In 2021 the World Series of Poker Europe The €10,350 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event set a record for the highest attendance in tournament history with 688 entries. That 2022 WSOPE main event blew that number away, with 763 entries made by the time registration officially ended. As a result, the prize pool grew to $7,248,500, with six figure payouts or more for the top nine finishers.
In the end, the biggest payday of all was the $1,380,129 secured by the eventual champion Omar Eliach, who won a marathon heads-up match to claim his first gold bracelet and top prize of $1,380,129.
“It’s really hard to describe. So many emotions, all incredible. Such an exhausting fight. I feel relief, I feel incredible joy,” said the Stockholm, Sweden resident WSOP Reporter. “Yes, it’s an incredible feeling.”
In addition to the hardware and the money, Eliach also got a lot of ranking points. This was his second title and third final table finish of the year, including a runner-up finish in the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event earlier at WSOPE. The 2,280 card player player of the year Points he earned for that win were enough to put him in 28th place in 2022 POY Race classifications sponsored by Global Poker. He also secured 1,200 PokerGO Tour Pointswhich is enough to put him in 42nd place in this high-stakes-centric ranking.
This event took place from November 11th to 17th, with two launch flights and four additional days of action. With 514 entries on this day alone, the first take-off flight was the larger of the two. For perspective, this turnout was more than the entire field for the majority of WSOPE Main events that took place up to this point.
Day 1B added another 132 entries, while another 117 late entries were made early in Day 2. After registration closed at the start of level 13, the field stopped accepting players and instead eliminated them. At the end of Day 2 there were only 166 players left with 115 in the money.
The money bubble burst on Day 3, with Daewoong Song being eliminated as the last player out of the money. Celebrities who cashed included Alexandros Kolonias (97th), the winner of this 2019 event, bracelet winner Christopher Frank (93rd), the bracelet winner and World Poker Tour Champion Mike Leah (89th), two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein (84th), recent high roller bracelet winner Orpen Kisacikoglu (75th), 2018 champion of this event Jack Sinclair ($21,973), four-time bracelet winner Julien Martini ( 61.) , reigns WSOP Women’s event champion Jessica Teusl (54th) and bracelet winner Timothy Adams (9th).
The last day started with Omar Eliach in the lead and only eight players left. bracelet winner Alexandre rear fell first. The Frenchman from Beaubourg ran into Eliach’s pocket aces with pocket queens. Top set on the flop turned into a nut flush for Eljach on the river, and Reard was eliminated in eighth place ($138,702).
Two-time bracelet winner Barny Boatmans The run ended when his pocket aces were outed by the five-time bracelet winner’s QJ Shaun Deeb. Deeb hit two pair and raised Boatman’s continuation bet. Boatman checked and Deeb called. The turn and river were no help to Boatman, who finished seventh for $180,867. He now has more than $3.7 million in recorded scores to his name.
A classic preflop race spelled the end Armin Rezaeis Search for the title in this event. He moved all-in from the button with pocket jacks and received a call from Eljach, who had collected AQ in the big blind. An ace high flop put Eljach in the lead, which he would never give up, and Rezaei was eliminated in sixth place. He earned $239,466 for his strong performance, the highest score of his career.
of Romania Paul Adrian Covaciu was on the other side of a coin toss with pocket jacks. He held KQ, and this time the pocket pair on the river was the best. Covaciu received $321,838 for fifth place, beating his previous top score by almost a quarter million dollars.
The four-player game lasted about 90 minutes. The standoff ended when Vladas Tamasauskas called all in with pocket nines and faced a raise from Deeb, who was the chip leader at the time, and a 3-bet shove from the bracelet winner Jonathan Pastore. Deeb got out of the way and Pastore revealed pocket eights. Tamasauskas was ahead preflop, but an eight hit the board right away to put Pastore in front. Tamasauskas had a straight draw, but the board paired on the turn, so he needed a nine at the end. When one fell short, the Lithuanian landed on the rail with a career-best payday of $438,978.
At one point during four-handed play, Deeb had extended his lead to the point where he had roughly half of the total chips in play, but his lead quickly deteriorated during a difficult period of three-handed action. Shortly after a correct laydown with trips against Pastore’s grated straight, Deeb lost a massive handcall with fourth pair on the river. He met top and bottom pair for Eliach, who took the lead after drawing that pot.
Deeb kept slipping until he called a small blind shove from Eljach with AJ from the big blind. Eliach had gone all-in with Q3, which made a pair of threes on the flop to advance. The turn brought the board and the river was a blank. This eliminated Deeb in third place. The $607,531 he received from that event took his career earnings to more than $12 million.
This was Deeb’s sixth final table finish of the year for $1,339,690 POY his results so far in 2022. With the 1,520 points he accumulated in that event, he moved up to 48th place in the POY placements.
The heads-up game started with Eliach holding 43,000,000 against Pastore’s 33,000,000. The last two fought each other for more than six hours. The lead changed hands several times, each time the smaller stack making a comeback as his opponent began to retreat.
The final hand was dealt with Eliach leading roughly 4-3. With blinds of 400,000-800,000 and a big blind ante of 800,000, Pastore raised to 1,800,000 on the button with the A8th. Eliach looked down at QQ in the big blind and 3-bet to 5,800,000. Pastore 4-bet all in for around 32 million and Eljach called.
The board went out 872JJ secure the title for Eliach.
Pastore earned $852,949 and $1,900 POY Points as runner-up. It was the French player’s highest career score, surpassing the $771,765 he won as the winner of the WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max event this summer in Las Vegas. Those two great results were enough to push him up to 26th place POY placements.
Here’s a look at the payouts and leaderboard points awarded at this final table:
|location||player||merits||POY Points||PGT Points|
|5||Paul Adrian Covaciu||$321,838||950||322|
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