2022 WSOP Day 32: Eli Elezra Wins Again, Hellmuth Chasing a Bracelet

Friday was a busy day at the 2022 World Series of Poker with four players being awarded gold bracelets, including Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra, who tacked on his fifth WSOP title.

Elezra, the Israeli-born high-stakes legend, took down Event #63: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $611,362, beating out 284 players, including Chino Rheem, the runner-up. He won his fifth career bracelet, further validating his 2021 Poker HOF induction.

Konstantin Angelov won a bracelet, his first, on Friday when he took down Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $199,466. Shota Nakanishi was the third to win a bracelet on Day 32 when he shipped Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em for $277,212.

Last but not least is Massoud Eskandari, the champion of the five-day Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors for $330,609, outlasting a field of 2,669 players.

Hof Leads Final Eight in Ladies Event

Natalie Hof
Natalie Hof

Event #61: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em began with 1,074 entrants, second most in the history of the tournament. Heading into Saturday’s Day 4 session, only eight players remain, all vying for the gold bracelet and the $166,975 that comes with it.

Natalie Hof holds the chip lead and has an opportunity to win her first bracelet and more than double her Hendon Mob results ($111,556). The German poker player is one spot above Felisa Westermann, who also lives in Germany, atop the chip leaderboard. Play resumes at 2 p.m. and won’t conclude until a champion is crowned.

Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table Seat Draw

SEAT PLAYER COUNTRY CHIPCOUNT BIG BLINDS
1 Natalie Hof Germany 965,000 9
2 Felisa Westermann Germany 2,910,000 29
3 Sandy Tran United States 2,555,000 25
4 Meikat Siu United States 3,020,000 30
5 Jessica Teusl Austria 985,000 9
6 Lynh Nguyen United States 3,870,000 38
7 Christina Gollins United States 3,845,000 38
8 Julie Le United States 3,100,000 31

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Hellmuth Could Win 17th Bracelet on Saturday

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

Phil Hellmuth is among the final 26 players in Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, which began with 1,359 players. The “Poker Brat” holds the record with 16 WSOP titles, and could tack on one more on Saturday.

Hellmuth is fifth in chips with 3,290,000 heading into the final day of play. Keiji Ito, a Japanese poker player, held the chip lead after Day 2, good for 80 big blinds. The action on Day 3 should move fast as the blinds are getting big. Play will continue at 2 p.m. PST in Las Vegas.

Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Top Ten Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER COUNTRY CHIPS BIG BLINDS
1 Keiji Ito Japan 6,360,000 80
2 Richard Scardina United States 4,835,000 60
3 David Jackson United States 4,700,000 59
4 Jeffrey Lo Hong Kong 4,585,000 57
5 Phil Hellmuth United States 3,290,000 41
6 Timothy Sullivan United States 2,615,000 33
7 Neel Joshi India 2,215,000 28
8 Samy Dubonnet France 2,045,000 26
9 Chad Brewer United States 1,975,000 25
10 Onur Unsal Turkey 1,875,000 23

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Mini Main Event a Rousing Success

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

If you spent any time at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas on Friday, you probably noticed a packed house. That’s largely due to the massive field and lines in Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event, which attracted a whopping 5,833 entries.

At the end of the day, only 487 advanced to Day 2. Jake Bluston from the United Kingdom bagged the chip lead at 2,825,000, and James Dike, an American player, in second place with 2,505,000. Day 2 kicked off at 2,505,000.

Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER CITY / STATE / COUNTRY CHIP COUNT Big Blinds
1 Jake Bluston United Kingdom 2,825,000 71
2 James Dike United States 2,505,000 63
3 Jaeyoung Choi South Korea 2,380,000 60
4 Vincent Li China 2,315,000 58
5 Jake Schwartz United States 2,275,000 57
6 Andres Vasquez United States 2,275,000 57
7 Kyle Montgomery United States 2,200,000 55
8 Kenneth O’Donnell United States 2,100,000 53
9 Nektarios Vasilakis Greece 2,090,000 52
10 Victor Choupeaux France 2,035,000 51

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Barbero Leads at $10k Super Turbo Bounty Final Table

Nacho Barbero
Nacho Barbero

Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Friday with 419 players and played down to the final six. The final table will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nacho Barbero bagged the biggest stack following Day 1 with 12,225,000, a massive chip lead over Ilya Nikiforov (4,875,000). But with only 49 big blinds, Barbero’s lead is far from insurmountable.

Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Nacho Barbero Argentina 12,225,000 49
2 Ilya Nikiforov Estonia 4,875,000 20
3 Rob Hollink Netherlands 3,250,000 13
4 Andrew Lichtenberger United States 2,500,000 10
5 Maria Ho United States 1,875,000 8
6 Fabiano Kovalski Brazil 425,000 2

Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Coverage

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