The final set of WSOP bracelet winners from the 2022 World Series of Poker ranged from experienced pros to second-time winners this series and even included a few first-time winners whose dreams came true late in this year’s World Series. From high roller to series caver events,

Mo Arani Wins $5,000 Freezeout Event for $665k

American pro Mo Arani won his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet as he conquered the $5,000 buy-in NLHE Freezeout Event #81. Heads-up, Arani beat Johannes Straver to the win and just as importantly, the huge top prize of $665,459.

The final table was a quick affair, and saw the dramatic exits of big names like Adam Hendrix (4th for $211,295), Toby Lewis (5th for $154,806) and Cliff Josephy (7th for $86,917) all missing out on gold on the day.

The overnight chip leader, Peter Turmezey missed out in third place as the Hungarian busted for $292,665. With Straver battling bravely heads-up to take the runner-up prize of $411,279, it was left to Arani to celebrate a momentous win and his new WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2022 Event #81 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Mo Arani U.S.A. $665,459
2nd Johannes Straver Netherlands $411,279
3rd Peter Turmezey Hungary $292,665
4th Adam Hendrix U.S.A. $211,295
5th Toby Lewis United Kingdom $154,806
6th Francois Pirault France $115,122
7th Cliff Josephy U.S.A. $86,917
8th Michael Katz U.S.A. $66,638

Alsup Beats Whitehead for Gold in Deepstack Win

Richard Alsup won the $800-entry Deepstack NLHE Event #82 for a top prize of $272,065 after two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ari Engel and Irish poker pro Marc MacDonnell both failed to make the heads-up despite running all the way to the final four players.

Ukrainian player Artem Metalidi also made the final table and so too did Ryan Jaworski, who finished fifth. British player Gary Whitehead couldn’t quite win the final battle but can feel proud of a great runner-up performance which was worth $168,093 as Alsup claimed gold and the $272,065 top prize.

WSOP 2022 Event #82 $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Richard Alsup U.S.A. $272,065
2nd Gary Whitehead United Kingdom $168,093
3rd Ari Engel Canada $126,233
4th Marc Macdonnell Ireland $95,487
5th Ryan Jaworski U.S.A. $72,759
6th Artem Metalidi Ukraine $55,849
7th Patrick Truong U.S.A. $43,188
8th Frederick Brown U.S.A. $33,648
9th Donny Casho U.S.A. $26,413

Joao Vieira Wins Second Bracelet for $1.3 million

Portuguese poker professional Joao Vieira (pictured above) won his second bracelet of a glittering career, taking down Event #83 for a top prize of $1.3 million. With nine players reaching the final table, Greek player Alexandros Theologis busted first, his pocket jacks not able to triumph when Brian Rast hit with ace-king. After Stephen Chidwick was eliminated in eighth place, Fedor Holz busted in seventh. All-in with ace-queen, Holz lost out to eventual runner-up Lander Lijo’s ace-king.

Sean Perry busted in sixth before Brian Rast left in fifth after his ace-jack lost to Vieira’s ace-king. Dan Colpoys lost his stack with pocket sixes as the overnight chips leader couldn’t overtake Vieira’s pocket eights. After Galen Hall busted in third place, Lijo began heads-up with a lead of 19.5 million to Vieira’s 12.6 million chips. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Portuguese player came back to win against his Western Europe rival.

WSOP 2022 Event #83 $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Joao Vieira Portugal $1,384,415
2nd Lander Lijo Spain $855,631
3rd Galen Hall U.S.A. $625,941
4th Dan Colpoys U.S.A. $463,589
5th Brian Rast U.S.A. $347,658
6th Sean Perry U.S.A. $264,034
7th Fedor Holz Germany $203,107
8th Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $158,278
9th Alexandros Theologis Greece $124,974

Brilliant Brandt Wins Second Bracelet in H.O.R.S.E. Event

Lawrence Brandt won his second WSOP bracelet after the delayed Event #84 played down from three to one on the penultimate day of the 2022 World Series of Poker. Having won Event #58, the $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, Brandt ‘s second bracelet win this summer meant he joined Dan Zack and Espen Jørstad in winning two pieces of WSOP gold in Las Vegas.

