Only one new bracelet was awarded on Day 23 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, but that does not mean there was not plenty of action going on across the two huge tournament areas. There were six events in play at one stage and approximately 6,000 players riffling chips, running audacious bluffs, and making royal flushes.
Bulgaria’s Yuliyan Kolev became a two-time WSOP champion after he came out on top in Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em. Kolev defeated Oren Rosen heads-up when his pocket aces prevailed against queen-jack. Kolev walked away with a whopping $1,125,141 and perhaps a sponsorship from chicken-based fast food outlet KFC seeing how he and his rail sported KFC buckets on their heads throughout the final table!
Racener Among Final Five in the $10K H.O.R.S.E
Day 3 of Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship cut the field down to only five players, and talented group they are. Andrew Yeh bagged up the chip lead with a 3,860,000 stack, but there is little separating Yeh and second-placed Philip Long (3,630,000).
John Racener has a great chance to second the second bracelet of his career because he returns in the middle of the pack with 2,520,000 chips. Bryce Yockey (1,290,000) and Craig Chait (1,245,000) are the two shortest stack but there most certainly are not out of the running just yet.
Play resumes at 4:00 p.m. local time on June 23 under the watchful eyes of both the PokerNews live reporting team and the PokerGO stream.
Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Day Seat Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds||Big Bets|
|1||John Racener||United States||2,520,000||32||16|
|2||Andrew Yeh||United States||3,860,000||48||24|
|3||Philip Long||United Kingdom||3,630,000||45||23|
|4||Bryce Yockey||United States||1,290,000||16||8|
|5||Craig Chait||United States||1,245,000||16||8|
the button will be on Craig Chait and there are five hands left in Omaha Hi-Lo
Prociak Leads $1,500 PLO Event With Ten Remaining; Hui Lurking
Florida’s David Prociak (6,400,000) is the man to catch going into Day 3 of Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed where only nine opponents stand between him and a second piece of poker jewelry. Prociak won a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event in 2016 and is now on course to add a PLO one to his collection.
Three other players that already have bracelets are among the final ten in this event. Dylan Weisman (5,660,000) has the biggest stack of that trio. David Williams (2,980,000) and Phil Hui (2,675,000), the latter having two WSOP titles on his resume, are gunning for glory in another bracelet-awarding event.
The final ten players sit down again at 12:00 p.m. local time on June 23 and battle it out until a champion is crowned.
Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Final 10 Chip Counts
|1||David Prociak||United States||6,400,000||64|
|2||Dylan Weisman||United States||5,660,000||56|
|3||Shane Nardiello||United States||4,725,000||47|
|4||Charles Coultas||United States||4,325,000||43|
|6||David Williams||United States||2,980,000||30|
|7||Phil Hui||United States||2,675,000||26|
|8||Paul Fehlig||United States||1,930,000||19|
|9||Kao Saechao||United States||1,820,000||18|
|10||Dylan Smith||United States||1,640,000||16|
Waigel is The Man To Catch Going Into Day 3 of the $5K 6-Max
Argentinian grinder Ezequiel Waigel has now cashed in four events at the 2022 WSOP, including in this Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. Waigel (3,440,000) is hoping this four in-the-money finish ends with some poker gold at the end of the rainbow.
Waigel returns with 136 big blinds in his stack. Anthony Spinella is the only other player with three figures worth of blinds (103) courtesy of his 2,575,000 stack.
The list of 47 remaining players is littered with such stars as Stephen Song (2,485,000), Felipe Ketzer (1,540,000), Robert Mizrachi (1,170,000), Joey Weissman (985,000), and Elio Fox (895,000).
Follow all the updates from Day 3 of this event from 2:00 p.m. local time on June 23 as they play down to the final five.
Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Anthony Spinella||United States||2,575,000||103|
|3||Stephen Song||United States||2,485,000||99|
|5||Justin Bond||United States||2,145,000||86|
|7||Anthony Hu||United States||1,745,000||70|
|10||Jonho Hong||South Korea||1,315,000||53|
Kennedy Comes Out on Top After Day 1a of the Seniors Championship
Day 1a of Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship saw 5,121 players buy in but only 607 make it through to Day 2. Definitely through is James Kennedy who bagged up 452,000 chips, which are enough for the overnight chip lead. Kennedy has several WSOP cashes to his name, including a brace in senior and super senior events.
Allyn Shulman (361,500) is hot on Kennedy’s heels; her stack is enough for third place right now. Others safely through include Kevin Song (350,000), Barry Shulman (305,000), Kathy Liebert (225,000), David Pham (224,500), Robert Varkonyi (129,500), and Barry Greenstein (107,000).
Day 1b commences at 10:00 a.m., nice and early on June 23. As always, PokerNews will be on the ground throughout the day’s proceedings.
Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||James Kennedy||United States||452,000||181|
|2||Seongsu Kong||South Korea||365,000||146|
|3||Allyn Shulman||United States||361,500||145|
|4||Orlando Barrera||United States||358,500||143|
|6||Kevin Song||United States||350,000||140|
|8||Louis Russo||United States||339,000||136|
|9||Dennis Spretz||United States||333,000||133|
|10||Daniel Gerard||United States||310,000||124|
Dobbs Shines On Day 1 of the $1,500 Eight Game Mix
Day 1 of Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed saw 15 40-minute lvels played, which were enough to bust almost two-thirds of the 695-strong field. Only 200 players had chips to bag up at the close of play, and nobody had more chips than Michael Dobbs (293,100).
Dobbs leads the likes of Randy Ohel (237,000), Scott Bohlman (208,900), Nick Guagenti (206,000), Fabrice Soulier (185,400), and Robert Campbell (181,800) going into Day 2. Each is now focussed on securing the $181,783 top prize from the $927,825 prize pool in addition to the all-important WSOP bracelet.
PokerNews rejoins the action from 2:00 p.m. local time on June 23 with the plan to play ten levels of 60-minutes each.
Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Michael Dobbs||United States||293,100|
|2||Jay Kerbel||United States||269,000|
|3||Hieu Luu||United States||251,500|
|4||Randy Ohel||United States||237,000|
|5||Jason Stockfish||United States||235,500|
|6||Dustin Dirksen||United States||227,000|
|7||Robert McLaughlin||United States||222,200|
|8||Alex Outhred||United States||221,600|
|9||Tyler Willse||United States||216,800|
|10||Scott Bohlman||United States||208,900|
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