Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:38 PM Local Time
Stefan Lehner Wins First Bracelet in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($558,616)
Austria's Stefan Lehner defeated a field of 1,240 players to win his first bracelet in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
He triumphed at a final table featuring former bracelet winners David Miscikowski, Joey Weissman and Davide Suriano, before defeating Toby Boas heads-up to take home $558,616.
Meanwhile, Boas would have to settle for second place for $345,244, but can take solace in the fact he ladered from start-of-day short stack to record a new career-best cash.
Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|2||Toby Boas||United States||$345,244|
|3||Nathan Russler||United States||$248,298|
|4||David Miscikowski||United States||$180,795|
|5||Alex Foxen||United States||$133,300|
|6||Kevin Stevens||United States||$99,535|
|7||Joey Weissman||United States||$75,282|
|8||Nicholas Dolen||United States||$57,683|
"I don't have the words for it I think," he told PokerNews. "At the beginning I was second in chips but then I was short stacked all the time. SO I played very well and I'm very happy that I have this [bracelet] now."
Just three days after landing in Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP, Lehner's victory came in his first tournament of the summer but said he felt no pressure playing for the bracelet.
"When you know that almost every time you need to do in this spot, then it's not so tough to play. I do a lot of theory, so it's just about staying calm."
The Austrian's previous best WSOP result was a fourth-place finish during the 2021 WSOP Online Fifty Stack for $105,507, but says that this was a completely different environment.
"It's totally different. Playing against real people is great, playing against people from different nations. You get to have reads on the players - and that's real poker."
Final Table Recap
David Miscikowski started the final table as chip leader, and he wasted no time extending it after making flush over flush against Lehner in a hand that knocked the Austrian down the chip counts having himself started second in chips.
Miscikowski then sent Davide Suriano to the rail in ninth before Nicholas Dolen was felted in eighth by Alex Foxen. Foxen now occupied second rung in the ladder, behind Miscikowski, and eventually moved ahead while former bracelet winner Joey Weissman was eliminated.
As the blinds continued to increase, so did the size of the pots. Kevin Stevens' elimination alone was enough for Nathan Russler to move into the chip lead with close to half the chips in play.
Foxen's time in the chip lead was short-lived as he was eliminated in fifth, before a third double of the final table saw Toby Boas took over as chip leader. This was Boas' third double of the final table, having started the day as the short stack, and increased his lead with the elimination of Miscikowski in fourth.
At this point, it looked like a race to the bottom for Boas' opponents Lehner and Russler as they looked to avoid finishing third against the overwhelming chip leader. Lehner had been nursing his short stack for some time now, and would double twice to stay afloat. He was then fortunate not to bust after the river saw him chop against Russler to stay alive.
Another double for Lehner saw Russler pushed to the brink, and he exited in third place. The early stages of heads-up were a back and forth affair, with Boas opening a 2:1 chip lead.
The turning point heads-up came where Boas had bet 4,500,000 on a board of and Lehner called. With around 16 million chips in the middle, Boas shoved the river and Lehner called for his last 11,450,000.
Boas showed for five-high while Lehner showed for two pair and moved into the lead
Following this, Lehner would push ahead in pursuit of victory, and despite a double from Boas, it wasn't enough to prevent Lehner from taking down the tournament, the bracelet and over half a million dollars in prize money.
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:34 PM Local Time
Toby Boas Eliminated in 2nd Place ($345,244)
Stefan Lehner shoved the button and Toby Boas called all in for around 6,000,000.
The rail again called for a seven, but after the flop they were calling for a ten also. The turn also saw them calling for a six.
However, the river was the and Boas was eliminated in second place, taking home $345,244.
|Stefan Lehner||49,600,000||6,200,000 |
|Toby Boas||0||-6,200,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:31 PM Local Time
Boas Doubles Heads-Up
Stefan Lehner shoved and Toby Boas called for his last 3,100,000.
Lehner was in front as Boas' rail called for a four. The four duly came on the board to see him double up.
|Stefan Lehner||43,400,000||-1,900,000 |
|Toby Boas||6,200,000||1,900,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:29 PM Local Time
Lehner Opens Up Biggest Heads-Up Lead So Far
In a limped pot Toby Boas checked the flop and Stefan Lehner bet 800,000. Boas check-raised to 2,400,000 and Lehner called.
The turn was the and Boas check-called 1,800,000.
The river went check-check. Boas tabled for a missed flush draw along with a two pair — tens and twos — while Lehner flipped over for tens and threes and took down the pot.
|Stefan Lehner||45,300,000||6,200,000 |
|Toby Boas||4,300,000||-6,200,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:17 PM Local Time
Lehner Doubles into Chip Lead After Boas River Bluff
On a board there was already 7,000,000 in the middle already, and Toby Boas had bet 4,500,000.
