When the sun rose on Las Vegas early on Thursday morning, there were still ten players remaining in the hunt for $10 million in the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event. The plan for Day 7 was to play down from 35 runners to the final table of nine, before taking a day off on Thursday with the final table set for Friday. However, poker tournaments are fickle and sometimes the action doesn't progress as planned. Tournament director Jack Effel made the command decision to postpone the action after 16 hours of play with ten to go, and the unofficial final table of ten will return on Friday.
The 2022 WSOP Main Event attracted 8,663 runners and only ten are still alive. One of the lucky ten will become the newest WSOP Main Event champion and etch their names into the history books. Oh, and they'll get to fondle a stack of cash worth $10 million.
When action was suspended at dawn, there were two big stacks.
Matthew Su and Espen Jorstad both had mountains of chips that were equal at 83.2M. Matija Dobric was third with 68.6M. There were four middling stacks with Aaron Duczak (56M), John Eames (55M), Adrian Attenborough (50.8M), and Michael Duek (49.8M). The bottom three included Jeffrey Farnes (35.4M), Asher Conniff (29.4M), and Philippe Souki (13.5M).
Everyone gets a day off on Thursday, but good luck sleeping with $10 million on the line. The final ten returns to Bally's/Paris on Friday for Day 8, and they'll slug it out until four players remain. The final four play down to the world champion on Saturday aka Day 9.
Tenth place will earn $675,000, while ninth place banks $850,675. The final eight players will lock up at least $1 million in cash. The top-heavy payout includes $10 million for first place, $6 million for second place, and $4 million for third place.
Efthymia Litsou earned the distinction of the last woman standing and the Larchmont, NY denizen saw her epic run end in 18th place.
Other notables who missed the final table and busted on Day 7 included Bob Welch (11th place), Vadim Rozin (12th), David Diaz (13th place), Tom Kunze (14th place), Kenny Tran (17th place), Aaron Mermelstein (20th place), Andy Taylor (25th place), 2020 champion from Argentina Damian Salas (27th place), and Marco Johnson (35th place).
Last year's champion Koray Aldemir busted in 75th place, which was a heck of run.
2022 WSOP Main Event
Prize Pool: $80,782,475
Matthew Su 83,200,000
Espen Jorstad 83,200,000
Matija Dobric 68,650,000
Aaron Duczak 56,000,000
John Eames 54,950,000
Adrian Attenborough 50,800,000
Michael Duek 49,775,000
Jeffrey Farnes 35,350,000
Asher Conniff 29,400,000
Philippe Souki 13,500,000
Final Table Payouts: