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Event #85: $1,500 The Closer
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Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $3,962,280
Players 2,039

Level Info

Level 43
Blinds 1,500,000 / 3,000,000
Ante 3,000,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 17

Highlights

Highlights

Event #85: $1,500 The Closer
Day 3 Completed

Minh Nguyen Wins His First Bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer ($536,280)

MattHansen • Level 43: Blinds 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante
Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen

Event #85: $1,500 The Closer has come to an end at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and New Jersey’s Minh Nguyen was the winner of one of the last bracelets of the summer. The event drew 2,039 entries and generated a prize pool of $962,280.

Nguyen outlasted 17 returning players on the tournament’s final day to defeat Ahmed Karrim in heads-up play to win $536,280 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. He came into the final day as the chip leader and finished the job in dominating fashion, scoring several knockouts to maintain pace atop the leaderboard.

“It was a rough start for the series," Nguyen said in his post-win interview with PokerNews. "I was 0-5 before I min–cashed one. Then I went 0-26 or 27. Overall it was a pretty bad year."

Nguyen saved his Summer in a big way with the largest win of his career.

"I’ve actually been on a year-and-a-half downswing. For me to come this far in the last tournament of the series is a dream. It’s awesome.”

Nguyen had a lively rail, and he promised them a party whether he won or lost. Before he makes a decision on entering the Tournament of Champions, Nguyen has an obligation to fulfill.

“I’m going to take my rail out to eat and find something fun to do," he said.

Nguyen defeated Karrim in heads-up play after the two players dominated the final table and came to the endgame nearly even in chips. Karrim was followed in third place by Michael Liang, and in fourth by Madelyn Carr, both of whom were eliminated by Nguyen in a double knockout that sent the tournament into heads-up play.

Event #85: $1,500 The Closer Final Table Results

*PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Minh NguyenUnited States$536,280
2Ahmed KarrimSouth Africa$331,470
3Michael LiangUnited States$247,890
4Madelyn CarrUnited States$186,770
5Manuel Herrera GarciaUnited States$141,770
6Daniel TabelloUnited States$108,420
7Samuel Brown United States$83,540
8Rudy CervantesUnited States$64,870
9Zach JohnsonUnited States$59,759
10Vincent LamCanada$40,020
Ahmed Karrim
Runner-up Ahmed Karrim

Final Day Action

The day kicked off with 17 players and the tournament reached its final table after just over an hour of play. Vincent Lam was the first of the finalists to go in 10th place when his ace-jack ran into Karrim’s pocket kings. It was the seventh cash of the series for Lam, one of which was an impressive run to fourth place in the $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Omaha event.

Zach Johnson and Rudy Cervantes was the next to go in ninth and eighth, respectively. They both hit the rail on a double knockout when Liang’s ace-queen caught a pair on the flop. Cervantes had three cashes at the 2022 WSOP, including a deep run to place 48th in the Main Event.

In seventh was Samuel Brown, who got it in with king-queen but ran into the ace-king of Carr. The hand put Carr over 30 million after staying out of the fray for most of the early part of the day.

Madelyn Carr
Fourth-place finisher Madelyn Carr

Daniel Tabello got it in from the short stack with jack-eight, but he was out in sixth when Karrim called with pocket tens and held for the win. Manuel Herrera Garcia was next when Liang left him short and then Nguyen finished the job with a pair of fives.

Four-handed play was short-lived, and Carr was out in fourth while Liang ended in third after a double knockout send their chips to Nguyen. Nguyen called both players with king-ten and made a third ten on the turn to send the tournament to heads-up play.

The two players traded pots for the first level of heads-up play, but the big moment came when Karrim jammed the turn with a low pair and Nguyen showed him the straight to take the win.

Congratulations to Minh Nguyen of Brigantine, New Jersey for winning his first bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer at the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas!

Be sure to keep it here for the rest of the week as PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates from the floor of the Tournament of Champions.

Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen

Tags: Ahmed KarrimDaniel TabelloMadelyn CarrManuel Herrera GarciaMichael LiangRudy CervantesSamuel BrownVincent LamZach Johnson

Ahmed Karrim Eliminated in 2nd Place ($331,470)

MattHansen • Level 43: Blinds 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante
Ahmed Karrim
Ahmed Karrim

With nearly 25,000,000 in the pot and {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{q-Spades}{3-Clubs} on the board, Ahmed Karrim shoved and Minh Nguyen called quickly.

Karrim turned over {2-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, but Nguyen had {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts} for the straight. The river was an inconsequential {7-Diamonds} and Nguyen eliminated Karrim to win the tournament.

Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 148,000,000 41,500,000
Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za Busted

Tags: Ahmed KarrimMinh Nguyen

Nguyen Opens Up the Lead

MattHansen • Level 43: Blinds 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Ahmed Karrim limped in and Minh Nguyen raised to 9,000,000. Karrim called and the flop was {6-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Hearts}.

Both players checked the flop and the turn was {3-Spades}. Nguyen bet 14,000,000 and Karrim called.

The river was {a-Diamonds} and Nguyen fired 5,000,000. Karrim went into the tank for several minutes before he tossed in his cards and gave up the pot.

Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 106,500,000 28,900,000
Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za 41,500,000 -28,900,000

Tags: Ahmed KarrimMinh Nguyen

Level:
43
Blinds:
1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante:
3,000,000

Nguyen Strikes Back Just Before Break

MattHansen • Level 42: Blinds 1,200,000-2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante

With 20,000,000 in the middle and a full board of {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{k-Hearts}{4-Spades}, Minh Nguyen bet 6,500,000 and Ahmed Karrim went into the tank.

After he considered his options for several moments, Karrim tossed in the chips to call. Nguyen turned over {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} to take the pot with kings and queens.

The players will now take a short break before they continue.

Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 77,600,000 15,600,000
Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za 70,400,000 -17,600,000

Karrim Takes With River Bet

MattHansen • Level 42: Blinds 1,200,000-2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante

The final two have continued to trade pots in the early going, but Ahmed Karrim maintains a slight edge.

With over 10,000,000 in the pot and {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{k-Clubs} on the board, Karrim fired 7,300,000. Minh Nguyen thought it over but it was too much and he tossed his hand in the muck.

Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za 88,000,000 2,000,000
Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 62,000,000 -2,000,000

Tags: Ahmed KarrimMinh Nguyen

Back and Forth

MattHansen • Level 42: Blinds 1,200,000-2,500,000, 2,500,000 ante

The final two players have traded a few pots in the opening stages of heads-up play, but neither player has opened up a big lead.

Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za 86,000,000 10,000,000
Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 64,000,000 -8,000,000
Level:
42
Blinds:
1,200,000/2,500,000
Ante:
2,500,000

Madelyn Carr Eliminated in 4th Place ($186,770); Michael Liang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($247,890)

MattHansen • Level 41: Blinds 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Madelyn Carr
Madelyn Carr

Moments after a big hand for Ahmed Karrim that left Michael Liang short, Madelyn Carr jammed her last 7,200,000 from the cutoff. Michael Liang called from the small blind and Minh Nguyen shoved his big stack from the big blind. Liang thought it over and tossed his last 4,000,000 into the middle. Action was three ways with Carr and Liang at risk.

Madelyn Carr: {j-Spades}{8-Spades}
Michael Liang: {a-Clubs}{2-Hearts}
Minh Nguyen: {k-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {j-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Spades} and Nguyen made trip tens to eliminate both players from the tournament.

The tournament will now pause for five minutes while preparations for heads-up play are made.

Ahmed Karrim za
Ahmed Karrim
za 76,000,000 35,000,000
Minh Nguyen (NJ) us
Minh Nguyen (NJ)
us 72,000,000 23,000,000
Madelyn Carr US
Madelyn Carr
US Busted
Michael Liang us
Michael Liang
us Busted

Tags: Ahmed KarrimMadelyn CarrMichael Liang