Stefan Lehner called and the river was the putting three spades on the board. Boas thought before moving all in, covering Lehner who had 11,450,000 behind.
Lehner rechecked his cards before calling.
Boas tabled for a missed gutshot while Lehner took down the pot with for two pair.
|Stefan Lehner||39,100,000||20,400,000 |
|Toby Boas||10,500,000||-20,400,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:11 PM Local Time
Lehner Chips Up After the Break
|Toby Boas||30,900,000||-2,050,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||18,700,000||2,050,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:01 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:39 PM Local Time
Boas Wins Last Hand Before the Break
Toby Boas check-called 600,000 from Stefan Lehner on the board and the river was the .
Boas checked and Lehner put out a bet in the region of 3,500,000. Boas snap-called.
Lehner tabled but Boas had that beat with for trip eights.
The players are now going on a 30-minute break. They will return at 19:05 local time.
|Toby Boas||32,950,000||3,750,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||16,650,000||-3,750,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:27 PM Local Time
Back Comes Lehner
|Toby Boas||29,200,000||-4,250,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||20,400,000||4,250,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:17 PM Local Time
Back Comes Boas
|Toby Boas||33,450,000||3,450,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||16,150,000||-3,450,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:13 PM Local Time
Lehner Making a Fight of It Heads-Up
Toby Boas bet 600,000 on the flop and Stefan Lehner called.
The turn was the and Boas check-called 2,000,000.
The river was the and Boas checked. Lehner put out a bet of 4,600,000 and Boas contemplated a call. He counted out the chips and rechecked his cards before opting to fold.
|Toby Boas||30,000,000||-450,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||19,600,000||450,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:05 PM Local Time
Lehner Closes the Gap
Toby Boas bet 1,400,000 on a flop and Stefan Lehner called. The turn was the and Boas checked
Lehner bet 1,300,000 and Boas called.
Boas checked the river and Lehner bet 4,800,00. Boas quickly mucked and Lehner scooped the pot.
|Toby Boas||30,450,000||-6,350,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||19,150,000||6,350,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:56 PM Local Time
Nathan Russler Eliminated in 3rd Place ($248,298)
Nathan Russler was all in with against the of Stefan Lehner. Russler had 3,450,000 in chips behind and would need his pocket pair to hold to stay alive.
The flop was safe, but the turned the hand on its head. He couldn't find a miracle two-outer on the river and he exited in third place.
|Toby Boas||36,800,000||-2,400,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||12,800,000||5,000,000 |
|Nathan Russler||0||-2,600,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:52 PM Local Time
Lehner Doubles Through Russler
Stefan Lehner shoved blind on blind for 3,600,000 and Nathan Russler called in the big blind.
The queen-high flop gave Lehner top pair. The turn improved him to two-pair and the river saw him secure yet another double-up.
|Toby Boas||39,200,000||1,300,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||7,800,000||1,500,000 |
|Nathan Russler||2,600,000||-2,750,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:45 PM Local Time
Russler Continues to Dominate
|Toby Boas||37,900,000||4,900,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||6,300,000||-300,000 |
|Nathan Russler||5,350,000||-4,150,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:34 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Toby Boas||33,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Nathan Russler||9,500,000||-1,500,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||6,600,000||100,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:34 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:31 PM Local Time
Miracle River Saves Lehner
Stefan Lehner shoved from the small blind for 6,050,000 with and was called in the big blind by Nathan Russler with
The flop had Lehner's rail calling for the ten-nine runout which would give him a straight. The turn was the and now his rail were calling for an eight to give both players a full house.
"Eight ball," said Lehner, as the river was dealt. Russler was in disbelief as Lehner survived and three-handed play continued.
|Toby Boas||32,000,000||150,000 |
|Nathan Russler||11,000,000||3,050,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||6,500,000||-3,300,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:21 PM Local Time
Another Double for Lehner
Stefan Lehner was all in again, this time for 4,650,000 against chip leader Toby Boas.
There was a blockbuster flop as it came to give Lehner top pair and Boas a flush draw. The turn and river bricked and Lehner scored another double up.
|Toby Boas||31,850,000||-3,150,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||9,800,000||4,100,000 |
|Nathan Russler||7,950,000||-850,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:18 PM Local Time
Lehner Doubles Through Russler
With the blinds at 250,000/500,000 it didn't take long before another all-in confrontation. Stefan Lehner shoved blind on blind for 2,575,000 and Nathan Russler called in the big blind.
"What a time to wake up with jacks," commented Toby Boas.
There was a jack in the window of a and Russler missed his river gutshot as Lehner doubled through him to stay alive.
|Toby Boas||35,000,000||-800,000 |
|Nathan Russler||8,800,000||-225,000 |
|Stefan Lehner||5,700,000||875,000 |