Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:33 AM Local Time (about 13 days and 18 hours ago)
Mike Jukich Wins First Bracelet in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em ($966,577)
Mike Jukich defeated a massive field of 6,051 players to win his first bracelet in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
After 14 hours of play on Day 4, he triumphed at a final table featuring former bracelet winners Anthony Spinella and Joao Simao, before defeating Mateusz Moolhuizen heads-up to take home $966,577.
Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack Final Table Results
|1||Mike Jukich||United States||$966,577|
|3||Francis Anderson||United States||$449,912|
|5||Anthony Spinella||United States||$260,315|
|6||David Zarrin||United States||$199,995|
Before today, Jukich's biggest result was winning a WSOP ring event in Baltimore for $165,438 in 2018. After the win, the Virginia native was asked by PokerNews how he felt about winning his first-ever bracelet.
"Insane, first off I want to say hi to my fiancé Ashley Myers who's back home, and my son Ryker. I wish they could be here. It just didn't work out with how the scheduling was, I was short to start the day. I had like 14 bigs. I started off with a double and just kinda ran it from there. It's just been a wild roller coaster."
The last couple of hands were as wild as they could get.
"I mean, it was a big set-up on the turn deuce. I thought for a while about just calling but decided to just stick it in. It happened so quick, I heard his rail saying it's over, it's over, and I was like, it's not really over yet. The king hit from outer space, I don't even know how to describe that."
Jukich mentioned his family back home. What does it mean to win this for them?
"My fiancé, like I said, we're not married yet, but I promise we will be soon. She's been my rock she's been supportive through lots of ups and downs and lots of stupid decision-making with money, now hopefully I can just hang on to it and give her and my son a good life".
Day 2 Recap
The final table play started with Ricardo Caridade's ace-queen falling to Spinella's ace-king to send him out in ninth place. Jessica Teusl was next to go, losing with ace-six to Jukich's pocket sixes and exiting in eighth place.
Jukich scored another knockout when he busted Yoshiya Agata in seventh. The back and forth battle went on for a while until David Zarrin got it in against Simao but fell short and was eliminated in sixth.
Spinella, the chip leader for much of the final day, exited in fifth after he was all in with jack-ten against Francis Anderson's pocket-eights and could not win the flip.
Simao hit the rail in fourth when his pocket tens could not improve against the rockets of Moolhuizen. Soon after, Moolhuizen eliminated Anderson in third after getting it all-in and flipping with jacks against Anderson's ace-king.
A cruel hand went Jukich's way, a hand that altered the course of the tournament. Jukich moved all-in on the turn holding two pair only to discover Moolhuizen had turned full-house with his six-deuce. However, Jukich spiked a two-outer king on the river to completely turn the tables on Moolhuizen. Dutch star Moolhuizen was eliminated on the very next hand.
Congratulations to Mike Jukich, winner of Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em.
That concludes events from today's WSOP. We will be back tomorrow with all the updates from Bally's and Paris for the latest events. Stay here at PokerNews for all the action.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:03 AM Local Time (about 13 days and 19 hours ago)
Mateusz Moolhuizen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($597,362)
On the very next hand after Mike Jukich's unbelievable river hit, Mateusz Moolhuizen called from the button with .
Jukich went all-in with and was snap-called.
The flop came to give Moolhuizen an open-ended straight draw and a 51% chance to win the hand.
However, the on the turn made Jukich a 70% favorite to win his first bracelet.
The river had Jukich jump on the table and hug the dealer as Moolhuizen had to settle for second place and just under $600,000.
|Mike Jukich||325,000,000||49,000,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||0||-49,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:57 AM Local Time (about 13 days and 19 hours ago)
Jukich Hits Two-Outer All-In on the River to Take Commanding Chip Lead
Mike Jukich opened to 8,000,000 with and Mateusz Moolhuizen called from the big blind with .
The gave Moolhuizen two pair while Jukich flopped top pair, setting up the action. Jukich continued for 6,000,000 and Moolhuizen raised to 19,000,000. Jukich called.
With the pot at 58,000,000, the turn gave Moolhuizen the full house, and he continued for 20,000,000 more. Jukich would go in the tank and eventually shove. Moolhuizen snap-called and needed to fade two outs for his first bracelet.
The river brought the to stun the entire crowd and give Jukich a commanding chip lead.
|Mike Jukich||276,000,000||148,000,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||49,000,000||-148,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time (about 13 days and 19 hours ago)
Jukich Closes the Gap
Mike Jukich flatted from the small blind with and Mateusz Moolhuizen raised to 14,000,000 with .
Jukich went all-in and Moolhuizen quickly mucked.
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||197,000,000||-30,000,000 |
|Mike Jukich||128,000,000||30,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:20 AM Local Time (about 13 days and 20 hours ago)
Francis Anderson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($449,912)
Mateusz Moolhuizen opened to 6,000,000 and Francis Anderson three-bet to 20,000,000. Moolhuizen shoved and Anderson snap-called.
The flop came . The turn was a , meaning Anderson was only drawing to six outs.
None of those outs would surface as the graced the river, which sets up a heads-up match between Moolhuizen and Mike Jukich.
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||227,000,000||131,000,000 |
|Mike Jukich||98,000,000||-9,500,000 |
|Francis Anderson||0||-126,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:52 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 20 hours ago)
Anderson Gets Bluff Through to Re-Take Chip Lead
Mateusz Moolhuizen opened from the button for 6,000,000 with and Francis Anderson three-bet to 20,000,000 from the big blind. Moolhuizen opted to just call.
The flop came and Anderson continued for 12,000,000. Moolhuizen called.
The turn came the and with a little less than pot, Anderson moved all-in and Moolhuizen folded.
Anderson emphatically turned the face up as he took the chip lead.
|Francis Anderson||126,000,000||35,000,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||96,000,000||-32,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:43 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 20 hours ago)
Jukich Flops Monster, Settles for Chop
Mike Jukich opened from the button for 6,000,000 with and Mateusz Moolhuizen called from the big blind with .
The flop came , giving Jukich top pair with a straight flush draw, while Moolhuizen had a straight draw himself. The two players checked.
The turn came the , giving both players the straight, though Jukich had the redraw. Jukich bet 6,000,000 and Moolhuizen called.
The river had Moolhuizen min-bet lead for 3,000,000 into 28,500,000. Jukich called and had to settle for a chop.
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||128,000,000||7,000,000 |
|Mike Jukich||107,500,000||-5,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:31 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 20 hours ago)
Joao Simao Eliminated in 4th Place ($341,095)
Joao Simao opened to 6,000,000 from the button and Mateusz Moolhuizen three-bet to 16,000,000 from the small blind.
Following nearly five minutes and after Anderson called the clock, Simao shoved for 55,000,000 total. Moolhuizen snap-called and the Brazilian knew what he was up against.
The flop came , meaning only running straight cards could save Simao. The sealed his fate and the completed the board.
The bustout means that there will be a first-time WSOP bracelet winner.
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||121,000,000||42,100,000 |
|Joao Simao||0||-55,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:18 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Jukich Re-Takes Chip Lead from Anderson
Mike Jukich limped from the small blind with and Francis Anderson bet 10,000,000 from the big blind with . Jukich called.
Anderson outflopped Jukich on the board. Both players checked.
The turn gave Jukich a nut flush draw and he bet 5,000,000. Anderson called.
The river gave Jukich the runner-runner flush and he put 20,000,000 into the pot. Anderson folded his pair of fours and Jukich went back in the lead.
|Mike Jukich||113,000,000||19,600,000 |
|Francis Anderson||91,000,000||-18,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:13 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Anthony Spinella Eliminated in 5th Place ($260,315)
Anthony Spinella moved all in for his remaining 22,500,000 from under the gun. Francis Anderson made the call on the button and the rest of the table folded.
The board ran out giving Anderson a set of eights and eliminated Spinella in 5th place.
|Francis Anderson||109,000,000||22,500,000 |
|Anthony Spinella||0||-22,400,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:58 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Players are now on a 15-minute break.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:51 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Moolhuizen Catching Up to Chip Leaders
Francis Anderson opened for 5,000,000 from the cutoff and Mateusz Moolhuizen three-bet to 13,500,000 with from the button.
Anthony Spinella had in the small blind was visibly annoyed that he was forced to fold in a spot he would have likely shoved otherwise.
Anderson would fold ace-nine suited for the second hand in a row.
|Francis Anderson||86,500,000||-5,000,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||78,900,000||10,000,000 |
|Anthony Spinella||22,400,000||-6,200,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:51 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Jukich Four-Bet Jams
Action started when Mike Jukich opened from under the gun to 5,000,000 with . Francis Anderson was next to act and three-bet to 13,500,000 with .
