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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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Friday, July 1, 2022 6:40 AM Local Time
Dan Cates Makes History; Wins Back-to-Back $50,000 Poker Players Championship ($1,449,103)

Dan Cates

In the end it was a win by submission for Macho Man Dan eight minutes after sunrise.

Having announced he'd "basically already won" the $50,000 Poker Players Championship ahead of the penultimate day's play, Dan "Jungleman" Cates backed up his words with actions and secured his second WSOP bracelet along with $1,449,103 in prize money after defeating Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski heads-up.

Dzivielevski was looking for his third WSOP bracelet win in four years, and had opportunities in a marathon topsy-turvy heads-up battle in front of a raucous Brazilian rail. However, he fell just short and would have to settle for second-place.

$50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Results

1Dan CatesUnited States$1,449,103
2Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$895,614
3Naoya KiharaJapan$639,257
4Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom$464,420
5Johannes BeckerGermany$343,531
6Koray AldemirGermany$258,812

Day 5 Recap

Five players returned for the final day of the Poker Players Championship, played in the Bally's Event Center and streamed on PokerGO.

Overnight chip leader Dan Cates was soon surpassed by Benny Glaser, looking to win his fifth WSOP bracelet, while Johannes Becker headed in the opposite direction. He finally got his last chips in the middle in No-Limit Hold'em holding ace-ten against the ace-queen of Glaser to bust in fifth.

Cates had enjoyed a brief spell back in the chip lead, before Glaser returned to the top of the chip counts, but after a hot streak during Limit Hold'em Cates started to open up a considerable gap.

That gap grew wider still after Cates outdrew Glaser in a hand of No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw. With Glaser standing pat with a ten, Cates drew one to make an eight. Glaser called off for half of his remaining chips to fall to the bottom of the counts.

And in the same round of Single Draw, Glaser was out. It was a battle of the pat hands between Glaser and Kihara, with Kihara patting an eight and Glaser unable to break his nine and patting behind to bust in fourth.

There was still clear water between Cates and the other two players, with the gap remaining consistent for an extended period. In the end, it was Kihara who blinked first after check-raising river when his straight draw missed, only to get picked off by Cates' trip jacks.

Naoya Kihara
Naoya Kihara

Three doubles for Kihara would follow — in Limit Hold'em, 2-7 Single Draw and Stud Hi-Lo — but he was eventually eliminated in 2-7 Triple Draw by Dzivielevski who found himself out-chipped by over 3:1 to start heads-up play.

And so, in front of a raucous rail of vocal Brazilians and vociferous Americans trading chants back and forth, as well as the assembled TV personnel and poker media, the two players settled in for an entertaining back and forth heads-up battle that produced many stand-out moments over the course of seven hours.

An early wheel for Dzivielevski in 2-7 Triple Draw along with catching Cates bluffing in No-Limit Hold'em saw him almost draw level in the chip counts, but back came Cates after winning a series of Pot-Limit Omaha hands that had Dzivielevski scrambling to stay alive. In the last hand of the PLO round the chips went in with Dzivielevski dodging straight, flush and even backdoor quad outs to stay alive and prolong the battle.

Cates still held the momentum and, aided by a straight flush in Limit Hold'em, he worked hard to again hold a 2:1 chip lead.

Dzivielevski is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, and this was the Brazilian's sixth WSOP final table and fifth in two years since the WSOP returned from its coronavirus-induced hiatus. So when Cates opened up another lead he didn't blink and worked steadily to close the gap once more.

Heads Up
Heads Up

Then it was Dzivielevski's turn to put his foot on the gas. It felt like he had Cates right where he wanted him and finally had the measure of his opponent. But that's where the Jungleman is most dangerous, and in a blink of an eye — aided by the steadily increasing blinds and limits — the tables had turned and it looked like Cates was inches away from victory.

The two traded pots almost as often as they traded the chip lead. A double for Cates was the first called all in for several hours after Dzivielevski had again had Cates inches away from the exit.

Then the limits simply became too much. Dzivielevski was short after a 2-7 Triple Draw hand, and despite several No-Limit Hold'em doubles to stay alive, Cates was finally able to close out victory shortly before 6 a.m.

Former Poker Players Championship Winners 2006-2022

2022112$5,362,000Dan Cates$1,449,103
202163$3,016,125Dan Cates$954,020
201974$3,552,000Phil Hui$1,099,311
201887$4,176,000Michael Mizrachi$1,239,126
2017100$4,800,000Elior Sion$1,395,767
201691$4,176,000Brian Rast$1,296,097
201584$3,696,000Mike Gorodinsky$1,270,086
2014102$4,896,000John Hennigan$1,517,767
2013132$6,336,000Matthew Ashton$1,774,089
2012108$5,184,000Michael Mizrachi$1,451,527
2011128$6,144,000Brian Rast$1,720,328
2010116$5,568,000Michael Mizrachi$1,559,046
200995$4,560,000David Bach$1,276,806
2008148$7,104,000Scotty Nguyen$1,989,120
2007148$7,104,000Freddy Deeb$2,276,832
2006143$6,864,000Chip Reese$1,716,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:38 AM Local Time
Yuri Dzivielevski Eliminated in 2nd Place ($895,614)

Yuri Dzivielevski

Yuri Dzivielevski's comeback has been thwarted during a No-Limit Hold'em round.

Dzivielevski shoved for 2,200,000 with    and Dan Cates, who has spent the last few minutes talking like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, pondered his options before calling with   .

The     flop put the ball in Cates' court, with the   turn providing to help to the all-in Dzivielevski. A burn card later and the   landed on the turn, busting Dzivielevski in second place and awarding back-to-back $50,000 Poker Player Championship titles to the one and only Dan "Jungleman" Cates.

Dan Cates33,600,0002,200,000
Yuri Dzivielevski0-2,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:34 AM Local Time
Antoher Double For Dzivielevski; He Couldn't WIn This, Could He?

Yuri Dzivielevski

Yuri Dzivielevski has doubled up again after fading a bag of outs.

Dzivielevski was all-in with    and against the    of Cates. The Brazilian' queen-high reamined best on the     flop. He paired his eight on the   turn, and faded straight draw outs with the river falling the  .

Dan Cates31,400,000-800,000
Yuri Dzivielevski2,200,000800,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:30 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Doubles But Still Super Short

No-Limit Hold'em

Yuri Dzivielevski shoved for only 400,000 with   , and Dan Cates looked him up with   .

The board ran       and cheers of "VAMOS! erupt from the Brazilian rail.

Dan Cates32,200,000-1,300,000
Yuri Dzivielevski1,400,0001,300,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:26 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Is On Fumes

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Cates raised and Yuri Dzivielevski three-bet, which Cates called. Dzivielevski drew one and Cates drew two.

Dzivielevski bet and Cates called, before each player drew one card each.

Dzivielevski bet, Cates raised, and Dzivielevski called.

Both players stood pat. Dzivielevski checked, Cates bet, and Dzivielevski called.

Cates took the massive pot down with      , besting his Brazilian opponent's      .

Dan Cates33,500,0008,000,000
Yuri Dzivielevski100,000-8,000,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:17 AM Local Time
Advantage Cates

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Cates has one hand on the bracelet following a huge hand in Limit 2-7 Triple Draw.

Yuri Dzivielevski raised with       and Cates called with      . Dzivielevski drew two and Cates drew three.

Cates led for 800,000 and Dzivielevski. Cates called and drew one. Dzivielevski stood pat.

Cates checked, Dzivielevski bet, and Cates check-raised. Dzivielevski called, as the pot swelled to 12,800,000 chips.

Cates now stood pat,and Dzivielevski drew one. Both players checked.

"Ten-six," said Cates, and Dzivielevski looked pained as his last draw gave him      , a worse hand than Cates'      .

Dan Cates25,500,0006,400,000
Yuri Dzivielevski8,100,000-6,400,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:08 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Wins a Big 2-7 Pot

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Cates raised to 1,600,000 with       and Yuri Dzivielevski called with      . Dzivielevski drew three, and Cates drew two.

Both players checked, Dzivielevski drew three again, and Cates drew two. Dzivielevski checked, Cates bet 1,600,000, and Dzivielevski called.

Dzivielevski drew one, as did Cates.

Dzivielevski check-called a 1,600,000 bet and won the pot with       because Cates could only muster      .

Dan Cates19,100,000-5,200,000
Yuri Dzivielevski14,500,0005,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:56 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Approaching 10M Chips

Seven Card Stud Hi-Low

Yuri Dzivielevski is approaching 10 million chips after taking down the first couple of hands during the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo round.

Dan Cates24,300,000-3,550,000
Yuri Dzivielevski9,300,0003,550,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:19 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Gets Short in a PLO Clash

Pot-Limit Omaha

Dan Cates raised the button with the      and Yuri Dzivielevski came along with the      in the big blind. Both checked the     flop and the   followed on the turn. Dzivielevski checked again and Cates then bet 1,100,000 only to face a raise to 3,500,000.

That sent Cates into the tank but he came along as the   river completed a potential back door flush. Dzivielevski now checked and Cates bet the pot to win the hand without any showdown.

Dan Cates27,850,0009,200,000
Yuri Dzivielevski5,750,000-9,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:12 AM Local Time
The Lead Swings Back to Cates

Omaha Hi-Lo

Dan Cates raised the button with the      and was three-bet by Yuri Dzivielevski with the      for Cates to tag along. On the     flop, Dzivielevski check-called a bet with his open-ender and they checked the   on the turn.

Dzivielevski bet the   on the river and Cates quickly raised, sending his opponent into a deep tank. The fold by Dzivielevski avoided a chop and Cates went back into the lead by a small margin.

Dan Cates18,650,000600,000
Yuri Dzivielevski14,950,000-600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:01 AM Local Time
Cates Flops a Flush to Regain the Lead

Omaha Hi-Lo

Yuri Dzivielevski raised with the      on the button and was called by Dan Cates with the     . Cates check-called a bet on the     flop with his flush and then checked again the   turn. Dzivielevski bet his straight and folded when Cates raised.

Dan Cates18,050,0001,800,000
Yuri Dzivielevski15,550,000-1,800,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:56 AM Local Time
Almost Back to Even

Seven Card Stud

Yuri Dzivielevski:    /      /  
Dan Cates:    /      /  

Yuri Dzivielevski completed with a ten showing and Dan Cates called with nines in the hole. Dzivielevski continued to bet on fourth and fifth street to earn calls before he checked sixth and seventh street when facing an open-ended straight draw on the open board.

They checked it down as Dzivielevski won the pot with his set of aces.

Yuri Dzivielevski17,350,0001,100,000
Dan Cates16,250,000-1,100,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:50 AM Local Time
Cates Flops a Flush

No-Limit Hold'em

Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button with the    and Dan Cates called in the big blind holding the   . The     flop gave Cates a flush and he checked it. Dzivielevski bet 300,000 and instantly folded when Cates check-raised to 1,700,000.

Dan Cates17,350,000600,000
Yuri Dzivielevski16,250,000-600,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:42 AM Local Time
Cates Doubles To Even Out the Stacks

Dan Cates

No-Limit Hold'em

Dan Cates limped in with the    and Yuri Dzivielevski checked his option with the   . The     flop was checked by Dzivielevski and Cates then bet 300,000, his opponent check-raised to 900,000 and Cates called.

Dzivielevski bet the   turn for 2,000,000 with his flush draw and Cates called as they headed to the   on the river.

Dzivielevski emptied the clip and moved all-in for an effective 4,950,000 to get called by Cates, who doubled and went within 100,000 chips of the lead.

Yuri Dzivielevski16,850,000-12,100,000
Dan Cates16,750,00012,100,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:26 AM Local Time
Cates Gets Shorter Once More

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Cates raised and Yuri Dzivielevski made it three bets for his opponent to call. Dzivielevski patted and Cates discarded two cards for Dzivielevski to bet and Cates to call. Cates discarded one while Dzivielevski patted it once more and a bet by the Brazilian was met by a call of Cates.

The final draw was once more patted by Dzivielevski and Cates took one. Both checked and Dzivielevski won the pot with his       as Cates had paired his four.

Yuri Dzivielevski28,950,0004,700,000
Dan Cates4,650,000-4,700,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:19 AM Local Time
Cates Starts to Ascend Again

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Yuri Dzivielevski raised to 600,000 and Dan Cates called. Both discarded two cards and Dzivielevski bet 400,000, which Cates snap-called. The Brazilian tabled the       but it was Cates who raked in the pot with the      .

Yuri Dzivielevski24,250,000-2,250,000
Dan Cates9,350,0002,150,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:15 AM Local Time
A Way Back for Cates in Single Draw?

2-7 Single Draw

Dan Cates raised to 600,000 with       and Yuri Dzivielevski called with      

Dzivielevski drew one and Cates drew two.

Dzivielevski paired his seven but still bet 400,000. Cates called with       and won the pot.

Yuri Dzivielevski26,500,000-1,100,000
Dan Cates7,200,0001,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:10 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Turning the Screw?
Yuri Dzivielevski27,600,0003,000,000
Dan Cates6,000,000-3,000,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:09 AM Local Time
Cates Under Ten Million

Yuri Dzivielevski    raised and Dan Cates    called.

The flop was     with Cates check-calling a bet. The turn was the   and Cates check-folding to another bet.

Yuri Dzivielevski24,600,0002,400,000
Dan Cates9,000,000-2,400,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:07 AM Local Time
Limit Hold'em Extends Dzivielevski's Lead

Limit Hold'em

Dan Cates raised with    and Yuri Dzivielevski called with   

Both players saw a flop of     and Dzivielevski check-called a bet.

The turn   saw Dzivielevski check-raise with Cates calling with an open-ended straight draw.

He was drawing dead despite the   completing the board and Dzivielevski bet, with Cates folding.

Yuri Dzivielevski22,200,0004,800,000
Dan Cates11,400,000-4,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander