2022 World Series of Poker

Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
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2022 World Series of Poker

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Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship

Day 2d Completed

Bryn Kenney Bags Big, Hopeful of Deep Run After Day 2d in Event #70: $10,000 Main Event World Championship

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

It was another wild and crazy day at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas as Day 2d of Event #70: $10,000 Main Event World Championship has come and gone.

This year's edition of the Main Event flirted with the all-time record number of entrants but fell just short of breaking the 2006 mark when 8,773 players paid $10,000 to play. Nevertheless, 8,663 players created a prize pool of $80,782,475, with the winner getting an absolutely spectacular Main Event bracelet and a whopping $10,000,000 top prize.

1,300 players will be in the money and take home at least $15,000.

The lines to register for Day 2d were long, and when all was said and done, an additional 454 players took their shot, making the Day 2d field an astounding 3,749 players - nearly 1,000 players more than Day 2abc.

When the five levels of play of Day 2d were complete, Muhammad Abdel-Rahim finished the night as the unofficial chipleader with 936,500.

2022 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 2d

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Muhammad Abdel RahimUnited States936,500
2Marsel BackaUnited States738,000
3Ryan TorgersenUnited States731,500
4Mauricio SolanoUnited States674,000
5Bryn KenneyUnited States665,000
6Jared HymanUnited States661,500
7Shota NakanishiJapan643,000
8Michael HuynhUnited States640,500
9Mathieu HisFrance616,000
10Florian GuimondFrance595,000

Abdel-Rahim, who has nearly $500,000 in career earnings, is no stranger to deep runs at the World Series of Poker. The chip leader made the final table at the 2016 $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'em (Event #56), where David Peters ended up winning his first bracelet. Abdel-Rahim finished 4th from a field of 1,860 players for a career-high cash of $134,845, only behind Peters, Ireland's Cathal Shine, and Matt Affleck. Just a month later, Abdel-Rahim placed 5th at a WSOP Circuit Main Event.

"I ran really well in the first two levels, and then I was coasting. I was card dead for the next two levels, but during the last level, I got kings vs ace-king for a huge pot."

Muhammad Abdel-Rahim
Muhammad Abdel-Rahim

Not too far behind was Bryn Kenney, who dominated all day and bagged a very impressive 665,000. Kenney began the day with the #1 spot on the all-time money list but was surpassed by Justin Bonomo late in the night, who cashed a $10,000 High Roller elsewhere in Las Vegas.

After bagging for Day 3, Kenney was very happy with his performance and appreciative of the reaction from his fellow players as he looks to add an unthinkable Main Event title to his historic resume.

"It was a pretty smooth day. I just played my game," he said. "This would be the next big one to win, this should be fun.

"I've been very well received this World Series. Lots of people asking for pictures with me and I'm just trying to stay in the moment and play my best."

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

Last year's Main Event champion Koray Aldemir is also very much in the hunt and will be bringing over 100 big blinds (255,000) with him to Day 3.

"I doubled up early with a set against aces and got the max value. After that, I went down to around 100k but had a really good last level.

"I'm feeling confident, it's still the Main Event and there are more cameras and attention on me, so I still get nervous sometimes.

"Not everyone recognized me at the table at first (laughs), but they were all excited to be moved to the feature table, and so was I."

Koray Aldemir
Koray Aldemir

Players Advancing in the 2022 WSOP Main Event

July 3rdDay 1a896631
July 4thDay 1b879634
July 5thDay 1c1,8601,376
July 6thDay 1d4,3703,294
July 7thDay 2abc2,641+1481,262
July 8thDay 2d3,295+4541,757 (estimate)

Notable casualties on Day 2d included former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Johnny Chan. Some more of the best players in all of poker were sent to the rail on Friday, including Doug Polk, Robert Campbell, DJ MacKinnon, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Livingston, David Tuchman, Dietrich Fast, Vanessa Kade, and many more.

While many top professionals hit the rail, a number of excellent players absolutely crushed it and bagged piles heading into Day 3. This includes the likes of David Peters (552,500), Ky “SuitedSuperman” Nguyen (486,000), Massoud Eskandari (475,000), John Juanda (374,500), Chino Rheem (366,000), Adrian Mateos (339,500), Camille Brown (314,000), and Chris Moneymaker (297,500).

After another five levels were completed on Day 2d, the tournament staff estimated that further 1,757 players advanced to Day 3, making the total number of players returning on Saturday, July 9th at 11 a.m. local time around 3,019. However, the exact number will be confirmed overnight.

Just like each previous day of the tournament, players will play five two-hour levels with 20-minute breaks at the end of each level. The dinner break will occur after Level 13, the third level of the day.

The money bubble, which is set at 1300th place, is widely expected to burst early on Day 4.

Be sure to keep it tuned into PokerNews , as the live reporting team will be back every step of the way as the Main Event journey continues.

