head-to-head against Turvin’s . The board blanked out, eliminating Farmer in third place.

Christopher Farmer
Christopher Farmer

Rodney Turvin (183,500,000) held a comfortable 2:1 chip lead over Gregory Teboul (92,500,000) at the start of the heads-up play. But with the fast-increasing blinds and a few hits in a row, Turvin lost the lead to Teboul. Once ahead, Teboul rode the chip lead across the finish line to clinch his career-first bracelet.

Rodney Turvin
Rodney Turvin


On the final hand, Teboul raised to 10 Million, and Turvin shoved for roughly 61 Million. Teboul snap-called.

Rodney Turvin

Gregory Teboul

The community cards opened , declaring Teboul the champion!

Gregory Teboul
Gregory Teboul


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Gregory Teboul – $777,777
  2. Rodney Turvin – $400,777
  3. Christopher Farmer – $207,777
  4. James Hughes – $154,777
  5. Jed Stewart – $116,777
  6. Kyle Miholich – $87,777
  7. Allen Cunningham – $66,777

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WSOP 2022: Abhinav Iyer Finishes 37th in Event #78; Siddharth Karia & Nikita Luther Make Day 2 in Event #75

With the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) coming to a close next week, Day 43 of the series unleashed intense action. While the Main Event was the center of attention, seven other bracelet events garnered equally high-octane action, with players scrambling for a chance at winning the gold bracelet before the series ends.

Day 6 of Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship saw the 123 starting field whittle down to 35 players. Jeffrey Farnes (37,825,000) bagged the most chips on Tuesday, with Brian Kim (33,875,000) in tow. Philippe Souki (32,475,000), Karim Rebei (31,475,000), and Espen Jorstad (31,175,000) are the three other players with over 30 Million in the bag. Four more days of play remain before a new World Champion is crowned on July 16.

Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop NLHE is also on its last legs. Day 4 started with 41 players, and only three were left standing by the time the bags were brought out. Mike Allis (142,700,000) is the runaway chip leader with almost two-thirds of the chips in play and has the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (46,700,000) on his tail.

The third and final starting flight of Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em 7-Handed, Day 1C, added 4,017 entries to the player pool, boosting the total field size to 6,891. Only 166 players advanced to Day 2, where they will be joined by Day 1A (44) and 1B (75) survivors, making for a starting field of 285 players on Wednesday. Day 1C chip leader Alon Messica (3,050,000) is the overall chip leader, with Joseph Elpayaa (2,875,000) and Xinli Ye (2,800,000) carrying the other top stacks.

Two Indians, MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia (720,000) and Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther (250,000), form part of the Day 1C qualifying field. Chiraag Patel (1,515,000), who qualified through Day 1B, will join them on Day 2.

Chiraag Patel, Siddharth Karia & Nikita Luther
Chiraag Patel, Siddharth Karia & Nikita Luther


PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (292nd for $1,899, ~₹1.51 Lakhs), Vikranth Anga (394th for $1,555, ~₹1.24 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (498th for $1,361, ~₹1.08 Lakhs), Young Gun Arsh Grover (522nd for $1,244, ~₹99,039), Ankit Ahuja (594th for $1,244, ~₹99,039) and Kunal Punjwani (598th for $1,244, ~₹99,039) were the six Indians who added to the team’s tally on Day 1C.

Kartik Ved, Vikranth Anga, Ashish Ahuja, Arsh Grover, Ankit Ahuja & Kunal Punjwani
Kartik Ved, Vikranth Anga, Ashish Ahuja, Arsh Grover, Ankit Ahuja & Kunal Punjwani


Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty was one of the two events (and the only live event) that played down to a winner on Day 43. It took just ninety minutes of play on Day 3 for Jinho Hong, a former professional StarCraft gamer from South Korea, to ride his start-of-day chip lead across the finish line and clinch his career-first gold bracelet and $276,067 in first-place prize money.

Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong


France’s Julien “StepUpPoker” Perouse won his maiden WSOP bracelet in [Online] $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 8-Max for $324,767.

Julien Perouse
Julien Perouse


The 151-starting field on Day 2 of Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha was trimmed down to 11 players. Aden Salazar (9,140,000) headlines them on Day 3.

With Team India`s Main Event run over, the Indian rail was glued to the Day 2 happenings in Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Young Gun Abhinav Iyer had entered the day’s play with the 11th most giant stack of 440,000. While the railbirds back home were looking forward to end-of-series bracelet sweat reminiscent of Iyer’s 2019 exploits, sadly, he busted 27th for $13,999 (~₹11.14 Lakhs).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


David Miscikowski (6,085,000) secured the day-end chip lead and headlines the 22 finalists to Day 3.

The final Razz event of this year’s series, Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship, wrapped up its Day 1 proceedings on Tuesday. The 125-player starting field was reduced to 59 players after ten levels of play, with bracelet winner William Kakon (308,500) grabbing the day-end chip lead. Late registration remains open till the start of Day 2.


Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship – Day 6

One hundred and twenty-three runners came back to fight for the $10 Million grand prize and coveted WSOP Main Event gold bracelet on Day 6 of Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship. After five levels of stipulated play, only 35 players were left in contention.

Jeffrey Farnes ended Day 6 in the driver’s seat with an enormous stack of 37,825,000, though Brian Kim (33,875,000) and Philippe Souki (32,495,000) are not far behind.

Frenchman Karim Rebei, who had an infamous encounter with PokerStars Ambassador Alejandro Lococo on Monday that many in the poker circles are hailing as one of the most incredible bluffs in WSOP Main Event history, is among the 35 players standing in the Main Event. Despite losing the pot to Lococo on Day 5, Rebei bagged a respectable 8,150,000. He also survived the Day 6 onslaught and ranks fourth in chips with a massive 31,475,000.

