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

Monday, July 18, 2022 to Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Tournament of Champions

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  • Buy-in: $0
  • Prizepool: $1,000,000
  • Entries: 470
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 20, 2022 1:00 PM Local Time
Bensimhon Doubles Through Speranza With Rockets

Gianluca Speranza opened from the cutoff and Eric Bensimhon flat-called on the button. Benjamin Kaupp also called from the big blind.

The action checked to Bensimhon on the flop of     and he put out a bet. Only Speranza called. Speranza checked again on the   turn and Bensimhon checked back.

The river brought the   and Speranza checked before Bensimhon moved all in for around 250,000. Speranza made the call with   , but it was no good against the    of Bensimhon for an overpair.

Eric Bensimhon850,000335,000
Gianluca Speranza225,000-350,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:56 PM Local Time
Small Pots For the Final Nine

Yuliyan Kolev raised to 55,000 from under the gun and was called by Robert Cowen in the big blind. They checked all the way on the       board and Cowen won the pot with the   .

"I saved a bet," Kolev said and then asked Cowen where he was from. "I am from England," the Brit replied. Gianluca Speranza chimed in "It is the winner of the $50,000 PLO," to which Kolev said "oh, Robert Cowen, you played with a friend of mine there" [Veselin Karakitukov from Bulgaria].

Ali Eslami then raised to 50,000 from under the gun and received two callers. The flop brought     and Eslami took it down with a bet.

Raul Garza then opened to 55,000 and Eslami defended the big blind. No betting action followed on a       board and Garza earned the pot with   .

Raul Garza3,100,000195,000
Ali Eslami2,700,000300,000
Robert Cowen2,100,000-100,000
Yuliyan Kolev800,000-30,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:47 PM Local Time
Jonathan Woof Eliminated in 10th Place ($11,400)

Jonathan Woof

Ali Eslami opened to 75,000 from the cutoff and Jonathan Woof three-bet jammed a stack of 815,000 from the button. Eslami snap-called when the action folded around.

Jonathan Woof:   
Ali Eslami:   

"The implosion continues," Woof groaned when he saw he was against kings.

The board ran out       and Woof was eliminated in a disappointing 10th place after starting the day as the chip leader.

"What a f***in' implosion. F***," Woof said as he left the tournament area.

Ali Eslami2,400,000810,000
Jonathan Woof0-810,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:38 PM Local Time
Redraw of the Unofficial Final Table

There are around 36 minutes left in the level and the redraw of the last ten players is as follows.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Yuliyan KolevBulgaria830,00033
2Ali EslamiUnited States1,590,00064
3Jonathan WoofCanada810,00032
4Gianluca SperanzaItaly575,00023
5Eric BensimhonFrance515,00021
6Ryan MessickUnited States1,150,00046
7Benjamin KauppUnited States2,150,00086
8Raul GarzaUnited States2,905,000116
9Gregory WishUnited States1,225,00049
10Robert CowenUnited Kingdom2,200,00088
Raul Garza2,905,0000
Robert Cowen2,200,000200,000
Benjamin Kaupp2,150,000250,000
Ali Eslami1,590,000395,000
Gregory Wish1,225,00025,000
Ryan Messick1,150,000-50,000
Yuliyan Kolev830,000-170,000
Jonathan Woof810,000-290,000
Gianluca Speranza575,000-100,000
Eric Bensimhon515,000165,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:36 PM Local Time
Erik Bauer Eliminated in 11th Place ($11,400)

Erik Bauer

Picking up the action on the      turn in a battle big blind versus button, Erik Bauer check-jammed his small stack into a bet worth 75,000 by Raul Garza. What followed was the snap-call by Garza and they flipped the over.

Erik Bauer:   
Raul Garza:   

The   on the river brought no help to Bauer and he had to settle for 11th place for a payday of $11,400.

Raul Garza2,905,000455,000
Erik Bauer0-405,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:33 PM Local Time
Carlos Loving Eliminated in 12th Place ($9,100)

Carlos Loving

Carlos Loving was a big portion of his stack in a heads-up pot against Ali Eslami on a board of      . Eslami bet 275,000 on the river and Loving called before Eslami showed    for a flopped set to cooler the flopped two pair of Loving with   .

The next hand, Loving open-jammed a stack of 180,000 and Robert Cowen called.

Carlos Loving:   
Robert Cowen:   

Loving was in great shape to double up after the flop of    , but the   on the turn improved Cowen's hand and Loving was eliminated in 12th place after the   river. Loving had a tough Day 3 and lost a few big hands after getting it in as a big favorite.

Robert Cowen2,000,000300,000
Carlos Loving0-800,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:25 PM Local Time
Dominick Sarle Eliminated in 13th Place ($9,100)

Dominick Sarle

Dominick Sarle open-shoved for the last 185,000 from under the gun. It folded to Erik Bauer in the small blind and he asked for a count but folded. Benjamin Kaupp in the big blind then checked his cards and called instantly.

Dominick Sarle:   
Benjamin Kaupp:   

There was no miracle on the       board and that spelled the end for Sarle in 13th place for $9,100.

"Hey, are you guys gonna knock someone out?" Gianluca Speranza joked to the other table as all but one contestant had bowed out from their table so far.

Benjamin Kaupp1,900,00025,000
Dominick Sarle0-170,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:18 PM Local Time
Kolev Doubles Through Loving

Yuliyan Kolev

Yuliyan Kolev opened to 55,000 in middle position and Carlos Loving three-bet to 125,000 on the button. Kolev four-bet jammed for 490,000 and Loving made the call.

Yuliyan Kolev:   
Carlos Loving:   

"Hold!" Kolev yelled as the dealer fanned the flop of     to give Kolev a big lead with a set. The   on the turn gave Loving outs to a straight but the   bricked off on the river to secure the double-up for Kolev.

"Woo!" Kolev cheered right on schedule.

Yuliyan Kolev1,000,000575,000
Carlos Loving800,000-600,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:09 PM Local Time
Woof Continues to Slide

Over on table two, start-of-the-day chip leader Jonathan Woof lost yet another showdown pot to Raul Garza and slipped down further in the pecking order. In the meanwhile, Dominick Sarle has not found any spot yet to get his short stack in and dropped to seven big blinds.

Woof also raise-folded to a shove by Gianluca Speranza as he fell to just over one million in chips.

Raul Garza2,450,000350,000
Benjamin Kaupp1,875,000225,000
Jonathan Woof1,100,000-410,000
Gianluca Speranza675,000275,000
Erik Bauer405,00020,000
Dominick Sarle170,000-255,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:02 PM Local Time
Bensimhon Doubles Through Loving

Carlos Loving opened in middle position and Eric Bensimhon three-bet jammed in late position.
Yuliyan Kolev exposed his cards in the big blind without realizing there was still action behind. Loving then made the call.

Eric Bensimhon:   
Carlos Loving:   

Bensimhon was dominated but managed to pair his three on the flop and stayed ahead after the blank turn and river to double up.

"I'm done playing ace-king," Loving mumbled.

Carlos Loving1,400,000-100,000
Eric Bensimhon350,00040,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:54 AM Local Time
Woof With the Wrong Move

Raul Garza

Picking up the action on the     flop, Jonathan Woof check-raised of the big blind to 125,000 versus Raul Garza from under the gun and picked up a call by Garza. On the   turn, Woof then led for 150,000 and Garza raised to 380,000, earning a quick call by the Canadian.

As soon as the   fell on the river, Woof moved all-in and Garza snap-called for 305,000. Woof tabled the    for a move gone wrong as Garza doubled with    for the flopped queen-high straight.

"Oh wow, you flopped it?! I should have gone all-in pre," Woof admitted in table chat before he took a short break away from his seat.

Raul Garza2,100,000800,000
Jonathan Woof1,510,000-840,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:46 AM Local Time
Ryan Hohner Eliminated in 14th Place ($7,400)

Ryan Hohner

Benjamin Kaupp opened to 45,000 and Jonathan Woof flat-called. Ryan Hohner then three-bet to 220,000 with 5,000 behind and Kaupp moved all-in.

That took Woof by surprise, who mentioned in table chat he had just called with a high pocket pair. Ultimately, Woof folded and Hohner glanced at the tournament info screen before he smiled and said "I gonna call".

Ryan Hohner:   
Benjamin Kaupp:   

The     flop changed nothing but Kaupp gained more equity with the   turn. Instead, it was the   that fell on the river and knocked out Hohner in 14th place for $7,400.

