Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
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Event Info

Prijavnina $25,000
Nagradni sklad $6,237,000
Players 264

Informacije o trenutnem nivoju

Nivo 32
Slepe stave 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 400,000

Informacije o igralcih - Dan 4

Število preostalih igralcev 1
Vseh prijavljenih 5
Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Dan 4 končan

Tong Li Wins $1,467,739 and First Bracelet in Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Tong Li
Tong Li

Tong Li defeated Fabian Brandes in heads-up play to win the 2022 World Series of Poker Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,467,739 and his first bracelet.

The four-card high roller event attracted 264 total entries to create a $6,237,000 prize pool, with the lion’s share of it awarded today.

This was the first WSOP cash on Li’s poker résumé and it turned out to be one to remember, as he not only earned himself his first cash, but also his first final table and first bracelet in the prestigious tournament.

“This is a dream. I can not be more excited… I never expected to be the champion,” Li said after his victory.

The Shanghai resident earned a huge payday and secured his maiden bracelet while denying German high-stakes PLO cash player and Vienna-resident Brandes his first bracelet. Brandes entered the final day as the chip leader but wasn’t able to go the distance, and will have to settle for the runner-up consolation prize of nearly a million dollars.

Four-time bracelet winner and reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh came up short of another title as he finished in third, while Sam Stein and reigning WSOP No-Limits VELO Player of the Year Scott Ball also weren’t able to add another piece of gold jewelry to their collection.

Event #19: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Tong LiChina$1,467,739
2Fabian BrandesAustria$907,132
3Josh AriehUnited States$644,365
4Sam SteinUnited States$465,717
5Scott BallUnited States$342,590
6Jonathan DepaUnited States$256,582
7Emmanuel SebagUnited States$195,713
8Gregory ShudaUnited States$152,091

Final Table Action

The prestigious event attracted many of the biggest and best in the game. Some notables who made it into the money but fell short of the official final table include David Williams (9th - $120,457), Chance Kornuth (13th - $80,105), Ben Lamb (15th - $67,313), Daniel Negreanu (16th - $57,738), Noah Schwartz (22nd - $50,575), Yuri Dzivielevski (24th - $50,575), and Stephen Chidwick (29th - $44,253).

The final table began near the end of the penultimate day and Gregory Shuda (8th - $152,091), Emmanuel Sebag (7th - $195,713), and Jonathan Depa (6th - $256,582) all bowed out before the fourth and final day of play.

Five players entered the finale and they all had a shot at the glory. Li came into the day third in chips but quickly lost some pots to become the short stack. He was the first player at risk of elimination but secured one of what would be several double-ups through Arieh. Ball became the first player to make his way to the payout desk in fifth place when his aces were beaten by Brandes on the river.

Arieh then doubled through Brandes and Li again doubled through Arieh before Stein was knocked out in fourth place. He had gotten his chips in on the flop against Arieh with nearly even odds to win the hand, but Arieh’s two pair turned out to be the best, and Stein made his exit.

Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh

At that point, Arieh held nearly 60% of the chips in play, but his opponents weren’t going to go down without a fight. Brandes claimed the chip lead soon enough with top set, and Li secured yet another double through Arieh to give the trio all fairly similar stacks.

The three players took a short break and when they returned, Li took the lead for the first time, partially propelled by a rivered nut flush. Brandes then doubled through Arieh, and soon after, Li made quads to extend his lead even further. Arieh was looking to make a comeback on a hand when he flopped a boat, but Li turned a superior boat, and the rest of Arieh’s chips went in on the river to eliminate him in third place.

That set up a heads-up match between Li and Brandes, with the former holding over three times as many chips as the latter. They played a few small pots before most of Brandes’ stack went in preflop, and the remainder went in postflop. Li had flopped trips and Brandes was hoping to complete his straight draw, but the board ran out blanks and Li had officially secured the title.

