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

Thursday, June 16, 2022 to Saturday, June 18, 2022

Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,368,290
  • Entries: 1,774
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 19, 2022 1:53 AM Local Time (about 56 days and 11 hours ago)
Justin Pechie Wins Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $364,899 and Second Bracelet

Justin Pechie

An action-packed Day 3 of the 2022 World Series of Poker Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em has come to an end with Justin Pechie taking home his second WSOP bracelet.

A total of 1,774 players started the tournament creating a total prize pool of $2,368,290, and there were just ten remaining at the start of Day 3 to battle it out for the lion's share of the prize money and the coveted gold bracelet.

Pechie was the chosen one that the stars and cards aligned for to take home the top prize of $364,899. He also added a second gold bracelet to his collection, with his first one being from 2011 in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Event # 34: $1,500 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Justin PechieUnited States$365,899
2Samuel BifarellaFrance$225,506
3Maxime ParysFrance$164,469
4Kenny RobbinsUnited States$121,224
5Steve ZolotowUnited States$90,306
6David DibernardiUnited States$68,002
7Michel LeibgorinFrance$51,766
8Jeremy WienUnited States$39,843
9Dwayne SullivanUnited States$31,009

Winner's Reaction

Justin Pechie
Justin Pechie

When talking to PokerNews about how his win felt, Pechie said, "I haven't really processed it. I never really looked at the amounts or payouts; I just came in and played how I felt I should play, and now it's kind of sinking in."

Pechie started the third day in chips but steadily climbed to the top. He was hovering around second in chips for most of the day before taking the lead shortly after Level 34 with five players remaining. He was then back and forth with France's Maxime Parys throughout the next two levels before he caught a double up off Parys and had nearly three-quarters of the chips in play for a dominating lead that carried him to victory.

Final Day Recap

Ten players started the final day with Orson Young getting eliminated shortly after play began in Level 28, but there was not another one until two hours later when a double elimination occurred, and Pechie took out Dwayne Sullivan and former bracelet winner, Jeremy Wien.

The next elimination was France's Michel Leibgorin who was taken out by David Dibernardi. The French brigade was out in full force at the rail, cheering on the three players from France who were sitting at the final table and with one down, they only had two left.

Steve Zolotow
Steve Zolotow

Dibernardi chipped up from taking out Leibgorin was it was short lived and he was the next one out. Soon after, fan favourite and poker legend Steve Zolotow fell victim to Pechie and received applause as he left the table.

Kenny Robbins was the next to go, and then there were three. Pechie versus the two Frenchman, and he did not back down, getting a huge dent out of the stack of Maxime Parys and acquiring 70% of the chips in play.

Parys was knocked out by fellow Frenchman, Samuel Bifarella, which took it down to the final two.

Pechie and Bifarella then battled back and forth, with Pechie never really relinquishing his enormous chip lead. It all ended when Bifarella, with king-deuce, was all in on the flop and Pechie snap-called with five-six for two pair. Bifarella had 19 outs to hit on the river but missed them all, ending the long 3-day battle to be crowned champion.

This concludes PokerNews' coverage of the event, but there is still plenty more to come from the 2022 WSOP, so be sure to keep it locked in.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:55 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Samuel Bifarella Eliminated in 2nd Place ($225,506)

Samuel Bifarella

Justin Pechie called from the button and Samuel Bifarella checked.

The flop came     and Pechie bet 1,300,000 into the 1,800,000 pot. Bifarella shoved all in and Pechie snap-called.

Samuel Bifarella:   
Justin Pechie:   

Pechie flopped top two while Bifarella had the king-high flush draw in addition to a gutshot straight draw.

Bifarella picked up even more outs on the   turn, giving the Frenchman 19 outs to hit on the river.

The river brought the  , eliminating Bifarella and giving Pechie the gold bracelet.

Justin Pechie43,225,00010,525,000
Samuel Bifarella0-11,525,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:42 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Bifarella on the Comeback Trail

Samuel Bifarella called on the button with    and Justin Pechie checked his   .

The flop came     and despite both players getting a piece, they both tapped the table.

On the   turn, Pechie bet 700,000, which was quickly called.

The river brought the   and Pechie checked over to the Frenchman, who put out a bet of 2,200,000.

Unfortunately for Bifarella, Pechie made a key laydown.

Justin Pechie32,700,000-1,900,000
Samuel Bifarella11,525,0001,900,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:37 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Pechie Takes Another one

Justin Pechie called to see the flop with    and Samuel Bifarella checked his option on the big blind with   .

The flop came down     and Bifarella check-raised Pechie's 600,000 bet to 2,050,000 which sent Pechie into the tank. Pechie then decided to move all in and Bifarella tossed his cards straight into the muck.

Justin Pechie34,600,0001,400,000
Samuel Bifarella9,625,000-1,400,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:35 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:31 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Bifarella Makes Well-Timed Laydown

Justin Pechie called his    and Samuel Bifarella checked his   .

On the     and Pechie continued for 725,000. Bifarella called with top pair.

Pechie turned two pair with the   and fired again, this time for 2,400,000. Bifarella called once again.

The   on the river gave Pechie a full house while solving kicker problems for Bifarella. Pechie opted to put Bifarella all-in, effectively an 11,000,000 bet into a 8,075,000 chip pot.

Bifarella would go into the tank for several minutes before correctly clicking the fold button.

Justin Pechie33,200,0005,325,000
Samuel Bifarella11,025,000-5,325,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:25 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Bifarella Closes the Gap, Doesn't Get Paid with Trips

Justin Pechie called with    and Samuel Bifarella checked with   .

The flop came     giving Bifarella trip twos against Pechie's top pair. Pechie bet 500,000 and Bifarella called.

On the   turn, both players would see a free card.

On the   river, Bifarella put out a bet of 1,700,000 but Pechie would put his cards into the muck.

Justin Pechie27,875,000-2,700,000
Samuel Bifarella16,350,0002,700,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:19 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 13 hours ago)
Bifarella Outkicks Pechie

Samuel Bifarella called with    and Justin Pechie checked.

The flop came     and both players tapped the table. Both players checked the   turn as well.

On the   river, Pechie put out a bet of 2,000,000 and Bifarella swiftly called with the better kicker.

Justin Pechie30,575,000-2,600,000
Samuel Bifarella13,650,0002,600,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:13 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Pechie Has Three-to-One Advantage Following Turned Straight

Samuel Bifarella called with    and Justin Pechie checked with   .

The flop came     and Bifarella took a stab for 500,000. Pechie called with his straight call.

The   gave Pechie the straight and both players checked.

On the   river, Pechie bet 650,000 and, with the nut low, Bifarella folded.

Pechie has been running pure early on in heads-up play and has won each and every pot so far.

Justin Pechie33,175,0002,000,000
Samuel Bifarella11,050,000-2,000,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:07 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Break Over

The bracelet is now on the table and the two players are playing heads up.

Justin Pechie is looking for his second WSOP bracelet while Bifarella is hoping to win it in his very first WSOP cash.

Justin Pechie31,175,0000
Samuel Bifarella13,050,0000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:55 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)

With 22 minutes left in the level, the two remaining players are taking a break in order to prepare for heads-up play.

The players will come back with the bracelet on the table.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:50 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Maxime Parys Eliminated in 3rd Place ($164,469)

Maxime Parys

On the button, Maxime Parys moved all in for 3,00,000 and Samuel Bifarella went over the top all in for 9,050,000. Justin Pechie folded    and then the two Frenchmen were left to battle it out.

Maxime Parys:   
Samuel Bifarella:   

The board ran out       and Parys was ahead until the case king hit on the river and sent him to the rail, finishing third in the tournament.

Justin Pechie31,175,000-1,000,000
Samuel Bifarella13,050,0004,000,000
Maxime Parys0-3,000,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:42 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Pechie Opts Against Calling Off with Sixes vs. Bifarella's Suited King-Jack

Second-placed Samuel Bifarella moved all in for 9,050,000 and chip leader Justin Pechie went into the tank for nearly four minutes.

Maxime Parys anxiously awaited Pechie's decision, one that could have given him a ladder of over $61,000 if Pechie won.

Eventually, Pechie tossed his cards into the muck.

Justin Pechie32,175,0003,500,000
Samuel Bifarella9,050,000-3,250,000
Maxime Parys3,000,000-1,250,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:40 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Parys Stays Alive With a Double Up

Maxime Parys

Justin Pechie raised to 1,000,000 on the button and Maxime Parys jammed the rest of his chips in to try for the double up after a monster loss to Pechie just a few hands earlier.

Justin Pechie:   
Maxime Parys:   

The flop ran out     giving both top pair but the   turn and   river did not help Pechie for a second pair or a chop and Parys got his double up.

Justin Pechie28,675,000-1,625,000
Maxime Parys4,250,0002,625,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:28 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Pechie Doubles Up to Over 30 Million, Parys on Fumes

Justin Pechie

Justin Pechie called from the small blind and Maxime Parys checked.

The flop came     and Pechie bet 650,000. Parys raised to 2,000,000 and Pechie called.

With 5,500,000 in the middle, the turn came the   and Pechie checked it over to Parys after about 30 seconds. Parys bet 3,000,000 and Pechie shoved for his remaining 12,400,000. Parys puffed out his cheeks upon the all-in and eventually called, leaving just 1,625,000 behind.

Justin Pechie:   
Maxime Parys:   

Pechie had the nut straight against Parys' flopped two pair.

With 30,300,000 in the pot and Parys drawing to just four outs, the all-important river came the   to give Pechie a massive chip lead.

Parys, meanwhile, was left with just a little over three blinds.

Justin Pechie30,300,00011,950,000
Samuel Bifarella12,300,0003,250,000
Maxime Parys1,625,000-14,000,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:16 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 14 hours ago)
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:11 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 15 hours ago)
Parys Back in the Chip Lead

Justin Pechie opened for 900,000 from the button with    and Maxime Parys three-bet from the small blind to 3,200,000 with   .

Pechie folded and Parys went back into the lead.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:09 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 15 hours ago)
Kenny Robbins Eliminated in 4th Place ($121,224)

Kenny Robbins

Kenny Robbins raised all in from the small blind for 1,650,000 and got an instant call from Maxime Parys in the big blind.

Kenny Robbins:   
Maxime Parys:   

Robbins flopped a gutshot straight draw with the     flop. The   turn was not the card he was hoping for and neither was the   that came on the river, which gave Parys top pair and the win and sent him out of the tournament in fourth place.

Maxime Parys15,625,0001,250,000
Kenny Robbins0-2,450,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:52 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 15 hours ago)
Parys Takes Down Another Pot

Samuel Bifarella opened from the cutoff with    for 900,000 and Justin Pechie called from the button with   . Maxime Parys also called with his    from the big blind.

The flop came     giving Parys the lead. Everyone checked.

The   turn gave Bifarella a straight draw. Parys bet his top pair to the tune of 1.025,000. Both players folded and Parys further cut into Pechie's advantage.

Justin Pechie18,350,000-900,000
Maxime Parys14,375,0002,000,000
Samuel Bifarella9,050,000-900,000
Kenny Robbins2,450,000-200,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:46 PM Local Time (about 56 days and 15 hours ago)
Steve Zolotow Eliminated in 5th Place ($90,306)

Steve Zolotow

Steve Zolotow moved all- n from the small blind for his final 3,150,000 chips and Justin Pechie called.

Steve Zolotow:   
Justin Pechie:   

The flop came     to give Pechie a huge advantage.

Zolotow put his jacket on when the   appeared on the turn.

The   eliminated the legendary Zolotow and extended Pechie's chip lead.

Justin Pechie19,250,0003,950,000
Maxime Parys12,375,0000
Samuel Bifarella9,950,000800,000
Kenny Robbins2,650,000-800,000
Steve Zolotow0-3,950,000