Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship
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Ben Diebold and Mike Gorodinsky To Battle for WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship

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Ben Diebold
Ben Diebold

The decision on who takes home the gold bracelet in the largest $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship in the history of the World Series of Poker has been postponed. Out of a field of 123 entries, Ben Diebold and Mike Gorodinsky remain in contention to follow into the footsteps of three-time champion Adam Friedman in the latest mixed game competition of the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

Both have locked up the lion's share of the $1,146,975 prize pool after surviving seven 90-minute levels in the Bally’s Event Center. Diebold holds a commanding lead of 3.5 to one over Gorodinsky, who will aim to come from behind and secure his third WSOP gold bracelet.

With more than $2.6 million in WSOP cashes spread over 31 results, Gorodinsky has far more experience than Diebold but the latter ramped up his live cash game activities on American soil during the last few years significantly. Diebold also has some deep runs in tournaments to show for with almost $700,000 in recorded cashes. In March 2022, he won a $3,000 Bounty Event at the Wynn right here in Las Vegas for $96,810 and will surpass that amount by a significant margin no matter if he wins or finishes in second place.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Ben DieboldUnited States5,720,00029
2Mike GorodinskyUnited States1,635,0008
Mike Gorodinsky
Two-Time Bracelet Winner Mike Gorodinsky Aiming for #3

Just before the end of the night, Brian Rast was eliminated in third place and that brought an end to a fairytale comeback story on Day 3 of Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship. During the early stages with ten players remaining in the second level of the day, Rast was left with fewer than two big bets and spun that into the commanding lead on the final table after he knocked out Randy Ohel in sixth place.

Ten of the 15 returning contenders already had a WSOP bracelet win under their belt and among the early casualties were
Jordan Siegel, Tuan Le, and Joao Vieira. Once the field combined to the final two tables, Nick Schulman was eliminated by Ben Diebold and Mark Gregorich came up second-best against Mike Gorodinsky.

What followed was a very tense period in which GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos stuck around with a severe short stack only to bow out in tenth place. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg Mueller and four-time champion Jeff Madsen then missed out on the unofficial final table and the final seven contenders were led by Ohel and Rast.

Anatolii Zyrin became very short and doubled several times before he ran with ace-queen into the ace-king of Rast in Pot-Limit Hold'em, a variant he had selected himself just prior. One of the most pivotal hands followed just a few minutes later when the two chip leaders clashed in Pot-Limit Omaha. Rast had the best of it to knock out Ohel and take over the reign atop the leaderboard for an extended period.

Randy Ohel
Randy Ohel

Two hours passed until Naoya Kihara was eliminated by Gorodinsky and four-handed play lasted even longer as the stack sizes were almost even at some point. Once Diebold went on a hot streak to take over the lead, he never looked back anymore. Christopher Claassen became his next victim and Rast was then handcuffed with a very short stack to ultimately be denied a shot at his sixth WSOP gold bracelet for now.

Final Table Results and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $299,488
2  $185,095
3Brian RastUnited States$134,370
4Christopher ClaassenUnited States$98,738
5Naoya KiharaJapan$73,453
6Randy OhelUnited States$55,329

The final two players will return to the Thunderdome in the Bally’s Event Center on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, as of 2pm local time and determine the champion of the record-setting $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship. Stay tuned right here on PokerNews to find out who will lift the gold bracelet for the winner shots then.

History of the WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerRunner-Up1st Prize
2015108$1,015,200Quinn DoRep Porter$319,792
2016118$1,109,200Jean GaspardWilliam O'Neil$306,621
2017102$930,600John RacenerViacheslav Zhukov$273,962
2018111$1,043,400Adam FriedmanStuart Rutter$293,275
2019122$1,146,800Adam FriedmanShaun Deeb$312,417
202193$867,225Adam FriedmanPhil Hellmuth$248,350
2022123$1,146,975TBATBA$299,488

Oznake: Anatolii ZyrinBen DieboldBrian RastChristopher ClaassenFelipe RamosGreg MuellerJeff MadsenJoao VieiraJordan SiegelMark GregorichMike GorodinskyNaoya KiharaNick SchulmanRandy OhelTuan Le

Heads-Up Play Will Take Place Wednesday

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Seven scheduled levels have been completed, and Ben Diebold and Mike Gorodinsky have decided to call it a night and finish play Wednesday.

