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

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022

Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $3,487,050
  • Entries: 756
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, July 16, 2022 2:12 AM Local Time
Mo Arani Wins Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($665,459)

Mo Arani

Day 3 of Event #81 $5,000 Freezeout is now over after almost 12 hours of play that saw ten out of an original field of 746 enter and only one emerged as the victor of the $665,459 grand prize out of the total prize pool of $3,487,050.

Mo Arani won his first WSOP Bracelet after surviving a topsy-turvy heads-up battle vs Johannes Straver that capped off an exciting day of action.

Arani entered the day seventh in chips out of ten and was never the short stack or the big stack at any point; rather, he just coasted along in the middle for much of the day, largely avoiding big confrontations.

Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

1Mo AraniUnited States$665,459
2Johannes StraverNetherlands$411,279
3Peter TurmezeyHungary$292,665
4Adam HendrixUnited States$211,295
5Toby LewisUnited Kindom$154,806
6Francois PiraultFrance$115,122
7Cliff JosephyUnited States$86,917
8Michael KatzUnited States$66,638

Winner's Reaction

"It feels surreal to win. I was getting out-played heads-up, I don't have any heads-up experience, so I got some coaching and decided to take more spots and be ready to gamble more", as he referred to one of his poker friends and mentors Calvin Anderson who was supporting him on the rail the entire time.

"I never gave up. I was playing well when it was multi-way, the only time I felt like a worse player was during heads-up. But aside from that I was pretty comfortable in these spots."

Before this victory, Arani had a little over a million in career earnings, with his largest score being about $220,000 back in 2013. Mainly a cash game player, this win will increase his total winnings by 60% as he takes a huge prize in one of the twenty or so tournaments that he plays per year.

Arani wanted to give a couple of shoutouts to some people who have helped his game. "I want to shoutout to Jonathan Jaffe, my coach. He is really good, and I was talking to him on breaks on the phone and Calvin (Anderson) as well."

Action of the Day

The day began with ten players and actually got off to a slow start as it took an hour and a half for Valentin Oberhauser to be the first elimination of the day. Caio Almeida followed him out the door in ninth shortly after that to bring the field down to the official final table of eight.

Michael Katz would then become the first victim of the final table as he was sent packing in eighth place. Seven-handed play would then hit a snag as it would take about three hours before Cliff Josephy hit the rail in seventh.

The day was ended for Francois Pirault and his camera crew when he was eliminated in sixth place. Toby Lewis went from a big stack to out the door next in fifth place, and following him out a few minutes later in fourth was Adam Hendrix whose bid for his first bracelet came up just shy.

Three-handed play would commence with the players fairly close in chips, with none of them being very short, and it looked like a long contest was coming. Things sprung into life when Arani spiked an eight on the turn to crack ace-queen with ace-eight to take a huge pot away from Straver, but Straver would return the favor when he rivered a four with ace-four to overcome the same ace-eight.

Peter Turmezey's big stack would dwindle three-handed and the start-of-day chipleader would eventually bow out in third place to set up the heads-up play.

Heads-up was a wild affair that lasted three hours with several up and down changes in chips. Arani began with a huge lead before losing a few all ins to give Straver the lead. However, Arani would again take a big lead, but Straver would continue to stave off elimination. Eventually, Arani won two consecutive all ins to finish off the bracelet win.

That finishes the PokerNews coverage of this prestigious event. Thank you for tuning in for three days of action.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 1:33 AM Local Time
Johannes Straver Eliminated in 2nd Place ($411,279)

Johannes Straver

After losing the previous hand, Johannes Straver was short and called the all in from Mo Arani for his last roughly 7,000,000.

Johannes Straver:   
Mo Arani:   

The board ran out      , giving Arani flopped-trips and eliminated Straver in 2nd place.

Mo Arani37,800,0009,800,000
Johannes Straver0-10,800,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 1:26 AM Local Time
Arani Doubles

From the small blind, Johannes Straver jammed and Mo Arani called.

Straver led with the    against the    of Arani.

The flop came     to put Arani ahead. The turn was the   and the river came the   to send the big double to Arani.

Mo Arani28,000,00012,100,000
Johannes Straver10,800,000-11,100,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 1:21 AM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 1:09 AM Local Time
Chip Counts At The Break
Johannes Straver21,900,00011,300,000
Mo Arani15,900,000-11,300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 16, 2022 1:07 AM Local Time

Players are now on a 15-minute break. Play will resume shortly.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:51 AM Local Time
Arani Turns The Tables With a Double Up

All the chips went in preflop when Mo Arani was at risk for his last 13,000,000 and called by Johannes Straver.

