While the Main Event boiled down from 6,650 to the final nine, a dozen more bracelets were won. Brian Hastings continues to show the poker world that he’s an elite player by winning his fifth WSOP bracelet, while three players from France found their strides during the series’ final week.
But as the WSOP rolls to a close — the last live tournament of the series begins today — the real Big Winners are poker fans who got to watch these compelling people go for poker glory. All of us at CardsChat are already looking forward to the 2022 WSOP that begins in May.
$10K Main Event Championship
It took 54 hands of heads-up play for the German-born pro (living in Austria) to defeat the amateur from Atlanta, Georgia, and claim the most-coveted title in poker, along with a hefty $8 million bankroll boost.
$1,111 NLHE Little One for One Drop
Winning his second bracelet of the Series, and his second overall, Ball bested a field of 3,797 entrants who anted up for a shot at poker glory and to help the One Drop foundation, which helps provide clean water to people around the world.
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Snatching his first bracelet, the Bronx resident outlasted 371 and beat a final table that included John Monnette, John Racener, and Carol Fuchs.
$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em, Eight-handed
The man known as Ruetama claimed his first bracelet while playing the part of the Grinch to the 5,251 other players who tried for the $888,888 guaranteed first-place prize.
$1,500 PLO Eight-Handed
Amokrane’s win makes him the second player to win a WSOP bracelet this year while also booking the biggest tournament score of his poker career.
$1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em, PLO Eight-Handed
The man from Japan won his first bracelet in this two-game mix tournament, outlasting 845 and a truly international final table with players representing Brazil, Chile, Israel, the Philippines, Germany, the US, and Canada.
$10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
Hastings reestablished his position as one of the game’s elite players, joining names like Allen Cunningham, Michael Mizrachi, and Shaun Deeb in the WSOP’s five-timer’s club by being the last man standing out of 144 entrants in this split pot event.
$2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event
Showing his skills in games ranging from Big O to No-Limit Hold’em, No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit 5-Card Draw High, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Strebkov bested a field of 212 players to claim the title and push his lifetime WSOP winnings to more than $500K.
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout
Making his eighth WSOP cash — and fifth of this year’s series — count, Himmelspach won his first WSOP bracelet by being the last of 1,191 standing.
$10K Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout
The Winamax-sponsored poker pro won his first bracelet — and the third for France this year — in the event that attracted 307.
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The Brazilian with $13K in career tournament winnings before this event, won his first bracelet in the “Fifty Stack” tourney, where players start with 50K chips and play 30-minute blinds.
$7,777 Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
The online pro from Latvia pushed his WSOP winnings over the $1.5 million mark by winning his first bracelet in the online Lucky 7s event, which attracted 183.
$777 Online No-Limit Hold’em
The man from Sofia, Bulgaria won his first bracelet in the online event that saw 732 punters going for the Sunday online bracelet.
Photos by Melissa Haereiti, Alec Rome, Haley Hotchstetler, and Katerina Lukina, courtesy of the WSOP.