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Poker news | Jun 24, 2022

2022 WSOP Recap: Highlights So Far

By RTR Alex

WSOP 2022 Highlights

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well under-way at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas and is already providing some timeless moments to add to the history books - from a classic Phil Ivey heads-up battle to the Millionaire-Maker champ sporting a KFC bucket as a hat - though we're still yet to see a classic Phil Hellmuth freak-out.

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As we cross the halfway mark of the series, with Phil Hui taking the bracelet for Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, we thought now's a great time to run through a few of the highlights so far, as well as a full winner's list you can check out at the end.

Kate Kopp Grabs First Gold Bracelet

The first WSOP event of 2022 saw Kate Kopp take home her first ever gold bracelet in the $500 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

Kopp is no stranger to the felt - as a long-time dealer and poker player from Cleveland, Ohio, she managed to navigate a field of 832 players and claim the top prize of $65,168. Kopp has now played in eight WSOP events throughout the years, but this is the first time her name joins the list of gold bracelet winners.

After finishing third in the same event back in 2018, this victory means a lot to Kopp and her family. In a post-win interview she said:

My whole family plays poker. My grandpa taught us. My brother and sister both have rings and even my nine and 10-year-olds know how to play.

Kate Kopp

Kolev Turns $1,500 Into $1.1 Million

Over the years there have been plenty of interesting outfits spotted at the tables, but on Day 23 of the series we saw perhaps the most interesting piece of poker attire ever witnessed... a KFC bucket worn as a hat.

This was an extremely bold move by the Bulgaria pro, Yuliyan Kolev, but it only earned respect as he cashed in $1,125,189 after outwitting the other 7,960 entrants. Support from the rail couldn't have been stronger, as his entire team joined him with the fast food headwear.

The Millionaire Maker victory makes Kolev a two-time WSOP champion and delivers the greatest score of his career, bringing his total earnings to $2,804,010. The final hand, saw Kolev defeat Oren Rosen heads-up with pocket aces prevailing against queen-jack, which secured an infamous WSOP victory and perhaps a sponsorship for deep fried chicken...

Kolev KFC

Fourth Bracelets: David Peters and Scott Seiver

David Peters and Scott Seiver have both grabbed their fourth WSOP titles this year. Seiver landed a cool $320,059 in Event #3: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout, while Peters added just a little to his bank balance, with a $1,166,810 score in Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty.

Peters competed in the brand new event with only 45 other entrants, where every knockout was worth $25,000. Though the field was small, the names were huge... Peters duked it out with the likes of Phil Ivey, Ali Imsirovic, Dario Sammartino and ultimately faced Chance Kornuth heads up to battle it out for the win.

With such legends joining him at the table, it's no surprise Peters was ecstatic after defeating Kornuth:

“It’s always nice to beat someone that’s hot, and someone that is a great player,” Peters told PokerGO. “It was nice to beat a player like that for sure.”

It comes as no surprise this victory means so much, as it moves Peters to fifth place on poker's all-time money list, with lifetime earnings totalling $40,165,579.

Seiver, also one of the most infamous high-stakes players in the world, bagged his fourth piece of WSOP jewellery too.

In Event #3, Seiver topped a field of 752 entries to snag the win. Alexander Farahi joined him heads-up but was ultimately outplayed by the Ohio native, who now sits 23rd on the all-time money list.

Henry Acain and Event #5

Event #5: $500 Housewarming became the fourth largest live WSOP tournament of all time with a staggering 20,080 entrants. The mammoth field built a top prize of $701,215 and Henry Acain fought his way through the competition to bag his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.

On the final day, he battled against start-of-the-day chip leader Christian Taylor to secure pole position for the final table. It was smooth sailing for Acain, who used the big stack to bully his way round the table. By the final hand he held a major chip lead and was able to crack Jared Kingery’s pocket aces to take the victory.

Henry Acain

Dan Smith Wins First-Ever WSOP Bracelet

Dan Smith, long regarded as one of the best poker players without a WSOP bracelet, has finally broken the curse. He sits 7th on the all-time money list but had somehow never taken a World Series title before this year's Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up Championship.

WIth 48 WSOP events to his name, it's no surprise that this victory was so important to Smith:

“I’m not typically a very sentimental person,” said Smith. “I remember before the One Drop final table, everyone was like, ‘how important is it for you to be playing for this bracelet?’ and I was, ‘I’m focused on the $10 million today.’ Today it really is, and was about the bracelet.”

