The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on June 7, Day 8 of the festival, and it was yet another day crammed full of action and suspense. By the time the last person out of Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas turned out the lights, there were two new champions and five other events edging towards crowning their winners.
Henry Acain triumphed in Event #5: $500 The Housewarming and walked away with his first WSOP bracelet in addition to an impressive $701,215 in cash. Former tennis pro turned poker pro Raj Vohra won Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, which awarded Vohra his first piece of WSOP hardware plus $335,886 in prize money.
Elsewhere, several events marched onwards towards crowning champions of their own, including Event #12: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit 8-Handed, which ended with only six players, and with Brek Schutten in pole position. One of those six finalists will end June 8 with $1,328,068 in their bankroll.
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$10,000 Dealer’s Choice Ends With Only Two Players; Diebold Leads
Fifteen players sat back down on Day 3 of Event #10: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship and only two of them remain in contention for the title: Ben Diebold and Mike Gorodinsky. The final two players decided to come back and fight it out for the title on June 8 after some much-needed rest.
Diebold returns to the action with a commanding 5,720,000 to 1,635,000 lead over Gorodinsky as he hunts down his first WSOP bracelet. Should Gorodinsky stage a comeback and walk away with the victory, he will do so with his third career bracelet in tow.
Play resumes at 2:00 p.m. local time and PokerNews’ live reporting team will be on the ground until someone walks away victoriously.
Event #10: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship Final Table Results
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|3||Brian Rast||United States||$134,370|
|4||Christopher Claassen||United States||$98,738|
|6||Randy Ohel||United States||$55,329|
Schutten Leads The Way in the $50K
Twenty-three players Day 1 survivors were joined by 16 late entrants for Day 2 of the $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event with recently WSOP bracelet winner Dan Smith leading the charge. Smith made it through to the money places but could not progress deeper than tenth place. Taking over the role of chip leader going into the final day is Brek Schutten.
Schutten shone brightly on Day 2 and ended the night with 10,125,000 chips in his stack, which was the only eight-figure stack of the surviving six players. Punnat Punsri is Schutten’s nearest rival with 7,150,000 chips.
The controversial Jake Schindler (4,650,000) resides in third, with Shannon Shorr (3,650,000) hoping to shake of the unwanted tag of “best poker player without a bracelet” by the end of play on June 8.
David Peters (3,425,000) has every chance of winning his second bracelet of the 2022 series and his fifth overall, while Andrew Lichtenberger (1,325,000) is not only there to make up the numbers.
Play resumes at 3:00 p.m. and is scheduled to be streamed on a one-hour delay on the PokerGO platform. Of course, PokerNews will be with you every step of the way in this event.
Event #12: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Shannon Shorr||United States||3,650,000||15|
|2||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||1,325,000||5|
|3||Jake Schindler||United States||4,650,000||19|
|4||Brek Schutten||United States||10,125,000||41|
|6||David Peters||United States||3,425,000||14|
Kwon Bags $1,500 Limit Hold’em Chip Lead; Host of Stars Progress
Christoph Kwon is the man to catch going into Day 3 of Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em where only 16 players remain in contention for the title, the bracelet, and a $145,856 payout.
Kwon fnished Day 2 with a tournament-leading stack of 1,695,000 chips. He is in pole position now but such luminaries as Lee Markholt (1,405,000), Nick Pupillo (1,340,000), 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (1,195,000), and Steven Wolansky (1,180,000) are hanging from Kwon’s coattails and each has more than a million chips at their disposal.
Day 1 chip leader Kenny Hsiung (835,000) returns for Day 2 in eighth-place.
A champion will be crowned in this event on June 8. Join the PokerNews team from 2:00 p.m. local time to discover who that champion turns out to be.
Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Christoph Kwon||United States||1,695,000|
|2||Lee Markholt||United States||1,405,000|
|3||Nick Pupillo||United States||1,340,000|
|4||Joe McKeehen||United States||1,195,000|
|5||Steven Wolansky||United States||1,180,000|
|6||Pedro Rios||United States||985,000|
|7||Ben Ross||United States||965,000|
|8||Kenny Hsiung||United States||835,000|
|10||Fred Lavassani||United States||710,000|
Pillai Among the Leaders in the $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Event
You would never have thought only 160 players would bag up chips at the end of Day 1 of the $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event when 2,393 players bought in, but that is exactly what happened. The field was sliced through over the course of 17 levels, and Shankar Pillai came out relatively unscathed with 849,000 chips.
Pillai’s stack places him in third place at the restart. Late night victories for Fabrice Bigot (1,076,000) and Tianyi Mu (883,000) denied Pillai the overnight chip lead.
Also bagging up a very healthy stack was 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada (846,000), while Anson Tsang (758,000) finished in the top 10 in the overnight counts. They were not the only household names to safely navigate their way through the carnage of Day 1. Justin Liberto (644,000), Taylor Paur (637,000), Jeremy Ausmus (621,000), Brad Ruben (264,000), and Kevin Gerhart (245,000) also made it to Day 2.
That Day 2 shuffles up and deals inside Bally’s Las Vegas at 12:00 p.m. local time on June 8. As always, follow the action right here at PokerNews.
Event #14: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Tianyi Mu||United States||883,000|
|3||Shankar Pillai||United States||849,000|
|4||Joe Cada||United States||846,000|
|5||Giuseppe Pizzolato||United States||802,000|
|6||Derek Sudell||United States||783,000|
|7||Blaise Hom||United States||782,000|
|8||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||758,000|
|9||Leo Soma||United States||754,000|
Yockey Leads as 39 Bracelet Winners Progress to Day 2 of the $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
$10,000 buy-in WSOP events tend to attract some elite players but Event #15: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was something else. Some 180 players bought in and 108 punched their Day 2 tickets. Amazingly, 39 of those surviving players already own at least one gold WSOP bracelet.
Chip leader Bryce Yockey is one of those players; he finished with 398,000 chips at the close of play. Yockey is tailed by such luminaries as Ray Dehkharghani (350,000), Jesse Klein (330,000), Alex Livingston (240,000), Mike Matusow (175,000), Scott Clements (158,000), Robert Mizrachi (99,000), and Erik Seidel (80,000) among a long list of others.
If you love reading about the biggest names in poker battling it out in high stakes tournaments, you need to return to PokerNews from 2:00 p.m. local time on June 8 and follow all the updates from the $10K Omaha Hi-Lo.
Event #15: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Bryce Yockey||United States||398,000|
|2||Ray Dehkharghani||United States||350,000|
|3||Jesse Klein||United States||333,000|
|4||Bart O’Connell||United States||295,000|
|5||Aditya Prasetyo||United States||248,000|
|7||John Esposito||United States||240,000|
|8||Perry Friedman||United States||214,000|
|9||David Prociak||United States||214,000|