Jonathan Woof2,350,00050,000
Benjamin Kaupp1,650,000350,000
Ryan Hohner0-300,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:46 AM Local Time
Antoine Vranken Eliminated in 15th Place ($7,400)

Antoine Vranken

Antoine Vranken moved all in on a flop of     and was called by Robert Cowen, who had Vranken covered.

Antoine Vranken:   
Robert Cowen:   

Vranken was ahead with a pair of kings while Cowen was looking for another club with a flush draw. The board finished out    and Cowen hit his flush to win the pot and send Vranken out in 15th place.

Robert Cowen1,700,000175,000
Antoine Vranken0-340,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:42 AM Local Time
Garza Wins Small Showdown Pot

Erik Bauer raised to 40,000 from under the gun to pick up calls by Benjamin Kaupp from one seat over and Raul Garza in the small blind. They checked all the way to the       river on which Garza bet 40,000.

Kaupp reluctantly called and then mucked when Garza tabled the    for a pair of nines.

Raul Garza1,300,000385,000
Benjamin Kaupp1,300,000100,000
Erik Bauer385,000-600,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:36 AM Local Time
Bensimhon Doesn't Get His Wish

Eric Bensimhon raised it up and was then three-bet to 155,000 by Gregory Wish on the button. The Frenchman clicked it back to 280,000 and Wish then moved all-in with the superior stack. Bensimhon had nearly half of his stack in the middle but opted to fold.

Gregory Wish1,200,000245,000
Eric Bensimhon310,000-215,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:33 AM Local Time
Alan Gibson Eliminated in 16th Place ($7,400)

Alan Gibson

Benjamin Kaupp opened from the hijack and Alan Gibson three-bet jammed for 195,000 from the big blind. Kaupp took a moment and called.

Alan Gibson:   
Benjamin Kaupp:   

Gibson was dominated and received no help from the runout of       for him to go out in 16th place as the first casualty of Day 3.

Benjamin Kaupp1,200,000-50,000
Alan Gibson0-275,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:25 AM Local Time
Speranza on Twenty Blinds

Jonathan Woof made it 40,000 to go in the hijack and was called by Gianluca Speranza. The     flop was checked by the Italian, who then faced a bet worth 55,000 by Woof. That was enough to win the pot uncontested and Speranza dropped to 20 big blinds as a result.

Jonathan Woof2,300,000110,000
Gianluca Speranza400,000-120,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:22 AM Local Time
Eslami Chips Up Against Cowen

Ali Eslami raised to 55,000 from under the gun and was called by Carlos Loving on the button, Robert Cowen called in the big blind. The     flop was checked to Eslami, who bet 90,000. Only Cowen called and then led the   turn himself for 160,000.

Eslami reluctantly called and was checked to on the   river. He then bet for around 500,000 with a single chip behind and Cowen instantly folded.

Robert Cowen1,525,000-325,000
Carlos Loving1,500,0000
Ali Eslami1,195,000405,000
Yuliyan Kolev425,000-175,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:18 AM Local Time
Messick Doubles Through Loving

Yuliyan Kolev opened to 45,000 in the hijack and Ryan Messick three-bet jammed a stack of 685,000 from the button. Carlos Loving then four-bet re-shoved a bigger stack from the small blind, which got Kolev to fold.

Ryan Messick:   
Carlos Loving:   

Messick was able to win the flip to double up as the board ran out      .

Carlos Loving1,500,000-300,000
Ryan Messick1,200,000540,000
Yuliyan Kolev600,000-100,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:09 AM Local Time
The Bucket Is Back

Yuliyan Kolev

Yuliyan Kolev raised from under the gun and then called a three-bet by Robert Cowen on the button. They headed to the     flop on which Kolev check-folded to a bet worth 90,000.

"I don't blame you, he has a bucket on his head," Ali Eslami chimed in towards Kolev.

"Is it the same one?" Cowen asked, referring to the KFC bucket that Kolev was wearing en route to winning his second gold bracelet earlier this year.

Once Kolev nodded, Carlos Loving added "we are in trouble".

Robert Cowen1,850,000165,000
Yuliyan Kolev700,000-170,000
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