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

Sunday, June 26, 2022 to Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Event #54: $500 SALUTE to Warriors - No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $1,444,050
  • Entries: 3,209
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 6:02 PM Local Time
A New WSOP Warrior as James Todd Wins Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors for $161,256

James Todd

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

1James ToddUnited States$161,256
2Brett ColtmanUnited States$99,676
3Patrick PilkoAustria$75,486
4Randy LevinUnited States$57,554
5Rigoberto RodriguezUnited States$44,180
6Nicholas Sena-HopkinsUnited States$34,146
7Todd SaffronUnited States$26,574
8Elias NetoBrazil$20,824
9Maximo MartinezEl Salvador$16,433
10Zyad QasemUnited 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

Salute to Warriors Final Table
Salute to Warriors Final Table

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.

Brett Coltman
Runner-up Brett Coltman.

Winner's Interview

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.

James Todd
James Todd

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
Brett Coltman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($99,676)

Brett Coltman

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.

Brett Coltman:   
James Todd:   

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 Todd160,450,00035,950,000
Brett Coltman0-35,950,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:59 PM Local Time
Patrick Pilko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($75,486)

Patrick Pilko

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.

Patrick Pilko:   
James Todd:   

The board ran out       and Todd made a pair of fives to secure the elimination of Pilko in 3rd place for $75,486.

James Todd124,500,00027,500,000
Brett Coltman35,950,0003,450,000
Patrick Pilko0-28,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:51 PM Local Time
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 1,000,000/1,500,000
Ante: 1,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:34 PM Local Time
Break Time

The final three players are now on another 15-minute break.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:33 PM Local Time
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 Todd97,000,00025,000,000
Brett Coltman32,500,000-29,500,000
Patrick Pilko28,500,00011,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:10 PM Local Time
Randy Levin Eliminated in 4th Place ($57,554)

Randy Levin

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.

Randy Levin:   
Brett Coltman:   

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 Coltman62,000,00013,000,000
Randy Levin0-11,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:05 PM Local Time
"I'm Back, Baby!"

Randy Levin shoved his last 4,500,000 into the middle and James Todd went for the knockout.

Randy Levin:   
James Todd:   

The board ran out       and Levin held on to double while letting out a "I'm back, baby!" for the rail.

James Todd72,000,000-13,000,000
Randy Levin11,000,000-500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:01 PM Local Time
Level 38 started
Level: 38
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:59 PM Local Time
Rigoberto Rodriguez Eliminated in 5th Place ($44,180)

Rigoberto Rodriguez

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.

Rigoberto Rodriguez:   
Brett Coltman:   

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 Coltman49,000,00013,000,000
Rigoberto Rodriguez0-9,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:40 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts From The Final 5 Players
James Todd85,000,00021,000,000
Brett Coltman36,000,0005,600,000
Patrick Pilko17,000,000-14,300,000
Randy Levin11,500,000-10,100,000
Rigoberto Rodriguez9,000,000500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:34 PM Local Time
Nicholas Sena-Hopkins Eliminated in 6th Place ($34,146)

Nicholas Sena-Hopkins

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

Nicholas Sena-Hopkins:   
James Todd:   

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 Todd64,000,000500,000
Nicholas Sena-Hopkins0-7,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:24 PM Local Time
Todd Saffron Eliminated in 7th Place ($26,574)

Todd Saffron

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.

Todd Saffron:   
James Todd:   

The board ran out       and Todd made kings and jacks to eliminate Saffron from the tournament in 7th place for $26,574.

James Todd63,500,00012,500,000
Todd Saffron0-9,200,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:15 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 1,000,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:08 PM Local Time
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.

Randy Levin:   
Brett Coltman:   

The board ran out       and Levin's eights held on to secure the important double.

Brett Coltman30,400,000-9,600,000
Randy Levin21,600,00013,775,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:55 PM Local Time
Joker Card on the Flop During a $1M Gtd. Poker Tournament?
Joker card on the flop?
Joker card on the flop?

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
Elias Neto Eliminated in 8th Place ($20,824)

Elias Neto

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.

Elias Neto:   
Rigoberto Rodriguez:   

The board ran out       giving Rodriguez a rivered pair of tens, sending the Brazilian out in 8th, still good for $20,823.

Rigoberto Rodriguez8,500,0002,100,000
Elias Neto0-3,500,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:45 PM Local Time
Maximo Martinez Eliminated in 9th Place ($16,433)

Maximo Martinez

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.

Maximo Martinez:   
Patrick Pilko:   

The board ran out       and Pilko's kings held to eliminate Martinez from the tournament in ninth place for $16,433.

Patrick Pilko31,300,00014,300,000
Maximo Martinez0-11,700,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:41 PM Local Time
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 2:37 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Gorilla Gaming