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

Sunday, July 03, 2022 to Sunday, July 03, 2022

Event #70: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $80,782,475
  • Entries: 8,663
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, July 16, 2022 5:13 PM Local Time
Espen Jorstad Wins 2022 WSOP Main Event ($10,000,000)

Espen Jorstad - 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion

Norwegian Espen Jorstad has won the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000 after an enthralling final day display at Paris & Bally's, Las Vegas. He defeated Australian Adrian Attenborough heads-up to top a field of 8,663 players, the second-largest in WSOP history.

Attenborough would have to settle for $6,000,000 while third-place finisher Michael Duek takes home $4,000,000.

Jorstad becomes the first Norwegian to win the WSOP Main Event, going one better than compatriot Felix Stephensen who finished as runner-up in 2014, overtaking Stephensen at the top of the Norwegian all-time money list in the process.

2022 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Espen JorstadNorway$10,000,000
2Adrian AttenboroughAustralia$6,000,000
3Michael DuekArgentina$4,000,000
4John EamesUnited Kingdom$3,000,000
5Matija DobricCroatia$2,250,000
6Jeffrey FarnesUnited States$1,750,000
7Aaron DuczakCanada$1,350,000
8Philippe SoukiUnited Kingdom$1,075,000
9Matthew SuUnited States$850,675
10Asher ConniffUnited States$675,000

Winner's Reaction

Jorstad started the final day as the chip leader and watched as Attenborough sent Duek to the rail on just the tenth hand of the day. Just one hand later, the tournament could have been over only for Attenborough to tank-fold bottom pair after almost 20 minutes.

But a short while later, and after a slightly shorter tank, Attenborough did call for his tournament life only for Jorstad to turn over a rivered full house to become the latest poker world champion.

Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad

The first thing Jorstad did after clinching victory? Call his mother.

"She was crying and had trouble speaking. She's my biggest fan so it was kind of emotional," Jorstad told a crowd of reporters. "It feels really good."

Jorstad said that on Day 6 he told eventual heads-up opponent Attenborough that the Australian was the one player he didn't want to play heads-up against.

"But I did," said Jorstad. "I just got better cards than him today."

The $10,000,000 question is, what will Jorstad do now?

"My goal has been to reach into the High Roller scene and play more $25,000 tournaments and stuff like that. I've dipped my toes, but now I have a bigger bankroll to take some shots in those tournaments. I need to get in the lab and make sure I'm good enough to play them.

"And make some very sensible investments — cryptocurrencies and tech stocks, probably."

Final Day Recap

Play resumed on the final day with Jorstad in the lead. The opening exchanges saw Attenborough come out firing in an attempt to close the gap, while two early shoves from Duek showed that he wasn't ready to settle for third place.

Michael Duek Elimination
Michael Duek Elimination

Duek's Main Event run came to an end just ten days into the final day. He bet most of his stack with top pair, only for Attenborough to shove. Duek relucantly put the rest of his chips in, but had run into the nut straight of his opponent to finish in third for $4,000,000.

The Tank Heard Round the World

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough

Heads-up play started with both players effectively even, albeit with Jorstad slightly ahead. The prospect of a marathon heads-up match beckoned, à la 2018 where heads-up play lasted 10 hours. However, the contest could have been over on the first hand.

Attenborough had three-bet pre-flop and bet on both flop and turn, before checking the river to Jorstad who put his opponent all in.

"How long was he tanking?" asked Jorstad. "It felt like an eternity. I was trying to focus on my breathing, did some meditation. I've been [meditating] on and off for an eternity. You focus on different body parts, focusing on each finger and just chilling in my zone."

Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad

Eventually, after almost 20 minutes, Attenborough folded only to double back instantly to prolong heads-up. However, another deep tank with the same hand saw Attenborough unavailable to lay it down again and Jorstad was the champion.

"I was curious how the match was going to go," said Jorstad. "The heads-up was almost finished in one hand which was kind of absurd. It went as expected. He's a really tough opponent, plays aggressively and finds good hero calls.

"He's a very tough opponent so it went as expected."

Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad

Runner-Up Attenborough: "I'm Super Proud

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough

Runner-up Attenborough was left to reflect on a final hand that saw him come up just short.

"I ran really good and definitely don't deserve to win $6,000,000," Attenborough told Jeff Platt. "I was just along for the ride and it sucks. Such a big mistake at the end, but it's ok. I'm super proud."

