The latest set of WSOP bracelet winners ranged from first-time winners to a French multiple bracelet winner in the Razz Championship. The action was fast and frantic at times in Bally’s and Paris ballrooms on the Las Vegas Strip. If you want to win gold in Sin City, these events proved that you’ve got to mix it with the best!

Jinho Hong Wins Debut Bracelet

Event #76 saw the $1,979 buy-in Poker Hall of Fame Bounty tournament conquered by Jinho Hong for a top prize of $276,067. With Hong taking control early in the day and never really letting go.  With Punnat Punsri starting the final second in chips, those two players finished in the same formation as if they were F1 drivers who started on the front of the grid.

Players such as Yuri Dzivielevski and George Rotariu both fell to the winner, those two in the same hand, as others such as bracelet winner Daniel Weinman busted in fourth place for $86,730.

When Punsri’s pocket kings beat Jakob Miegel’s pocket tens, the lead was with the Thai player, but Hong came roaring back to deny his experienced adversary and win his first WSOP gold bracelet along with the $276,067 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #76 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jinho Hong South Korea $276,067
2nd Punnat Punsri Thailand $170,615
3rd Jakob Miegel Germany $120,756
4th Daniel Weinman U.S.A. $86,730
5th Pavel Spirins Latvia $63,225
6th Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil $46,791
7th George Rotariu Romania $35,164
8th Bas de Laat Netherlands $26,841
9th Dov Markowich Canada $20,814

Pulusani Wins After Nine-Year Break

Nine years after his first bracelet win, Sandeep Pulusani won his second bracelet in Event #77, the $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event. Coming into the final table seventh in chips, Pulusani recovered the dominate the very late stages of this event and win the $277,949 top prize.

After William Leffingwell busted in eighth for $30,129, Norwegian Vegard Andreassen (7th for $39,114) and Noah Bronstein (6th for $51,372) left to send play five-handed.

Vincent Lam and the overnight leader Aden Salazar both lost out before heads-up, with PLO specialist Esther Taylor facing a chip deficit of 2:1 to overcome. The tournament ended in NLHE, however, as Taylor’s queen-seven lost to Pulusani’s pocket nines for the win.

WSOP 2022 Event #77 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Sandeep Pulusani U.S.A. $277,949
2nd Esther Taylor U.S.A. $171,787
3rd Aden Salazar U.S.A. $124,864
4th Vincent Lam Canada $91,800
5th Richard Kellett United Kingdom $68,274
6th Noah Bronstein U.S.A. $51,372
7th Vegard Andreassen Norway $39,114
8th William Leffingwell U.S.A. $30,129

Sebastian Aube Wins Event #78 for $499,636

Canadian player Sebastian Aube won Event #78, the $2,500-entry NLHE tournament for $499,636, beating Julien Loire heads-up. A total of 22 players returned to the felt for the final day, with stars such as Kenny Hallaert (22nd), overnight leader David Miscikowski (13th) and Thomas MacDonald (11th), all missing the final table despite cashing.

Jonathan Zari left in ninth place, before Ran Koller (8th for $52,240) and Matt Berkey (7th for $68,102) both departed.

Julien Loire made the final duel with 20 million chips, but Aube had the chip lead with 27 million and after his full house beat Loire’s rivered straight, the Canadian claimed his first gold bracelet at the French player’s expense.

WSOP 2022 Event #78 $2,500 NLHE Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize  
1st Sebastien Aube Canada $499,636  
2nd Julien Loire France $308,817  
3rd Brian Etheridge U.S.A. $222,762  
4th Axel Hallay France $162,627  
5th Leandro Vlastaris U.S.A. $120,177  
6th Santiago Plante Canada $89,905  
7th Matt Berkey U.S.A. $68,102  
8th Ran Koller Israel $52,240  
9th Jonathan Zarin U.S.A. $40,588  

Julien Martini Wins Fourth Bracelet in Razz Victory

French poker player Julien Martini won his fourth WSOP bracelet after getting the better of Hal Rotholz in Event #79, the $10,000-entry Razz Championship. With nine players making the final table, Ziya Rahim had busted in ninth, before the overnight chip leader Brandon Shack-Harris left in eighth place after a horrible run of cards ended his hopes of more gold.

After six-time WSOP winner Brian Hastings fell just short in seventh place, Max Pescatori followed him from the table before Brazilian poker pro and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos departed in fifth as he again fell short of his first bracelet.

When the 2021 WSOP Main Event world champion Koray Aldemir went in fourth place for $111,991, Chinese mixed game specialist Yueqi Zhu busted in third for $149,958, as Martini

beat Rotholz heads-up in quickfire fashion with a monster chip lead of better than 11-to-1 in chips helping him grab the $328,906 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #79 $10,000 Razz Championship Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Julien Martini France $328,906
2nd Hal Rotholz U.S.A. $203,281
3rd Yueqi Zhu China $149,958
4th Koray Aldemir Germany $111,991
5th Felipe Ramos Brazil $84,683
6th Max Pescatori Italy $64,847
7th Brian Hastings U.S.A. $50,295
8th Brandon Shack-Harris U.S.A. $39,561
9th Ziya Rahim U.S.A. $31,456

Romans Voitovs Wins Third Latvian Bracelet in Mixed Game Victory

Finally, in Event #80, Latvian player Romans Voitovs won the $600-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO event to claim only the third bracelet for his country in poker history. A massive 76 players started the final day, but by the time the eight-handed final table gathered, Voitovs had a huge lead with 21 million chips around treble everyone else’s chips except Michael Dobbs, who would make the heads-up.

After players such as Justin Barnum (3rd) and Jordan Russell (6th) departed before the final duel, Voitovs had a 3:1 lead, with Dobbs seen off thanks to a turned straight beating pocket aces, leading to the Latvian rail going crazy and Voitivs banking a cheque for $158,609.

WSOP 2022 Event #80 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Romans Voitovs Latvia $158,609
2nd Michael Dobbs U.S.A. $98,026
3rd Justin Barnum U.S.A. $72,544
4th Francisco Baruffi Brazil $54,172
5th Richard Bai U.S.A. $40,822
6th Jordan Russell U.S.A. $31,046
7th Jacob Staley U.S.A. $23,831
8th Andrew Peplinski U.S.A. $18,464

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

James Guill

James Guill is a former professional poker player who writes fro about poker, sports, casinos, gaming legislation and the online gambling industry in general. His past experience includes working with IveyPoker, PokerNews, PokerJunkie, Bwin, and the Ongame Network. From 2006-2009 he participated in multiple tournaments including the 37th and 38th World Series of Poker (WSOP). James lives in Virginia and he has a side business where he picks and sells vintage and antique items.

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