Michael Simhai Hits the Mark in 2022 WSOP Event #27: Shootout NLH ($240,480)

Michael Simhai

At the end of three days of play, Michael Simhai was the last man standing in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #27: Shootout No-Limit Hold'em. The event hit the 1,000-player cap and Simhai won his table three consecutive days to take home a$240,480 first-place prize.

Simhai, who lives in Beverly Hills, California, took home his maiden gold bracelet for his impressive performance. His previous best live cash was $99,271 according to The Hendon Mob.

Throughout the tournament, Simhai played fast, made quick decisions, and put his opponents in tough spots. Playing a shootout format, Simhai had to beat the nine opponents with whom he shared the table to survive and advance each day. His fast decision-making and aggressive betting kept his opponents on their toes.

Event #27: $1,500 Shoutout NLH Final Table Results

1Michael SimhaiUnited States$240,480
2David DowdyUnited States$148,618
3Anant PatelUnited States$111,226
4Ravi RaghavanUnited States$84,047
5Timothy McDermottUnited States$64,129
6Roongsak GriffithUnited States$49,414
7Austin PeckUnited States$38,455
8David YonnottiUnited States$30,227
9Kevin SongUnited States$24,001
10Derek SudellUnited States$19,253

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Key Moments

On Day 2, Simhai found himself locked in a long heads-up battle with Ryan Ramsdell. The two players battled back and forth over small pots until a massive cooler would settle the match. Ramsdell had pocket kings against Simhai's ace-queen. All in preflop, Simhai found an ace on the river to propel him to the final table.

It was there during three-handed play that Simhai called a raise from Anant Patel. Patel flopped top pair on the jack-high board, but Simhai flopped two pair that held up for a massive pot.

David "The Assassin" Dowdy found himself heads up with Simhai at the end of the day. Dowdy started the final table hot, eliminating Derek Sudell when he ran ace-king into Dowdy's aces. Dowdy amassed a large stack early that carried him down to three-handed play neck-and-neck with Simhai. He stumbled when he doubled up Patel and went into heads-up play as a 4:1 underdog.

David Dowdy
David "The Assassin" Dowdy

"He's the nicest guy, one of the nicest guys I've ever played against in a poker room," Simhai said about Dowdy. "I kind of feel bad."

Much like the gracious winner, the final table was full of goodwill among the players. Simhai would often show his hands and other players were returning the favor.

Congratulations to Michael Simhai, the newest champion and bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. Click here to see what other tournaments are currently taking place at the 2022 WSOP!

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Terrance "TJ" Reid is a writer, poker player, and lover of games of all types. He played professional poker in his twenties before deciding to pursue his love of writing. Terrance is part of the 2022 PokerNews WSOP team.

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