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

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022

Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $927,825
  • Entries: 695
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 2:28 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 19 hours ago)
Menikos Panagiotou Makes Triumphant Return to Poker in Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix

Menikos Panagiotou

Menikos Panagiotou could feel it all start to slowly come back.

The Cyprus native hadn't played much poker in the last few years. He retired from being a professional poker player to open his own Mexican restaurant back home. Panagiotou only jumped back into the game in the last six months, with small No-Limit Hold'em tournaments in Cyprus. He hadn't played mixed games at all for four years.

But, as the hands went on in Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas, the levels came and went, and the days went by, Panagiotou started to remember everything he once knew. "I was playing every hour by hour, every orbit, it would start coming back to me," he explained. "It was like when you have 20 years on a bicycle. In the beginning, you're not sure enough to remember, I can drive without my hands on the wheel."

Now he's the first-ever bracelet winner from his island home country, prevailing over a starting field of 695 to win $180,783.

"It means a lot. Although we are a small country with a small population, we have a lot of poker players actually. So it means a lot," Panagiotou said after defeating Nick Yunis heads-up. "I can't wait to go back to see all my friends because they've already started sending me messages, congrats and everything. It's amazing."

Menikos Panagiotou
Menikos Panagiotou

Day 3 Action

Panagiotou admits he didn't have much recent experience playing mixed games, but he came into the tournament on a sort of hot streak. He won a tournament just on Monday, a $250 H.O.R.S.E. Daily Deepstacks event. He entered Day 3 in the middle of the pack of the 16 returning players, but, as bracelet winners like Adam Friedman (10th) and Robert Campbell (9th) came up short, Panagiotou took the chip lead into the final table.

Jake Liebeskind would be the first to fall at the official six-handed final table, eliminated by Yunis in a hand of Razz. Jason Stockfish, with five WSOP final tables and four runner-up finishes including in this event back in 2016, came in fifth place after failing to outdraw the nine-eight-six of Eric Buchman in 2-7 Triple Draw.

Jason Stockfish
Jason Stockfish

Panagiotou was at the bottom of the leaderboard as four players remained at the dinner break, but he would make a big leap up when he called a 1,000,000 bet from Yunis on a       board in Omaha with a straight to beat Yunis' two pair.

He and Yunis would exchange the chip lead over the next few levels as former November Niner Buchman would fall in fourth place. Panagiotou busted Joon Park in third with trip queens in a hand of Stud 8 or Better to take a narrow lead into heads-up.

Either Cyprus or Yunis' native Chile would have their first-ever bracelet winner, and for the first stages of heads-up play, it looked like the WSOP title wouldn't be making the trip across the Atlantic. Panagiotou fell down to just over 3,000,000 before two big hands of Stud 8 propelled him back up to 10,000,000.

He and Yunis would remain virtually tied until Panagiotou made a six-five to beat Yunis' seven-six in Razz. The end came in a hand of Omaha, with Yunis down to his last 160,000. Panagiotou called with      and flopped a wheel on the     board. Yunis was already drawing dead by the   turn.

Event #48: $1,500 Eight Game Mix Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryEarnings
1Menikos PanagiotouCyprus$180,783
2Nick YunisChile$111,724
3Joon ParkUnited States$75,938
4Eric BuchmanUnited States$52,621
5Jason StockfishUnited States$37,188
6Jake LiebeskindUnited States$26,814

With the bracelet in hand, surrounded by supporters waving a large Cypriot flag, Panagiotou explained his plans for the money: invest in his restaurant. "With the money, I'm going to make it even bigger," he said. He's already planning a return trip to the WSOP next year to play more mixed games.

While he's not a poker pro anymore, Panagiotou does hope some good comes from his win back home. "I'm more glad if someone there wants to learn the games because they don't play too much mixed games in Cyprus," he said. "So now maybe it's time to start."

They have a perfect role model to follow.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:28 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Nick Yunis Eliminated in 2nd Place ($111,724)

Nick Yunis

Pot-Limit Omaha

After losing yet another big Razz pot, Nick Yunis was then in the big blind in PLO and had to pay the big blind ante of 160,000 as well as the big blind for 160,000 to be left with 20,000 behind. "I am basically all-in", he said with a dry smile on the face. Menikos Panagiotou raised on the button and Yunis called it off.

Nick Yunis:     
Menikos Panagiotou:     

Yunis had found a premium hand for his potential chip and a chair miracle comeback as he held a double-suited ace with straight outs. However, the     flop instantly delivered the wheel to Panagiotou and it was all but over after the   turn as the Chilean only had two outs to a chop. However, the miracle never came and the   river ended the tournament.

Fewer than half an hour of run-bad in significant Razz pots had Yunis settle for the runner-up spot and he takes home $111,724.

Panagiotou has not only earned his first-ever personal WSOP bracelet along with the top prize of $180,783 but also the first one for his home country of Cyprus.

A recap of today's action and the winner quotes are to follow.

Menikos Panagiotou17,375,000500,000
Nick Yunis0-500,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:23 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Yunis Left With Crumbs

Razz

Menikos Panagiotou:   /    / 
Nick Yunis:   /    / 

Menikos Panagiotou completed and Nick Yunis called.

Yunis led out on fourth street and was called before Panagiotou bet on fifth.

Yunis asked to see what game was next before sticking in a call. Panagiotou put out another bet on sixth as he got up from his seat and started pacing around while Yunis went in the tank.

Yunis eventually called and Panagiotou bet again on seventh.

"I can't believe I have to call," Yunis said as he slid forward his chips.

Panagiotou showed     for 7-6-5-4-3 and Yunis mucked to drop down to less than 1,000,000.

Menikos Panagiotou16,875,0003,000,000
Nick Yunis500,000-3,000,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:17 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Another Razz Setup Cements Strong Lead for Panagiotou

Razz

Menikos Panagiotou:     /     
Nick Yunis:     /     

In a limped pot both players checked fourth street and Nick Yunis then bet fifth for Menikos Panagiotou to call. Panagiotou then bet his lead on sixth and seventh street as Yunis reluctantly called. His opponent tabled the     for a six-five and Yunis had a seven-six to take another hit to the stack.

Menikos Panagiotou13,875,0002,675,000
Nick Yunis3,500,000-2,675,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:12 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Panagiotou Widens the Gap

Omaha 8 or Better

Nick Yunis raised the button and Menikos Panagiotou called. The flop came     and Panagiotou checked to Yunis, who put out a bet.

Panagiotou then raised and Yunis quickly called. Both players checked down the   turn and   river.

"Flush," Panagiotou announced, flashing   . Yunis mucked his hand.

Menikos Panagiotou11,200,0002,125,000
Nick Yunis6,175,000-2,125,000
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Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:04 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:03 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 20 hours ago)
Panagiotou Loses Jackpot; Retains Narrow Lead

Seven Card Stud

Menikos Panagiotou:    /    
Nick Yunis:    /     folded on fifth

Menikos Panagiotou jokingly asked if there was a jackpot in case he would be the bring in during all six hands of Seven Card Stud and lost the streak on the final hand while no major action took place.

He then completed and Yunis called. Panagiotou bet his lead on fourth to receive a call and bet again on fifth as Yunis let go.

Menikos Panagiotou9,075,000475,000
Nick Yunis8,300,000-475,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:58 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Panagiotou Has the Better Kicker

No-Limit Hold'em

Menikos Panagiotou raised to 360,000 and Nick Yunis defended.

Both players checked the     board and saw the   fall on the turn. Yunis led out for 500,000 and Panagiotou quickly called.

The   river was checked through and Yunis showed ace-high. Panagiotou, though, had    for ace-high, queen-kicker to take the pot.

Nick Yunis8,775,000-100,000
Menikos Panagiotou8,600,000100,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:51 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Nearly Even in Chips

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

In the penultimate hand of the game variant, Menikos Panagiotou raised on the button and was called by Nick Yunis in the big blind. Both discarded two and Yunis check-called a bet.

Both then took one new card and Yunis check-called once more.

The final draw was patted by Panagiotou while Yunis took another card again.

Yunis checked and Panagiotou quickly bet, sending his opponent into the tank. The Chilean eventually called and Panagiotou first exposed the      before also rolling over the  . A relieved Yunis won the pot with a nine-eight and pulled back into a narrow lead.

Nick Yunis8,875,0002,100,000
Menikos Panagiotou8,500,000-2,100,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:45 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Yunis Rides the Rollercoaster Down

Stud 8 or Better

"Stud 8. This is going to be a big one. The rollercoaster game," Nick Yunis said as the game changed, and he would experience it first-hand.

Nick Yunis:   /    - folded
Menikos Panagiotou:   /   

Yunis completed and bet on fourth street, with Menikos Panagiotou calling both bets. Yunis bet again on fifth, only for Panagiotou to come back with a raise. Yunis quickly folded.

A few hands later, the two tangled in another big pot that would head in the Cypriot's direction.

Nick Yunis:   /     - folded
Menikos Panagiotou:   /    

Yunis again completed and bet on fourth. Panagiotou led out on fifth but put in too many chips and was forced to only make it the 500,000 limit.

"That good, huh," Yunis said as he called. Panagiotou bet again on sixth with four hearts showing.

"This is wild. What am I supposed to do with this board," Yunis said, showing an ace in the hole for two pair before mucking.

Menikos Panagiotou10,600,0002,275,000
Nick Yunis6,775,000-2,275,000
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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:36 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Trips Over Trips Boosts Panagiotou

Limit Hold'em

Menikos Panagiotou won a Pot-Limit Omaha hand when he raised the pot on the button and was called by Nick Yunis to then bet the     flop and take it down.

The game variant changed to Limit Hold'em shortly thereafter and Yunis bet the     flop and the   turn for Panagiotou to call. Yunis also bet the   river and was then raised, which stunned him for a few seconds before he made the call.