Smith took home $509,717 after beating a field with the likes of Jake Daniels, Laszlo Bujtas, Alex Foxen, Jonathan Jaffe, and Dario Sammartino. PokerGo streamed the heads-up showdown between Smith and Christoph Vogelsang, live from the Las Vegas Strip, where after a lengthy battle, Smith came out on top to take his first WSOP title.

Dan Smith

Chad Eveslage and Jake Schindler Score High Roller Gold

High roller tournaments are always a hit at the World Series and this year saw the largest entry field in history for a high roller event. Event #8: $25,000 NL Hold’em High Roller hosted 251 players, all with hopes to bag the top prize of $1,415,610. But Chad Eveslage came out on top and was joined by Jake Schindler as runner up, who bagged a cool $874,915.

Schindler also made his way onto the felt for Event #12: $50,000 NL Hold’em High Roller where he landed his first ever gold bracelet and the $1,328,068 prize.

The two results put Schindler atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard and the 2022 PGT leaderboard, as well as placing him 11th on the all time money list. Not bad for a week's work...

Schindler WSOP

2022 World Series of Poker - Results So Far

# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up
1 $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em 832 Kate Kopp $65,168 Wyatt Frost
2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 46 David Peters $1,166,810 Chance Kornuth
3 $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 752 Scott Seiver $320,059 Alexander Farahi
4 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed 430 Brad Ruben $126,288 Jaswinder Lally
5 $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold'em 20,080 Henrieto Acain $701,215 Jared Kingery
6 $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship 64 Dan Smith $509,717 Christoph Vogelsang
7 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 1,086 Amnon Filippi $252,718 Matt Vengrin
8 $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 251 Chad Eveslage $1,415,610 Jake Schindler
9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 329 Alex Livingston $103,282 Daniel Weinman
10 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship 123 Ben Diebold $299,488 Mike Gorodinsky
o1 $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout 218 Norbert Szecsi $288,850 Tony Dunst
o2 $500 No-Limit Hold'em Big $500 1,213 Manig Löser $127,153 Brian Battistone
11 $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 5,715 Raj Vohra $335,286 Qing Liu
12 $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 101 Jake Schindler $1,328,068 Brek Schutten
13 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 522 Michael Moncek $145,856 Ben Ross
14 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 2,392 Leo Soma $456,889 Thomas Schultz
15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 196 Daniel Zack $440,757 Dustin Dirksen
16 $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 1,240 Stefan Lehner $558,616 Toby Boas
17 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 309 Dominick Sarle $164,243 Jerry Wong
18 $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 2,663 Bryan Schultz $330,057 Young Sik Eum
19 $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 264 Tong Li $1,467,739 Fabian Brandes
20 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 350 Denis Nesterenko $108,250 Von Altizer
21 $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em 6,501 Mike Jukich $966,577 Mateusz Moolhuizen
22 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 95 Adam Friedman $248,254 Jean Gaspard
23 $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 213 Jeremy Ausmus $142,147 Michael Rocco
24 $1,000 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em 1,329 Christopher Chatman $187,770 Rafi Elharar
25 $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 4,062 Rajaee Wazwaz $358,346 Robert Crow
26 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship 92 Jonathan Cohen $245,678 Kyle Dilschneider
o3 $400 No-Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack 1,641 Brian Altman $110,662 Eric Salazar
27 $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em 1,000 Michael Simhai $240,480 David Dowdy
28 $50,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 106 Robert Cowen $1,393,816 Dash Dudley
29 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 437 Maxx Coleman $127,809 Thomas Newton
30 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed 1,891 Daniel Weinman $255,359 Jamey Hendrikson
31 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship 118 Brian Hastings $292,146 Eric Wasserson
32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 773 Steve Albini $196,089 James Morgan
33 $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 1,348 Nino Ullmann $594,079 Timothy Flank
34 $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 1,774 Justin Pechie $364,899 Samuel Bifarella
35 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event 281 Lok Chan $144,338 Drew Scott
36 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 471 Ali Eslami $135,260 Chris Papastratis
37 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em 7,961 Yuliyan Kolev $1,125,189 Oren Rosen
38 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 121 Pedro Bromfman $294,616 Scott Seiver
39 $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed 719 Fabian Brandes $371,358 Leonid Yanovski
40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 137 Daniel Zack $324,174 David Funkhouser
41 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 2,227 Ramsey Stovall $191,223 Timothy Heng
42 $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 62 Aleksejs Ponakovs $1,897,363 Phil Ivey
o4 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max 470 Matt Szymaszek $141,705 Greg Koutelidakis
43 $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 4,786 David Perry $241,729 Chris Moorman
45 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 1,437 Phil Hui $311,782 Daniel Tordjman