Event #29: $1,000 NLH Championship
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Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $487,800
Players 542

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 542
Event #29: $1,000 NLH Championship
Day 1 Completed

Frank Funaro Wins First Bracelet in Event #29: $1,000 NLH Championship ($94,096)

Kirk.brown
Frank Funaro
Frank Funaro

On Sunday night, the 2022 World Series of Poker Online Event #29: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em attracted 318 players who rebought 224 times. The 542-entry field generated a $487,800 prize pool, and after just over nine hours of play, it was Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro coming out on top to win a $94,096 first-place prize and the WSOP gold bracelet.

After coming to the final table in last place, he managed to go on a tear and ended up eliminating all but two of his opponents, and eventually emerged victorious after just a few hands heads-up against John "bigtuna22" Ypma.

Funaro is a seasoned pro with just under a million in live tournament earnings with a recent win this year in the WSOP Circuit Event $ 320 No Limit Hold'em - 6-Max for $19,526 and a circuit ring. He’s had multiple 6-figure scores with the largest being in the 2020 WSOP Online Circuit Event $ 3,200 No Limit Hold'em - High Roller for $219,089. He now can add a fancy WSOP gold bracelet to pair nicely with his circuit ring.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerNationalityPrize
1Frank "thewholefunk" FunaroUnited States$94,096
2John "bigtuna22" YpmaUnited States$68,096
3Matthew "peepeepoopoo" PaolettiUnited States$49,560
4Zachary "thepepster5" EpsteinUnited States$35,902
5Daniel "BackDoorDan" SmithUnited States$26,146
6Bradley "banderson0" AndersonUnited States$19,316
7Mike "THICC" Del VecchioUnited States$14,194
8Brandon "Beeeskerz" ZuidemaUnited States$10,536

Final Table Action

After the money bubble burst with two-time bracelet winner Nipun "javatini" Java busting out in 61st, the action was fairly fast as the field was whittled down to the final eight in just two and a half hours.

After the first casualty when Brandon "Beeeskerz" Zuidema busted out in eighth, the next to go was Mike "THICC" Del Vecchio who had flopped a pair of kings against Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti’s ace-queen, but the river gave Paoletti a straight to send Del Vecchio packing in seventh.

Then it was Bradley "banderson0" Anderson who got it in with pocket queens against Ypma's ace-queen, and with a brutal ace on the river, Anderson was eliminated in sixth place.

Daniel "BackDoorDan" Smith made a deep run but was eliminated in fifth when he shoved into Funaro with top pair on the river but Funaro had already made the nut straight on the turn and snapped it off to send the cowboy home.

The fourth and third place finishers, Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein(fourth) and Paoletti(third) also fell victim to Funaro’s run. Epstein was sent home when his ace-four was dominated by Funaro’s ace-ten and Paoletti had his ace-three beaten with Funaro’s queen-jack by hitting a running two-pair.

Once the action was heads-up, play only lasted a couple of hands before Ypma got it all in with ace-ten but found himself dominated by Funaro’s superior ace-queen. The board ran out pure for Funaro and Ypma was sent to the payout desk for the runner-up prize of $68,096 while Funaro was declared the champion of this event.

That's a wrap here at Event #29: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Be sure to stick with PokerNews as we continue to bring you full coverage of this series on WSOP.com!

John "bigtuna22" Ypma Eliminated in 2nd Place ($68,096)

Kirk.brown
Ypma Eliminated
Ypma Eliminated

With the fate of the bracelet on the line, John "bigtuna22" Ypma got the rest of his stack in the middle against Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro, putting himself at risk.

John "bigtuna22" Ypma: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Funaro was a huge favorite going into the hand, and the board was pure as the {q-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} paired his queen to win him the hand and eliminated Ypma in 2nd place for a payout of $68,096.

A full recap of the evening's events will be released shortly so stay tuned.

Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro us
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro
us 10,840,000 1,861,000
John "bigtuna22" Ypma us
John "bigtuna22" Ypma
us Busted

Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti Eliminated in 3rd Place ($49,560)

Kirk.brown
Paoletti Elimimated in 3rd
Paoletti Elimimated in 3rd

Short-stacked Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti got it all in against Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro, with Paoletti at risk.

Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti: {a-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro: {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Spades} to give Funaro running two-pair to best Paoletti's ace-high and eliminate him in 3rd place for a payout of $49,560.

Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro us
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro
us 8,979,000 3,796,000
Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti us
Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti
us Busted

Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein Eliminated in 4th Place ($35,902)

Kirk.brown
Epstein Eliminated in 4th
Epstein Eliminated in 4th

Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein got it all in preflop against Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro, putting himself at risk of elimination.

Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Epstein was dominated going in, and the runout of {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{q-Spades}{q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} did him no favors and he was eliminated in 4th place for a payout of $35,902.

Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro us
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro
us 5,183,000 785,000
Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein us
Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein
us Busted

Daniel "BackDoorDan" Smith Eliminated in 5th Place ($26,146)

Kirk.brown
Dan Smith Eliminated in 5th
Dan Smith Eliminated in 5th

In a heads-up pot of about 300,000, Daniel "BackDoorDan" Smith check-raised to 240,000 after a bet of 80,000 from Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro.

Funaro called and they went to a turn {9-Clubs} where Smith led out for 250,000 and Funaro just called again.

The river was the {4-Diamonds} and Smith moved all in for around 700,000 and was snap-called by Funaro. Smith tabled {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for top pair but was shown the bad news when Funaro rolled over {q-Hearts}{10-Spades} for the nut straight.

Funaro was pushed the pot while Smith was sent to the rail in 5th place for a payout of $26,146.

Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro us
Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro
us 4,398,000 3,663,000
Daniel "BackDoorDan" Smith us
Daniel "BackDoorDan" Smith
us Busted