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Woof Leads Final 16 After Day 2 in Tournament of Champions; Cowen Among the Big Stacks

[user38873] • Nivo 20: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Jonathan Woof
Jonathan Woof

All but one gold bracelet of the 2022 World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas has found a new owner already, and most poker tables in the vast convention centers of the two hotels on the Las Vegas Strip have already been placed in storage. However, one more champion will be crowned on July 20, 2022, as sixteen players out of 470 entries remain in Event #89: Tournament of Champions.

The final tournament on the schedule replaces the former invitation-only Global Casino Championship, which was only available to specific qualifiers of the WSOP Circuit. For the 2022 edition, the field of eligible players was expanded to WSOP bracelet winners of the current summer in "Sin City," as well as 470 of them out of nearly 600 eligible champions entered the fray. They battled for their portion of the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool in the restricted freeroll, and 16 players remain after 20 levels of 60 minutes each.

Day 2 concluded with Canada's Jonathan Woof atop the leaderboard with a stack of 2,190,000. Only four further finalists have a seven-figure stack at their disposal including Carlos Loving (1,800,000), Robert Cowen (1,685,000), and Benjamin Kaupp (1,250,000) as they possess more than 50 big blinds each. Among the players in the top ten are also two further 2022 WSOP bracelet winners in Yuliyan Kolev and Ali Eslami.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day Two

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jonathan WoofCanada2,190,000110
2Carlos LovingUnited States1,800,00090
3Robert CowenUnited Kingdom1,685,00084
4Benjamin KauppUnited States1,250,00063
5Erik BauerNetherlands985,00049
6Gregory WishUnited States955,00048
7Raul GarzaUnited States915,00046
8Yuliyan KolevBulgaria870,00044
9Ali EslamiUnited States790,00040
10Ryan MessickUnited States660,00033

Nine of the sixteen hopefuls will aim to keep the last WSOP gold bracelet of the series on home soil, while six hail from Europe. All of them have already locked up $7,400 as a boost for their bankroll, while the winner walks away with the top prize of $250,000 and live poker's most sought-after hardware.

The 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad made an appearance via late registration prior to the start and was one of nine players to attempt spinning up 15 big blinds. However, Jorstad never got up and running to depart in the opening stages. Many other big names would follow without anything to show for such as the former WSOP Main Event champions Joe McKeehen and Joe Cada, Alex Foxen, Stephen Song, Manig Loeser, Ari Engel, and David Jackson to name all but a few.

Last to bow out before the money was none other than Daniel Weinman, who came runner-up to Zack in a close POY race. In one of the most classic setups in No-Limit Hold'em, Weinman got it in for 51 big blinds with pocket kings only for Carlos Loving to snap-call with pocket aces. There were sixty players "loving" the cooler as they all locked up a min-cash of $3,500.

Almost one dozen gold bracelet winners already earned a slice of the prize money courtesy of the WSOP and that also included the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Dan Zack, who collected a min-cash worth $3,500 to wrap up the inaugural stop at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. Other notables to bow out in the money on Day 2 were Maxx Coleman, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Gaetan Balleur, Fred Li, Yevgeniy Minakrin, Daniel Strelitz, and Dan Smith.

Coleman got a short stack in with queen-jack only to see Kolev wake up with aces behind to deal the final blow. The Bulgarian was in a very jovial mood all day long and his "woooo" whistles found some mimicking on the same and other tables for hours to follow.

Yuliyan Kolev
Yuliyan \"WOO\" Kolev

One of the noteworthy clashes inside the money saw Ryan Messick at risk with ace-king suited against the pocket kings of Christopher Bissinger and an ace appeared in the window. Messick had only qualified in the early morning hours on July 18 in Pennsylvania and jumped on a plane right away, he will be among the 16 returning hopefuls while Bissinger departed in 22nd place.

The final day of the Tournament of Champions and the 2022 WSOP will recommence at 11 a.m. local time on the two Horseshoe Feature tables. Recommencing blinds in level 21 will be 10,000-20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000. Once the field has reached the final five or six contenders, the action will also be picked up by the PokerGO live stream as well with the broadcast to get underway as of 4 p.m. local time.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of the 2022 WSOP as the PokerNews live reporting team will be in the Bally's Event Center until the last gold bracelet has been awarded.

