Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship
Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship
Day 1 Completed

Vieira and Gorodinsky Lead the Way After Day 1; No Repeat Victory for Friedman in $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship

zedmaster84 • Level 10
Joao Vieira leads the 51 survivors after Day 1
Joao Vieira leads the 51 survivors after Day 1

One of the most versatile competitions of the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas has kicked off today and gathered some of the most well-known poker pros entered Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship.

For the first time since 2018, the winner of the highly regarded mixed game contest will not be Adam Friedman after he was eliminated on Day 1 and won't be able to claim the title for the fourth edition in a row. The field has gathered 113 unique entries thus far, which makes it the third-biggest in the history but the registration remains open until the start of Day 2 on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2pm local time.

By then, at least 51 players will return to their seats and a duo sits atop the leaderboard by a significant margin thus far. Joao Vieira ended the night with 425,000 in chips while Mike Gorodinsk follows with 401,500. Another trio of players is closely bunched together in Nacho Barbero (269,500), Richard Ashby (250,500) and Jean-Robert Bellande (249,000).

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Joao VieiraPortugal425,000
2Mike GorodinskyUnited States401,500
3Nacho BarberoArgentina269,500
4Richard AshbyUnited Kingdom250,500
5Jean-Robert BellandeUnited States249,000
6Matthew SchreiberUnited States245,500
7Naoya KiharaJapan223,500
8Ian O'HaraUnited States188,000
9Maxx ColemanUnited States187,500
10Jordan SiegelUnited States182,000

Inside the overnight top ten are also Naoya Kihara and Ian O'Hara, while former finalist Jeff Madsen and David Benyamine are waiting just outside. In a field filled with dozens of WSOP bracelet winners, the former runner-ups Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth will also aim to add the title to their resume with Friedman now out of the way. Unlike his late entry prior to the start of Day 2, 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Hellmuth this time entered in the final levels on Day 1 and made a small profit to advance with 87,000 in chips.

No Fourth Consecutive Victory for Friedman

The tournament takes place for the seventh time and three out of the six previous editions were won by Friedman, who also finished in fifth place in the inaugural appearance of the mixed game contest in 2015. Back then, Quinn Do defeated Rep Porter in heads-up to become the first Dealer's Choice Championship winner. Jean Gaspard and John Racener were the only two other players to life the bracelet for the victory shots but that list will likely see another name enter the fray.

Whether or not Gaspard or Racener will join the action prior to the start of Day 2 remains to be seen and the same also applies for notables such as Ben Yu, Phil Ivey and Brad Ruben. The latter just won his fourth career WSOP bracelet in Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed a few days ago and didn't enter in the first ten levels.

History of the WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerRunner-UpTop Prize
2015108$1,015,200Quinn DoRep Porter$319,792
2016118$1,109,200Jean GaspardWilliam O'Neil$306,621
2017102$930,600John RacenerViacheslav Zhukov$273,962
2018111$1,043,400Adam FriedmanStuart Rutter$293,275
2019122$1,146,800Adam FriedmanShaun Deeb$312,417
202193$867,225Adam FriedmanPhil Hellmuth$248,350

Friedman was not among the first batch of entries but eventually took his seat to try and make it four in a row. However, he never really got much going and was confined to a short stack in the final stages of the night. Ultimately, Friedman first lost a flip with sixes against the ace-ten of Mike Matusow and was then scooped by Richard Bai in an Omaha Hi-Lo confrontation to bow out prematurely.

Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

Other notable casualties throughout ten 60-minute levels included David Williams, David "Bakes" Baker, Daniel Negreanu, Frank Kassela, Bryce Yockey, Ray Henson, Todd Brunson, Phil Hui, Matthew Ashton, Carol Fuchs, Benny Glaser, and Jerry Wong to name all but a few of the mixed game specialists.

Baker got it in with flopped top two pair against the open-ended straight draw in a Pot-Limit Omaha hand. Fuchs bricked the turn but rivered the wheel to score the knockout. She was sitting in the middle of the pack for an extended period but bowed out in the late stages to miss out on an opportunity to add a second bracelet to her collection after her victory in the 2015 $1,500 WSOP Dealer's Choice.

