Tuesday, June 28, 2022 6:02 PM Local Time (about 3 hours and 24 minutes ago)
A New WSOP Warrior as James Todd Wins Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors for $161,256
On Tuesday, 21 players returned to play down to a winner in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors and it took just five hours to determine a winner in James Todd, who claimed a $161,256 top prize and the gold bracelet.
After three days of play, starting with a record-breaking 3,209 entrants, a $1,315,690 prize pool was built. Of those entrants, 482 made the money. The bubble boys were Mackenzie Horwitz and Scott Ayers, who split the $800 minimum cash between them. Mackenzie was really happy to cash in his first WSOP event, playing in memory of his veteran brother.
Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Results
|1||James Todd||United States||$161,256|
|2||Brett Coltman||United States||$99,676|
|4||Randy Levin||United States||$57,554|
|5||Rigoberto Rodriguez||United States||$44,180|
|6||Nicholas Sena-Hopkins||United States||$34,146|
|7||Todd Saffron||United States||$26,574|
|9||Maximo Martinez||El Salvador||$16,433|
|10||Zyad Qasem||United States||$13,059|
Some amazing stories emerged through the days, PokerNews caught up with Jimmy Rogers on the Day 2 dinner break, who finished in the money in the event. Check out Jimmy's story here.
There were many notable runs from players with varied backgrounds including pro Barry Greenstein (63rd - $2,691), veteran and brain cancer survivor James Lovell (81st - $1,952), veteran and celebrity poker host Shaun Colquhoun (251st - $1,126), as well as many more.
Action was thick and fast, with the average stack coming into the day just under twenty big blinds. It didn't take long to lose 11 players and be down to our 10-handed final table.
Final Table Action
Zyad Qasem was the first to fall to Todd. Followed by El Salvadorian Maximo Martinez who was all smiles all day. Martinez coined his own signature catchphrase when he doubled versus Qasem on Day 2, ''Punch to the Liver!''.
Next off the table was Elias Nato in eighth place, the Brazilian had his own cheering section and media team filming him on the day. He was short-stacked and couldn't find the double up. In seventh place was the cool and collected Todd Saffron, who was also eliminated by Todd.
The sixth-place finisher was Nicholas Sena-Hopkins, who cashed for $34,146 for his run. Short stacked for most of the day, he did well to ladder to sixth and was all in for his last two big blinds in a three-way pot, busting to Todd.
Rigoberto Rodriguez ended up getting it in with fives versus the jacks of Brett Coltman, he couldn't improve small blind versus button and his dance was done. Rodriguez was cracking jokes and having fun all tournament, bringing good energy to the tables.
Randy Levin lost out to Coltman, too. Short stacked, he tried to bluff Coltman off a flop, and unbeknownst to him, Coltman had bottom two pair and held. In third was Patrick Pilko, the Austrian busting to Todd in a flip situation. Pilko took over $75,000 for his finish.
Heads-up play took just three hands after Coltman moved all in and Todd called his all in of 26.8 million with an ace and three versus the king and seven of Coltman. With two pair on the flop, Todd had it all but locked up and the turn and river didn't help Coltman survive.
PokerNews caught up with a jubilant Todd after his victory. Todd, when asked what his expectations were this summer, said: ''I kinda did expect it, I came into this trip wanting and planning on leaving with a bracelet...I can't explain it'."
Confidence from Todd, but the confidence you need if you do actually intend on winning gold in such a big field.
Todd, who was composed all day long, credits both good sleep, his rail, and his work ethic for the victory. On that note, his girlfriend was on the rail nearly the entire Day 2 after flying in to support Todd.
''Her just being here, rooting for me, means the world ... You know I've been showing her pictures of bracelets, telling her I'm going to win, showing my clients. She believed in me the whole time, and so has my son,'' said Todd, who works as a personal trainer by trade.
Todd also credits his spirituality for his victory. ''I felt God's peace with me the entire time."
