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2022 53rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $349,440
  • Entries: 832
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 2, 2022 3:23 AM Local Time
Katie Kopp Wins The First WSOP 2022 Bracelet at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas ($65,168)

Katie Kopp

The 2022 World Series of Poker is officially in full swing. The first gold bracelet of the series was awarded today to Katie Kopp in Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold'em.

Kopp, a long-time dealer and player from Cleveland, Ohio, navigated a field of 832 players to claim her first WSOP gold bracelet at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas and the top prize of $65,168.

Final Table Results

1Katie KoppUnited States$65,168
2Wyatt FrostUnited States$40,273
3Brandon WestUnited States$28,356
4Shaun ColquhounUnited States$20,275
5Joe ChangUnited States$14,725
6Vikram VijayUnited States$10,865
7Gonzalo GonzalezUnited States$8,147
8Arturo JimenezUnited States$6,210
9Kyle DempseyUnited States$4,813

Short stacked for much of the final table, Kopp caught fire down the home stretch. With her mother Patty by her side, and her rail raining down chants of 'Can't stop Kopp', she eliminated her final three opponents en route to victory. For Kopp and her family poker runs deep.

"The feeling is so surreal being here with my mom," she said. "We travel and deal together. My whole family plays poker. My grandpa taught us. My brother and sister both have rings and even my nine and 10-year-olds know how to play."

Kopp, who finished third in this event back in 2018, was also the first person eliminated from this year's tournament on Day 1. She fired up her re-entry and the rest is history.

"Last time I was a short stack ninja and I did the same thing last time," she said. "I want to buy a house, and this will really help me get there."

Kopp had the loudest rail at the final table and by night's end, her mother was the last one at her side with tears in her eyes.

"My mom has been on her feet all day," she said. "She's railed me, standing on her feet the whole time. My mom loves poker. This is so exciting for her. I mean me and my mom, my mom is my best friend."

Only 82 players returned for Day 2 out of the 832 entries. It took about seven hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. Some of the players to fall just short of the final table were Kelli Phillips (12th - $3,043), Kenny Hallaert (15th - $2,483), and Charles Nguyen ($3,043).

Katie Kopp
Katie Kopp

Final Table Action

First to fall on the final table was Kyle Dempsey ($4,813) when he shoved his ace-four into the king-queen suited of Brandon West. Dempsey caught aces up on the flop, but West made a spade flush on the river to send him home in ninth.

Not long after, Arturo Jimenez ($6,210) ran into a huge cooler and also fell at the hands of West. Jimenez shoved his two pair right into the top set of West and bowed out in eighth.

Out in seventh was Gonzalo Gonzalez ($8,147), he found himself short and shoved with pocket deuces, only to be eliminated by Vikram Vijay when he paired his ace-six. Vijay ($10,865) wouldn't last very long either. After losing a massive all-in, he was left short and exited in sixth.

Out in fifth would be Joe Chang ($14,725) who got it in good with his pocket kings against the ace-queen of Wyatt Frost. Frost drilled an ace on the flop and that would be it for Chang.

Four-handed play dragged on for a couple of levels, with each player holding the chip lead at one point. Katie Kopp managed to triple up three times in one level to keep herself in contention. Eventually, it was Shaun Colquhoun ($20,27) who bowed out in fourth. He found himself short on chips and ended up losing a flip with king-eight suited to the pocket fives of Kopp.

Next to go was West ($28,356), he called a shove from Kopp to create a massive pot with king-queen but could not best the pocket fives of Kopp.

Heads up play didn't last long, Kopp held a 5-1 advantage heading it, but Frost ($40,273) managed to double up to close the gap. That would be short-lived though as Frost shoved ace-nine right into the ace-queen of Kopp to claim her first WSOP bracelet.

"Dealing and playing gives you a greater appreciation for the game," she said. "Also more opportunity to grow your game if you pay attention."