Tags: Adrian MateosAlex LivingstonBryn KenneyCamille BrownChino RheemChris MoneymakerDavid PetersDavid TuchmanDJ MacKinnonDoug PolkJeremy AusmusJoe HachemJohn JuandaJohnny ChanKoray AldemirMassoud EskandariMuhammad Abdel-RahimRobert CampbellVanessa Kade

Official End-of-Day 2d Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Muhammad Abdel Rahim us
Muhammad Abdel Rahim
936,500 634,500
Day 2D Chip Leader
Marsel Backa us
Marsel Backa
738,000 -47,000
Ryan Torgersen us
Ryan Torgersen
731,500 221,500
Mauricio Solano us
Mauricio Solano
674,000 634,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
665,000 3,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jared Hyman us
Jared Hyman
661,500 8,500
Shota Nakanishi jp
Shota Nakanishi
643,000 -37,000
Michael Huynh us
Michael Huynh
640,500 82,500
Mathieu His fr
Mathieu His
616,000 171,000
Florian Guimond fr
Florian Guimond
595,000 75,000
Elliott Kampen us
Elliott Kampen
572,500 377,400
Carlos Leiva ar
Carlos Leiva
566,500 376,700
Ryan Ko us
Ryan Ko
564,000 316,400
Stephen White us
Stephen White
556,000 363,800
John Karavas us
John Karavas
537,000 537,000
Derek Schroeder us
Derek Schroeder
536,500 4,500
Ryan Hall ca
Ryan Hall
535,500 50,000
George Holmes us
George Holmes
531,500 109,200
Justin Lapka us
Justin Lapka
530,000 530,000
Cliff Maloney us
Cliff Maloney
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
522,000 125,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Gabi Livshitz il
Gabi Livshitz
514,500 354,900
Mauricio Pais de
Mauricio Pais
509,500 428,500
Michael Duek ar
Michael Duek
509,000 167,000
Nick Maimone us
Nick Maimone

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Merkow Wins with Choctaw Nuts

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

In a limped pot, the flop came {j-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and after his opponent, Smith Collins checked, Gregg Merkow bet 3,500 and Collins called.

The turn was the {2-Spades} and both players checked.

But on the river {4-Hearts} Merkow bet 6,500 and his Smith folded.

"Should I show them what I have?" Merkow asked the guy next to him.

"Of course you should," the player replied.

And with that Merkow showed the table {j-Spades}{2-Diamonds} the stone-cold Choctaw Nuts for those that are familiar with the North Texas/Oklahoma term

Player Chips Progress
Gregg Merkow us
Gregg Merkow
161,500 5,500
Smith Collins us
Smith Collins
67,000 -26,200

Tags: Gregg MerkowSmith Collins

Aharoni Takes From Spragg

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The action was picked up in a pot of roughly 33,000 on a board showing {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Daniel Aharoni bet 30,000 on the river after Benjamin Spragg checked from the small blind.

Spragg went deep in the tank, thinking for several minutes, before reluctantly tossing chips in to make the call. Aharoni tabled {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} for the nut-straight and Spragg tossed his cards in the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Daniel Aharoni us
Daniel Aharoni
135,000 135,000
Benjamin Spragg gb
Benjamin Spragg
25,000 -31,500

Tags: Benjamin SpraggDaniel Aharoni

Yanovski Busts One

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The action was picked up with Leonid Yanoski adding the chips to his stack with {a-}{a-} in front of him.

According to the table, Yanovski opened under the gun and a player shoved in the blinds for 104,000, holding {j-}{j-}. Yanovski made the call and a dry board fell to send Yanovski's opponent to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Leonid Yanovski il
Leonid Yanovski

Tags: Leonid Yanoski

Rezaei Fires River, Java Misses Everything

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Nipun Java opened to 4,000 in middle position and was called by the button and Daniel Rezaei in the small blind. The flop came {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and Java continued with a bet of 4,500. The button folded and Rezaei check-raised to 15,000 which Java called.

The turn brought the {a-Clubs} and both players checked to the {3-Spades} on the river. Rezaei led out with a large bet of 69,500 this time. Java thought for a brief moment but opted to lay his hand down, noting that he had {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}.

Player Chips Progress
Nipun Java in
Nipun Java
360,000 16,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
202,000 24,800

Tags: Daniel RezaeiNipun Java

Trajkovski Forces a Fold from Guziak

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Aleksandar Trajkovski raised and it folded to Kenneth Guziak who called in the small blind.

The flop fanned {10-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Guziak led out for 4,000. Trajkovski raised it to 16,000 and Guziak quickly called.

A {9-Hearts} appeared on the turn and Guziak checked. Trajkovski fired 75,000 into the pot, putting Guziak at risk for his tournament's life. After a minute, Guziak made the fold and the Football star from North Macedonia racked the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Aleksandar Trajkovski mk
Aleksandar Trajkovski
290,000 41,000
Kenneth Guziak us
Kenneth Guziak
53,000 -47,000

Tags: Aleksandar TrajkovskiKenneth Guziak

Azoulay Takes it Down on the Flop

Level 10 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Action started on the flop in a heads-up pot. The board showed {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Jonathan Azoulay had checked from middle position, his opponent put out a bet of 17,000, about half pot. Azoulay slid in a stack of red chips, enough to cover the 101,000 in his opponent's stack.

His opponent went into the tank, but eventually let go of his hand to ship the pot to Azoulay.

Player Chips Progress
Jonathan Azoulay us
Jonathan Azoulay
215,000 215,000
Scotter Clark us
Scotter Clark
154,500 32,500
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
97,500 40,500
WSOP 2X Winner
Michael Reisman us
Michael Reisman

Tags: Jonathan Azoulay