WSOP 2022: Diebold and Schindler Win Maiden WSOP Bracelets
The latest action in the 2022 World Series of Poker saw seven bracelet events take place, and three first-time winners claim gold. With Jake Schindler winning the $50,000, there was a dose of controversy to go with the celebrations, while Ben Diebold proved shrewd investors in the $25k Fantasy Draft sand Pocket Fives Sponsorship platform very smart indeed.
Diebold Beats Gorodinsky to Gold
It didn’t take long for the first WSOP bracelet of the day to be won, with Ben Diebold claiming gold as he beat Mike Gorodinsky to the bracelet. For Diebold, it was his first of the day, with Gorodinsky missing out on his third as Diebold dominated from the off with the biggest stack.
Coming into play with 5.7 million chips, Diebold quickly built an insurmountable lead and Gorodinsky got it in with . Ben Diebold’s held across the board, and in doing so won the $299,488 top prize, leaving Gorodinsky to collect the $185,095 runner-up prize.
WSOP 2022 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Final Table Results:
- Ben Diebold – $299,488
- Mike Gorodinsky – $185,095
- Brian Rast – $134,370
- Christopher Claassen – $98,738
- Naoya Kihara – $73,453
- Randy Ohel – $55,329
Schindler Claims Gold as Schutten Finally Beaten
In the Thunderdome, Jake Schindler won in the $50,000 High Roller final, overcoming Brek Schutten heads-up. In a victory that was seen by many in the poker industry as a controversial given the recent allegations about Schindler’s methods of victory in other events, there was nothing about his win in the six-handed final that was controversial.
With six remaining, Andrew Lichtenberger saw his short stack drift away, with his beaten by Schutten’s as the chip leader at the start of play further strengthened his chip advantage. Next to go was David Peters, who came close to his second bracelet of the summer but couldn’t get there as he busted in fifth for $326,464. Peters lost with against Shannon Shorr’s when a board with both a jack and an ace came to send him home.
It was Shorr himself who departed next, with losing out to Schindler’s to head to the rail with $436,412. That elimination took some time, with chips drifting a little shallower. When three-handed, Schindler had 17 million chips, wit both Punnat Punsri and Brek Schutten holding over 6 million each.
It was Punsri who busted in third place, cashing for $593,481 when his couldn’t overtake Schutten’s . That pot gave Schutten 10.6 with which to battle Schindler (19.6m), but it would not be enough. After calling a big bluff, Schindler moved into a 3:1 lead and won the final hand with his as Schutten’s couldn’t catch him.
WSOP 2022 Event #12 $50,000 High Rollers Final Table Results:
- Jake Schindler – $1,328,068
- Brek Schutten – $820,808
- Punnat Punsri – $593,481
- Shannon Shorr – $436,412
- David Peters – $326,464
- Andrew Lichtenberger – $248,516
- Michael Rocco – $192,570
- Dario Sammartino – $151,942
Moncek Gets the Gold as Yueqi Zhu Falls Short
Michael Moncek won $145,856 and his first gold WSOP bracelet after defeating Ben Ross heads-up in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. At a dramatic final table, Zhu’s [Kd][2s] couldn’t overtake Moncek’s [Kh][5d] in the hand that sent play heads-up, and at a table which largely was doainted by the winner, his lead was enough to give him confidence of a quick win, but that never happened as Ross fought back.
With the win eventually confirmed after a to and fro battle, Moncek took his first-ever bracelet win at a final table also containing overnight chip leader Christoph Kwon ($45,178) and Joe McKeehen ($32,761). Winning around a third of his lifetime winnings, Moncek was the victor on a special day at the felt for him, as 16 players fought to win gold inside Bally’s in Las Vegas.
WSOP 2022 Event #13 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Final Table Results:
- Michael Moncek – $145,856
- Ben Ross – $90,150
- Yueqi Zhu – $63,314
- Christoph Kwon – $45,178
- Joe McKeehen – $32,761
- Steven Wolansky – $24,149
- Fred Lavassani – $18,100
- Nick Pupillo – $13,798
- Lee Markholt – $10,701
In Event #14, the chip leader after 25 levels of play and the end of Day 2 was Daniel Welllborn with a humungous 8.8 million chips. The $1,500-entry Six-Max event saw just 16 players remain in the hunt for another bracelet in the case of both Joe Cada (5.6m) and Anson Tsang (520,000) who made the final day too.
There is a huge disparity between Wellborn and most of the field, however, with the nearest to his massive chip lead Leonard August (5.8m) and the previously mentioned Cada, with others in the top 10 such as Ryan Jones (3.4m) and Tuanyi Mu (3m) much further back.
