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

Saturday, June 25, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022

Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $3,634,650
  • Entries: 788
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 27, 2022 1:23 AM Local Time
Joao Simao Takes Down Second Bracelet For $686,242 In $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha

Joao Simao

From a field of 788, who created a prizepool of $3,634,650, it was Brazilian poker pro Joao Simao who bested Marius Gierse heads up to take down his second WSOP bracelet for $686,242 in Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha at Bally's and Paris in Las Vegas Nevada.

"I had some very hard spots at the final table," said the pro shortly after his victory, "some players were better than me in Hold'em, others were better than me in Omaha but I felt that on average I had an edge because I play both well." The man who once said that the Brazilian storm is coming is more confident than ever that poker will continue to be popular in Brazil. "Every time a Brazilian wins a bracelet, it makes our community grow, more and more, which is good for us and good for the poker world in general."

Coming into the day as the chip leader, Simao kept his foot on the gas the whole day and found himself knocking out six of the nine players at the final table. He was surrounded and embraced by a large rail of Brazilian supporters including his wife. Afterwards, he and the rail went over the to Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix to support Brazilian poker pro Andre Akkari, who is at the final table. "We'll do a party here and a party in Brazil to celebrate!"

Event #53: Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

1stJoao SimaoBrazil$686,242
2ndMarius GierseGermany$424,122
3rdRyan RiessUnited States$302,980
4thDante GoyaBrazil$219,472
5thAden SalazarUnited States$161,239
6thJoshua McSwineyAustralia$120,165
7thFred GoldbergUnited States$90,864
8thCody RichUnited States$69,727

Final Day Action

Many players found themselves falling throughout the day including Stefan Schillhabel (68th - $10,724), Ben Diebold (48th - $12,977), Mustapha Kanit (28th - $19,650), Brian Rast (22nd - $23,327), and David Williams (18th - $23,327). The final table bubble boy was Randall Brooks who ran his two pair and flush draw into the set of Dante Goya in a Pot-Limit Omaha round. The flush draw did not hit and Brooks exited the tournament in tenth place for $42,953.

Final Table Action

Joni Jouhkimainen
Anothrer WSOP final table appearance for Joni Jouhkimainen

Last year's fifth place finisher in this event, Joni Jouhkimainen, managed to do the rare feat of final tabling once more. It was a short-lived visit to the final table as, during a No-Limit Hold'em round, he ran his pocket eights into the pocket tens of Simao and found no improvement on the runout. Simao added to his final table lead while Jouhkimainen ended his run in ninth place for $54,313.

Cody Rich started the final table as one of the middle stacks but ran into a cooler in Pot-Limit Omaha when his straight and flush draw combination ran into the better straight draw and overpair of Simao. The board ran out with no help to Rich and he ended his run in eighth place for $69,727.

Fred Goldberg saw his stack dwindle to just under one big blind in a bizarre hand where he thought he was calling all in, but ended up having some behind. He laddered once but found himself out shortly after that when, in a Pot-Limit Omaha round, he ran his suited kings into the suited aces of Gierse. No help was given to him and he left the tournament in seventh place for $90,864.

After that, a break in eliminations as the short stacks doubled a few times. But it was a No-Limit Hold'em round that would see an elimination when Joao Simao raised from the button and was called by Gierse in the small blind. In the big blind, Joshua McSwiney moved all in, which folded out Simao but Gierse called with two sevens. McSwiney's king-queen suited found a flush draw on the flop, but no further improvement as he would leave the tournament in sixth place for $120,165.

After losing a big flip in Pot-Limit Omaha to Gierse, Aden Salazar found himself all in for his remaining five big blinds in a No-Limit Hold'em round with nine-ten suited against the jack-ten suited Simao held. The flop came out favorably for Salazar, but the river gave a pair of jacks to Simao and Salazar exited the tournament in fifth place for $161,231.

Goya ended up being eliminated in fourth place for $219,472. In a No-Limit Hold'em round, Goya moved all in over a raise made by Simao with ace-ten offsuit and Simao looked him up with pocket sevens. Simao made a set on the turn leaving Goya drawing dead and the Brazilian tablemates embraced as Goya left the tournament area.

Joao Simao
Joao Simao and The Brazilian rail

WSOP 2013 Main Event Champion Ryan Riess started the final table as the shortest stack, but through careful maneuvering, managed to find himself in the final three. He saw his run come to an end when, in Pot-Limit Omaha, he got in his remaining chips against Gierse holding the better hand preflop. Gierse flopped a straight draw and a flush draw, but the turn gave Riess a better straight, leaving Gierse to draw only to the flush. The river completed the flush for Gierse and the 2013 Main Event champion shook hands with his opponents as he left the tournament in third place for $302,980.