WSOP 2022 Event #84 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Lawrence Brandt U.S.A. $205,139
2nd Roberto Marin U.S.A. $126,895
3rd Tomasz Gluszko Poland $87,687
4th Richard Tatalovich U.S.A. $61,789
5th Kevin Gerhart U.S.A. $44,415
6th Kristan Lord U.S.A. $32,583
7th Perry Friedman U.S.A. $24,403
8th Yarron Bendor U.S.A. $18,669

Minh Nguyen Wins First WSOP Bracelet

Event #85, the $1,500-entry The Closer, ended with a total of 2,039 entries and a bumper prizepool of almost $4 million. With 17 players returning to Bally’s on the final day, Minh Nguyen won the top prize of $536,280 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Players such as Madelyn Carr (4th for $186,770) and Michael Liang (3rd for $247,890) both got close but would lose out in the same hand, leaving Ahmed Karrim with a decent lead heading in the final duel.  The Closer’s Day 1a chip leader, Karrim couldn’t hold out, losing out to  Nguyen when the winner had the nut straight against Karrim’s top two pair.

WSOP 2022 Event #85 $1,500 The Closer Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Minh Nguyen U.S.A. $536,280
2nd Ahmed Karrim South Africa $331,470
3rd Michael Liang U.S.A. $247,890
4th Madelyn Carr U.S.A. $186,770
5th Manuel Herrera Garcia U.S.A. $141,770
6th Daniel Tabello U.S.A. $108,420
7th Samuel Brown U.S.A. $83,540
8th Rudy Cervantes U.S.A. $64,870
9th Zachary Johnson U.S.A. $59,759

Greg Jensen Wins Six-Max Gold for $824k

Costing a whopping $10,000 to enter, Greg Jensen won the 6-Max NLHE Championship for a top prize of $824,649 as 394 entries created a massive prizepool of over $3.67 million in Event #86.

Just the final six players returned as the final table convened to play down to a winner with Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv holding the lead. The Moldovan would lose heads-up to Jensen, however, as the American knocked out every one of his opponents bar one to claim his first WSOP bracelet late in the series and the top prize of $824,649.

WSOP 2022 Event #86 $10,000 6-Handed NLHE Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize  
1st Greg Jensen U.S.A. $824,649  
2nd Pavel Plesuv Moldova $509,674  
3rd Lucas Foster U.S.A. $341,902  
4th Ali Eslami U.S.A. $234,396  
5th Bark Wisbrod Israel $164,304  
6th Brock Wilson U.S.A. $117,819  


Wang Wins Second Gold After Amazing Heads-Up Comeback

Michael Wang came back from a losing position of 4-to-1 down in chips to win Event #87, the $5,000-entry NLHE 8-Max event. Players such as Erik Seidel and Yuval Bronshtein both made the eight-handed final table where America’s Cardroom pro Vanessa Kade cashed in 10th place, just missing her first WSOP final table.

When the final table began, Kartik Ved and Farid Jattin had a massive chip lead over the field with around 90 big blinds each, some way clear of third-place Erik Seidel, the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner having 22 big blinds. Players including Fred Golberg (7th for $70,734) and Billy O’Neil (6th for $83,740) busted before Yuval Bronshtein (5th for $126,089) and Ved (4th for $172,103) both left the action. Erik Seidel cashed in third for $238,321), which he said saved his summer after the event.

Wang started heads-up 4:1 behind in chips, but doubled-up twice with better hands before having a 12:1 lead and calling it off for five bigs, hitting quads by the river with six-three to win his second bracelet, denying Colombian player Jattin his first.

WSOP 2022 Event #87 $5,000 8-Max NLHE Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Michael Wang U.S.A. $541,604
2nd Farid Jattin Colombia $334,747
3rd Erik Seidel U.S.A. $238,321
4th Kartik Ved India $172,103
5th Yuval Bronshtein Israel $126,089
6th Billy O’Neil U.S.A. $83,740
7th Fred Goldberg U.S.A. $70,734
8th Will Nguyen U.S.A. $54,185

Super Turbo Gold Won by Jaspal Brar for $190k

In the final scheduled event of the WSOP in 2022, Event #88, the $1,000-entry Super Turbo NHLE event, saw Jaspal Brar take the title and his first-ever gold bracelet, winning $190,731 at the expense of runner-up Jesse Lonis, who cashed for $117,872.

With players such as Jason Wheeler (19th for $6,426), Jesse Sylvia (28th for $5,333) and Phil Hui (41st for $4,487) all running deep in an event with 1,288 entries, it was the unfancied Brar who claimed the biggest score of the $1.1 million prize pool and that most chased of poker trophies, the gold WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2022 Event #88 $1,000 Super Turbo NLHE Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jaspal Brar Canada $190,731
2nd Jesse Lonis U.S.A. $117,872
3rd Jesse Capps U.S.A. $85,040
4th Boris Kolev Bulgaria $62,090
5th Christopher Garman U.S.A. $45,885
6th Ronald Sullivan U.S.A. $34,327
7th Vinicius Escossi Brazil $26,000
8th Huy Nguyen U.S.A. $19,942
9th Jonathan Hilton U.S.A. $15,491

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

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