Congratulations to Katie for winnings her first WSOP bracelet and keep following right here on PokerNews for our continuing coverage at the Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Thursday, June 2, 2022 2:29 AM Local Time
Wyatt Frost Eliminated In 2nd Place ($40,273)

Wyatt Frost

Wyatt Frost shoved the small blind for 7,500,000 and Katie Kopp quickly called.

Wyatt Frost:   
Katie Kopp:   

Kopp was in a great position with the better kicker and the board ran out      , sealing the victory for Kopp. Wyatt takes home more than $40,000 for his great run.

Katie Kopp20,800,0009,200,000
Wyatt Frost0-9,200,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:54 AM Local Time
Frost Finds An Ace To Close The Gap

Katie Kopp ripped it from the small blind and Wyatt Frost quickly called to put himself at risk.

Wyatt Frost:   
Katie Kopp:   

The flop of     was clean for Kopp, but the   spiked the turn to put Frost in front.

"Eight," yelled Kopp's rail.

But it was not to be as the   fell on the river. Frost doubled and the players are virtually even in stack size.

Katie Kopp11,600,000-3,700,000
Wyatt Frost9,200,0002,800,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:47 AM Local Time
Brandon West Eliminated In 3rd Place ($28,356)

Brandon West

First, Brandon West opened to 800,000 and Katie Kopp moved all in, forcing a fold from West.

On the next hand, the action folded to Kopp in the small blind and she shoved again for 7,600,000 effective. West went deep into the tank.

"I don't think I can fold this," he said.

A few moments later he tossed in a call to create the biggest pot of the tournament.

Brandon West:   
Katie Kopp:   

The board ran out       and Kopp's rail exploded with more chants of "Can't stop Kopp" as West was forced to settle for third. Kopp takes a massive five-to-one chip lead heading into heads-up play.

Katie Kopp15,300,0007,700,000
Brandon West0-6,100,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:41 AM Local Time
Shaun Colquhoun Eliminated In 4th Place ($20,275)

Shaun Colquhoun

Shaun Colquhoun raised from the button to 800,000 and Katie Kopp moved all-in with the bigger stack. Colquhoun called and was at risk.

Shaun Colquhoun:   
Katie Kopp:   

The board ranout       and the pair of fives of Kopp held for the knockout.

Colquhoun, the chip leader entering Day 2, will take home more than $20,000 for his great run.

Katie Kopp7,600,0001,700,000
Shaun Colquhoun0-1,100,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:35 AM Local Time
Frost Forces Big Fold

Wyatt Frost raised in the highjack to 1,200,000 and Shaun Colquhoun called on the button.

Frost then checked the flop of    , which prompted Colquhoun to bet 800,000. Frost then moved all- in over the top and Colquhoun snap-folded.

Frost then showed   

Wyatt Frost6,400,0001,300,000
Shaun Colquhoun1,100,000-5,400,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:19 AM Local Time
Kopp Drills The River To Survive Yet Again

Katie Kopp

Katie Kopp ripped it in from the button for 2,650,000 and Brandon West obliged to put her at risk.

Katie Kopp:   
Brandon West:   

The flop came     to give Kopp an open-ended straight draw, much to the delight of her rail. The turn brought no help with the  , but the river   was just what Kopp needed as she made a straight.

"Can't stop Kopp," shouted her rail, as she moved back above the average stack size.

Brandon West6,100,000100,000
Katie Kopp5,900,0002,200,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:08 AM Local Time
Kopp Doubles Through Colquhoun Once More

Katie Kopp was frst to act and she chose to open jam her remaining 1.7 million. It then folded around to Shaun Colquhoun in the big blind.

"I always lose to you," he remarked, as he threw in a calling chip, putting Kopp at risk.

Katie Kopp:   
Shaun Colquhoun:   

The     flop gave Colquhoun the lead, but it was short-lived as Kopp made top pair on the   turn. The   river did not provide any help to Colquhoun as he doubled up Kopp yet again.

Shaun Colquhoun6,500,000-1,800,000
Katie Kopp3,700,0002,000,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:55 AM Local Time
Chip Movement

Not many pots have seen the flop during this level, but Shaun Colquhoun has built a small chip lead in the process by taking down the blinds.

