2022 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Michael Duek

Final Table Profile: Michael Duek

Seat: 4
Chip Count: 49,775,000
Big Blinds: 41
Age:  
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Michael Duek’s Main Event Story

Michael Duek is something of an unknown quantity at the 2022 WSOP Main Event final table, something that could play to his advantage. Until this summer’s World Series of Poker, Duek had four cashes, from late 2017 to early 2021, recorded on his Hendon Mob profile. The largest of those was worth $34,929.

Duek decided to enter the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller at the 2022 WSOP where he finished 31st for a $44,253. Duek then finished in the money in a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event and in the $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, before jumping into the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.

Will coming from a PLO background hinder Duek’s chances of becoming the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion?

Michael Duek
Michael Duek

Duek’ Run to the Final Table

Duek will be used to swingy sessions in his usual game of PLO. He endured a rollercoaster ride on his way to the Main Event’s final ten. Day 1d have gone better because Duek bagged up 61,500 chips, which paced him 1,934th of the 3,295 survivors. Day 2d went fantastically well for the finalists because he turned his 61,500 starting stack into 509,000, which placed Duek in the top 25 places.

Day 3 turned into something of a grind but Duek still added another 200,000 or so chips to his stack. More progress was made on Day 4 but Duek actually finished Day 5 with fewer chips than when he bag, and found himself languishing in 103rd place with 123 players remaining.

Go big or go home must have been Duek’s motto on Day 6 because he went from 1,625,000 chips to a colossal 22,575,000. A huge hand propelled Duek towards the chip counts’ summit. During the 100,000/150,000/150,000a level, Cedricc Trevino opened to 375,000, Duek three-bet to 1,050,000 and called when Trevino four-bet to 2,500,000. Trevino then shoved for 4,000,000 on the {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop and Duek called. Duek flipped over {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and was crushed by Trevino’s {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. However, the {j-Spades} turn put the ball firmly in Duek’s court, and the {7-Clubs} river busted Trevino.

Duek clashed with Australia’s Adrian Attenborough several times on Day 7, but it was a hand with Espen Jorstad that was a key battle. Jorstad opened to 3,500,000 in the small blind with {a-Spades}{q-Clubs} and Duek called in the big blind with {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}. Jorstad bet 1,500,000 n the {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{9-Spades} flop, and Duek called. Both players checked the {8-Diamonds} turn, before Jorstad bet8,000,000 on the {a-Diamonds} river. Duek quickly called and saw the bad news. That hand put Duek down to 31,700,000 and Jorstad over 100 million.

Duek clawed some of his losses back and finished Day 7 with 49,775,000 chips, or 41 big blinds.

Farnes’ 2022 WSOP Main Event Journey

Day Finsihing Stack Place Among Remaining Field
Day 1d 61,500 1,934 of 3,295
Day 2d 509,000 24 of 1,757
Day 3 714,000 198 of 1,299
Day 4 1,895,000 84 of 380
Day 5 1,625,000 103 of 123
Day 6 22,575,000 9 of 35
Day 7 49,775,000 7 of 10

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2022 Main Event Final Table Seating

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Philippe Souki United Kingdom 13,500,000 11
2 Adrian Attenborough Australia 50,800,000 42
3 Matija Dobric Croatia 68,650,000 57
4 Michael Duek United States 49,775,000 41
5 Matthew Su United States 83,200,000 69
6 John Eames United Kingdom 54,950,000 46
7 Jeffrey Farnes United States 35,350,000 29
8 Aaron Duczak Canada 56,000,000 47
9 Espen Jorstad Norway 83,200,000 69
10 Asher Conniff United States 29,400,000 25

There will be one hour and 48 minutes remaining in level 38 at blinds of 600,000-1,200,000 with a big blind ante of 1,200,000. All ten survivors will return to their seats at 2 p.m. local time on Friday, July 15, 2022 for the unofficial ten-handed final table.

Once the field is then down to the final nine contenders, they will be on a short break for the official final table pictures before commencing their journey to crown the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion.

2022 Main Event Final Table Payouts

Place Prize
1 $10,000,000
2 $6,000,000
3 $4,000,000
4 $3,000,000
5 $2,225,000
6 $1,750,000
7 $1,350,000
8 $1,075,000
9 $850,675

2022 Main Event Final Table Player Stats

Player Country First Cash WSOP Cashes Career Earnings Biggest Cash
Philippe Souki United Kingdom 2010 7 $830,812 $102,214
Adrian Attenborough Australia 2014 8 $1,460,049 $361,660
Matija Dobric Croatia 2017 8 $239,167 $198,550
Michael Duek United States 2017 4 $651,300 $548,015
Matthew Su United States 2014 0 $49,340 $29,230
John Eames United Kingdom 2007 19 $2,196,078 $289,706
Jeffrey Farnes United States 2017 12 $181,550 $61,250
Aaron Duczak Canada 2006 40 $423,887 $51,251
Espen Jorstad Norway 2012 24 $266,860 $74,042
Asher Conniff United States 2009 49 $2,862,290 $973,683

Stats courtesy of WSOP.com and HendonMob.com.

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