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

Monday, June 20, 2022 to Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $2,010,120
  • Entries: 4,786
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 1:23 AM Local Time
David Perry Wins First Bracelet in Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($241,729)

David Perry

Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas attracted 4,786 entrants generating a prize pool of $2,010,120. On Tuesday, June 21st, 202 hopefuls returned for Day 2, all of them with one eye on the first place prize of $241,729 and the much sought-after WSOP gold bracelet that accompanied it.

After fast-paced play over the course of 12 hours, defense attorney David Perry emerged victorious, claiming his first gold bracelet after defeating British poker pro and online phenom Chris Moorman in heads-up play.

"Blessed, grateful," a visibly emotional Perry said when asked how the win made him feel. "I've been in Vegas since 1985, came here with $612 and two suitcases; this is my community," he continued.

When asked about how he plans to celebrate, Perry said that before anything, he has to "fly back [to Columbus, Ohio] and give a bracelet to my 94-year-old mother." He does have some plans for the money though, saying that while normally he would fire a bullet in the $1,000 Seniors Event, he may choose instead to take his chances in the $10,000 Main Event, saying that while he could "never have rationalized or justified it in the past." This win has given him the opportunity to throw his hat in the ring.

Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

1David PerryUnited States$241,729
2Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$149,405
3Daniel EichhornUnited States$111,341
4Josh PregarUnited States$83,623
5Sebastien GuidezFrance$63,302
6Phong Than NguyenUnited States$48,299
7Elven EspinarUnited States$37,148
8Henry ReyesUnited States$28,802
9Daniel MarcusUnited States$22,512

Action was fast paced throughout the day but no more so than at the start, with the field slashed to just three tables within five hours. Play then slowed down a little, with the final table set four hours later. Notables to come into the day but fall short of the final table included two-time bracelet winner Anson Tsang (118th - $1,976), Women in Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho (115th - $1,976), and 2014 WSOP Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker winner Jonathan Dimmig (11th - $17,741). Day 1 chipleader Lorenzo Negri was also unable to recapture his earlier momentum, ultimately falling in 24th for $9,126.

Final Table Action

The nine players who took their seats at the official final table were all short stacked, with the average depth sitting at fewer than 20 big blinds. In addition, the chips were fairly evenly divided among the competitors. As a result, ICM considerations dominated much of the play, with several players openly showing what could be considered tight folds.

Nevertheless, it did not take long for the first elimination to take place, with Daniel Marcus running his pocket nines into the aces of Moorman. Not long after, Henry Reyes could not get away from a flopped top pair, in so doing becoming Moorman's second victim of the final table.

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman put on a dominant display at the final table.

The gap between Reyes' elimination and the next knockout was somewhat longer, with several short stacks getting their chips in the middle and surviving. However, as the blinds kept increasing, it was only a matter of time before someone would be forced to exit and that unfortunate individual was Elven Espinar, his ace-jack unable to hold against Moorman's queen-eight.

Phong Than Nguyen was the next player out the door and his elimination was perhaps the cruelest of the night after Moorman, notching a fourth straight knockout, hit a two outer on the river. Soon after Sebastien Guidez got his chips in bad against Josh Pregar and was sent to the rail in fifth.

Just a couple of hands later Prager too was forced to leave after his turned royal flush draw bricked out on the river against Moorman. Daniel Eichhorn, who had been riding a short stack for the entirety of the final table, got his last few chips in the middle shortly after in a blind on blind confrontation with Moorman but was unable to find a way to take down the pot.

His elimination set up a heads-up battle between Moorman, who had been table captain for much of play, and Perry. Despite the slew of eliminations that had come at the hands of Moorman, the two began play roughly even in chips. Perry wasted little time ratcheting up the pressure on Moorman, shoving and getting folds in two big pots in quick succession. This helped him build up a lead that he never relinquished.

The final hand saw both players get all their money in on a flop of six-ten-king with two clubs, with Moorman's queen-jack ahead of Perry's jack-deuce of clubs. "Red card, red card", Moorman's rail could be heard chanting. They got their wish in one sense on the deuce of hearts turn that rocketed Perry into the lead. The four of spades river ended affairs, with Perry jumping up and down as his victory was cemented.

Moorman, meanwhile, chasing his third bracelet was instead forced to settle for a consolation prize of $149,405.

Congratulations to David Perry on winning Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas! Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the WSOP as we continue live coverage of every bracelet event.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:50 PM Local Time
Chris Moorman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($149,405)

Chris Moorman

David Perry limped from the button and Chris Moorman checked his option out of the big blind.

Moorman checked on a flop of     and Perry bet out 6,400,000. After counting out his stack Moorman announced all in and Perry snap called.

Chris Moorman:   
David Perry:   

Moorman was ahead with queen high and an open ended straight draw but Perry did have the club flush draw. The   turn propelled Perry into the lead, leaving him one card away from an inaugural gold bracelet. The   river completed the board and saw Perry jump into the air in elation before releasing several fist pumps. He then went over to Moorman, who came agonizingly close to a third WSOP bracelet, though he does walk away with a $149,405 consolation prize.

David Perry119,650,00033,000,000
Chris Moorman0-33,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:42 PM Local Time
Perry Shows Two Pair

Chris Moorman raised to 4,000,000 and David Perry called.

Perry checked blind as the     flop came out and Moorman checked back.

The   hit the turn and Perry pushed a bet of 7,000,000 across the line and Moorman called.

The   hit the river and Perry jammed all in. Moorman snap-mucked.

David Perry86,650,00024,500,000
Chris Moorman33,000,000-24,500,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:37 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:36 PM Local Time
Perry Shoves the River

David Perry

On a flop of     David Perry checked to Chris Moorman, who led out for 3,000,000 and was called.

The   turn saw Perry take over the betting leading, firing off 5,200,000. It was not enough to get Moorman to fold his hand and the two players went to the river.

Perry wasted little time before announcing all in on the   river. "You're not afraid of a flush then," observed Moorman as he pondered his decision. After some time, he did make the lay down and Perry showed    for turned two pair.

David Perry62,150,000-4,500,000
Chris Moorman57,500,0004,500,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:30 PM Local Time
Perry Jams Turn

David Perry

David Perry raised to 4,400,000 and Chris Moorman called.

The dealer fanned a flop of     and Moorman check-called a bet of 6,200,000.

The   hit the turn and Moorman checked to Perry who instantly announced all in. Moorman tossed his cards into the muck and Perry showed    for top pair.

David Perry66,650,00013,050,000
Chris Moorman53,000,000-8,600,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:25 PM Local Time
Daniel Eichhorn Eliminated in 3rd Place ($111,341)

Daniel Eichhorn

Daniel Eichhorn shoved for 8,900,000 out of the small blind and Chris Moorman, after asking for an exact count, made the call in the big blind.

Daniel Eichhorn:   
Chris Moorman:   

Eichhorn was ahead but at risk with his opponent holding two live cards. The     vaulted Moorman into the lead, pairing his nine and rendering a queen useless for Eichhorn. The   turn gave Moorman a straight and left Eichhorn hoping for one of the three remaining tens to chop the pot. The   did not deliver a miracle for Eichhorn, instead sending him to the rail in third place, though when asked he said he was happy with the $111,341 score.

Chris Moorman61,600,00011,600,000
Daniel Eichhorn0-12,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:12 PM Local Time
Josh Prager Eliminated in 4th Place ($83,623)

Josh Prager

Chris Moorman raised to 3,000,000 and Josh Prager called in the big blind.

On the     flop, both players checked to see the   turn. Prager checked to Moorman who put out a bet of 4,500,000 and Prager raised all in and Moorman snap-called his 22,200,000.

Chris Moorman:   
Josh Prager:   

Moorman had flopped a set of jacks but it was far from over as Prager had an open-ended straight and flush draw. The   river was a brick though, sending the massive pot to Moorman and leaving Prager with just 600,000 in chips.

Prager won the following two hands to bring his stack to 3,300,000 when he shoved all in under the gun and Daniel Eichhorn called in the big blind.

Josh Prager:   
Daniel Eichhorn:   

The board ran out      , giving Eichhorn a straight and Prager was eliminated in fourth place for $83,623.

David Perry53,600,000-1,400,000
Chris Moorman50,000,00025,600,000
Daniel Eichhorn12,000,000-3,300,000
Josh Prager0-24,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:01 PM Local Time
Sebastien Guidez Eliminated in 5th Place ($63,302)

Sebastien Guidez

Josh Prager opened from the cutoff and Sebastien Guidez moved all in on the button. Action folded back around to Prager who made the call to put Guidez at risk.

Sebastien Guidez:   
Josh Prager:   

Guidez was dominated and would need a lot of help to survive. No help came on the     flop but the   turn did give Guidez some chop outs. He could not hit any of his outs on the   river, however, ending his run in fifth place, a result good for $63,302.

Josh Prager24,000,0009,000,000
Sebastien Guidez0-13,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,000,000/1,500,000
Ante: 1,500,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:46 PM Local Time
Perry Chipping Up

David Perry

After taking down a pot against Chris Moorman the previous hand and showing    on the      board, David Perry was right back in the action against Moorman.