Karim Rebei
Karim Rebei


On the other hand, things didn`t go as planned for Alejandro Lococo on Tuesday. The Argentinian freestyle rapper with 2.8 Million Instagram followers, also known as Papo MC, was attempting to make the Main Event final table in consecutive years after finishing seventh in last year`s Main Event for $1,225,000. Sadly his run ended during the last level of the day (Level 31). Lococo’s ran into end-of-day chip leader Jeffrey Farnes’ . The board blanked, eliminating Lococo in 39th place for $214,200.

Alejandro Lococo
Alejandro Lococo


Team India’s run in the Main Event ended with Sriharsha Doddapaneni‘s 249th place exit for $46,800 (~₹37.23 Lakhs) on Day 5. However, Indian-origin players were still going strong. Mayank Madan (6,620,000) and Rahul Rastogi (2,705,000) had made Day 6. Madan (6,725,000) carried on the fight to Day 7, while Rastogi busted 72nd for $101,700.

Defending champion Koray Aldemir‘s run also ended on Day 6. His were outmaneuvered by Brian Kim’s that flopped two pairs on the runout, ousting the former in 75th place for $101,700. With Aldemir’s elimination, 2020 Main Event champion Damian Salas (5,800,000) is the only former Main Event winner in contention.

Koray Aldemir
Koray Aldemir


Besides Salas, bracelet winners still looking to grab the poker world’s greatest honor include Espen Jorstad (31,175,000), Kenny Tran (8,800,000), and Marco Johnson (3,725,000).

An interesting hand went down during Level 27 when Haim Or Krief secured a double knockout of Gilbert Cruz (85th for $86,000) and Stanley Lee (86th for $86,000). Or Krief raised it up to 220,000 from an early position with , before Cruz three-bet to 540,000 with . The next player to act, Lee, looked down at and moved all-in for 1.840 Million. Or Krief and Cruz came along for just a tad bit more. The board ran , and Or Krief rivered a one-card flush, sending both players to the rail. Despite bagging Cruz and Lee’s chips, Or Krief could not last till the end of the day, falling out in 58th place for $145,800.

Haim Or Krief
Haim Or Krief


Out of the 88 eliminations that took place on Day 6, Shelby Wells was the second last woman to exit the Main Event. The 28-year-old won her seat at the Main Event courtesy of poker pro Nadya Magnus, who held a Twitter giveaway for women with less than $150,000 career earnings.

Shelby Wells
Shelby Wells


She was eliminated when her were bested by Victor Li‘s that flopped a Broadway straight on the board. Wells collected a $73,100 payout for her 97th place finish. Before her cash in the Main Event, Wells’ only result on HendonMob was a 72nd place finish for $684 in a 2019 tournament at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati.

With Wells’ elimination, the honor of the last woman standing in this year’s Main Event goes to Efthymia Litsou. She has carried forward a stack of 15,600,000 to Day 7. While Barbara Enright still holds the honor of being the only female player to have made it to the final table of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event, given that Litsou has a workable stack (ranked 13th in position), she may topple Enright’s record.

Efthymia Litsou
Efthymia Litsou


Other notable eliminations on Day 6 included Day 5 chip leader James Hobbs (53rd for $176,200), Day 1A chip leader Cedrric Trevino ($121,500), along with bracelet winners Andrew Yeh (77th for $101,700), Gabi Livshitz (103rd for $62,500), Benjamin Moon (119th for $62,500), Dan Smith (121st for $62,500) and Timur Margolin (122nd for $62,500).

The 35 remaining players are assured a min-cash of $262,300 when they return for Day 7 at 2 PM (PDT) on July 13.

Jeffrey Farnes
Jeffrey Farnes


End of Day 6 Chip Counts

  1. Jeffrey Farnes – 37,825,000
  2. Brian Kim – 33,875,000
  3. Philippe Souki – 32,495,000
  4. Karim Rebei – 31,475,000
  5. Espen Jorstad – 31,175,000
  6. Matija Dobric – 29,550,000
  7. Adrian Attenborough – 28,625,000
  8. Andrew Taylor – 23,900,000
  9. Michael Duek – 22,575,000
  10. John Eames – 22,450,000
  11. Vadim Rozin – 20,975,000
  12. Aaron Mermelstein – 16,250,000
  13. Efthymia Litsou – 15,600,000
  14. Andres Jeckeln – 13,200,000
  15. Joseph Altman – 12,950,000
  16. Kamal Bittar – 12,600,000
  17. Tom Kunze – 12,300,000
  18. Cameron Blazevich – 11,575,000
  19. Adam Demersseman – 9,575,000
  20. Kenny Tran – 8,800,000
  21. Asher Conniff – 8,675,000
  22. David Diaz – 8,300,000
  23. Aaron Duczak – 8,125,000
  24. Mack Khan – 7,450,000
  25. Matthew Su – 7,075,000
  26. Tzur Levy – 7,075,000
  27. Mayank Madan – 6,725,000
  28. Imran Bhojani – 6,025,000
  29. Damian Salas – 5,800,000
  30. Jimmy Setna – 5,725,000
  31. Matthew Shepsky – 5,600,000
  32. Evan Krentzman – 4,550,000
  33. Jonathan Rosa – 4,350,000
  34. Robert Welch – 4,075,000
  35. Marco Johnson – 3,725,000


Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop NLHE – Day 4

One of the featured events of 2022 WSOP, Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop NLHE, had 41 players from 13 counties returning for the Day 4 battle – all eyeing the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet. After ten levels of play, an all-American lineup of three players were left standing, with Mike Allis emerging as the runaway chip leader with almost two-thirds of the chips in play worth a massive 142,700,000 (71 BBs).

Allis has 36 WSOP scores to his name (three of them in the ongoing series) worth $272,744. With the top three places guaranteed at least $250,157, he has assured himself a career-best score and finds himself in a favorable position to take down his maiden WSOP bracelet.

However, Allis is not going to get an easy ride to the finish line on Wednesday, as he has the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, on his tail with 46,700,000 (23 BBs). Riess has already cashed 11 events at the 2022 WSOP and is just two eliminations away from grabbing his second bracelet for what has been a nine-year-long wait since he won the World Championship title in 2013.

Basel Chaura, with 38,600,000 (19 BBs), carries the shortest stack to Day 5.

The popular event registered a massive 5,702-player field replete with pros and recreational players. The Indian contingent in Las Vegas entered the event in good numbers and six of them finished in the money.

Team India’s Scores in the One More for One Drop

PlayerPositionPrize Amount
Neel Joshi98th$5,664 ~ ₹4.51 Lakhs
Shashank Jain102nd$4,938 ~ ₹3.93 Lakhs
Tarun Goyal209th$3,847 ~ ₹3.06 Lakhs
Apratim Sharma369th$2,815 ~ ₹2.24 Lakhs
Kunal Patni498th$2,384 ~ ₹1.90 Lakhs
Gokul Krishna781st$1,778 ~ ₹1.41 Lakhs

The day witnessed a string of notable eliminations like Joon Kim (20th for $22,554) and Barry Hutter (28th for $18,468). Sumeet Wayachal (30th for $18,468) and Vineet Pahuja (33rd for $18,468) were two Indian-origin players who fell out of contention on Day 4.

It took a little under nine hours for the unofficial ten-handed final table to be formed, and Boris Akopov was the first to fall (10th for $42,980), getting the official nine-handed FT underway.

Mohammed Jaafar (4th for $190,363), Leonardo De Souza (5th for $145,892), Salah Nimer (6th for $112,162), Andrew Robinson (7th for $87,551), Rio Fujita (8th for $68,562), and Niklas Warlich (9th for $54,085) were the last few eliminations of the day.

The final day will begin at noon (PDT) on July 13, Wednesday, in The Horseshoe in Bally’s Event Center, with the blinds resuming at 1,000,000/2,000,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000,000.

Mike Allis
Mike Allis


End of Day 4 Chip Counts

  1. Mike Allis – 142,700,000
  2. Ryan Riess – 46,700,000
  3. Basel Chaura – 38,600,000


Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em 7-Handed – Day 1C

The final starting flight of Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold ’em 7-Handed added 4,017 players to the existing 2,874-player field, and most of them fell out through the 22 levels of play, with only 166 advancing to Day 2. On Wednesday, they will join the 119 survivors from Day 1A and Day 1B flights.

Alon Messica (3,050,000) accumulated the most chips in the Day 1C flight – overtaking the chip leaders across all flights combined. Joseph Elpayaa (2,875,000), Xinli Ye (2,800,000), Artem Metalidi (2,680,000), and Rodney Turvin (2,600,000) round out the top five Day 1C chip counts.

Two Indian pros – both sponsored players – bagged a stack for Day 2 – MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia (720,000) and Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther (250,000).

Karia’s journey to bag the 163rd largest stack for Day 2 was full of swings. He reached money with 44,000 (4.4 BBs) and soon doubled up to 90,000. He kept climbing steadily to 146,000 – 286,000 and 463,000 throughout the day.

The FTS 2.0 champion, Karia, got a much-welcome boost towards the end of the day when he doubled up yet again with pocket queens against pocket fours in a pre-flop all-in showdown.

Siddharth Karia
Siddharth Karia


The 2018 Tag Team bracelet winner, Luther, is ranked 277th in chips among the Day 2 survivors; with this, she has assured herself her second score of the series after her (and Dinesh Alt’s) 124th place finish in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team for $1,611 (~₹1.27 Lakhs).

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther


Six Indians made in the money finishes on Day 1C, including PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (292nd for $1,899 ~₹1.51 Lakhs), Vikranth Anga (394th for $1,555 ~₹1.24 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (498th for $1,361 ~₹1.08 Lakhs), Arsh Grover (522nd for $1,244 ~₹99,039), Ankit Ahuja (594th for $1,244 ~₹99,039) and Kunal Punjwani (598th for $1,244 ~₹99,039).

Indian Poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal was covered in the live reporting around level 15, with his stack hovering around the 250,000 mark; however, he presumably busted before the money bubble burst as he was neither mentioned in the payouts list nor the day-end survivors’ list.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


Several bracelet winners formed part of the advancing field, namely James Mackey (1,700,000), Santiago Soriano (1,570,000), Gediminas Uselis (1,440,000), Raj Vohra (1,400,000), Kazuki Ikeuchi (1,240,000) and three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein (545,000).

Poker Hall of Fame nominee Kathy Liebert (533rd for $1,244) and renowned poker coach and vlogger Lexy Gavin (387th for $1,555) were some notables that fell out after the money bubble burst.

Other notables who entered but failed to advance included Kristen Foxen, former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, Ari Engel, and Erik Cajelais.

