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WSOP 2022: Chris Brewer Leads Final Day of $25,000 8-Max High Roller; Arieh, Schindler and Young all Chasing

Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer topped the field as play ended on Day 2 of the $25,000-entry 8-Max High Roller Event #8.

A mammoth day of action took place on Day 6 of the 2022 WSOP at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas as records were broken, legends took their seats and the action was hotter than a sprint down the Strip. With a total of seven events taking place, two online and five live tournaments saw players reach final tables, scrape through the busiest field of the series so far and claim two bracelets along the way.

Brewer on Top in High Roller

With a total of 251 entries, just 15 players remain in with a chance of taking the $1.4 million top prize in the $25,000-entry Event #8, the 8-Max High Roller. It is Chris Brewer who leads the way with a huge stack of 5.1 million chips, but the high roller regular will have plenty of competition on the final day, with players such as Chad Eveslage (4,914,000), Brek Schutten (4,610,000) and Jake Schindler (3,150,000) close behind him.

It’s a stacked top 10 in general, with Justin Young (2,320,000), reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (1,995,000) and Ognyan Dimov (1,975,000) not far behind. Others to make the final day cut include bracelet winner Byron Kaverman (1,880,000) and WSOP 2021 Main Event champion Koray Aldemir, though the German powerhouse will have just 520,000 chips, the equivalent of six big blinds, to his name when play resumes.

Plenty of big names fell on the penultimate day, with Dan Shak (38th), Sam Grafton (35th) and Phil Ivey (34th) all cashing for $40,648. Event #2 bracelet winner David Peters exited in 27th place for $50,810, with Ben Lamb (24th) and Marius Gierse (23rd) cashing for the same amount. A little closer to the final day, Michael Wang (20th), Brian Rast (19th) and another former Main Event champ Joe McKeehen (18th) all busted for $57,009.

WSOP 2022 Event #8 $25,000 8-Max High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:

                           

  1. Chris Brewer – 5,100,000
  2. Chad Eveslage – 4,914,000
  3. Brek Schutten – 4,610,000
  4. Jake Schindler – 3,150,000
  5. Dan Colpoys – 2,385,000
  6. Justin Young – 2,320,000
  7. Taylor von Kriegenbergh – 2,230,000
  8. Josh Arieh – 1,995,000
  9. Ognyan Dimov – 1,975,000
  10. Reagan Silber – 1,915,000

Alex Livingston Leads Final Table of Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

 

The $1,500-entry Event #9, the Seven Card Stud bracelet event, ended with just eight players remaining from a Day 2 field of 97 on a busy day of drama in the popular mixed game tournament. With a total field of 329 players, the chip leader heading into the final is Canadian pro and WSOP Main Event final table player Alex Livingston, whose stack of 2,495,000 ended play considerably clear of nearest challengers Kenny Hsiung (1,605,0000 and John Racener (1,160,000).

With 2022 WSOP bracelet winner from Event #4 Brad Ruben (725,000) still in contention, he could become the first double bracelet winner from this year’s World Series and there are plenty of other stories too, with Daniel Weinman multi-tabling both this event and The Housewarming tomorrow, with his stack already in the seat draw for Day 2 of the latter event.

Not everyone was so fortunate to make the final day, however, with Barry Greenstein (41st), Mori Eskandani (27th), Tamon Nakamura (26th), and Kevin Mac Phee (11th) all crashing out before the close of play. Earlier in the day, the event lost stars such as Andrew Kelsall (48th), Scott Hermann (47th) and Michael Hugenot (46th), all of whom min-cashed for $2,415.

WSOP 2022 Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Day Chipcounts:                  

  1. Alex Livingston – 2,495,000
  2. Kenny Hsiung – 1,605,000
  3. John Racener – 1,160,000
  4. Thomas Taylor    – 765,000
  5. Brad Ruben – 725,000
  6. Daniel Weinman – 660,000
  7. Hojeong Lee – 585,000
  8. John Evans – 170,000

Norbert Szecsi Topples Tony Dunst for Online Crown

 

The first online event of a dozen on the menu this World Series reached its conclusion as Tony Dunst was pipped to the post by Hungarian pro Norbert Szecsi, who won his third WSOP bracelet for $288,850, denying Dunst that honor in the process. Szecsi, who had the chip lead from four players left and dominated much of the final table, finished off Dunst to deny the Wisconsin player a third WSOP bracelet. It was actually the second runner-up spot Dunst had secure from his previous two WSOP heads-ups in 2019 and this year.

With Greg ‘DustedYou’ Merson slipping out on contention in third ($96,465) and Phil ‘HeyGuys’ Galfond finishing sixth for $52,230, it was a top-quality field in the final stages ad a fitting ending to the first online event of the summer on the 2022 WSOP schedule.

WSOP 2022 Online Event $5,300 NLHE High Roller Final Table Results:                        

  1. Norbert ‘Balkan500’ Szecsi – $288,850
  2. Tony ‘Panoramic’ Dunst – $168,950
  3. Greg ‘DustedYou’ Merson – $96,465
  4. ‘qpoker205′ – $74,120
  5. Taylor “galactar” Paur – $63,220
  6. Phil ‘HeyGuys’ Galfond – $52,230
  7. ‘mikejozoff’ – $39,240
  8. Adam ‘PHsGoldShoes’ Hendrix – $26,160
  9. Toby ‘DustPistons’ Lewis – $18,530

Housewarming Hits Heights as Field Reaches 20,000

An amazing field of 20,080 was reached as the final Day 1 flight of The Housewarming saw 7,268 players put up the $500 entry. When the dust settled, it was Washington-based Christian Taylor who had the chip lead with 6,515,500, with a total of 339 players surviving the day.

Taylor was followed in the chipcounts by players such as Tyler Gaston (4,510,000), Portuguese player Rodolfo Romeira (3,340,000), and Simon Webster (3,650,000) as well as well-known faces such as Niall Farrell (1,320,000), Matt Affleck (1,650,000) and Ryan Depaulo, whose stack of 2,735,000 earned the WSOP bracelet winner a place in the top 10 as the prize pool sailed way past its $5 million guarantee to an incredible $8,435,280.

WSOP 2022 Event #5 $500 The Housewarming Day 1d Top 10 Chipcounts:     

                      

  1. Tyler Gaston – 4,510,000
  2. Jong Kim – 4,000,015
  3. Simon Webster – 3,650,000
  4. Rodolfo Romeira – 3,310,000
  5. Michael Delvecchio – 3,300,000
  6. Vuong Do – 3,250,000
  7. Arron King – 3,200,000
  8. Michael Thach    – 2,945,000
  9. Zachary Milchman – 2,750,000
  10. Ryan Depaulo 2,735,000

Vieira Leads $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Field as Friedman Falls

The first day of action in the $10,000-entry Dealer’s Choice Championship saw 113 players so far join the field, but in a shock bust-out, the winner of the last three editions of the event, Adam Friedman, could not survive on Day 1. With just 51 players making the overnight counts, Portuguese pro Joao Vieira (425,000) led the remaining field at the close of play.

Close behind Vieira, some great players are chasing him down, with Mike Gorodinsky (401,500), Nacho Barbero (269,500), Richard Ashby (250,500), and Jean-Robert Bellande (249,000) rounding out the top five. As if to illustrate the strength of competition in this event, six of the top seven players on the leaderboard have previously won WSOP bracelets.

Big names made the cut, but plenty fell too. Among those to exit on Day 1 of this popular Championship event were bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein, David Bach, Scott Bohlman, Benny Glaser, Anatoliy Zyrin, Dylan Linde, Robert Mizrachi, John Monnette, and of coutrse, the aforementioned Friedman.

