2022 WSOP: Festival pays out over $322M; Top Asia performers; final live and online results


After 52 days of nonstop action, the World Series of Poker concluded its 53rd annual festival at its new home in Ballys and Paris Las Vegas. The series ran from May 31 to July 20 with 89 bracelets snatched up and another 13 at online platform The series closed with over US$ 322 Million paid out on the live front and another US$ 12.2M online. Highlighting Asia achievements, four players won bracelets: Tong Li (Event 19), Chan Lok Ming (Event 35), Shota Nakanishi (Event 60), and Jinho Hong  (Event 76). Three players reached multiple final tables, Naoya Kihara (3), Punnat Punsri (2), and Kartik Ved (2). At the Player of the Year standings, two time champion Daniel Zack is in the lead. 

Festival update

Bracelet Event 1 –  88 prize pool: US$ 321,719,219
Tournament of Champions: US$ 1,000,000 / 340 entries
Entries: 183,415
Two time series champion: Daniel Zack (Event 15 & 40), Espen Joerstad (Main Event & Tag Team Event), Lawrence Brandt (Event 58 & 84)
Asia winners: Tong Li (Event 19), Chan Lok Ming (Event 35), Shota Nakanishi (Event 60)
Most final tables: Phil Ivey (4), Daniel Zack (4), Sean Winter (4), David Peters (4), Yuri Dzivielevski (4), Koray Aldemir (4)
Asia final tables: Naoya Kihara (3), Punnat Punsri (2), Kartik Ved (2)
Online Event 1 – 13 prize pool: US$ 12,276,443
Online entries: 10,566

Multi bracelet winners

Career 6th bracelet: Brian Hastings
Career 5th bracelet: Adam Friedman, Eli Elezra
Career 4th bracelet: David Peters, Scott Seiver, Brad Ruben, Jeremy Ausmus, Julien Martini
Career 3rd bracelet: Norbert Szecsi, Daniel Zack, Phillip Hui, Dash Dudley
Career 2nd bracelet: Manig Loeser, Daniel Zack, Robert Cowen, Steven Albini, Justin Pechie, Yuliyan Kolev, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Joao Simao Peres, Daniel Cates, David Jackson, Daniel Strelitz, Espen Joerstad, Sandeep Pulusani, Joao Vieira, Lawrence Brandt

Asia bracelet champions

Tong Li – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Four players from Asia emerged victorious to capture maiden bracelets. The first to hear his country’s national anthem was China’s Tong Li who won the $25K High Roller Pot Limit Omaha (8-Handed). Li outlasted the 264 entry field loaded with some of the world’s elite, to pocket a massive US$ 1,467,739 payout. He became the sixth player from China to bring home the coveted gold.

Chan Lok Ming – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Spenser Sembrat

Often seen tearing up No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha events in Taiwan, WSOP newcomer / Hong Kong pro Chan Lok Ming decided to add other poker variants to his resume this year. To practice, he played online then proceeded to test his knowledge on the live stage at the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event. Impressively, Chan took it all the way to snatch the gold and the US$ 144,348 first prize. He brought Hong Kong its third ever bracelet. 

Shota Nakanishi – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Alec Rome

Japanese Short Deck specialist, Shota Nakanishi locked up his first bracelet at the $10K Short Deck No Limit Holdém. Nakanishi outlasted big guns that included Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Riess, Stephen Chidwick, Brian Rast, and Ben Lamb at heads up. Nakanishi became the sixth player from Japan to bring home the gold.

Jinho Hong, Photo Credit – WSOP/ PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Jinho Hong from Korea, ex-Starcraft gamer turned poker enthusiast, locked up a bracelet at the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No Limit Hold’em event. Hong has only been playing poker professionally for the past four years and has quickly climbed the Korea live tournament money rankings with big wins all over Asia. Last year, he attended his first WSOP and cashed in several events. Returning this year, he first won The Wynn Classic $3,500 NL Hold’em Championship for US$ 696,011, which is his largest live score to date. A few weeks later, he closed out he added a WSOP title and US$ 276,067 to his earnings. He brought Korea its fifth bracelet. 

Naoya Kihara, Punnat Punsri, and Kartik Ved reach multiple final tables

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Naoya Kihara – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Spenser Sembrat

Japanese pro Naoya Kihara has been attending the annual series for well over a decade and is one of the biggest promoters of poker in his country. He won his first bracelet in 2012 at the $5K Pot Limit Omaha and has since returned yearly. Unlike most Asian players, Kihara is skilled in all variants of poker. This year, he reached three final tables – 3rd at $1,500 Mixed Games Dealers Choice, 3rd at $50K Poker Players Championship 6-Handed, and 5th at $10K Mixed Games Dealers Choice Championship. To date, he has over US$ 1.5 Million in WSOP earnings across 44 cashes. 