Check out our interview table side with Sarah Herring.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 5:09 PM Local Time
Adrian Attenborough Eliminated in 2nd Place ($6,000,000)

Adrian Attenborough

Hand #215: In yet another limped pot to the     flop, Adrian Attenborough check-raised from 4,000,000 to 14,000,000 and Espen Jorstad then clicked it back to 32,000,000 following one minute of consideration. Attenborough called rather quickly and the   followed on the turn.

The check by Attenborough triggered Jorstad's bet worth 62,000,000 once he gave it a minute and a half to consider his options. One minute passed for Attenborough to make the call and he then checked quickly on the   river with 200 million chips in the middle for yet another huge pot.

Jorstad emptied the clip with an effective shove for 131,000,000 as that's what Attenborough had behind. Yet another long tank by the Aussie followed with the same hand combination albeit off suit.

"Can I just jam for value one time and you tank? That would be nice," Attenborough joked with a smirk on the face towards his opponent after he was in the tank for a few minutes already.

"This one could be bad guys," the Aussie then remarked as he turned around to his rail. Once he focused back on the table and riffled the chips in agony. "You gonna be like why am I tanking with this hand but I really wanna call this time," the next table chatter followed.

All the while, Jorstad kept his laser-focused expression staring at the board and not giving away any emotion at all.

"What a game," Attenborough added and at some point even asked Jorstad "Do you have your eyes closed?" without receiving any reply at all.

"So many fuckin combos," the next burst of chatter followed before Attenborough started counting his chips again and talked through a few possible hand combinations, keeping a dry smile on the face.

"I really wanna call, really badly, but I have such a bad hand," the conclusion followed before he added "I just never know what to do ... sorry guys," he even apologized.

Ultimately, more than eight minutes passed when Attenborough said "fuck it" and finally talked himself into calling with the   . Jorstad revealed the    for deuces full of queens and has been crowned the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion. Another "fuck" by the Aussie followed, who immediately told his rail it had been a "really bad call".

His run in the 2022 WSOP Main Event comes just short of the victory and Attenborough has to settle for a consolation prize of $6 million. Jorstad has won the second gold bracelet of the series and arguably the most prestigious one, which comes with a top prize of $10 million.

A recap of today's action along with the winner reaction are to follow.

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough
Espen Jorstad520,000,000233,000,000
Adrian Attenborough0-233,000,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:50 PM Local Time
Hands #211-214: Attenborough Pulls Ahead; Jorstad Strikes Back

Hand #211: Espen Jorstad limped the small blind with the    and Adrian Attenborough checked with his    as both players checked through to the       river. Attenborough checked once more and Jorstad took it down without

Hand #212: Attenborough raised on the button to 10,000,000 with    and earned a call from Jorstad, who had the   . On a flop of    , Jorstad check-called for 4,000,000 and then checked the   on the turn. Attenborough fired a second barrel worth 32,000,000 to earn a call from Jorstad and the   river completed the board,

The third street in a row was checked by Jorstad and Attenborough bet 68,000,000 and this time, Jorstad got out of the way.

Hand #213: A limped pot led to the     flop on which Attenborough check-raised from 4,000,000 to 12,000,000. Within fewer than half a minute, Jorstad called and the   appeared on the turn. The check by Attenborough followed and he then called a min-bet by Jorstad.

Both headed to the   river on which Attenborough checked once more and Jorstad bet 28,000,000 this time. Attenborough eventually called with the    but his kicker was no good, as Jorstad held the   .

Hand #214: The button raise by Attenborough to 10,000,000 with    earned a call from Jorstad with    and they headed to the     flop. Jorstad check-called a min-bet and the   turn produced a second flush draw with neither player investing any chips at this point

On the   river, Jorstad bet 15,000,000 and Attenborough instantly folded.

Espen Jorstad287,000,00024,000,000
Adrian Attenborough233,000,000-24,000,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:36 PM Local Time
Hands #206-210: Jorstad Regains Very Narrow Lead

Espen Jorstad

Hand #206: Adrian Attenborough limped the small blind with the    and Espen Jorstad defended the big blind holding the    to see a flop of    . Jorstad check-called for 4,000,000 and the   turn was checked by both. On the   river, both checked once more and Jorstad won the pot with jacks up.

