The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop was an incredible event that not only supported a great cause but also provided plenty of drama with a handful of big names making deep runs.
At the end of five days, there could only be one winner from the 5,702-entry field to collect the famous gold bracelet and $535,610 in prize money: Mike Allis.
The Idaho native came out on top after an absolute battle with 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess that went back-and-forth for nearly three hours before a champion was finally crowned in bizarre fashion.
According to The Hendon Mob, Allis’ previous career-high live cash was for $32,882 when he finished in 35th place at the 2013 WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker, with his total cash earnings totaling $299,210.
Allis is no stranger to deep runs in Las Vegas as this tournament marked his second-career WSOP final table experience. Allis previously finished 6th in the 2012 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event. He also placed 11th at the $1,000 WSOP Seniors World Championship back in 2008.
This was also Allis’ 37th career WSOP cash and this event marked his fourth cash of 2022.
Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship Final Table Results
|1||Mike Allis||United States||$535,610|
|2||Ryan Riess||United States||$331,056|
|3||Basel Chaura||United States||$250,157|
|4||Mohammed Jaafar||United States||$190,363|
|5||Leonardo De Souza||Brazil||$145,892|
|6||Salah Nimer||United States||$112,612|
|7||Andrew Robinson||United States||$87,551|
|8||Rio Fujita||United States||$68,562|
|10||Boris Akopov||United States||$42,980|
His first-career bracelet is the cherry on top of a lifetime of poker, with this potentially being his final tournament in his World Series of Poker career. He plans on giving the majority of his prize money to his grandchildren.
“I was very tired and mentally fatigued. The dealers were really awesome helping me with my chip counts. I was very nervous (at the final table).
“I didn’t know if I was going to win or not, I said going into today that a lot of it would have to come down to my cards but I did feel comfortable playing such a good opponent because that guy (Riess) is terrific. If I had to play heads-up with him again, he’d probably kill me. I think I got very fortunate.
“If my health holds up, I’d like to (come back and defend my title) but one of the reasons that I’ve been here for six weeks is because of my bad health. I said that I’m going to play the whole series and I had a few min-cashes. I kept saying to myself ‘My luck’s gotta change’ because I was losing all my flips and then in this tournament, I won a few flips. I feel really grateful.”
Final Table Action
The first player out was Boris Akopov ($42,980), who came into the 10-man final table as the short stack. Even though he had pocket aces, they would be cracked by Riess’ pocket nines, which flopped a set.
A little over a half hour went by before Niklas Warlich ($54,085) was eliminated in ninth place. He ran his ace-king into the pocket aces of Allis.
Out in eighth was Rio Fujita ($68,562). After being down to two big blinds, his pocket threes could not hold up against the ace-queen of Mohammed Jaafar.
In seventh place was Andrew Robinson ($87,551), who was on fumes when he was all in three ways with king-jack suited. Riess’ ace-queen would win the hand.
Salah Nimer ($112,612) was the next one out, being the first one to collect six figures for his efforts. He was down to under four big blinds when he shoved ten-nine suited from the small blind. Unfortunately for Nimer, Basel Chaura woke up with jack-ten in the big blind.
Out in fifth was Brazil’s Leonardo De Souza ($145,892). He was down to six bigs when he shoved pocket fives from the small blind. Chaura called with eight-seven off and hit a runner-runner straight.
The final elimination on Day 4 was Mohammed Jaafar ($190,363). He jammed for roughly 20 big blinds from the button with ace-five off and was called by Aliss in the small blind, who had ace-queen. Allis cemented the victory with a queen on the flop.
Three players came back for Day 5 and Basel Chaura would be the one who would exit first ($250,157). After Ryan Riess opened from the button, Chaura shoved with queen-jack off for nine bigs from the small blind. Riess called with pocket fours and although Chaura would turn a four, Riess would make a flush on the river.
Heads-up play would go on for nearly three hours but it was 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess ($331,056) who would finish second, missing out on his second-career bracelet. In a truly strange hand, Riess would get it all in with pocket nines against the six-three offsuit of Allis. Allis would river a straight to claim the title.
That does it for PokerNews‘ coverage of Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop, but stay tuned as we continue covering the final tournaments of the 2022 WSOP including the last days of the Main Event.
Blaise Bourgeois is a full-time digital nomad living and playing poker in Latin America. He’s part of the PokerNews live reporting team for the 2022 World Series of Poker.