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WSOP 2022: Main Event Reaches Final Three with in Espen Jørstad in Charge, Three Bracelets Won on Fantastic Friday

Espen Jørstad
Espen Jørstad leads the remaining three players with one day remaining to crown the 2022 world champion.

A scintillating day of poker action saw the WSOP Main Event final table go from having an unprecedented 10 players to only three as Espen Jørstad built a powerful chip lead with one day to go to find a world champion. Elsewhere, Joao Vieira was one of three bracelet winners on the day with a super seven events in total taking place at Bally’s and Paris on the day.

Espen Jørstad Builds WSOP Main Event Lead with Terrific Trio Remaining

The action at the final table of the WSOP Main Event was great from the off, with 10 players sitting down to battle it out for the $10 top prize instead of the nine at previous year’s final tables. When the battle began, two players held a joint chip lead in Espen Jørstad and Matthew Su, but after the early elimination of Asher Coniff in 10th place for $675,000, everything changed.

Coniff was all-in with ThTd and couldn’t hold against Michael Duek’s AhKh, an unbelievable flop of KcKsKd ending Coniff’s hopes with two cards still to come. Coniff was full of gratitude at the end of his run, saying it was “pretty crazy to experience something so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time”.

It took 100 hands to find the next player to leave and when they did, it was a shock exit, with Matthew Su going from chip leader with 10 left to on the rail in ninth for $850,675. Su shoved over Attenborough’s raise with 8c8h but was well behind Philippe Souki’s KcKd, which held over the board of ThTd4cJc5h to reduce the field to eight.

Souki may have finally found some hands, but that was to be his undoing. Picking up AsAh, he was all-in for less than eight big blinds, and busted to Matija Dobric, whose QsJs found Broadway on a board of AcTd8hKh4d. Souki cashed for $1,075,000, the biggest prize of his career, admitting afterwards that he’d had “nine lives” to have made it so far, so didn’t feel too bad about losing with aces.

Next to go was Aaron Duczak, as the Candian slid out of the reckoning with 7d6d. He ran into Michael Duek’s AsKd and the Argentinian won again after the board of Js8d2cJcAh put Duczak through the cruellest of poker vagaries, false hope, as he busted on the river for $1,350,000.

It was Jeffrey Farnes who lost out in sixth place, the Blackfoot native all-in on a flop of 6d6c5c with 2s2d only to be called by John Eames with 9c8c. The turn 3d and river 3s counterfeited Farnes’ pair in painful fashion and he crashed out for $1.75 million. With five left, it was the turn of Croatian Matija Dobric to bust, as he lost out for $2.25m with 6d6c shot down by Espen Jørstad’s AcQs, a board of KhQc7cTd8c dooming the Croat on the flop.

It was John Eames who busted in fourth place, ending the day’s drama as he earned $3,000,000 in the 186th hand of the final table. Eames three-bet all-in for 24 big blinds with AdJc but was called quickly by Jørstad with KdKh. The flop of JsTh8h saw Eames hit his jack and gain more outs, but the 3s turn was not one of them and when the 6h fell on the river, the British player’s dream was over.

“The all-ins are intense,” he told PokerGO afterwards. “The stacks were very flat from the start, so fourth isn’t a bad result.”

With three men now left in the race to become the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion, Norwegian player Espen Jørstad has 298 million, with Australian Adrian Attenborough (149.8 million) and Michael Duek (72.1 million) chasing him down. Who’ll win the $10,000,000 top prize? We’ll find out tomorrow.