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Kartik Ved – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Hayley Hochstetler

India pro player Kartik Ved earned his first WSOP cash in 2018 when he ran deep 128th place at the Main Event. Since then, he has accrued numerous cashes which included a big one at the 2019 Main Event in 51st place. In 2020, Ved won his career first bracelet at the WSOP – GGPoker Online Series $840 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em. This year, his hunt for his first live event bracelet resulted in two final tables. Ved placed 3rd at the Mini Main Event to pocket a substantial US$ 275,593,which is now his largest live score to date. To close out the series, he placed 4th at the $5K No Limit Hold’em for another six figure payout. 

Punnat Punsri – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

To kick off 2022, Thailand’s Punnat Punsri won two $10K events at the Venetian High Roller. His hot run continued at the WSOP reaching two final tables. During opening week, Punsri bested some of the world’s elite players, placing 3rd at the $50K No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed. This earned him US$ 594,481 for his largest live score to date. Just over a month later, Punsri ran deep again, finishing runner up to Jinho Hong at the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame NLH Bounty event. Although he has yet to clasp his first gold bracelet, he cashed a total of 12 times in the past two festivals and is inching closer to breaching US$ 1 Million in WSOP earnings.

WSOP Player of the Year standings – Top 10

Daniel Zack has every right to be at the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard after he collected 16 cashes that included four final tables. He was the first player to win two bracelets at the series. He has a lead of 490 points over Daniel Weinman. 


Event 71: $1,111 One More for One Drop NLH – MIKE ALLIS – US$ 535,610

Mike Allis – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Hayley Hochstetler

Buy in: US$ 1,111
Entries: 5,702
Prize pool: US$ 5,707,702
ITM: 856 places

Final table payouts

1st Mike Allis USA 535,610
2nd Ryan Riess USA 331,056
3rd Basel Chaura USA 250,157
4th Mohammed Jaafar USA 190,363
5th Leonardo Desouza Brazil 145,892
6th Salah Nimer USA 112,612
7th Andrew Robinson USA 87,551
8th Rio Fujita USA 68,562
9th Niklas Warlich USA 54,085

Event 75: $777 Lucky 7’s NLH 7-Handed – GREGORY TEBOUL – US$ 777,777

Gregory Teboul – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Spenser Sembrat

Buy in: US$ 777
Entries: 6,891
Prize pool: US$ 4,711,790
ITM: 989 places

Final table payouts

1st Gregory Teboul France 777,777
2nd Rodney Turvin USA 400,777
3rd Christopher Farmer USA 207,777
4th James Hughes USA 154,777
5th Jed Stewart USA 116,777
6th Kyle Miholich USA 87,777
7th Allen Cunningham USA 66,777

Event 77: $1500 Mixed NLH / PLO 8-Handed – SANDEEP PULUSANI – US$ 277,949

Sandeep Pulusani – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Rachel Kay Miller

Buy in: US$ 1,500
Entries: 1,234
Prize pool: US$ 1,647,390
ITM: 186 places

Final table payouts

1st Sandeep Pulusani USA 277,949
2nd Esther Taylor-Bradley USA 171,787
3rd Aden Salazar USA 124,865
4th Vincent Lam Canada 91,800
5th Richard Kellett UK 68,274
6th Noah Bronstein USA 51,372
7th Vegard Andreassen Norway 39,114
8th William Leffingwell USA 30,139
9th Daniel Chuprun USA 23,505

Event 78: $2,500 No Limit Hold’em – SEBASTIEN AUBE – US$ 499,636

Sebastien Aube – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 2,500
Entries: 1,364
Prize pool: US$ 3,034,900
ITM: 204 places

Final table payouts

1st Sebastian Aube Canada 499,636
2nd Julien Loire France 308,817
3rd Brian Etheridge USA 222,762
4th Axel Hallay France 162,627
5th Leandro Vlastaris USA 120,177
6th Santiago Plante Canada 89,905
7th Matt Berkey USA 68,102
8th Ran Koller Argentina 52,240
9th Jonathan Zarin USA 40,588
10th Brien Lee USA 31,945

Event 79: $10K Razz Championship – JULIEN MARTINI – US$ 328,906

Julien Martini – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 125
Prize pool: US$ 1,165,625
ITM: 21 places

Final table payouts

1st Julien Martini France 328,906
2nd Hal Rotholz USA 203,281
3rd Yueqi Zhu USA 149,958
4th Koray Aldemir Austria 111,991
5th Felipe Ramos Brazil 84,683
6th Max Pescatori Italy 64,847
7th Brian Hastings USA 50,295
8th Brandon Shack-Harris USA 39,516
9th Ziya Rahim USA 31,456

Event 80: $600 Mixed NLH; PLO Deepstack – ROMANS VOITOVS – US$ 158,609

Romans Voitovs – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 600
Entries: 2,107
Prize pool: US$ 1,074,570
ITM: 317 places

Final table payouts

1st Romans Voitovs Latvia 158,609
2nd Michael Dobbs USA 98,026
3rd Justin Barnum USA 72,544
4th Francisco Baruffi Brazil 54,172
5th Richard Bai USA 40,822
6th Jordan Russell USA 31,046
7th Jacob Staley USA 23,831
8th Andrew Peplinski USA 18,464
9th Dror Ramaty Argentina 14,442

Event 81: $5K Freezeout NLH 8-Handed – MOHAMMAD ARANI – US$ 665,459

Mohammad Arani – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Rachel Kay Miller

Buy in: US$ 5,000
Entries: 756
Prize pool: US$ 3,487,050
ITM: 114 places

Final table payouts

1st Mohammad Arani USA 665,459
2nd Johannes Straver Netherlands 411,279
3rd Peter Turmezey Hungary 292,665
4th Adam Hendrix USA 211,295
5th Toby Lewis UK 154,806
6th Francois Pirault France 115,122
7th Cliff Josephy USA 86,917
8th Michael Katz USA 66,638
9th Caio Almeida Brazil 51,894

Event 82: $800 8-Handed NLH Deepstack – RICHARD ALSUP – US$ 272,065

Richard Alsup – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Spenser Sembrat

Buy in: US$ 800
Entries: 2,812
Prize pool: US$ 1,979,648
ITM: 422 places

Final table payouts

1st Richard Alsup USA 272,065
2nd Gary Whitehead USA 168,093
3rd Ari Engel USA 126,233
4th Ryan Jaworski USA 95,487
5th Marc Macdonnell Italy 72,759
6th Artem Metalidi Ukraine 55,849
7th Patrick Truong USA 43,188
8th Frederick Brown USA 33,648
9th Donny Casho USA 26,413

Event 83: $50K High Roller NL Hold’em – JOAO VIEIRA – US$ 1,384,413

Joao Vieira – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 50,000
Entries: 97
Prize pool: US$ 4,643,875
ITM: 17 places

Final table payouts

1st Joao Vieira Portugal 1,384,413
2nd Lander Lijo Spain 855,631
3rd Galen Hall USA 625,941
4th Dan Colpoys USA 463,589
5th Brian Rast USA 347,658
6th Sean Perry USA 264,034
7th Fedor Holz germany 203,107
8th Stephen Chidwick UK 158,278
9th Alexandros Theologis Greece 124,974

Event 84: $3K H.O.R.S.E. – LAWRENCE BRANDT – US$ 205,319

Lawrence Brandt – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Alec Rome

Buy in: US$ 3,000
Entries: 327
Prize pool: US$ 873,090
ITM: 50 places

Final table payouts

1st Lawrence Brandt USA 205,319
2nd Roberto Marin USA 126,895
3rd Tomasz Gluszko Poland 87,687
4th Richard Tatalovich USA 61,789
5th Kevin Gerhart USA 44,415
6th Kristan Lord USA 32,583
7th Perry Friedman USA 24,403
8th Yarron Bendor USA 18,669
9th David Bach USA 14,594

Event 85: The Closer NL Hold’em – MINH NGUYEN – US$ 536,280

Minh Nguyen – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Buy in: US$ 1,500
Entries: 2,968
Prize pool: US$ 3,962,280
ITM: 437 places

Final table payouts

1st Minh Nguyen USA 536,280
2nd Ahmed Karrim South Africa 331,740
3rd Michael Liang USA 247,890
4th Madelyn Carr USA 186,770
5th Manuel Herreragarcia USA 141,770
6th Daniel Tabello USA 108,420
7th Samuel Brown USA 83,540
8th Rudy Cervantes USA 64,870
9th Zachary Johnson USA 50,759
10th Vincent Lam Canada 42,651

Event 86: $10K 6-Handed NL Hold’em Championship – GREGORY JENSEN – US$ 824,649

Gregory Jensen – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 394
Prize pool: US$ 3,674,050
ITM: 60 places

Final table payouts

1st Gregory Jensen USA 824,649
2nd Pavel Plesuv Czech Republic 509,674
3rd Lucas Foster USA 341,902
4th Ali Eslami USA 234,396
5th Barak Wisbrod Argentina 164,304
6th Brock Wilson USA 117,819
7th Martin Zamani USA 86,472

Event 87: $5K 8-Handed NL Hold’em – MICHAEL WANG – US$ 541,604

Michael Wang – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews -Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 5,000
Entries: 573
Prize pool: US$ 2,642,963
ITM: 86 places

