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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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  • Prizepool: $1,000,000
  • Entries: 470
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 20, 2022 6:26 PM Local Time
Garza Rebuilds Stack Without Resistance

Raul Garza opened the action with a raise to 125,000 with the    and Ryan Messick flat-called in the small blind holding the   . Both players checked the     flop and Messick check-called the   turn for 180,000. On the   river, Messick checked again and a bet worth 350,000 by Garza won the pot uncontested.

"I am pretty sure I beat all your bluffs", Messick said during the final stages of the hand and his instinct were right but he ended up folding anyways.

Benjamin Kaupp4,000,000-100,000
Raul Garza3,600,000600,000
Robert Cowen3,500,0000
Ryan Messick3,100,000-400,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 6:22 PM Local Time
Cowen and Kaupp Chop; Messick Chips Up

Benjamin Kaupp opened to 130,000 on the button for Robert Cowen came along in the big blind. On a     flop, Cowen check-called a bet worth 60,000 and did so again for 175,000 on the   turn.

After the   river, Cowen checked again and Kaupp bet 340,000. That sent the Brit into a short tank but he called with the    to chop it up versus   .

Garza then raised to 125,000 on the button with the    for Ryan Messick to three-bet for 450,000 out of the big blind with the   . The call by Garza led to the     flop on which Messick continued for 275,000 and received a call by Garza.

Once the   followed on the turn, both players checked and headed to the   on the river. No betting action followed and Messick took down the pot with his pocket tens.

Benjamin Kaupp4,100,0000
Ryan Messick3,500,000800,000
Robert Cowen3,500,0000
Raul Garza3,000,000-800,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 6:15 PM Local Time
Messick Gets Two Jams Through

Ryan Messick three-bet jammed successfully against Raul Garza and then raised to 120,000 on the button with the   . Benjamin Kaupp three-bet to 400,000 in the small blind with the    and Garza opted to flat-call in the big blind with   .

That sent Messick into the think tank and he then pushed all-in after a minute consideration. Kaupp got out of the way quickly but Garza asked for a count. The shove was for 1,870,000 and Garza elected to fold, exposing his    in the process.

"I am very happy with that," Messick said with a big smile on the face and then raked in the pot.

Benjamin Kaupp4,100,0000
Raul Garza3,800,0000
Robert Cowen3,500,0000
Ryan Messick2,700,0000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 6:04 PM Local Time
Another Showdown Pot for Garza Against Messick

Raul Garza made it 125,000 to go on the button and Ryan Messick came along in the big blind. On the     flop, Messick opted to check-call a bet worth 120,000 and the   turn was checked by both. The   followed on the river and Messick checked once more.

Garza bet 150,000 and Messick paid it off very reluctantly for Garza to drag in the next pot with the    for the top pair.

Benjamin Kaupp4,800,000850,000
Raul Garza4,500,000315,000
Robert Cowen3,100,000195,000
Ryan Messick1,800,000-1,255,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 6:00 PM Local Time
Messick Pays Off Garza

Ryan Messick made it 120,000 to go on the button and was called by Raul Garza in the big blind. The     flop was checked and Garza bet the   turn for 100,000, earning a call from

On the   river, Garza bet another 250,000 by Messick and received the call. He flipped over the    and that won the pot.

Benjamin Kaupp4,800,000850,000
Raul Garza4,000,000-185,000
Robert Cowen3,100,000195,000
Ryan Messick2,200,000-855,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:51 PM Local Time
Ali Eslami Eliminated in 5th Place ($50,000)

Ali Eslami

Ryan Messick raised to 120,000 with    and Ali Eslami called out of the big blind with   . On the     flop, Eslami check-called a bet worth 60,000 and they headed to the   turn. Eslami bet 480,000 with just one chip behind and Messick snap-called and revealed the nuts without realizing Eslami was not all in. Knowing he was drawing dead, Eslami folded and saved his last 5,000.

In the very next hand, Eslami was all-in for the last 5,000 out of the big blind and Raul Garza limped in the cutoff, as did Robert Cowen on the button while Messick checked the option in the big blind. It checked to Cowen on the     flop, who bet 160,000 and isolated.

Ali Eslami:   
Robert Cowen:   

While Eslami had some outs even after the   turn, the   river only improved Cowen to the ten-high straight and Eslami departed in fifth place for $50,000.