Negreanu fell victim to the hot run of Joshua Ladines, who first made a straight flush in a small pot against Fuchs and then hit quads kings when Negreanu's hopes lasted on an open-ended straight draw and dominated flush draw. Many big names of the international poker circuit followed as the field was cut into more than half on the first of three tournament days.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Whether or not the event will set a new attendance record remains to be seen. Day 2 will include another seven levels of 90 en route to potentially reach the final table. Stay tuned right here on PokerNews to find out who follows into the footsteps of Friedman to claim the WSOP gold bracelet in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship.

Tags: Adam FriedmanBenny GlaserBrad RubenCarol FuchsDaniel NegreanuDavid BenyamineDavid WilliamsJean GaspardJean-Robert BellandeJeff MadsenJoao VieiraJohn RacenerMatthew AshtonMike GorodinskyMike MatusowNacho BarberoPhil HellmuthRichard AshbyRichard BaiShaun DeebTodd Brunson

Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship Day 2 Seat Draw

YorkshirePud • Level 10
Paris1271Ben DieboldUnited States175,000
Paris1273Eli ElezraIsrael17,500
Paris1274Mark GregorichUnited States180,000
Paris1276Anthony ZinnoUnited States94,000
Paris1282Nacho BarberoArgentina269,500
Paris1284Naoya KiharaJapan223,500
Paris1285Noah BronsteinUnited States59,000
Paris1286Tuan LeUnited States136,000
Paris1292Felipe RamosBrazil85,000
Paris1294David BenyamineFrance175,000
Paris1295Yueqi ZhuUnited States45,500
Paris1296Anatolii ZyrinRussia120,000
Paris1301Erik SagstromSweden38,000
Paris1302Craig ChaitUnited States82,500
Paris1303Phil HellmuthUnited States87,000
Paris1304Joshua LadinesUnited States163,500
Paris1306Ismael BojangAustria142,500
Paris1331Jeremy AusmusUnited States29,000
Paris1332Randy OhelUnited States164,500
Paris1333Mike MatusowUnited States87,000
Paris1335Michael ChowUnited States59,000
Paris1341Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil136,500
Paris1342Jesse McGintyUnited States72,000
Paris1344Christopher ClaassenUnited States102,000
Paris1345Nathan GambleUnited States51,000
Paris1352Jason SuUnited States68,000
Paris1353Greg MuellerCanada109,500
Paris1355Jean-Robert BellandeUnited States249,000
Paris1356Nick GuagentiUnited States50,000
Paris1361Kristijonas AndrulisLithuania80,500
Paris1362Mike GorodinskyUnited States401,500
Paris1363Joao VieiraPortugal425,000
Paris1365Maxx ColemanUnited States187,500
Paris1391Tamon NakamuraJapan87,000
Paris1392Kane KalasUnited States130,500
Paris1394Dan ShakUnited States79,500
Paris1395Schuyler ThorntonUnited States91,000
Paris1396Richard AshbyUnited Kingdom250,500
Paris1401Brian RastUnited States109,000
Paris1402Andrew KelsallUnited States153,000
Paris1404Keith LehrUnited States102,500
Paris1406Matthew SchreiberUnited States245,500
Paris1411Brian BrunnerUnited States73,000
Paris1413Jordan SiegelUnited States182,000
Paris1414Jeff MadsenUnited States181,500
Paris1415Ian O'HaraUnited States188,000
Paris1421Jesse KleinUnited States31,000
Paris1422Jake SchwartzUnited States83,500
Paris1424Todd BarlowUnited States84,500
Paris1425Marco JohnsonUnited States124,000
Paris1426Shaun DeebUnited States162,500

Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud • Level 10
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 425,000 30,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 401,500 -8,500
Nacho Barbero AR
Nacho Barbero
AR 269,500 34,500
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
gb 250,500 157,500
Jean-Robert Bellande us
Jean-Robert Bellande
us 249,000 19,000
Matthew Schreiber us
Matthew Schreiber
us 245,500 120,500
Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
jp 223,500 23,500
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 188,000 128,000
Maxx Coleman us
Maxx Coleman
us 187,500 127,000
Jordan Siegel us
Jordan Siegel
us 182,000 14,000
Jeff Madsen US
Jeff Madsen
US 181,500 24,500
Mark Gregorich us
Mark Gregorich
us 180,000 -30,000
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 175,000 -10,000
Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 175,000
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 164,500 19,500
Joshua Ladines us
Joshua Ladines
us 163,500 3,500
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 162,500 27,500
Andrew Kelsall us
Andrew Kelsall
us 153,000 63,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 142,500 11,500
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 136,500 3,500
Tuan Le us
Tuan Le
us 136,000 51,000
Kane Kalas us
Kane Kalas
us 130,500 75,500
Marco Johnson us
Marco Johnson
us 124,000 -66,000
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
ru 120,000 20,000
Greg Mueller ca
Greg Mueller
ca 109,500 59,500

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Day 1 Has Concluded

MikePatrick • Level 10

After three final hands, play has ended on Day 1, which saw 113 entries.

Stay tuned for complete end-of-night chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Late Double for Ladines Against Klein

zedmaster84 • Level 10

Big O

The cards were already flipped over as Jesse Klein had to pay off a full double for Joshua Ladines for 75,000 on a board of {q-Spades}{j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. It remained unclear when the chips went in but Klein's {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Spades} for the top two pair on the flop and a flush on the river was no good. Ladines had been in there with the {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for a wrap and the nut flush draw, which got there for the full double.

Joshua Ladines us
Joshua Ladines
us 160,000 86,000
Jesse Klein us
Jesse Klein
us 35,000 -95,000

Tags: Jesse KleinJoshua Ladines

Zyrin Steams up Hellmuth to End the Night

MikePatrick • Level 10
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth


Phil Hellmuth raised the button and was called by Anatolii Zyrin in the big blind.

After Zyrin drew two and Hellmuth drew three, Zyrin bet and was called by Hellmuth.

On the next draw, the players each drew two. This time Zyrin checked, then called a bet by Hellmuth.

Zyrin then drew two while Hellmuth patted.

Zyrin checked to Hellmuth who bet, but Zyrin came back with a check-raise which Hellmuth called.

Zyrin showed {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{a-Spades} for a six low and a five-dugi, which lifted Hellmuth out of his seat to bemoan Zyrin's fortunate final draw.

Meanwhile at adjacent tables, Christopher Chung and Scott Clements are late night eliminations.

Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
ru 97,500 -2,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 85,000 -21,000
Christopher Chung us
Christopher Chung
us Busted
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
us Busted

Tags: Anatoliy ZyrinChristopher ChungPhil HellmuthScott Clements

Wilkinson Eliminated in Three-Way Action

zedmaster84 • Level 10

Big O

"I tried to give it away and didn't succeed," David Benyamine sighed in table chat after he had just chopped a three-way pot with Yuri Dzivielevski in which Alexander Wilkinson vanished.

On a board of {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{8-Clubs}, the {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-}{x-} of Wilkinson were good enough for a set of eights but that became the worst hand after all. Benyamine's {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} made the nut low while Dzivielevski's {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} hit a jack-high straight to win the high-portion.

David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 185,000 -33,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 133,000 28,000
Alexander Wilkinson us
Alexander Wilkinson
us Busted

Tags: Alexander WilkinsonDavid BenyamineYuri Dzivielevski

Vieira a Contender for the Lead; Ausmus Hangs In There

zedmaster84 • Level 10

No-Limit Hold'em

Dylan Linde was no longer in his seat and it seemed apparent that the hot streak of Joao Vieira continued, as his pile of chips had become even bigger with all other players on the table on very short stacks.

Vieira then raised from the button and Jeremy Ausmus defended the big blind. Ausmus check-raised the {q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop from 2,500 to 7,500 and Vieira tossed his cards into the muck.

Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 395,000 -5,000
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
us 32,000 4,000
Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us Busted

Tags: Dylan LindeJeremy AusmusJoao Vieira