It was another wild and crazy day at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas as Day 2d of Event #70: $10,000 Main Event World Championship has come and gone, as well as exciting action from another three events.
This year’s edition of the Main Event flirted with the all-time record number of entrants but fell just short of breaking the 2006 mark when 8,773 players paid $10,000 to play. The lines to register for Day 2d were long, and when all was said and done, an additional 454 players took their shot, making the Day 2d field an astounding 3,749 players – nearly 1,000 players more than Day 2abc.
In total, 8,663 players created a prize pool of $80,782,475, with the winner getting an absolutely spectacular Main Event bracelet and a whopping $10,000,000 top prize. It was also confirmed that 1,300 players would be in the money and take home at least $15,000.
When the five levels of play of Day 2d were complete, Muhammad Abdel-Rahim finished the night as the chip leader with 936,500.
2022 WSOP Main Event Day 2d Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Muhammad Abdel Rahim||United States||936,500|
|2||Marsel Backa||United States||738,000|
|3||Ryan Torgersen||United States||731,500|
|4||Mauricio Solano||United States||674,000|
|5||Bryn Kenney||United States||665,000|
|6||Jared Hyman||United States||661,500|
|8||Michael Huynh||United States||640,500|
“I ran really well in the first two levels, and then I was coasting. I was card dead for the next two levels, but during the last level, I got kings vs ace-king for a huge pot,” said Abdel-Rahim.
Not too far behind was Bryn Kenney, who dominated all day and bagged a very impressive 665,000. Kenney began the day with the #1 spot on the all-time money list but was surpassed by Justin Bonomo late in the night, who cashed a $10,000 High Roller elsewhere in Las Vegas.
Last year’s Main Event champion Koray Aldemir is also very much in the hunt and will be bringing over 100 big blinds (255,000) with him to Day 3.
While many players hit the rail the likes of David Peters (552,500), Ky “SuitedSuperman” Nguyen (486,000), Massoud Eskandari (475,000), John Juanda (374,500), Chino Rheem (366,000), Adrian Mateos (339,500), Camille Brown (314,000), and Chris Moneymaker (297,500) will all return.
Notable casualties on Day 2d included former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Johnny Chan. Some more of the best players in all of poker were sent to the rail, including Doug Polk, Robert Campbell, DJ MacKinnon, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Livingston, David Tuchman, Dietrich Fast, Vanessa Kade, and many more.
Players Advancing in the 2022 WSOP Main Event
|July 3rd||Day 1a||896||631|
|July 4th||Day 1b||879||634|
|July 5th||Day 1c||1,860||1,376|
|July 6th||Day 1d||4,370||3,294|
|July 7th||Day 2abc||2,641+148||1,262|
|July 8th||Day 2d||3,295+454||1,757 (estimate)|
Andre Cohen Bags Big in Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop Day 1c
The second of three opening flights of Event #71: $1,111 One More For One Drop NLHE recorded 1,471 new entries, for a current total of 2,312 entries, with one final starting flight to be played.
After ten levels of poker, more than 500 players survived, with the unofficial chipleader seeming to be Portugal’s Andre Cohen, who bagged 456,000.
2022 WSOP Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|7||Eric Fields||United States||333,000||166|
|8||Maxwell Young||United States||305,500||153|
|9||Alan Findlay||United Kingdom||305,500||153|
|10||Alexander Gambino||United States||304,500||152|
Dylan Cechowski (426,500), Lilly Kiletto (290,000), Selim Oulmekki (272,000), Joao Simao (227,500), Sonny Franco (142,000), Christina Gollins (129,000) and David Pham (119,500) were some of the notables who bagged for Day 2, which will take place Sunday, July 10 at 12.pm.
Boatman, Judah & Friedman Among #Event 72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Final 23
A wild day of eliminations has left some familiar names from the poker history books to battle for a bracelet on Saturday, July 9 on the final day of the World Series of Poker Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
Hendon Mob co-founder and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman (2,480,000) and seven-time bracelet winner Men “The Master” Nguyen (2,480,000) hold two of the three biggest remaining stacks, trailing just Mark Erickson (2,580,000) for the chip lead.
Five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,190,000), will be looking for his second bracelet of the summer, and last year’s third-place finisher in this event, Scott Abrams is still in the mix with 890,000. Another old-school legend in two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah has a competitive stack of 815,000 to work with. Two-time bracelet winner Rami Boukai will return with one of the shorter remaining stacks with 385,000. They’ll all strive for the $195,565 first prize and that prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Mark Erickson||United States||2,580,000|
|2||Barny Boatman||Great Britian||2,480,000|
|3||Men Nguyen||United States||1,630,000|
|4||Stanley Krimerman||United States||1,620,000|
|5||William Slaght||United States||1,565,000|
|6||Jarod Minghini||United States||1,515,000|
|7||Adam Friedman||United States||1,190,000|
|8||Scott Abrams||United States||890,000|
|9||Anthony Nguyen||United States||855,000|
|10||Mel Judah||Great Britian||815,000|
With 223 players returning Friday, the potential for a wild day of rapid eliminations was certainly there, and the action did not disappoint. Before the second break of the day, the field was already down to the 116-player bubble with no hand-for-hand play even needed as Michel Abecassis was busted by Anthony Nguyen to ensure everyone left earned at least $2,413.
Among those unfortunate to not cash were Daniel Negreanu, Sam Farha, Shaun Deeb, and last year’s runner-up in this event Hernan Salazar.
As for those still in the hunt Saturday, Boatman scored a huge double knockout late in the day to boost his stack amidst the leaders. While after dropping below 400,000, Nguyen rebuilt “masterfully” to finish with his healthy stack. Erickson helped with a knockout late in the day to ensure his spot atop the chip counts for Saturday’s finale.
The event will be wrapped up in the green section of the Paris Ballroom at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time. Play will begin with Level 26 and as many 60-minute levels as needed to crown a champion.
Two-Time Bracelet Winner Calvin Anderson Leads Event #73: $1,500 Razz
Day 1 of Event #73: $1,500 Razz saw Calvin Anderson carry a big chip lead into Day 2.
Anderson, no stranger to success in Razz tournaments, bagged up 336,000 and sits at the top of the list of the 123 surviving players. Anderson is already a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, his second coming in this format back in 2018 when he won the $10,000 Razz Championship.
Event #73: $1,500 Razz Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Calvin Anderson||United States||336,000|
|2||Nicolas Milgrom||United States||283,500|
|3||Vincent Griboski||United States||223,000|
|7||Arthur Morris||United States||179,000|
|8||Daniel Strelitz||United States||177,000|
|9||Matt Savage||United States||175,000|
|10||Loren Adam||United States||174,000|
Joining Anderson above the 200,000 chip barrier are Nicolas Milgrom (283,500), Vincent Griboski (223,000), and Daniel Tafur (202,500). Bracelet winners Andres Korn (196,000), Daniel Strelitz (177,000), and Yuri Dzivielevski (160,000) also enjoyed a fruitful Day 1, Strelitz jump-starting his run to near the top of the leaderboard by winning a four-way all in. Tournament director and Poker Hall of Fame nominee Matt Savage finished with 175,000.
A field of 383 players gathered in the Paris Ballroom, shattering last year’s mark by more than 70. Defending champion Brad Ruben did not make an appearance after surviving to Day 3 of the Main Event, but Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hellmuth, and Player of the Year front-runner Daniel Zack all took a seat but saw their tournament come to an end on Day 1.
The remaining players will return at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9th for Day 2. The first order of business will be to burst the money bubble. The top 58 players will earn a share of the $511,305 prize pool, guaranteeing themselves $2,413 for a min-cash.
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