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

Thursday, June 02, 2022 to Saturday, June 04, 2022

Event #6: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $1,512,000
  • Entries: 64
  • Remaining: 0


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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

Dan Smith

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

1stDan SmithUnited States$509,717
2ndChristoph VogelsangGermany$315,029
3rdDario SammartinoItaly$193,537
4thKevin RabichowUnited States$193,537
5thSean WinterUnited States$75,045
6thJonathan JaffeUnited States$75,045
7thChance KornuthUnited States$75,045
8thDylan DestefanoUnited States$75,045

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.

Christoph Vogelsang
Christoph Vogelsang

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 64Jake Daniels
Round of 32Laszlo Bujtas
Round of 16Alex Foxen
Round of 8Jonathan Jaffe
Round of 4Dario Sammartino
FinalsChristoph Vogelsang

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)

Christoph Vogelsang

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.

Christoph Vogelsang:   
Dan Smith:   

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.

Dan Smith9,600,0004,100,000
Christoph Vogelsang0-4,100,000
Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:07 AM Local Time
Smith Back from the Dead

Dan Smith

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.

Dan Smith:   
Christoph Vogelsang:   

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.

Dan Smith5,500,0002,800,000
Christoph Vogelsang4,100,000-2,800,000
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.

Christoph Vogelsang6,900,000800,000
Dan Smith2,700,000-800,000
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:57 PM Local Time
Level 55 started
Level: 55
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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.

Christoph Vogelsang6,100,000-1,100,000
Dan Smith3,500,0001,100,000
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

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.

Christoph Vogelsang7,200,0003,600,000
Dan Smith2,400,000-3,600,000
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.

Dan Smith6,000,0000
Christoph Vogelsang3,600,0000
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.

Dan Smith5,500,000100,000
Christoph Vogelsang4,100,000-100,000
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:14 PM Local Time
Level 54 started
Level: 54
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:06 PM Local Time
Smith Climbs Into the Lead

Dan Smith

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.

Dan Smith5,400,0001,200,000
Christoph Vogelsang4,200,000-1,200,000
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   .

Christoph Vogelsang5,400,000-400,000
Dan Smith4,200,000400,000
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.

Christoph Vogelsang5,800,000300,000
Dan Smith3,800,000-300,000
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time
Level 53 started
Level: 53
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:35 PM Local Time
Break Time

The two players are taking a quick 10-minute break.

Christoph Vogelsang5,500,000-100,000
Dan Smith4,100,000100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:29 PM Local Time
Smith Goes for Three Streets

Dan Smith

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.

Christoph Vogelsang5,600,000-800,000
Dan Smith4,000,000800,000
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.

Christoph Vogelsang6,400,000800,000
Dan Smith3,200,000-800,000
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:14 PM Local Time
Level 52 started
Level: 52
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 0
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.

Christoph Vogelsang5,600,0000
Dan Smith4,000,0000
Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:03 PM Local Time
Level 50 started
Level: 50
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander