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

Sunday, June 26, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022

Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $5,362,000
  • Entries: 112
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 27, 2022 2:44 AM Local Time
$50,000 Poker Players Championship Nears 100 Entrants; Schwartz, Kenney and Deeb Among Day 1 Leaders

Bryn Kenney is second in chips

Trying to guess how many entries the $50,000 Poker Players Championship will get is always a lottery. But amid the whisperings of which high-stakes cash game players would join the field in pursuit of WSOP glory, talk was that the number of entries could surpass 100 for the first time since 2014.

It didn't quite get that far, with 90 entries on Day 1, but all signs point to a healthy field with late registration open for another five levels on Day 2 Monday.

All the big names you would expect to see in a tournament of this magnitude were in attendance, including eight former champions, six Poker Hall of Famers, and five WSOP Players of the Year.

After six levels on Day 1 it is Luke Schwartz (893,000) who bags the overnight chip lead after winning a last-minute hand against Julien Martini to overtake the Frenchman. Bryn Kenney, Shaun Deeb and Bryce Yockey are the only other players above 700,000.

$50,000 Poker Players Championship End of Day 1 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Luke SchwartzUnited Kingdom893,000
2Bryn KenneyUnited States802,000
3Shaun DeebUnited States718,500
4Bryce YockeyUnited States715,000
5Aaron KatzUnited States695,500
6David BenyamineFrance651,000
7Dan CatesUnited States617,000
8Ben YuUnited States601,000
9Andrew KelsallUnited States583,000
10Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom547,000

Day 1 Recap

The action was typical for Day 1 of this prestigious tournament, with slow and deep-stacked mixed game play across all nine games in the format.

What was atypical was the arrival of defending champion Dan Cates. Why? Because he was dressed like Randy "Macho Man" Savage. And talking like him as well.

Dan Cates
Dan Cates

The costume didn't seem to hinder "Jungleman" as he bagged a healthy stack ahead of Day 2.

Despite the 100-minute levels, there were some casualties on Day 1. Jens Lakemeier was the first elimination after a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha against Shaun Deeb. He was joined on the rail by Eli Elezra, Felipe Ramos, David Prociak and Ben Diebold.

Fireworks were in short supply, but several players did manage to chip up considerably from the 300,000 starting stack. Julien Martini registered midway through the day and soon made his way up the chip counts. Naoya Kihara and Bryn Kenney were equally active as they looked to add second bracelets to their collection.

The tournament continues at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 27 with six more 100-minute levels scheduled. Late registration closes prior to the start of Level 11 at approximately 10:20 p.m. Stay tuned to PokerNews for full updates from the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Monday, June 27, 2022 2:36 AM Local Time
Seat Draw For Day 2

Please note, late registration remains open for the first five levels of Day 2.

