The World Series of Poker returns! The Rio is no longer the home to the most prestigious poker tournament series in the world after the WSOP relocated to the Strip at Bally's/Paris for the first time. A couple of events are in the books and two notable pros padded their impressive resumes with another bracelet victory.
The first open event at the 2022 WSOP was a high-balla affair with Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty, which attracted 46 entries and a prize pool worth $3.3 million. Only the top seven places earn a cut of the pie including Phil Ivey, Matt Steinberg, Koray Aldemir, Ali Imsirovic, Dario Sammartino, Chance Kornuth, and David Peters.
Kornuth, who was fresh off a WPT Choctaw victory last week, missed a shot at adding a fourth bracelet to his collection. Peters and Kornuth were heads up for the bling, but Peters knocked out Kornuth to win $1.1 million and the bracelet.
The victory marked the fourth time that Peters stepped into the winner's circle at the WSOP, and he's now won a bracelet in the last three WSOPs. Peters won his first bracelet back in 2016 when he binked a donkament for $412K. In 2020, Peters snagged some online bling for his second bracelet with a victory in the $10K Heads-Up event at GGPoker. Last summer, Peters won another online bracelet with a win in the $7,777 buy-in Lucky 7's Higher Roller.
On Friday night, Scott Seiver emerged victorious in Event #3 $2,500 NL Freezeout. A total of 752 runners took a shot in the old-school format with a single buy-in, and they generated a prize pool worth $1,673,200. Only the top 113 places were paid out.
Among the notables who got a cut of the freezeout pie were Shaun Deeb, Joe Cada, Kenny Hallaert, Ray Henson, DJ Alexander, Bill Klein, David Bakes Baker, Sean Yu, Farah Galfond, Ralph Perry, Anthony Zinno, Taylor Paur, Adrian Mateos, David Benyamine, Sergi Reixach, Shannon Shorr, Marton Czuczor, Brent Roberts, Dylan Linde, and Cord Garcia.
The final table for Event #3 included Scott Seiver, Alexander Farahi, David Goodman, Steve Zolotow, Sergio Aido, Nick Schulman, Lewis Spencer, Chris Hunichen, Aditya Agarwal, and Shawn Hood.
Schulman hit the bricks in sixth place, Aido said adios in fifth place, while Steve Z got smoked in fourth place. David Goodman went out in third place, which set up a heads-up battel between Alex Farahi and Scott Seiver. Alas, Farahi could not rally back and deny another bracelet victory for Seiver. Farahi earned $197,806 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
Seiver banked $320,059 for binking Event #3, but most importantly, he added a fourth piece of hardware to his collection. It was his first bracelet win since 2019 when he shipped the $10K Razz. Seiver won his first bracelet back in 2008 during the gravy days when he took down the $5K NL for a $756K score. In 2018, Seiver won his second bracelet with an impressive victory in the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship.