2022 WSOP Main Event Down to Two Tables; Dobric Leads, Litsou Closing In on History

Efthymia Litsou

Day 7 of the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event started with 35 players left in contention for poker's biggest prize, and it took almost three full levels to shed the field to its final 18 hopefuls. Each of them is guaranteed at least $323,100 at this point, but everyone's eyes are locked on securing a birth at the final table and cementing a place in poker history.

Tons of exciting moments already happened along the way, with some of them recapped below.

Salas Bows Out

Damian Salas
Damian Salas

In 2017, Argentina's Damian Salas, known as "Pampa" to his friends, made it all the way to the final table of the Main Event. Ultimately won by Scott Blumstein, Salas came up just short and finished in 7th place for $1,425,000.

In the COVID-year, Salas won the international leg of the almost fully-held online series on GGPoker, before taking on heads-up against Joseph Hebert to be officially crowned the 2020 Main Event champion.

In case it wasn't clear how good of a player Salas really is, he made his third deep run in the span of six series but saw another shot at the Main Event title come to an end on Day 7. Mostly short-stacked throughout the final days, Salas ultimately bowed out in 27th place after open-shoving king-ten into king-queen.

Kenny Tran Survives With Runner-Runner

Kenny Tran
Kenny Tran

For the old-school poker fans, the name Kenny Tran surely brings back a smile. Known under his moniker "Sick Call" Kenny Tran back in the day, Tran, as advertised, was famously known for making light calls and being correct in the years after the Moneymaker boom.

Tran's last registered cash on The Hendon Mob is back in 2017, but as if the clock has turned back 15 years, he's there among the final two tables as cards go back in the air. Tran almost wouldn't have been there, as a runner-runner against Aaron Mermelstein saved his tournament.

In level 34, with blinds at 250,000/500,000, Tran got it in with the {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} against Mermelstein's {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and found himself in a deep hole. The {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop didn't bring much help, but the {k-Clubs} turn opened up a backdoor flush draw. The river was the {a-Clubs} and Tran celebrated with a fist pump. Mermelstein, on the other hand, never recovered and busted in 20th place.

Will Efthymia Litsou Make the Main Event Final Table?

Efthymia Litsou
Efthymia Litsou

Every year it's being brought up: Barbara Enright was the last woman to make the Main Event final table, all the way back in 1995. That dry spell for the ladies was nearly broken back in 2012, when Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille ultimately finished in 10th and 11th place for Enright to remain the last woman to make it.

Now, ten years later, Efthymia Litsou, a recreational player who works as a project manager for a living in New York, has a shot of making it as she'll still in the field with just 18 left. Litsou will be nurturing a short stack of 18 big blinds when cards go back in the air, so a timely double or two will be needed to make it in.

Learn more about the "cool, calm & collected" Litsou

The Karim Rebei Show

Karim Rebei
Karim Rebei

Among the bigger stacks with two tables left is Karim Rebei, who's unconventional aggressive style has been a feast to watch. You can read a special feature on Rebei here.

2022 WSOP Main Event Final Two Tables - Seat Draw and Chip Counts

Nearly the entire level is still to be played at blinds of 300,000-600,000 and a big blind ante of 600,000. Below is the redraw of the final two tables.

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Main Feature1Karim RebeiFrance34,750,00058
Main Feature2Matija DobricCroatia78,125,000130
Main Feature3Asher ConniffUnited States26,400,00044
Main Feature4David DiazUnited States21,850,00036
Main Feature5Jimmy SetnaCanada37,450,00062
Main Feature6Adrian AttenboroughAustralia40,650,00068
Main Feature7Matthew SuUnited States45,300,00076
Main Feature8Jeffrey FarnesUnited States36,675,00061
Main Feature9Aaron DuczakCanada7,000,00012
Feature B1Kenny TranUnited States29,150,00049
Feature B2Robert WelchUnited States10,425,00017
Feature B3Vadim RozinCanada12,600,00021
Feature B4Efthymia LitsouUnited States10,600,00018
Feature B5John EamesUnited Kingdom29,175,00049
Feature B6Philippe SoukiUnited Kingdom27,100,00045
Feature B7Espen JorstadNorway30,525,00051
Feature B8Michael DuekArgentina22,125,00037
Feature B9Tom KunzeGermany21,325,00036

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