Tuesday, June 14, 2022 3:10 AM Local Time
Rob Wazwaz Ships Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack For $358,346
Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack has come to a close. After two days of tournament poker 4,062 entrants were whittled down to just one, with Rajaee Wazwaz taking down the tournament and his first World Series of Poker bracelet for $358,346.
He told PokerNews that his name is actually Rob Wazwaz, but there was an error with his name at some point when signing up for tournaments with his card. Either way, he has just won his first bracelet.
The $2,859,648 prizepool ensured the final four players earned over $100,000 each. They entered the day with 240 remaining, and they played down from 1:00 p.m. local time to crown a champion at 02:30 a.m. the following day, over 13 hours later.
Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table Results
|1||Rajaee "Rob" Wazwaz||United States||$358,346|
|2||Robert Crow||United States||$221,399|
|3||Terence Reid||United States||$166,011|
|4||Sean Legendre||United States||$125,371|
Notable faces were in the field today and many ran deep, Dean Hutchison (15th), Ryan Phan (53rd), Melanie Weisner (101st )and Adam Levy (108th).
The unofficial final table table started with Italian Fabrizio Petroni hero calling versus Terence Reid and being wrong.
The official final table started with Liran Betito busting as the short stack against Wazwaz, running into aces.
Next was Sebastien Clot, the French player getting unfortunate to lose his all-in with his ace-king against Maxime Duhamel's queen-jack.
Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer fell short of winning his second bracelet, after taking down the 2019 ''The Closer'' event for over $500,000. The Indian player took his exit with class, when he had to get his ace-six in against five-four and it couldn't hold.
Duhamel had one of the bigger rails of the final table and busted when he ran his pocket fours into Sean Legendre's tens. Dov Markowich, who went from chip leader to last in chips, then back up to the top, before ultimately getting short again, busted in fifth place. His king-queen couldn't get there against the ace-seven of Wazwaz.
Heads-up was thick and fast as players were so short stacked, like much of the final table. Originally, Robert Crow had the chip lead. He was hoping to lock up the event as it was his first tournament in five or six years and had only played smaller events in the past. He played this purely to tick it off his bucket list. He was all in for the win with king-six but couldn't get there against Wazwaz's pocket queens. The stacks flipped at that point, and momentum went the way of Wazwaz.
The final hand of the day came when Crow shoved all-in on the river with king-high, and Wazwaz sniffed out his bluff to capture his first bracelet. Still, the Seattle Seahawks fan Crow still has quite the story to go home with, not to mention $221,399.
Speaking to Wazwaz afterward, he shared his story, how it felt and what it was like having his buddies rail him all night. ''It was my third final table, but first since a long time. Back then, I wasn't as experienced, I didn't play them right when I got deep. But I've come a long way, and my dream was to come out here and win a bracelet''.
Wazwaz told PokerNews, ''I ran so pure, so pure, like my whole life of playing tournaments, this was the purest tournament I've ever ran in my entire life''.
A humble but elated Wazwaz also had a lot of good to say about his fellow final tablists, ''They were all great players, it was a very tough match, very tough. I'm just so proud of myself for winning. My wife will be happy, and I really appreciate my rail being here. My rail was amazing''.
Wazwaz, the Minnesotan native, goes back to his wife and five children with the bracelet. The entrepreneur says poker is just his side hobby and he's been playing a long, long time. When asked about his plans to play more events he told PokerNews ''I was going to come and go for two final tables, but now I'm coming back for two bracelets!''. Fighting talk from Wazwaz, who will come back to Vegas once he's seen his family to search for more glory and gold in the 2022 World Series of Poker.
That concludes the coverage of Event #25, but be sure to stay with at PokerNews for updates from all other events tomorrow and throughout the series live from Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 2:45 AM Local Time
Robert Crow Eliminated in 2nd Place ($221,399)
Robert Crow raised it to 10,000,000 from the button and Rajaee Wazwaz called to see a flop.
was check-called by Wazwaz for 10,000,000 before both players checked a on the turn. The river completed the board and Crow announced all-in for 34,000,000. Wazwaz took a good minute to think about the situation, before tossing a chip in the middle.
"Good call", said Crow before showing for nothing. Rajaee Wazwaz exults, he made the call with for just a pair of Six, and it was enough to win the tournament and his first bracelet.
|Rajaee Wazwaz||162,480,000||52,480,000 |
|Robert Crow||0||-50,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 2:27 AM Local Time
Level 45 started
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 2:24 AM Local Time
Terence Reid Eliminated in 3rd Place ($166,011)
With only 13,300,000 chips, Rajaee Wazwaz moved all-in from the button, Robert Crow folded his small blind and Terence Reid called all-in for his last 9,000,000 or so.
Cards were on their backs.
The board ran out to give Wazwaz the win, eliminating Reid in third.
|Rajaee Wazwaz||23,000,000||9,000,000 |
|Terence Reid||0||-55,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 2:21 AM Local Time
Sean Legendre Eliminated in 4th Place ($125,371)
It was a long battle with four warriors, but one of them finally had to give it up.
Sean Legendre went all-in for his last 22,000,000 chips. Robert Crow, who just won a big coin flip to double up against Terence Reid with ace-Jack on the hand right before, did not hesitate for long before calling with the same hand.
The board came and after almost three levels, there was finally another elimination.
|Robert Crow||135,000,000||83,000,000 |
|Sean Legendre||0||-33,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:56 AM Local Time
Chip Counts As We Move Into Level 44
|Robert Crow||52,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Rajaee Wazwaz||36,000,000||-10,000,000 |
|Terence Reid||35,000,000||-9,900,000 |
|Sean Legendre||33,000,000||11,400,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:51 AM Local Time
Level 44 started
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:36 AM Local Time
Big Hand As Crow Takes Chip Lead With Kings
Rajaee Wazwaz jammed the button and Robert Crow called all-in from the small blind. Legendre folded the big blind and cards were on their backs.
The board ensured a double for Crow.
|Robert Crow||50,000,000||0 |
|Rajaee Wazwaz||46,000,000||0 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:15 AM Local Time
Level 43 started
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:10 AM Local Time
The Remaining Four Players Are On a 15 Minute Break
Blinds will increase to 1,500,000 / 3,000,000 at the next level.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:54 AM Local Time
Dov Markowich Eliminated in 5th Place ($95,363)
After raising to 6,000,000 under-the-gun, Rajaee Wazwaz called Dov Markowich's all-in from the big blind for 6,000,000 more.
The board ran out to give Wazwaz the win, eliminating Markowich and propelling himself to the top of the leaderboard.
|Rajaee Wazwaz||47,000,000||17,000,000 |
|Dov Markowich||0||-18,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:32 AM Local Time
Maxime Duhamel Eliminated in 6th Place ($73,064)
Maxime Duhamel shoved under-the-gun for 17,000,000, and Sean Legendre re-shoved all-in; everyone else folded and Legendre had Duhamel crused.
On the , Legendre held to eliminate Duhamel in 6th position.
|Sean Legendre||45,000,000||26,500,000 |
|Maxime Duhamel||0||-18,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:16 AM Local Time
Abhinav Iyer Eliminated in 7th Place ($56,388)
Abhinav Iyer had only 3,900,000 when he shoved from the small blind. In the big blind, Rajaee Wazwaz found a call.
The board came , giving a pair for both players, before someone called for a "four" from the rail.
The dealer actually brought a on the turn, then a on the river, and WSOP champion Abhinav Iyer was eliminated.
|Rajaee Wazwaz||30,000,000||4,000,000 |
|Abhinav Iyer||0||-7,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:07 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts Seven Handed
|Terence Reid||52,000,000||-8,000,000 |
|Rajaee Wazwaz||26,000,000||-4,000,000 |
|Robert Crow||20,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Sean Legendre||18,500,000||8,500,000 |
|Maxime Duhamel||18,000,000||-2,000,000 |
|Dov Markowich||18,000,000||13,600,000 |
|Abhinav Iyer||7,500,000||-6,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:05 AM Local Time
Level 41 started
Monday, June 13, 2022 11:58 PM Local Time
Sebastien Clot Eliminated in 8th Place ($43,839)
After Maxime Duhamel shoved all-in from the cutoff, Sebastien Clot jammed the small blind and Terance Reid folded his big blind. Clot was at risk with approximately 6,000,000 chips.
The board was gin for Duhamel, who flopped trips and held on the run out, eliminating Clot in eighth.
|Sebastien Clot||0||-16,000,000 |
Monday, June 13, 2022 11:38 PM Local Time
Liran Betito Eliminated in 9th Place ($34,336)
From the cutoff, Liran Betito announced all-in for about 9,000,000. In the small blind, Rajaee Wazwaz asked for a count, before calling.
The board came and Wazwaz dodged trouble to eliminate Liran Betito
|Rajaee Wazwaz||30,000,000||8,000,000 |
|Liran Betito||0||-5,000,000 |
Monday, June 13, 2022 11:34 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Monday, June 13, 2022 11:32 PM Local Time
Fabrizio Petroni Eliminated in 10th Place ($27,094)
Fabrizio Petroni just made one of the hero class of the tournament.
After a 3,000,000 open from small blind by Terence Reid into Fabrizio Petroni's big blind, Petroni made the call.
On the flop, Reid continued for 1,900,000 chips. Petroni called.
The turn fell and Reid bet 4,600,000. Again Petroni called.
When the river came the Reid jammed all-in covering Petroni.
After a few minutes Petroni made the call and Reid showed for two pair against Petroni's pair of tens. Petroni finishes in 10th place.
|Terence Reid||60,000,000||31,400,000 |
|Fabrizio Petroni||0||-19,500,000 |
Monday, June 13, 2022 10:55 PM Local Time
Updated Counts 10-Handed On Break
|Terence Reid||28,600,000||600,000 |
|Rajaee Wazwaz||22,000,000||9,500,000 |
|Maxime Duhamel||20,000,000||0 |
|Fabrizio Petroni||19,500,000||-1,500,000 |
|Robert Crow||19,000,000||-3,000,000 |
|Sebastien Clot||16,000,000||7,800,000 |
|Abhinav Iyer||14,000,000||4,000,000 |
|Sean Legendre||10,000,000||-6,200,000 |
|Liran Betito||5,000,000||-1,700,000 |
|Dov Markowich||4,400,000||-2,600,000 |