2022 WSOP Day 32: Eli Elezra Wins Again, Hellmuth Chasing a Bracelet
Friday was a busy day at the 2022 World Series of Poker with four players being awarded gold bracelets, including Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra, who tacked on his fifth WSOP title.
Elezra, the Israeli-born high-stakes legend, took down Event #63: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $611,362, beating out 284 players, including Chino Rheem, the runner-up. He won his fifth career bracelet, further validating his 2021 Poker HOF induction.
Konstantin Angelov won a bracelet, his first, on Friday when he took down Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $199,466. Shota Nakanishi was the third to win a bracelet on Day 32 when he shipped Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em for $277,212.
Last but not least is Massoud Eskandari, the champion of the five-day Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors for $330,609, outlasting a field of 2,669 players.
Hof Among Final Eight in Ladies Event
Event #61: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em began with 1,074 entrants, second most in the history of the tournament. Heading into Saturday's Day 4 session, only eight players remain, all vying for the gold bracelet and the $166,975 that comes with it.
Natalie Hof has an opportunity to win her first bracelet and more than double her Hendon Mob results ($111,556). Play resumes at 2 p.m. and won't conclude until a champion is crowned.
Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table Seat Draw
|3||Sandy Tran||United States||2,555,000||25|
|4||Meikat Siu||United States||3,020,000||30|
|6||Lynh Nguyen||United States||3,870,000||38|
|7||Christina Gollins||United States||3,845,000||38|
|8||Julie Le||United States||3,100,000||31|
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Hellmuth Could Win 17th Bracelet on Saturday
Phil Hellmuth is among the final 26 players in Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em, which began with 1,359 players. The "Poker Brat" holds the record with 16 WSOP titles, and could tack on one more on Saturday.
Hellmuth is fifth in chips with 3,290,000 heading into the final day of play. Keiji Ito, a Japanese poker player, held the chip lead after Day 2, good for 80 big blinds. The action on Day 3 should move fast as the blinds are getting big. Play will continue at 2 p.m. PST in Las Vegas.
Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Top Ten Chip Counts
|2||Richard Scardina||United States||4,835,000||60|
|3||David Jackson||United States||4,700,000||59|
|4||Jeffrey Lo||Hong Kong||4,585,000||57|
|5||Phil Hellmuth||United States||3,290,000||41|
|6||Timothy Sullivan||United States||2,615,000||33|
|9||Chad Brewer||United States||1,975,000||25|
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Mini Main Event a Rousing Success
If you spent any time at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas on Friday, you probably noticed a packed house. That's largely due to the massive field and lines in Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event, which attracted a whopping 5,833 entries.
At the end of the day, only 487 advanced to Day 2. Jake Bluston from the United Kingdom bagged the chip lead at 2,825,000, and James Dike, an American player, in second place with 2,505,000. Day 2 kicked off at 2,505,000.
Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||CITY / STATE / COUNTRY||CHIP COUNT||Big Blinds|
|1||Jake Bluston||United Kingdom||2,825,000||71|
|2||James Dike||United States||2,505,000||63|
|3||Jaeyoung Choi||South Korea||2,380,000||60|
|5||Jake Schwartz||United States||2,275,000||57|
|6||Andres Vasquez||United States||2,275,000||57|
|7||Kyle Montgomery||United States||2,200,000||55|
|8||Kenneth O'Donnell||United States||2,100,000||53|
Barbero Leads at $10k Super Turbo Bounty Final Table
Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em kicked off Friday with 419 players and played down to the final six. The final table will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Nacho Barbero bagged the biggest stack following Day 1 with 12,225,000, a massive chip lead over Ilya Nikiforov (4,875,000). But with only 49 big blinds, Barbero's lead is far from insurmountable.
Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|4||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||2,500,000||10|
|5||Maria Ho||United States||1,875,000||8|
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In this Series
- 1 2022 WSOP Day 1: Hellmuth Noticeable Absentee as WSOP Kicks Off
- 2 2022 WSOP Day 2: First Bracelet Awarded; Ivey Records a Cash
- 3 2022 WSOP Day 3: Peters Wins Gold; Seiver Hunting For Bracelet #4
- 4 2022 WSOP Day 4: Scott Seiver & Brad Ruben Win Bracelet #4
- 5 2022 WSOP Day 5: Smith Bags 25k Heads-Up Title; Housewarming Surpasses Guarantee
- 6 2022 WSOP Day 6: Szecsi Reels in His Third Bracelet; O8 Event Needs Extra Time
- 7 2022 WSOP Day 7: Dan Smith Flying High in the $50K High Roller
- 8 2022 WSOP Day 8: Schutten Leads $50K High Roller Final Six
- 9 2022 WSOP Day 9: Diebold, Schindler, and Moncek Strike Gold
- 10 2022 WSOP Day 10: Bronshtein and Foxen On Course For Bracelets
- 11 2022 WSOP Day 11: Three New Bracelet Winners Crowned, "ElkY" and Ivey Lead $10K Stud
- 12 2022 WSOP Day 12: Two More Bracelets Won; Friedman on Fire in the $10K Stud
- 13 2022 WSOP Day 13: Friedman Makes It Five; Two Other Champs Crowned
- 14 2022 WSOP Day 14: Three New Champions; Big Names Turn Out In Force
- 15 2022 WSOP Day 15: Karakitkov On Course for $50K PLO High Roller Title
- 16 2022 WSOP Day 16: The Busiest Day Yet For Bracelets as Four Awarded
- 17 2022 WSOP Day 17: Hastings Secures His Sixth WSOP Bracelet
- 18 2022 WSOP Day 18: MILLIONAIRE MAKER Draws Thousands of Runners
- 19 2022 WSOP Day 19: Hellmuth Flying High in $10K Deuce-to-Seven
- 20 2022 WSOP Day 20: Bromfman, Stovall, and 'PmpknHead' Secure Bracelets
- 21 2022 WSOP Day 21: Ivey Denied His 11th WSOP Bracelet
- 22 2022 WSOP Day 22: $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship Finally Concludes!
- 23 2022 WSOP Day 23: Six Events in Play, One Champion Crowned
- 24 2022 WSOP Day 24: Ivey Bags a Big Stack in the $250K Super High Roller
- 25 2022 WSOP Day 25: Foxen Leads $250k Super High Roller, First Bracelet for Cyprus
- 26 2022 WSOP Day 26: HOF Nominee Liebert's Still Got It, How Foxen Won First Bracelet
- 27 2022 WSOP Day 27: Four Bracelets Awarded as $50K PPC Kicks Off
- 28 2022 WSOP Day 28: Kenney Leads the $50,000 PPC Event
- 29 2022 WSOP Day 29: Dzivielevski Leads the $50K PPC; Three Bracelets Awarded
- 30 2022 WSOP Day 30: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
- 31 2022 WSOP Day 31: Cates Crowned PPC Champ on a Crazy Day of Action
- 32 2022 WSOP Day 32: Eli Elezra Wins Again, Hellmuth Chasing a Bracelet
- 33 2022 WSOP Day 33: Phil Hellmuth Denied 17th Bracelet; Jackson, Barbero & Teusl Victorious
- 34 2022 WSOP Day 34: The Main Event Shuffles Up and Deals!
- 35 2022 WSOP Day 35: Another Huge Day of Main Event Action
- 36 2022 WSOP Day 36: Clarke Leads Main Event; Glantz Banks a Milly
- 37 2022 WSOP Day 37: Vaughn Kicks Off Huge Main Event Flight
- 38 2022 WSOP Day 38: Gavin Munroe Leads After Day 2abc of the Main Event
- 39 2022 WSOP Day 39: Bryn Kenney Among Top Stacks After Day 2d of Main Event
- 40 2022 WSOP Day 40: Main Event Enters the Money, Six Former Champs Still In
- 41 2022 WSOP Day 41: Taylor von Kriegenbergh Leads the Main Event Into Day 5
- 42 2022 WSOP Day 42: Audacious Bluff Puts Lococo Over 10M in the Main Event
- 43 2022 WSOP Day 43: Main Event Field Reduced to Only 35
- 44 2022 WSOP Day 44: Main Event Reaches Its Final Table
- 45 2022 WSOP Day 45: Colpoys Claims Chip Lead in the $50K High Roller
- 46 2022 WSOP Day 46: Jorstad Leads the Main Event Final Three; Vieira Claims Second Bracelet
- 47 2022 WSOP Day 47: Jorstad Crowned Main Event Champion as 2022 WSOP Nears End
- 48 2022 WSOP Day 48: Series Begins Wrapping Up; Five Champions Crowned
- 49 2022 WSOP Day 49: Cowen Leads the Tournament of Champions
- 50 2022 WSOP Day 50: Woof Leads Final 16 in the Tournament of Champions