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WSOP 2022: Yuri Dzivielevski Leads PPC, Hizer Claims Colossus Victory and Todd Wins Warriors Event

Paul Hizer
Paul Hizer won his first-ever ranking tournament and claimed gold on Day 29 of the 2022 World Series of Poker.

A dramatic day of action in a phenomenal nine bracelet events saw three champions awarded gold, while the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship saw Brazilian online poker pro Yuri Dzivielevski build a strong lead after the money bubble burst on Day 3 of the high-profile event.

Hizer Claims Colossus Win After Overhauling Chip Leader

British player Paul Hizer has been playing poker since the 2000s and until today had never won a heads-up in a ranking tournament. That all changed as he took down the $400-entry Colossus, with victory against the overnight leader Sam Laskowitz heads-up giving him the win and his first bracelet.

In his poker career to date, Hizer came second a total of four times, but today’s win marked not only his first ranking title but his biggest win too as he banked $414,490 from a $400 entry, a remarkable return on his investment. Play at the final table started seven-handed but it wasn’t long before only six remained. Anthony Ruttler busted in seventh for $66,670 when his QsTd started and finished his final hand well behind Luong Quach’s QcQd.

Next to go was Jeff Loiacono, who cashed for $86,160 in sixth place when he lost with queen-ten too. Busting to the overwhelming chip leader Laskowitz, the latter now had double anyone else’s chips, so when Jordan Pelon busted Quach with eight-deuce against Quach’s ten-seven, the field was down to four and Pelon was on the rise again.

James Scott left in fourth place, and in an unfortunate manner, too. His ThTc was ahead of Hizer’s Kd9d pre-flop, but the board of 7s3s3hKc4h gave Hizer a pair of kings on the turn. Scott busted for $146,680 and he was followed from the felt by Pelon, who fell to Laskowitz when his Qs3s couldn’t overcome the chip leader’s Ah9s.

Heads-up, Laskowitz held 412 million chips to Hizer’s comparatively short stack of 131.5 million. Hizer had just 13 big blinds, but they were to prove lucky rather than unlucky, as a short time after the duel began, Hizer bullied his way into a marginal lead. Picking off a bluff a while later, Hizer went 3:1 up in chips and got it all-in good with Ac3c against Laskowitz’ 8c2c. The board of Jc7d6dKsTs saw Hizer win to raucous celebrations from his rail.

The British player won $414,490, while Laskowitz took home the $256,170 runner-up prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #51 $400 Colossus Final Table Results:

  1. Paul Hizer – $414,490
  2. Sam Laskowitz    – $256,170
  3. Jordan Pelon – $193,240
  4. James Scott – $146,680
  5. Luong Quach – $112,060
  6. Jeff Loiacono – $86,160
  7. Anthony Ruttler – $66,670
  8. William Gian – $51,930
  9. Sean Shah – $40,710

Todd Wins Warriors Event for Six-Figure Score  


James Todd won the $500-entry Salute to Warriors event as he dominated the final table and captured the $161,256 top prize along with his first-ever bracelet. Todd, who beat fellow American Brett Coltman heads-up, took home the largest share of the $1.3 million prize pool from the event that sees players pay tribute to veterans everywhere.

Zyad Qasem busted to bring about the official nine-handed final table, whereupon El Salvador’s Maximo Martinez busted with pocket queens against Patrick Pilko’s pocket kings. Minutes later, the field was down to seven when Elias Neto busted with pocket sixes, Rigoberto Rodriguez hitting a ten on the river when he held ace-ten in his hand.

Down to seven players, Todd Saffron lost out with Ac2s, Todd’s KdTs hitting on the board of Jd7hKhJh9d to see Saffron bust out for $26,574. Randy Levin and Nicholas Sena-Hopkins busted either side of Rrodriguez himself losing his stack, leaving a clash between Pilko, Coltman and Todd for the gold.

