2022 WSOP Day 42: Audacious Bluff Puts Lococo Over 10M in the Main Event

July 11 was the 42nd day of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, and it was yet another day filled with high drama, intense poker action, and a some pretty ridiculous buffs.

Only one player got their hands, or should that be wrists, on a gold WSOP bracelet and Pei Li was that player. Li came out on top in Event #74: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha to become a WSOP champion for the first time in addition to reeling in a $190,219 top prize.

Former Final Tablist Lococo Bags Big After Six-Bet Bluff on WSOP Main Event Day 5

An eventful Day 5 of the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event saw a field of 380 players whittled down to just 124. The remaining players are all guaranteed $62,500, with the pay jumps on Day 6 coming with 98 ($73,100) and then 89 ($86,000) players remaining.

One name that stands out towards the top of the counts is Alejandro ‘PapoMC’ Lococo who appears to have picked up where he left off last year, when he finished seventh for $1,225,000, and is safely through to Day 6 with a stack of over 10 million.

Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 James Hobbs United States 12,505,000 156
2 Efthymia Litsou United States 11,675,000 146
3 Aaron Mermelstein United States 10,680,000 134
4 Alejandro Lococo Argentina 10,020,000 125
5 Gerald Morrell United States 9,775,000 122
6 Jorge Jou Panama 9,500,000 119
7 Dingxiang Ong Singapore 9,500,000 119
8 Philippe Souki United Kingdom 9,425,000 118
9 Robert Minor United States 9,160,000 115

Since his deep run last November, Lococo has cashed for over $600,000 including two titles in the Czech Republic earlier this year. Here at the 2022 WSOP, the Argentinian has cashed in three events so far but nothing compared to his deep run in this year’s Main Event.

The most eye-catching hand of the day came after the dinner break, after Lococo tangled with Karim Rebei who had led the remaining players going into dinner.

Alejandro "Papo MC" Lococo
Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo

You can read the full hand history here, but Lococo’s six-bet shove got through against Rebei and he vaulted up the counts.

Lococo says the importance of this hand cannot be understated, calling it perhaps the most important hand he’s played in his life so far.

“It’s not my plan pre-flop to go all-in for 100 big blinds!” he told PokerNews. “But I was playing for many hours with this player and there were many factors that went into the decision. I could spend many hours discussing it!”


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Some may think Lococo will be experiencing déjà vu heading into Day 6 for the second year in a row, but with a different stack size compared to last year, the Argentinian says it will be all change.

“Last year I started Day 6 with a below-average stack, and this year I have much more, so clearly there will be different decisions and strategy, with different ranges and open raises.”

Another notable making another deep run is, of course, defending champion Koray Aldemir. He spent most of Day 5 under the lights of the TV table, but took it in his stride eliminating multiple opponents over the course of the day to bag a healthy stack.

Aldemir and Lococo are joined in Day 6 by 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas (2,435,000), along with 2018 WSOP final tablist Antoine Labat.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

Several players who won their first bracelets here at the 2022 WSOP are still in contention for a memorable second, including Espen Jorstad, Andrew Yeh and Dan Smith. Smith nursed his short stack through the day, but with the help of some timely doubles he remained alive to bag 2,030,000.

“You kind of just have to play every hand the way it needs to be played,” Smith told PokerNews. “The structure of the tournament does mean there is a lot of play, and that does help. Having a short stack here is more valuable than in other tournaments.

“I am fully aware that the most likely result is that I’m not going to make the final table. But, I’m having a great time and I’m trying to enjoy the experience and do my best, and whatever happens, happens.”

Other players through to Day 6 include the last remaining women in the tournament Shelby Wells (1,900,000) and Efthymia Litsou (11,675,000). They will be joined by bracelet winners Timur Margolin (1,095,000), Andrew Yeh (5,830,000) and Marco Johnson (2,820,000).

Players falling on Day 5 included Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovic, five-time bracelet-winners Brian Rast and John Juanda, as well as former tenth-place WSOP Main Event finisher Gaelle Baumann.

Having played five-and-a-half levels on Day 5, play will resume halfway through Level 26 (40,000/80,000) at 1 p.m. local time. The tournament will take place in the Bally’s Event Center right in the heart of Las Vegas.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates as they happen as we get that one step closer to crowning a new poker world champion.

All the 2022 WSOP Main Event updates are here

The One More for One Drop Dream is Still On For 41 Players; Barry Hutter Leads

Barry Hutter
Barry Hutter

Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop has reached Day 4 and only 41 players are still in the hunt for this event’s bracelet and the $535,610 in prize money that accompanies the piece of poker jewelry.

Barry Hutter (14,075,000) goes into Day 4 with the chip lead and will fancy his chances of securing his second bracelet. However, Hutter must navigate his way past 40 opponents, all of whom have reached Day 4 on merit.

Christina Gollins (14,000,000) finished Day 3 only one small blind behind Hutter in the standings, so will fancy her chance of glory in this tournament, as will 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (10,425,000) who finds himself in the top five chip counts when play resumes at 12:00 p.m. local time on July 12.

Joon Kim (7,575,000), who is tenth in chips, is the only other bracelet owner in the field.

Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Barry Hutter United States 14,075,000 94
2 Christina Gollins United States 14,000,000 93
3 Boris Akopov United States 12,600,000 84
4 Ryan Riess United States 10,425,000 70
5 Niklas Warlich Germany 10,075,000 67
6 Andrew Dubuque United States 9,575,000 64
7 Mathias Duarte Uruguay 8,650,000 58
8 Salah Nimer United States 8,475,000 58
9 Ronnie Ballantyne United Kingdom 7,800,000 52
10 Joon Kim United States 7,575,000 51

Will Hutter get the job done in the One More for One Drop?

