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WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3 Poker
Donna Amo
Posted on 16 Jul, 2022
By Donna Amo
On 16 Jul, 2022
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By Donna Amo
On 16 Jul, 2022
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WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 Main Event reached its penultimate day with an unofficial final table consisting of 10 players. The day ended with Norwegian player Espen Jorstad bagging and tagging his way to the final day as the commanding chip leader. He started off Day 8 with the most number of chips and is now in a dominating position with a massive stack of 298,000,000 chips, giving him 99 big blinds to win the prestigious title.

He now holds twice as many chips as his rival from Australia, Adrian Attenborough (149,800,000, 50 BB). Michael Duek from Argentina has the third-highest chip stack of 72,100,000 (24 BB). The trio will battle it out when play resumes on Day 9, and we will have a new WSOP Main Event champion.

WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3

The Main Event saw a total of 8,663 entries participate in the event making it the second biggest WSOP Main Event in history. The final prize pool reached a whopping $80,782,475, out of which the winner will grab the top prize of $10 million. The runner-up will get $6 million while the third-place finisher takes home $4 million.

Level 42 will end post 20-25 minutes of play with the blinds set at 1,500,000/3,000,000 and big blind ante at 3,000,000. The button will be on Duek in seat number 2 while the chip leader Jorstad is in the big blind position.

Espen Jorstad

From being the chip leader on Day 8 with only 10 players to then being the chip leader on the final day with three players left, Jorstad surely played his cards right. Here’s what he said about his performance, “I feel I played pretty good. I had a couple of spots where I could have played differently but that’s how it is every day. I made no big mistakes.”

“I mean, I didn’t play flawlessly, but no one ever does. I think I played pretty much as good as I could,” he added.

WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3


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Adrian Attenborough

The Australian player was in the danger zone with a short stack earlier in the day. However, he bounced back and increased his chip stack size. “I was feeling really out of it at the start of the final table. I just thought I was going to get ninth after things didn’t go my way. I just thought to myself, ‘Oh, it’s not my time,’ but then I spun it up, and suddenly I was like, ‘Oh, it’s my time! I made a few mistakes along the way, but I ran really good,” he said.

“I definitely don’t deserve to be here, but I’m just lucky to have made it this far,” said the Australian. Attenborough is also aiming to be the second Australian to become the winner of the WSOP Main Event since Joe Hachem.

WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3


ALSO READ: Who is WSOP 2022 Main Event Contender Adrian Attenborough?


Michael Duek

Even though Duek has the shortest chip stack, he had a lot of people railing for him among which were his family and friends. “I am here with friends, immediate family, friends I haven’t seen in forever, friends I met playing poker and random poker cheering me on. It’s been great,” said Duek.

This player had a third-place finish in Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship and is looking to better that at the Main Event.

“I am going to try and get some rest, spend time with friends and family, and come out here and do what I do. I am going to try and play as good as I can against these two guys. They’re both very good players to keep an eye out for,” said the Argentinian player.

WSOP 2022 Main Event: Espen Jorstad Leading Top 3

Michael Duek

WSOP 2022 Main Event Day 8 Payouts:

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1st     $10,000,000
2nd     $6,000,000
3rd     $4,000,000
4th John Eames United Kingdom  $3,000,000
5th Matija Dobric Croatia  $2,250,000
6th Jeffrey Farnes United States $1,750,000
7th Aaron Duczak Canada  $1,350,000
8th Philippe Souki United Kingdom $1,075,000
9th Matthew Su United States $850,675
10th Asher Conniff United States $675,000

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