Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:34 AM Local Time
Dan Smith Captures His 1st Bracelet; Wins 2022 WSOP Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up Championship
It was a grueling match to finish off the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship but in the end, Dan Smith captured his very first gold bracelet along with $509,717. Smith was emotional after his victory over Christoph Vogelsang who was forced to settle for second place and $315,029.
For many in the poker community, Smith has been known as 'the best player without a bracelet' but he will no longer have to walk around with that title after topping the capped-out 64-player field. The American poker pro has come close on numerous occasions at the WSOP including a second-place finish at the 2016 High Roller for One Drop where he cashed for over $3 million. Along with eight top-three finishes, Smith has accumulated over $10 million at the summer series in Las Vegas over his short career.
Smith admitted he was in shock after the match, considering it was a whirlwind of a day: "It was a tough match, a lot of hands were pretty crazy and it felt like everything was going against me. I'm not typically a sentimental person, but today is and was about the bracelet. I had to get lucky to get there but I'll take it."
"It was always something I was thinking about," Smith pointed out about not having a WSOP title before this victory. "But I wasn't overly stressed about it not happening yet."
Giving back to charity is something that is also very important to Smith and he has created the Double Up Drive as his way of giving back to those that are less fortunate. It is something that he holds very close to his heart but Smith was willing to expand on it after his match.
"I'm very proud of what I accomplished in poker and I think this is an important checkbox on my legacy as one of the all-timers. As wild as that is, I'm even more proud of what the whole poker community and I have come together to do with Double Up Drive. We have raised $25 million for good causes and while I love poker, thousands of people that would have died are now alive because of that. I am happy that poker has been my vessel to do this good but I am immensely proud and optimistic that it will continue to do well."
2022 WSOP Event #6 Final Table Results
The field was capped at 64 runners when it all started three days ago. A high-profile tournament on the WSOP schedule no doubt attracted many big names in the poker community including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Erik Seidel, among others. However, just eight players were able to grab a piece of the prize pool and only four players made it to the final day.
Final Day Action
Smith started off his semifinal against Dario Sammartino while Vogelsang faced off against Kevin Rabichow. Both matches remained fairly even through the opening levels but both Smith and Vogelsang started to pull away after the first break. Vogelsang was the first to finish his match after turning a pair of queens against the pocket sevens of Rabichow. All of the chips went in the middle of the river and Vogelsang was fortunate enough to advance.
Smith found himself at risk against Sammartino at one point but woke up with the larger of the two pocket pairs and held for a double up. From there, Smith picked away at Sammartino's short stack, and eventually, the two both found an ace and got it all in. Smith trailed but managed to hit his kicker on the flop and Sammartino was eliminated.
The heads-up final between Smith and Vogelsang started off slow but it quickly gained momentum as the blinds grew. The two players traded the chip lead back and forth and it was Smith who found himself on the verge of being eliminated. However, a timely double-up with pocket sixes put Smith back in the lead. Just moments later, the two players both picked up an ace and got their chips in the middle preflop.
It was Smith who held ace-four, the same hand he eliminated Sammartino with earlier in the day. Vogelsang had the dominating ace-ten but a four on the flop put Smith just two cards away from victory. Vogelsang was unable to improve on the turn or the river which brought applause from the room inside Bally's Ballroom.
Despite things looking grim for Smith earlier on, he said it was a constant battle throughout the match. "Big buy-in, tough field, every match super tough. People love to give Christoph a hard time but he's a hell of a player. He's tanking because he's really considering every spot. I didn't steal a pot easily, every pot was a fight. This was one of the cooler ones to win."
Smith continued to elaborate that even though it took some time to finally win his first WSOP bracelet, he still considers his career a great success. "I've had great World Series results. Just because I happened to mostly get third place in WSOP events, if that's the way my career or life has been unlucky, that's incredibly fortunate. I think my results have been great without the 'W' but this helps."
Dan Smiths' Road to Vitory
|Round of 64
|Round of 32
|Round of 16
|Round of 8
|Round of 4
That wraps up the coverage here for this event but the PokerNews live reporting team will be on-site to bring you plenty of more action in the coming days.
Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:11 AM Local Time
Christoph Vogelsang Eliminated in Second Place ($315,029)
Dan Smith limped for 50,000 more and Christoph Vogelsang raised to 550,000 from the big blind. Smith went all-in and Vogelsang snap-called.
Despite being dominated, Smith spiked a pair on the flop and took a huge lead. The board would run to give Smith his long-awaited first WSOP gold bracelet.
Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:07 AM Local Time
Smith Back from the Dead
Christoph Vogelsang limped in on the button and Dan Smith raised to 450,000 in the big blind. Vogelsang three-bet shipped all in and Smith called off his stack of 2,740,000 chips.
Smith was in a great position to double up and the flop of left him well out front. The turn was the which changed nothing and the secured the double up for Smith.
Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:03 AM Local Time
Vogelsang Hits Runner-Runner Flush to Further Extend Lead
Dan Smith opened to 240,000 and Christoph Vogelsang flatted from the big blind.