Fabian Brandes - Jeff Platt - Tong Li
Fabian Brandes - Jeff Platt - Tong Li

Former WSOP $25,000 PLO Winners

YEARPLAYERCOUNTRYFIRST PRIZEENTRIESPRIZE POOL
2022Tong LiChina$1,467,739264$6,237,000
2021Shaun DeebUnited States$1,251,860212$5,008,500
2019Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$1,618,417278$6,602,500
2018Shaun DeebUnited States$1,402,683230$5,462,500
2017James CalderaroUnited States$1,289,074204$4,868,750
2016Jens KyllonenFinland$1,127,035184$4,370,000
2015Anthony ZinnoUnited States$1,122,196175$4,156,250

This concludes the coverage for this event, but stay tuned as PokerNews continues to bring you WSOP updates throughout the summer at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

Oznake: Tong LiFabian BrandesJosh AriehSam SteinScott Ball

Fabian Brandes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($907,132)

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Fabian Brandes
Fabian Brandes

Tong Li raised to 1,000,000, Fabian Brandes three-bet to 3,000,000, and Li called.

The dealer spread the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop, Brandes jammed for his remaining 4,030,000, and Li called.

Fabian Brandes: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Tong Li: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

Li was in great shape with his flopped trips, while Brandes was hoping to complete his straight draw. The {7-Clubs} turn kept Li ahead, and the {k-Hearts} river confirmed the result, eliminating Brandes in second place for $907,132.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 39,600,000 6,025,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at Izpadel

Oznake: Fabian BrandesTong Li

Brandes Folds Flush Against Boat

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Tong Li limped with {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Fabian Brandes checked his option with {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts}.

The {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop smashed Li's hand and both players checked to the {4-Hearts} turn. Brandes led for 800,000 and Li called.

The {9-Hearts} river improved Brandes to a flush and he led for 800,000 again. Li then potted, and Brandes sent his cards into the muck fairly quickly.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 33,575,000 2,600,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at 6,025,000 -2,600,000

Oznake: Fabian BrandesTong Li

Li Takes Some More

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

The two players have been playing small pots so far with relatively unchanged chip counts.

On one hand, Tong Li raised to 1,100,000 with {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Fabian Brandes called with {k-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}.

The {7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop was checked to the {3-Clubs} where Brandes bet 400,000 and Li called. Both players checked the {q-Hearts} river and Li took the pot.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 30,975,000 800,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at 8,625,000 -800,000

Oznake: Fabian BrandesTong Li

Short Break

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

The two remaining players took a short break before beginning heads-up play.

Josh Arieh Eliminated in 3rd Place ($644,365)

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh

Josh Arieh raised to 800,000 on the button and Tong Li defended the big blind.

The dealer fanned the {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop, Li checked, Arieh bet 600,000, and Li called.

The {a-Spades} fell on the turn, Li checked, Arieh bet 2,000,000, and Li called.

The {7-Diamonds} completed the board, Li checked again, and Arieh moved all-in for 5,550,000. Li snap-called.

Arieh revealed {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for a flopped boat, but Li tabled {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for a turned superior boat.

Arieh instantly got up and lamented to his rail, shook his opponents' hands, and gave them a "good game" as he made his exit in third place for $644,365.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 30,175,000 8,050,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at 9,425,000 800,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us Izpadel

Oznake: Josh AriehTong Li

Li's Flush Takes From Arieh's Set

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Josh Arieh raised to 800,000 on the button with {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Tong Li defended the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Li check-called for 600,000.

The {3-Hearts} turn improve Li to a flush and Arieh to a set as both players checked to the {j-Hearts} river. Li checked, Arieh bet 1,800,000, and Li called.

Hands were tabled and Arieh saw the bad news as Li's flush was good for the pot.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 22,125,000 3,400,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 8,850,000 -3,200,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at 8,625,000 -200,000

Updated Counts

• Nivo 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

In recent hands, Josh Arieh and Fabian Brandes have chipped up a bit to narrow the gap against Tong Li.

Tong Li cn
Tong Li
cn 18,725,000 -4,600,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 12,050,000 3,200,000
Fabian Brandes at
Fabian Brandes
at 8,825,000 1,400,000
Nivo:
32
Slepe stave:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
400,000