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David Peters won his fourth bracelet, denying Chance Kornuth the opportunity of doing the same in the process.


Five WSOP bracelet events were in action on Day 3 of the 2022 World Series of Poker as David Peters claimed his fourth bracelet at the expense of chip leader Chance Kornuth, while in the $25,000 Heads Up Championship, there was an early exit for Daniel Negreanu but progress to Day 2 for Phil Ivey. With three other events getting closer to final tables, it was a busy day of action at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas.


Peters Conquers Kornuth in Hour-Long Final


One of the quickest final tables in recent WSOP history played out in the $100,000-entry high Roller Bounty event as David Peters beat Chance Kornuth heads-up to win his fourth WSOP bracelet. Kornuth, who came into the day’s play as a huge chip leader, failed in his attempt to win his own fourth bracelet in the process.


The eliminations began in the very first hand, as 2021 WSOP Main Event world champion Koray Aldemir took no time at all to get his short stack into the middle, calling off his tournament life with Kc2d from the big blind after Kornuth had raised from the button with Js7c. The flop of 9c7d4h immediately put the American into the lead and both the 2s turn and 8h river could do nothing to improve the German’s lot, as he left in fifth place for $249,693.


Not long after Aldemir’s exit, another player was on the rail as Ali Imsirovic crashed out in fourth for a score of $350,158. The Bosnian three-bet for most of his stack then moved all-in on the flop of 8h7d4s with just KhQs. David Peters held AsAc, however, and made a simple call before skittling his opponent when the turn of 9c and river of 5s completed the board.


Three-handed was a pivotal stage of the action, as first Dario Sammartino doubled up through Peters then busted to him. In the middle of those two all-in confrontations, Peters grabbed the chip lead from Kornuth and when Sammartino shoved for 2.6 million chips with Ac8c, Peters called the Italian with JsJc. The board of KhQd3sKc5d brought no help to the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up and he busted in third for $498,696.


Heads up began with Peters holding a lead of 16.8 million chips to Kornuth’s 10.9 million, but while both men had deep stacks, the duel was over almost immediately. Kornuth four-bet shoved with 8s8c only to be quickly called by Peters with KhKs as the two pairs went to the river with Peters on the edge of victory.


The flop of 9c7d6h gave Kornuth genuine hope of a miracle as straight cards were added to the remaining two eights as outs to salvation. But it was a false dawn, and after the Ad turn and 7c river landed, Kornuth had to congratulate Peters on winning a fourth gold bracelet when it had looked to be his to lose overnight.


For Kornuth, the score of $721,144 will be some comfort, and he jumped right into the $25,000-entry Heads Up Championship, but Peters won the $1,166,810 top prize, the largest of the 2022 WSOP so far.


WSOP 2022 Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty Final Table Results:                       


  1. David Peters – $1,166,810
  2. Chance Kornuth – $721,144
  3. Dario Sammartino – $498,686
  4. Ali Imsirovic – $350,158
  5. Koray Aldemir – $249,693
  6. Matthew Steinberg – $180,872
  7. Phil Ivey – $133,127


Ivey, Foxen and Aldemir All Make Day 2 of Heads Up Championship


The $25,000-entry Heads-Up Championship takes place very early on the schedule this year and there was no shortage of entertainment as the 64-player cap was reached for the kick-off of the world-famous event. Bragging rights are as valuable as the money in heads-up poker and some of the greatest players in the game took each other for a place on Day 2 of the event. With 16 players surviving, only eight players will be paid, so play paused on the bubble as the field was chopped down on a dramatic day at the felt.


The opening rounds of action saw the exits of several favorites, with Daniel Negreanu chief among them. Kid Poker was ahead against Kevin Rabichow but couldn’t stay that way after two pair on the flop was bettered by Rabichow’s top two pair. Falling behind, Negreanu was all-in with 4h4s against Rabichow’s AhJh and was still ahead after the Kh5sTs flop. But the turn card of Th gave Negreanu’s opponent a shot at a runner-runner flush and that came in on the 9h river to send the Canadian poker legend to the rail at the earliest opportunity.


Rabichow made it through both Round 1 and Round 2 after getting the better of Masato Yokosawa and will face 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey in Round 3 to fight for the money places. Ivey made it past Henri Puustinen in the opening round before a titanic battle with fellow crowd favorite Jeremy Ausmus went in his favor.


Koray Aldemir
World champion Koray Aldemir made the cut as he survived two tough battles to reach Day 2 of the $25,000 Heads Up Championship.


Koray Aldemir may have busted the final of Event #2 in double-quick time, but he was hanging around in Event #6 as his Heads Up Championship journey went into the next day. After busting Rok Gostisa in Round 1, Aldemir was all-in with QhQs against Belarussian player Mikita Badziakouski’s 6d6c and it was the German who held through the KdKh5s8d4d to advance to a mouthwatering Round 3 clash with fellow countryman Christoph Vogelsang.


Others to make the cut included four-time WSOP winner Anthony Zinno, who will kick off Day 2 against Jonathan Jaffe. Alex Foxen will play Dan Smith for profit after the pair of Americans survived showdowns against Isaac Kempton and Jake Daniels respectively. There was a place in Round 3 for Chance Kornuth too, who put the disappointment of missing out on his fourth bracelet behind him, beating Felipe Ramos and Marius Gierse to book a showdown with Patrick Kennedy. With Dario Sammartino, Sean Winter and John Smith among the other survivors, it will be a thrilling second day at the felt.


Scott Seiver on Top in Freezeout Event


With just 10 players remaining from the 752 total players, Event #3, the $2,500-entry freezeout ended Day 2 with the three-time WSOP champion Scott Seiver in command. With just one day’s play left, Seiver has a chip leading stack of 6,150,000, some way ahead of his closest rival, David Goodman (3,900,000). With two fellow bracelet winners still involved in Steve Zolotow (3,125,000) and Nick Schulman (1,415,000), there will be no shortage of competition for Seiver tomorrow as he bids to win his fourth WSOP title and the top prize of $320,059.


While the final ten made the last day, the action started with 113 players in seats, leading to plenty of big names busting. Shaun Deeb left the party early, busting in 108th place for a return of $4,027, an amount also claimed by 2009 WSOP world champion Joe Cada (105th), Dejuante Alexander (103rd) and Kenny Hallaert (102nd), who spoke on Twitter of his pride at making another deep run.



WSOP 2022 Event #3 $2,500 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:                       


  1. Scott Seiver – 6,150,000
  2. David Goodman – 3,900,000
  3. Steve Zolotow – 3,125,000
  4. Alexander Farahi – 2,615,000
  5. Sergio Aido – 2,570,000
  6. Chris Hunichen – 2,410,000
  7. Aditya Agarwal – 1,870,000
  8. Lewis Spencer – 1,465,000
  9. Nick Schulman – 1,415,000
  10. Shawn Hood – 890,000


Two Other Events Reach Late Stages


The field of 430 players has been trimmed to just 14 hopefuls in the $1,500-entry Dealer’s Choice Event #4, with Jaswinder Lally aiming for back-to-back wins in the event. Leading the way is Brad Ruben (2,102,000), who is some way clear of his two closest challengers, Jorge Walker (1,420,000) and Alfred Atamian (1,004,000). Ben Yu is a little further back on 848,000, while WSOP co-commentator Norman Chad (526,000) will be hoping he can entertain his many fans with an appearance under the lights at the final table.


With multiple bracelet winners Marco Johnson (521,000) and Brian Rast (466,000) aiming to win a third and sixth WSOP bracelet respectively, tomorrow will see someone walk away with the bracelet and $126,288 top prize.


WSOP 2022 Event #4 $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Top 10 Chipcounts:


  1. Brad Ruben – 2,102,000
  2. Jorge Walker – 1,420,000
  3. Alfred Atamian – 1,004,000
  4. Ben Yu – 848,000
  5. Naoya Kihara – 808,000
  6. Charles Bransford – 650,000
  7. Jaswinder Lally – 565,000
  8. Christoper Roman – 552,000
  9. Dean Joe – 539,000
  10. Norman Chad – 526,000


The final event of the day to bag and tag was Event #5, the $500-entry multi-table tournament invitingly called The Housewarming. With an incredible 3,376 entries taking part in the action, just 147 players remained at the close of a fast-paced Day 1. When the chips were in bags, it was former WSOP bracelet winner Justin Liberto (4,255,000) who had built an impressive lead, with Jordan Hufty (3,750,000) his nearest challenger.


Plenty of big names made the money but not the final hand, with Allen Kessler, Event #1 winner Katie Kopp and Ryan Laplante all failing to end the day with chips. The top 10 chipcounts are some way ahead of the chasing pack, but players such as Anthony Marquez (1,810,000), Kevin Gerhart (855,000) and Michael Wang (730,000) will all hope that their previous experience of winning a fabled WSOP gold bracelet will stand them in good stead for a run to the final table at the very least.


WSOP 2022 Event #5 $500 The Housewarming Top 10 Chipcounts:                    


  1. Justin Liberto – 4,225,000
  2. Jordan Hufty – 3,765,000
  3. Maury Barrett – 2,920,000
  4. Larry Serebryany – 2,750,000
  5. Alexandre Vuilleumier – 2,700,000
  6. Frederick Brown – 2,615,000
  7. Gregory Snyder – 2,400,000
  8. Clifford Conners – 2,375,000
  9. Jonathan Williams – 2,375,000
  10. Jen-Yue Chiang – 2,320,000


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