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

Friday, June 17, 2022 to Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $10,627,935
  • Entries: 7,961
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 9:34 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 10 hours ago)
Yuliyan Kolev Wins 2022 WSOP Millionaire Maker For 2nd Career Bracelet

Yuliyan Kolev

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas has crowned a new champion as Bulgarian Yuliyan Kolev has won his second bracelet as he was the last player standing in Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em. This is the second consecutive year Kolev has won a bracelet as just seven months ago the Bulgarian won his first in online Event #9: $777 Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold'em for $146,163.

That figure is dwarfed by winning this event, both in prestige and in prize money as Kolev has won the grand prize of $1,125,141 and his first live WSOP bracelet. Kolev beat a field full of bracelet winners as he outmaneuvered the 7,961 entrants over five days to claim the bulk of the $10,627,935 prize pool. It was not without adversity as in the final two tables Kolev lost a huge flip with ace-king against Raul Martinez's pocket sevens to go down to a single 25,000 chip with the big blind at 500,000. He managed to win with that chip to go back into contention before coolering Linus Richter with pocket eights vs Richter's pocket jacks.

Kolev was cheered on by a big rail, all of who were donning upside-down KFC buckets as hats in honor of a popular Bulgarian music artist.

Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1stYuliyan KolevBulgaria$1,125,141
2ndOren RosenIsrael$695,390
3rdTyler GastonUnited States$522,705
4thYita ChoongAustralia$395,545
5thDominic BrazierUnited States$301,346
6thStanley WengUnited States$231,145
7thAlen TenorioBrazil$178,515
8thBastien JolyFrance$138,821
9thNick MarchingtonUnited Kingdom$108,704
10thRaul MartinezSpain$85,718

Many notables were in the field with Robert Mizrachi chasing his fifth bracelet. However Mizrachi was eliminated near the end of Day 3 in 27th place. Another bracelet winner, James Calderaro, was also eliminated near the end of Day 3 in 26th Place.

Kolev came into Day 5 second in chips with 49 big blinds and managed to secure the win with fairly smooth sailing as the Bulgarian was never all in and at risk.

Winner's Reaction

PokerNews asked about his win coming from a chip and a chair after losing the big pot against Martinez and Kolev said

"It was quite funny because I knew I'm not out of the tournament but I can't do anything with that stack (less than one big blind). I was thinking, let's observe what's going on at the other table so I folded two hands before the big blind hit me. Then I went all in from under the gun and won and then won the hand in the big blind then everything started from there."

When asked about winning his second WSOP bracelet and first live bracelet Kolev said.

"The feeling is much stronger because all of your friends are here. The pressure is much more."

When asked whether the strong rail presence helped his performance, Kolev said, "It makes me feel really really calm. It's really important for my friends to be around me when I got really far (in the tournament)."

Kolev also said he'll be playing more of the 2022 WSOP looking for a third bracelet.

Yuliyan Kolev Celebrates with Rail
Yuliyan Kolev Celebrates with Rail

Recap of the Day

The day started with Tyler Gaston putting the pressure on the rest of the table, but the first elimination could be credited to Kolev when Dominic Brazier shoved with queen-seven offsuit preflop for less than 10 big blinds into Kolev who called with jack-eight and hit two pair on the river, eliminating the American in fifth place for over $300,000.

His next victim was Yita Choong who called for his tournament's life with his pocket sevens and faced queen-four offsuit for Kolev. The Bulgarian player hit a queen on the turn and Choong was out in fourth place for nearly $400,000.

Gaston, the chip leader at the beginning of the day, was knocked out next. He held jack-ten and called in the big blind a raise from Oren Rosen who held queen-ten of clubs. All the chips went in the middle on a jack-high flop with two clubs. Gaston was ahead but a queen hit the river, giving a better pair to Rosen while the last American was sent packing in third place for $522,705.

The heads-up battle was a short affair and it was the pocket rockets that secured the win as Kolev three-bet with his aces and Rosen called with queen-jack offsuit. The flop came queen-high and the money got in the middle on the turn as Kolev's aces held for him to win his second bracelet.

Congratulations to Yuliyan Kolev for winning the 2022 WSOP Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker!

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team all summer long for coverage of your favorite tournaments at the 2022 World Series of Poker.

Yuliyan Kolev
Yuliyan Kolev
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:47 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 12 hours ago)
Oren Rosen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($695,390)

Oren Rosen

Oren Rosen raised to 4,000,000 with    in his hand and Yuliyan Kolev three-bet it to 14,000,000 with the monster   . Rosen considered it for a minute and made the call.

The dealer brought a flop of    , giving a pair of queens to Rosen. Kolev continued for 10,000,000 and Rosen eventually called once more.

All the chips went in the middle when the   paired the board on the turn. Kolev jammed, putting Rosen into a decision for his tournament life. After a few minutes of thinking, Rosen announced the call.

The   on the river didn't change anything and Rosen found himself eliminated in second-place for $695,390 as a nice consolation prize, while Kolev grabbed the second WSOP gold bracelet of his career.

Stay tuned onPokernews for a full recap of today's final table action.

Yuliyan Kolev173,800,00060,900,000
Oren Rosen0-85,900,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:36 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 12 hours ago)
First Pot for Kolev

Yuliyan Kolev raised to 4,000,000 with    and Oren Rosen found    to three-bet to 14,000,000. It was a fold for Kolev and Rosen racked the first pot of the heads-up match.

Yuliyan Kolev112,900,000-5,000,000
Oren Rosen85,900,0009,900,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:32 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Tyler Gaston Eliminated in 3rd Place ($522,705)

Tyler Gaston

Oren Rosen raised from the button with    to 4,000,000 and Tyler Gaston called in the big blind with   .

The flop came    , giving Rosen a flush draw and Gaston top pair. Rosen bet 4,000,000 when action was checked to him. Gaston then counted his chips before moving all in for 22,100,000. Rosen thought through his decision before deciding on the call putting Gaston's tournament life at risk.

Tyler Gaston:   
Oren Rosen:   

Gaston was ahead but Rosen had 11 outs to improve. The turn was the   giving Rosen more outs as he turned an open ended straight draw. However, it was the   river which ensured Rosen eliminated Gaston as the last American was eliminated in 3rd place for over $500,000.

Oren Rosen76,000,00023,200,000
Tyler Gaston0-28,100,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:24 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Rosen Wins Another Pot

Oren Rosen raised to 4,000,000 with    and Yuliyan Kolev called in the big blind with   .

The flop came     and Rosen bet 4,000,000 with his second pair and Kolev called with a pair of threes.

The turn came the   and action went check-check.

The   was the river and action checked through securing Rosen the pot.

Yuliyan Kolev117,900,000-10,000,000
Oren Rosen52,800,00010,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:15 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Kolev Extends his Lead

Yuliyan Kolev raised to 4,000,000 on the button with    and Oren Rosen opted to call with    in the big blind.

The flop came     and Rosen tanked before check-calling Kolev for 3,500,000.

The turn   went check-check and a   showed up on the river. Rosen checked a last time and Kolev fired 13,000,0000, which was good to win another pot as Rosen folded.

Yuliyan Kolev127,900,00010,500,000
Oren Rosen42,800,000-9,500,000
Tyler Gaston28,100,000-1,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 7:07 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Kolev Applies Pressure

Oren Rosen saw    in his hands on the button and raised to 4,000,000. Yuliyan Kolev, with   , three-bet to 13,000,000. Rosen considered it for some time and eventually let it go.

Yuliyan Kolev117,400,00012,000,000
Oren Rosen52,300,000-5,000,000
Tyler Gaston29,100,000-7,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:58 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:44 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Players On Break

The three remaining players are now on a 15-minute break before returning to the feature table.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:43 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Straight On the River for Rosen

Tyler Gaston completed his small blind with    and Oren Rosen checked his option, holding   .

The flop fanned     and both players checked to see a   on the turn. This time Gaston sent a small bet worth 2,000,000 and Rosen called.

Rosen hit a straight on the   river and Gaston bet again, this time for 6,500,000. Rosen just called and took down the pot.

Yuliyan Kolev105,400,0003,000,000
Oren Rosen57,300,00010,000,000
Tyler Gaston36,100,000-17,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:38 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 13 hours ago)
Rosen Wins a Small One

Oren Rosen raised from the small blind to 4,000,000 with   . Yuliyan Kolev in the big blind made the call with   .

The flop came     and Kolev checked his option. Rosen bet his top pair for 3,300,000 and Kolev quickly folded as Rosen scooped in the chips.

