Event #31: $600 NLH Deep Freeze

Qinghai "011POKERDR" Pan Wins First Bracelet in Event 31: $600 NLH Deep Freeze ($36,148)

Qinghai Pan

On Monday, the 2022 World Series of Poker Online continued with Event 31: $600 NLH Deep Freeze, a tournament that drew 366 players. This field resulted in a $197,640 prize pool, and after a little over 8 hours of play, it was Qinghai "011POKERDR" Pan who scored the victory to capture a $36,148 top prize and his first gold bracelet.

Pan, who defeated Matthew "mendey" Mendez in heads-up play, is a California native with over $450,000 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. That includes a career-best of $62,079 for 6th in the 2019 WSOP $10,000 seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Hendon Mob also shows that Pan is quite the online crusher as well, as he scored third place in the 2021 WSOP Online $ 7,777 No Limit Hold'em - Lucky 7's High Roller for a whopping $183,754. He can now proudly add a brand-new gold bracelet to his extensive list of achievements.

1Qinghai "011POKERDR" PanUnited States$36,148
2Matthew "mendey" MendezUnited States$26,207
3Paul "rungood27" ScaturroUnited States$18,993
4Kevin "GoneBananas" GarosshenUnited States$13,874
5Fred "staeks" LiUnited States$10,217
6Shawn "ChickenGhost" BuchananCanada$7,510
7Matthew "gitgot" VolosovichUnited States$5,553
8Benjamin "chaipoker" AbrahamsUnited States$4,130

Final Table Action

Even though this was a freezeout tournament, it took nearly eight hours of play to get down to a final table and things picked up pretty quickly with Benjamin "chaipoker" Abrahams being the first casualty as he exited in eighth place. Soon after Matthew "gitgot" Volosovich would bust in seventh when Mendez flopped a flush on him and he was unable to improve.

2019 WSOP $ 800 No Limit Hold'em champ Shawn "ChickenGhost" Buchanan would exit in sixth when his two-pair was crushed on the river by Paul "rungood27" Scaturro who made a straight.Fred "staeks" Li was soon to follow in fifth as his ace-eight couldnt best Pan’s pocket nines.

Kevin "GoneBananas" Garosshen was next to go in fourth and Scaturro was eliminated in third when Pan’s queen-deuce crushed his ace-nine by flopping two-pair and rivering a full house for good measure.

When heads-up play started, Pan was a 4-1 favorite over Mendez and the exchange was one for the record books as it lasted only one hand before the two got it all in the middle. Unfortunately for Mendez, he was unable to find a double and was eliminated in second place.

That's a wrap here at Event #31: $600 NLH Deep Freeze. Be sure to stick with PokerNews as we continue to bring you full coverage of the remaining two events on WSOP.com!