Gierse started heads up against Simao with Simao holding a two-to-one chip lead, but it quickly grew to an eight-to-one chip lead as Simao pulled away. The final hand was in Pot-Limit Omaha when Simao raised his big blind and Gierse called. The flop of five, eight, eight with two spades saw all the chips get in, with Gierse holding the nut flush draw and overs and Simao holding pocket queens and a worse flush draw. The turn and river ran out as two clubs and Simao ran to his rail of supporters as they all cheered joyfully. He turned back and embraced his opponent and Gierse ended his run in this tournament in second place for $424,122.

Congratulations to Joao Simao for winning his second WSOP bracelet in Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha. Thank you to all who entered the tournament and thank you who read along. Stay tuned to PokerNews for updates on all events regarding the World Series of Poker.

Monday, June 27, 2022 12:11 AM Local Time
Marius Gierse Eliminated In 2nd Place($424,122)

Marius Gierse

Pot-Limit Omaha

Marius Gierse called in the small blind and in the big blind, Joao Simao raised to 900,000 which Gierse called.

The flop came out     and Simao bet 700,000 which Gierse responded to by raising to 2,000,000. Simao raised to the pot to put Gierse all in for his remaining 3,200,000 behind and he called to put himself at risk.

Marius Gierse:     
Joao Simao:     

The turn and river came out    and Simao's rail erupted into cheers as the ace on the river gave Simao aces and fives with a queen kicker. Gierse shook hands with his opponent and finished the tournament in second place.

Joao Simao wins Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha. A full recap is soon to follow.

Joao Simao39,400,00036,170,000
Marius Gierse0-7,100,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 12:00 AM Local Time
Gierse Doubles Up

Pot-Limit Omaha

Joao Simao completed and Marius Gierse chose to raise it to 900,000, with 2,025,000 behind. Simao called.

All the chips went in the middle on the flop    . Gierse potted and Simao shoved, which was called by Gierse:

Marius Gierse:     
Joao Simao:     

The turn   and river   completed the board and Gierse got the double up he needed with with two pair.

The hand after, Gierse completed and Simao checked. The flop revealed     and both checked to see a   on the turn. Simao check-folded after Griese bet 450,000.

Joao Simao32,300,000-2,700,000
Marius Gierse7,100,0002,960,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:51 PM Local Time
Gierse Getting Short

No-Limit Hold'em

Marius Gierse called in the small blind and Joao Simao checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came out     and Simao led out for 325,000 which Gierse called.

Gierse called once more on the   turn when Simao sized up to 675,000.

The river of   saw Simao bet the same 675,000 and Gierse called with Simao turning over    for a flush which was good for the pot.

Joao Simao35,000,0002,000,000
Marius Gierse4,140,000-2,260,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:45 PM Local Time
Simao Takes More from Gierse

No-Limit Hold'em

On the first hand, Joao Simao raised to 700,000 and Marius Gierse made the call. The flop fanned     and Gierse quickly check-called Simao's continuation bet for 600,000.

The turn fell the   and Gierse check-folded after Simao fired 1,550,000 into the pot.

The hand after, Gierse raised to 600,000 and Simao thought about his move for a minute and announced all in. Gierse immediately sent his cards into the muck.

Joao Simao33,000,0001,540,000
Marius Gierse6,400,000-1,500,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:40 PM Local Time
Simao Draws Blood Heads Up

No-Limit Hold'em

Marius Gierse raised to 700,000 on the button and Joao Simao called.

The flop came out     and Simao checked to Gierse bet 500,000 which Simao called.

The turn of   saw Simao check once more and Gierse sized up to 2,000,000 which Simao called again.

The river of   checked through and Simao turned over    for kings and fours which was good for the pot and Simao's rail erupted into cheers as he scooped the pot.

Joao Simao31,460,000660,000
Marius Gierse7,900,000-700,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:32 PM Local Time
Ryan Riess Eliminated in 3rd Place ($302,980)

Ryan Riess

Pot-Limit Omaha

On the button, Ryan Riess potted for 1,050,000 with only 100,000 left behind. Joao Simao folded his small blind and Marius Griese raised, which was immediately called by Riess for his last chip.

Ryan Riess:     
Marius Griese:     

Riess didn't find anything throughout the board      , giving a flush to Griese to bust the 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion in third place for $302,980.

Joao Simao30,800,0004,000,000
Marius Gierse8,600,000-900,000
Ryan Riess0-2,450,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:30 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:25 PM Local Time
Simao Fires Twice

Pot-Limit Omaha

Joao Simao raised to 800,000 in the small blind and in the big blind, Marius Gierse called.

The flop came out     and Gierse called a bet of 250,000 from Simao.

The turn of   saw Simao size up to 1,525,000 and Gierse folded, giving Simao the pot.

Joao Simao26,800,0003,600,000
Marius Gierse9,500,000-3,200,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:17 PM Local Time
Dante Goya Eliminated in 4th Place ($219,472)

Dante Goya

No-Limit Hold'em

Joao Simao raised to 550,000 under the gun and Dante Goya shoved in the big blind for a total stack worth 2,500,000. It was snap-called by Simao to create the following showdown:

Dante Goya:   
Joao Simao:   

Goya had to win the flip to stay in the tournament but the board revealed      , improving Simao's hand into a set to send Goya out in the 4th place for $219,472.

Joao Simao23,200,0001,500,000
Dante Goya0-2,850,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:12 PM Local Time
Riess Doubles on Simao

No-Limit Hold'em

Ryan Riess shoved under the gun for his last 1,050,000 and Joao Simao raised in the small blind. Marius Griese got out of the way and they both tabled their cards:

Ryan Riess:   
Joao Simao:   

Riess didn't find any bad surprise throughout the board       and took down the pot and the double up.

Joao Simao21,700,000-650,000
Ryan Riess2,450,000150,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:06 PM Local Time
Aden Salazar Eliminated In 5th Place ($161,239)

Aden Salazar

No-Limit Hold'em

Joao Simao raised to 550,000 in the hijack and in the big blind, Aden Salazar moved all in for 1,100,000 and Simao called.

Aden Salazar:   
Joao Simao:   

The board ran out       and while Salazar flopped a pair, Simao found a pair of his own on the river and Salazar left the tournament in 5th place.

Joao Simao22,350,0003,050,000
Aden Salazar0-3,300,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:57 PM Local Time
Goya Doubles Through Simao

Dante Goya

Pot-Limit Omaha

Dante Goya, witha. total stack worth 1,3025,000, raised in the cutoff to 750,000 and Joao Simao potted in the small blind. It came back to Goya who called with his remaining stack:

Dante Goya:     
Joao Simao:     

Simao had the best starting hand but the board revealed       to give a flush to Goya and the needed double up.

Joao Simao19,300,000-300,000
Dante Goya2,850,000700,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:51 PM Local Time
Joshua McSwiney Eliminated In 6th Place ($120,165)

Joshua McSwiney

No-Limit Hold'em

Joao Simao raised to 525,000 on the button and was called by Marius Gierse in the small blind. In the big blind, Joshua McSwiney moved all in for 3,600,000 and Simao folded while Gierse called.

Joshua McSwiney:   
Marius Gierse:   

The board ran out       and the set of sevens was good to take down the pot and McSwiney left the tournament in 6th place.

Marius Gierse12,700,0003,400,000
Joshua McSwiney0-3,750,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:42 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 250,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:42 PM Local Time
Simao Takes from McSwiney

No-Limit Hold'em

Joshua McSwiney raised in the hijack to 400,000 and it folded to Joao Simao who tanked for a minute and called in the big blind.

The dealer brought a flop     and Simao check-raised to 575,00 a bet from McSwiney worth 225,000. The latter didn't take long to call.

The turn was the   and Simao fired 725,000. This time McSwiney prefered to fold.

Joao Simao19,600,0003,500,000
Joshua McSwiney3,750,000-750,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:39 PM Local Time
Few Shoves, No Flops

The past few hands have seen no flops and only players going all in preflop in holdem and pot-limit omaha. No flops have been seen.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:29 PM Local Time
Goya Gets a Fold from Riess

Pot-Limit Omaha

In a blind versus blind situation, Riess completed and Goya checked his option.

The flop revealed     and went checked to go see a   on the turn. Riess check-folded this time after Goya bet 200,000.

Ryan Riess2,300,000-1,000,000
Dante Goya2,150,000900,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:24 PM Local Time
Riess Doubles Through Goya

No-Limit Hold'em

Ryan Riess moved in his remaining 1,400,000 from the cutoff and in the big blind, Dante Goya moved all in for 2,650,000 which folded out all action.

Ryan Riess:   
Dante Goya:   

The board ran out       and Riess found a pair of queens on the flop to double through Goya.

Ryan Riess3,300,0001,250,000
Dante Goya1,250,000-2,425,000
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:17 PM Local Time
McSwiney Applies Pressure to Gierse

No-Limit Hold'em

Joshua McSwiney raised under the gun to 400,000 and got a call from Marius Gierse in the big blind.

The board came     and Gierse checked. McSwiney shoved for 3,800,000 and Gierse didn't take long to fold, showing    for top pair top kicker. McSwiney flipped over    with a smile.

"I never expected that! Well done" said Gierse jokingly while McSwiney added the chips to his stack.

Marius Gierse9,300,000-1,000,000
Joshua McSwiney4,500,000375,000