Yuliyan Kolev102,400,0003,000,000
Oren Rosen47,300,0001,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:30 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Gaston Gets a Fold from Kolev

Tyler Gaston raised with    on the button to 3,500,000 and Yuliyan Kolev called with    in the big blind to go see a flop    . Kolev check-called Gaston for 2,500,000.

The turn revealed the   and Gaston bet half pot for 6,500,000 after another check from Kolev, who quickly folded.

Yuliyan Kolev99,400,000-8,000,000
Tyler Gaston53,100,0003,500,000
Oren Rosen46,300,0004,500,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:26 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Rosen Three-Bet Enough to Take Down Pot

Tyler Gaston raised on the button with    and was three-bet by Oren Rosen in the small blind with   . Yuliyan Kolev looked down at    and went into the tank as he thought about the best play. He decided to fold and Gaston folded after for Rosen to take down the pot pre flop.

Yuliyan Kolev107,400,000-3,000,000
Tyler Gaston49,600,000-3,000,000
Oren Rosen41,800,0006,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:20 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Rosen Celebrates a Pot

Tyler Gaston completed his small blind with    and Oren Rosen checked his option with   .

The flop went     and Gaston quickly check-called Rosen for 1,700,000. The turn brought the   and Rosen continued to bet for 3,200,000 and it was checked to him again. Gaston snap-folded and Rosen raised his armed in the air to celebrate before grabbing the small pot.

Yuliyan Kolev110,400,0006,300,000
Tyler Gaston52,600,000-6,200,000
Oren Rosen35,800,000-1,100,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:15 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Gaston Gets Turn Bluff Through

Tyler Gaston raised to 3,000,000 on the button and was called by Yuliyan Kolev in the big blind. Gaston had    while Kolev had   .

The flop came     and action checked through.

The   gave Gaston an open ended straight draw and he bet 3,200,000 when checked to. Kolev decided his hand wasn't good enough to continue as he made the fold.

Yuliyan Kolev104,100,000-4,500,000
Tyler Gaston58,800,0005,500,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:10 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Kolev Grabs Chips from Rosen

Yuliyan Kolev raised on the button with    and got a call from Oren Rosen with    seated in the big blind.

Rosen tanked for some time and check-called Kolev's continuation for 3,000,000 on a flop    . The turn fell the   and after another check from Rosen, Kolev sent 5,500,000 in the middle. It was enough for Rosen who sent his cards into the muck.

Yuliyan Kolev108,600,00012,000,000
Tyler Gaston53,300,000-4,000,000
Oren Rosen36,900,000-8,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:04 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Kolev Flops Two Pair

Action folds to Oren Rosen who called from the small blind with    and Yuliyan Kolev decided to check behind with    in the big blind.

The flop came     giving Kolev two pair and Rosen a pair of jacks. Rosen check-called Kolev's bet of 1,500,000.

The   was the turn and Kolev bet again once checked to, this time 5,000,000. Rosen went into the tank as he pondered his decision before checking his cards and making the fold as Kolev continued to chip up at the final table.

Yuliyan Kolev96,600,0002,000,000
Tyler Gaston57,300,0003,000,000
Oren Rosen44,900,000-5,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 5:52 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,000,000/1,500,000
Ante: 1,500,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 5:51 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Another Pot for Gaston

Tyler Gaston raised to 2,500,000 with    on the button and Oren Rosen but Yuliyan Kolev made the call in the big blind with   .

The flop gave     and Kolev check-called Gaston for 2,200,000. Both checked on the   turn and a   appeared on the river, giving trips to Gaston. This time Kolev check-folded after Gaston bet 7,500,000.

Yuliyan Kolev94,600,000-5,900,000
Tyler Gaston54,300,0006,500,000
Oren Rosen49,900,000-600,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 5:48 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 14 hours ago)
Gaston Forces a Fold on Rosen

In a blind versus blind situation, Tyler Gaston raised to 3,200,000 with    and Oren Rosen made the call with   .

The flop revealed    , giving a straight draw to Gaston and a pair of tens to Rosen, who bet 2,800,000 after a check from Gaston. The latter tanked a minute and tossed a pile of chips in front of him for a check-raise worth 10,300,000. Rosen ended up folding his hand.

Yuliyan Kolev100,500,0003,700,000
Oren Rosen50,500,000-7,200,000
Tyler Gaston47,800,0003,500,000