Oulmekki Bags Up The $777 Lucky 7’s Day 1b Chip Lead

Selim Oulmekki
Selim Oulmekki

Day 1b of Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s saw another 1,818 players buy-in but only 145 of those starters survived a frantic 22 levels of play. Frane’s Selim Oulmekki (2,565,000) not only survived but thrived on Day 1b, bagging up the largest stack in the room and of the entire tournament so far.

Three other players ended Day 1b with at least two million chips. Kevin Oakes (2,125,000), Armando Figueroa (2,085,000), and Matthew Land (2,010,000) being that trio of big stacked players.

Bracelet winners Tom Franklin (1,150,000), Carlos Chang (675,000), Daniel Zack (655,000), and John Racener (640,000) are just a handful of well-known grinders to look out for on Day 2.

The third and final flight commences at 12:00 p.m. on July 12.

Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Selim Oulmekki France 2,565,000 64
2 Kevin Oakes United States 2,125,000 53
3 Armando Figueroa United States 2,085,000 52
4 Matthew Land United States 2,010,000 50
5 Maxwell Young United States 1,980,000 50
6 Brett Murray United States 1,925,000 48
7 Tommy Kivela United States 1,920,000 48
8 Carlos Villamarin United States 1,830,000 46
9 Gary Armstrong United States 1,805,000 45
10 Adam Adler United States 1,800,000 45

Stay tuned to PokerNews for the $777 Lucky 7’s event

Hong Takes a Solid Lead Into the Final Day of the Hall of Fame Bounty Event

Jinho Hong
Jinho Hong

Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty was meant to crown its champion on Day 42 of the 2022 WSOP but it became apparent that was never going to happen, so the decision was made to pause the tournament after the end of Level 30.

Only seven players remain in the hunt going into the unscheduled Day 3 and it is South Korean Jinho Hong who leads them back into battle, doing so with 7,785,000 chips.

The stacks are very shallow going into the final day’s action, so this tournament’s champion could be crowned within a couple of hours. Hong’s stack is the equivalent of 39 big blinds, and second-placed Punnat Punsri (6,280,000) has 31 big blinds, but the other five finalists have between seven and 15 blinds in their stacks.

Rejoin the action from 2:00 p.m. local time on July 12.

Event #76: $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Jinho Hong South Korea 7,785,000 39
2 Punnat Punsri Thailand 6,280,000 31
3 Daniel Weinman United States 2,975,000 15
4 Jakob Miegel Germany 2,825,000 14
5 Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil 2,700,000 14
6 George Rotariu Romania 1,905,000 10
7 Pavel Spirins Latvia 1,430,000 7

Hold onto your hats: this is going to be explosive!

Drinan Shines Brightest on Day 1 of the $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mixed

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Connor Drinan (1,200,000) is the man to catch going into Day 2 of Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha. Drinan was one of only two players to finish with a seven-figure stack, Vincent Lam (1,070,000) was the other.

Lam was involved in a monster-sized pot as the rest of the field were bagging up their chips. Lam called a three-way all-in with middle pair and a flush draw against an underpair and a superior flush draw. The river bricked and Lam soared towards the chip counts’ summit.

Some 151 players return for Day 2 at 1:00 p.m. local time on July 12, including Daniel Negreanu (325,000), Anson Tsang (209,000), Scott Davies (207,000), and British grinder Barny Boatman (86,000)

Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Connor Drinan United States 1,200,000 200
2 Vincent Lam Canada 1,070,000 178
3 Zachary Grech United States 906,000 151
4 Carter Newhof United States 782,000 130
5 Leonard Sande United States 624,000 104
6 Vangelis Kaimakamis Greece 620,000 103
7 Millard Hale United States 614,000 102
8 Aden Salazar United States 606,000 101
9 Miltiadis Kyriakides Austria 569,000 95
10 Mohammad Affaneh United States 555,000 93

Discover if Drinan can build on his impressive start

Jones Takes an Early Lead in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event

Ben Jones
Ben Jones

The last tournament of Day 42 was a new addition to the schedule: Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. A field of 1,364 bought in and created a $3,034,900 prize pool but only 257 of the players who sat down with high hopes will return for Day 2 on July 12.

British star Ben Jones (738,000) is in pole position going into Day 2 at 2:00 p.m. local time on July 12. Jones has several impressive live scores on his CV in addition to a glowing history in the online poker world. Jones holding a big stack spells bad news for anyone seated with him.

The controversial Bryn Kenney (484,000) bagged up a top five stack, while the likes of Christian Rudolph (381,000), David Miscikowski (296,000), Anatoly Filatov (288,000), David Peters (260,000), and Scott Seiver (223,000) all made it through Day 1 relatively unscathed.

Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Ben Jones United Kingdom 738,000 123
2 Ari Oxman United States 685,000 114
3 Leandro Vlastaris United States 586,000 98
4 Weiming Aaron Lim Singapore 518,000 86
5 Bryn Kenney United States 484,000 81
6 Georgios Kapalas Greece 464,000 78
7 Axel Hallay France 464,000 77
8 Sergey Sergeev Russia 457,000 76
9 Virgile Turchi France 452,000 75
10 Emmett Rutkowski United States 450,000 75

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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