Paris1291Jared BleznickUnited States203,500
Paris1292Erik SeidelUnited States155,000
Paris1293Matthew SchreiberUnited States84,500
Paris1294Elior SionUnited Kingdom397,000
Paris1295Paul VolpeUnited States221,500
Paris1296Daniel WeinmanUnited States405,500
Paris1301Phil IveyUnited States362,000
Paris1302Luke SchwartzUnited Kingdom893,000
Paris1303Anthony ZinnoUnited States454,000
Paris1304David "ODB" BakerUnited States192,500
Paris1305Daniel NegreanuToronto, ON, CA429,000
Paris1306Adam FriedmanUnited States391,000
Paris1311Dan ShakUnited States443,000
Paris1312Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom406,500
Paris1313Ismael BojangAustria74,000
Paris1315Mike NooriUnited States90,500
Paris1316Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom333,000
Paris1322David MoskowitzUnited States181,000
Paris1323Dan CatesUnited States617,000
Paris1324Naoya KiharaJapan344,500
Paris1325Mike GorodinskyUnited States75,500
Paris1326Alex RochaUnited States411,000
Paris1331Mike WattelUnited States109,000
Paris1332Phil HuiUnited States501,000
Paris1335Andrew KelsallUnited States583,000
Paris1336Julien MartiniFrance440,000
Paris1341Nicholas JuliaUnited States236,500
Paris1342Michael MoncekUnited States366,500
Paris1344Roy ThungUnited States210,000
Paris1345Peter GelencserHungary305,500
Paris1346Chad EveslageUnited States304,500
Paris1351Andrew BrownUnited States91,000
Paris1352Aaron KatzUnited States695,500
Paris1353Scott SeiverUnited States113,500
Paris1354Brian HastingsUnited States468,000
Paris1355Ben LambUnited States353,000
Paris1361John RacenerUnited States414,000
Paris1362Philip SternheimerUnited States208,500
Paris1364Jesse McGintyUnited States465,500
Paris1365Chris BrewerUnited States344,000
Paris1366Nick SchulmanUnited States125,000
Paris1372Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States86,000
Paris1373Dave RogersUnited States179,000
Paris1374Ali EslamiUnited States492,000
Paris1375Dario SammartinoItaly345,500
Paris1376Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom547,000
Paris1381Chino RheemUnited States405,500
Paris1382Scott BohlmanUnited States477,000
Paris1383Koray AldemirAustria546,000
Paris1385Jean-Robert BellandeUnited States377,000
Paris1386Bryce YockeyUnited States715,000
Paris1392Shaun DeebUnited States718,500
Paris1393Albert DaherLebanon196,000
Paris1394Randy OhelUnited States437,500
Paris1395Michael MizrachiUnited States435,500
Paris1396Jeremy AusmusUnited States262,500
Paris1401David WilliamsUnited States285,500
Paris1402Maxx ColemanUnited States242,000
Paris1403Johannes BeckerGermany216,500
Paris1404Yuval BronshteinIsrael279,500
Paris1405Ian O'haraUnited States421,500
Paris1411Eric WassersonUnited States88,500
Paris1413Matthew GonzalesUnited States191,000
Paris1414Christopher ChungUnited States70,000
Paris1415David BenyamineFrance651,000
Paris1416Dan SmithUnited States280,000
Paris1421David BachUnited States292,000
Paris1422Rob HollinkNetherlands308,500
Paris1423Brian RastUnited States160,500
Paris1424Chris FraserUnited Kingdom108,500
Paris1426Bryn KenneyUnited States802,000
Paris1433Lyle BermanUnited States459,000
Paris1434Ray DehkharghaniUnited States182,000
Paris1435Marco JohnsonUnited States339,500
Paris1436Ben YuUnited States601,000
Paris1441Matt GlantzUnited States71,000
Paris1442Jen HarmanUnited States104,000
Paris1443Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil540,000
Paris1445Freddy DeebUnited States512,500
Paris1446Joao VieiraPortugal246,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:35 AM Local Time
End of Day Chip Counts
Luke Schwartz893,000553,000
Bryn Kenney802,00082,000
Shaun Deeb718,500-66,500
Bryce Yockey715,00040,000
Aaron Katz695,500365,500
David Benyamine651,000276,000
Dan Cates617,000267,000
Ben Yu601,00056,000
Andrew Kelsall583,000143,000
Benny Glaser547,000137,000
Koray Aldemir546,00096,000
Yuri Dzivielevski540,000-110,000
Freddy Deeb512,500172,500
Phil Hui501,000151,000
Ali Eslami492,00063,500
Scott Bohlman477,000-3,000
Brian Hastings468,000-47,000
Jesse McGinty465,500190,500
Lyle Berman459,00049,000
Anthony Zinno454,00074,000
Dan Shak443,000153,000
Julien Martini440,000-510,000
Randy Ohel437,50077,500
Michael Mizrachi435,50080,500
Daniel Negreanu429,00099,000
Ian O'Hara421,500-8,500
John Racener414,00064,000
Alex Rocha411,00096,000
Talal Shakerchi406,50096,500
Chino Rheem405,500-94,500
Daniel Weinman405,500185,500
Elior Sion397,000-53,000
Adam Friedman391,00016,000
Jean-Robert Bellande377,000-33,000
Michael Moncek366,5000
Phil Ivey362,000-113,000
Ben Lamb353,00098,000
Dario Sammartino345,500120,500
Naoya Kihara344,500-305,500
Chris Brewer344,000-246,000
Marco Johnson339,50049,500
Matthew Ashton333,000138,000
Rob Hollink308,50019,500
Peter Gelencser305,500145,500
Chad Eveslage304,500-65,500
David Bach292,000-8,000
David Williams285,500-1,500
Dan Smith280,0000
Yuval Bronshtein279,500-10,500
Jeremy Ausmus262,500-62,500
Joao Vieira246,000-9,000
Maxx Coleman242,00017,000
Nicholas Julia236,500-33,500
Paul Volpe221,500-26,500
Johannes Becker216,500-110,500
Roy Thung210,00055,000
Philip Sternheimer208,500-54,500
Jared Bleznick203,500-146,500
Albert Daher196,000-34,000
David "ODB" Baker192,500-37,500
Matthew Gonzales191,00071,000
Ray Dehkharghani182,000-73,000
David Moskowitz181,000-34,000
Dave Rogers179,00073,000
Brian Rast160,500500
Erik Seidel155,000-30,000
Nick Schulman125,000-140,000
Scott Seiver113,50023,500
Mike Wattel109,000-16,000
Chris Fraser108,500-201,500
Jen Harman104,000-41,000
Andrew Brown91,000-94,000
Mike Noori90,500500
Eric Wasserson88,500-26,500
Brandon Shack-Harris86,000-154,000
Matthew Schreiber84,500-155,500
Mike Gorodinsky75,500-24,500
Ismael Bojang74,000-106,000
Matt Glantz71,000-9,000
Christopher Chung70,000-45,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:29 AM Local Time
Arieh Eliminated; Schwartz into the Lead

Luke Schwartz

Pot-Limit Omaha

According to our French colleagues, Julien Martini lost the chip lead in one of the last hands of the night against Luke Schwartz.

Martini raised to 7,000 and Schwartz called. Josh Arieh was in the big blind and announced pot and was all in. Martini re-potted and Schwartz also raised pot. At this point the bet was 195,000. Martini called.

The flop came    . Martini announced pot and Schwartz snap-called all in.

Julien Martini:     
Luke Schwartz:     

The turn and river bricked with Schwartz' aces holding and Arieh also sent to the rail (hand unknown).

Monday, June 27, 2022 2:19 AM Local Time
Yu Tank-Calls Against Glantz

No-Limit Hold'em

On a       board Ben Yu had checked to Matt Glantz who had bet 40,000. Yu tanked and eventually had the clock called on him.

He eventually called and Glantz showed    offsuit. Yu held    and wont he pot.

Ben Yu545,00083,000
Matt Glantz80,000-140,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:17 AM Local Time
Couden Busts to Sion; Esposito Also Gone

Pot-Limit Omaha

Joey Couden was getting to his feet having lost his last chips in Pot-Limit Omaha against Elior Sion. Couden held      against the      of Sion.

Meanwhile at a neighbouring table, the seat formerly occupied by John Esposito was also empty.

Dan Zack530,000450,000
Elior Sion450,000295,000
Aaron Katz330,000-290,000
Talal Shakerchi310,000-20,000
David "ODB" Baker230,000-110,000
Joey Couden0-230,000
John Esposito0-140,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:13 AM Local Time
Harman Beats Volpe in Showdown

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Jen Harman:     /     
Paul Volpe:    /      /  

As of fifth street, Jen Harman was spotted betting versus Paul Volpe. The same action repeated on the final two streets and Volpe reluctantly called. Harman revealed a flush and that won the entire pot as Volpe had no qualifying low.

Phil Hui350,000-90,000
Rob Hollink289,00029,000
Dan Smith280,000-39,000
Paul Volpe248,000-87,000
Maxx Coleman225,00015,000
Jen Harman145,000-35,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:05 AM Local Time
Vieira Forces a Fold From Berman

Omaha Hi-Lo

In a battle cutoff versus button, the flop came     and Lyle Berman check-called a bet by Joao Vieira. The very same action repeated on the   on the turn. Last but not least, the   fell on the river and Berman checked once more. Vieira emptied the clip with a third bet and that forced out Berman.

Lyle Berman410,00030,000
Joao Vieira255,00070,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 2:00 AM Local Time
Assorted Late Night Counts

Former PPC champion David Bach opted to enter very late on Day 1 and increased the overall field size to 91 entries. At least five players have been eliminated and the tournament is drawing to an end very soon for tonight.

