Tournament of Champions
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Tournament of Champions
Day 1 Completed

Robert Cowen Bags Day 1 Lead in the WSOP Tournament of Champions

connorrichards • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante
Robert Cowen
Robert Cowen

Day 1 of the Tournament of Champions at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is in the books and saw Robert Cowen bagging the chip lead over the 149 remaining players. Cowen, who won his second bracelet this year in Event #28: $50,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha, ended the day with 428,000 chips to lead other big stacks including Ali Eslami (305,000), Christopher Bissinger (300,500) and Daniel Sepiol (285,000).

The million-dollar freeroll, offered exclusively to bracelet and Circuit ring winners during the 2022 WSOP season, drew 463 entrants on Day 1 and could see more of the 575 eligible players enter on Day 2 as late registration remains open to the start of the day.

Tournament of Champions Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Robert CowenUnited Kingdom428,000214
2Ali EslamiUnited States305,000153
3Daniel SepiolUnited States285,000143
4Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia247,500124
5Zachary SeymourUnited States241,000121
6Daniel StrelitzUnited States235,000118
7Cheryl SvensonUnited States221,500111
8Carlos LovingUnited States203,000102
9Fred LiUnited States183,50092
10Erik BauerSlovakia183,00092

Many of the summer's top performers were present in the Day 1 field, including WSOP Player of the Year Dan Zack, who was awarded his commemorative trophy by WSOP Vice President Jack Effel early in the day, as well as players who won bracelets this year like Daniel Strelitz, Daniel Weinman, David Jackson, Alex Livingston and Eli Elezra.

Dan Zack POY
Dan Zack and Jack Effel

Italy's Gianluca Speranza squeaked into the event after winning his maiden bracelet hours earlier in [Online] Event #12: $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout Encore for $324,625 to make himself eligible. The same is true for Ryan Messick and Fred Li, who managed to qualify at the 11th hour.

The field also included a number of players who earned their WSOP hardware by grinding the Circuit, including Angelina Rich, Justin Matecki, Joseph Rice, Kathy Sawers, Alan Gibson and Robert Lamanna.

Angelina Rich
Angelina Rich

Day 2 will commence at 11 a.m. local time in the Bally's Event Center Gold section beginning with Level 11 and blinds of 1,000/2,000/2,000. The plan right now is to play ten 60-minute levels with a 60-minute dinner break after Level 16, which is expected to wrap up around 5:30 p.m. Day 3 will follow and will play down to a winner who will take home the last bracelet of the series.

Stay tuned as PokerNews will be back on-site tomorrow to follow the action in the 2022 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

Tags: Alan GibsonAlex LivingstonAngelina RichDan ZackDaniel StrelitzDaniel WeinmanDavid JacksonEli ElezraKathy SawersRobert Cowen

Day 2 Seat Draw

YorkshirePud • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante
CasinoTableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Bally's6611Ari EngelUnited States19,50010
Bally's6612Konstantin PetrushevUnited States135,00068
Bally's6613Alex FoxenUnited States14,5007
Bally's6615Joseph RiceUnited States65,50033
Bally's6616Clement CureFrance30,00015
Bally's6617Ramsey StovallUnited States55,00028
Bally's6618Jessica RichardsUnited States65,00033
Bally's6619Antoine VrankenNetherlands151,50076
       
Bally's6622Benjamin FelsonUnited States40,50020
Bally's6623Daniel SepiolUnited States285,000143
Bally's6624David LabchukCanada136,50068
Bally's6625Calvin KincadeUnited States129,50065
Bally's6626Anthony HuntsmanUnited States89,50045
Bally's6627Weimin HouCanada114,50057
Bally's6628Nicholas ShockUnited States169,00085
       
Bally's6631Christopher HandoUnited States79,50040
Bally's6632Todd EstesUnited States38,00019
Bally's6633Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia247,500124
Bally's6634Lok ChanHong Kong65,00033
Bally's6635Stephanie AldermanUnited States143,00072
Bally's6636David HuNetherlands56,50028
Bally's6637Shota NakanishiJapan137,50069
Bally's6638Ian CramptonUnited States97,50049
       
Bally's6641James TraberUnited States114,50057
Bally's6642Christopher ChatmanUnited States109,50055
Bally's6643Michael IannaceUnited States49,50025
Bally's6644Andrew RodgersUnited States47,00024
Bally's6645Robert LamannaUnited States129,00065
Bally's6646Thomas RicheyUnited States91,50046
Bally's6648Benjamin KauppUnited States43,50022
Bally's6649Michael McnicholasUnited States94,00047
       
Bally's6651Max ThainUnited States74,50037
Bally's6652Michael BuddeUnited States129,50065
Bally's6653David GoodmanUnited States132,50066
Bally's6654Yuliyan KolevBulgaria117,50059
Bally's6655Corey PaggeotUnited States82,00041
Bally's6656Alexandr OrlovRussia71,50036
Bally's6658Robert ChowUnited States143,00072
Bally's6659Deanna AlanizUnited States23,50012
       
Bally's6661Dan GannonUnited States20,50010
Bally's6662Wayne WoodsUnited States8,0004
Bally's6663Daniel ZackUnited States100,50050
Bally's6664Ryan LaplanteUnited States80,00040
Bally's6665Brett FreilerUnited States158,50079
Bally's6666Krishna KalidasUnited States85,00043
Bally's6667Cheryl SvensonUnited States221,500111
Bally's6668Shankar PillaiUnited States142,50071
Bally's6669Taylor GrassmickUnited States92,50046
       
Bally's6701Kristopher BradshawUnited States39,00020
Bally's6702Nicolas OudbierUnited States71,50036
Bally's6703Johan DijkhoffzNetherlands36,00018
Bally's6705Nicolas GarcialariosUnited States31,00016
Bally's6707Brent BogdanoveczUnited States130,00065
Bally's6708John FaggUnited States174,00087
Bally's6709Matthew StoneUnited States76,00038
       
Bally's6711Michael MarderUnited States84,00042
Bally's6713Alan GibsonUnited States104,00052
Bally's6714Preston McEwenUnited States60,50030
Bally's6715John MacleodUnited States44,00022
Bally's6716Elias NassifUnited States86,00043
Bally's6717DID NOT REPORT 1United States34,50017
Bally's6718Erik BauerNetherlands183,00092
Bally's6719Gianluca SperanzaItaly61,50031
       
Bally's6721Nicholas HobbsUnited States71,50036
Bally's6723Jason LawhunUnited States72,00036
Bally's6724Gregory WishUnited States128,50064
Bally's6725Jack SheaUnited States107,50054
Bally's6727William DavidsonUnited States120,00060
Bally's6728Cade LautenbacherUnited States38,00019
Bally's6729Ivan DeyraFrance92,50046
       
Bally's6731Brad RubenUnited States52,50026
Bally's6732Braxton MooreUnited States131,00066
Bally's6734Charles HeplerUnited States84,50042
Bally's6735Kate KoppUnited States31,00016
Bally's6736Robert CowenUnited Kingdom428,000214
Bally's6737Steven ChristopherUnited States15,5008
Bally's6738James BrundigeUnited States47,50024
Bally's6739Stephen JarrettUnited States50,50025
       
Bally's6741Mark LiedtkeUnited States181,00091
Bally's6742George JanssenUnited States140,00070
Bally's6743Gabriel AttounUnited States130,00065
Bally's6745Gaetan BalleurFrance157,50079
Bally's6746Ryan MessickUnited States149,00075
Bally's6747Brett William BlackwoodUnited States63,50032
Bally's6748Eric SmidingerUnited States120,00060
Bally's6749Fausto TantilloItaly113,50057
       
Bally's6751Derek KwanUnited States27,00014
Bally's6752Michael WolfUnited States24,00012
Bally's6753Jonathan WoofCanada104,50052
Bally's6754Richard VielhakUnited States112,00056
Bally's6755Robert RathbunUnited States60,00030
Bally's6756Frank BonacciUnited States32,00016
Bally's6757Scott RobertsUnited States29,00015
Bally's6759Dae Woong SongSouth Korea54,50027
       
Bally's6761Domnick SarleUnited States101,00051
Bally's6762Gary BelyalovskyUnited States61,50031
Bally's6763Michael AstiUnited States114,50057
Bally's6764Andrew RomeoUnited States99,00050
Bally's6766Jonathan LandisUnited States85,00043
Bally's6767Christopher DowUnited States100,50050
Bally's6768Raul GarzaUnited States80,00040
Bally's6769Kyle LazzaroUnited States85,00043
       
Bally's6772Ryan Smith (SK)Canada78,00039
Bally's6773Evgenii FidchukRussia65,50033
Bally's6774Gary BodleyUnited States62,00031
Bally's6775Ryan TamaniniUnited States36,00018
Bally's6776Raymond CarterCanada127,50064
Bally's6777Terry GilesUnited States33,50017
Bally's6779Nacho BarberoArgentina28,50014
       
Bally's6781Jonathan PastoreFrance84,00042
Bally's6782Carlos LovingUnited States203,000102
Bally's6784Jorge AlbaUnited States39,00020
Bally's6785David O'CallaghanIreland34,00017
Bally's6786Daniel WeinmanUnited States87,50044
Bally's6787Joe McKeehenUnited States125,00063
Bally's6788Matthew SullivanUnited States64,00032
Bally's6789Brian LuoUnited States67,50034
       
Bally's6791Ryan HohnerUnited States121,50061
Bally's6792Brian JamesUnited States27,00014
Bally's6793Moises JattinUnited States19,50010
Bally's6794Jonathan CohenUnited States61,50031
Bally's6795Fred LiUnited States183,50092
Bally's6796Douglass ZeiglerUnited States121,00061
Bally's6798Joe CadaUnited States95,50048
Bally's6799Sydney VanderhorstUnited States40,50020
       
Bally's6801Daniel StrelitzUnited States235,000118
Bally's6802Spencer SmithUnited States73,00037
Bally's6803Stanton TentnowskiUnited States81,00041
Bally's6804Ali EslamiUnited States305,000153
Bally's6805Adam BalisCanada54,00027
Bally's6807Yevgeniy MinakrinUnited States80,50040
Bally's6808David JacksonUnited States103,00052
Bally's6809Maxx ColemanUnited States73,50037
       
Bally's6812DID NOT REPORT 2United States89,00045
Bally's6813Frank VisserNetherlands52,00026
Bally's6814Abbas AlikhaniUnited States171,00086
Bally's6815Zachary SeymourUnited States241,000121
Bally's6816Manig LoeserGermany59,50030
Bally's6817James CordrayUnited States144,50072
Bally's6818Richard ParizerUnited States39,50020
Bally's6819Michael SeteraUnited States28,00014

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante
Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 428,000 -2,000
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 305,000 5,000
Christopher Bissinger US
Christopher Bissinger
US 300,500 85,500
Daniel Sepiol us
Daniel Sepiol
us 285,000 285,000
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 247,500 -2,500
Zachary Seymour us
Zachary Seymour
us 241,000 241,000
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
us 235,000 5,000
Cheryl Svenson us
Cheryl Svenson
us 221,500 63,500
Carlos Loving us
Carlos Loving
us 203,000 203,000
Fred Li us
Fred Li
us 183,500 43,500
Erik Bauer nl
Erik Bauer
nl 183,000 36,000
Mark Liedtke us
Mark Liedtke
us 181,000 181,000
John Fagg us
John Fagg
us 174,000 174,000
Abbas Alikhani us
Abbas Alikhani
us 171,000 -4,000
Nicholas Shock us
Nicholas Shock
us 169,000 -16,000
Brett Freiler US
Brett Freiler
US 158,500 158,500
Gaetan Balleur fr
Gaetan Balleur
fr 157,500 -17,500
Antoine Vranken nl
Antoine Vranken
nl 151,500 16,500
Ryan Messick us
Ryan Messick
us 149,000 -39,000
James Cordray US
James Cordray
US 144,500 144,500
Stephanie Alderman us
Stephanie Alderman
us 143,000 143,000
Robert Chow us
Robert Chow
us 143,000 143,000
Shankar Pillai us
Shankar Pillai
us 142,500 142,500
George Janssen us
George Janssen
us 140,000 140,000
Shota Nakanishi jp
Shota Nakanishi
jp 137,500 72,500

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Day 1 Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

Around 149 players out of 463 entries have bagged up their chips and will return at 11 a.m. local time to try and take home a portion of the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Late Surge Propels Cowen Further Ahead

zedmaster84 • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

Spencer Smith lost a bigger chunk of his stack to Robert Cowen, who mentioned to have been paid off when he held pocket aces. That propelled the Brit to the far biggest stack in the room while Aleksejs Ponakovs and Ali Eslami also chipped up significantly during the final stages of the night.

Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 430,000 117,000
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 300,000 180,000
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 250,000 50,000
Spencer Smith US
Spencer Smith
US 70,000 -80,000

Tags: Aleksejs PonakovsAli EslamiRobert CowenSpencer Smith

Bohmerwald Sinks Schindler

connorrichards • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante
Jake Schindler
Jake Schindler

Jake Schindler was all in and at risk for about 29,000 against Michael Bohmerwald, who had him covered.

Michael Bohmerwald: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Jake Schindler: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for the tens of Bohmerwald to stay ahead and Schindler left the table as those around him sat silent.

"I'm kind of mad I didn't get an applause," Bohmerwald said after eliminating the scandal-ridden player.

Michael Bohmerwald us
Michael Bohmerwald
us 60,000 60,000
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
us Busted

Tags: Jake SchindlerMichael Bohmerwald

Three More Hands

connorrichards • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

The floor has instructed dealers to deal three more hands before players bag for the evening.

Cowen Settles for a Chop

zedmaster84 • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

Robert Cowen raised it up to 3,500 and received one cold caller on the button in Spencer Smith. Out of small blind, Gabriel Attoun then three-bet to 15,500 only for Cowen to four-bet to more than 35,000. Once Smith folded, the Attoun pushed for an effective 130,000 and Cowen snap-folded.

"Do you have aces?" Attoun as the at risk player asked and then apologised in advance for a suckout when his {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} were up against the {a-Spades}{k-Spades} of Cowen. The {8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop brought a potential upset via four-card flush but the {9-Clubs} turn and {4-Diamonds} river ensured the split pot.

Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 313,000 -7,000
Spencer Smith US
Spencer Smith
US 150,000
Gabriel Attoun US
Gabriel Attoun
US 130,000

Tags: Robert CowenGabriel AttounSpencer Smith