The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 has found another champion in Bulgarian player Yuliyan Kolev after he shipped Event #37: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em. This is Kolev’s second bracelet win of his career after he clinched his first at the online Event #9: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em in WSOP 2021 for $146,163.
However, this amount was soon dwarfed by his latest win as he had a massive payday of $1,125,141. After five days of grinding, he defeated 7,961 entries among which were well-known bracelet winners Robert Mizrachi who finished in 27th place at the end of Day 3 and James Calderaro busted right after him in 26th place. The event generated a final prize pool of $10,627,935 and 1,196 players were paid a portion of this lucrative amount. The min-cash was $600.
This is also the Bulgarian’s first live WSOP bracelet and he was cheered on by a group of his supporters. All of them owned upside-down KFC buckets add hats off to honour a popular Bulgarian music artist.
While it was mostly smooth sailing for Kolev who entered Day 5 with 49 big blinds, there was a moment final just before the final table was set, when he lost a massive pot to Raul Martinez’s pocket seven’s despite holding ace-king. He went down to a single 25,000 chip with the big blind at 500,000. But the poker gods were on his side and he won with pocket eights against Linus Ritcher’s pocket jacks.
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When asked about this specific moment, Kolev said, “It was quite funny because I knew I was not out of the tournament, but I can’t do anything with that stack (less than one big blind). I was thinking, let’s observe what’s going on at the other table so I folded two hands before the big blind hit me. Then I went all in from under the gun and then won the hand in the big blind. Then everything started from there.”
“The feeling is much stronger because all of your friends are here. The pressure is much more,” said Kolev on winning his second WSOP bracelet and first live bracelet. Commenting about the strong rail that cheered him on, he said, “It makes me feel really really calm. It’s really important for my friends to be around me when I got really far (in the tournament).”
|3rd||Tyler Gaston||United States||$522,705|
|5th||Dominic Brazier||United States||$301,346|
|6th||Stanley Weng||United States||$231,145|
|9th||Nick Marchington||United Kingdom||$108,704|
Just before this, Lok Chan clinched his first WSOP bracelet at Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet for $144,338. The event had 281 total entries and generated $625,225 in prize pool. Ali Eslami shipped Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $135,260. The event drew in a total of 471 entries and the top 71 players were paid from the $628,785 final prize pool.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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