Breaking Down the Action:
  • British player Paul Hizer Wins the Colossus in 2022
  • Park-Life is Great for First-Time Winner KT in Event #52
  • Joao Simao Wins Mixed Game Event and Second WSOP Bracelet
  • James Todd Wins Salute to Warriors Event for First Gold
  • Tag Team Event #55 Win by Europeans Leonard and Jørstad

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The famous WSOP Main Event Bracelet... but who'll win Event #70?

Five more WSOP events took place at Bally’s and Paris over the past few days as players were treated to some Tag Team tension, Colossus commotion and Warriors wonder. The action was hot and the prizes awarded were worth millions, as poker players in Vegas took to the felt. All this after learning in the past 24 hours that the Players Integrity Council will help keep fair play paramount in poker. If you missed what happened in WSOP Events #46-50, you can read all about them here.

British player Paul Hizer Wins the Colossus in 2022

The $400-entry Colossus, otherwise known as Event #51, saw a dramatic conclusion to the action as Paul Hizer managed to take on and beat the overnight chip leader, New Yorker Sam Laskowitz. With all the action playing out live on PokerGO, a final day of seven players saw some excellent pros and talented hopefuls gather under the lights at the final table.

It was Anthony Ruttler who lost his stack first as he busted in seventh place for a devilish cash of $66,670. Short-stacked, Ruttler couldn’t get back into the action, and he was followed from the felt by fellow Americans Jeff Loiacono and Luong Quach. Of the final four, half the field were British, but their number was cut down by one as James Scott busted for $146,680, leaving a Frenchman, an American and the eventual winner to battle it out.

When the former chip leader earlier in the event Jordan Pelon made his bow in third place for $193,240, it was the overnight leader Laskowitz who was looking to go wire-to-wire. He couldn’t get the job done and Paul Hizer of the United Kingdom won his first bracelet and the gigantic top prize of $414,490.

WSOP 2022 Event #51 $400 Colossus Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Paul Hizer United Kingdom $414,490
2nd Sam Laskowitz U.S.A. $256,170
3rd Jordan Pelon France $193,240
4th James Scott United Kingdom $146,680
5th Luong Quach U.S.A. $112,060
6th Jeff Loiacono U.S.A. $86,160
7th Anthony Ruttler U.S.A. $66,670
8th William Gian U.S.A. $51,930
9th Sean Shah U.S.A. $40,710

Park-Life is Great for First-Time Winner KT in Event #52

Event #52 concluded with some great action as the $2,500-entry Nine Game Mix saw big players like 16-time WSOP Phil Hellmuth (24th), Scott Seiver (22nd), Daniel Negreanu (13th), Mike Gorodinsky (11th) and Scott Bohlman (8th) all leave the party ahead of the six-handed final table.

Once there, Michael Chow was the first player to bust as he left in sixth place for $30,713, before the renowned tournament regular Taylor Paur (5th for $42,965) and David Bach (4th for $61,588) both made their exits.

Phil Long has enjoyed a terrific start to the World Series this year and he finished third in this event too, claiming $90,411. That left KT Park to win his first bracelet by beating Brazilian pro Andre Akkari and win the top prize of $219,799 at the expense of the PokerStars player.

WSOP 2022 Event #52 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize  
1st KT Park U.S.A. $219,799  
2nd Andre Akkari Brazil $135,848  
3rd Phil Long United Kingdom $90,411  
4th David Bach U.S.A. $61,588  
5th Taylor Paur U.S.A. $42,965  
6th Michael Chow U.S.A. $30,713  

Joao Simao Wins Mixed Game Event and Second WSOP Bracelet

The Brazilian poker pro Joao Simao won his second-ever WSOP bracelet as he conquered a super standard of player in Event #53, the $5,000-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO event. Taking home the top prize of $686,242, Simao beat Marius Gierse heads-up after players such as Ryan Riess (3rd for $302,980) and Dante Goya (4th for $219,472).

Heads-up, German player Gierse had just 20% of the chips and while he fought back, he couldn’t take down Simao, who saw his boisterous rail celebrate wildly as he was proclaimed the winner.

WSOP 2022 Event #53 $5,000 Mixed NLE/PLO Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Joao Simao Brazil $686,242
2nd Marius Gierse Germany $424,122
3rd Ryan Riess U.S.A. $302,980
4th Dante Goya Brazil $219,472
5th Aden Salazar U.S.A. $161,239
6th Joshua McSwiney Australia $120,165
7th Fred Goldberg U.S.A. $90,864
8th Cody Rich U.S.A. $69,727

James Todd Wins Salute to Warriors Event for First Gold

In Event #54, the $500-entry Salute to Warriors event closed with James Todd the winner, as 21 players began the final day, but only one remained at the end to claim the $161,256 top prize.

Play wound to the 10-handed final table whereupon players such as Zyad Qasem (10th for $13,059, Maximo Martinez (9th for $16,433) and Elias Neto (8th for $20,824) all failed to make it to the very last stages of the tournament.  By the time play reached the final four, Randy Levin was the man to miss out on the podium places for $57,554.

Three-handed play saw Patrick Pilko as the man to miss out on heads-up play, with the Austrian cashing for $75,486. The final duel saw Todd in charge of the chips and he saw it out against Brett Coltman’s king-seven with ace-three the winning hand, earning Coltman the runner-up prize of $99,676 and Todd the $161,256 that came with his first-ever gold bracelet.

WSOP 2022 Event #54 $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Results:

Place Name Country Prize
1st James Todd U.S.A. $161,256
2nd Brett Coltman U.S.A. $99,676
3rd Patrick Pilko Austria $75,486
4th Randy Levin U.S.A. $57,554
5th Rigoberto Rodriguez U.S.A. $44,180
6th Nicholas Sena-Hopkins U.S.A. $34,146
7th Todd Saffron U.S.A. $26,574
8th Elias Neto Brazil $20,824
9th Maximo Martinez El Salvador $16,433
10th Zyad Qasem U.S.A. $13,059

Tag Team Event #55 Win by Europeans Leonard and Jørstad

“One crucial pot for Leonard and Jørstad saw the latter make a five-bet all-in with ace-jack.”

The final event of our wrap-up to wrap was the $1,000-entry Tag Team event, which saw five duos take to the Thunderdome on the final day to battle for the bracelet. In the end, it was British poker player Patrick Leonard and Norwegian playing partner Espen Jørstad who won, taking down the chip leaders coming into play and the dominant force at the final table before the finale, Jamie Kertstetter and her partner Corey Paggeot.

Earlier, the former Day 2 chip leaders Mackenzie Kraemer and Jon Schiller busted in fifth place and as Jørstad did much of the work in the middle period of the final, both he and Leonard looked in great form coming into the heads-up match. PokerGO commentator and poker professional Jamie Kerstetter had played the bulk of the poker until the final table, and once there, she switched hats and railed Corey Paggeot, who had an almost 6:1 chip lead to defend.

One crucial pot for Leonard and Jørstad saw the latter make a five-bet all-in with ace-jack, and after gaining a pivotal fold, Leonard was tagged in by Jørstad and the U.K. online legend saw it home, winning the final duel to see him and Jørstad take home the $148,067 top prize between them… and their first-ever WSOP bracelets.

WSOP 2022 Event #55 $1,000 Tag Team Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad United Kingdom/Norway $148,067
2nd Jamie Kerstetter & Corey Paggeot U.S.A. $91,513
3rd Yutaro Tsugaru & Taichi Ichikawa Japan $65,059
4th Franco Spitale & Martin Pochat Argentina $46,904
5th Mackenzie Kraemer & Jon Schiller U.S.A. $34,299

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

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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