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

Tuesday, June 07, 2022 to Thursday, June 09, 2022

Event #14: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,193,320
  • Entries: 2,392
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:02 PM Local Time
Frenchman Leo Soma Wins Event #14: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em for First Bracelet ($456,889)

Leo Soma

It was a long steady climb for Leo Soma to take home his first WSOP bracelet in Event #14: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

The event started with 2,393 entrants, but by the end of Day 3, Soma was the only one left standing taking home $456,889 for his efforts and of course a WSOP gold bracelet.

Just 16 players remained at the start of Day 3, with Soma starting in the middle of the pack. However, he quickly soared to the chip lead before the first break and never relinquished it. Throughout the day he was able to enjoy the unwavering support of a few fans, dressed in matching shirts with Soma's face printed on them.

Any time Soma scooped a pot, they made themselves heard, with chants, singing, and banging. Thomas Schultz finished in second place, taking home $282,358 for his efforts — a new career best cash for him.

Event #14: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout (USD)
1Leo SomaFrance$456,889
2Thomas SchultzUnited States$282,358
3Maximiliano GallardoArgentina$203,451
4Daniel WellbornUnited States$148,171
5Derek SudellUnited States$109,083
6Ivan ZhechevBulgaria$81,188
7Joe CadaUnited States$61,098
Leo Soma
Leo Soma

Final Day Recap

Sixteen players started the final day, with five eliminated before the first break in an action-packed start. Maximiliano Gallardo flopped a straight flush while former bracelet winner Anson Tsang and Mustapha Kanit were sent to the rail.

A double elimination where both Ronit Chamani and Javier Garcirreynaldos hit the rail saw Soma's chip count continue to climb, overtaking start-of-day chip leader Daniel Wellborn.

Joe Cada
Joe Cada

The 2009 Main Event winner and four-time bracelet holder Joe Cada made it to the unofficial final table before he was knocked out in seventh place by Soma for $61,098.

Soma was in control, also sending Ivan Zhechev to the rail, before Gallardo attempted to close the gap with the elimination of Derek Sudell in fifth place.

Wellborn had held on to an above-average stack for most of the tournament and managed to make a deep run, but Soma was unrelenting and sent him to the rail as well. He took home $148,171 for his fourth-place finish.

In total, Soma was responsible for all but one of the eliminations at the final table, and although Schultz would double three-handed, Soma sent both him and Gallardo to the rail in quick succession to secure victory in front of a raucous partisan crowd.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:42 PM Local Time
Thomas Schultz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($282,358)

Thomas Schultz

Leo Soma led into Schultz for 1,000,000 preflop. Thomas Schultz made the call.

"Wanted to see a flop, they all looked bored," Schultz remarked as he made the call, gesturing towards the rail.

The flop came    . Soma fired for another 1,300,000. Schultz made the call.

The   turn earned an all in shove from Schultz. Soma made the call quickly.

Thomas Schultz:   
Leo Soma:   

The   river finished out the board, ensuring that Soma's flopped two pair held, sending Schultz to the rail in 2nd place for a cash of $282,358.

Leo Soma59,825,0005,325,000
Thomas Schultz0-5,500,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:25 PM Local Time
Maximiliano Gallardo Eliminated in 3rd Place ($203,451)

Maximiliano Gallardo

With action on Leo Soma in the small blind, he raised to 1,500,000 and got called by Maximiliano in the big blind. The flop came down     and both players checked.

On the turn there was an  , Soma bet 2,000,000 and Gallardo called.

A   came down on the river and Soma moved all in. Maximiliano went into the tank for about five minutes before finally deciding to call. Cards went up and Soma showed    for a straight to the ten and Maximiliano had    , for a pair of sixes which sent him to the rails.

Leo Soma54,500,00013,500,000
Maximiliano Gallardo0-12,200,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:16 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Leo Soma41,000,000-250,000
Maximiliano Gallardo12,200,0004,700,000
Thomas Schultz5,500,000-3,500,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:11 PM Local Time
Schultz Hits on River to Survive and Double Up

Leo Soma was the first to act. He moved all in. He received a call from Thomas Schultz, who had 4,250,000 behind.

"You're gonna win," Schultz told Soma matter of factly. The two fist bumped as they had previously when Schultz had gone all in against Soma.

Thomas Schultz:   
Leo Soma:   

A familiar chant of "King! King! King!" came from the rail as Soma's supports continued to make themselves heard. This time, their request was fulfilled, on the     flop, giving Soma a pair and putting him out in front. The   turn left Schultz one card away from elimination.

The   arrived on the river, giving Schultz a pair of aces, and saving his tournament life, doubling up in the process.

"Told you this was fun" Schultz quipped after a moment, once the excitement and noise from the rail had quieted.

Leo Soma41,250,0000
Thomas Schultz9,000,0002,800,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:04 PM Local Time
Daniel Wellborn Eliminated in 4th Place ($148,171)

Daniel Wellborn

Action folded around to current chip leader Leo Soma who moved all in. The lone person left to act was Daniel Wellborn, who started the day with the chip lead. Wellborn made the quick call.

Daniel Wellborn:   
Leo Soma:   

Wellborn was ahead for now, but that would not last long, as the     flop gave Soma a pair and removed any chance of a flush for Wellborn. Soma's fan club erupted upon seeing the  . Wellborn failed to hit on any outs as the board finished   . Chants of "ALLEZ OLUX" and singing began pouring in from the rail as the board completed and Soma sent yet another opponent to the rail.

Daniel Wellborn was eliminated in 4th place. He will take home a cash of $148,171.