Shaun Colquhoun8,300,0002,300,000
Brandon West6,000,000-275,000
Wyatt Frost5,100,000-650,000
Katie Kopp1,700,000-2,150,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:48 AM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:37 AM Local Time
Chip Counts On Break
Brandon West6,275,000-1,425,000
Shaun Colquhoun6,000,0002,700,000
Wyatt Frost5,750,0002,750,000
Katie Kopp3,850,000-1,150,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:36 AM Local Time

The table has agreed to shorten the break to ten minutes. Play will resume shortly.

Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:35 AM Local Time
Frost Finds A Double

Wyatt Frost ripped it in from the button as the short stack and Shaun Colquhoun, from the small blind, quickly called to put him at risk.

Wyatt Frost:   
Shaun Colquhoun:   

The board ran out      , clean for Frost and he keeps the dream alive.

Shaun Colquhoun3,300,000-900,000
Wyatt Frost3,000,000-1,800,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time
Brandon West Out-Kicks Kopp for Big Double

Brandon West

Katie Kopp opened with an all-in raise from the button for 8,000,000, which sent Brandon West, the small blind, into the tank. After a good minute of deliberation, he made the call, putting himself at risk.

Brandon West:   
Katie Kopp:   

West's rail erupted when they saw he had Kopp outkicked with the jack, and even more noise was made when the board run out of
[2hQd7d6cA] spelled victory for West as he received a full double- up for his stronger ace.

Brandon West7,100,000-600,000
Katie Kopp5,800,000800,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:17 AM Local Time
Frost Gets Two Shoves Through

Wyatt Frost

Shaun Colquhoun made it 600,000 from under the gun and Wyatt Frost shipped it in for about 3,000,000. Colquhoun thought it over before conceding the pot.

On the next hand, Frost moved all-in preflop again but found no takers.

Play has slowed considerably over the past hour with the rising size of the blinds.

Wyatt Frost4,800,0001,800,000
Shaun Colquhoun4,200,000-1,400,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:04 AM Local Time
Colquhoun Gains Some Ground

Shaun Colquhoun

Shaun Colquhoun limped on the button, Katie Kopp made it 700,000 to go from the small blind, and Colquhoun came along.

On the     flop, Kopp bet 600,000 and Colquhoun called.

The   hit the turn and Kopp slowed with a check, Colquhoun fired out 600,000 and it was enough to win the pot.

Shaun Colquhoun5,600,0002,100,000
Katie Kopp5,000,000-1,800,000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:04 AM Local Time
Chip Count Update
Brandon West7,700,0000
Katie Kopp6,800,0001,800,000
Shaun Colquhoun3,500,000-2,100,000
Wyatt Frost3,000,0000
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:04 AM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 250,000
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:34 PM Local Time
Can't Stop Kopp

Katie Kopp

Shaun Colquhoun was first to act and opened for 400,000, Katie Kopp moved all-in from the button for 2,100,000 total and Colquhoun called.

Katie Kopp:   
Shaun Colquhoun:   

The flop came down     and the turn brought the  , giving Colquhoun even more outs. But the river was the   and Kopp doubled for the third time this level.

Shaun Colquhoun7,000,000-1,400,000
Katie Kopp4,700,0001,600,000
Brandon West4,600,000500,000
Wyatt Frost4,300,000-1,200,000
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Kopp Claws Back with a Vengeance

Wyatt Frost opened to 500,000, and Shaun Colquhoun to his left called, but then Katie Kopp re-raised all-in for an additional 300,000. This reopened the action for Frost, who four-bet to 1,000,000 which successfully removed Colquhoun the pot. Kopp was now at risk of elimination once again as the cards were tabled.

Katie Kopp:   
Wyatt Frost:   

The board runout of       provided no help for Frost as Kopp's pair held to double her up yet again.

Wyatt Frost5,500,000-1,700,000
Katie Kopp3,100,0001,600,000