Breaking Down the Action:
  • Kopp the Queen in Opening Event
  • Chance Chasing Fourth WSOP Bracelet
  • Other WSOP Bracelet Events

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Katie Kopp won the first WSOP bracelet of the summer, taking down the $500-entry Casino Employees event.

There were four bracelet events that took place on Day 2 of the 2022 World Series of Poker. With one bracelet claimed, a final table reached and two thrilling Day 1’s in the bank, Katie Kopp was the name on everybody’s lips as she performed a stunning comeback to reign supreme in the $500 buy-in Casino Employees event.

With Chance Kornuth and David Peters looking on a collision course in the $100,000 High Roller Bounty event, there was drama at every table at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kopp the Queen in Opening Event

It has been a long time since a female player won a WSOP bracelet so early in the World Sereies schedule, so Katie Kopp’s achievement in winning the $500 Casino Employees Event #1 cannot be underestimated. The fact that she did so by performing a comeback anyone in poker history would be proud of was even more bracelet worthy. Kopp was short stacked with just four players left, holding five big blinds. From there, however, she went on a stunning sprint to the line, busting players with abandon as she swept to her first title.

Players such as the 2021 reigning champion of the event, Jimmy Barnett, and famed Unibet Tournament Director and professional Kenny Hallaert ran close, but both were on the rail by the time the final nine players gathered to battle for the gold.

With Kopp’s rail chanting “Can’t stop Kopp!” throughout the final, her friends and family were delighted to see her come back from the dead in tournament terms as the Day 1 chip leader Shaun Colquhoun fell to Kopp’s small pair and Brandon West followed suit in third place just a few hands later.

Heads up, Kopp had a dominating queen against the ace-nine of Wyatt Frost, and the situation with the cards mirrored the final table playout. Frost couldn’t overcome his opponent and Kopp’s ace-queen held to give her a first-ever WSOP bracelet amid emotional scenes inside the Paris Ballroom (pictured below).

Paris Ballroom

The stunning WSOP Paris Ballroom was the scene for a major triumph as Katie Kopp won her first bracelet.

WSOP 22 Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Katie Kopp U.S.A. $65,168
2nd Wyatt Frost U.S.A. $40,273
3rd Brandon West U.S.A. $28,356
4th Shaun Colquhoun U.S.A. $20,275
5th Joe Chang U.S.A. $14,725
6th Vikram Vijay U.S.A. $10,865
7th Gonzalo Gonzalez U.S.A. $8,147
8th Arturo Jimenez U.S.A. $6,210
9th Kyle Dempsey U.S.A. $4,813

Chance Chasing Fourth WSOP Bracelet

“Kid Poker saw his ace-king rivered by Kornuth’s ace-queen.”

Chance Kornuth built an incredible chip lead in the $100,000 buy-in High roller Bounty event on Wednesday night as he cruised past some of the biggest players in the world in Las Vegas. With players like Daniel Negreanu and Cary Katz missing the money but others such as Phil Ivey making profit, the second day of action in this event saw the chip leader Justin Young fail to make any return on his overnight chips.

Kornuth eliminated top $25k Fantasy WSOP Draft pick Daniel Negreanu in the hand of the night, as Kid Poker saw his ace-king rivered by Kornuth’s ace-queen and that precipitated a run of cards and use of skill from Kornuth that the final table of nine had no answer to.

The money bubble came and went with seven making profit, as Nick Petrangelo was bubble boy. Phil Ivey, full of renewed hope after skittling Petrangelo, was immediately dispatched in seventh place for a min-cash by David Peters, the only player to bag over half Kornuth’s chips at the close of play.

By the end of the night on Day 2, players such as Lazslo Bujtas, Frank Crivello, Erik Seidel, Bill Klein, Justin Young and Steinberg had all crashed with only Steinberg of those cashing. Steinberg, whose bets cash ever was around $5,000, made it all the way to sixth place from late registration, winning over $180,000. It was Kornuth, however, who crushed the field on the day and now sits one decent final table result away from his fourth bracelet just a week after winning his maiden WPT Main Event in Vegas.

WSOP 2022 Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty Final Table Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Chance Kornuth U.S.A. 14,265,000
2nd David Peters U.S.A. 8,920,000
3rd Ali Imsirovic Bosnia/U.S.A. 1,815,000
4th Dario Sammartino Italy 1,740,000
5th Koray Aldemir Germany 860,000

You’ll be able to watch all the action unfold on PokerGO on Friday 3rd June’s live stream as the first final table to be streamed on a live delay this summer plays down to a winner.

Other WSOP Bracelet Events

Two other events took place, with Event #3 ($2,500 NLHE Freezeout) and Event #4 ($1,500 Dealers Choice) both reached Day 2s. Jesse Kertland led 113 players in no-limit hold’em in Event #3 as he bagged up 941,000 chips, a little more than chasing duo Michael Moncek (873,000) and Casey Hatmaker (849,000). Others to make the Day 2 cut included Shannon Shorr (670,000) Chris Hunichen (543,000) and David Benyamine (520,000), all of whom made the top 10.

Players to miss out on an end-of-day chipcount included Niall Farrell, Jesse Lonis, Kathy Liebert, Matt Affleck, Tamon Nakamura, Maria Ho, Jake Schindler, Maria Konnikova, Upeshka De Silva, Joe Cheong, Byron Kaverman and Landon Tice 732 entries overall.

WSOP 2022 Event #3 $2,500 Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Jesse Kertland U.S.A. 941,000
2nd Michael Moncek U.S.A. 873,000
3rd Casey Hatmaker U.S.A. 849,000
4th Jan Bednar Czech Republic 829,000
5th Shannon Shorr U.S.A. 670,000
6th Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. 604,000
7th Wojciech Barzantny Austria 568,000
8th Chris Hunichen U.S.A. 543,000
9th David Benyamine France 520,000
10th Dylan Linde U.S.A. 495,000

It was Dennis Eichhorn (276,000) who bagged the most in Event #4, as 123 players survived from 460 total entries. With stars of mixed games such as John Monette (213,500), Ben Yu (192,000) and Brian Rast (169,500) all finding a spot in the top 10 overnight, other such as Benny Glaser, Robert Mizrachi, David Williams and the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh couldn’t survive to make the Day 2 seat draw.

WSOP 2022 Event #4 $1,500 Dealers Choice Top 10 Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips
1st Dennis Eichhorn U.S.A. 276,000
2nd Mitul Sheera U.S.A. 245,500
3rd Brett Richey U.S.A. 220,500
4th John Monnette U.S.A. 213,500
5th Ben Yu U.S.A. 192,000
6th Qinghai Pan U.S.A. 185,500
7th Marco Johnson U.S.A. 183,500
8th Scott Bohlman U.S.A. 179,000
9th Brian Rast U.S.A. 169,500
10th Travis Pearson U.S.A. 165,500

Photo courtesy of PokerGO, home of the 2022 World Series of Poker, with final tables live streams on throughout June and July.  

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller is a veteran casino writer with decades of experience writing online casino reviews and game guides. His betting strategy articles, and gambling news updates have been a fixture in the industry since 2004.

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