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WSOP 2022: Paul Hizer, Kijoon Park, Joao Simao And James Todd Nail Titles Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 29 Jun, 2022
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 29 Jun, 2022
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 29 Jun, 2022
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WSOP 2022: Paul Hizer, Kijoon Park, Joao Simao And James Todd Nail Titles


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 is going on in full swing at the Bally’s and Paris Casino in Las Vegas. As the events progress, more and more players are claiming victory at the ongoing edition of the annual series. 

Event #51: $400 Colossus, Event #52: $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed, Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha, and Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors recently concluded at the series, crowning new champions. Here’s what the events looked like:

Event #51: $400 Colossus

This event concluded with United Kingdom’s Paul Hizer nailing the title for $414,490. After four days of gameplay, and an entry field of 13,565 players, the event finally paid out the top 1695 players a min-cash of $700. The event generated a final prize pool of $1,936,770. Hizer beat Day 3 chip leader Sam Laskowitz, who took the runner-up spot for $256,170.

This event also had Indian players Siddharth Karia (142nd, $3,180), Abhishek Goindi (972nd, $890) and Paawan Bansal (1374th, $700) were also seen grinding at this event.

Commenting on his win, Hizer said, “It means a lot. Played many tournaments. Had lots of deep runs. But I’ve never actually won a tournament outright. I don’t know if many people know that about me. I’m sure my close friends do. And maybe today was just written in the stars and I was meant to go all the way. I felt really confident, I felt like I had a really good game plan, and I’m just really thankful that it worked out.”

Event #51 Final Table Payouts:

  1. Paul Hizer – $414,490
  2. Sam Laskowitz – $256,170
  3. Jordan Pelon – $193,240
  4. James Scott – $146,680
  5. Luong Quach – $112,060
  6. Jeff Loiacono – $86,160
  7. Anthony Ruttler – $66,670
  8. William Gian – $51,930
  9. Sean Shah – $40,710

Event #52: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed

Event #52: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed had 456 players entering the tournament for a prize pool of $1,014,600. Finally, after three days of gameplay, online grinder Kijoon Park clinched his first-ever WSOP bracelet for $161,256. The event paid out the top 69 places with a min-cash of $4,018. Former WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari finished second for $135,848.

Park, who was playing just his second WSOP live event, surpassed top pros like Phil Hellmuth,  Scott Seiver, Joey Couden, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Gorodinsky and Scott Bohlman among others to clinch the title. 

Event #52 Final Table Payouts:

  1. Kijoon Park – $219,799
  2. Andre Akkari – $135,848
  3. Phil Long – $90,411
  4. David Bach – $61,588
  5. Taylor Paur – $42,965
  6. Michael Chow – $30,713

Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha

Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha awarded Brazil’s Joao Simao with his second WSOP bracelet. Out of the 788 entries at this event, the top 119 places finished in the money cashing $8,010. The $5,000 buy-in event had a prize pool of $3,634,650. Simao bagged $686,242 for beating Marius Gierse in the heads-up. Gierse took home $424,122. 

“I had some very hard spots at the final table, some players were better than me in Hold’em, others were better than me in Omaha but I felt that on average I had an edge because I play both well,” said Simao. He added “Every time a Brazilian wins a bracelet, it makes our community grow, more and more, which is good for us and good for the poker world in general.”

Event #53 Final Table Payouts:

  1. Joao Simao – $686,242
  2. Marius Gierse – $424,122
  3. Ryan Riess – $302,980
  4. Dante Goya – $219,472
  5. Aden Salazar – $161,239
  6. Joshua McSwiney – $120,165
  7. Fred Goldberg – $90,864
  8. Cody Rich – $69,727

Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors 

Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors was a charity event which was shipped by James Todd for $161,256. The $500 buy-in event saw 3,209 entries battling it out for the top spots. The prize pool of $1,315,690, was shared by the top 482 players who walked away with a min-cash of $800. 

Todd beat Brett Coltman, sending the latter away with a paycheque of $99,676. Indian players Paawan Bansal and Muskan Sethi also cashed at this event. While Bansal took the 200th spot for $1,277, Sethi also drew the same amount at the 202nd spot. 

Event #54 Final Table Payouts: 

  • James Todd – $161,256
  • Brett Coltman – $99,676
  • Patrick Pilko – $75,486
  • Randy Levin – $57,554
  • Rigoberto Rodriguez – $44,180
  • Nicholas Sena-Hopkins – $34,146
  • Todd Saffron – $26,574
  • Elias Neto – $20,824
  • Maximo Martinez – $16,433
  • Zyad Qasem -$13,059

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