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

Thursday, June 30, 2022 to Friday, July 01, 2022

Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $600
  • Prizepool: $1,457,580
  • Entries: 2,858
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, July 1, 2022 10:50 PM Local Time (about 20 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Konstantin Angelov Wins Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $199,466

Konstantin Angelov

After two full days of play, Konstantin Angelov has won Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack and taken home the $199,466 first-place prize.

A total of 2,858 players took their shot at the event, and Angelov outlasted them all to become the newest bracelet winner at The 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Angelov admitted that he is fairly new to the great game of Pot-Limit Omaha. "I've played PLO for only a few months now," said Angelov. "I don't know how to explain it. I feel incredible."

Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Table Payouts

1Konstantin AngelovUnited States$199,466
2Gregg MerkowUnited States$123,251
3Igor IoffeUnited States$92,200
4Guillaume SoumierFrance$69,501
5Vivian SalibaBrazil$52,795
6Philippe PelluaultFrance$40,417
7Benjamin MinerUnited States$31,184
8Rafael MotaBrazil$24,250
9Christopher KellerUnited States$19,009

Final Day Recap

With 30-minute levels, there was no shortage of action at any point on Day 2. The action started with 102 entrants and only took four hours to reach the final 24 players. Once the players reached the final table, they had about a 30 big blinds average, resulting in huge swings and each hand being a vital pot. Angelov handled those swings well.

"All the time, I felt perfect, and I knew I would win this tournament," shared Angelov. "I was short-stacked, but that's nothing. You have to believe, pick the right moments, and that's it. If you start to worry about the game, you can't. You just have to enjoy every minute."

Konstantin Angelov
Konstantin Angelov

Several players had large rails at the final table. Gregg Merkow, Guillaume Soumier, and Vivian Saliba all had cheering sections ready to roar when they won pots. Angelov, frequently listening to music on his headphones, had other people on his mind during his path to victory.

Konstantin Angelov
Konstantin Angelov

Pointing at a tattoo on his arm, Angelov shared its meaning. "That's my brother. He passed away seven years ago. I love to play poker, I'm not a professional, but he would call me the 'Poker Machine.' Almost two months ago, I lost my mother too. This is for my brother and my mother. There may have been nobody here for me, but I know that my brother and my mother are here."

Congratulations to Konstantin Angelov, the newest winner at the World Series of Poker, for taking home his maiden prestigious gold bracelet!

Follow all of our continuing coverage right here on PokerNews.

Friday, July 1, 2022 10:47 PM Local Time (about 20 hours and 25 minutes ago)
Gregg Merkow Eliminated in 2nd Place ($123,251)

Gregg Merkow

Gregg Merkow was facing a 3,500,000 bet from Konstantin Angelov on a flop of     after the action went limp-check preflop.

Merkow then bet pot and they got the rest of Merkow's 15,000,000 chips in and cards were tabled.

Gregg Merkow:     
Konstantin Angelov:     

The turn and river were blanks and Angelov's set of three's held to bust Merkow in second place for $123,251.

Konstantin Angelov has won the event and a full recap of the day's action and final table will be available shortly.

Konstantin Angelov85,740,00034,500,000
Gregg Merkow0-34,500,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 10:21 PM Local Time (about 20 hours and 51 minutes ago)
Igor Ioffe Eliminated in 3rd Place ($92,200)

Igor Ioffe

Gregg Merkow limped the small blind and saw Igor Ioffe bet 3,600,000 in the big blind. Merkow called.

The flop came    . Merkow checked in flow and Ioffe continued for pot, an 8,400,000 chip bet.

"I've got a big decision," said Merkow, while he thought. Ioffe didn't have much behind. "All in," announced Merkow. Ioffe called, and the two shorter stacks were off to an important runout.

"I don't have an ace,"said Ioffe.

"Inside straight draw," said Merkow.

Igor Ioffe:     
Gregg Merkow:     

"What do we need, Gregg?" shouted the rail.

"A two, three, or four!" said Merkow.