Julien Martini950,000200,000
Shaun Deeb785,000-10,000
Bryn Kenney720,000120,000
Bryce Yockey675,000118,000
Aaron Katz620,00055,000
Brian Hastings515,000100,000
Scott Bohlman480,00040,000
Jean-Robert Bellande410,000-50,000
Benny Glaser410,000-10,000
Adam Friedman375,000213,000
Dan Cates350,000-70,000
John Racener350,00040,000
Jeremy Ausmus325,00085,000
David Bach300,000
Nicholas Julia270,00015,000
Albert Daher230,000155,000
Christopher Chung115,000-115,000
Mike Noori90,000-140,000
Scott Seiver90,000-275,000
Josh Arieh50,000-30,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:52 AM Local Time
Wasserson Avoids Getting Scooped

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Eric Wasserson:     /     
Erik Seidel:     /     

Erik Seidel bet all the way as of fourth street and Eric Wasserson came along. Once the cards were revealed, Seidel taböed an ace-high flush with a six low and there was very brief confusion. However, Wasserson had the slightly superior flush and secured the high portion.

"Do I look as if I get scooped by an ace-high flush and six-low?" he joked in table chat. Despite earning half the pot, Wasserson remains below half the starting stack.

Ben Yu462,000162,000
David Williams287,000-13,000
Matt Glantz220,00010,000
Erik Seidel185,000-105,000
Peter Gelencser160,000-135,000
Eric Wasserson115,00060,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:42 AM Local Time
O'Hara Scoops Three-Way Stud-8 Pot

Stud Hi-Lo

Alex Livingston:    /      /  
Chris Fraser:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Each player put a bet in on sixth street and the trio checked seventh street.

"Eights," announced Livingston.

"I have two pair," said O'Hara tabling     and that was enough to scoop the pot with neither of his opponents holding a low.

Shaun Deeb795,000-65,000
Koray Aldemir450,00028,000
Ian O'Hara430,000150,000
David Benyamine375,000-45,000
Chris Fraser310,000-50,000
Alex Livingston65,000-75,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:39 AM Local Time
Mizrachi Wins Showdown Pot Versus Shack-Harris

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Brandon Shack-Harris:    /      /  
Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  

While Brandon Shack-Harris had an open pair of queens on fifth street, he opted to check on sixth and then called a bet by Michael Mizrachi who had a potential broadway straight draw thanks to two paint cards and a ten.

Mizrachi then checked behind seventh and Shack-Harris flashed an unimproved board while Mizrachi won the pot with     for a pair of kings.

Jean-Robert Bellande460,00040,000
Michael Mizrachi355,00070,000
Jesse McGinty275,000-50,000
Brandon Shack-Harris240,00085,000
Andrew Brown185,000-60,000
Matthew Gonzales120,000-40,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:33 AM Local Time
Sammartino Pips Lamb

Ben Lamb

2-7 Triple Draw

Ben Lamb and Dario Sammartino both drew two. Lamb bet and Sammartino called.

Both players drew one. Lamb bet and called a raise from Sammartino and both players stood pat.

They both checked. Lamb showed       and Sammartino had it beat with a better eight-seven, showing       and winning the pot.

Chris Brewer590,000105,000
Andrew Kelsall440,000100,000
Chad Eveslage370,000-30,000
Ben Lamb255,00010,000
Dario Sammartino225,00085,000
David Moskowitz215,000-105,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:29 AM Local Time
Small Pot to Esposito

Seven Card Stud

Brian Hastings:    /     folded on fifth street
John Esposito:    /    

Brian Hastings completed with a six and John Esposito then three-bet as one of the shorter stacks at the table. Hastings came along and check-called a bet on fourth street before the lead changed on fifth once Esposito spiked an ace. The bet by Esposito ended all further action.

Bryce Yockey557,000-33,000
Brian Hastings415,000-30,000
Nick Schulman265,00035,000
Roy Thung155,00015,000
John Esposito140,00040,000
Dave Rogers106,000-14,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:21 AM Local Time
"Never Leave Home Without One"

Lyle Berman

2-7 Triple Draw

During the deal, the   was exposed. "Something bad usually happens when that happens," said Yuval Bronshtein.

