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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 #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $628,785
  • Entries: 471
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:45 PM Local Time
Ali Eslami Takes Down Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $135,260 and Maiden WSOP Bracelet

Ali Eslami

After three days of play, Ali Eslami claimed victory in the 2022 World Series of Poker Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $135,260 and his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.

The event drew 471 entries and generated a prize pool of $628,785. Just 71 of those players made the money, and when all was said and done, Eslami took the biggest slice.

He overcame Chris Papastratis in heads-up play to secure the win inside Bally's Event Center. Papastratis, who just had $11,399 in recorded tournament earnings, took home his largest ever payday - cashing for $83,598.

Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results

1Ali EslamiUnited States$135,260
2Chris PapastratisUnited States$83,598
3Jeff MadsenUnited States$58,537
4Scott LakeUnited States$41,693
5Thomas TaylorCanada$30,215
6Kenny HsiungUnited States$22,287
7John HolleyUnited States$16,737
8David ArganianUnited States$12,801

Winner's Reaction

Ali Eslami
Ali Eslami and his rail

Eslami, who had just booked his first tournament win in over ten years, was buoyed by the experience.

"I'm feeling great actually, especially as I haven't been playing poker for six years or something, so to come back and get the win is great," he told PokerNews.

However, there was no time to waste for Eslami, who was already planning his next bracelet hunt.

"I don't know how late they're playing in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud 8 or better, but that started today. So I feel like I should go play, right? I mean, that's the championship event. Isn't this kind of like a qualifier today?" he said.

Eslami did indeed run off to play in that event after the interview. Before he left, Eslami gave a tribute to a friend who had recently departed and dedicated the win to him.

"I want to dedicate this to Chad Brown, who passed away from cancer. Many poker players knew him. He was a legend, and it [Stud] was one of his favorite games, too. We were very good friends, and we talked a lot about the game too. So this one goes out to Chad."

Final Day Recap

Seven Card Stud
Seven Card Stud

The day started with 15 players but that number was quickly slashed down to nine. Early exits in the day included Kirill Tsyngalev, Pearce Arnold, Brian Scholl, Chad Campbell, Teemu Kangasvieri and Jon Kyte.

John Bunch fell next and his elimination marked the start of the official final table. Kenny Hsiung ousted Bunch with two pair after the former failed to hit his full house and flush outs.

Short stack David Arganian was the first final table casualty. He could not make a low for half the pot with Jeff Madsen's sevens up remaining best.

One of the most talkative players at the table, John Holley, had entertained many throughout the last few days with his table chat, but he lost his voice after being despatched by Eslami and Thomas Taylor.

Hsiung, who had consistently been one of the bigger stacks, suffered the baddest beat of the day. He had trip aces on fifth street and ended up with an ace-high flush by seventh street. Eslami had other ideas and ended up catching running fives to make a full house to send the one-time WSOP bracelet winner out in sixth place.

Taylor quickly followed him out of the door to set up four-handed play. Then following the elimination of Scott Lake, the final three players took their positions.

The three finalists, Eslami, Papastratis and Jeff Madsen exchanged the chip lead several times before Madsen hit the rail. He could not beat Papastratis' two pair or Eslami's low to survive.

Heads-up play lasted for just under an hour, and in that time it was all Eslami. Papastratis failed to find any momentum against his nemesis. The last hand of the day saw Papastratis make aces up, but Eslami had already made a wheel on fifth street and held to see out the tournament.

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 11:20 PM Local Time
Chris Papastratis Eliminated in 2nd Place ($83,598)

Chris Papastratis

Chris Papastratis:   /    / 
Ali Eslami:   /    / 

Chris Papastratis completed and was called by Ali Eslami.

Papastartis check-called bets on fourth and fifth street before he ended up getting his whole stack in the middle on sixth street.

Papastratis saw he was drawing dead as Eslami had already made a wheel. The final cards were dealt and Papastratis congratulated Eslami on his victory.

Well done to Eslami, who has won his first-ever WSOP bracelet. Final Day recap to follow up shortly.

Ali Eslami11,775,0001,775,000
Chris Papastratis0-2,775,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:15 PM Local Time
Eslami Hits 10 Million
Ali Eslami10,000,0001,000,000
Chris Papastratis2,775,0000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:03 PM Local Time
Eslami Edging Closer to Victory

Ali Eslami has raked in several consecutive pots on fourth and fifth street with Chris Papastratis unable to battle back so far.

Ali Eslami9,000,000800,000
Chris Papastratis2,775,000-800,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:55 PM Local Time
Eslami Extending Lead
Ali Eslami8,200,000600,000
Chris Papastratis3,575,000-600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:53 PM Local Time
Eslami Widens Gap

Ali Eslami:   /   
Chris Papastratis:   /   

Chris Papastratis completed and then called the raise from Ali Eslami.

Papastratis check-called a bet on fourth street bet then folded on fifth street after he faced a bet.

Ali Eslami7,600,000550,000
Chris Papastratis4,175,000-550,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:45 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 50,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:38 PM Local Time
Jeff Madsen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($58,537)

Jeff Madsen

Jeff Madsen:    /    
Ali Eslami:    /    
Chris Papastratis:    /    

Chris Papastratis started off with a call before Jeff Madsen completed. Ali Eslami called and so did Papastratis.