Pilko lost out in third place when his KsTd couldn’t beat Todd’s Ad5s and that gave Todd a huge lead heads-up of better than 3:1. Just three hands later, it was all-over, as Todd’s Ad3s triumphed against Brett Coltman’s Kc7s to see the former win his first major title and the $161,256 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #54 $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Results: 


  1. James Todd – $161,256
  2. Brett Coltman – $99,676
  3. Patrick Pilko – $75,486
  4. Randy Levin – $57,554
  5. Rigoberto Rodriguez – $44,180
  6. Nicholas Sena-Hopkins – $34,146
  7. Todd Saffron – $26,574
  8. Elias Neto – $20,824
  9. Maximo Martinez – $16,433

Yuri Dzivielevski Leads from Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates in PPC

The latest day of action in the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship saw Brazilian online poker pro Yuri Dzivielevski bank the biggest pile of chips as just 13 players remain from the 41 who started the third day of this star-studded event.

The overnight leader Bryn Kenney failed to cash as he went from hero to zero on a day where the overnight lead counted for nothing. Kenney crashed out in 25th place but plenty of other big names missed the money too, with Anthony Zinno, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel all failing to make a profit despite having won 19 WSOP bracelets between them.

Dzivielevski (5,645,000) has the chip lead then, but he is followed closely by last year’s event champion, the inimitable Dan Cates. ‘Jungleman’ piled up 4,995,000 chips as he worked his way to second in chips, with others such as Koray Aldemir (3,205,000), Matthew Ashton (2,250,000) and Benny Glaser (1,210,000) all thriving in the rarefied atmosphere of one of the toughest tournaments any poker player can ever hope to win.

WSOP 2022 Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:

  1. Yuri Dzivielevski – 5,645,000
  2. Dan Cates – 4,995,000
  3. Johannes Becker – 3,990,000
  4. Taylor Paur – 3,290,000
  5. Koray Aldemir – 3,205,000
  6. Naoya Kihara – 2,830,000
  7. Matthew Ashton – 2,250,000
  8. Daniel Weinman – 1,805,000
  9. Lou Garza – 1,660,000
  10. Benny Glaser – 1,210,000

Kerstetter and Paggeot Lead Tag Team Finale

A tense penultimate day in the $1,000-entry Tag Team Event #55 saw Jamie Kerstetter and her Tag Team partner Corey Paggeot bag the biggest stack as they totalled just under 8 million chips by the close of play on the penultimate day of this fun event. With that chip stacks representing just 55 big blinds, the stacks are shallow at the final table, with third-placed duo Patrick Leonard and Espen Jørstad holding 2.2 million, the equivalent of just 15 big blinds.

WSOP 2022 Event #55 $1,000 Tag Team Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Corey Paggeot & Jamie Kerstetter – 7,975,000
  2. Yutaro Tsugaru & Taichi Ichikawa – 4,900,000
  3. Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad – 2,235,000
  4. Franco Spitale & Martin Pochat – 1,850,000
  5. Mackenzie Kraemer & Jon Schiller – 1,250,000

Online Event Sees Madsen Go Close

The latest WSOP Online bracelet event saw Martin Stoyanov win gold as he took down the title beating Arkadiy Tsinis heads-up for the gold and $132,783 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Online Event                       

  1. Martin ‘115FTW’ Stoyanov – $132,783
  2. Arkadiy ‘WBGTour’ Tsinis – $81,870
  3. ‘Fakeazn’ – $58,928
  4. ‘Harut_G’ – $42,821
  5. Nino ‘elnino’ Jabbes – $31,507
  6. Gary ‘goumesss’ Hasson – $23,414
  7. Gabriel ‘SmurfyShaq’ Tileff – $17,600
  8. Jeff ‘NedrudRelyt’ Madsen – $13,357
  9. Benjamin “Vibrato” Craig – $10,293

Erik Seidel wondered out loud if the ‘Poker Gods’ would be on his side as he neared the money bubble in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates threw caution to the wind ahead of Day 3 of the PPC when he called out chip leader Bryn Kenney. Kenney failed to cash, the defending champion Cates is second in chips.

And finally, imagine travelling the breadth of the United States to Las Vegas to meet your ultimate poker hero… then this happens.

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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