Adam Friedman is not just any regular player grinding in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022. He had four gold bracelets to his credit and now with Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, this poker dynamo has added one more to his name. Yes folks, Friedman emerged victorious from a player field of 96 to claim his fifth WSOP gold bracelet and walk out of Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas like a true boss.
Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship event saw the five-time WSOP bracelet winner on the top of the leaderboard who gave away his lead for a very short span of time during the play. The first place finisher grabbed the biggest piece of the $885,875 prize pool. And for Friedman’s brilliant efforts, it was indeed well-deserved. It may not be his career-best cash but $248,254 in hand is a good enough amount to have for Friedman whose parents were also in attendance.
In poker history, only 30 players have five WSOP gold bracelets to their credit and Friedman is one of them. With every passing event, it looks like this poker player is inching closer to entering a more elite club in poker.
The player who ferociously aimed and eventually grabbed his fifth WSOP bracelet said, “It is a real honor to be able to win this title with the players who have won it before me. Winning the stud high means more to me than winning my fifth in total for my own personal satisfaction. This is in my top three or four events. I have played thousands upon thousands of hours of this game. I have had really bad success in this event over the last several years and to close it out in my first real shot I have had is amazing. To win bracelets in four straight years is incredible.”
Talking about the poker variant in a post event interview, the American player said, “Two-card poker is boring like I keep saying. My ROI initially went down playing stud but I was enjoying playing poker again. Seven card stud is the most complicated limit game that has ever existed. There are more nuances than almost any other two games combined. It is a beautiful game. It is really a shame that it is dying more and more each year. I think if people really gave it a shot, people would enjoy it and see all the cool things that can happen. I don’t see a seven card stud renaissance happening, but I truly hope I am wrong.”
In the deciding hand of the game, Gaspard said, “Let’s get it in.” He took the all-in route when Friedman raised on the third street. With a King-pair Friedman was ahead. On the river, Gaspard needed an Ace to keep his lead with a better pair or a three for a wheel of A-2-3-4-5. But the river brought J of Diamonds which proved to be fatal for the runner-up as Friedman sailed through and became the Seven Card Stud champion with bracelet number five in hand.
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