Madsen bet on fourth street and bpth opponents called.

On fifth street, Madsen moved all-in for 320,000 and was called again by the two active players.

Action checked down on sixth and seventh street and the players tabled their cards.

Madsen had a pair of aces, with no low. However, Papstratis had two pair and Eslami made seven-six low, which confirmed Madsen's exit.

Ali Eslami7,050,0001,550,000
Chris Papastratis4,725,0001,050,000
Jeff Madsen0-2,600,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:20 PM Local Time
Eslami Scoops Three-Way Pot

Ali Eslami

Ali Eslami just climbed to the top of the chip counts following a three way pot.

He scooped up all the chips after his two pair, aces and sixes, was ruled best. Neither Jeff Madsen or Chris Papastratis made a low.

Ali Eslami5,500,0003,200,000
Chris Papastratis3,675,000-2,200,000
Jeff Madsen2,600,000-2,000,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:06 PM Local Time
Papastratis Scoops

Chris Papastratis

Chris Papastratis:    /    
Ali Eslami:    /    

Ali Eslami completed and only Chris Papastratis called.

Papastratis check-called bets on fourth and fifth street before raising on fifth, after Eslami bet. The latter called.

On the river, Eslami check-called a bet and mucked when Papastratis rolled over his six-high straight.

Chris Papastratis5,875,0003,300,000
Jeff Madsen4,600,000100,000
Ali Eslami2,300,000-2,400,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:58 PM Local Time
Madsen Folds Out Eslami

Jeff Madsen:   /    
Ali Eslami:   /    

Jeff Madsen completed before Ali Eslmai raised from the bring in. Madsen called.

Eslami then called bets on fourth and fifth street before deciding to give his cards up on sixth.

Ali Eslami4,700,000-750,000
Jeff Madsen4,500,000900,000
Chris Papastratis2,575,000-150,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:49 PM Local Time
Updated Stacks
Ali Eslami5,450,00050,000
Jeff Madsen3,600,000225,000
Chris Papastratis2,725,000-375,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:45 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 50,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:33 PM Local Time
Eslami Extends Lead

Chris Papastratis:   /    
Ali Eslami:   /    

Chris Papastratis completed from the bring in before calling the raise from Ali Eslami.

Papastratis called bets on fourth and fifth street before deciding to let his hand go.

"That was a nice starting hand, but it failed to develop," said Papastratis.

Ali Eslami5,400,000975,000
Jeff Madsen3,375,000-625,000
Chris Papastratis3,100,000-250,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:33 PM Local Time
Hellmuth Controversy: Poker Brat's Chips Swiped on Break
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Controversy struck the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #38: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship when Phil Hellmuth went on break only to discover his chips had been swiped by defending champion Farzad Bonyadi, who wasn't at-fault in the incident.

On break, as the tournament dwindled down to 21 players, the staff broke the fourth table, leaving just three remaining tables. When the "Poker Brat" returned, he noticed his chips were gone and that they had somehow ended up in Bonyadi's possession.

Immediately after the situation arose, the WSOP staff approached the table to investigate. There was no doubt that Hellmuth had a stack in play before leaving the table, but it wasn't clear the exact size of his stack. The surveillance camera was reviewed to determine the size of Hellmuth's stack, which the 16-time bracelet winner estimated was more than 130,000.

While the investigation occurred, PokerNews spoke with Hellmuth to hear his side of the story.

Click here to read the entire story!

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:24 PM Local Time
Eslami's Turn to Lead

Jeff Madsen:   /    
Ali Eslami:   /    

Ali Eslami completed before Jeff Madsen raised. Eslami called and then bet on fourth street. Madsen called,

The same action repeated on fifth street.

On sixth street, Madsen mucked after he faced another bet.

Ali Eslami4,425,000225,000
Jeff Madsen4,000,000-600,000
Chris Papastratis3,350,000375,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:12 PM Local Time
Updated Stacks
Jeff Madsen4,600,000540,000
Ali Eslami4,200,000235,000
Chris Papastratis2,975,000-775,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:06 PM Local Time
Eslami Takes From Papastratis

Chris Papastratis:    /    
Ali Eslami:    /    

Ali Eslami took a decent chunk out of Chris Papastratis the hand previous and was looking to do the same again.

Eslami completed and Papastratis called. Eslammi check-called a bet on fourth street before he check-raised on fifth street.

Papastratis called the raise and then called a bet on sixth street before action checked through on the river.

Eslami tabled his kings up and he took in another pot.

Jeff Madsen4,060,000-660,000
Ali Eslami3,965,0001,525,000
Chris Papastratis3,750,000-1,450,000
Saturday, June 18, 2022 8:55 PM Local Time
Chop Pots A Plenty

There has been very little chip change since play has resumed.

No player has yet to scoop a whole pot.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 8:48 PM Local Time
Updated Counts
Chris Papastratis5,200,000-225,000
Jeff Madsen4,720,000-130,000
Ali Eslami2,440,000940,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander