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

Friday, June 24, 2022 to Monday, June 27, 2022

Event #51: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $400
  • Prizepool: $4,476,450
  • Entries: 13,565
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 10:15 PM Local Time
Written in the Stars: Paul Hizer Outlasts the Field in the Colossus

Paul Hizer

If the ace of spades is the prettiest card in the deck, a king is right up there for Paul Hizer. Twice at today's final table of Event #51: $400 Colossus the Englishman had his tournament life on the line. Twice a king peeled off to save him. It's the one card that made Hizer the newest World Series of Poker bracelet winner and $414,490 richer.

Hizer has been a professional poker player for around six years and played recreationally for several years before that. But he had never won a tournament before, despite $474,000 in career winnings before this event. He had made it to heads-up play four times but had come up short each time. That all changed today, as Hizer was the last man standing in a mammoth field of 13,565 players.

"It means a lot," Hizer said following his win. "Played many tournaments. Had lots of deep runs. But I've never actually won a tournament outright. I don't know if many people know that about me. I'm sure my close friends do. And maybe today was just written in the stars and I was meant to go all the way. I felt really confident, I felt like I had a really good game plan, and I'm just really thankful that it worked out."

Event #51: $400 Colossus Final Table Results

1Paul HizerUnited Kingdom$414,490
2Sam LaskowitzUnited States$256,170
3Jordan PelonFrance$193,240
4James ScottUnited Kingdom$146,680
5Luong QuachUnited States$112,060
6Jeff LoiaconoUnited States$86,160
7Anthony RuttlerUnited States$66,670
8William GianUnited States$51,930
9Sean ShahUnited States$40,710

Day 4 Action

Hizer entered the final table in second chip position out of the final seven players, but still solidly behind chip leader Sam Laskowitz. With the average stack being only 19 big blinds at the start of the final table, there was little room for error or maneuvering.

Anthony Ruttler would be the first to bust, finishing in seventh place after running into the pocket queens of Luong Quach. On the first hand back from a 15-minute break, Jeff Loiacono picked up aces and moved all in for 19,000,000, with Hizer calling with    in the big blind.

Hizer didn't improve and Loiacono doubled up, but he wouldn't last much longer after losing with    to Laskowitz's    to bust in sixth place.

Losing that pot began a long slide for Hizer. After Quach was eliminated in fifth place, Hizer was down to less than three big blinds during four-handed play before doubling up with    against the    of countryman James Scott. A few hands later, the two Englishmen would clash in another pot that would be pivotal to the fates of both players.

From the small blind, Scott moved all in for 59,500,000 and Hizer called, barely having Scott covered. If Hizer lost this pot, he would be on an extreme short stack, his bracelet dreams all but gone. Scott gave him further bad news when he showed   , having the    of Hizer crushed. The     flop was no help, but the   came on the turn as Hizer's exuberant rail erupted in celebration.

The   on the river cemented Scott's elimination in fourth place, and it wasn't long before Laskowitz took out Jordan Pelon in third place to take a 412,000,000 to 131,500,000 chip lead into heads-up play.

Hizer chipped up somewhat in the early going before moving all in for 169,500,000 on the button. Laskowitz snap-called with two threes and was racing against Hizer's   . The board read      and Laskowitz was one card away from the win. But the   appeared on the river, and once more the British rail had cause for celebration.

"To be honest, I went to bed last night and I tried to kind of manifest some run good," Hizer said. "Just having all my friends behind me screaming and shouting, and just for there to be some antics and some drama, I think that's what makes final tables exciting. I'm pleased I didn't go out on like a dry board or I didn't go out on a bit of a limp. Tournaments are high variance, and today it was written in the stars for me to win."

Sam Laskowitz
Runner-up Sam Laskowitz

Hizer extended his chip lead when he picked off a bluff on a       board with   , then, with the blinds increasing to 8,000,000-16,000,000, put Laskowitz all in for his last 118,500,000. Laskowitz eventually called with    as Hizer turned over   . Neither player hit the       board and Hizer got the proverbial monkey off his back with ace-high. For Laskowitz, the 29-year-old New York native playing in his first live tournament, the $256,170 he earned would have to be a consolation prize.

The bracelet was the prize at the end of a long road for Hizer. Some of his friends on the rail said they had been playing with him since 2008. He didn't know a lot about poker then, but he's dedicated his life to the game over the last few years and that work paid off.

"I've applied a lot of my time to playing poker. I've made it my profession over the last six years. My parents initially weren't so pleased. It's not the career choice they wanted for me. Like always in life, I just trust my gut and I did my best," he said.

Hizer admits he doesn't know what he's going to do with the money just yet but says he plans on staying in Las Vegas for the next three weeks to play tournaments at the WSOP and other casinos.

He had a special person in his mind after the win. Hizer calls Steven Jackson like a second father figure. Jackson passed away a few years ago, and Hizer dedicated the win to him. "He's forever in my heart and I love him to pieces. Steven, this is for you," he said.

Jackson and the rest of his rail would be proud of him. Now it's time for them to go out and celebrate his new reign as Colossus champion.

Paul Hizer
Paul Hizer

That concludes PokerNews' coverage of the Colossus. Stay tuned throughout the rest of the 2022 WSOP for all the tournament updates.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:26 PM Local Time
Sam Laskowitz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($256,170)

Sam Laskowitz

Paul Hizer announced all in on the button and Sam Laskowitz had a decision to make for his last six big blinds. Laskowitz counted his stack and decided to go with it as the cards went on their backs.

Sam Laskowitz:   
Paul Hizer:   

Laskowitz had two live cards but the flop of     was of no help. The turn brought the   and Laskowitz was down to just six outs. The   completed the board and Laskowitz was eliminated in second place for over $250,000.

Sam Laskowitz0-126,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:18 PM Local Time
Level 49 started
Level: 49
Blinds: 8,000,000/16,000,000
Ante: 16,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:18 PM Local Time
Hizer Picks Off a Bluff to Take a Big Lead

Paul Hizer limped in on the button with    and Sam Laskowitz raised to 36,000,000 in the big blind with   . Hizer called and the dealer spread the flop of    .

Laskowitz led out with a bet of 21,000,000 and Hizer still called with king-high. The   paired the board on the turn and both players checked to the   on the river.

Laskowitz thought it was the perfect river card to push out a bet of 40,000,000 on the river. Hizer went deep into the tank for over three minutes and then flicked in a chip to call. Laskowitz showed his seven-high and Hizer fist-pumped to his rail as he collected a huge pot.

Paul Hizer417,000,000118,000,000
Sam Laskowitz126,500,000-118,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:00 PM Local Time
Hizer Still Holds a Slight Lead

Sam Laskowitz continued his aggressive style and raised to 25,000,000 on the button with   . Paul Hizer shoved all in from the big blind with    and Laskowitz had to quickly fold.

On the next hand, Hizer raised to 27,000,000 on the button with    and Laskowitz mucked his rags in the big blind. Hizer collected another pot and took over the chip lead once again.

Paul Hizer299,000,0001,000,000
Sam Laskowitz244,500,000-1,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:59 PM Local Time
PN Podcast: Brian Hastings 17th Player to Win 6th Bracelet; Phil Ivey Makes Run at No. 11
PN Cup
PN Cup

In the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen bring you all the latest from the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. That includes highlighting all the recent bracelet winners and even interviews with the likes of Daniel Weinman, Ramsey Stovall, Ali Eslami, and Justin Pechie.

They also talk about Brian Hastings becoming just the 17th player in WSOP history to capture six or more bracelets, as well as Phil Ivey getting everyone excited by making a serious run at his 11th gold bracelet. Additionally, there are highlights from the Wynn $2,200 Mystery Bounty, Neymar Jr. notching his first-ever WSOP cash, and Dan Zack winning his second bracelet of the summer (as well as taking the lead in the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year race).

They also offer a preview of the PokerNews Cup at Golden Nugget June 24-28 and offer their picks after the final ten nominees were released for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Click here to listen to the new PN Podcast!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:45 PM Local Time
Laskowitz Gets Some Back

Sam Laskowitz limped in on the button with    and Paul Hizer checked his option holding   . The flop came     and Hizer checked to Laskowitz who bet 12,000,000 with a pair and a straight draw. Hizer called and the   paired the board on the turn.

Hizer checked again and Laskowitz tossed in another bet of 15,000,000. Hizer still called with king-high and the   completed the board. Two checks on the river and Laskowitz tabled the best hand to win some of the chips back.

Paul Hizer298,000,000-51,000,000
Sam Laskowitz245,500,00051,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:40 PM Local Time
Level 48 started
Level: 48
Blinds: 6,000,000/12,000,000
Ante: 12,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:38 PM Local Time
Hizer Doubles Into the Lead

Paul Hizer

Paul Hizer shipped all in for 169,500,000 on the button and Sam Laskowitz looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly called to put Hizer at risk.

Paul Hizer:   
Sam Laskowitz:   

It was a coin flip for all of the chips and the flop of     left Laskowitz in the lead with his pair of threes. The   on the turn gave Hizer many outs to hit and it was the   on the river. Hizer made a straight to double up and move into the chip lead.

Paul Hizer349,000,000179,500,000
Sam Laskowitz194,500,000-179,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:34 PM Local Time
Hizer Collects the First Pot

Sam Laskowitz raised to 21,000,000 on the button with    and Paul Hizer defended from the big blind with   .

The flop came     and Hizer started with a check. Laskowitz continued with a bet of 17,000,000 and Hizer ripped all in for around 100,000,000 and Laskowitz instantly flung his cards to the muck.

Sam Laskowitz374,000,000-38,000,000
Paul Hizer169,500,00038,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:20 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Break

The remaining two players are going on a quick 5-minute break before the heads-up action gets underway.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:20 PM Local Time
Jordan Pelon Eliminated in 3rd Place ($193,240)

Jordan Pelon

Jordan Pelon moved all in for his last 58,500,000 in the small blind and Sam Laskowitz snap-called from the big blind.

Jordan Pelon:   
Sam Laskowitz:   

The     flop provided no help to Pelon. The turn came the   and Laskowitz's rail erupted in celebration before realizing Pelon still outs to a straight.

Pelon didn't connect with the   river and the Frenchman was eliminated in third place, leaving Laskowitz and Paul Hizer to battle for the bracelet.

Sam Laskowitz412,000,00083,500,000
Paul Hizer131,500,000-5,000,000
Jordan Pelon0-63,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:12 PM Local Time
James Scott Eliminated in 4th Place ($146,680)

James Scott

The action folded to James Scott in the small blind who shipped all in for 59,500,000 as the short stack at the table. Paul Hizer was in the big blind with slightly more chips and eventually made the call.

James Scott:   
Paul Hizer:   

The flop fell     and Scott's pair of tens were still in the lead. However, the   peeled off on the turn and Hizer's rail exploded as he jumped out front. Scott was down to just two outs and the   on the river was not going to be one of them.

Paul Hizer136,500,00069,500,000
James Scott0-84,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:58 PM Local Time
Hizer Survives Against Scott

Paul Hizer

Paul Hizer had fallen to 26,000,000 as he pushed all in from under the gun. James Scott in the big blind counted out the chips to call and looked around at the other stacks around the table before he called after about a minute.

Paul Hizer:   
James Scott:   

Both players ran over to their rails as the flop came    . The   on the turn was safe for Hizer, while the   river improved him to two pair as the one-time chip leader jumped back into contention at the final table.

Sam Laskowitz328,500,00034,000,000
James Scott84,500,0009,000,000
Paul Hizer67,000,000-14,000,000
Jordan Pelon63,500,000-29,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:44 PM Local Time
Level 47 started
Level: 47
Blinds: 5,000,000/10,000,000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:41 PM Local Time
Luong Quach Eliminated in 5th Place ($112,060)

Luong Quach

The action folded to Luong Quach in the small blind who shoved all in for 14,000,000. Jordan Pelon surprisingly asked for a count when the shove was for less than two big blinds but eventually made the call.

Luong Quach:   
Jordan Pelon:   

The flop came     to give Pelon the lead with a pair of eights. The   on the turn gave Quach a flush draw to go with his one live card but the   on the river ended his tournament in fifth place.

Jordan Pelon92,500,000-6,000,000
Luong Quach0-50,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:33 PM Local Time
Laskowitz Adds to His Stack with No Resistance

Sam Laskowitz opened to 16,000,000 from under the gun with    and got folds from the entire table as he picked up the blinds and ante.

On the next hand, Laskowitz received a walk with    and again met no resistance as he was awarded the pot.

When the action folded to Laskowitz on the button, he made it 16,000,000 with    and both of the blinds folded.

Sam Laskowitz294,500,00056,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:22 PM Local Time
Jeff Loiacono Eliminated in 6th Place ($86,160)

Jeff Loiacono

Three hands after doubling up, Jeff Loiacono shoved again for 46,000,000 and Sam Laskowitz snap-called in the big blind.

Jeff Loiacono:   
Sam Laskowitz:   

The flop came     and Loiacono began calling for a club. "More of a sweat," he said.

The turn came the  . "Alright, ten of diamonds. If not, good luck guys," Loiacono pleaded as the river fell the  , eliminating him in sixth place as Laskowitz added to his massive chip lead.

Sam Laskowitz238,500,00047,000,000
Jordan Pelon98,500,00023,000,000
Paul Hizer81,000,000-4,000,000
James Scott75,500,000-3,500,000
Luong Quach50,000,000-23,000,000
Jeff Loiacono0-46,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:07 PM Local Time
Loiacono Picks Up the Aces

On the first hand after the break, Jeff Loiacono ripped all in for 19,000,000 in the small blind. Paul Hizer was in the big blind and asked for a count before making the call to put Loiacono at risk.

Jeff Loiacono:   
Paul Hizer:   

"I only saw one ace!" Loiacono shouted to his rail. The flop of     was extremely safe for Loiacono who was looking to double up. The   on the turn gave Hizer some hope but the   ensured Loiacono of a double up.

Paul Hizer85,000,000-12,000,000
Jeff Loiacono46,000,00015,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:02 PM Local Time
Level 46 started
Level: 46
Blinds: 4,000,000/8,000,000
Ante: 0