Panagiotou rolled over the    and his kicker played, as Yunis tabled the   .

Nick Yunis9,050,000-1,775,000
Menikos Panagiotou8,325,0001,775,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Yunis Pots, Then Panagiotou Pots

Pot-Limit Omaha

Menikos Panagiotou potted to 360,000 and Nick Yunis called to the     flop.

Yunis checked to his opponent who put out 275,000. Yunis announced pot for 1,665,000 and Panagiotou quickly folded.

The next hand, Yunis made it 300,000 pre-flop before Panagiotou potted to 900,000. Yunis called and both players checked to the turn on a board of    .

The turn was the   and Panagiotou announced pot to 1,920,000, ellicting a quick fold from Yunis.

Nick Yunis10,825,000125,000
Menikos Panagiotou6,550,000-125,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:23 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Panagiotou Wins Bigger Pot in Razz

Razz

Menikos Panagiotou:     /     
Nick Yunis:     7     

Three bets went in on third street and Nick Yunis bet his lead on fourth for Menikos Panagiotou to call. The lead then changed on fifth and that triggered bets by Panagiotou all the way until seventh street. Yunis quickly called on fifth and sixth before giving it some ten seconds on seventh.

"Sixty-five" was announced by the Cypriot, who had the      . Yunis was beaten by a notch as his       for a strong heads-up hand ended up second-best.

Nick Yunis10,700,000-3,175,000
Menikos Panagiotou6,675,0003,175,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:17 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Panagiotou Bets, Then Folds

Omaha 8 or Better

Nick Yunis limped in and Menikos Panagiotou checked. Both players checked the     flop.

Panagiotou led out on the   turn and Yunis quickly called to see the   river.

Panagiotou checked this time as Yunis bet out. The Cypriot gave the decision some thought before sliding his cards back to the dealer.

Nick Yunis13,875,000450,000
Menikos Panagiotou3,500,000-450,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:07 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 0
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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:05 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Yunis Wins Another Big Pot

Seven Card Stud

Menikos Panagiotou:    /      /  
Nick Yunis:    /      /  

Menikos Panagiotou was the bring-in and called a completion by Nick Yunis, who then bet his advantage on fourth and fifth. Panagiotou called both times and then bet himself after he gained the lead with an ace, Yunis came along.

On seventh street, Panagiotou bet again and Yunis called after a few seconds of consideration for the former to announce two pair. "Kings and sevens," Yunis replied and exposed his    . That won the pot, as Panagiotou briefly flashed tens up.

Nick Yunis13,425,0002,725,000
Menikos Panagiotou3,950,000-2,725,000
Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:02 AM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Panagiotou Shows a Five; Yunis Sweeps Hold'em

2-7 Triple Draw

Nick Yunis limped in from the small blind, then called when Menikos Panagiotou raised. Yunis took three while Panagiotou drew one and put out another bet.

Yunis called again and drew one. Panagiotou stood pat and bet, with Yunis calling to the third draw. He took one more, while Panagiotou again stood pat.

Panagiotou bet after the third draw. "Are you bluffing," Yunis asked before flashing a pair of fives and mucking. Panagiotou also showed a five as he took the pot.

Yunis proceeded to win every hand of the No-Limit Hold'em round, either with pre-flop raises or walks in the big blind.

Nick Yunis10,700,000-900,000
Menikos Panagiotou6,675,000875,000
Friday, June 24, 2022 11:59 PM Local Time (about 3 days and 21 hours ago)
Yunis Pulls Further Ahead

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Menikos Panagiotou raised on the button and Nick Yunis three-bet out of the big blind in order to receive a call.

On the first draw, Yunis took one new card while Panagiotou requested three. Yunis bet and earned a call.

Both discarded one on the second draw and Panagiotou called a bet by his opponent before Yunis took one card while Panagiotou patted. Yunis bet again and Panagiotou mulled it over for a few seconds only before making the call.

The Chilean announced an eighty-seven and turned over the       as the winning hand, which Panagiotou conceded by tapping the table and saying "nice hand".

Nick Yunis11,600,0001,425,000
Menikos Panagiotou5,800,000-1,400,000
Friday, June 24, 2022 11:52 PM Local Time (about 3 days and 22 hours ago)
Yunis Strikes First

2-7 Triple Draw

There was a dead button with the elimination of Eric Buchman.

Menikos Panagiotou, first to act, raised and Nick Yunis called. Panagiotou took one and Yunis two.

Panagiotou put out another bet and was called as he stood pat, while Yunis took one. Yunis again called after the second draw and both players stood pat.

Panagiotou checked and Yunis announced a bet. Panagiotou quickly mucked his cards as Yunis took an early lead in this heads-up match.

Nick Yunis10,175,0002,105,000
Menikos Panagiotou7,200,000-2,130,000
Friday, June 24, 2022 11:47 PM Local Time (about 3 days and 22 hours ago)
Heads-Up Play Begins

Nick Yunis and Menikos Panagiotou are back in their seats as heads-up play is now underway.

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