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

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 to Friday, June 17, 2022

Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,031,955
  • Entries: 773
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 18, 2022 12:26 AM Local Time
Steven Albini Wins Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E For $196,089 and a Second Bracelet

Steven Albini

Steven Albini has worked with some of the biggest names in music in his job as a recording engineer. Now his name is on the list of multiple World Series of Poker bracelet winners after taking down Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E for $196,089.

Albini beat a field of 773 players full of professionals and mixed game specialists. But he's not a pro himself. He owns his own recording studio in Chicago and has produced albums for the likes of Nirvana and Jimmy Page.

Poker is just a hobby for Albini, albeit one he takes seriously. "Everything in my life comes in pieces, in parts. Poker is one part of my life," he said after his win.

"So when I'm playing poker, I try to commit to it. I try to take it seriously. I try to make sure I devote the attention to it that it deserves as an occupation. But it's only part of my year. I only play tournaments at the World Series of Poker. I play cash games informally in Chicago. It's a part of my livelihood, but it's not my profession."

Albini's first bracelet came in a Seven Card Stud event in 2018. Not even he could believe that he's now topped two fields of poker's best.

"The first one felt like a fluke. This one also felt like a fluke. I was all-in a million times in this tournament," he said.

"In the Stud tournament, the bracelet that I won in 2018, I was never all-in in that tournament. I was never short of chips. But it still felt like I kind of fluked it because I beat a table full of really great players that I didn't expect to beat. This time it felt like a fluke because I was so short on chips so often, and I kept getting all in, and I kept surviving."

Event #32: H.O.R.S.E Final Table results

1Steven AlbiniUnited States$196,089 
2James MorganCanada$121,195 
3Jason DalyUnited States$85,943 
4Richard BaiUnited States$61,862 
5Kyle LomanUnited States$45,209 
6Peter BrownsteinUnited States$33,552 
7Eddy VataruUnited States$25,294 
8Tamon NakamuraJapan$19,373 

Action of The Day

It took the players under three hours today to reach the final table. Adrian Panocki (22th) did not resist too long, and he was followed by Jamie McCarrell (21st), Ziya Rahim (20th), Michael Estes (19th), Danny Chang (18th), Jason Bigelow (17th), and Steven Loube (16th).

The last two women in the tournament were then simultaneously released, with Shirley Rosario (15th) and Michelle Roth (14th) eliminated before the last two tables. Then, it was the last European player in the field, Maurizio Melara, who finished in 13th place.

Murilo Figueredo (12th), Robin Rightmire (11th), and John Fahmy (10th) fell at the gates of final table.

The final table lasted for around nine hours, but it was not that long for David Williams, as the WSOP champion finished in ninth.

Kyle Loman started this final table with the chip lead, but Albini quickly caught up with him to take the lead. Then, it was Tamon Nakamura who scored an eighth-place finish for the fourth time during this summer's series. Eddy Vataru, was the shortstack for a long time, eventually finishing in seventh place, the best result of his career. In the battle of the short stacks, Peter Brownstein did his best to end in sixth place on his fourth WSOP final table appearance.

While Albini was still cruising, Loman took fifth place for his second final table on this event, followed by Richard Bai, in fourth position. The 2019 WSOP Circuit winner busted just after the dinner break.

During this three-handed battle, Jason Daly was chip leader for a long period, but Albini never gave up and managed to come back little by little until Daly's moment in the spotlight passed once and for all.

Daly took third place for his second-best career result, while James Morgan failed to make a comeback and finished as the runner-up.

Albini was supported on the final table rail by Brandon Shack-Harris. It was Shack-Harris who gave Albini an idea that played a part in the entire final table: the golden bell.

"Brandon Shack-Harris got an ornate hotel bell that he would ding at the table when he was going to check. I thought it was really charming and he brought it here so the rail could ding when I won a pot," Albini explained.

"It got irritating to some of the other players, so I brought it to the table so anyone who wanted to could celebrate by ringing the bell."

The bell tolled for the other seven players at the final table today.

That concludes PokerNews' coverage of Event #32. Stay tuned throughout the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas for all the action.

Friday, June 17, 2022 11:53 PM Local Time
James Morgan Eliminated in 2nd Place ($121,195)

James Morgan

Stud 8 or Better

James Morgan:        
Steven Albini:        

After winning three hands in Seven Card Stud, Steven Albini just finished off his opponent in a hand Stud 8 or Better. Albini wound up making a club flush to win that tournament.

Morgan wound up finishing in second place and had to settle for $121,195 as a consolation prize.

Stay turned for a full recap of Event #32!

Steven Albini19,325,0005,000,000
James Morgan0-5,000,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:43 PM Local Time
Morgan Draws Closer

Seven Card Stud

James Morgan:   /    / 
Steven Albini:   /    / 

Steven Albini completed before James Morgan raised. Albini called, then called bets on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets.

Morgan bet out again on seventh street and Albini quickly folded.

Steven Albini14,325,000-2,800,000
James Morgan5,000,0002,800,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:41 PM Local Time
Morgan Doubles Twice


James Morgan:        
Steven Albini:        

James Morgan was all in for his last 575,000 on third street as he and Steven Albini shook hands and wished each other good luck.

Morgan wound up with 7-5-4-3-2 to win the pot and survive.

The next hand, Morgan was all in again on fifth street.

James Morgan:        
Steven Albini:        

Morgan had the best hand again, with 10-9-8-3-A and doubled up for the second consecutive hand.

Steven Albini17,125,000-1,200,000
James Morgan2,200,0001,200,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Albini on the Brink


Steven Albini:   /    / 
James Morgan:   /    / 

On fifth street, Steven Albini bet and James Morgan called. Morgan led out on sixth and Albini called.

Morgan slowed down and checked on seventh, allowing Albini to put out a bet. Morgan once again began muttering to himself before announcing a call.

"Nine low," Albini announced, turning over    .

"That's good," Morgan said as he mucked.

Steven Albini18,325,0004,725,000
James Morgan1,000,000-4,725,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:17 PM Local Time
Morgan Scoops First Big Pot of Heads-Up

Omaha 8 or Better

James Morgan limped, then called a raise from Steven Albini.

The flop came     and Albini bet. Morgan called, then both players checked the   turn.

Albini checked again on the   river and Morgan bet. Albini quickly called as Morgan showed      for a flush and a low to scoop the pot.

Steven Albini13,600,000-2,625,000
James Morgan5,725,0002,625,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:15 PM Local Time
Jason Daly Eliminated in 3rd Place ($85,943)

Jason Daly

Limit Hold'em

Steven Albini raised from the small blind before Jason Daly re-raised, leaving himself 525,000 behind.

Albini called and they got the rest of Daly's stack in the middle on the     flop.

Jason Daly:   
Steven Albini:   

Albini had flopped a pair of sevens to take the lead and stayed ahead as the board ran out   .

"He flops a pair every hand," a defeated Daly said to his rail as he made his exit in third place.

Albini and James Morgan are now preparing for the start of heads-up play.

Steven Albini16,225,0002,225,000
James Morgan3,100,000300,000
Jason Daly0-1,600,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:12 PM Local Time
Albini is Now Huge

Limit Holdem

From the small blind Steven Albini raised and Jason Daly called from the big.

Then on the     flop, Albini bet and Daly raise. Albini called to see the   turn.

Albini check-called again to see the   on the river.

Both players checked and Albini showed    for a pair of sixes, which was the winning hand.

"Ouch," said Daly after the hand.

Steven Albini14,000,0002,700,000
Jason Daly1,600,000-1,800,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:06 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:05 PM Local Time
Morgan Rockets to a Double

James Morgan

Limit Hold'em

James Morgan raised from the button and Jason Daly defended his big blind.

On the     flop, Daly checked, Morgan bet, and Daly came back with a raise. Morgan called, leaving himself 75,000 behind, and they saw the   turn.

Morgan got the rest of his chips in the middle and turned over   . Daly had    for a pair of deuces and a flush draw.

The river came the   and Daly shot back in frustration upon missing his draw as Morgan stayed alive.

Steven Albini11,300,0005,600,000
Jason Daly3,400,000-7,500,000
James Morgan2,800,000-1,000,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:02 PM Local Time
"Ok, Just a Call"

Stud 8 or Better

James Morgan:   /    / 
Steven Albini:   /    / 

It's all about Steven Albini as of late as he's winning almost every important pot.

In this hand, Albini raised and James Morgan three-bet Albini four-bet and Morgan called.

Then on fourth and fifth street, Morgan bet and each time, Albini simply uttered, "Ok, just a call."