Mo Arani:   
Johannes Straver:   

Arani got it in good against the ace-ten of Straver. The board ran out      , giving the ultimate sweat on the flop but secured the win on the turn with a full-house for Arani.

Mo Arani27,200,0009,500,000
Johannes Straver10,600,000-9,500,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:48 AM Local Time
Not Su's Day: From Chip Leader to Out in 9th Place
Matthew Su
Matthew Su

Matthew Su entered the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table on Friday with big dreams and a big stack. But he ran into some misfortune and was eliminated in ninth place.

The deep run paid out $850,675, his only live tournament score of any significance. Still, the high-stakes cash game player told PokerNews in his postgame interview that he was "disappointed" to have been just the second player out at the final table.

read the full story on!

Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time
Straver Regains Lead Through Call

After a few hands where Mo Arani regained his chip advantage, there was a big pot in progress as the board read      . Johannes Straver jammed all in from the big blind for about 5,000,000. Arani considered it for a bit before he called.

Straver tentatively tabled the    and then pumped his fist when Arani mucked, but the hand was turned over in the all-in situation, which was shown to be    for king high and Straver regained the chip lead.

Johannes Straver20,100,000-300,000
Mo Arani17,700,000300,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:27 AM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:14 AM Local Time
Straver Doubles Again to Take Lead

Mo Arani open ripped from the small blind and Johannes Straver called.

Johannes Straver:   
Mo Arani:   

Arani was pulling for a king or eight to end it but the board ran out       to whiff his holding and Straver took the lead heads-up for the first time.

Johannes Straver20,400,0006,400,000
Mo Arani17,400,000-6,400,000
Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:10 AM Local Time
Straver Doubles Up

The action started when Johannes Straver moved all in on the button for 6,650,000 and was quickly called by Mo Arani.

Johannes Straver:   
Mo Arani:   

Arani was ahead preflop but when the board ran out      , it was the pair of jacks for Straver that found a double up to get the match closer to even.

Mo Arani23,800,000-9,400,000
Johannes Straver14,000,0009,850,000
Friday, July 15, 2022 11:47 PM Local Time
Arani's Boat Cuts Starver Down

The board read      . Mo Arani bet 4,000,000 from the small blind and Johannes Straver called.

Arani tabled the    boat to send Straver's stack tumbling down low.

Mo Arani33,200,0007,050,000
Johannes Straver4,150,000-7,500,000
Friday, July 15, 2022 11:37 PM Local Time
Aces Cracked Bust Souki from WSOP Main Event Final Table
Phillippe Souki Elimination
Phillippe Souki Elimination

There aren't many crueler ways to bust the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event than with pocket aces, especially when $10 million and the coveted gold bracelet are within reach.

That's exactly what happened to Philippe Souki about seven hours into Friday's final table. However, he did still receive $1,075,000 as quite a sizable consolation prize for eighth place.

Read the story on PokerNews

Friday, July 15, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Rail at Main Event Final Table
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 15, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Straver Doubles With Big Slick

Johannes Straver raised on the button, Mo Arani jammed all in and Straver called.

Johannes Straver:   
Mo Arani:   

The board ran out harmlessly for Straver as it came       to give Straver more of a foothold in the heads-up duel.

Mo Arani26,150,000-3,750,000
Johannes Straver11,650,0003,750,000
Friday, July 15, 2022 11:19 PM Local Time
Arani Extends His Lead

Mo Arani

Johannes Straver limped in from the button and Mo Arani made it 1,700,000 from the big blind, which Straver called.

The flop came     and Arani continued for 2,400,000. Without much thought Straver folded and another pot was sent to Arani who extended his lead even more.

Mo Arani29,900,0004,575,000
Johannes Straver7,900,000-4,575,000
Friday, July 15, 2022 11:06 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Friday, July 15, 2022 10:41 PM Local Time
Break Before Heads-Up Play

The two remaining players are now on a break before heads up play starts.

Friday, July 15, 2022 10:39 PM Local Time
Peter Turmezey Eliminated in 3rd Place ($292,665)

Peter Turmezey

Action started when Peter Turmezey moved all in from the button for roughly 6,500,000 and Johannes Straver made the call in the small blind. Mo Arani got out of the way in the big blind and the cards were on their backs.

Peter Turmezey:   
Johannes Straver:   

The board ran out       and the queens of Straver held to eliminate Turmezey in third place.

Mo Arani25,325,0002,525,000
Johannes Straver12,475,0005,825,000
Peter Turmezey0-7,600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander