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WSOP 2022: Jukich Wins Monster Stack for $996k, Karakitukov Leads PLO High Roller Final Table

Mike Jukich
Mike Jukich won his first WSOP bracelet on a busy day of action in the 2022 World Series of Poker.

The World Series of Poker entered its third week at the felt at Bally’s and Paris as Day 15 saw one bracelet winner and six more events get closer to finding the latest champion. With the final table of five players reached in the $50,000 PLO High Roller event and a Monster Stack champion crowned, it was a day of drama in Las Vegas.

Mike Jukich Wins Monster Stack for $966k

Mike Jukich won the $1,500-entry Monster Stack, and in doing so, leapt upon the table in celebration! Jukich, who won his first WSOP gold in the process of taking the title, got the better of Mateusz Moolhuizen from the Netherlands heads up to win the top prize of $966,577.

The final table got underway with nine players in seats, but Ricardo Caridade lost his seat almost straight away. The Portuguese player busted with AcQc after Anthony Spinella’s AhKs held on with the chips going into the middle pre-flop. Caridade was followed from the felt by Jessica Tuesl, who cashed for the first six-figure sum of $120,455 at the final table, her Ah5c unable to catch the eventual winner Jukich’s 6s6h.

After Yoshita Agata busted in seventh place for $154,688 and David Zarrin left in sixth place for $199,995, Spinella found his luck was all gone when he busted in fifth place. Spinella was all-in with JcTs, but couldn’t top Francis Anderson’s pocket eights, an eight on the flop meaning a jack arriving there too was inconsequential by the river. Spinella left for $260,315 and he was followed by Joao Simao in fourth for $341,095.

Simao ran his ThTs into Moolhuizen’s AhAd and an ace on the flop sealed the former’s fate, and after Anderson left in third place for $449,912 it was a heads-up battle for the win. Jukich won in courtesy of a pivotal hand that saw him miracle a two-outer. The chips were all in the middle on a board showing Kc6d2d2h with Moolhuizen two cards from victory with 6c2c. Jukich had just KsQh, but he hit a miracle Kh on the river to win the hand, catapulting himself into a 5:1 chip lead he rode to victry shortly after, whereupon he jumped onto the table in celebration.

WSOP 2022 Event #21 $1,500 Monster Stack Final Table Results:

  1. Mike Jukich – $966,577
  2. Mateusz Moolhuizen – $597,362
  3. Francis Anderson – $449,912
  4. Joao Simao – $341,095
  5. Anthony Spinella – $260,315
  6. David Zarrin – $199,995
  7. Yoshiya Agata – $154,688
  8. Jessica Teusl – $120,455
  9. Ricardo Caridade – $94,439
Mike Jukich
Mike Jukich won his first-ever WSOP bracelet after taking down the Monster Stack for over $966,000.

Ben Lamb Chasing Lead at Final Table of $50k PLO High Roller

Ben Lamb will head into the final day of Event #28, the $50,000 PLO High Roller second in chips as he bids to win his second WSOP bracelet. With just five players left in the hunt for the top prize of almost $1.4 million, it is the Bulgarian pro Veselin Karakitukov who will lead the field on 9,755,000 chips at the start of play.

It is the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year and WSOP bracelet winner Ben Lamb who will start closest in pursuit on 8,215,000. With British pro Robert Cowen on 7,935,000, Dash Dudley (4,185,000) and Jared Bleznick (1,690,000) all still in contention, players such as Josh Arieh and Brian Rast busted on a day that saw many favorities for the title slide out of contention.

WSOP 2022 Event #28 $50,000 PLO High Roller Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Veselin Karakitukov – 9,755,000
  2. Ben Lamb – 8,215,000
  3. Robert Cowen – 7,935,000
  4. Dash Dudley – 4,185,000
  5. Jared Bleznick – 1,690,000

Kevin Song Sole Bracelet Winner to Reach Shootout Finale


With 100 players whittled to 10 over the course of Day 2, the $1,500-entry Shoutout NLHE Event #27 saw some of the biggest names in the game busted. On a day where all 10 players who made the final turned out to be American, there were runs to the final for Kevin Song, Tim McDermott and at the last, David Dowdy, who scraped into the final after an epic heads-up.

Of all the 10 who made the cut, there is no doubt who has the best fairytale story, that being Tim McDermott. He was down to just a single 5,000 chip at one point, losing to Dalibor Dula’s 2,475,000 chips. But an astonishing comeback by McDermott saw him secure the ninth spot at the final table.

Plenty of big names busted on the day, including Patrick Leonard, Landon Tice and Mustapha Kanit, all of whom missed out despite being favorites to emerge from their tables. Perhaps the hardest defeat of all was the one suffered by Eugene Katchalov, who was unfortunate to bust last of all to David Sudell in heads-up play. The Ukrainian, who is raising money for humanitarian aid back in his home country during his trip to Las Vegas, lost heads-up to Sudell to become one of the last few players to bust.

The final 10 players to make the last shootout table of the event will come back tomorrow to play for the bracelet and $240,480 top prize. They are as follows:

Ravi Raghavan, Roongsak Griffeth, Derek Sudell, David Yonnotti, Michael Simhai, Ariant Patel, Kevin Song, Timothy McDermott, Austin Peck and David Dowdy.

Another Delayed Heads Up in Event #26

Kyle Dilschneider (3,000,000) and Jonathan Cohen (2,570,000) will return to battle for the bracelet on Wednesday after the two men couldn’t be separated after two hours of duelling on Tuesday night. Event #26, the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, saw 11 hours of action where overnight leader and 2022 WSOP bracelet winner Chad Eveslage was knocked out in sixth place, while Matthew Schreiber was the last player to depart before play ceased, cashing in third for $107,978. Who’ll win the $245,678 top prize tomorrow?

WSOP 2022 Event #26 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table:                   

  1. TBC – 3,000,000
  2. TBC – 2,570,000
  3. Matthew Schreiber – $107,978
  4. Matthew Gonzales – $78,435
  5. Joey Couden – $58,226
  6. Chad Eveslage – $44,194
  7. Matt Woodward – $34,314
  8. Amir Shayesteh – $27,269
  9. David Litt – $22,192

Phil Hellmuth loves to rub shoulders with the stars and they don’t get much bigger than Brazilian soccer icon Neymar, who popped to the Poker Brat’s side for a selfie.

Mike Matusow turned back the clock to celebrate bumping into an old friend at the felt in Triple Draw.

And finally, a gauntlet was well and truly thrown down as Kyle Julius, Jason Mercier and Michael McNeil wondered if any poker pros fancy shooting some hoops.

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