Until sixth street when Morgan bet and Albini raised. It took two minutes for Morgan to consider the situation and he eventually fold.

Steven Albini9,700,0004,000,000
James Morgan2,100,000-1,700,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:51 PM Local Time
Albini Frustrates Morgan

Seven Card Stud

Steven Albini:   /    / 
James Morgan:   /    / 

James Morgan completed before Steven Albini raised. Morgan called and led out upon making a pair of eights on fourth.

Albini called, then called again on fifth. Both players checked on sixth and seventh.

Albini turned over    for a pair of nines and Morgan flashed    before angrily tossing his cards back to the dealer, muttering to himself as he did so.

Steven Albini5,700,0002,900,000
James Morgan3,800,000-3,200,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:47 PM Local Time
Two Pair Good For Morgan

Seven Card Stud

Steven Albini:   /    / 
James Morgan:   /    / 

On fifth street, Steven Albini bet and Morgan called, but it was Morgan who led on the sixth street. On the last street, both players checked and Morgan announced "Two Pair" with     in his hands for eights and threes.

Albini mucked and Morgan collected the pot to try to catch up to chip leader Jason Daly.

James Morgan7,000,0003,200,000
Steven Albini2,800,000-1,300,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:39 PM Local Time
Albini Fighting Back

Seven Card Stud

Steven Albini:   /   
James Morgan:   /    - folded
Jason Daly:   /    - folded

Jason Daly completed before James Morgan raised. Steven Albini re-raised and both opponents called to fourth street.

Albini bet out again as Morgan and Daly both called. On fifth street, Albini put out another bet and Daly quickly folded.

Morgan, though, spent a few minutes in the tank, spying Albini's remaining chip stack, before he too gathered his cards and tossed them back to the dealer.

Jason Daly10,900,000-1,400,000
Steven Albini4,100,000825,000
James Morgan3,800,000-3,200,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:31 PM Local Time
Albini, Again And Again


After lots of raises, Steven Albini managed to get all of his chips against Jason Daly pretty early in this hand.

Steven Albini:        
Jason Daly:        

The cards were slung put quick and there was no way to catch the rest of the cards of Daly, who immediately turned them down when he saw Albini's had made an eighty-seven.

Jason Daly12,300,000300,000
Steven Albini3,275,0002,275,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:21 PM Local Time
Albini Whittled Down, Then Survives

Limit Hold'em

Steven Albini raised and both Jason Daly and Jason Morgan called.

The flop came     and Albini continued with a bet. Daly raised, Morgan folded, and Albini called.

Daly bet again on the   turn and Albini threw his hand away.

Knocked down to less than 1,000,000, Albini raised from the button in a hand of Omaha 8 or Better, leaving himself 100,000 behind, and both players called.

He put his last chips in on the     flop and Morgan and Daly called, then checked down the    turn and river.

Albini showed      for two pair, while Daly took the low with     .

Jason Daly12,000,0005,500,000
James Morgan7,000,0000
Steven Albini1,000,000-3,000,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:13 PM Local Time
Albini Survives

Limit Hold'em

Steven Albini managed to bet most of his chips before the flop and was facing off against Jason Daly.

The flop came     and Albini pushed the rest of it in with his   . Daly called and showed the   .

The turn was the   and the river the   giving Albini the double.

On the very next hand, Albini raised from the small blind and was call edin the big blind by Daly.

The flop came    , Daly called a bet, and then folded on the   turn after a second barrel from Albini.

Jason Daly6,500,000-4,300,000
Steven Albini4,000,0002,375,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:07 PM Local Time
Richard Bai Eliminated in 4th Place ($61,862)

Richard Bai

Limit Hold'em

On the first hand back from dinner break, Richard Bai raised from under the gun before James Morgan reraised. Bai called to see the     flop.

Bai check-called a bet and went all in for his last 650,000 on the   turn. Morgan called with    and was ahead of Bai's   .

The river came the   and Morgan won the pot with his king-kicker to eliminate Bai in fourth place.

James Morgan7,000,0001,700,000
Richard Bai0-1,625,000
Friday, June 17, 2022 10:01 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 17, 2022 9:05 PM Local Time
Chip Count Dinner Break
Jason Daly10,800,000300,000
James Morgan5,300,000-1,500,000
Steven Albini1,625,00025,000
Richard Bai1,625,000500,000
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