Daniel Weinman Wins First Bracelet, Brian Hastings Claims Bracelet #6

Daniel Weinman
Daniel Weinman won his first-ever WSOP bracelet in the eight-handed PLO event.

There were three news bracelet winners crowned on Day 17 of the 2022 World Series of Poker, with two first-time winners and a player who entered the top 14 of WSOP winning players of all time. It was an action-packed 24 hours in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we’ve got all seven events to catch up on.

Daniel Weinman Wins Event #30 for $255k

Daniel Weinman achieved a lifelong dream as he added a WSOP bracelet to World Poker Tour and WSOP Circuit victories in one of the biggest days of his career to date. Weinman, who won his Circuit ring seven years ago, added more WSOP glory and pushed his live poker earnings past $3.3 million in the process as he toppled fellow American Jamey Hendrickson heads-up.

The final day began with 10 players not eight, but with both Lautaro Guerra and Oliver Weis busted inside a few minutes of each other, play was soon down to the official final table of eight. Americans Ruslan Dykshteyn and Stephen Song were first to go, as Chino Rheem raced past 10 million chips, but after Ferenc Deak lost his seat in sixth place, Rheem was a surprise departure, losing a series of damaging pots before sliding out of contention.

That was Weinman’s cue to increase the pressure on his opponents and he was not about to turn down the invitation. Weinman powered to victory, eliminating Rheem’s conqueror Germandio Andoni and eventually getting heads up with a healthy lead over fellow countryman Jamey Hendrickson. It didn’t take long for Weinman’s two pair to hold over Hendrickson’s draw and Weinman finally had the victory he so desperately craved, his bulky rail celebrating wildly in the wings.

WSOP 2022 Event #30 $1,000 PLO 8-Max Final Table Results:                              

  1. Daniel Weinman – $255,359
  2. Jamey Hendrickson – $157,819
  3. Eduardo Bernal Sanchez – $116,751
  4. Germandio Andoni – $87,167
  5. Chino Rheem – $65,685
  6. Ferenc Deak – $49,962
  7. Stephen Song – $38,363
  8. Ruslan Dykshteyn – $29,739

Brian Hastings Claims Sixth WSOP Bracelet Victory

Brian Hastings won his sixth WSOP with a stunning victory inside Bally’s as he toppled the stubborn Eric Wasserson heads-up to win $292,146 and put himself into the top 15 players ever to play the World Series of Poker. Overtaking luminaries such as Michael Mizrachi and Layne Flack, Hastings has now won $3.4 million in WSOP events alone and this latest victory only rubber-stamped his already stellar reputation as a modern great of the game.

The seven-handed final table saw Israel’s Yuval Bronshtein cash in seventh place, leaving the party early as his conqueror Hastings began his ascent. There was then an extended period of play without an elimination, but when the dust settled and five remained, Jordan Siegel was on the rail and Dan Zack led the remaining players.

Over another long session at the felt, the lead changed hands many times, but when players went to a dinner break, it was Hastings in the lead and Wasserson not far behind, and that set a pattern for how the remainder of the event played out. Marco Johnson busted in fifth place before Shaun Deeb exited in fourth for the final five-figure score of the event, cashing for $94,606 and some highly valuable Player of the Year points.

Dan Zack is higher in that current leaderboard than Deeb at present and he cashed higher than his rival in this tournament, busting in third place for a score of $129,760 and becoming the closest player so far to catching their elusive second bracelet this series. Heads-up, Hasting had a 5:2 chip lead and while Wasserson battled bravely, the momentum was always with the more experienced Hastings. He sealed the deal with just eight-high, leaving Wasserson to lick his wounds with a runner-up prize of $180,559 and Hastings to collect his sixth bracelet and the top prize of $292,146.

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

                    

  1. Brian Hastings – $292,146
  2. Eric Wasserson – $180,559
  3. Daniel Zack – $129,760
  4. Shaun Deeb – $94,606
  5. Marco Johnson – $70,139
  6. Jordan Siegel – $52,854
  7. Yuval Bronshtein – $40,494

Nino Ullmann Outlasts Peters and Elias to First Bracelet Win

German player Nino Ullmann was cheered on to victory by a passionate German rail as he became the third player on Day 17 to crown his event with a win. Ullmann, who led when 55 players started the final day, got the better of a stellar cast of opponents in the final table drama, starting with Spanish player Lander Ljio, who busted to Ullmann when Lijo’s AdJc couldn’t hit against Ullmann’s 7h7d as the board came 9c7s5sTc6s.

Lijo cashed for $97,256 in sixth place and soon afterwards, it was the turn of 2022 WSOP bracelet winner David Peters to follow him from the felt. Peters cashed for $132,662 in fifth place when his TcTs was unable to hold against Ullmann’s KhJd. Ullmann hit a king on the turn as the board came 8s7s7dKs5c and the German rail cheered their man loudly from the sidelines.

Things got even better for Ullmann in the next elimination as Darren Elias joined Peters on the rail. Elias was all-in with 6c6h and called by Timothy Flank with QcTd, the board of QsJd9cKc5c giving the four-time World Poker Tour Main Event winner nothing to cheer about himself, hitting the rail for $183,616.

With three players remaining, the pivotal moment in the destiny of the latest gold bracelet took place, with Anthony Hu busted by Ullmann. Ullmann shoved with Qs8s and got there against Hu’s As5d as a board of Kd8c2cJh6s played out. That hand gave Ullmann a crucial advantage going into the heads-up, holding 36 million chips to Flank’s 19 million and while Flank caught up a little, the final hand was to prove why that prior aggression from Ullmann was key.

Flank made the raise in the last hand, Ullmann calling with 5d4d to see a flop of Jd3s2d. Flank, holding Js6s had flopped top pair and c-bet, but Ullmann check-raised  and when Flank moved all-in, had the chips behind him to make the call. With an open-ended straight and flush draw, Ullmann had plenty of outs and hit the Td on the turn giving him the winning hand of a flush and leaving Flank drawing dead. The inconsequential 2s on the river only served to close the book on another memorable final table as deafening cheers saw Ullmann giving a rousing reception by his fans.

WSOP 2022 Event #33 $3,000 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Results:                            

  1. Nino Ullmann – $594,079
  2. Timothy Flank – $367,181
  3. Anthony Hu – $257,821
  4. Darren Elias – $183,616
  5. David Peters – $132,662
  6. Lander Lijo – $97,256

David Williams Leads Stacked Field in H.O.R.S.E. Event

 

David Williams, the former WSOP Main Event runner-up and both WPT and WSOP winner, has the chip lead in Event #32, the $1,500-entry H.O.R.S.E. tournament. With 2,125,000 chips, Williams is marginally ahead of Jason Daly (2,105,000) and Michelle Roth (1,405,000) both present in the top five, as only 22 players made the final day. Others to star in the top 10 on the leaderboard included Japanese professional Tamon Nakamura (1,005,000) and Steve Albini (970,000).

Others were not so fortunate, with last year’s winner of the corresponding event, Anthony Zinno, falling from the field before the money places along with mixed game legend Michael Mizrachi and Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu.  Finishing inside the money places were Wolfsburg and Germany international soccer player Max Kruse, Mike Matusow, and Phil Ivey.

WSOP 2022 Event #32 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts:                                

  1. David Williams – 2,125,000
  2. Jason Daly – 2,015,000
  3. Michelle Roth – 1,405,000
  4. Richard Bai – 1,310,000
  5. Shirley Rosario – 1,170,000
  6. Robin Rightmire – 1,140,000
  7. Kyle Loman – 1,110,000
  8. Tamon Nakamura – 1,005,000
  9. Peter Brownstein – 975,000
  10. Steven Albini – 970,000

Main Event Winners Survive in $1,500-entry Freezeout Event

There was a field full of stars in the $1,500-entry NLHE Freezeout event #34, which saw just 158 players survive from the 1,774 entries on Day 1. Among those to make it to Day 2 are two former WSOP Main Event winners with 2014 champ Martin Jacobson (488,000) joined in the chipcounts by last year’s winner Koray Aldemir (200,000).

Chip leader after over 11 hours at the felt was Gregor Sverko from Croatia, who bagged up an incredible 1,046,000 chips – the only player to pass a million on the day. Behind Sverko, Keith Kordowski (812,000), Raffaele Sorrentino (788,000) and Kevin Schulz (666,000), as well as Athanasios Polychronopoulos (588,000), will all fancy their chances, while there was also a bag for Adrian Mateos (281,000). Others such as Maria Ho, Jeff Platt, Brad Owen, Ryan Depaulo and Vanessa Kade did not make the Day 2 seat draw.

WSOP 2022 Event #34 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:                                  

  1. Gregor Sverko – 1,046,000
  2. Keith Kordowski – 812,000
  3. Raffaele Sorrentino – 788,000
  4. Jason Hickey – 752,000
  5. Michel Leibgorin – 679,000
  6. Kevin Schulz – 666,000
  7. Euan McNicholas – 626,000
  8. Jonas Wexler – 621,000
  9. Christopher Maguire – 607,000
  10. Athanasios Polychronopoulos – 588,000

Two More Events End Day 1 Flights

In Event #35, 101 players survived from 281 entries in the $2,500-entry Mixed Big Bet event. A total of $625,225 ended up in the prizepool, meaning that the winner of this event will win $144,338 as well as the fabled gold WSOP bracelet. It was British player Richard Ashby who led the field when the day ended, piling up 387,100 chips.

Others to make Day 2 included Brian Rast (193,900), Keith Lehr (191,400), Michael Moncek (163,100), Alex Epstein (140,000), Michael Noori (137,200), Phil Ivey (51,300) and Daniel Negreanu (23,600), who needed two re-entries to survive.

WSOP 2022 Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Top 10 Chipcounts:                          

  1. Richard Ashby – 387,100
  2. Unknown – 273,000
  3. Steve Friedlander – 204,200
  4. Bariscan Betil – 199,300
  5. Sterling Savill – 195,900
  6. Brian Rast – 193,900
  7. Keith Lehr – 191,400
  8. Andrew Robl – 184,000
  9. Daniel Mayoh – 180,500
  10. David Prociak – 171,700

Lastly, Event #36 concluded with 471 entries taking on the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament. Just 152 players made it to Day 2, with Pearce Arnold (244,500), Kenny Hsiung (224,000) and Bruce Hoyt (196,000) all excelling on Day 1.

A little lower down the leaderboard, Chad Campbell (185,000), Barry Greenstein (146,000), Michael Mizrachi (104,500), Mike Matusow (90,500), Eugene Katchalov (82,000) all made Day 2, with others such as Yuval Bronshtein, Joao Vieira, Perry Friedman and Eli Elezra all failing to progress.

WSOP 2022 Event #36 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:     

                        

  1. Pearce Arnold – 244,500
  2. Kenny Hsiung – 224,000
  3. Bruce Hoyt – 196,000
  4. Ali Eslami – 189,500
  5. Chad Campbell – 185,000
  6. Angelo Macini – 171,500
  7. Yuichi Kanai – 167,500
  8. Harris Soetikno – 165,000
  9. John Holley – 163,500
  10. Claude Marbleu – 155,000

Joey Ingram welcomed some former poker players back to the field after a busy day in other investment markets.

As many have pointed out, it’s not been a great summer for players called Phil, but Dan Smith rubbed in his team’s lead in detail.

It’s a frequent argument that if poker is so much fun then why do players look so stoic at the felt? Funnyman and Global Poker Award winner Joe Stapleton helped one fan work it out.

Finally, want to feel old? No, neither does Galen Hall.

Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

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