Chris Moorman raised to 2,700,000 in the small blind and David Perry came along in the big blind.

The dealer fanned a flop of     and Moorman continued for 2,500,000. Perry wasted no time making the call.

The   hit the turn and Moorman bet 6,300,000. As soon as Moorman let go of the chips Perry announced all in. Moorman snap-folded and Perry showed    for top pair on the flop.

David Perry55,000,00032,500,000
Chris Moorman24,400,000-18,600,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:40 PM Local Time
Phong Than Nguyen Eliminated in 6th Place ($48,299)

Phong Than Nguyen

Phong Than Nguyen limped from the small blind and Chris Moorman shoved all in from the big blind. Nguyen snap-called for his tournament life.

Phong Than Nguyen:   
Chris Moorman:   

The two were locked in a classic race but Nguyen pulled far ahead on the     flop and stayed in front after the   turn. However, just as he was about to count out his stack for a full double, the   came out of nowhere on the river to dash Nguyen's hopes of a first WSOP bracelet in gut wrenching fashion, forcing him instead to settle for sixth place and $48,299.

Chris Moorman43,000,0008,300,000
Phong Than Nguyen0-20,300,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:27 PM Local Time
Elven Espinar Eliminated in 7th Place ($37,148)

Elven Espinar

Chris Moorman raised to 2,400,000 in the hijack and Elven Espinar three-bet jammed for 4,000,000 in the cutoff. The action quickly folded back to Moorman and he made the call.

Elven Espinar:   
Chris Moorman:   

Espinar was ahead with ace-high and the flop of     kept him with the lead. The   hit the turn, giving Moorman a gutshot straight and the   landed on the river pairing Moorman's eight to eliminate Espinar in seventh place for $37,148.

Chris Moorman34,700,0007,200,000
Elven Espinar0-4,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:24 PM Local Time
Eichhorn Doubles Through Espinar

Daniel Eichhorn

Elven Espinar raised to 2,400,000 on the button and Daniel Eichhorn three-bet all in for 6,700,000. Espinar tanked for about a minute before saying, "Let's go, F*** it" and splashed the chips into the pot.

Daniel Eichhorn:   
Elven Espinar:   

The dealer spread a flop of     and the   hit the turn, giving Espinar a flush draw to go along with his two live cards but the   on the river paired Eichhorn as he sealed a double-up.

Daniel Eichhorn15,300,0003,100,000
Elven Espinar4,000,000-9,000,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:20 PM Local Time
Abernathy Dancing on Rail!
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:19 PM Local Time
Ladies Hold for Guidez

Sebastien Guidez

Sebastien Guidez moved all in from middle position and action folded to Chris Moorman on the button, who made the call. The blinds got out of the way and Guidez was officially at risk.

Sebastien Guidez:   
Chris Moorman:   

Guidez was ahead, with Moorman holding only three immediate outs. The     flop changed nothing, nor did the   turn. The   river completed a clean runout for Guides, who doubled to 13,000,000.

Chris Moorman27,500,000-5,900,000
Sebastien Guidez13,000,0008,700,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:13 PM Local Time
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:01 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining seven players have gone on a 15-minute break. They will return to blinds of 600,000/1,200,000 with a 1,200,000 big blind ante.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:00 PM Local Time
Prager's Nines Hold

Josh Prager

Josh Prager jammed in the cutoff for 7,100,000 and Chris Moorman called from the big blind.

Josh Prager:   
Chris Moorman:   

"We need a seven!" Yelled Moorman to his rail.

The flop came     and changed nothing, while the   hit the turn giving both players a straight draw. The   river was a brick and Prager collected his double.

Chris Moorman33,400,000-4,600,000
David Perry22,500,0002,500,000
Phong Than Nguyen20,300,0001,300,000
Josh Prager15,000,0004,400,000
Elven Espinar13,000,000-5,500,000
Daniel Eichhorn12,200,000-800,000
Sebastien Guidez4,300,000-1,700,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 9:59 PM Local Time
Henry Reyes Eliminated in 8th Place ($28,802)

Henry Reyes

Chris Moorman opened to 2,000,000 from middle position and was called by Henry Reyes out of the big blind.

Reyes bet 2,000,000 into the preflop raiser on a flop of    . Moorman responded with a raise to 5,000,000, prompting Reyes to go into the tank. After about a minute Reyes announced all in and Moorman snap-called to put Reyes at risk.

Henry Reyes:   
Chris Moorman:   

Both players made top pair on the flop but Moorman was ahead with the superior kicker. Nothing changed on the   turn or   river, forcing Reyes out of the tournament in eighth place for $28,802.

Chris Moorman38,000,00015,000,000
Henry Reyes0-13,000,000