Big Hitters really delivered during the latest WSOP bracelet events in Las Vegas. After Dan Zack won big in his second event just the other day, everyone has been shooting for the moon in order to race towards the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard. There have been some thrilling moments too, as players from newbies to those who were nominated for 2022 induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have taken their seats and fired for glory.

Brian Hastings Wins Sixth WSOP Bracelet

Brian Hastings took down the sixth WSOP tournament of his career when he won the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Event #31. In doing so, he moved into the 15 most successful players in WSOP history alongside legends such as Poker HOF nominee Layne Flack.

With stars such as Shaun Deeb (4th for $94,606) and Dan Zack (3rd for $129,760) sliding out of contention before the heads-up, the final table had already lost Yuval Bronshtein in 7th place for $40,494. Heads-up, Eric Wasserson took on Hastings for the win and had moments but couldn’t seal the deal, with Hastings making himself another $292,146 with his winnings now moving to $4.7 million in live poker earnings.

WSOP 2022 Event #31 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Brian Hastings U.S.A. $292,146
2nd Eric Wasserson U.S.A. $180,559
3rd Daniel Zack U.S.A. $129,760
4th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. $94,606
5th Marco Johnson U.S.A. $70,139
6th Jordan Siegel U.S.A. $52,854
7th Yuval Bronshtein Israel $40,494

Musician Steve Albini Claims Second Mixed Game Bracelet

Steve Albini is a well-known musician who has worked with Jimmy Page, PJ Harvey and Nirvana among others. He hit all the right notes in Event #32, however, as he won the $1,500-entry H.O.R.S.E. event for a top prize of $196,089. Down to a short stack on several occasions in the event. Albini’s work was exemplary and after winning a Seven Card Stud event back in 2018 now has a second gold bracelet to add to his musical achievements.

At a final table full of quality players, Japanese player Tamon Nakamura left in eighth place for $19,373 and his elimination coincided with Albini’s return from the dead for the last time. Albini rose through the ranks, watching player after player head out of the door while he stuck in there, and after busting Jason Daly in third place for $85,943, took on heads-up opponent James Morgan, whereupon Albini might light work of him to send the unfortunate Canadian home with $121,195 for finishing as runner-up.

WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Steven Albini U.S.A. $196,089
2nd James Morgan Canada $121,195
3rd Jason Daly U.S.A. $85,943
4th Richard Bai U.S.A. $61,862
5th Kyle Loman U.S.A. $45,209
6th Peter Brownstein U.S.A. $33,552
7th Eddy Vataru U.S.A. $25,294
8th Tamon Nakamura Japan $19,373

Ullmann Claims Victory for Maiden Bracelet

Event #33 concluded with the German player Nino Ullmann holding gold for the first time. It took an epic 10-hour stint at the felt for Ullmann to win the $3,000-entry 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event, however, and the final day started with 55 players returning to the felt. Ullmann led at the start of the day and at the end he had all the chips after outlasting a final table containing the four-time World Poker Tour Main Event champion Darren Elias and the five-time bracelet winner David Peters.

Capturing the top prize of $594,079, Ullmann took care of the first player to leave the final table as he busted Spain’s Lander Lijo, whose ace-jack couldn’t hit against Ullmann’s pair of sevens. Both Elias and Peters left next, with Peters also taken out by the eventual winner Ullmann.

After Anthony Hu busted in third place, Timothy Flank made the heads-up stage, but he lost to Ullmann’s rivered straight after the German had utilized his stack to put himself in the position to catch a better hand than his opponent and take the title, the top prize of $594,079 heading to the German, Flank collecting the $367,181 runner-up score.

WSOP 2022 Event #33 $3,000 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Nino Ullmann Germany $594,079
2nd Timothy Flank U.S.A. $367,181
3rd Anthony Hu U.S.A. $257,821
4th Darren Elias U.S.A. $183,616
5th David Peters U.S.A. $132,662
6th Lander Lijo Spain $97,256

Event #34 Sees Justin Pechie Win Second Bracelet

It took a long day for Justin Pechie to triumph over players such as Steve Zolotow at the final table of Event #34, the $1,500-entry Freezeout No Limit Hold’em event. Pechie, who won his first WSOP gold 11 years ago in a $1,500-entry Limit Hold’em Shootout event, won a career-best score of $364,899.

At the final table, Zolotow was the man with the most experience, but in a fascinating clash of styles between six American players and three from France, two United States representatives crashed out first as Dwayne Sullivan and Jeremy Wien left in quick succession.

Three-handed, there were still two French players in contention for the crown, but after Maxime Parys lost in third place for $164,469, it was down to Pechie and Samuel Bifarella, with the U.S. player prevailing after a tough but interesting heads-up finally saw Pechie claim his second bracelet, preventing his French opponent from winning his first in the process.

WSOP 2022 Event #34: $1,500 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Justin Pechie U.S.A. $365,899
2nd Samuel Bifarella France $225,506
3rd Maxime Parys France $164,469
4th Kenny Robbins U.S.A. $121,224
5th Steve Zolotow U.S.A. $90,306
6th David Dibernardi U.S.A. $68,002
7th Michel Leibgorin France $51,766
8th Jeremy Wien U.S.A. $39,843
9th Dwayne Sullivan U.S.A. $31,009

Big Bet Bracelet Event Conquered by Chan

When 17 players returned to action for the final day in the $2,500-entry Big Bet Mix Event #35, it was Hong Kong player Lok Chan who managed to get the win and top prize of $144,388. The mixed game event saw players such as Andrew Robl (17th for $7,657), Schuyler Thornton (16th for $7,657), Keith Lehr (13th for $7,657), Richard Ashby (11th for $9,758), and Patrick Leonard (9th for $12,675) all fall short of the final table, which Chan entered with the lead.

At the final table, former WSOP bracelet winner Galen Hall was second in chips, but while he had all the experience, Hall couldn’t see it out, eventually falling in sixth place for $22,617.

It was Drew Scott who came second to Chan, cashing for $89,206, with former bracelet winner Michael Trivett locked up in fourth place for $43,378.

With Chris Smith also losing out in fifth place, it was an entertaining final table and another first-time winner in the 2022 World Series of Poker.

WSOP 2022 Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table Results:
Place Name Country Prize
1st Lok Chan Hong Kong $144,338
2nd Drew Scott Canada $89,206
3rd Rami Boukai U.S.A. $61,675
4th Michael Trivett U.S.A. $43,378
5th Christopher Smith U.S.A. $31,045
6th Galen Hall U.S.A. $22,617
7th Aaron Kupin U.S.A. $16,777


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