Players to miss out on the final day when all their chips were lost on Day 2 included three-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, former gold bracelet champion James Calderaro and Brad Ruben, who missed out on the chance to bag his second bracelet of the summer and fifth in less than two years.
WSOP 2022 Event #14 $1,500 6-Max NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Daniel Wellborn – 8,805,000
- Leonard August – 5,800,000
- Joe Cada – 5,645,000
- Maximiliano Gallardo – 5,615,000
- Thomas Schultz – 5,550,000
- Leo Soma – 4,790,000
- Ivan Zhechev – 4,650,000
- Derek Sudell – 3,700,000
- Ryan Jones – 3,400,000
- Tuanyi Mu – 3,055,000
Event #15, the $10,000-entry Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, saw just 24 players make Day 3 after 110 players were whittled down to just 24 by the close of play. Those who fell short included late registrants Phil Ivey, Koray Aldemir, Ismael Bojang and Brian Rast, whose sterling summer continues apace with yet another cash.
Of those two dozen who did survive, German player Johannes Becker (895,000) has the lead, but he’s chased down by some superstars who made the top 10 chipcounts, such as Freddy Deeb (240,000), Connor Drinan (675,000), Dan Zack (610,000) and overnight chip leader Bryce Yockey (605,000).
WSOP 2022 Event #15 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Johannes Becker – 895,000
- Freddy Deeb – 840,000
- Ray Henson – 830,000
- Connor Drinan – 675,000
- Aditya Prasetyo – 670,000
- Daniel Zack – 610,000
- Bryce Yockey – 605,000
- Yuval Bronshtein – 595,000
- Bart O’Connell – 505,000
- Kane Kalas – 490,000
In Event #16, 1,080 players took on the $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, with just 407 players surviving to Day 2. Of those, it is David Tovmasyan (325,500) who has the chip lead, with poker names such as Calvin Anderson (300,000), Christina Gollins (298,000), and Stephen Song (297,600) all making the top 10. Elsewhere in the Day 2 seat draw, sharks such as Chance Kornuth (226,000) and Norbert Szecsi (209,500) will swim into view, with both men already claiming gold so far this WSOP.
Players to miss out on Day 2 were over 600 in number and they included Main Event winner Aldemir, Brett Apter, Scottish Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell and Daniel Lazrus, who won both an online and live bracelet in 2021.
WSOP 2022 Event #16 $3,000 NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:
- David Tovmasyan – 325,500
- Barry Hutter – 311,500
- Jarrett Bates – 311,500
- Calvin Anderson – 300,000
- Christina Gollins – 298,000
- Stephen Song – 297,600
- Michael Scarborough – 288,500
- John Reiter – 286,000
- Yi Wei Peng – 285,000
- Alexandros Theologis – 283,000
Finally in terms of WSOP events, James Opie leads the way after Day 1 of the Mixed Triple Draw event which costs $2,500 to play. With 196,500 chips, Opie is a big bet or two clear of Robert Campbell (177,000), the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, with Kimberly Stone (167,500) and Jonas Mackoff (166,500) both making the top five chipcounts.
While some other big names such as Ari Engel (120,000), Daniel Negreanu (95,000), Joao Vieira (79,500) and Shaun Deeb (71,500) all survived, there were no chips left for mixed game specialist Adam Friedman, Julien Martini or Barry Greenstein.
WSOP 2022 Event #17 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Top 10 Chipcounts:
- James Opie – 196,500
- Robert Campbell – 177,000
- Kenny Hsiung – 173,000
- Kimberly Stone – 167,500
- Jonas Mackoff – 166,500
- Alex Epstein – 165,000
- Sumir Mathur – 160,000
- Paul Martino – 150,500
- David Funkhouser – 146,500
- Hasan Kural – 145,000
Sam Greenwood had a special message of congratulation for Jake Schindler on the back of his first WSOP bracelet win.
A bracelet and an endorsement from Daniel Negreanu. What a 13 month stretch for Jake
— Sam Greenwood (@SamGreenwoodRIO)
Alex Livingston celebrated winning a bracelet earlier in the series, but after losing it, was on the hunt for his gold. Thankfully, the mystery was solved and the bracelet found.
Bracelet has been found and returned by security, thanks everyone for the retweets and help. Shoutout to my haters and trolls in the comments. And yes, I am an idiot 🐋
— Alex Livingston (@rumnchess)
David Baker couldn’t help but celebrate Ben Diebold’s win…not only for him winning his WSOP bracelet but for $25k Fantasy points.
A mere 9 days agodraft…..Whose Ben Diebold? The current 10k dealers choice champion, that’s who Ben Diebold is!!! Another 100 points for the squad!
— David Baker (@audavidb)
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