The turn wasn't any of those cards when the   hit. The river, however, was the straight-completing   to give Merkow the straight and send Ioffe home in third place.

Konstantin Angelov51,240,0003,075,000
Gregg Merkow34,500,00011,600,000
Igor Ioffe0-14,675,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 10:10 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 1 minute ago)
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 10:00 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 12 minutes ago)
Guillaume Soumier Eliminated in 4th Place ($69,501)

Guillaume Soumier

After a battle between Guillaume Soumier and Gregg Merkow a couple of hands prior, Soumier was about 10,000,000 chips shorter going into this one.

Guillaume had opened the button a couple of hands later to 2,500,000. Konstantin Angelov made the call and they saw a     flop. Angelov then lead for pot, 8,500,000 and Soumier got in his last 10,000,000 or so and Angelov made the call.

Guillaume Soumier:     
Konstantin Angelov:     

Angelov had a gut shot against the gut shot and kings of Soumier but the   turn and   river gave Angelov a superior straight to bust Soumier in fourth for $69,501, a great score for the French dealer who calls London his home.

Konstantin Angelov48,165,00020,165,000
Gregg Merkow22,900,0004,700,000
Igor Ioffe14,675,0003,375,000
Guillaume Soumier0-49,000,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:50 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Break Time

Players are on a 15-minute break and will return to blinds of 600,000/1,200,000.

Friday, July 1, 2022 9:47 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 25 minutes ago)
Angelov's Turn to Bounce Back

Konstantin Angelov

Action picked up on the flop in a three-way pot with about 10,000,000 in the middle. The flop read    . Igor Ioffe led from the blinds for pot, Konstantin Angelov called for less and was at risk. Gregg Merkow folded and got out of the way.

Konstantin Angelov:     
Igor Ioffe:     

Ioffe had flopped two pair, but Angelov had the overpair and a flush draw. The   turn changed nothing, but the   river changed everything. Angelov doubled to stay alive and make Ioffe the current short stack.

Konstantin Angelov28,000,00020,400,000
Igor Ioffe11,300,000-8,675,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:39 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 33 minutes ago)
Merkow Recovers Immediately By Running Down Aces

Greg Merkow

Gregg Merkow opened to just over 3,000,000 from the cutoff.

"Pretty much committed," said Merkow, as action folded to Konstantin Angelov in the big blind.

Angelov slid in a stack of chips that covered Merkow, who called to put his tournament life at risk.

Konstantin Angelov:     
Gregg Merkow:     

"We need clubs bad!" said Markow.

No clubs showed up on the     flop.

"That's not good," said Merkow. "Seven, deuce, or jack," announced the rail.

The   hit the turn to give Merkow two pair and vault him to the lead. The river   changed nothing and Merkow came from behind to recover with a large pot.

Gregg Merkow18,200,00011,200,000
Konstantin Angelov7,600,000-6,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:31 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 41 minutes ago)
Guillaume Soumier Increases His Lead, Merkow Short

Guillaume Soumier

After Guillaume Soumier opened from under the gun to 2,500,000, Gregg Merkow called in the big blind.

The     flop fell and Soumie continued for 2,000,000. Merkow made the call.

An   caused them to slow down, both opting to check.

After a   came on the rivier though, Merkow check-called a bet of 6,000,000.

Soumie showed      for a flush, which trumped the straight of Merkow with     .

Guillaume Soumier49,000,0008,900,000
Gregg Merkow7,000,000-5,500,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:20 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 52 minutes ago)
Level 38 started
Level: 38
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 1,000,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:18 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Merkow Doubles Through Angelov

Greg Merkow

Konstantin Angelov limped the small blind. His neighbor, Gregg Merkow, raised the big blind to 3,300,000, Angelov called.

The flop was    . While staring Merkow down, Angelov decided to move all in, 3,625,000 effective. Merkow nearly beat him into the pot.

Konstantin Angelov:     
Gregg Merkow:     

Both players had a flush draw, Merkow also had a straight draw. The   hit the turn and gave Merkow the better flush to give him the checkmark. The   on the river made it official and Merkow secured the full double.

"Let's go, Santa!" yelled his rail from the sidelines.

Konstantin Angelov13,800,0002,550,000
Gregg Merkow12,500,0003,000,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:14 PM Local Time (about 21 hours and 58 minutes ago)
Vivian Saliba Eliminated in 5th Place ($52,795)

Vivian Saliba

On a flop of     Vivian Saliba was all-in against Guillaume Soumier and their cards were tabled.

Vivian Saliba:     
Guillaume Soumier:     

The   turn and   sealed the deal and the last lady standing, or sitting, exited in fifth place for $52,795.

Guillaume Soumier40,100,00016,800,000
Vivian Saliba0-12,200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 9:05 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 6 minutes ago)
Saliba Finds Her Fans

Vivian Saliba

Vivian Saliba raised to 2,200,000 from the cutoff. Action folded to Guillaume Soumier who called in the big blind.

The flop came    . Soumier checked, Saliba went all in for about 5,000,000. Soumier quickly folded.

The rail cheered around Saliba

"I do have a rail, I just needed to play a hand!" said Saliba.

Guillaume Soumier23,300,000-1,925,000
Vivian Saliba12,200,000200,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:54 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Philippe Pelluault Eliminated in 6th Place ($40,417)

Philippe Pelluault

After Gregg Merkow raised from the cutoff, Philippe Pelluault had his last 2,500,000 or so into the middle.

Philippe Pelluault:     
Gregg Merkow:     

Merkow's double-suited hand held up on the       after he flopped Pelluault drawing dead. Pelluault will cash for $40,417 for his finish.

Gregg Merkow9,500,0004,550,000
Philippe Pelluault0-3,700,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:49 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 23 minutes ago)
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:47 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 25 minutes ago)
Benjamin Miner Eliminated in 7th Place ($31,184)

Benjamin Miner

Benjamin Miner moved all in for 1,975,000 from the button. Gregg Merkow made the call from the small blind, leaving himself with about 5,000,000 behind.

Chip leader Guillaume Soumier four-bet to 7,000,000 effective from the big blind, enough to also put Gregg Merkow all in. Merkow thought for about a minute, but folded to let the other two battle it out.

Guillaume Soumier:     
Benjamin Miner:     

The dealer put out the      . Miner couldn't surpass the aces of Soumier, and Miner was sent to the rail.

"I folded queens," shared Merkow, who folded to live and see another day.

Guillaume Soumier25,225,0005,225,000
Gregg Merkow4,950,000-1,050,000
Benjamin Miner0-2,800,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:39 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 33 minutes ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Guillaume Soumier20,000,000-3,500,000
Igor Ioffe19,975,0008,600,000
Vivian Saliba12,000,000-1,775,000
Gregg Merkow6,000,000-11,750,000
Philippe Pelluault3,700,000-700,000
Benjamin Miner2,800,000-6,075,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:27 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Pelluault Doubles Through Soumier

Philippe Pelluault

Philippe Pelluault raised to 1,700,000 from early position, having about 400,000 behind. Action folded to Guillaume Soumier in the big blind who three-bet to get the rest of the chips in, and Pelluault called.

Guillaume Soumier:     
Philippe Pelluault:     

The board ran out       to give Soumier the straight, but it gave Pelluault the flush to get the full double and win this battle of the two Frenchmen at the final table.

Guillaume Soumier23,500,0003,900,000
Philippe Pelluault4,400,0001,975,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:20 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 52 minutes ago)
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Friday, July 1, 2022 8:19 PM Local Time (about 22 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Rafael Mota Eliminated in 8th Place ($24,250)

Rafael Mota

After action folded to Rafael Mota in the small blind, he raised to 1,500,000 and Konstantin Angelov called out of the big blind.

When the     fell, Mota put the rest of his stack in, around 1,400,000, and Angelov called.

Rafael Mota:     
Kostantin Angelov:     

The   turn and   river didn't improve Mota's hand and he was sent to the rail in eighth place for $24,250.

Konstantin Angelov11,250,0003,975,000
Rafael Mota0-3,450,000