2022 WSOP Day 28: Kenney Leads the $50,000 PPC Event

Bryn Kenney

After awarding four WSOP bracelets on Day 27 of the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas, only one new champion was crowned on June 27, Day 28 of the series. However, a lack of gold did not equate to a lack of action, far from it, with six events in full swing.

Eric Smidinger won the only bracelet of Day 28 courtesy of coming out on top in Event #47: $1,000 Seniors Championship. Only five players from the original 7,188 were in contention on Day 5, and an emotional Smidinger outlasted them all, defeating Ben Sarnoff heads-up to bank $694,090 and this event's bracelet. Poker Hall of Fame nominee Kathy Liebert could only muster a fifth place finish.

Elsewhere, Bryn Kenney topped the chip counts after Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Kenney has found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late but it letting his poker do the talking. He'll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of another chastised player, Jake Schindler, in winning a bracelet at the 2022 WSOP.

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Laskowitz With a Colossal Advantage in the Colossus

Samuel Laskowitz
Samuel Laskowitz

Sam Laskowitz goes into the final day of Event #51: $400 Colossus with a commanding chip lead with only seven players remaining. Laskowitz has 206,500,000 chips, worth 52 big blinds, and has one hand on the $414,490 top prize right now.

British grinder Paul Hitzer (132,000,000) is the leader's nearest rival when play resumes at 4:00 p.m. on June 28. None of the other five finalists have more than 17 big blinds in their arsenal, so expect the action to be fast and furious from the word go.

Event #51: $400 Colossus Final Seven Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Sam LaskowitzUnited States206,500,00052
2Paul HizerUnited States132,000,00033
3Jordan PelonFrance68,000,00017
4Jeff LoiacanoUnited States56,000,00014
5Luong QuachUnited States38,500,0009
6Anthony RuttlerUnited States32,000,0008
7James ScottUnited Kingdom13,500,0003

Tune into the final day of the Colossus event

Todd Leads the Final 21 in the Salute to Warriors Event

James Todd
James Todd

Day 2 of Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors started with 498 players but ended with a mere 21. Nobody bagged up more chips than James Todd, who finished with nice, even 20,000,000 stack, or 50 big blinds if you prefer.

None of the returning players are former WSOP champions, so somebody will receive their first gold poker hardware in addition to $161,256, a fantastic prize for a $500 investment. Rigoberto Rodriguez (14,950,000), Todd Saffron (11,900,000), Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (10,305,000), and Zyad Qasem (10,000,000) will fancy their chances of glory thanks to being armed with eight-figure stacks.

Day 3 of this event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. sharp on June 28.

Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors Day 2 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1James ToddUnited States20,000,00050
2Rigoberto RodriguezUnited States14,950,00037
3Todd SaffronUnited States11,900,00030
4Nicholas Sena-HopkinsUnited States10,305,00026
5Zyad QasemUnited States10,000,00025
6Patrick PilkoUnited States9,900,00025
7Brett ColtmanUnited States9,300,00023
8Elias NetoBrazil9,200,00023
9Matthew VaughanUnited States7,750,00019
10Richard StrainisUnited States6,650,00017

Who will win the $500 Salute to Warriors event?

Only 20 Pairings Remain in the $1,000 Tag Team Event

Mackenzie Kraemer
Mackenzie Kraemer

The unique Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team has reached the business end of the tournament with only 20 of the 913 teams remaining in the hunt for the event's bracelet and a $148,067 top prize that accompanies it.

Leading the way right now is Team Kraemer, made up of Mackenzie Kraemer and Jon Schiller. However, Team Russell (Adam Russell and Ryan O'Grady), and Team Barnum (Justin Barnum and DJ Buckley) are hot on the leaders' heels.

There are plenty of big names still hunting for this event's title, not least Nick Yunis and Reynel Hernandez of Team Yunis, and Patrick Leonard and Espen Jorstad of Team Leonard.

Return to PokerNews from 3:00 p.m. on June 28 to follow the final day's action.

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team Event Top 10 Chip Counts

PlaceTeamChipsBig Blinds
1Mackenzie Kraemer - Jon Schiller1,715,00057
2Adam Russell - Ryan O'Grady1,575,00053
3Justin Barnum - DJ Buckley1,505,00050
4Nick Yunis - Reynel Hernandez1,350,00045
5Franco Spitale - Martin Pochat1,270,00042
6Curtis Knight - Chris Barnes1,205,00040
7Patrick Leonard - Espen Jørstad1,060,00035
8Julian Rugna - Franco Gasparini1,020,00034
9Colin Robinson - Harry Lodge965,00032
10Jason Lipiner - Dekel Balas830,00028

Click here for all the $1,000 Tag Team updates

$50,000 Poker Players Championship Progresses to Day 3; Kenney Leads

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

Bryn Kenney is the man to catch going into Day 3 of Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the largest event of this kind since 2013. Some 112 players bought in before late registration ended, which means a prize pool that tips the scales at $5,362,000.

Forty-one of those who started still have chip in front of them, but only 17 will walk away with a share of the spoils.

Kenney finished with 2,064,000 chips and will fancy his chances of taking down this tournament. However, as you would expect, the field is stacked with the biggest names in the business, including reigning WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir (1,427,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (1,405,000), Benny Glaser (1,255,000), Adam Friedman (1,220,000), and a certain Phil Ivey (850,000).

In fact, click here to see the end-of-day chip counts because we would be doing you an injustice by not mentioning each and every Day 2 survivor!

June 28 at 2:00 p.m. local time in Paris Las Vegas is where the Day 3 action goes down.

Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Bryn KenneyUnited States2,064,00086
2Michael MoncekUnited States1,702,00071
3Koray AldemirGermany1,427,00059
4Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil1,405,00059
5Scott BohlmanUnited States1,379,00057
6Taylor PaurUnited States1,344,00056
7Johannes BeckerGermany1,338,00056
8Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom1,255,00052
9Adam FriedmanUnited States1,220,00051
10David WilliamsUnited States1,082,00045

Will Kenney still lead the $50K PPC after Day 3?

Miller Is The Man To Catch in the $600 Deepstack Championship

Brad Miller
Bradley Miller

Some 4,913 players piled into Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em but only 560 of those starters made it through to Day 2, each doing so in the money places.

Bradley Miller's late surge saw him bag up a tournament-leading stack of 1,165,000 chips. Only two other players ended Day 1 with seven-figure stacks, namely Mark Olivo (1,052,000) and John Ypma (1,000,000).

The rest of the chip counts are littered with familiar faces, such as Mark Seif (666,000), Ryan Eriquezzo (622,000), Jeremy Ausmus (502,000), Eric Baldwin (468,000), Brett Shaffer (466,000), and Chris Moorman (96,000).

Play resumes at noon local time on June 28. Be there or be square.

Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Bradley MillerUnited States1,165,000116
2Mark OlivoUnited States1,052,000105
3John YpmaUnited States1,000,000100
4Christopher GrimUnited States980,00098
5Yota MitsuiJapan918,00092
6Marc TremblayCanada875,00087
7Justin KushiUnited States872,00087
8Jesse EngelUnited States864,00086
9Uri KadoshUnited States855,00085
10Bart LybaertBelgium834,00083

All the $600 Deepstack Championship updates you can handle

Liberto Pots His Way to the $1,500 PLO8 Day 1 Chip Lead

Justin Liberto
Justin Liberto

Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better saw the 1,303 entrants whittled to 203 over the course of 17 levels on Day 1, leaving the tournament on the money bubble because 196 places are paid.

All but guaranteed at least a min-cash is Justin Liberto who finished Day 1 with 791,000 chips, which were enough for the overnight chip lead. David Prociak (432,000) is the only other bracelet winner with a top ten stack.

Such luminaries as Raj Vohra (287,000), Connor Drinan (270,000), Jared Jaffee (251,000), and Irish Omaha specialist Eoghan O'Dea (244,000) and just a handful of names who quietly and efficiently went about their business on the opening day.

The 203 survivors return to battle from 2:00 p.m. local time on June 28 where they play another ten levels.

Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Justin LibertoUnited States791,000132
2Richard CrooksUnited States675,000113
3Jacob FerroUnited States639,000107
4Peter NeffUnited States568,00095
5Michael BanducciUnited States555,00093
6Rodney SpriggsUnited States499,00083
7David ProciakUnited States432,00072
8Richie AllenUnited Kingdom425,00071
9Bradley HelmUnited States424,00071
10Corey WadeUnited States415,00069

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