The duo will return to the mothership in the Bally's Event Center at 2:00 p.m. local time Wednesday to play to a winner.

Stay tuned for a complete recap of the day's action.

Brian Rast Eliminated in 3rd Place ($134,370)

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Brian Rast
Brian Rast

Brian Rast moved all in from the button and got called by Ben Diebold in the big blind.

The five-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Poker Player's Championship winner was at risk and dominated.

Brian Rast: {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Ben Diebold: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

The dealer spread a flop of {8-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, putting Rast in dire shape.

The {6-Spades} turn officially ended Rast's run with the inconsequential {4-Spades} placed on the river, bringing Diebold heads-up against Mike Gorodinsky.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 5,720,000 495,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 1,635,000 -100,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us Izpadel

Oznake: Ben DieboldBrian RastMike Gorodinsky

Diebold Using His Stack

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No-Limit Hold'em

While a big pot hasn't developed, Ben Diebold has been using game selection to strategically chip up where possible, as in his last few game choices, he's picked No-Limit Hold'em, moving all in repeatedly on the button and using his chip lead to his advantage.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 5,225,000 525,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 1,735,000 -285,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 420,000 -300,000

Oznake: Ben Diebold

Rast Gets One Through

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Badeucey

Ben Diebold raised out of the small blind and Brian Rast called in the big blind. Both discarded two cards and Diebold check-called a bet. On the second draw, Diebold took two and Rast patted. The check by Diebold was followed by Rast's bet, who had exactly one big bet behind.

Diebold mulled it over for a short while and folded.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 4,700,000 -155,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 2,020,000 70,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 720,000 145,000

Oznake: Ben DieboldBrian Rast

Gorodinsky Dents Rast's Stack

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Badeucey

Brian Rast raised out of the small blind and then called a three-bet by Mike Gorodinsky in the big blind. Both discarded one card in each of the three drawing rounds and Rast check-called a bet by Gorodinsky each time.

Gorodinsky announced an eight Badugi and Rast nodded with a "me too ... what's your pair" to get shown the {2-Clubs} / {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} by his opponent. Rast shook his head and flashed his cards to Gorodinsky only before tossing the cards into the muck.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 4,900,000 50,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 1,820,000 640,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 600,000 -650,000

Oznake: Brian RastMike Gorodinsky

Christopher Claassen Eliminated in 4th Place ($98,738)

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Christopher Claassen
Christopher Claassen

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Christopher Claassen raised to 120,000 in the small blind and was called by Ben Diebold. They headed to the first draw on which Claassen took two and Diebold took one. Claassen checked, Diebold bet the pot and then instantly called the all-in of Claassen for around 700,000.

Claassen discarded one card and was up against a pat, then patted the final draw and Diebold patted back.

Claassen announced a nine and showed the {9-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-} but Diebold instantly replied with a "not good" before flipping over the {8-}{7-}{6-}{4-}{3-}.

Just after the hand, Joey Couden showed up at the rail and Diebold had asked him how his Badeucey game was because that's what Mike Gorodinsky picked. Couden replied with a "good" and Diebold nodded.

In the meanwhile, Claassen headed to the payout desk to collect $98,738 for his fourth place finish.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 4,850,000 830,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 1,250,000 -70,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 1,180,000 -20,000
Christopher Claassen us
Christopher Claassen
us Izpadel

Oznake: Ben DieboldChristopher ClaassenJoey CoudenMike Gorodinsky

Diebold Draws More Blood

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Ben Diebold
Ben Diebold

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

A three-way poker "bloodbath" just developed which has seen Ben Diebold solidly establish himself as the chip leader.

Diebold raised to 80,000 in the cutoff and was called by Brian Rast on the button and Christopher Claassen in the big blind.

Claassen drew three, while the others each drew two.

After Claassen checked, Diebold bet 200,000 and was called only by Rast.

The players each drew one, and after he checked his cards, Diebold quickly announced, "pot".

Rast now faced a bet of 700,000 chips, which represented over half of his remaining stack.

Rast took some time before opting to fold and preserve his chips, as Diebold has now crossed the four million chip mark.

Ben Diebold us
Ben Diebold
us 4,020,000 370,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 1,320,000 -280,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 1,200,000
Christopher Claassen us
Christopher Claassen
us 1,020,000 120,000

Oznake: Ben DieboldBrian RastChristopher Claassen