Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $349,440
Players 832

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 82
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Katie Kopp Wins The First WSOP 2022 Bracelet at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas ($65,168)

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Katie Kopp
Katie Kopp

The 2022 World Series of Poker is officially in full swing. The first gold bracelet of the series was awarded today to Katie Kopp in Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold’em.

Kopp, a long-time dealer and player from Cleveland, Ohio, navigated a field of 832 players to claim her first WSOP gold bracelet at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas and the top prize of $65,168.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Katie KoppUnited States$65,168
2Wyatt FrostUnited States$40,273
3Brandon WestUnited States$28,356
4Shaun ColquhounUnited States$20,275
5Joe ChangUnited States$14,725
6Vikram VijayUnited States$10,865
7Gonzalo GonzalezUnited States$8,147
8Arturo JimenezUnited States$6,210
9Kyle DempseyUnited States$4,813

Short stacked for much of the final table, Kopp caught fire down the home stretch. With her mother Patty by her side, and her rail raining down chants of ‘Can’t stop Kopp’, she eliminated her final three opponents en route to victory. For Kopp and her family poker runs deep.

“The feeling is so surreal being here with my mom,” she said. “We travel and deal together. My whole family plays poker. My grandpa taught us. My brother and sister both have rings and even my nine and 10-year-olds know how to play.”

Kopp, who finished third in this event back in 2018, was also the first person eliminated from this year's tournament on Day 1. She fired up her re-entry and the rest is history.

“Last time I was a short stack ninja and I did the same thing last time,” she said. “I want to buy a house, and this will really help me get there.”

Kopp had the loudest rail at the final table and by night's end, her mother was the last one at her side with tears in her eyes.

“My mom has been on her feet all day,” she said. “She’s railed me, standing on her feet the whole time. My mom loves poker. This is so exciting for her. I mean me and my mom, my mom is my best friend.”

Only 82 players returned for Day 2 out of the 832 entries. It took about seven hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. Some of the players to fall just short of the final table were Kelli Phillips (12th - $3,043), Kenny Hallaert (15th - $2,483), and Charles Nguyen ($3,043).

Katie Kopp
Katie Kopp

Final Table Action

First to fall on the final table was Kyle Dempsey ($4,813) when he shoved his ace-four into the king-queen suited of Brandon West. Dempsey caught aces up on the flop, but West made a spade flush on the river to send him home in ninth.

Not long after, Arturo Jimenez ($6,210) ran into a huge cooler and also fell at the hands of West. Jimenez shoved his two pair right into the top set of West and bowed out in eighth.

Out in seventh was Gonzalo Gonzalez ($8,147), he found himself short and shoved with pocket deuces, only to be eliminated by Vikram Vijay when he paired his ace-six. Vijay ($10,865) wouldn't last very long either. After losing a massive all-in, he was left short and exited in sixth.

Out in fifth would be Joe Chang ($14,725) who got it in good with his pocket kings against the ace-queen of Wyatt Frost. Frost drilled an ace on the flop and that would be it for Chang.

Four-handed play dragged on for a couple of levels, with each player holding the chip lead at one point. Katie Kopp managed to triple up three times in one level to keep herself in contention. Eventually, it was Shaun Colquhoun ($20,27) who bowed out in fourth. He found himself short on chips and ended up losing a flip with king-eight suited to the pocket fives of Kopp.

Next to go was West ($28,356), he called a shove from Kopp to create a massive pot with king-queen but could not best the pocket fives of Kopp.

Heads up play didn’t last long, Kopp held a 5-1 advantage heading it, but Frost ($40,273) managed to double up to close the gap. That would be short-lived though as Frost shoved ace-nine right into the ace-queen of Kopp to claim her first WSOP bracelet.

“Dealing and playing gives you a greater appreciation for the game,” she said. “Also more opportunity to grow your game if you pay attention.”

Congratulations to Katie for winnings her first WSOP bracelet and keep following right here on PokerNews for our continuing coverage at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Arturo JimenezBrandon WestCharles NguyenGonzalo GonzalezJoe ChangKatie KoppKelli PhillipsKenny HallaertKyle DempseyParis Las VegasVikram VijayWyatt Frost

Wyatt Frost Eliminated In 2nd Place ($40,273)

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Wyatt Frost
Wyatt Frost

Wyatt Frost shoved the small blind for 7,500,000 and Katie Kopp quickly called.

Wyatt Frost: {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Katie Kopp: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Kopp was in a great position with the better kicker and the board ran out {k-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{8-Spades}, sealing the victory for Kopp. Wyatt takes home more than $40,000 for his great run.

Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 20,800,000 9,200,000
Wyatt Frost US
Wyatt Frost
US Busted

Tags: Katie KoppWyatt Frost

Frost Finds An Ace To Close The Gap

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Katie Kopp ripped it from the small blind and Wyatt Frost quickly called to put himself at risk.

Wyatt Frost: {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Katie Kopp: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

The flop of {2-Hearts}{7-Spades}{q-Clubs} was clean for Kopp, but the {a-Diamonds} spiked the turn to put Frost in front.

"Eight," yelled Kopp's rail.

But it was not to be as the {7-Hearts} fell on the river. Frost doubled and the players are virtually even in stack size.

Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 11,600,000 -3,700,000
Wyatt Frost US
Wyatt Frost
US 9,200,000 2,800,000

Tags: Katie KoppWyatt Frost

Brandon West Eliminated In 3rd Place ($28,356)

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Brandon West
Brandon West

First, Brandon West opened to 800,000 and Katie Kopp moved all in, forcing a fold from West.

On the next hand, the action folded to Kopp in the small blind and she shoved again for 7,600,000 effective. West went deep into the tank.

"I don't think I can fold this," he said.

A few moments later he tossed in a call to create the biggest pot of the tournament.

Brandon West: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Katie Kopp: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Kopp's rail exploded with more chants of "Can't stop Kopp" as West was forced to settle for third. Kopp takes a massive five-to-one chip lead heading into heads-up play.

Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 15,300,000 7,700,000
Brandon West us
Brandon West
us Busted

Tags: Brandon WestKatie Kopp

Shaun Colquhoun Eliminated In 4th Place ($20,275)

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Shaun Colquhoun
Shaun Colquhoun

Shaun Colquhoun raised from the button to 800,000 and Katie Kopp moved all-in with the bigger stack. Colquhoun called and was at risk.

Shaun Colquhoun: {k-Spades}{8-Spades}
Katie Kopp: {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}

The board ranout {7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and the pair of fives of Kopp held for the knockout.

Colquhoun, the chip leader entering Day 2, will take home more than $20,000 for his great run.

Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 7,600,000 1,700,000
Shaun Colquhoun us
Shaun Colquhoun
us Busted

Tags: Katie KoppShaun Colquhoun

Frost Forces Big Fold

Kirk.brown • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Wyatt Frost raised in the highjack to 1,200,000 and Shaun Colquhoun called on the button.

Frost then checked the flop of {q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades}, which prompted Colquhoun to bet 800,000. Frost then moved all- in over the top and Colquhoun snap-folded.

Frost then showed {a-}{a-}

Wyatt Frost US
Wyatt Frost
US 6,400,000 1,300,000
Shaun Colquhoun us
Shaun Colquhoun
us 1,100,000 -5,400,000

Tags: Shaun ColquhounWyatt Frost

Kopp Drills The River To Survive Yet Again

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Katie Kopp
Katie Kopp

Katie Kopp ripped it in from the button for 2,650,000 and Brandon West obliged to put her at risk.

Katie Kopp: {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Brandon West: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

The flop came {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} to give Kopp an open-ended straight draw, much to the delight of her rail. The turn brought no help with the {2-Spades}, but the river {6-Hearts} was just what Kopp needed as she made a straight.

"Can't stop Kopp," shouted her rail, as she moved back above the average stack size.

Brandon West us
Brandon West
us 6,100,000 100,000
Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 5,900,000 2,200,000

Tags: Brandon WestKatie Kopp

Kopp Doubles Through Colquhoun Once More

Kirk.brown • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Katie Kopp was frst to act and she chose to open jam her remaining 1.7 million. It then folded around to Shaun Colquhoun in the big blind.

"I always lose to you," he remarked, as he threw in a calling chip, putting Kopp at risk.

Katie Kopp: {a-}{q-}
Shaun Colquhoun: {k-}{j-}

The {8-}{9-}{j-} flop gave Colquhoun the lead, but it was short-lived as Kopp made top pair on the {a-} turn. The {9-} river did not provide any help to Colquhoun as he doubled up Kopp yet again.

Shaun Colquhoun us
Shaun Colquhoun
us 6,500,000 -1,800,000
Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 3,700,000 2,000,000