Hand #207: Jorstad limped in from the button with    and Attenborough with the    raised to 18,000,000 in the big blind, which won the pot right there without any resistance.

Hand #208: Attenborough raised the button to 10,000,000 with   and Jorstad came over the top with a three-bet to 42,000,000 with   , which earned the pot right there following an instant fold by the Aussie.

Hand #209: Jorstad made it 10,000,000 to go on the button with    and Attenborough defended the big blind with the   , which led to the     flop. No betting action led to the   turn and both players checked once more to the   river. Attenborough now bet 28,000,000 and that won the pot uncontested.

Hand #210: Attenborough raised the button to 10,000,000 with    and picked up a swift call by Jorstad, who had the   , to see a flop of    . The duo checked to the   turn and Jorstad's bet of 8,000,000 was called, which led to the   on the river.

Jorstad bet just 8,000,000 once more and Attenborough called for the Norwegian to reveal his trips jacks, regaining a narrow lead.

Espen Jorstad263,000,00038,000,000
Adrian Attenborough257,000,000-38,000,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:29 PM Local Time
Hand #202-205: Two Pots for Attenborough

Hand #202: Adrian Attenborough raised to 10,000,000 with the    . Espen Jorstad three-bet to 42,000,000 with the    and Attenborough folded.

Hand #203: Espen Jorstad limped the    and Adrian Attenborough checked with the   . The pair checked the     flop and the   turn.

The river was the   and Attenborough checked again. Jorstad bet 6,000,000. Attenborough called and won the pot.

Hand #204: Adrian Attenborough raised to 10,000,000 with the   . and Espen Jorstad called with   . The flop was     and Jorstad check-called 4,000,000. The turn was the   and Jorstad checked. Attenborough bet 32,000,000 and Jorstad folded.

Hand #205: In a limped pot Attenborough check-folded to a bet of 4,000,000 on the     flop when his    missed, as Jorstad bet his    for a gutshot.

Adrian Attenborough295,000,00018,000,000
Espen Jorstad225,000,000-18,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:19 PM Local Time
Hands #198-201: Attenborough Doubles Into the Lead!

Adrian Attenborough

Hand #198: Adrian Attenborough limped the small blind with    and Espen Jorstad checked in the big blind with   . They checked all the way to the       river on which Jorstad checked once more. Attenborough bet 8,500,000 and Jorstad folded.

Hand #199: Jorstad raised to 10,000,000 on the button with    to win the pot.

Hand #200: Attenborough raised the button to 10,000,000 with    and Jorstad gave up the big blind and big blind ante.

Hand #201: Jorstad opened it up to 10,000,000 on the button for Attenborough to defend the big blind. They headed to the     flop on which Attenborough check-called for 16,000,000. On the   turn, Attenborough checked once more and Jorstad then fired a bet worth 42,000,000.

The   fell on the river and the Aussie checked the third street in a row. Jorstad tanked for nearly one and a half minutes before he jammed his    and Attenborough snap-called within two seconds to double into the lead for 68,500,000 with the   .

Adrian Attenborough277,000,000144,500,000
Espen Jorstad243,000,000-144,500,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:10 PM Local Time
Twitter Reacts to Attenborough Tank
Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:09 PM Local Time
Attenborough Folds After 20-Minute River Tank

Attenborough In The Tank

Hand #197: Espen Jorstad raised to 7,500,000 with    and Adrian Attenborough three-bet to 26,000,000 with   .

Jorstad called and the flop came    . Attenborough continued for 16,000,000 and Jorstad called.

The turn was the  . Attenborough bet 58,000,000 and Jorstad called again.

The   completed the board. Attenborough checked it over to Jorstad who took his time before announcing all in.

20 Minute Tank
20 Minute Tank

Attenborough went deep into the tank. He put his hands on his head and rubbed his eyes before counting out his stack.

"I love this hand," remarked Attenborough after two minutes, contemplating his opponent's holdings. "If you have king-queen..."

Attenborough pondered both his and his opponent's holdings, leaning on the table with his head in his hands.

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough

"This would be pretty cool if you called time," said Attenborough as the clock ticked into nine minutes. "This is tough."

"He's going to show me..." he said, leaning back in his chair and muttering to himself. ""So many combos of value," he said after around 12 minutes.

"It's just when I get to this river it's like...," he trailed off again. "You do have some kings."