The flop rolled off and Smith elected for a continuation bet of 135,000. Vogelsang called.
The made an appearance on the turn and Smith made a second bet, this time to 235,000. Vogelsang called once more.
The made for a juicy river card and Smith opted to check back. Vogelsang made the runner-runner flush with and extended his chip lead.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:57 PM Local Time
Level 55 started
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:45 PM Local Time
Smith Sniffs Out a Bluff from Vogelsang
Dan Smith made it 240,000 on the button and Christoph Vogelsang defended in the big blind. The flop came and Vogelsang checked to Smith who bet 120,000. Vogelsang check-raised to 280,000 and Smith called.
The turn was the and Vogelsang led out with a bet of 575,000. Smith had a look of agony but still called to see the on the river. Vogelsang spent over two minutes in the tank before tapping the table. Smith also checked and Vogelsang was the first to show for six-high. Smith flipped over for two pair to claim the pot.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:32 PM Local Time
Smith Runs All-In Bluff into Vogelsang Flush, German has 3:1 Chip Lead
Christoph Vogelsang called and Dan Smith checked from the big blind.
The flop brought a bet of 100,000 from Vogelsang and Smith called.
The put three diamonds on the board and, after a minute, Vogelsang continued for another 325,000. However, Smith took his time and then elected to raise the turn to 925,000. Vogelsang thought for another 60 seconds and then made the call.
With 2.25 million already in the middle, the arrived on the river and after two minutes, Smith went all-in. Vogelsang snap-called and turned over for a flush.
Smith looked rattled as he turned over the to give the German a 3:1 chip lead.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Smith Riding a Wave of Momentum
Dan Smith opened to 200,000 on the button and Christoph Vogelsang called in the big blind. The flop came and Vogelsang check-called a bet of 260,000 from Smith.
The turn brought the and Vogelsang checked again. Smith fired out another 850,000 and Vogelsang snap-folded, for the first time all day.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:22 PM Local Time
Smith Extends Lead Over Vogelsang
Christoph Vogelsang opened to 225,000 and Dan Smith three-bet to 725,000. Vogelsang relatively quickly called.
The flop came and Smith continuation bet for 450,000. Vogelsang folded.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:14 PM Local Time
Level 54 started
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:06 PM Local Time
Smith Climbs Into the Lead
Christoph Vogelsang raised to 180,000 on the button and Dan Smith called in the big blind. The flop fell and both players checked to the on the turn.
Smith led out with a bet of 200,000 on the turn and Vogelsang complied with a call. The river was the and Smith put together a pot-sized bet of 760,000. Vogelsang flicked in a chip to call and Smith tabled for two pair to take down the pot and move into the lead.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:59 PM Local Time
Smith Crawling Back vs. Vogelsang
Dan Smith opened to 175,000 and Christoph Vogelsang flatted from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop but after the turn put two flush draws on the board, Vogelsang took 90 seconds and then fired out a bet of 210,000. Smith called.
The on the river double-paired the board and after another 90 seconds, the German checked. Smith checked back and flipped over the winning , beating Vogelsang's .
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time
Vogelsang Pressures Smith
Christoph Vogelsang raised to 180,000 on the button and Dan Smith defended from the big blind. The dealer spread the flop of and Smith check-called a bet of 120,000 from Vogelsang.
The turn was the and Smith quickly checked again. Vogelsang checked as well and the hit the river. Smith checked for the third time which led to Vogelsang sliding out an overbet of 850,000. Smith pitched his cards to the muck and Vogelsang collected the pot.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time
Level 53 started
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:35 PM Local Time
The two players are taking a quick 10-minute break.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:29 PM Local Time
Smith Goes for Three Streets
Christoph Vogelsang limped in on the button and Dan Smith raised to 210,000 out of the big blind. Vogelsang called and the dealer spread the flop of .
Smith led out with a continuation bet of 125,000 and Vogelsang called to see the on the turn. Smith reached back for another bet of 475,000 but Vogelsang still called.
The river was the and Smith thought for a couple of minutes before pushing out a bet of 1,275,000. Vogelsang thought for a minute but decided to send his cards to the muck.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:15 PM Local Time
Vogelsang now a 2:1 Chip Leader After Winning Three-Bet Pot
Dan Smith opened to 135,000 and after about a minute, Christoph Vogelsang elected to three-bet to 460,000. Smith called and they were off to a big flop.
The flop came and following 90 seconds of deliberation, Vogelsang put out 300,000 chips. Smith called.
A arrived of the turn and after two minutes in the tank, Vogelsang bet 875,000 and Smith let it go to give Vogelsang a 2:1 chip lead.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:14 PM Local Time
Level 52 started
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:07 PM Local Time
Smith Wins with Two Pair
Christoph Vogelsang bumped it up to 95,000 on the button and Dan Smith called out of the big blind. The flop came and Smith checked to Vogelsang who continued for 65,000. Smith called and the landed on the turn.
Smith checked again and Vogelsang reached back for a bet of 275,000 this time. Smith still called and the completed the board. Two quick checks and Smith showed for two pair to rake in the pot.
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:03 PM Local Time
Level 50 started