WSOP 2022 Event #80 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Results:                          

  1. Espen Jørstad – 298,000,000
  2. Adrian Attenborough – 149,800,000
  3. Michael Duek – 72,100,000
  4. John Eames – $3,000,000
  5. Matija Dobric – $2,250,000
  6. Jeffrey Farnes – $1,750,000
  7. Aaron Duczak – $1,350,000
  8. Philippe Souki – $1,075,000
  9. Matthew Su – $850,675
  10. Asher Coniff – $675,000

Arani the Champion in Event #81

Mo Arani won his first WSOP bracelet after beating Dutch player Johannes Straver heads-up for the $665,459 top prize in the $5,000-entry Freezeout Event #81. At an eight-handed final table that raced to a conclusion, Michael Katz was the first to leave when his AhKh couldn’t hold against Adam Hendrix’s 4h4d  as a board of Th6d3c4c5d saw Katz doomed by the turn.

Cliff Josephy was next to go, as ‘JohnnyBax’ lost two big pots in a row to bust, the last of which saw him shove ten bigs into the middle with Js9s and lose to Straver’s KcKd to cash for $86,917. French player Francois Pirault was next to bust, losing with KcQd against Peter Turmezey’s TsTh to cash for $115,122.

British pro Toby Lewis lost his seat in the top five as he saw his last seven blinds into the center of the felt with AhKs. Arani had shoved from the small blind with Qc8d, but while Lewis made a good call, the board of Kc9c3c4cTc saw the eventual winner make a better flush than the one presented on the board, seeing off Lewis for a result worth $154,806.

After Adam Hendrix was dominated to defeat in fourth for $211,295, overnight chip leader Peter Turmezey busted next, the Hungarian losing out in third place for $292,665 when his AdTh lost out to Straver’s QsQc. Heads-up, Arani had a roughly 2:1 chip lead, eventually winning once he doubled that chip lead.

All-in with KhTs, Straver needed to hold against Arani’s 8h5h, but the flop of 8c8s6c immediately put him well behind. The turn of 4s and river 3s saw the event ended in Arani’s favor, earning him the top prize of $665,459, and relegating Straver to a runner-up finish worth $411,279.

WSOP 2022 Event #81 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:

  1. Mo Arani – $665,459
  2. Johannes Straver – $411,279
  3. Peter Turmezey – $292,665
  4. Adam Hendrix – $211,295
  5. Toby Lewis – $154,806
  6. Francois Pirault – $115,122
  7. Cliff Josephy – $86,917
  8. Michael Katz – $66,638

Alsup All Over Event #82 in Deepstack Win


Richard Alsup got the better of Gary Whitehead heads-up in a Transatlantic battle for the gold, with Ari Engel (3rd for $126,233) and Marc MacDonnell (4th for $95,487) coming close. In what was a fast-paced final table, Alsup’s win came after he returned from a bad beat with two tables left to make heads-up then win a war of attrition to claim his first bracelet and $272,065, by far the biggest win of his career.

WSOP 2022 Event #82 $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:

  1. Richard Alsup – $272,065
  2. Gary Whitehead – $168,093
  3. Ari Engel – $126,233
  4. Marc Macdonnell – $95,487
  5. Ryan Jaworski – $72,759
  6. Artem Metalidi – $55,849
  7. Patrick Truong – $43,188
  8. Frederick Brown – $33,648
  9. Donny Casho – $26,413

Vieira Victory Earns Second WSOP Bracelet in High Roller

Joao Vieira came from behind to beat Lander Lijo to the Event #83 title as he claimed victory in the $50,000-entry High Roller event. In what was a battle between Spain and Portugal, Lijo had the chip lead in a bid to win his first-ever bracelet but let it slip to see Vieira’s rail erupt as their man won the second bracelet of his glittering career.

Elsewhere at the final table, Galen Hall came third for $625,941, overnight leader Dan Colpoys finished fourth for $463,589, with Brian Rast failing to grab his sixth bracelet in fifth place for $347,658. Lijo ended up winning $855,631 as runner-up, with Fedor Holz (7th) and Stephen Chidwick (8th) failing to keep up with the overnight positions on the podium behind Colpoys. Vieira’s top prize of $1,384,415 is in the top ten of non-Main Event prizes paid out at this summer WSOP in Las Vegas.

