With 40 events in the can, the 2022 World Series of Poker has seen 39 bracelet winners. The reason for the second number being lower is that Dan Zack’s win in Event #40 made him the first double bracelet winner this summer after his initial success in Event #15.

With three career WSOP bracelets – each in a different discipline – it’s hard to argue with Dan Zack’s status as both a fan favorite and a highly respected poker player by his elite peers. Can he go on and win this year’s WSOP Player of the Year award?

Zack’s First Win This Year Comes in Omaha Hi-Lo Event

“You fought so hard and played so well. Really was anyone’s tournament.”

It took an incredible seven hours of heads-up play to give Daniel Zack his first bracelet this series (and second overall). In Event #15, the $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, he bettered the field after coming back from behind to win an epic seven-hour heads-up battle for the gold. Little did he know that it wouldn’t even be his longest battle this month, let alone this series.

With some terrific players making the final table, Jake Liebeskind (5th for $105,913), Ray Dekhharghani (4th for $142,456) and Israel’s Yuval Bronshtein (3rd for $195,203) all came close to victory without knowing that they could safely return to their hotel rooms and enjoy a leisurely seven-hour sleep without missing the denouement. Of the three, perhaps Bronshtein would be regretting missing heads-up the most. Not only did he get closest, but he also led for long periods earlier in the event.

Ultimately, it was mano-a-mano for the gold and Dustin Dirksen was Zack’s opponent. After their epic seven-hour battle, Zack was victorious, and Dirksen the first to congratulate him.

In response, Zack said: “Thanks Dustin, you fought so hard and played so well. Really was anyone’s tournament. All the respect.”

WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Final Table Results:
Position Player Country Prize
1st Dan Zack U.S.A. $440,757
2nd Dustin Dirksen U.S.A. $272,408
3rd Yuval Bronshtein Israel $195,203
4th Ray Dekhharghani U.S.A. $142,456
5th Jake Liebeskind U.S.A. $105,913

Dan Makes it a Double in Seven Card Stud Event

Zack took down the 40th event of the 2022 World Series when he beat David Funkhouser to the title after eight hours of heads-up play. In doing so, Zack not only won the $324,174 top prize but took the overall lead in the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year race. On the final day, just three players came back to fight for the title, as the previous day’s scheduled last day of the event overran.

On what transpired to be the penultimate day, Brian Hastings (7th for $49,571), busted first, followed by Chad Eveslage (6th for $63,914), whose own strong start to the World Series has seen him reach multiple final tables. In fifth place, Shaun Deeb would have been frustrated to bust, cashing for $83,465 but missing out on those vital podium places for Player of the Year points.

When the final three returned to play down to a winner, Ziya Rahim was the man who missed out on heads-up, cashing for $147,800 when David Funkhouser made a straight and six-five low. Winning that pot gave Funkhouse 5.7 million chips, more than double Zack’s 2.5m, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Winning $200,356, Funkhouser was consigned to the runner-up spot as Zack, who won with aces and deuces, claimed the third WSOP title of his career and the $324,174 top prize, celebrating in modest style.

WSOP 2022 Event #40 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Daniel Zack U.S.A. $324,174
2nd David Funkhouser U.S.A. $200,356
3rd Ziya Rahim U.S.A. $147,800
4th Eric Kurtzman U.S.A. $110,379
5th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. $83,465
6th Chad Eveslage U.S.A. $63,914
7th Brian Hastings U.S.A. $49,571

Is Dan Zack Top of the WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard?

With 40 events in the can of the 102 that will take place this summer, how is Dan Zack doing in the WSOP Player of the Year race? He most certainly is, piling up 2,981 points, a touch clear of Daniel Weinman (2,521) and David Peters (2,222). Chad Eveslage (2,012) and Michael Moncek (1,974) round out the top five.

With two Dans at the top of the list and only one Phil (Ivey) scraping into 10th place on the leaderboard with 1,680 points, it could well be, as Dan Smith hailed it beforehand, the ‘Summer of Dan’. But no-one will rule out players such as Scott Seiver (6th on 1,910 points) or Shaun Deeb (8th on 1,824), with the reigning champion Josh Arieh putting up an equally stirring fight to retain his title as he sits in 12th on 1,594 points.

With another 48 live WSOP events and plenty of online events to play too, the friendly race that provides poker fans with so much entertainment all summer and will end with one player getting their own flag on the wall of either Bally’s (soon to be the Horseshoe) or Paris casinos, there is still everything to play for.

Daniel Zack may be tough to catch, but this is the World Series of Poker, and with stars chasing him down, we can’t wait to find out who the 2022 World Series of Poker Player of the Year will be.

WSOP 2022 Player of the Year Leaderboard (After 40 Events):
Position Player Country Points
1st Daniel Zack U.S.A. 2,981.36
2nd Daniel Weinman U.S.A. 2,521.93
3rd David Peters U.S.A. 2,222.30
4th Chad Eveslage U.S.A. 2,012.12
5th Michael Moncek U.S.A. 1,974.41
6th Scott Seiver U.S.A. 1,910.98
7th Jake Schindler U.S.A. 1,842.34
8th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. 1,824.96
9th Alex Livingston Canada 1,725.33
10th Phil Ivey U.S.A. 1,680.28
11th Brad Ruben U.S.A. 1,617.59
12th Josh Arieh U.S.A. 1,594.01

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Dave Consolazio

Dave Consolazio has been passionate about writing and sports journalism since his high school years. He has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC where he worked with the school's radio and television stations. His work has been featured in SportsbookReview, Sports Illustrated and SB Nation. Dave's experience ranges across multiple fields in the gambling industry. You can find his sports, casino, and poker articles in GambleOnline.co.

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