Final table payouts

1st Michael Wang USA 541,605
2nd Farid Jattin USA 334,747
3rd Erik Seidel USA 238,321
4th Kartik Ved India 172,103
5th Yval Bronshtein Argentina 126,089
6th William O’Neil USA 93,740
7th Fred Goldberg USA 70,734
8th William Nguyen USA 54,185
9th Erfan Geuta USA 42,149

Event 88: $1K Super Turbo NL Hold’em – JASPAL BRAR – US$ 190,731

Jaspal Brar – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 1,000
Entries: 1,282
Prize pool: US$ 1,140,980
ITM: 193 places

Final table payouts

1st Jaspal Brar Canada 190,731
2nd Jesse Lonis USA 117,872
3rd Jesse Capps USA 85,040
4th Boris Kolev Bulgaria 62,090
5th Christopher Garman USA 45,885
6th Ronald Sullivan USA 34,327
7th Vinicius Escossi Brazil 26,000
8th Huy Nguyen USA 19,942
9th Jonathan Hilton USA 15,491
10th Kurt Jewell USA 12,190

Tournament of Champions: BENJAMIN KAUPP – US$ 250,000

Benjamin Kauppe – Photo credit – WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Buy in: Invitational
Entries: 470
Prize pool: US$ 1,000,000
ITM: 60 places

Final table payouts

1st Benjamin Kaupp USA 250,000
2nd Raul Garza USA 150,000
3rd Ryan Messick USA 100,000
4th Robert Cowen UK 75,000
5th Ali Eslami USA 50,000
6th Gregory Wish USA 37,500
7th Yuliyan Kolev Bulgaria 27,500
8th Eric Bensimhon France 20,000
9th Gianluca Speranza Italy 15,000
10th Jonathan Woof Canada 11,400

Online 10: $3,200 NL Hold’em High Roller 8-Max – JULIAN PEROUSE – US$ 324,767

Buy in: US$ 3,200
Entries: 340
Prize pool: US$ 1,343,680
ITM: 54 places

Final table payouts

1st Julien Perouse Canada 324,767
2nd Calvin Anderson USA 202,627
3rd Gabriel Nastasa Argentina 137,055
4th Alex Greenblatt USA 97,820
5th John Riordan USA 66,512
6th Brian Altman “JackBogle” USA 47,835
7th Corey Paggeot USA 35,070
8th Adam Hendrix “PHsGoldShoes” USA 26,336
9th Ethan Yau USA 20,290

Online 11: $777 NL Hold’em Lucky 7’s Second Chance – FRED LI – US$ 159,060

Buy in: US$ 777
Entries: 781
Prize pool: US$ 854,700
ITM: 167 places

Final table payouts

1st Fred Li USA 159,060
2nd Zachary Okin USA 98,291
3rd Michael Guzzardi USA 69,573
4th Bobby Oboodi USA 49,914
5th Ryan Jones USA 36,239
6th Dominick Sarle USA 26,667
7th Michael Acevedo Costa Rica 19,915

Online 12 :NL Hold’em High Roller Freezeout Encore – GIANLUCA SPERANZA – US$ 324,625

Buy in: US$ 5,300
Entries: 245
Prize pool: US$ 1,225,000
ITM: 35 places

Final table payouts

1st Gianluca Speranza “inmyhouse” Italy 324,625
2nd Paul Scaturro USA 189,875
3rd Michael Jozoff “mikejozoff” USA 108,413
4th Kazuki Ikeuchi Japan 83,300
5th Jakob Miegel Austria 71,050
6th Joao Vieira Portugal 58,800
7th Angel Lopez USA 44,100
8th Patrik Ciklamini Slovakia 29,400
9th Paul Volpe USA 20,825

Online 13: $500 NL Hold’em Summer Saver – SHAUN O”DONNELL – US$ 125,330

Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 1,189
Prize pool: US$ 741,600
ITM: 248 places

Final table payouts

1st Shaun O’Donnell USA 125,330
2nd Benjamin Chung USA 77,275
3rd Andrew Benedict USA 55,620
4th Soheb Porbandarwala USA 40,417
5th Boris Kolev Bulgaria 29,738
6th Paul Scaturro USA 22,100
7th Lawrence Meldman USA 16,612
8th Guy Dunlap USA 12,607
9th Michael Lavenburg USA 9,715

2022 WSOP recaps

2022 WSOP underway: first four bracelet winners
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 5 – 9
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 10 – 14
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 15 – 25
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 26 – 36
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 37 – 44
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 45 – 54
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 55 – 65
2022 WSOP: Bracelet winners Event 67 – 69 and 72 – 74


Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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