Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:40 AM Local Time
Benjamin Kaupp Wins Tournament of Champions to Close Out 2022 WSOP ($250,000)
The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has concluded and Pennsylvania's Benjamin Kaupp has secured the final bracelet after taking down the Tournament of Champions for a career-best $250,000. Kaupp, who takes home his first bracelet, defeated Raul Garza after a brief heads-up battle to resign the runner-up to a $150,000 conslation prize.
The Tournament of Champions was exclusively available to the 570 bracelet and Circuit ring winners from the 2022 WSOP season. A total of 470 players entered the freeroll in an attempt to win a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool.
Players who made deep runs in the event include Robert Cowen (4th - $75,000) and Yuliyan Kolev (7th - $27,500), both of whom won their second bracelets earlier in the series, as well as ring winners like Gregory Wish (6th - $37,500) and Eric Bensimhon ($20,000).
WSOP Tournament of Champions Final Table Results
| ||PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
| ||1||Benjamin Kaupp||United States||$250,000|
| ||2||Raul Garza||United States||$150,000|
| ||3||Ryan Messick||United States||$100,000|
| ||4||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$75,000|
| ||5||Ali Eslami||United States||$50,000|
| ||6||Gregory Wish||United States||$37,500|
| ||7||Yuliyan Kolev||Bulgaria||$27,500|
| ||8||Eric Bensimhon||France||$20,000|
| ||9||Gianluca Speranza||Italy||$15,000|
| ||10||Jonathan Woof||Canada||$11,400|
Kaupp qualified for the Tournament of Champions after winning a $215 WSOP.com PA Circuit event for $14,954. He now takes home more than 15 times that as he adds a second piece of WSOP hardware to his arsenal.
"It doesn't feel real yet. It just hasn't sunk in quite yet," Kaupp told PokerNews after the victory. "Before this tournament (started), I was going to be just happy to cash."
The Pennsylvanian player said he started playing poker 15 years ago with friends and discovered online poker about 12 years ago.
"I've just been grinding online for the last couple of years, taking it pretty seriously," he said. "I play a lot of the Circuit events online ... I didn't really play poker for a while until the last couple of years when it was legal in Pennsylvania again."
Even without a keyboard or mouse, Kaupp had no trouble getting through a field of accomplished bracelet and ring winners to earn his first bracelet and the six-figure score.
"It was very tough," he said about the tournament. "The final table, everyone was very tough, very aggressive, great with live reads, it seemed. And things went my way, and here I am."
Final Table Action
Day 3 began with 16 players and moved down to a single table within the first few hours of play.
Gianluca Speranza fell in ninth place for $15,000 when his ace-seven was dominated by the ace-king of Wish to end the Italian's run for a second bracelet. Later, the KFC bucket-sporting Kolev went out in seventh for $27,500 when he ran pocket eights into the queens of Kaupp.
After Ali Eslami's elimination in fifth place for $50,000, it looked like Kaupp would be going out in fourth when he moved in with pocket nines against the cowboys of Ryan Messick. However, a nine appeared on the turn to keep Kaupp's tournament dreams alive.
Messick, who immediately flew to Las Vegas to play the event after winning an online bracelet event at the 11th hour, ended up falling in third place for $100,000 when his ace-four couldn't hold up against Kaupp's king-ten.
Heads-up play lasted just four hands as Kaupp used his dominant chip advantage to put pressure on Garza, who won a WSOPC Cherokee $1,100 buy-in event in February for his first ring and $74,995. The Texan managed to double up once but ultimately couldn't overcome the chip deficit.
In the final hand, Garza moved all-in with king-jack, and Kaupp called with ace-six. Neither player improved their holdings. Kaupp's ace-high was good enough to send Garza out in second for $150,000, his second-largest score to date.
That wraps the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of the final event of the 2022 WSOP. Check out the WSOP hub to see any tournament action from the summer you may have missed.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:36 PM Local Time
Raul Garza Eliminated in 2nd Place ($150,000)
In the fourth hand of heads-up play, Raul Garza pushed all-in for 2,150,000 on the button and Benjamin Kaupp asked for a count in the big blind before he made the call.
The flop and turn kept Garza still in contention. However, he found no help on the river to become the second place finisher for $150,000. In a battle of the WSOP Circuit ring winners, it was Kaupp who came out on top as he earned his maiden WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize worth $250,000
A recap of today's action is to follow.
|Benjamin Kaupp||14,100,000||2,100,000 |
|Raul Garza||0||-2,200,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:34 PM Local Time
Early Double for Garza in Heads-Up Play
Benjamin Kaupp jammed the first button with the and Raul Garza forfeited the big blind with . Kaupp then received a walk with and he jammed the third hand of heads-up play with Garza calling.
The flop improved Garza to a pair and Kaupp needed running cards. One of them was the turn but the river paired the board as Garza doubled for 850,000.
|Benjamin Kaupp||12,000,000||-550,000 |
|Raul Garza||2,200,000||650,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:33 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Play Underway
The two WSOP Circuit Ring winners Benjamin Kaupp with 83 big blinds and Raul Garza with ten big blinds are back in their seats to battle for the top prize of $250,000 and coveted gold bracelet.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:21 PM Local Time
Ryan Messick Eliminated in 3rd Place ($100,000)
A few orbits later, the next open-shove by Ryan Messick for 1,900,000 in the small blind followed.
Benjamin Kaupp reluctantly called in the big blind with the words "I don't know if I am supposed, feel like you are tight for a reason".
The flop vaulted Kaupp into the lead while Messick then gained some hope with the on the turn. However, the river brought no help to Messick and he was eliminated in third place for $100,000.
|Benjamin Kaupp||12,550,000||2,250,000 |
|Raul Garza||1,550,000||-50,000 |
|Ryan Messick||0||-2,200,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:16 PM Local Time
Messick Doubles Through Kaupp
Ryan Messick eventually had the chance to be the first player to push all-in for 950,000 and Benjamin Kaupp reraised out of the small blind to isolate, Raul Garza snap-folded.
The flop kept Messick ahead while his girlfriend Jessica on the rail kept demanding for a queen. Instead, more equity followed with the turn and the chants for a queen followed. However, it was the on the river that ensured the double-up for Messick.
"Eight works too," Messick said while turning around as Jessica started cheering even more after the good news.
|Benjamin Kaupp||10,300,000||0 |
|Ryan Messick||2,200,000||0 |
|Raul Garza||1,600,000||0 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:12 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:11 PM Local Time
Garza Jams Ahead of Messick
Several orbits with the very same procedure brought the stack sizes of the two shorter stacks further down. Raul Garza then pushed for 1,750,000 on the button with the , prompting Ryan Messick in the small blind to ask for a count with the in a very similar spot than not long ago. He then folded and Benjamin Kaupp also let go of in the big blind.
Once Kaupp forfeited his chance to raise the next button, Garza jammed in the small blind with and Messick sigh-folded the with sheer agony.
|Benjamin Kaupp||11,000,000||300,000 |
|Raul Garza||2,100,000||600,000 |
|Ryan Messick||1,000,000||-900,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:01 PM Local Time
Kaupp Applies Pressure to Increase Lead
Benjamin Kaupp raised it up to 260,000 on the button and Raul Garza jammed for 1,600,000 in the small blind. Ryan Messick forfeited his big blind and Kaupp also let go after brief consideration.
Messick limped the next small blind and folded when Kaupp applied maximum pressure with his big stack.
Kaupp raised to 350,000 in the small blind the next hand with the , picking up a call by Garza in the big blind holding the . The bet of just 150,000 by Kaupp on the flop followed and Garza folded.
Kaupp raised the next button to 260,000 and collected the blinds and big blind ante.
|Benjamin Kaupp||10,700,000||1,400,000 |
|Ryan Messick||1,900,000||-800,000 |
|Raul Garza||1,500,000||-600,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:51 PM Local Time
Two Out of Three for Garza
Raul Garza as the shortest stack raised the button to 250,000 with the and chip leader Benjamin Kaupp tossed in calling chips out of the big blind with . No action followed on the flop and Kaupp check-folded the turn when facing a bet of 250,000 by Garza.
One hand later, Kaupp jammed out of the small blind with the into the big blind of Garza, who couldn't do anything but fold with the .
Garza was the next one to shove for 1,850,000 in the small blind with the . Ryan Messick asked for a count in the big blind and sigh-folded the .
|Benjamin Kaupp||9,300,000||-100,000 |
|Ryan Messick||2,700,000||-200,000 |
|Raul Garza||2,100,000||400,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:45 PM Local Time
Garza Gets a Shove Through
After forfeiting his big blind and small blind, Raul Garza was on the button with a stack of 1,660,000 and pushed all-in. Ryan Messick asked for an exact count and folded in under one minute, Benjamin Kaupp in the big blind snap-folded.
Kaupp limped out of the small blind with the and Garza checked the option from the big blind with his , which led them to a flop. They checked to the turn and the river, the latter of which brought a bet worth 160,000 by Kaupp. Within two seconds, Garza's cards went into the muck.
|Benjamin Kaupp||9,400,000||500,000 |
|Ryan Messick||2,900,000||-300,000 |
|Raul Garza||1,700,000||-300,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:39 PM Local Time
Kaupp's Big Blind Special Gets Messy for Messick
Ryan Messick limped the small blind and Benjamin Kaupp checked his option holding the to see a flop of for free. Messick check-called for 150,000 and the followed on the turn, bringing another check-call for 325,000.
That led them to the on the river, which brought a check from Messick once more. Kaupp now bet 625,000 and Messick was sent into the tank. Slightly more than two minutes later, Messick called and Kaupp had the best of it with his two pair.
|Benjamin Kaupp||8,900,000||1,200,000 |
|Ryan Messick||3,200,000||-1,600,000 |
|Raul Garza||2,000,000||400,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:33 PM Local Time
Garza Doubles Through Messick
Ryan Messick min-raised to 240,000 on the button and Raul Garza defended the big blind, then open-shoved for 470,000 on the flop and earned a snap-call by Garza.
Garza was ahead with his second pair and gutshot while Messick had one overcard and the open-ended straight draw at his disposal. The turn changed nothing whatsoever and the same applied for the river as Garza doubled his short stack.
|Benjamin Kaupp||7,700,000||0 |
|Ryan Messick||4,800,000||-700,000 |
|Raul Garza||1,600,000||770,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:31 PM Local Time
Messick Chips Up Through Kaupp
Reduced to a now short stack, Raul Garza folded on the button and Ryan Messick limped the small blind with . Benjamin Kaupp then raised to 400,000 from the big blind with and Messick called. They headed to the flop on which Messick check-called for 250,000 and both elected to check the on the turn.
Messick grabbed into his stack of T-100,000 chips after the fell on the river, then bet 650,000. Kaupp pondered about it for half a minute and folded.
|Benjamin Kaupp||7,700,000||-200,000 |
|Ryan Messick||5,500,000||1,200,000 |
|Raul Garza||830,000||-1,070,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:21 PM Local Time
Messick Gets One Through Against Kaupp
Benjamin Kaupp raised it up to 260,000 on the button with and earned a call from Ryan Messick in the big blind with . Leading to a flop of flop, Messick check-called for 175,000 and the turn was checked. Messick bet the river for 450,000 and Kaupp let go.
|Benjamin Kaupp||7,900,000||-400,000 |
|Ryan Messick||4,300,000||500,000 |
|Raul Garza||1,900,000||-100,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:18 PM Local Time
Kaupp Pulls Way Ahead After Catching Garza Bluffing
Benjamin Kaupp started the new level with a button and Ryan Messick defended the big blind, which led to the flop. Messick check-called a bet worth 175,000 and then check-folded the turn to a larger bet.
One hand later, Raul Garza opened to 250,000 on the button and Kaupp called from his big blind. The flop brought a check by Kaupp, a bet worth 200,000 by Garza and a call. Kaupp check-called a second barrel for 500,000 on the turn.
Kaupp came along and did so again for 1,200,000 on the river. Garza revealed the for a bluff and Kaupp dragged in the healthy pot with the for a pair of jacks.
|Benjamin Kaupp||8,300,000||2,685,000 |
|Ryan Messick||3,800,000||-640,000 |
|Raul Garza||2,000,000||-2,040,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:02 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:55 PM Local Time
Updated Counts on the Break
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Ryan Messick||United States||4,440,000||37|
|4||Benjamin Kaupp||United States||5,615,000||47|
|5||Raul Garza||United States||4,040,000||34|
|Benjamin Kaupp||5,615,000||15,000 |
|Ryan Messick||4,440,000||40,000 |
|Raul Garza||4,040,000||40,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:52 PM Local Time
Robert Cowen Eliminated in 4th Place ($75,000)
Ryan Messick raised to 200,000 in the cutoff and Robert Cowen then three-bet jammed his short stack of 1,780,000 in the big blind. A quick call by Messick followed and the rails started shouting.
Cowen had outs on the flop and turn but bricked the on the river to become the fourth place finisher, padding his bankroll at the end of the 2022 WSOP with another $75,000.
Right after, the level came to an end as the final three players headed into the next break.
|Benjamin Kaupp||5,600,000||200,000 |
|Ryan Messick||4,400,000||1,900,000 |
|Raul Garza||4,000,000||-300,000 |
|Robert Cowen||0||-1,900,000 |
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:47 PM Local Time
Garza Doubles Through Cowen
Raul Garza made it 200,000 to go as the first player to act and he then faced a three-bet to 600,000 by Robert Cowen from the very next seat. Once it folded back to Garza, he came along to see the flop on which Garza check-called all-in for 1,420,000.
The fell on the turn to keep Garza in the lead and the same also applied for the on the river, as Garza traded spots with Cowen to become the second-biggest stack among the final four.
|Benjamin Kaupp||5,400,000||-200,000 |
|Raul Garza||4,300,000||2,300,000 |
|Ryan Messick||2,500,000||200,000 |
|Robert Cowen||1,900,000||-2,200,000 |