2022 WSOP Day 41: Taylor von Kriegenbergh Leads the Main Event Into Day 5

Taylor von Kriegenbergh

Day 41 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas was another super-busy day with players from all corners of the globe taking to the felt in an attempt to become a WSOP champion. One live and two online events crowned their champions, the Main Event was whittled to less than 400 survivors, and stars turned out in force for four other tournaments.

Daniel Strelitz became a WSOP champion for the second time after he triumphed in Event #73: $1,500 Razz. Only nine players from the original 383 made it through to the final day's action. Stelitz went into the final day's action with the chip lead and was the last man standing, capturing bracelet number two on the day of his parents' 34th wedding anniversary.

Two bracelet-awarding online events handed out their bracelets. The $7,777 Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold'em High Roller saw 161 players created a $1,468,023 prize pool. Harry “timexCNT” Lodge of the United Kingdom came out on top and banked a cool $396,666 of that impressive pot in addition to his first piece of poker jewelry.

The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Bracelet Championship was equally as exciting, with 994 players vying for the lion's share of the 1,328,400 prize pool in addition to a WSOP bracelet. When the dust settled, Yevegniy “Kazak132” Minakrin was the only player with chip in front of them, which were exchanged for the $238,315 top prize and some WSOP hardware.

Less Than 400 Remain After Action-Packed Day 4 of the Main Event

The day began with 1,299 players guaranteed at least $15,000 and after ten hours of fast-paced play, just 380 remain to continue to Day 5 of the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Taylor von Kriegenbergh is the player to catch on Monday as he finished the day with 5,305,000 chips. Not far behind him is Dan Colpoys with 4,835,000 and Day 3 chip leader Aaron Mermelstein with 4,285,000.

Event #70: $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Taylor von KriegenberghUnited States5,305,000212
2Dan ColpoysUnited States4,835,000193
3Johan SchumacherBelgium4,600,000184
4Aaron MermelsteinUnited States4,285,000171
5Victor LiCanada4,200,000168
6Rafael MotaBrazil4,050,000162
7Carlos LeivaAustralia3,860,000154
8Shelby WellsUnited States3,840,000154
9Jorge HouParaguay3,800,000152
10Dingxiang OngSingapore3,630,000145
Koray Aldemir
Reigning champion Koray Aldemir is alive and kicking going into Day 5

While six former Main Event champions started the day, only 2020 champ Damian Salas (2,355,000) and defending champion Koray Aldemir (1,285,000) survived, as Ryan Riess, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson, and John Cynn fell at various points of the day.

Plenty of other big names navigated their way through the day to bag healthy stacks for Day 5 including two-time bracelet winner Yuliyan Kolev (3,500,000), Alex Keating (3,000,000) and PokerStars Ambassador and 2021 seventh place finisher in the Main Event, Alejandro Lococo.

Asked about how he felt at the end of an impressive day, the man known as Papo MC said, “I feel amazing. Last year, I made Day 5 with 100,000. I just bagged 3,200,000 so I am really happy, really excited about that, still dreaming.”

Table of the Day

Zilong Zhang
Zilong Zhang loving life in the WSOP Main Event

While plenty of tables provided an abundance of high-quality play and entertainment, one stood out through the entire day and was moved to the mothership by day’s end. That table featured Ali Imsirovic and the chatty Zilong Zhang, who provided several big pots with his wild and aggressive play. Zhang held the chip lead for much of the day and finished with 2,970,000 after using his big stack mostly to his advantage.

“With over 400 big blinds, I think that means I need to see flops as much as I can. Even if I miss the board, I’ll give as much pressure as I can to the other players.”

Along with Imsirovic, Zhang had Dan Smith to his immediate left for the last few hours of the day, but Zhang said that didn’t really impact how he played.

“I was just enjoying my Day 4. I didn’t really care who I played with. I just wanted to make Day 5 with a deep stack. Right now I’m near three million, still a good stack.”

Smith initially made the most of his time at Zhang’s table, growing his stack significantly to over 2,500,000 thanks to a triple up versus Zhang and Imsirovic, but a hand late in the day where he ran his queens into aces preflop nullified his progress and left him with just 390,000 to end the day.

Stars Hui, Baumann Among Remaining Women in the Field

Loni Hui
Loni Hui is one of several female stars hoping for WSOP Main Event glory

Several notable women are also advancing to Day 5 with healthy to large stacks including Loni Hui (1,900,000) and Gaelle Baumann (665,000), who was pleased with how her day turned out despite a dip from her high point in chips.

"I'm feeling pretty good, obviously. I had an amazing day. I started with 370,000 and went up to 1,700,000. I got moved to a new table and went all the way down. I have less than I would have liked, but it's good. Tomorrow, I'll have around 30 big blinds. I'll try to fight, play well. Eat some good breakfast tomorrow, and have a good night's sleep tonight."

Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad won his WSOP Main Event seat online at GGPoker

Several qualifiers from GGPoker also finished the day with strong stacks, including Espen Jorstad, who finished the day with 1,335,000 after a steady day at the table.

“My day wasn't super eventful, to be honest, I started with 800,000, and then I went up a million and been hovering around that all day. I think the biggest pot I played was worth around 20 big blinds. A lot of small pots, I am bagging around 1,300,000.”

With so many players eliminated throughout the day there were plenty of big names that weren’t immune to an early exit, including multi-time bracelet winners Adrian Mateos, David Peters, Upeshka De Silva, Benny Glaser, Phillip Hui, Robert Mizrachi, and Mike Matusow who went home after an old-school “Mike Matusow blowup

Day 5 Monday

The Main Event is now getting to the meat of the tournament and each elimination will mean that much more on Day 5 as the field will be thinned to roughly 100 players. The final 380 will return at noon local time Monday to try to earn their way to that final group, who will have the final table, the champions bracelet, and the $10,000,000 top prize in their sights.

