The 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas continued today with more exciting four-card high roller action. Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller attracted 264 total entries to create a prize pool of $6,237,000, and after just over ten hours on the penultimate day, the field has been whittled down from 28 to only five remaining contenders.
Fabian Brandes bagged the chip lead with 13,175,000, while reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh (8,900,000) will be taking the second-biggest stack into the final day and will be looking to win a fifth bracelet.
The remaining three on the leaderboard are all fairly close in chips with Tong Li (6,350,000), Sam Stein (5,875,000), and reigning WSOP No-Limits VELO Player of the Year Scott Ball (5,300,000) going for gold as well.
Although the remaining five players have locked up at least $342,590, all eyes will be on the $1,467,739 first-place prize and coveted WSOP bracelet.
Seat Assignments For the Final Day
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Scott Ball||United States||5,300,000||27|
|4||Josh Arieh||United States||8,900,000||45|
|5||Sam Stein||United States||5,875,000||29|
Final Table Results and Remaining Payouts
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|6||Jonathan Depa||United States||$256,582|
|7||Emmanuel Sebag||United States||$195,713|
|8||Gregory Shuda||United States||$152,091|
Action of the Day
The day started swiftly with a few eliminations, and Keith Lehr (25th - $50,575) busted just before the three-table redraw as the remaining players shuffled seats. Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski (24th - $50,575) made his exit next, and he was soon followed by Frank Crivello (23rd - $50,575) and Noah Schwartz (22nd - $50,575).
Several eliminations later led to only two remaining tables, and Daniel Negreanu (16th - $57,738) was the next to hit the payout desk after he couldn’t find improvement despite many outs. Ben Lamb (15th - $67,313) ran kings into aces and didn’t improve, Aaron Mermelstein (14th - $67,313) lost the rest of his short stack to bust, and Chance Kornuth (13th - $80,105) came up short of the final table despite his recent hot streak.
Stephen Hubbard (12th - $80,105) and Jonas Kronwitter (11th - $97,266) were sent to the rail next, before Jared Bleznick (10th - $97,266) was eliminated on the unofficial final table bubble.
The nine remaining players converged on a single table led by Fabian Brandes, who would hold onto the lead through the end of the night. Like many German top pros, the high-stakes PLO cash player resides in Vienna, and although he doesn’t have an extensive tournament résumé, he will be in pole position to snag a maiden WSOP bracelet.
Once the unofficial final table began, a short-stacked David Williams (9th - $120,457) was the next player to find himself without any chips. Gregory Shuda (8th - $152,091), a player without a long list of results like his opponents, made a deep run and the bracelet seemed like a real possibility, but he was eliminated on the river by Arieh.
Emmanuel Sebag (7th - $195,713) was next to go when his kings found themselves against Brandes' aces. Jonathan Depa (6th - $256,582) came into the day with the second-biggest stack, but near the end, he was whittled down to under a few big blinds, and he ultimately became the last elimination of the day before the remaining players bagged and tagged to return for the finale.
The final table will have cards in the air at 4 p.m. local time on Sunday, June 12, and the live stream with cards-up coverage will be hosted via PokerGO on a delay of 45 minutes to one hour. There are 53:42 minutes left in level 29 at blinds of 100,000-200,000 with a big blind ante of 200,000.
Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team returns to bring you updates until a champion is crowned.