Monday, August 15, 2022 10:10 PM Local Time
It was a record-breaking return to Harrah's Cherokee for the World Series of Poker's 2022/2023 Circuit season, its first of four stops, as a record-setting field of 1,558 entries were recorded through two starting flights and a $2,360,370 prize pool was generated.
After a prize pool was calculated, 238 players were able to take a piece of it, but it was Brett Bader who walked away with the lion's share, as the Harrah's $1,700 Main Event title came with a $364,104 top prize and a seat into the 2023 Tournament of Champions.
To read more about Bader's win click here.
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:48 PM Local Time
Brett Bader raised to 1,100,000 and Matthew Wantman called to see a flop.
Wantman check-called a 1,200,000 continuation bet from Bader and the fell on the turn.
Wantman led out for 1,600,000 and Bader called bringing the river. Wantman led out once again, this time for 8,000,000 only to have Bader raise all in.
Wantman shrugged his shoulders and called off his stack holding slightly less. Wantman tabled for the six-high straight, but it was no good as Bader rolled over to win the tournament with sixes full of sevens.
Brett Bader - 46,740,000
Matthew Wantman - Eliminated
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:33 PM Local Time
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:20 PM Local Time
The final two players will be back in 15 minutes.
Brett Bader - 26,000,000
Matthew Wantman - 20,750,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:17 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman raised to 800,000 and Brett Bader called bringing action to a flop.
Bader check-raised to 4,600,000 after Wantman continued for 1,500,000 and Wantman called.
After the hit the turn, Bader check folded after Wantman moved all-in.
Brett Bader 24,540,000
Matthew Wantman - 22,200,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:12 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman raised to 800,000 and Brett Bader called, sending the two to the flop. Bader checked, Wantman bet 500,000 and Bader called.
The turn was the and both players checked to see the on the river. Bader checked and Wantman bet 2,000,000 this time. Bader thought about it for a minute but opted to fold.
Brett Bader - 28,000,000
Matthew Wantman - 18,800,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:06 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman raised to 1,200,000 and Brett Bader called bringing a flop.
Bader check-called a 400,000 continuation bet from Wantman, and then did the same for 1,800,000 after the fell on the turn.
Bader checked his option once again, then snapped-off his 11,850,000 stack after Wantman moved out 21,000,000.
"I have a queen," said Wantman who mucked his hand after seeing Bader table for trip kings to win the double.
Brett Bader - 30,740,000
Matthew Wantman - 16,000,0000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:55 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman made it 1,200,000 to go and Brett Bader called.
The flop came and Bader checked. Wantman bet 700,000, Bader called and the turn was the . Bader check-called a bet of 2,800,000 this time and the dealer completed the board with the on the river.
Bader checked for a third time and Wantman paused for a moment before cutting out a bet worth 8,400,000. Bader went into the tank for several moments and eventually folded.
Wantman flashed the for a bluff and raked in the pot to take a big lead.
Matthew Wantman - 30,400,000
Brett Bader - 16,400,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:49 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman raised to 800,000 and Brett Bader three-bet to 3,000,000. Wantman called and the dealer fanned the flop.
Bader opted to check and Wantman bet 2,100,000. Bader called and they saw the on the turn. Bader checked and Wantman thought for a moment before jamming all in for about 15 million. Bader mucked.
Matthew Wantman - 24,300,000
Brett Bader - 22,500,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:42 PM Local Time
Brett Bader raised to 900,000 and Matthew Wantman defended bringing about a flop.
Action was checked to the turn where Wantman led out for 1,700,000 and Bader called to see the complete the board on the river.
Wantman moved in a 7,500,000 stack, leaving himself just 200,000 and Bader called after getting an official count.
Wantman rolled over for two-pair and it was good as Bader tossed into the muck.
Brett Bader - 30,740,000
Matthew Wantman - 16,000,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:35 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman raised to 900,000 and Brett Bader called to see a flop.
Bader check-called a 600,000 bet from Wantman, and the turn was checked by both players bringing the river.
Bader this time led out for 1,200,000 and Wantman quickly released his hand.
Brett Bader - 35,740,000
Matthew Wantman - 11,000,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:27 PM Local Time
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:15 PM Local Time
Brett Bader and Matthew Wantman have jumped right into heads-up play, with Bader sitting on 31,250,000 and Wantman with 15,050,000.
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:14 PM Local Time
Amir Atabaki moved all in on the button for 2,950,000, Matthew Wantman folded his small blind and Brett Bader snap-called from the big blind.
Atabaki received the bad news when he tabled his hand and saw that Bader had him dominated. "I folded threes," said Wantman.
The dealer ran the board and Atabaki was unable to improve, ending his Main Event run in 3rd place.
Amir Atabaki - Eliminated
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:13 PM Local Time
Thong Ho raised to 1,000,000 from under the gun, only to call off his newly acquired 6,100,000 stack after Matthew Wantman three-bet jammed for 6,650,000 from the small blind.
As soon as the cards were tabled, Ho started chanting, "No Ace, No King," as he was racing for his tournament life and stayed ahead after the flop hit the felt.
Even though Ho was still ahead, he added to his chant, " No Ace, No King, No Club," but the dealer turned the leaving Ho with one out.
Unfortunately for Ho, the river wasn't the card to keep him alive and he departed in fourth place.
Brett Bader - 29,800,000
Matthew Wantman - 12,900,000
Amir Atabaki - 3,500,000
Thong Ho - Eliminated
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:12 PM Local Time
Thong Ho was all in preflop for 2,425,000 and was called by Brett Bader.
Ho was ahead and the flop didn't change a thing.
The turn did give Ho a sweat as it gave Bader more outs with an open-ended straight draw, but luckily the fell on the river and secured his double-up.
Brett Bader - 29,800,000
Thong Ho - 6,100,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:04 PM Local Time
Matthew 'Bucky' Wantman raised to 600,000 on the button and Thong Ho defended his big blind.
The flop came and Ho checked. Wantman bet 300,000, Ho called and the turn was the . Ho check-called a bet of 800,000 this time and the two players saw the on the river. Ho checked, Wantman bet 1,800,000 and Ho let it go.
Matthew Wantman - 7,100,000
Thong Ho - 2,425,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 8:00 PM Local Time
Amir Atabaki opened to 600,000 on the button and Brett Bader defended his big blind.
The flop came and Bader checked. Atabaki bet 500,000, Bader called and they went to the on the turn. Bader check-called a bet of 1,300,000 this time and the dealer completed the board with the on the river. Bader checked and Atabaki quickly checked back.
"Straight," said Bader, tabling . Atabaki took one last look at his cards before tossing them into the muck.
Brett Bader - 30,800,000
Amir Atabaki - 4,700,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 7:55 PM Local Time
Brett Bader raised all in from the button and Amir Atabaki called off his 3,725,000 stack from the big blind.
Atabaki was ahead and paired his jack on the flop, but it also gave Bader a gutshot straight draw.
Luckily for Atabaki, the paired the board on the turn and the completed the board on the river to secure his double-up.
Brett Bader - 27,300,000
Amir Atabaki - 7,450,000
Monday, August 15, 2022 7:43 PM Local Time
Brett Bader opened to 600,000 on the button and Amir Atabaki defended his big blind.
The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Atabaki checked, Bader bet 800,000 and Atabaki called.
The river was the and Atabaki checked yet again. Bader bet 2,300,000 this time and Atabaki called. Bader tabled for trip aces and Atabaki mucked.
Brett Bader - 33,000,000
Amir Atabaki - 3,100,000