WSOP 2022 Event #83 $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results:                           

  1. Joao Vieira – $1,384,415
  2. Lander Lijo – $855,631
  3. Galen Hall – $625,941
  4. Dan Colpoys – $463,589
  5. Brian Rast – $347,658
  6. Sean Perry – $264,034
  7. Fedor Holz – $203,107
  8. Stephen Chidwick – $158,278
  9. Alexandros Theologis – $124,974

Three Other Events End with Big Names Starring

In Event #84, David Bach (1,094,000) bagged the biggest stack in the $3,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. event, with Perry Friedman (985,000) on his shoulder at the end of Day 2. Others to make the top ten in chips with 22 players remaining from 179 who started the day included Kevin Gerhart (778,000) and Brazilian pro Andre Akkari (747,000). Gerhart has the most previous bracelets, with four already to his name.

WSOP 2022 Event #84 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:

  1. David Bach – 1,094,000
  2. Perry Friedman – 985,000
  3. Tomasz Gluszko – 982,000
  4. Roberto Marin – 968,000
  5. Mike Wattel – 843,000
  6. Andrew Brown – 827,000
  7. Joseph Thomas – 796,000
  8. Kevin Gerhart – 778,000
  9. Andre Akkari – 747,000
  10. Richard Tatalovich – 738,000

In Event #85, A total of 929 entrants were whittled down to just 75 hopefuls who will aim to win gold after Day 1a with 1b taking place tomorrow. South African player Ahmed Karrim (1,695,000) has the chip lead, while Jennifer Shahade (920,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (735,000) and Roland Israelashvili (500,000) all made the cut. Others who played but missed out on Day 2 included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein and Justin Bonomo.

WSOP 2022 Event #85 $1,500 The Closer Top 10 Chipcounts:                     

  1. Ahmed Karrim    – 1,695,000
  2. Raghav Bansal – 1,600,000
  3. Sean Ragozzini – 1,550,000
  4. Garrett Johnstone – 1,450,000
  5. Tony Nieman – 1,285,000
  6. Kazuhiro Shirasawa – 1,235,000
  7. Teddy Cablay – 1,200,030
  8. Neil Rauschhuber – 1,100,000
  9. Jessie Bryant – 1,000,020
  10. Ronnie Anderson – 935,000

Finally, in Event #86, the Six-Max NLHE event, Barry Woods bagged the chip lead, with 400,000 chips. He is followed by 2022 bracelet winner David Jackson (326,000), Ben Heath (311,000), Jared Jaffee (201,000), Brian Rast (131,500), Kristen Foxen (131,000), Erik Seidel (935,000), Scott Seiver (73,000), Chance Kornuth (59,500), and 2021 defending champion in this event Ben Yu (42,000), with 150 players surviving from the 349 entries.

WSOP 2022 Event #86 $10,000 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:                         

  1. Barry Woods – 400,000
  2. Ugur Secilmis – 378,000
  3. Masashi Oya – 357,000
  4. Pierre Calamusa – 333,500
  5. David Jackson – 326,000
  6. Eli Berry – 325,000
  7. Johan Guilbert – 316,000
  8. Ben Heath – 311,000
  9. Christophe Panetti – 309,500
  10. Craig Mason – 302,500

Fellow Tag Team bracelet winner and friend of Espen Jørstad, British poker sensation Patrick Leonard, advocated the Norwegian’s preparation for the final table buy focusing on his friends.

Matija Dobric was happy to take advice from any corner of the Thunderdome and immediately got to work.

Scott Seiver had to put any criticism to one side as he just sat back and enjoyed the action in a spirit that most appear to have shared this year.

PokerGO’s Remko Rinkema highlighted on the best stare-downs of the whole series… from an unexpected source.

Elite PokerNews photographer Danny Maxwell captured the British ‘spirit’ on the rail perfectly.

Jeff Platt was back ‘in the field’ after a bout of COVID truncated his run to the final table. Back in his suit today, however, Platt… removed his shoes in the line of duty.

Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

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