It folded back to Jukich who four-bet jammed and Anderson let his hand go.
|Mike Jukich||93,400,000||19,700,000 |
|Francis Anderson||91,500,000||-8,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:45 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Moolhuizen Gets Huge Value from Rivered Flush
Mike Jukich opened for 5,000,000 from the cutoff with and Mateusz Moolhuizen defended his big blind with .
The flop was very much in Moolhuizen's favor and he called Jukich's 3,500,000 continuation bet.
The turn gave Moolhuizen an open-ended straight draw to go along with his flush draw and top pair. Both players checked.
On the river, Moolhuizen practically had the board completely covered and checked the river attempting to get value from Jukich.
His plan worked and Jukich bet 15,000,000. Moolhuizen opted to go all-in and Jukich folded.
|Mike Jukich||73,700,000||-23,500,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||68,900,000||24,700,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:36 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 21 hours ago)
Updated Chip Stacks
|Francis Anderson||100,000,000||26,200,000 |
|Mike Jukich||97,200,000||-6,400,000 |
|Joao Simao||55,000,000||3,800,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||44,200,000||-19,900,000 |
|Anthony Spinella||28,600,000||-16,900,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:18 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 22 hours ago)
David Zarrin Eliminated in 6th Place ($199,995)
David Zarrin moved all in from the button for his last 6,200,000. Joao Simao made the call from the big blind.
Zarrin got it in ahead but when the board ran out it was Simao scoring the queen on the river to eliminate Zarrin in 6th place.
|Joao Simao||51,200,000||7,400,000 |
|David Zarrin||0||-18,600,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:13 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 22 hours ago)
Jukich Miraculously Hits Runner-Runner Straight in 51 Million Chip Pot
Mike Jukich opened to 5,000,000 with from under the gun and Francis Anderson just called with from the cutoff.
The flop came and Jukich continued for 4,500,000. Anderson made the call.
The turn came the and Jukich kept telling his story to the tune of 13,000,000. Anderson flatted once more as the pot bloated to 51,200,000.
The came on the river, giving Jukich a runner-runner straight and Jukich went all-in for 52,400,000.
Anderson went into the tank for several minutes, asking aloud why Jukich would bluff when Zarrin is only on four big blinds and eventually let it go.
|Mike Jukich||103,600,000||39,900,000 |
|Francis Anderson||73,800,000||-25,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:00 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 22 hours ago)
PokerNews Podcast: Hellmuth Positive for COVID; Winner Interviews w/ Seiver, Smith & More
In the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen come to you from the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and talk about the big stories from Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. That includes Phil Hellmuth and other pros testing positive for COVID, Cory Zeidman issuing a statement regarding the federal sports betting charges he's facing, and recapping bracelet winners such as Henry Acain, who won the massive Housewarming Event.
Guests on this episode include recent bracelet winners Scott Seiver, Dan Smith, Brad Ruben, and Amnon Filippi, as well as Matt Berkey, who opens up about his successful Only Friends show.
Click here to listen to the new PN Podcast!
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 9:56 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 22 hours ago)
Joao Simao Hits Three-Outer to Double Up, Zarrin the Short Stack
David Zarrin opened from under the gun to 4,000,000 and Joao Simao moved all-in for 19,400,000 which Zarrin called.
The flop was no help for Simao but the on the turn gave the Brazilian the best hand but he still needed to dodge a heart.
The on the river denied the rest of the table a ladder of a little over $60,000 and made Zarrin the short stack.
|Joao Simao||43,800,000||20,400,000 |
|David Zarrin||18,600,000||-16,400,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 9:41 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 22 hours ago)
Anderson Turns a Set
Mateusz Moolhuizen opened from under the gun to 4,000,000 with . Francis Anderson was the only caller from the small blind with .
The flop saw both players check on a . The turn brought some action giving Francis a set and Moolhuizen the nut-flush draw. Francis lead out for 8,000,000 and Moolhuizen made the call.
The river came the slowing things down as both players checked. Anderson's set of nines took down the pot.
|Francis Anderson||99,300,000||17,000,000 |
|Mateusz Moolhuizen||64,100,000||-12,000,000 |