PokerNews will be there for all the action as the march toward history continues from the 53rd World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

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One More for One Drop Reaches Day 3 With Jorge Walker Leading

Jorge Walker
Jorge Walker

Day 2 of Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop saw the 1,271 of the original 5,702 field whittled down to a more manageable 319 by the end of the 20th level of the tournament. Standing proud at the top of the chip counts is Jorge Walker with 3,665,000 chips. It was a fruitful day for Walker as he started Day 2 with 126,000 chips in his stack.

Andrew Moreno (2,470,000) is hot on Walker’s heels. Moreno recently finished second in a $3,500 event at the Wynn and is looking to go one place deeper in this event.

Others to look out for on Day 3, which starts at 12:00 p.m. on July 11, include Ryan Riess (2,110,000), Joao Simao (2,075,000), David Williams (1,560,000), Chris Moneymaker (1,155,000), David Pham (850,000), and Anson Tsang (625,000).

Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Jorge WalkerUnited States3,665,000183
2Andrew MorenoUnited States2,470,000124
3Benjamin ThomasUnited States2,345,000117
4Sejo KasicCroatia2,300,000115
5Dragos TrofimovMoldova2,210,000111
6Michael StephensonUnited States2,160,000108
7Ryan RiessUnited States2,110,000106
8Joao SimaoBrazil2,075,000104
9Kfir NahumIsrael2,070,000104
10Dylan CechowskiFrance2,050,000103

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Nolan King is the Man to Catch in the $1,500 PLO Bounty

Nolan King
Nolan King

Nothing is ever certain in poker but backing Nolan King to win Event #74: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha seems almost guaranteed. King returns to the fray with 12,700,000 chips, or 212 big blinds, with only nine players remaining; that is almost as many chips as third-through-seventh place combined!

Pei Li (5,525,000) is King’s nearest rival but King could double-up Li and still not bust; King’s stack is so large.

The returning nine players are guaranteed $16,339 for their efforts but there is $190,219 awaiting the eventually King, sorry, champion. Each elimination also comes with a $500 bounty payment.

Day 3 resumes at 2:00 p.m. local time on July 11. Tune into the PokerNews live reporting pages then to see if King manages to get the job done.

Event #74: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha Final Nine Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Nolan KingUnited States12,700,000212
2Pei LiCanada5,525,00092
3Konstantin AngelovBulgaria2,850,00048
4Eemil TuominenFinland2,800,00047
5Ryan ScullyUnited States2,700,00045
6Raul EsquivelUnited States2,370,00040
7William GrossUnited States2,350,00039
8Eric LescotBelgium2,330,00039
9Diogo VeigaPortugal540,0009

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Lucky 7's Event Sees Calvin Anderson Capture the Day 1a Chip Lead

Calvin Anderson
Calvin Anderson

Calvin Anderson finished third in the $1,500 Razz and rather than head off to enjoy his $49,557 score, he invested $777 into playing Day 1a of Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s. It proved to be a solid decision with Anderson bagging and tagging 2,280,000 chips at the close of play, enough for an early chip lead.

Only 44 of the 1,056 Day 1a players survived a frantic 22 fast-paced levels. Phong Than Nguyen (2,000,000) came close to becoming the overnight chip leader but fell shy of Anderson’s impressive total.

Ben Yu (1,330,000) has done his chances of winning a fifth WSOP bracelet no harm at all, while Rajaee Wazwaz (975,000), Jason Wheeler (640,000), and Andrew Barber (580,000) all progressed.

Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 p.m. local time on July 11. Be there or be square.

Event #75: $777 Lucky 7's Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Calvin AndersonUnited States2,280,00057
2Phong Than NguyenUnited States2,000,00050
3Kevin O’HarraUnited States1,845,00046
4Mohammadreza SoltanyUnited States1,580,00040
5Pieter SusebeekBelarus1,550,00039
6Kenny LauUnited States1,535,00038
7Vladimir VasilyevUnited States1,525,00038
8Matthias HabernigAustria1,480,00037
9Ariel AlbiliaUnited States1,420,00036
10Joseph CrowleyUnited States1,380,00035

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Shaun Deeb Soars High on Day 1 of the PHOF Event

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb grabbed the Day 1 chip lead in Event #76: $1,969 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty, ending the night with 574,000 chips. The popular event sees players win the monetary amount of a Poker Hall of Famer’s induction year should they eliminate the immortalized pro.

Many Hall of Famers fell on Day 1, including Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Jack McClelland, Berry Johnston, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth. Only Barry Greenstein (327,000) and Barbara Enright (224,000) survived the onslaught.

Joining Deeb, Greenstein, and Enright on Day 2 are the likes of Unibet Poker ambassador David Lappin (430,000), Daniel Weinman (370,000), Perry Friedman (320,000), Georgios Sotiropoulos (262,000), Ole Schemion (246,000), and the hot-running Yuri Dzivielevski (211,000).

Cards are back in the air from 2:00 p.m. local time on July 11.

Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Shaun DeebUnited States574,00096
2Marsel BackaUnited States510,00085
3Kfir LitmanUnited States503,00084
4Shane RoseUnited States483,00081
5Michael BrownUnited States467,00078
6Joseph DiPascaleUnited States444,60074
7David LappinIreland430,00072
8Noah BronsteinUnited States417,00070
9Bradley GelbwaksUnited States409,00068
10Daniel WeinmanUnited States370,00062

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