Benjamin Kaupp4,800,0000
Raul Garza3,700,000-100,000
Robert Cowen3,400,000200,000
Ryan Messick2,200,000900,000
Ali Eslami0-875,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:45 PM Local Time
Gregory Wish Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,500)

Gregory Wish

Raul Garza raised to 125,000 on the button and then instantly called the shove by Gregory Wish from one seat over for 600,000 in total out of the small blind.

Gregory Wish:   
Raul Garza:   

The dominated ace improved on the     flop and retained the lead throughout the   turn nor the   river for Wish to depart in sixth place for a payday of $37,500.

Raul Garza3,800,0000
Gregory Wish00
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:41 PM Local Time
Yuliyan Kolev Eliminated in 7th Place ($27,500)

Yuliyan Kolev

Yuliyan Kolev raised to 125,000 in the hijack and Benjamin Kaupp three-bet to 415,000 in the small blind. Kolev then four-bet jammed for 1,580,000 and Kaupp snap-called.

Yuliyan Kolev:   
Benjamin Kaupp:   

This time, the Bulgarian was dominated and found no help on the       runout to become the seventh place finisher for a payday of $27,500.

Benjamin Kaupp4,800,0000
Yuliyan Kolev00
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:37 PM Local Time
Split Pot Between the Big Stacks

From under the gun, Benjamin Kaupp raised to 130,000 and Raul Garza made it 360,000 to go from one seat over which Kaupp elected to call. Both players saw a flop of     on which Kaupp check-called a bet worth 200,000.

The   followed on the turn and the action was quickly checked through, which led to the   on the river. Kaupp checked again and so did Garza. The former showed    and Garza chopped it up with the   .

Benjamin Kaupp3,200,000100,000
Raul Garza3,200,000100,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:33 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:30 PM Local Time
Small Showdown Pot for Cowen

Ryan Messick raised to 100,000 in a middle position with the    and Robert Cowen called in the small blind. On the     flop, Cowen check-called 75,000 and the   turn as well as the   river were checked. Cowen tabled his    for nines and fours to win the pot.

Robert Cowen3,200,0000
Benjamin Kaupp3,100,000200,000
Raul Garza3,100,000-200,000
Yuliyan Kolev1,700,000-100,000
Ryan Messick1,300,0000
Ali Eslami875,0000
Gregory Wish720,000-150,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:28 PM Local Time
Garza Takes from Eslami

Ali Eslami limped in with    from the cutoff and Benjamin Kaupp completed in the small blind with   . Raul Garza then raised to 250,000 with    and only Eslami called.

The flop landed     and Garza bet 350,000. Eslami quickly folded to the large bet.

Raul Garza3,300,000400,000
Benjamin Kaupp2,900,0000
Ali Eslami875,000-325,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:24 PM Local Time
Kaupp Doubles Through Messick

Benjamin Kaupp

Ali Eslami limped in for 50,000 on the button with    and Ryan Messick raised to 200,000 in the small blind.

Benjamin Kaupp then jammed for 1,420,000 out of the big blind and Eslami instantly folded while Messick called within four seconds.

Benjamin Kaupp:   
Ryan Messick:   

While the     flop provided some equity to crack the aces with a king and back door clubs, nothing changed on the   turn and   river as Kaupp doubled.

Benjamin Kaupp2,900,0000
Ryan Messick1,300,0000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:19 PM Local Time
Kolev Loses Another Pot, Then Wins One

Raul Garza made it 105,000 to go in the cutoff with    and Yuliyan Kolev came along out of the big blind holding    to see a flop of    . Once the Bulgarian checked, Garza continued for 80,000 and the call by Kolev led them to the   turn.

This time, both players quickly checked and the   river completed the board. Kolev checked and Garza's bet worth 300,000 took it down uncontested.

Robert Cowen then opened to 100,000 on the button with    and folded when Kolev jammed for 1,625,000 in the small blind with   .

Robert Cowen3,200,000-300,000
Raul Garza2,900,000200,000
Yuliyan Kolev1,800,000-100,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:13 PM Local Time
Messick Takes Two Pots Off Kolev in a Row

Yuliyan Kolev raised to 105,000 with the    and Ryan Messick called in the small blind with    for the     flop to appear. Messick check-called for 80,000 and both checked the   on the turn. After the   river, Messick bet 300,000 and "bucket man" Kolev counted his chips before folding.

Two hands later, Kolev opened to 105,000 with    and Messick three-bet to 280,000 in the cutoff with   . What followed was the reluctant call by Kolev and the very same duo headed to the     flop. The Bulgarian checked and subsequently called a bet worth 250,000.

Following the   turn, Kolev checked again and Messick moved all-in for 1,610,000 total to send his opponent into the blender. Kolev found a fold.

Robert Cowen3,500,00030,000
Ryan Messick2,800,000945,000
Raul Garza2,700,00020,000
Yuliyan Kolev1,900,000-680,000
Ali Eslami1,200,00025,000
Benjamin Kaupp1,200,000-165,000
Gregory Wish870,000-100,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:01 PM Local Time
Live Stream Action Underway

Final Table

The final live stream of the 2022 World Series of Poker is underway in the Mothership of the Bally's Event Center. Lon McEachern and 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Dan Zack are the commentators.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 4:15 PM Local Time
Short Break Ahead of the Live Stream; Updates on Delay

The final seven players are now on a short break and the live stream will commence at 5pm local time with 30 minutes left at blinds of 25,000-50,000 and a big blind ante of 50,000. Below are the updated counts.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Yuliyan KolevBulgaria2,580,00052
2Ali EslamiUnited States1,175,00024
3Ryan MessickUnited States1,855,00037
4Benjamin KauppUnited States1,365,00027
5Raul GarzaUnited States2,680,00054
6Gregory WishUnited States970,00019
7Robert CowenUnited Kingdom3,470,00069

All PokerNews live updates from now on will be based on the live stream on the PokerGO platform in order to not spoil any of the action.

Robert Cowen3,470,000-230,000
Raul Garza2,680,000-70,000
Yuliyan Kolev2,580,000-20,000
Ryan Messick1,855,00055,000
Benjamin Kaupp1,365,000-285,000
Ali Eslami1,175,000300,000
Gregory Wish970,000-25,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 4:08 PM Local Time
Fortunate Double For Wish

Gregory Wish

Yuliyan Kolev made it 105,000 to go and Gregory Wish then three-bet jammed out of the big blind for the last 460,000. Kolev snap-called and the cards were turned over.

Gregory Wish:   
Yuliyan Kolev:   

"Let's goooo" Kolev shouted towards his rail and continued with a loud "hooold" on the     flop on which he remained ahead. The   appeared on the turn and Kolev gasped a "fuck" as the rest of the table chuckled.

Nothing changed on the   river and Wish doubled.

"You gotta lose one," the dry remark by another player came to Kolev who was still all smiles despite the bad beat.

Yuliyan Kolev2,600,000-600,000
Gregory Wish995,000485,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 4:03 PM Local Time
Messick Wins a Three-Way Pot

Raul Garza raised to 100,000 from an early position and was called by Yuliyan Kolev on the button and Ryan Messick in the big blind. The flop brought     and all three players checked. Messick also checked the   turn and Garza now bet 125,000, picking up two calls.

They checked again the   on the river and Messick won the pot with the   .

One hand later, Ali Eslami as one of the short stacks opened to 100,000 in the cutoff and Garza called out of the big blind. The     flop was checked to Eslami, who bet 125,000 and Garza snap-folded.

Yuliyan Kolev3,200,000200,000
Raul Garza2,750,000-650,000
Ryan Messick1,800,000295,000
Ali Eslami875,0000
Gregory Wish510,000-125,000
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 3:58 PM Local Time
Kolev Cracks Kings to Again Double Through Garza

Yuliyan Kolev

Raul Garza opened from the cutoff and Yuliyan Kolev defended from the big blind.

Kolev checked on the flop of     and Garza bet 100,000. Kolev check-raised to 300,000 and Garza moved all in with Garza covered. Garza snap-called with about 1,500,000.

Yuliyan Kolev:   
Raul Garza:   

Kolev had flopped a set to be far in front over the overpair of Garza and Kolev was screaming "HOLD" before the board ran out a safe    to earn him another double through the no-longer chip leader.

Raul Garza3,400,000-1,350,000
Yuliyan Kolev3,000,0001,325,000