The Day 2 action kicks off at noon (PDT) on Wednesday, July 13, where the 285 survivors from the three starting flights will converge for a share of the massive prize pool – the details of which will be announced tomorrow.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1C

  1. Alon Messica – 3,050,000
  2. Joseph Elpayaa – 2,875,000
  3. Xinli Ye – 2,800,000
  4. Artem Metalidi – 2,680,000
  5. Rodney Turvin – 2,600,000
  6. Mike Takayama 2,455,000
  7. Michael Leanos – 2,070,000
  8. Yita Choong – 2,060,000
  9. Cherish Andrews – 2,000,000
  10. Romans Voitovs – 1,985,000


Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha had 151 survivors from a 1,234-player starting field returning for the bracelet race, and only 11 made it across to Day 3.

After ten levels of play, 21-year-old Texas resident Aden Salazar (9,140,000) was the player bagging the most massive stack, over twice as much as his closest competitor, Noah Bronstein (4,200,000).

Salazar held the eighth highest stack at the start of the day`s play and had a terrific run to finish on top of the day-end chip counts. An elated Salazar later said, “I feel really grateful, blessed, and lucky for everything; I hope now that it will continue tomorrow”.

Vincent Lam (3,810,000), Vegard Andreassen (3,500,000), and Daniel Chuprun (2,040,000) hold the other massive stacks heading into the final day.

Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (18th for $9,844) entered Day 2 with more than the average stack and busted 18th at the hands of Salazar. The GGPoker Ambassador shoved on a jack-high flop with aces and flush and straight draws. Salazar, with his flopped two pair, took down the pot after the last two streets blanked out.

Several other noteworthy players finished in the money, including Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (31st for $8,174), Scott Davies (45th for $5,863), Mike Watson (88th for $3,238), Barny Boatman (116th for $3,000), Dan Shak (127th for $2,625), Ryan Laplante (136th for $2,625), and Shea Quintin (144th for $2,625).

The 11 survivors will resume their quest for the coveted bracelet and the $277,949 up top on July 13 at 1 PM (PDT).

Aden Salazar
Aden Salazar


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Aden Salazar – 9,140,000
  2. Noah Bronstein – 4,200,000
  3. Vincent Lam – 3,810,000
  4. Vegard Andreassen – 3,500,000
  5. Daniel Chuprun – 2,040,000
  6. Robert Topham – 1,805,000
  7. Richard Kellett – 1,580,000
  8. Esther Taylor-Brady – 1,385,000
  9. Sandeep Pulusani – 1,210,000
  10. William Leffingwell – 1,130,000
  11. Jordan Kaplan – 1,000,000


Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Of the 257 players who took their seats on Day 2 of Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em, only 22 survived the day`s play. The event registered a 1,364-player field on Monday.

Bracelet winner David Miscikowski (6,085,000) ended the Day 2 session in pole position, with Matt Berkey (5,430,000) and Thomas MacDonald (3,935,000) advancing with the following top stacks.

The lone Indian in the field, bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, busted 27th for $13,999 (~₹11.14 Lakhs). Iyer has scored six times in the series, collectively worth $87,162 (~₹69.38 Lakhs). The Chennai-based pro’s deepest run at the 2022 WSOP was in Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, where he finished seventh for $56,388 (~₹43.99 Lakhs). Iyer’s 27th place finish in Event #78 was the 2019 WSOP Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em champion’s 35th WSOP cash, pushing his WSOP winnings to $998,728 (~₹7.95 Crores), just shy of the $1 Million mark.


Abhinav Iyer’s Day 2 Journey

Iyer entered Day 2 with the 11th largest stack of 440,000. By Level 18, he had climbed to 520,000.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Three levels later, Iyer had moved up to well over 1 Million but lost some chips to the eventual day-end chip leader David Miscikowski. The hand in question saw Iyer call from the small blind, and Miscikowski checked his big blind. The flop brought , and Iyer check-called a 25,000 bet from Miscikowski. The turn came , and Iyer again check-called Miscikowski’s 80,000 c-bet. On the river , Iyer checked again. This time, Miscikowski fired a bet of 250,000. Iyer tanked before tossing in a few red chips to indicate he was calling. Miscikowski turned over for turned trip sixes. Iyer mucked his cards to come down to 1,000,000.

Iyer stack continued to decline; by Level 23, he was down to 900,000. Sometime later, he was involved in a hand with Axel Hallay. With the board open , Iyer checked from the small blind, and Hallay bet 200,000 from the hijack. Iyer called to see the river . Both players checked, and Iyer tabled for a flopped pair of tens. However, Hallay took down the pot with for a pair of Queens. Iyer’s stack dropped to 750,000.

When the final three tables were redrawn, Iyer was left short-stacked with 325,000 (7 BBs). Soon after, he was eliminated in 27th place. The fateful hand saw Santiago Plante raising pre-flop, and the action folded to Iyer, who was in the big blind. Iyer called all-in for 325,000.

Abhinav Iyer

Santiago Plante

The board bricked, and Plante took down the pot with Ace high, ending Iyer`s chase for a second bracelet.

With the top 205 places getting paid, hand-for-hand play began with 208 players, and on the very first hand, the bubble burst with three players heading to the wrong side of the rail. Mike Vanier, Indo-American Monish Thawani, and Elijah Keding were eliminated almost simultaneously, but according to the live coverage, Keding was named the stone bubble.

A flurry of eliminations took place after the money bubble burst. The notables who crossed the money line included Dominik Panka (37th for $11,785), Alex Livingston (50th for $10,061), Joey Weissman (52nd for $10,061), Angel Guillen (61st for $8,712), Martin Jacobson (70th for $7,654), Unibet Poker Team Pro Alexandre Reard (75th for $6,823), Joe Cada (80th for $6,823), Chance Kornuth (81st for $6,174), Andres Korn (87th for $6,174), Taylor Paur (93rd for $5,671), and Justin Saliba (113th for $5,290).

Indo-Americans and bracelet winners Shankar Pillai (130th for $5,011) and Raj Vohra (143rd for $4,385) also failed to make the cut for Day 3.

Ran Koller (2,270,000) and James Gilbert (1,330,000) were the only bracelet winners to carry stacks to Day 3.

The remaining 22 players are assured at least $16,860. The eventual champion will take home $499,636 and the gold bracelet. Day 3 starts at 2 PM (PDT) on July 13.

David Miscikowski
David Miscikowski


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. David Miscikowski – 6,085,000
  2. Matt Berkey – 5,430,000
  3. Thomas MacDonald – 3,935,000
  4. Sebastien Aube – 3,130,000
  5. Nicolas Vayssieres – 3,100,000
  6. Luke Martinelli – 2,955,000
  7. Santiago Plante – 2,920,000
  8. Ran Koller – 2,270,000
  9. Julien Loire – 2,060,000
  10. Alexander Farahi – 1,905,000
  11. Axel Hallay – 1,745,000
  12. Brien Lee – 1,475,000
  13. Kenny Hallaert – 1,425,000
  14. James Gilbert – 1,330,000
  15. Andjelko Andrejevic – 1,300,000
  16. Virgile Turchi – 1,185,000
  17. Nenad Dukic – 1,150,000
  18. Dave Stefanski – 1,135,000
  19. Leandro Vlastaris – 1,128,000
  20. Jonathan Zarin – 995,000
  21. Masashi Yoshikawa – 585,000
  22. Brian Keith Etheridge – 495,000


Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship – Day 1

The second of the two Razz events slated for this edition of WSOP, Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship, concluded its Day 1 action at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas on Tuesday. The event registered a star-studded field of 125 entrants that included some highly notable names. After ten levels of play, only 59 runners bagged and tagged for Day 2.

With late registration open until the start of Day 2, the numbers could easily go higher.

Bracelet winner William Kakon (308,500) claimed the biggest stack of the day. Kakon won his first (and to date only) bracelet in Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em in 2015 for $196,055. This year, he has cashed twice in Pot-Limit Omaha events.

Hal Rotholz ended the day with 299,000 in the bag, not too far behind Kakon. While Rotholz is chasing his first WSOP bracelet, he is a regular in the WSOP mixed games with many impressive scores to his name.

Among the notables who made Day 2 are bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu (240,000), Adam Friedman (214,000), David “ODB” Baker (174,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (144,500), winner of the $1,500 Razz Daniel Strelitz (66,500), defending champion Benny Glaser (21,000) and Phil Hellmuth (12,500).

Razz is a stud-game variant extremely popular among players and has been associated with WSOP for decades. The two tournaments were scheduled back-to-back this year near the end of the series. Last year, Benny Glaser took down the prestigious championship title and $274,693 in prize money. However, the glittery final table with players like Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, John Monette, and Yuri Dzivielevski took center stage and grabbed a lot of attention. Let’s wait and watch what’s in store for this year’s final table with an event that is once again packed with poker legends.

The remaining players will return for Day 2 at 2 PM (PDT) on July 13 in the Paris Purple section to play another seven levels.

William Kakon
William Kakon


Top 10 Chips at the End of Day 1

  1. William Kakon – 308,500
  2. Hal Rotholz – 299,000
  3. Brian Hastings – 263,000
  4. Kyle Dilschneider – 247,000
  5. Daniel Negreanu – 240,000
  6. Amir Nematinia – 228,500
  7. Perry Friedman – 228,000
  8. Adam Friedman – 214,000
  9. David Bach – 210,500
  10. Yueqi Zhu – 198,500


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WSOP 2022: Kartik Ved Leads 19 Indians to Day 2D in $10K WSOP Main Event

Day 37 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw the tournament area at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas jam-packed with players as the last starting flight of Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship kicked off. Simultaneously, Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty played down to a winner.

Quincy Borland topped a massive 14,112-player field in the $1K Million Dollar Bounty to win his career-first gold bracelet and a personal-best $750,120. Kevin Hong finished runner-up for $463,610.

Quincy Borland
Quincy Borland


The biggest highlight of the day was the last starting flight of Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship. As predicted, the fourth starting flight of the Main Event brought in the largest field. Although the numbers are not confirmed yet, an unofficial count of 4,350 players entered the event, with about 3,500 advancing to Day 2D.

The Main Event is on the brink of setting a new attendance record, something which is still possible with late registrations open through the first two levels of Day 2ABC and Day 2D.

Hao Chen (580,100) topped the day-end chip counts and was the only player with over 500K in chips – putting him third overall among the survivors across all four flights.

A massive field had a strong contingent of Indians in the mix, and at least 19 players from Team India advanced to Day 2D. PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (191,300) bagged the most chips from the team, ending the day with the 101st biggest stack. Piyush Aggarwal (179,600), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (117,800), and Kalyan Chakravarthy (115,000) were the only other Indians to bag over 100K heading into Day 2D.

Kartik Ved, Ashish Ahuja & Kalyan Chakravarthy
Kartik Ved, Ashish Ahuja & Kalyan Chakravarthy


A total of 30 Indians (cumulatively) will be returning on Day 2ABC and Day 2D.

Team India Chip Counts For Day 2ABC & 2D

PlayerChip CountsDay 2 Session
Kartik Ved191,300Day 2D
Piyush Aggarwal179,600 Day 2D
Ankit Ahuja177,200Day 2ABC
Aditya Sushant154,000Day 2ABC
Chiraag Patel145,400Day 2ABC
Arsh Grover136,600Day 2ABC
Nirav Parekh121,700Day 2ABC
Ashish Ahuja117,800Day 2D
Kalyan Cheekuri115,000Day 2D
Anik Ajmera113,100Day 2ABC
Neel Joshi95,400Day 2D
Sriharsha Doddapaneni92,300Day 2ABC
Kunal Punjwani90,500 Day 2D
Jaideep Sajwan86,600Day 2D
Jaydeep Dawer78,600 Day 2D
Raghav Bansal77,500Day 2D
Akshay Bharadwaj71,400Day 2D
Siddharth Karia69,300Day 2D
Shashank Jain65,200Day 2D
Madhav Gupta62,200Day 2D
Muskan Sethi62,000Day 2D
Nikita Luther60,400Day 2D
Abhinav Iyer56,500Day 2ABC
Aditya Systla 55,800Day 2D
Apratim Sharma53,400Day 2D
Nipun Java46,900Day 2D
Yudhishter Jaswal45,800Day 2D
Paawan Bansal44,600Day 2ABC
Abhishek Goindi28,200Day 2ABC
Nathan Rao26,000Day 2ABC


Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship – Day 1D

It was going to be a busy Wednesday for players and the tournament staff alike at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, with the last and almost invariably the busiest starting flight of the $10K Main Event World Championship taking off!

The 2022 WSOP Master of Ceremonies, actor Vince Vaughn, making his maiden appearance in the series, entered the tournament arena dressed in a Caesar costume with the Main Event bracelet in his hand for the customary “Shuffle Up and Deal!” announcement on Day 1D.


As expected, the Day 1D flight registered the highest number of entries of all the four flights. Unofficial numbers say that nearly 4,350 players sat down today to begin their quest for the most prized bracelet in poker. Approximately 3,500 were able to continue that journey by finding a bag for Day 2D.

The number to beat is 8,773 entries in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. While the total number of registered entries is approximately 7,780, late registrations have been kept open through two levels of each of the Day 2s on July 7 and 8, raising the prospects for a record field this year.

Given that the field size was so big, predictably, a higher number of Indians were also seen in action! The Indian rail is guaranteed some deep runs from the team as an impressive 19 Indian players progressed to Day 2D. Counting the previous three flights, 30 players from India have already advanced through to Day 2, with the possibility of more players late registering on the two Day 2s.

PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved will lead the Indian contingent to Day 2D with a massive stack of 191,300, the 101st biggest stack among the 3,500-odd survivors. The former bracelet winner has been in good form over the past few weeks. He has already cashed six events at the series, with his deepest run coming in Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout), where he finished third for a career-best $275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores). Ved opened his WSOP scorecard in 2018 with a deep run in the Main Event, finishing 128th for $57,010 (~₹39.20 Lakhs), making him a strong contender for another deep run in the prestigious event.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


Piyush Aggarwal (179,600) bagged the 133rd most giant stack of the day. Not much is known about the player, but given that he does not have a profile on WSOP, we have to assume he will be looking to pick up his career-first WSOP cash in the Main Event.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja was a late arrival at the 2022 WSOP. While he has nine WSOP scores under his belt, he has only scored once in the ongoing series, which was a 192nd place finish in Online Event #7: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack. He bagged 117,800 (ranked 576th in chips) for Day 2D.

Ashish Ahuja Insta Story


Kalyan Chakravarthy is another known name who survived the day`s play, bagging 115,000 (ranked 614th in chips). He was one of few Indians mentioned in the live reporting. He was reported in action towards the end of the day in Level 5 in a hand against former Main Event champion Johnny Chan. The hand in question saw Chakravarthy raise from the cutoff to 1,500, and both the small blind and Chan made the call. It was three-way on the flop , and the action checked to Chakravarthy as he continued with a bet of 1,200. The small blind called, and Chan put in a check-raise to 5,200. Chakravarthy three-bet to 18,800, forcing the small blind out, and Chan made the call. The hit the turn, and Chan checked to Chakravarthy, who fired a bet of 24,000. Chan put in another check-raise of 52,000. Chakravarthy tanked for some time before making the call. The completed the board, and Chan moved all in for 67,400. Chakravarthy tanked once again. He showed for a flopped set of deuces and folded his hand. Chan quickly tossed his cards into the muck and collected the pot.

Kalyan Chakravarthy
Kalyan Chakravarthy


Returning after a profitable series last year, Young Gun Neel Joshi bagged 95,400 (ranked 975th in chips) on Day 1D. The MTT pro from Pune has been a consistent contributor to the team’s tally, having already cashed four events, including a 12th place finish in Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $30,435 (~₹24.02 Lakhs). He made it into the day`s coverage in Level 2 and was seen in action against Apostolos Lanopoulos. Joshi conceded the pot to a 4-bet by the Greek player, bringing his stack down to 54,000. By Level 4, he had jumped up to 83,000 but chipped up a little towards the end.

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi


Spartan Poker Pro Nikita Luther was another player featured in the day’s live coverage. During Level 3, with the flop open , a player in early position bet to 1,400, and Luther called from the blinds. The turn brought , and both players checked to see the river . Luther led out for 3,500, forcing her opponent to fold. “I wanted to raise you,” he said. Luther took down the pot without a showdown. The 2018 Tag Team bracelet winner ended the day with a slightly below-average stack of 60,400 (ranked 1,975th in chips).

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther


Kunal Punjwani (90,500), Jaideep Sajwan (86,600), Jaydeep Dawer (78,600), Raghav Bansal (77,500), Akshay Bharadwaj (71,400), MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia (69,300), Shashank Jain (65,200), Madhav Gupta (62,200), and Muskan Sethi (62,000) were the other Indians who bagged above-average stacks for Day 2D. At the same time, Aditya Systla (55,800), Apratim Sharma (53,400), two-time bracelet winner Nipun Java (46,900), and Yudhishter Jaswal (45,800) will be returning on Day 2D with below-average stacks.

One of India’s most celebrated poker pros, Aditya Agarwal, also entered the vast Day 1D field. With eight WSOP Main Event cashes to his name, the most by an Indian at the prestigious event, the poker pioneer was in the hunt to take that number to nine. Sadly, a brutal bad beat saw his Aces get cracked by an opponent’s Big Slick bringing an abrupt end to Agarwal’s Main Event run.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


The Day 1D field was replete with a host of Indo-American players, and several among them crossed the first hurdle. Some of them include:

PlayerChip Count
Parminder Kumar1,81,000
Ajay Gnanasambanthan1,52,700
Gurjit Bassi1,46,000
Romit Patel1,44,000
Ashish Gupta1,40,000
Sanjay Patel1,37,300
Harsukhpaul Sangha1,32,000
Sadananda Prabhu1,21,300
Shyam Ravindran1,18,500
Raja Chirumamilla1,18,400
Manas Gandhi1,14,600
Naresh Sadhvani1,05,500
Kunal Patel1,05,500
Deependra Talla99,900
Karanvir Singh99,100
Avi Mukherjee92,700
Shanmukha Meruga87,700
Sunita Advaney87,200
Raghavendra Dronavalli84,100
Manish Vaswani83,300
Vineet Pahuja79,500
Harish Ananthapadmanabha76,400
Jason Kapoor76,100
Pawan Braich72,800
Raja Sekhar72,500
Jay Majmudar72,000
Shankar Pillai70,000
Romandeep Brar69,300
Ankush Mandavia66,500
Paul Dhaliwal65,100
Amit Makhija64,900
Rupom Pal62,100
Arash Shahi61,500
Sasidhar Bobba57,300
Jeevan Nomula56,000
Raj Singh52,400
Sami Shurbaji50,000
Pratik Patel46,600
Bhavin Khatri46,500
Punal Patel43,100
Akash Seth42,900
Shashi Ramakrishna41,700
Shiv Narayanan40,700
Amar Singer39,200
Ravindran Pillai37,500
Ravee Sundara37,000
Balakrish Patur34,800
Dhruv Doshi33,000
Amish Patel32,500
Dhanesh Chainani32,500
Sai Sirandas30,900
Amit Sharma30,000
Mandeep Sah29,500
Supan Shah27,200
Nir Shami24,700
Sridhar Sangannagari22,900
Sundeep Sangany20,900
Ramesh Puradchithasan20,500
Tanuj Bhatnagar13,700
Anirban Roy7,200


Several notable names were seen in action on Day 1D, and none garnered as much attention as ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey. The Poker Hall of Famer was one of the last few players to fall on Day 1D and exited in the second last hand of the day when his ran into Andrew Touchette‘s . The latter spiked an Ace on the flop, ending Ivey’s Main Event run.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey


Hao Chen emerged as the end-of-Day 1D chip leader with a stack of 580,100 – putting him in third place among the survivors of all four flights. Chen was the only player to bag over 500K in chips on Day 1D. Randal Heeb (339,000) and Mathieu His (316,000) carry the other top stacks to Day 2D.

Multiple former Main Event Champions fired in today’s flight and found bags in their quest to accomplish the rare feat of becoming a multiple-title winner. Koray Aldemir (71,800), Chris Moneymaker (108,000), Greg Merson (103,700), Joe Hachem (21,600), and Johnny Chan (218,800) are among those who kept that dream alive by advancing to Day 2D.

Among the Day 1D survivors was the late Shane Warne‘s son, Jackson Warne. He entered the Main Event in memory of the cricketing legend and qualified for Day 2D with a respectable 87,300.


All the Day 1D survivors will return for Day 2D at 11 AM (PDT) on July 8.


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1D

  1. Hao Chen – 580,100
  2. Randal Heeb – 339,000
  3. Mathieu His – 316,000
  4. Joseph Bold – 299,400
  5. Bjorn Stoweno – 289,000
  6. Jared Hyman – 285,000
  7. Daniel Hachem – 283,700
  8. Matthew Wiegman – 283,300
  9. Sergio Coutinho – 277,000
  10. David Finkel – 273,500


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WSOP 2022: Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad Champion Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team ($148,067)

Four days of high-octane action in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team of the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) came to a close on Wednesday with Team Leonard (cover image) — comprising Patrick Leonard and Espen Jørstad — emerging as the newest WSOP Tag Team champions!

Team Leonard held the second shortest stack among the ten teams entering the final table on Day 3. They hung on tight to make the final day with the third biggest stack of the five teams. By the time Team Leonard reached the heads-up, they were staring at a 1:6 chip deficit against Team Paggeot (Jamie Kerstetter and Corey Paggeot), who dominated much of the final table action.

Team Leonard stuck to their guns and fought back, eventually claiming the chip lead and title. This was the career-first bracelet win for both Leonard and Jørstad. Both players banked $74,042 each.


Leonard and Jørstad joined hands for the Tag Team event through an Instagram post. But the duo had only good things to say about each other. Jørstad played all of Day 1, and Leonard said he had a lot of confidence in his partner.

Jørstad, meanwhile, had only praise for his partner after a series of “absurd” plays midway through the tournament. “He was just making some absurd adjustments,” said Jørstad. “Folding tens to a three-bet and the opponent shows aces. Folding jacks and the guy shows queens. Just absurd plays. And I was like ‘Ok, we’re winning this.'”

Leonard said that the biggest advantage he and Jørstad had was their freshness, dividing the time at the table over the past few days to capitalize on it on the final table. “A lot of people had played solo for the last few days,” said Leonard. “Some had played four days by themselves, whereas we’ve probably played about 50:50. We were fresh and taking hours in, hours out, and when I was out, I was studying, and I knew what to do coming in, so that was our biggest advantage.”

“We were prepared for a really hard grind,” said Jørstad. “We had two coolers in our favor in the beginning, and that got us up pretty good.”

Despite watching the final hand from the sidelines, Jørstad said that he himself felt all in watching Leonard in action. “I felt 100% of the all-in,” said Jørstad. “It was against the team we wanted to get heads-up against as well. Jamie is obviously very popular in the community; everyone loves her – Corey as well – it felt really nice getting heads-up with them and winning in the end.”


Though Team Paggeot lost the bracelets, they were gracious in defeat, with Jamie Kerstetter and Corey Paggeot taking to Twitter to congratulate Team Leonard.


The Tag Team event locked in 913 entries, creating an $812,570 prize pool. The top 137 teams were assured payouts.

From India, Team Luther (Spartan Poker Pro and former Tag Team bracelet champion Nikita Luther & Indo-Swiss player Dinesh Alt) had made the cut for Day 2 but exited in 124th place for $1,611 (~₹1.27 Lakhs).

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther


The elimination of Team Ripper (Wagner RipperWalter Ripper) (11th for $8,941) set up the ten-handed final table.

Wagner Ripper
Wagner Ripper


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Corey Paggeot – Jamie Kerstetter – 3,330,000
  2. Yutaro Tsugaru – Taichi Ichikawa – 2,970,000
  3. Franco Spitale – Martin Pochat – 1,855,000
  4. Zachary Vankeuren – Gabriel Ramos – 1,855,000
  5. Curtis Knight – Chris Barnes – 1,615,000
  6. Renato Spahiu – Nicholas Velentzas – 1,600,000
  7. Mackenzie Kraemer – Jon Schiller – 1,400,000
  8. Adam Russell – Ryan O’Grady – 1,350,000
  9. Patrick Leonard – Espen Jørstad – 1,020,000
  10. Michael Savakinas – Satoshi Tanaka – 900,00


Final Table Recap

After an hour of the final table set up, Team Savakinas hit the rail in 10th place. Michael Savakinas ran into Jamie Kerstetter’s . The board bricked, ending Team Savakinas hopes of winning the Tag Team bracelets.

Michael Savakinas
Michael Savakinas


Next to go was Team Knight when their were cracked by Team Leonard’s that rivered a Broadway straight on the board. Team Knight walked out in ninth place.

Curtis Knight
Curtis Knight


Finishing in eighth place was Team Russell when their was bested by Team Paggeot’s that flopped two pair on the runout .

Adam Russell
Adam Russell


Minutes later, Jamie Kerstetter of Team Paggeot shoved all-in from the cutoff with . Renato Spahiu of Team Spahiu called from the small blind for his remaining 850,000 with the . The community cards revealed eliminating Team Spahiu in seventh place.

Renato Spahiu
Renato Spahiu


Team Vankeuren was the last team to be eliminated on Day 3. Zachary Vankeuren pitted his against Yutaro Tsugaru’s (Team Tsugaru) . The latter turned two pair on the board , dismissing Team Vankeuren in sixth place.

Zachary Vankeuren
Zachary Vankeuren


Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Corey Paggeot – Jamie Kerstetter – 7,975,000
  2. Yutaro Tsugaru – Taichi Ichikawa – 4,900,000
  3. Patrick Leonard – Espen Jørstad – 2,235,000
  4. Franco Spitale – Martin Pochat – 1,850,000
  5. Mackenzie Kraemer – Jon Schiller – 1,250,000


Final Day Recap

The Day 2 chip leaders Team Kraemer were eliminated 13 minutes into the final day’s play. Mackenzie Kraemer moved all-in pre-flop with and Jamie Kerstetter called off with . The community cards blanked, dismissing Team Kraemer in fifth place.

Mackenzie Kraemer
Mackenzie Kraemer


Ten minutes later, the action folded to Jamie Kerstetter, who jammed from the small blind. Short-stacked Franco Spitale (Team Spitale) called all-in.

Franco Spitale

Jamie Kerstetter

While Team Spitale was ahead pre-flop, the flop gave Team Paggeot the lead with a pair of tens. The turn [ and river bricked, eliminating Team Spitale in fourth place.

Franco Spitale
Franco Spitale


Less than an hour later, Team Tsugaru‘s were cracked by Team Paggeot’s , which bettered to a pair of eights on the river, ousting Team Tsugaru in third place.

Yutaro Tsugaru
Yutaro Tsugaru


The heads-up between Team Paggeot (15,600,000) and Team Leonard (2,650,000) began with the former in a commanding lead. Despite starting on the backfoot, Team Leonard steadily built up their stack, and after about two hours into the match, they snatched the title away from Team Paggeot.

Jamie Kerstetter - Corey Paggeot
Jamie Kerstetter – Corey Paggeot


On the final hand, Patrick Leonard moved all-in from the big blind. Corey Paggeot tanked for a while before tossing in a call chip and putting his team at risk.

Patrick Leonard

Corey Paggeot

The board ran out declaring Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad as the new Tag Team champions!

Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad
Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad – $148,067
  2. Jamie Kerstetter & Corey Paggeot – $91,513
  3. Yutaro Tsugaru & Taichi Ichikawa – $65,059
  4. Franco Spitale & Martin Pochat – $46,904
  5. Mackenzie Kraemer & Jon Schiller – $34,299


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