There are now just 35 players remaining in the 2022 World Series of Poker main event from the 8,663 players that entered. The second-largest field in the history of this storied tournament is now down to just four tables in play. In just a few more days, one of these contenders will emerge victorious with the championship bracelet and the top prize of $10,000,000.
The leader at the end of day 6 is Jeffrey Farnes with 37,825,000. The 39-year-old from Dallas, Oregon won a crucial flip late in day 6 with pocket tens outrunning the A-Q of 2021 main event seventh-place finisher Alejandro Lococo to send the Argentinian rapper and poker player to the rail in 39th place. Lococo earned $214,200 for his impressive follow-up to last year’s final-table run. Farnes has just shy of $170,000 in prior tournament cashes, and is already assured of more than doubling that by making it to day 7. The remaining players have now all locked up at least $262,300.
Not far behind Farnes on the leaderboard is Brian Kim with 33,875,000. The 32-year-old poker pro and hockey player is based out of Sydney, Australia, but grew up in Diamond Bar, California. He started playing at the nearby Morongo Casino Resort & Spa as soon as he was of age, and has had poker as a major source since he was 19 years old.
Kim came into day 6 in 14th place but really surged up the standings as the night wore on. He correctly laid down a lower full house on a double paired board to preserve a huge chunk of his stack early in the day, then took off after scoring a double elimination with A-K suited besting pocket queens and K-J.
“It’s been a pretty incredible run in terms of how many all-ins I’ve won. I guess that’s what it takes to win a tournament,” Kim told Card Player. “I didn’t expect to ever be this deep in my whole entire life, but here I am.”
With plenty of experience playing in big cash games, including on popular streamed shows like Hustler Casino Live and Live! At The Bike, Kim was not yet sweating the pay jumps when we caught up with him during day 6 action.
“It’s been okay. I think when you compare the payouts from today with the pay jumps that will take place later on in the week, the swings aren’t that crazy at the moment. It’s been pretty chill.”
Kim brought defending champion Koray Aldemir’s quest for back-to-back titles to an end, with his A-Q outracing the German poker pro’s pocket nines. Aldemir earned $101,700 as the 75th place finisher after an unbelievable run at a title defense. With that, 2020 main event champion Damian Salas (5,800,000) became the only prior champion left with a shot at a second main event victory.
Other big stacks going into day 7 include 2022 WSOP tag-team event winner Espen Jorstad (31,175,000), 2021 main event 21st-place finisher Matija Dobric (29,550,000), two-time World Poker Tour main event winner Aaron Mermelstein (16,250,000), and Efthymia Litsou (15,600,000), the last female player in contention for the title.
Litsou will look to be the first woman to make a run to the main event final table since Barabra Enright finished fifth back in 1995. Shelby Wells joined Litsou in making day 6, but was knocked out in 97th place ($73,100).
Other notables still in contention include bracelet winner Kenny Tran (8,800,000), WPT champion Asher Conniff (8,675,000), bracelet winner David Diaz (8,300,000), and two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson (3,725,000), who bagged up the shortest stack of the remaining 35 contenders.
Day 6 started with 123 players remaining, with 88 players sent to the rail throughout the day. Plenty of big names were among those sent home, including two-time bracelet winner Timur Margolin (122nd – $62,500), bracelet winner and high-stakes tournament regular Dan Smith (121st – $62,500), bracelet winner benjamin Moon (119th – $62,500), fan-favorite Zilong Zhang (117th – $62,500), bracelet winner Gabi Livshitz (103rd – $62,500), bracelet winner Andrew Yeh (77th – $101,700), Cedrric Trevino (66th – $121,500), and Eddy Sabat (59th – $145,800).
The final 35 will reconvene at 2:00 PM local time with blinds of 150,000-300,000 and a big blind ante of 300,000. The schedule calls for play to continue until the final table is set.
Here is a look at the chip counts heading into day 7:
|17||Tom Kunze GGPoker Qualifier||12,300,000|
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