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough
Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad

Eventually, Attenborough folded.

"You bluffed me hey? F*ck," said Attenborough. "Nice hand. Should have called that. Nine-seven suited?"

"I'm interested to see what you had," said Jorstad

"I just didn't know if you jammed queen-jack off on the river," said Attenborough.

Espen Jorstad387,500,000103,000,000
Adrian Attenborough132,500,000-103,300,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:39 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Play Set to Begin

With Espen Jorstad holding a slight chip lead heads-up, the final two players of the 2022 WSOP Main Event have retaken their seats.

Adrian Attenborough
Adrian Attenborough
Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad
Espen Jorstad284,500,0000
Adrian Attenborough235,800,000300,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:26 PM Local Time
Michael Duek Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,000,000)

Michael Duek

Hand #196: Adrian Attenborough raised it up to 6,000,000 on the button and Michael Duek three-bet to 23,000,000 in the small blind. The call by Attenborough followed and the duo headed to the     flop. Both players opted to check and that led to the   on the turn.

Duek now made it 17,000,000 to go and Attenborough came along to see the   on the river.

More than two minutes passed in which Duek carefully counted his remaining stack before he bet 52,000,000 with just 5,000,000 behind. Attenborough moved all-in and Duek muttered an expletive. He sigh-called all-in with the    for the top pair, while his opponent revealed    for the nuts.

Attenborough then turned around to his rail and fistbumped as the Aussies started celebrating.

Duek's run has ended in third place and he collects $4,000,000 for his efforts. The heads-up between Attenborough and Espen Jorstad will commence shortly with the latter holding a slight chip lead.

Michael Duek Elimination
Michael Duek Elimination

"This was quite the experience," Duek told Jeff Platt afterwards. "Definitely a lot more amazing than I thought could ever been. Just being here I'm happy and grateful for the outcome.

"I'm really thankful [my family] were able to make it out here and support me. And I get to share this experience with them."

Michael Duek
Michael Duek
Espen Jorstad284,500,000-6,000,000
Adrian Attenborough235,500,000103,000,000
Michael Duek0-97,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:19 PM Local Time
Hands #191-195: Duek Shoves; Jorstad Pressures

Hand #191: Michael Duek raised to 6,500,000 with    and Adrian Attenborough then three-bet to 22,000,000 holding the   . Duek folded.

Hand #192: Espen Jorstad raised the    to 6,000,000 and Attenborough called with the   . Duek then three-bet all in for 89,500,000 from the big blind with the   . Both opponents folded and Duek took down the pot with ace-jack once more.

Hand #193: Jorstad received a walk with   .

Hand #194: Jorstad raised to 12,000,000 blind on blind holding the    and Attenborough folded.

Hand #195: Jorstad raised to 6,000,000 with the    on the button and won the blinds and big blind ante.

Espen Jorstad290,500,0007,500,000
Adrian Attenborough132,500,000-5,500,000
Michael Duek97,000,000-2,000,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:12 PM Local Time
Hands #187-190: Duek Gets a Four-Bet Shove Through

Michael Duek

Hand #187: Adrian Attenborough raised to 6,000,000 on the button with the    and Espen Jorstad called out of the big blind holding the   . The flop brought     and Jorstad check-folded to a bet worth 3,000,000.

Hand #188: Jorstad limped in the small blind with the    and Attenborough raised to 10,500,000 in the big blind with the    to claim the second consecutive pot in a row.

Hand #189: Jorstad raised to 6,000,000 on the button with the    and Attenborough came over the top of that with a three-bet to 24,000,000, holding the   . Michael Duek four-bet jammed for 69,000,000 with    and both opponents folded.

Hand #190: Duek limped in from the small blind with    and Jorstad checked the    in the big blind to see the     flop, which went check, check. On the   turn, both players checked once more and the   river completed the board.

Duek checked to Jorstad, who bet 6,000,000 and that won the pot uncontested.

Espen Jorstad283,000,000-15,000,000
Adrian Attenborough138,000,000-12,000,000
Michael Duek99,000,00027,000,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:04 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal for the Final Day

The cards are in the air and the final three players are back in their seats. Some smaller chip denominations were raced off as they are no longer required for the grand finale and the action will continue with hand #187 of the final table shortly.

You can follow the live updates on PokerNews or the live broadcast on PokerGO with cards-up coverage and commentary on a delay of around 55 minutes.

