The latest action in the 2022 World Series of Poker has seen the stars arrive at the felt. Whether it is checking what happened in Events #16-20 at the World Series of Poker, railing Phil Ivey’s push for glory in the $100,000 Super High Roller or being wowed by Neymar Jr.’s arrival in Las Vegas, there is something for everyone in Sin City.

With first-time winners and big wins for multiple bracelet holders Adam Friedman and Jeremy Ausmus, it was quite a week at the felt.

Mike Jukich Wins Event #21 Monster Stack for $966k

The 21st event of the 2022 WSOP saw Mike Jukich win the $1,500-entry Monster Stack event for a beast-size top prize of $966,577. Jukich, who was winning his first-ever bracelet by capturing gold in the event, outlasted some terrific players at the final table felt, including possibly his biggest threat, Joao Simao.

Simao, who haisl from Brazil, cashed for $341,095 in fourth place, one place higher than Anthony Spinella (5th for $260,315). Jukich also saw Francis Anderson bow out in third as his fellow American won $449,912.

Heads-up, Mateusz Moolhuizen of Holland was in a strong position to win, but Jukich hit a two-outer on the river to prevail in one hand where if he had lost it was all over. Soon, it was. Jukich pressure his opponent into submission a short time afterwards to win $966,577 and relegate Moolhuizen to a runner-up spot for $597,362.

WSOP 2022 Event #21 $1,500 Monster Stack Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Mike Jukich U.S.A. $966,577
2nd Mateusz Moolhuizen Netherlands $597,362
3rd Francis Anderson U.S.A. $449,912
4th Joao Simao Brazil $341,095
5th Anthony Spinella U.S.A. $260,315
6th David Zarrin U.S.A. $199,995
7th Yoshiya Agata Japan $154,688
8th Jessica Teusl Austria $120,455
9th Ricardo Caridade Portugal $94,439

Adam Friedman Wins Fifth WSOP Bracelet in Seven Card Stud Championship

Adam Friedman won his fifth WSOP gold bracelet, and his fourth in four years as he captured the Seven Card Stud Championship for $248,254. At a final table that saw Phil Ivey make it all the way to third place, there were deep runs for Yuval Bronshtein of Israel (4th for $78,348) and Ben Diebold, who came fifth for $58,239.

Diebold had been shooting for his second WSOP bracelet when he made the final table but fell four places short, and after Bronshtein busted, fans conglomerated on the rail, desperate for a glimpse of Phil Ivey. In the end, Ivey couldn’t quite see it through and won $108,233 instead.

Friedman, who is one of the most successful players in recent World Series of Poker history, got the job done, however, and in doing so won almost a quarter of a million dollars.

WSOP 2022 Event #22 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Adam Friedman U.S.A. $248,254
2nd Jean Gaspard U.S.A. $153,433
3rd Phil Ivey U.S.A. $108,233
4th Yuval Bronshtein Israel $78,348
5th Ben Diebold U.S.A. $58,239
6th Marco Johnson U.S.A. $44,487
7th James Paluszek U.S.A. $34,939
8th Yueqi Zhu China $28,258

Jeremy Ausmus Wins Third Bracelet in Nine Months

Ausmus won the 23rd WSOP bracelet event of the summer as he closed out the $3,000-entry Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Event. Winning a $142,147 top prize, Ausmus closed it out with Shaun Deeb busted just before the six-handed final table began. When the only other former WSOP bracelet winner, Andrew Kelsall, busted in sixth place for $21,170, Ausmus had the lead and a shot at glory and he didn’t pass it up, continuing a spectacular year in which he has won a PokerGO Cup and three World Series gold bracelets.

It was Michael Rocco who led the event overnight, but Ausmus made light work of him heads-up to seal yet another memorable victory in what has been an unforgettable 12 months at the felt.

WSOP 2022 Event #23 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Max Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. $142,147
2nd Michael Rocco U.S.A. $87,854
3rd Gabe Ramos U.S.A. $59,486
4th Zachary Grech U.S.A. $41,191
5th Mike Lancaster U.S.A. $29,185
6th Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. $21,170

Chris Chatman Wins Flip & Go Bracelet for $187k  

At a star-studded final table, Christopher Chatman won the Flip & Go format bracelet event #24, winning $187,770 after conquering the field in the GGPoker-inspired tournament. With big names such as Galen Hall edged out before the final table began, one of the most well-known poker stars busted in ninth place as Mike Matusow cashed for $17,010 but missed out on gold.

Others such as Ian Steinman (4th for $63,530) and Pete Chen (5th for $47,760) both made the latter stages, but after Tyler Willse busted in third place for $85,420, it was a clash between Chatman and Rafi Elharar for the bracelet. The latter lost the vast part of his stack when Chatman out-kicked him, and it wasn’t long later that Chatman sealed the deal, winning $187,770 and his first-ever gold WSOP bracelet in the process.

WSOP 2022 Event #24 $1,000 FLIP & GO Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Christopher Chatman U.S.A. $187,770
2nd Rafi Elharar Israel $116,050
3rd Tyler Willse U.S.A. $85,420
4th Ian Steinman U.S.A. $63,530
5th Pete Chen Taiwan $47,760
6th Austin Apicella U.S.A. $36,290
7th Zach Cheatum U.S.A. $27,880
8th Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece $21,660
9th Mike Matusow U.S.A. $17,010

Wazwaz Wins Deepstack Bracelet in Event #25 for $358k

Rob Wazwaz was the winner of Event #25 as he took home the title in the $800-entry NLHE Deepstack event. Five different countries were represented at the final table of nine players as players such as Maxine Duhamel played out the final, with his pocket fours into Sean Legendre’s pocket tens meaning the former chip leader departed in sixth place. After Dov Markowich left in fifth place, Legendre himself busted before Terence Reid’s elimination saw heads-up poker begin.

Robert Crow led Wazwaz with the final duel taking place, but couldn’t seal the deal as king-six didn’t hit against pocket queens. Desperate to get back into the action, Crow made a big bluff on a river for his whole stack with just king-high, but Wazwaz made a great call with a flopped middle pair and booked the first bracelet win of his career in fine style.

WSOP 2022 Event #25 $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Chips
1st Rob Wazwaz U.S.A. $358,346
2nd Robert Crow U.S.A. $221,399
3rd Terence Reid U.S.A. $166,011
4th Sean Legendre U.S.A. $125,371
5th Dov Markowich Canada $95,363
6th Maxime Duhamel Canada $73,064
7th Abhinav Iyer India $56,388
8th Sebastien Clot France $43,839
9th Liran Betito Israel $34,336

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

Arthur Crowson

Arthur Crowson writes for about the gambling industry. His experience ranges from crypto and technology to sports, casinos, and poker. He went to Douglas College and started his journalism career at the Merritt Herald as a general beat reporter covering news, sports and community. Arthur lives in Hawaii and is passionate about writing, editing, and photography.

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