"It's ok," said Joao Vieira, whose card it was supposed to be, "I didn't want it anyway."

Lyle Berman raised and Albert Daher defended his big blind. Daher drew three and Berman drew two. Daher then check-called a bet.

Daher drew three again and Berman drew one. Again Daher check-called a bet. Daher drew one and Berman stood pat. Daher bet and Berman called.

Daher announced a nine-six but Berman had it beat with      

"I had three twos. I started      and picked up another one!" said Daher.

"I started with a deuce," replied Berman. "Never leave home without one!"

Bryn Kenney600,000-20,000
Lyle Berman380,00070,000
Yuval Bronshtein290,00050,000
Christopher Chung230,000-10,000
Joao Vieira185,000-5,000
Albert Daher75,000-340,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:20 AM Local Time
Deeb Leads the Pack for Now; Benyamine Takes From Fraser

Pot-Limit Omaha

On the tail end of a heads-up pot between David Benyamine and Chris Fraser, the       river slowed down any potential action as both players checked once the potential straight and flush draw got there.

Fraser tabled the      for flopped two pair, aces and eights. However, Benyamine had the best of it with the      for aces and nines to drag in the pot.

The same table also features the current chip leader Shaun Deeb, who has nearly three times the starting stack at his disposal.

Shaun Deeb860,000205,000
Koray Aldemir422,000178,000
David Benyamine420,000-20,000
Chris Fraser360,000-191,000
Ben Lamb245,000-95,000
Alex Livingston140,000-55,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:18 AM Local Time
Small Showdown Pot for Becker

Seven Card Stud

Randy Ohel:    /      /  
Johannes Becker:     /     

Picking up the action on fourth street, Johannes Becker bet with the lead and was called by Randy Ohel. Another bet by Becker on fifth led to the call by Ohel and they checkes sixth street. The action on seventh street saw Becker bet and Ohel call, who then tapped the table in defeat and said "nice hand" in table chat when Becker revealed the     for a pair of kings.

Scott Bohlman440,00030,000
Ali Eslami428,500-31,500
Randy Ohel360,000-20,000
Johannes Becker327,00027,000
Philip Sternheimer263,00013,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:11 AM Local Time
Ausmus Beats Racener

Seven Card Stud

Jeremy Ausmus:    /      /  
John Racener:    /      /  

Jeremy Ausmus check-called bets on fourth and fifth street from John Racener. Ausmus bet on sixth and seventh street, getting a call on both. He turned over     for two pair and Racener mucked his cards.

Chino Rheem500,00080,000
Benny Glaser420,000-100,000
Scott Seiver365,00065,000
John Racener310,00055,000
Jeremy Ausmus240,000-50,000
Michael Moncek210,000-85,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:08 AM Local Time
Esposito Bows to Yockey Aggression

John Esposito

2-7 Triple Draw

John Esposito opened and called a three-bet from Bryce Yockey. Yockey stood pat and Esposito drew one. Yockey bet and Esposito called.

The draws and betting action repeated for the second draw, before Yockey again stood pat and Esposito drew one. Yockey bet and Esposito quickly folded.

Bryce Yockey590,00020,000
Brian Hastings445,000-15,000
Nick Schulman230,000-120,000
Roy Thung140,00030,000
Dave Rogers120,000-20,000
John Esposito100,000-170,000
Monday, June 27, 2022 1:02 AM Local Time
Small Pot for Gorodinsky

No-Limit Hold'em

On the tail end of a heads-up pot between Daniel Negreanu and Mike Gorodinsky, the former bet the       river for 11,000. Gorodinsky mulled it over for a short while and called for Negreanu to announce a five.

Gorodinsky had that crushed with the    for kings and fives to pull back some chips but remains the shortest stack at the table.

Anthony Zinno has also lost some chips on the same table as well and recalled an all-in showdown with a pat nine-eight in No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw that had come up second best to a pat nine-seven of Ismael Bojang. The latter has since lost a portion of his stack also while Jared Bleznick and Freddy Deeb moved up.

Anthony Zinno380,000-60,000
Jared Bleznick350,00080,000
Freddy Deeb340,00065,000
Daniel Negreanu330,000-20,000
Ismael Bojang180,000-90,000
Mike Gorodinsky100,000-32,000