CardsChat Presents Big Winners of the WSOP (June 9 – 15)

While 15 players won their first World Series of Poker bracelets this past week, a handful of pros keep adding more to their collections. Adam Friedman, one of the best mixed-game specialists in the world, won his fifth, while Jeremey Ausmus scooped his fourth.


Leo Soma

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Leo Soma

$1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
2,392 entries

$456,889

The Frenchman made his first WSOP cash count by securing the bracelet in this large-field event. He has a handful of small cashes since 2018, but this is by far his greatest poker achievement. 


Daniel Zack

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Daniel Zack

$10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
196 entries

$440,757

The cashing machine won his second bracelet in the championship event to increase his WSOP winnings near the $2 million mark. His first bracelet came in 2019 in the $2,500 Limit Triple-Draw event. The New Jersey resident calls himself a “Horrible PLO player, but a great human” on Twitter.


Stefan Lehner

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Stefan Lehner

$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
1,240 entries

$558,616

After years of min-cashing the WSOP, the man from Salzburg, Austria, won his first bracelet and was all smiles at the end. And why not? He finished four days of poker with all the chips and a piece of hardware to add to his one Circuit ring. 


Domnick Sarle

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Domnick Sarle

$2,500 Mixed-Limit Triple Draw
309 entries

$164,243

Coming close as the runner-up in the Big 500 online event last summer primed the Long Island, New York, resident to make a run at his first bracelet this year. It took 20 WSOP cashes, but the gold (or whatever yellow metal it’s made of) is now on his wrist. 


 Bryan Schultz

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Bryan Schultz

$1,000 Freezeout
2,663 entries

$330,057

Another WSOP Circuit regular with more than 20 cashes under their belt, Schultz finally grabbed his first bracelet and his biggest WSOP cash since starting to bag chips in 2007. He also has a Circuit ring he won in Tahoe in 2010.


Tong Li

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Tong Li

$25K High Roller PLO
264 entries

$1,467,739

While many well-known pros rise to the top to make regular final table appearances, there’s at least one player each year who comes out of nowhere and makes a splash. Tong Li is one of those players. He made his first WSOP cash a good one by winning this high-roller event, beating several bracelet winners at the final table, including 2021 Player of the Year Josh Arieh.


Denis Nesterenko

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Denis Nesterenko

$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
350 entries

$108,250

Another player who won his first bracelet last week, the Russian broke the $100K cash mark in this limit event. It’s by far the biggest cash of his poker career. 


Mike Jukich

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Mike Jukich

$1,500 Monsterstack
6,501 entries

$966,577

Las Vegas should have been renamed “New Bracelet City” last week, as another long-time grinder hit poker gold by winning his first bracelet. The cash also put the man known as “Juke” over the $1 million WSOP cash mark. He won a Circuit ring in Baltimore in 2018.


Adam Friedman

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Adam Friedman

$10K Seven-Card Stud Championship
95 entries

$248,254

Let’s just say it: Adam Friedman is the frickin’ man. The mixed-game specialist from Ohio won his fifth bracelet, all in events not called Hold’em. Phil Ivey tried to get in Friedman’s way, but was stopped in third place. It’s the fourth year in a row Friedman came away from the WSOP with a bracelet. 


Jeremy Ausmus

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Jeremy Ausmus

$3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em
213 entries

$142,147

For the fourth time in his career, Ausmus wiped out the entire field to claim the skinny box with a bracelet inside. A musician and father who plays professionally out of Las Vegas, Ausmus is just shy of the $6 million WSOP cash mark, and has more than $12 million in tournament cashes.


Christopher Chatman

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Christopher Chatman

$1,000 Flip and Go
1,329 entries

$187,770

The Virginian made his fifth cash a good one by winning his first bracelet in the sort of weird, but lots of fun, Flip and Go tournament, where players have to survive a blind all-in right from the start just to have a chance. Players can enter as many times as they want: Scott Seiver tried 43 times and failed. Chatman’s best cash until this week was for $16K.


Rajaee Wazwaz

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Rajaee Wazwaz

$800 Deepstack
4,062 entries

$358,346

The businessman with the double last name won his first bracelet in the smaller buy-in event, which always attracts massive fields. Congrats to the man who’s been playing at the WSOP since 2012. It was his second final table. 


Jonathan Cohen and Riley

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Jonathan Cohen

$10K Limit Hold’em Championship
92 entries

$245,678

Another player who secured his first bracelet this week, Cohen took the gold with his biggest fan — his pet pooch Riley —  in the house. It’s kind of appropriate then that his final hand was K9. The cash puts him (Cohen, not the dog), over the $650K mark in WSOP cashes since 2012. 


Michael Simhai

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Michael Simhai

$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
1,000 entries

$240,480

The third time was the charm for the man from Beverly Hills, who won his first bracelet. It was his best cash and puts his lifetime tournament winnings over the $700K mark. He’s been at it since at least 2004.  


Robert Cowen

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Robert Cowen

$50K High Roller PLO
106 entries

$1,393,816

The Englishman had to beat a tough final table of Scott Seiver, Ben Lamb, Jason Mercier, Aaron Katz, and Dash Dudley in order to bring his second bracelet home to Swansea, England. He won a bracelet in a $3K PLO event last year. He now has more than $2 million in WSOP cashes. 


Maxx Coleman

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Maxx Coleman

$1,500 2-7 Lowball Draw
437 entries

$127,809

Coleman is another first-time bracelet winner who cut his teeth in Circuit events. A poker champ with two Circuit rings, Coleman’s 58th WSOP cash is one he’ll remember for a long time to come. He also made the final table at last year’s $25K PLO event, where he finished fourth for $381K.


Brian Altman

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Brian Altman

$400 WSOP.com Ultra Deepstack NV/NJ
1,641 entries

$110,662

Following up his third WSOP Circuit event win in February, Altman took down his first bracelet in the WSOP.com online event for players in Nevada and New Jersey. He also finished third in an online bracelet event last year. While most of his WSOP cashes have come online, he also has solid live credentials, including three WPT titles.


Todd Estes

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Todd “Rooster_777” Estes

$400 WSOP.com Ultra Deepstack Michigan
321 entries

$27,895

Playing as “Rooster_777,” Estes was king of the coop on Sunday, winning his first bracelet. According to SharkScope, it’s his seventh cash playing online at WSOP.com in Michigan. His result chart looks like a rocket blasting off. Got room for a passenger, Rooster?


chris perkins

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Christopher “mooooooooooo” Perkins

$400 WSOP.com Ultra Deepstack Pennsylvania
272 entries

$24,959

Perkins pushed his tournament winnings close to the $500K mark by winning his first bracelet online on Sunday. He’s a long-time grinder who has a bunch of live and online cashes to his name. Congrats to you, “mooooooooooo,” and to the rest of the first-time WSOP winners.

Written by
Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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