Leo Soma41,250,0001,950,000
Daniel Wellborn0-4,500,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:46 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:36 PM Local Time
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Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:35 PM Local Time
Gallardo Doubles Up

Maximiliano Gallardo

Maximiliano Gallardo went all in on the button for slightly under 3,000,000 against Thomas Schultz. Schultz moved all in and the rest of the players folded.

Thomas Schultz:   
Maximiliano Gallardo:   

The board ran out       to give Gallardo a pair of tens to Schultz's ace-high, winning the hand and doubling up his stack.

Maximiliano Gallardo7,500,0003,450,000
Thomas Schultz6,200,000-6,050,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:30 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Leo Soma39,300,0009,800,000
Thomas Schultz12,250,0002,500,000
Daniel Wellborn4,500,000-1,600,000
Maximiliano Gallardo4,050,000-5,450,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:23 PM Local Time
Schultz Cracks Soma's Kings to Double Up

Leo Soma opened from under the gun for 800,000. Action folded around to Thomas Schultz in the big blind. Schultz wasted little time before moving all in with 4,700,000 behind. Soma made the snap call.

Thomas Schultz:   
Leo Soma:   

"Good luck," Schultz remarked to Soma. As the dealer prepared to deal the flop, the two bumped fists, showing their respect for the other as players.

Schultz was going to need some help to stay alive in the tournament, and he got it in droves on the     flop, which gave him two pair, and making Soma's kings no good, for now.

"King! King! King!" could be heard from the rail, as Soma's vocal fanbase continued their unwavering support.

Their chants would go unfulfilled, however. The board finished out   , leaving Schultz with the best hand, and the double up.

Leo Soma29,500,000-4,100,000
Thomas Schultz9,750,0003,250,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:04 PM Local Time
Derek Sudell Eliminated in 5th Place ($109,083)

Derek Sudell

Maximiliano Gallardo raised to 825,000 from the cutoff. Action folded to Derek Sudell, the big blind. After a moment or two, he moved all in with the effective stack of just under 6,000,000. Gallardo made the call.

Derek Sudell:   
Maximiliano Gallardo:   

Sudell needed some help, but was drawing live. Not only did no help come on the     flop for Sudell, but Gallardo now had a flush draw to go along with his overpair, limiting Sudell's outs even further. When the   hit on the turn, giving Gallardo a set, Sudell tapped the table to say good game to his opponents, as he prepared to leave. The   river completed the board, cementing the pot for Gallardo.

Derek Sudell was sent to the rail in 5th place. He'll take home a cash of $109,083.

Maximiliano Gallardo9,500,0002,000,000
Derek Sudell0-6,200,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:46 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:04 PM Local Time
Chip Counts at the Dinner Break
Leo Soma33,600,000350,000
Maximiliano Gallardo7,500,0000
Thomas Schultz6,500,0000
Derek Sudell6,200,000200,000
Daniel Wellborn6,100,000-2,500,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:50 PM Local Time
Dinner Break

With 5 players remaining in the tournament, they have just been sent on their 60 minute dinner break.

Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:45 PM Local Time
Schultz Hits Trips Before Break

Thomas Schultz

In heads-up play between Thomas Schultz and Maximiliano Gallardo, the board read     . Gallardo bet 675,000 and Schultz called .
A   came on the river, Gallardo checked and Schultz bet 3,000,000 to which Gallardo folded. Schultz then showed his hand which was   .

Maximiliano Gallardo7,500,000-150,000
Thomas Schultz6,500,000-1,250,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:43 PM Local Time
Ivan Zhechev Eliminated in 6th Place ($81,188)

Ivan Zhechev

Leo Soma opened to 600,000 from the cutoff. He received a single caller, Ivan Zhechev, in the big blind. The two went heads up to the flop.

On the     flop, Soma continued for 300,000. Zhechev called.

Soma fired again, now for 1,400,000 on the   turn. Zhechev again found the call.

On the   river, Soma fired his biggest barrel yet, to the tune of 4,000,000. Zhechev considered his decision a bit. A call here would be for all his chips. He eventually found the call, seemingly more out of frustration than an expectation to take the pot.

Ivan Zhechev:   
Leo Soma:   

While Zhechev had connected with the flop, he had not done so as well as Soma, whose flopped set was good enough to take down the big pot.

Zhechev was eliminated in sixth place and will take home a cash of $81,188.

Leo Soma33,250,0004,750,000
Ivan Zhechev0-5,575,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:25 PM Local Time
Zhechev's Trips Crush Queens

Ivan Zhechev

Ivan Zhechev pushed all in on his button for 3,100,000 and received a call from Thomas Schultz in the big blind.

Ivan Zhechev:   
Thomas Schultz:   

The board ran out       and Zhechev's fans on the rails cheered loudly as he won the hand with trip nines.

Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:05 PM Local Time
Derek Sudell Doubles Up With Aces

Derek Sudell

On the button, Leo Soma raised to 1,700,000 and the small blind, Derek Sudell went all in for 2,725,000 which Soma called.

Leo Soma:   
Derek Sudell:   

The board ran out       and with Soma missing the five for the straight draw he flopped, Sudell's pocket aces held up to double him up.

Leo Soma28,500,0001,000,000
Derek Sudell6,000,0003,300,000
Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:49 PM Local Time
Soma Takes it Home with Ace-King

Thomas Schultz opened from the button for 500,000. Leo Soma made the call from the small blind before the big blind got out of the way.

The players checked the     flop, leading to the   turn. Soma fired 2,000,000 into the middle. Schultz took a moment, but eventually found the call.

The   river was checked through, leading to showdown. Schultz turned over   , but his ace was no good, thanks to Soma's bigger   .

With the bigger ace, Soma scooped the pot to add to his growing chip lead.

Leo Soma27,500,0000
Thomas Schultz7,750,000-3,450,000