The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now 15 days into its busy schedule, but it is showing no signs of slowing down; it’s speeding up if anything. Day 15 of the series saw one champion crowned, another three on the verge of awarding their bracelets, and three more packing Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas with bumper crowds.
Mike Jukich was the sole bracelet winner on Day 15 of the 2022 WSOP. The Virginia native came out on top in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em to capture his first WSOP bracelet and a career-high score of $966,577.
There were meant to be two gold bracelets dished out on June 14, but Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship ended in a stalemate between Kyle Dilschneider and Jonathan Cohen. The pair fought one-on-one for more than two hours before agreeing to get some well-deserved rest. Cohen and Dilschneider return to fight it out for their first WSOP bracelet from 3:00 p.m. on June 15.
Raghavan In The Hunt For the $1,500 Shootout Bracelet
Only ten of the 1,000 entrants in Event #27: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em remain in contention for the tournament’s bracelet and a $240,480 payday. Day 2 saw the 100 returning players whittled to a ten-handed final table.
Ravi Raghavan, a player with almost $4.2 million in live cashes, and one with a WPT title to his name, must be one of the favorites to secure his first WSOP bracelet. Raghavan has two WSOP Circuit rings; a gold bracelet would set them off nicely.
Kevin Song is another player to look out for at the final table. Song won a $2,000 Limit Hold’em event 25-years-ago and is now only nine eliminations from reeling in another piece of poker jewelry.
Although Raghavan and Song are the biggest winners at the final table, there will be plenty of people rooting for Timothy McDermott when play resumes. McDermott was down to a solitary 5,000 chip on Day 1 yet here he is at a WSOP final table!
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. local time on June 15, and a champion will be crowned.
Event #27: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Final Table
|1||Ravi Raghavan||United States||2,475,000|
|2||Roongsak Griffeth||United States||2,480,000|
|3||Derek Sudell||United States||2,475,000|
|4||David Yonnotti||United States||2,475,000|
|5||Michael Simhai||United States||2,500,000|
|6||Ariant Patel||United States||2,475,000|
|7||Kevin Song||United States||2,495,000|
|8||Timothy McDermott||United States||2,480,000|
|9||Austin Peck||United States||2,475,000|
|10||David Dowdy||United States||2,480,000|
Karakitukov Claims $50,000 PLO High Roller Day 2 Chip Lead
Thirty-six of the 106 starters in Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller returned to their seats for Day 2 of the star-studded tournament, but only five of them remain in the hunt for $1,393,816 top prize.
Veselin Karakitukov is the man to catch when the cards are back in the air from 4:00 p.m. local time on June 15, courtesy of bagging up 9,755,000 chips at the close of play. Karakitukov may hold the chip lead going into the final day, but he will not have matters his own way because his final four opponents are incredible PLO players.
Ben Lamb (8,215,000), Robert Cowen (7,935,000), and Dash Dudley (4,185,000) have won bracelets in this discipline before, while short-stack Jared Bleznick (1,690,000) came agonizingly close to winning the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2013 when he finished in second place.
PLO is an exciting game in its own right, but these five stars will not be shy about getting their stacks into the middle of the felt. Make sure you do not miss any of the action by tuning into PokerNews on June 15.
Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||7,935,000||53|
|3||Dash Dudley||United States||4,185,000||28|
|4||Jared Bleznick||United States||1,690,000||11|
|5||Ben Lamb||United States||8,215,000||55|
Nothing Separating the Top Three Stacks in the $1,500 NL Deuce-to-Seven
Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball is down to its final 19 players and there is very little separating the top three stacks who go into Day 2 neck and neck.
Yuri Dzivielevski and Jonathan McGowan are tied atop the leaderboard with stacks of 1,110,000, while third-place currently belongs to serial WSOP casher Roland Israelashvili, who has 1,105,000 chips!
Just below this trio, you find Maxx Coleman (970,000) and Yosif Nawabi (960,000), who are separated by a mere 10,000 chips.
This event is literally anyone’s to win, a lot will come down to how the cards fall and which players manage to hold their nerve as the pressure rises. Who will cope the best? We will find out from 1:00 p.m. on June 15.
Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Top 10 Chip Counts
|T-1||Jonathan McGowan||United States||1,110,000|
|3||Roland Israelashvili||United States||1,105,000|
|4||Maxx Coleman||United States||970,000|
|5||Yosif Nawabi||United States||960,000|
|6||Drew Scott||United States||785,000|
|8||Gabe Paul||United States||545,000|
|9||Kane Kalas||United States||540,000|
|10||Kenneth Po||United States||485,000|
Song Sings Loudest on Day 1 of the $1K PLO
Day 1 of the Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed saw a massive crowd of 1,891 players buy in, but only 108 of them managed to navigate their way through to Day 2.
Stephen Song (1,404,000) was one of four players who turned their 20,000 starting stacks into more than one million chips. Song cracked aces twice on his way to the chip lead, making a heart flush each time.
Pedro Arroyos (1,365,000) busted four opponents in two hands, including three at once, while William Kopp (1,163,000) and Chino Rheem (1,100,000) both return for Day 2 with more than 100 big blinds in their stacks.
Dozens of elite-level grinders made it through to Day 2, which shuffles up and deals at noon local time on June 15. PokerNews cannot wait to see what that Day 2 brings.
Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Top Ten Chip Counts
|1||Stephen Song||United States||1,404,000||140|
|2||Pedro Arroyos||United States||1,365,000||136|
|3||William Kopp||United States||1,163,000||116|
|4||Chino Rheem||United States||1,100,000||110|
|5||Jerold Saeman||United States||950,000||95|
|7||Joseph Bernthold||United States||798,000||79|
|8||Jeffrey Trudeau Jr||United States||794,000||79|
Johansson Leads Host of Stars in the $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Some 102 players bought into Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship on Day 1 but that figure could and probably will increase as late registration remains open until the start of Day 2.
Day 1 concluded with 43 players bagging up chips, with nobody cramming more into their overnight chip bag than Sweden’s Oscar Johansson (293,000). Five-time WSOP bracelet winners Brian Hastings (292,000) and Shaun Deeb (286,000) are now armed with top three stacks.
Jeremy Ausmus (250,000), the legendary Swede Erik Sagstrom (183,000), Daniel Zack (158,000), Phil Hellmuth (137,0000), and GGPoker’s Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (78,000) are just a handful of poker superstars to keep an eye on when play resumes at 2:00 p.m. on June 15.
Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Top Ten Chip Counts
|2||Brian Hastings||United States||292,000|
|3||Shaun Deeb||United States||286,000|
|4||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||250,000|
|5||Matthew Edgar||United States||248,000|
|6||William O’Neil||United States||229,000|
|7||Vladislac Denisov||United States||204,000|
|9||Hal Rotholz||United States||192,000|