WSOP 2022 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:                       

  1. Joao Vieira – 425,000
  2. Mike Gorodinsky – 401,500
  3. Nacho Barbero – 269,500
  4. Richard Ashby – 250,500
  5. Jean-Robert Bellande – 249,000
  6. Matthew Schreiber – 245,500
  7. Naoya Kihara – 223,500
  8. Ian O’Hara – 188,000
  9. Maxx Coleman – 187,500
  10. Jordan Siegel – 182,000

Stalemate on Event #7 as Vengrin and Filippi Break in Early Hours

A stand-off for the bracelet will take place tomorrow as just the heads-up players remained in Event #7, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event. At the close of play inside Bally’s, Amnon Filippi (19,525,000) and Matt Vengrin (7,700,000) went to their beds knowing that one of them will wake up tomorrow and win their first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.

Until the final epic table of the day played out, it had been quick going, with Filippi dominating the leaderboard for much of it. Players to bust outside the final table included

Anthony Piazza (23rd for $8,281), Kosei Ichinose (14th for $10,053), and Bradley Smith (11th for $15,505), and once the final table began, action was hardly any slower. Double bracelet winners Mel Judah (8th for $25,377) and Rami Boukai (7th for $33,178) both departed before Matt Glantz, who came into the day fourth in chips, cashed in fifth place for a score of $59,166.

The departures of Murilo Figueredo from Brazil in third place for $80,671 and Paul Zappulla in third for $111,501 left the all-American duel on hiatus as play stopped across both Bally’s and Paris for Day 6. One of Filippi or Vengrin will win their maiden WSOP gold bracelet and the $252,718 top prize…. but who will it be?

Loeser Wins Second Online Bracelet for $127k

The second online bracelet of the 2022 World Series of Poker was won in the early hours of the morning by German player Manig Loeser for $127,153. Loeser, who also won his first bracelet in an online event back in 2021, added his second with a comeback win heads up against ‘omahabrian’.

A total of 1,213 played the event, and with almost $800,000 in the prize pool, the big names made the late stages, with Vanessa Kade, Phil Galfond (cashing in his second of two WSOP Online events overnight), Upeshka De Silva and David ODB Baker all get close to the final table.

Once that final table was reached, it looked like ‘omahabrian’ had one hand already holding the bracelet aloft, but down heads-up, Loeser doubled back into contention then captured the crown.

With [Ad][7s] in his hand, Loeser moved all-in on the river of a board showing [Ac][Kd][9c][2d][Jh]. With ‘omahabrian’ holding just over the value of the 6.5 million pot in chips behind, he made the call with [Ks][4s] and was shown the bad news, cashing for $78,641 and leaving Loeser to scoop up $127,153 and the second bracelet of the German’s impressive career to date.

WSOP 2022 Online Event #5 NLHE BIG $500 Final Table Results:                         

  1. Manig ‘Ohio77’ Loeser – $127,153
  2. ‘omahabrian’ – $78,641
  3. ‘tzinhoo’ – $57,142
  4. Matthew ‘WhiteMJ’ Hewitt – $47,878
  5. ‘yumyummm – $31,008
  6. Louie ‘xlLoUielx’ Torres – $23,176
  7. Daniel ‘Utradink420’ Pricola – $17,502
  8. Brandon ‘BMueller’ Mueller – $13,346
  9. ‘ElevatorUp’ – $10,309

Phil Hellmuth has one cash from one event so far and enjoyed a solid start to the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice event, where he finished exactly level with an old friend.

David Williams was excited to play the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, but made sure to give the greatest winner of the event due reverence.

Phil Galfond enjoyed a great run in the $5,000-entry online event, and thanked his fans for helping him to a sixth-place finish.

Matt Berkey was happy to eulogize on the value of playing the $500-entry The Housewarming event, which got over 20,000 entries…until Twitter joined in.

Jamie Kerstetter hit the nail on the head yet again with the best reason to play the WSOP Onlie events.

Max Silver took his time before nailing his colors to the mast in the ‘tank or no tank’ high roller debate.

But we can’t end on anything other than a positive. It just wouldn’t be the World Series of Poker without this smile, baby.

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