Espen Jorstad298,000,0000
Adrian Attenborough150,000,0000
Michael Duek72,000,0000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:28 PM Local Time
Jorstad, Attenborough and Duek to Battle for the 2022 WSOP Main Event Title

Final Three

The 2022 World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas will determine a champion in the second largest WSOP Main Event in history today. Only three players out of 8,663 entries remain in the pinnacle live poker event of the year and it certainly is an international line-up to battle for the elusive WSOP Main Event bracelet.

Norway's Espen Jorstad started Day 8 with the most chips and retained the top spot once the field was whittled down to the final trio last night, bagging up 298 million in chips. Jorstad has an overwhelming lead with two times as many chips as second-placed Adrian Attenborough (149.8 million), who himself is well ahead of Michael Duek from Argentina (72.1 million).

The three finalists have locked up the biggest portion of the $80,782,475 prize pool and earn at least $4 million for their efforts. Significant pay jumps await as the runner-up will collect $6 million, and the new world champion walks away with the top prize of $10 million.

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Adrian AttenboroughAustralia149,800,00050
2Michael DuekArgentina72,100,00024
3Espen JorstadNorway298,000,00099

There will be 25:20 minutes left in Level 42 at blinds of 1,500,000/3,000,000 and a big blind ante of 3,000,000, Michael Duek will be on the button.

While the final trio may not necessarily be known to the average poker enthusiasts, each of the contenders for the 2022 WSOP Main Event title have already showcased their talents at the live and online poker tables for years.

The 34-year-old professional poker pro Jorstad leads the way and has an online poker background. He hails from Steinkjer in Norway and moved to London in the United Kingdom in 2019. Jorstad has been streaming his exploits for several years and previously represented Unibet Poker before recently becoming an Elite MTT instructor for the Run It Once training platform.

While his Hendon Mob profile only reveals $271,872 in live poker cashes, he finished 6th in the 2021 WSOP Online International $5,000 Main Event on GGPoker for $603,058. During the 2022 WSOP, Jorstad notched up his first bracelet win after he took down Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team alongside Patrick Leonard.

He considers Aussie Attenborough as the toughest opponent ahead of the final hurdle, which is not only based on the stack size.

"I think he has twice as many chips as Duek. For sure he's going to be the toughest one. Also he's a tournament regular and Duek is a PLO cash game regular. I've been really impressed with how he's been playing. He told me he doesn't really play hold'em tournaments."

Second-placed Attenborough vanished from the live poker MTT scene for the last few years after the 28 year old from Brisbane in Australia moved to Las Vegas, where he has been playing high stakes cash. Alongside the Australian High Rollers Michael Addamo and Kahle Burns, Attenborough previously took part in high stakes competitions and accumulated nearly $1.5 million in cashes prior to his 2022 WSOP Main Event run. He was the 2017 GPI Player of the Year for Australia and may become the second Australian to win live poker's grand spectacle besides none other than Joe Hachem.

Last but not least, Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Duek may also follow into the footsteps of a countryman as well. In 2020, Damian Salas lifted the WSOP Main Event bracelet for the winner shots and fewer than two years later, it could be Duek to potentially earn a life-changing $10 million payday and engrave his name into the history books of poker.

Duek resides in Florida and was supported by a large rail. Some of his family flew in for the special moment and chanted "Mickey, Mickey" throughout the night in which Duek locked up a seven-figure payday. It has been a breakout year for the Argentinian, who already came close to winning a WSOP bracelet. In Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, he finished in third place for $548,015 before embarking in the unusual NLHE journey.

One of these three will be crowned the new world champion and you can follow the conclusion right here on PokerNews. The trio will return at 2 p.m. local time and the action will once again be broadcast on the PokerGO platform. All live updates will be based on the delay of the live stream, which is expected to be on a one-hour delay.

In the meantime check out some of the video coverage from Day 8.

Results on Day 8 and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $10,000,000
2  $6,000,000
3  $4,000,000
4John EamesUnited Kingdom$3,000,000
5Matija DobricCroatia$2,250,000
6Jeffrey FarnesUnited States$1,750,000
7Aaron DuczakCanada$1,350,000
8Philippe SoukiUnited Kingdom$1,075,000
9Matthew SuUnited States$850,675
10Asher ConniffUnited States$675,000