It was by far Todd's biggest win of his career, who says he has been seriously into poker for the last 25 years but has paid for teaching services to improve his game as of late. That has paid dividends as he is now has a nice bankroll boost. Todd has no plans to give up his job as a personal trainer though, and has no major spending plans in his head yet, though he may buy some land in the mountains (he lives in Colorado).
''Maybe I'll take one more day off a week now," Todd said with a smile on his face.
Finally, talking on the tournament itself, Todd was asked how it feels to be part of something that transcends just winning money. He responded: ''It's going to help a hell of a lot of people. I did not serve, but my father served in the military. I love our service men and women, you know. It's such an honorable position and able to give back a bit'."
The players raised $74,809 for the USO (United Service Organizations) among other charities. No doubt many individuals and families will be helped with those funds and the awareness raised for multiple charities and organizations to help veterans and those affected by war is invaluable.
That's a wrap from Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors at the 2022 WSOP, congratulations to champion James Todd! There are still many champions to be crowd and gold bracelets to be won. Stay with PokerNews for all the up-to-date information and coverage on the 2022 WSOP!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 5:09 PM Local Time (about 4 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Brett Coltman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($99,676)
Just three hands in to heads-up action, Brett Coltman moved all in from the button / small blind for 26,800,000 chips and James Todd got a count before calling.
Todd was ahead and the run out flopped him two pair and all but sealed the fate of the tournament. Coltman gets $99,676 for 2nd place.
Stay tuned for a full recap shortly, including an interview with the winner, James Todd.
|James Todd||160,450,000||35,950,000 |
|Brett Coltman||0||-35,950,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:59 PM Local Time (about 4 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Patrick Pilko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($75,486)
James Todd raised to 3,500,000 from the button and Patrick Pilko moved all in for around 18,000,000 from the big blind. Todd called quickly and the cards were turned up.
The board ran out and Todd made a pair of fives to secure the elimination of Pilko in 3rd place for $75,486.
|James Todd||124,500,000||27,500,000 |
|Brett Coltman||35,950,000||3,450,000 |
|Patrick Pilko||0||-28,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:51 PM Local Time (about 4 hours and 35 minutes ago)
Level 39 started
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:34 PM Local Time (about 4 hours and 52 minutes ago)
The final three players are now on another 15-minute break.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:33 PM Local Time (about 4 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Todd Takes From Coltman
Action was heads up with 6,000,000 in the pot and on the board when James Todd bet 3,000,000 and Brett Coltman called. The turn was .
Todd checked the turn and then called when Coltman bet 5,000,000. The river was .
Todd checked once again on the river and Coltman bet 7,500,000. After a few moments of deliberation, Todd called and turned over for a pair of aces. Coltman showed a and tossed the losing hand in the muck.
|James Todd||97,000,000||25,000,000 |
|Brett Coltman||32,500,000||-29,500,000 |
|Patrick Pilko||28,500,000||11,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:10 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 16 minutes ago)
Randy Levin Eliminated in 4th Place ($57,554)
After Brett Coltman limped small blind versus big blind, Randy Levin checked his option.
On a flop of , Coltman checked and Levin moved all in for 7,600,000, to which Coltman snapped him off.
The turn and didn't help Levin and he wasn't ''Back, baby'' for long. Still, Levin bags $57,554 for the 4th place finish.
|Brett Coltman||62,000,000||13,000,000 |
|Randy Levin||0||-11,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:05 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 21 minutes ago)
"I'm Back, Baby!"
Randy Levin shoved his last 4,500,000 into the middle and James Todd went for the knockout.
The board ran out and Levin held on to double while letting out a "I'm back, baby!" for the rail.
|James Todd||72,000,000||-13,000,000 |
|Randy Levin||11,000,000||-500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:01 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 24 minutes ago)
Level 38 started
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:59 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Rigoberto Rodriguez Eliminated in 5th Place ($44,180)
After Brett Coltman put a stack of orange chips in totalling around 10,000,000, Rigoberto Rodriguez called all in for his last 5,400,000 and Patrick Pilko folded.
It wasn't great news for Rodridguez, who was drinking a beer and having a good time with his table mates all the time for the last two days. The board ran out to bust Rodriguez in 5th place for $44,180.
|Brett Coltman||49,000,000||13,000,000 |
|Rigoberto Rodriguez||0||-9,000,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:40 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 46 minutes ago)
Updated Chip Counts From The Final 5 Players
|James Todd||85,000,000||21,000,000 |
|Brett Coltman||36,000,000||5,600,000 |
|Patrick Pilko||17,000,000||-14,300,000 |
|Randy Levin||11,500,000||-10,100,000 |
|Rigoberto Rodriguez||9,000,000||500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:34 PM Local Time (about 5 hours and 51 minutes ago)
Nicholas Sena-Hopkins Eliminated in 6th Place ($34,146)
After a raise from Patrick Pilko on the button to 1,800,000, James Todd called in the small blind and Nicholas Sena-Hopkins called all in from the big blind for his last 1,600,000.
The flop was which went both Todd and Pilko checked.
was the turn and Todd lead for 1,500,000 to which Pilko folded. Cards were tabled
Todd had turned the nut straight and Sena-Hopkins was drawing to a chop which didn't come in on the river. The disappointed Sena-Hopkins shook his head as he exited the table in 6th place for $34,146.
|James Todd||64,000,000||500,000 |
|Nicholas Sena-Hopkins||0||-7,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:24 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 1 minute ago)
Todd Saffron Eliminated in 7th Place ($26,574)
Todd Saffron open-shoved from under the gun and James Todd called from the big blind. Action was heads up and Saffron was at risk.
The board ran out and Todd made kings and jacks to eliminate Saffron from the tournament in 7th place for $26,574.
|James Todd||63,500,000||12,500,000 |
|Todd Saffron||0||-9,200,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:15 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 11 minutes ago)
Level 37 started
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:08 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Levin Doubles Through Coltman
Brett Coltman raised to 1,900,000 from middle position and Randy Levin shoved his last 9,800,000 from late position. The rest of the table got out of the way and action was heads up with Levin at risk.
The board ran out and Levin's eights held on to secure the important double.
|Brett Coltman||30,400,000||-9,600,000 |
|Randy Levin||21,600,000||13,775,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:55 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 30 minutes ago)
Joker Card on the Flop During a $1M Gtd. Poker Tournament?
The 2022 PokerNews Cup at Golden Nugget has been a rousing success, easily surpassing the $1 million guarantee, and there's one hand that will probably be talked about for quite some time.
During Monday's Day 2 session in the $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, an odd flop appeared at one of the tables on the very first hand. The flop came out , , and Joker. Yes, a Joker was somehow left in the deck, and one player seated at another table captured the hand on video, which was then posted on the PokerNews YouTube channel.
Watch the video on PokerNews!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:52 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 34 minutes ago)
Elias Neto Eliminated in 8th Place ($20,824)
After an all in from Rigoberto Rodriguez in the cutoff, Elias Neto called all in for his last 1,800,000 or so and the big blind folded.
The board ran out giving Rodriguez a rivered pair of tens, sending the Brazilian out in 8th, still good for $20,823.
|Rigoberto Rodriguez||8,500,000||2,100,000 |
|Elias Neto||0||-3,500,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:45 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 40 minutes ago)
Maximo Martinez Eliminated in 9th Place ($16,433)
Patrick Pilko raised to 2,100,000 from middle position and Maximo Martinez shoved for 13,600,000 from the cutoff. The button and blinds got out of the way and Pilko called quickly to put Martinez at risk.
The board ran out and Pilko's kings held to eliminate Martinez from the tournament in ninth place for $16,433.
|Patrick Pilko||31,300,000||14,300,000 |
|Maximo Martinez||0||-11,700,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:41 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 45 minutes ago)
YOU CALL YOUR FAVORITE HAND WHAT?! | SEIVER TALKS HIGH STAKES DUEL | Day 28 Highlights | WSOP 2022
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:37 PM Local Time (about 6 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Level 36 started