Oznake: Aleksejs PonakovsAlex FoxenAli EslamiAri EngelBenjamin KauppCarlos LovingChristopher BissingerDan SmithDan ZackDaniel StrelitzDaniel WeinmanEspen JorstadJoe CadaJoe McKeehenJonathan WoofMaxx ColemanRaul GarzaRobert CowenRyan MessickYuliyan Kolev

2022 WSOP Event #89 Tournament of Champions: Day 3 Seat Draw

[user38873] • Nivo 20: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Bally'sFeature 11Yuliyan KolevBulgaria870,00044
Bally'sFeature 12Gregory WishUnited States955,00048
Bally'sFeature 13Ryan MessickUnited States660,00033
Bally'sFeature 15Carlos LovingUnited States1,800,00090
Bally'sFeature 16Antoine VrankenNetherlands340,00017
Bally'sFeature 17Robert CowenUnited Kingdom1,685,00084
Bally'sFeature 18Eric BensimhonFrance525,00026
Bally'sFeature 19Ali EslamiUnited States790,00040
       
Bally'sFeature 22Dominick SarleUnited States425,00021
Bally'sFeature 23Jonathan WoofCanada2,190,000110
Bally'sFeature 24Ryan HohnerUnited States300,00015
Bally'sFeature 25Alan GibsonUnited States275,00014
Bally'sFeature 26Raul GarzaUnited States915,00046
Bally'sFeature 27Gianluca SperanzaItaly520,00026
Bally'sFeature 28Erik BauerNetherlands985,00049
Bally'sFeature 29Benjamin KauppUnited States1,250,00063

End-of-Day 2 Counts

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Jonathan Woof ca
Jonathan Woof
ca 2,190,000 215,000
Carlos Loving us
Carlos Loving
us 1,800,000 585,000
Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 1,685,000 -90,000
Benjamin Kaupp
Benjamin Kaupp
1,250,000
Erik Bauer nl
Erik Bauer
nl 985,000 360,000
Gregory Wish US
Gregory Wish
US 955,000 -145,000
Raul Garza US
Raul Garza
US 915,000 -185,000
Yuliyan Kolev bg
Yuliyan Kolev
bg 870,000 -480,000
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 790,000 -410,000
Ryan Messick us
Ryan Messick
us 660,000 -60,000
Eric Bensimhon fr
Eric Bensimhon
fr 525,000 355,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 520,000 40,000
Dominick Sarle
Dominick Sarle
425,000 50,000
Antoine Vranken nl
Antoine Vranken
nl 340,000 -120,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner
us 300,000 -10,000
Alan Gibson us
Alan Gibson
us 275,000 -75,000

Day 2 Ends

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Day 2 has ended with the completion of Level 20. Stay tuned for a recap of the day's events.

Speranza Under Pressure; Gets a Shove Through

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Gianluca Speranza raised to 30,000 on the button and Erik Bauer jammed in the small blind to force out the Italian.

One hand later, Speranza made it 30,000 to go again from the cutoff. Benjamin Kaupp three-bet to 90,000 in the small blind and it folded back to Speranza. He gave it some 30 seconds to think and moved all-in for 360,000 in order to force a quick fold from Kaupp.

Jonathan Woof ca
Jonathan Woof
ca 1,975,000 65,000
Benjamin Kaupp
Benjamin Kaupp
1,250,000 -90,000
Raul Garza US
Raul Garza
US 1,100,000 65,000
Erik Bauer nl
Erik Bauer
nl 625,000 95,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 480,000 -150,000
Dominick Sarle
Dominick Sarle
375,000 45,000
Alan Gibson us
Alan Gibson
us 350,000 175,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner
us 310,000 15,000

Oznake: Benjamin KauppErik BauerGianluca Speranza

Redraw of the Final Two Tables

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SeatTable 677CountryChip CountTable 678CountryChip Count
1Yuliyan KolevBulgaria1,350,000Ivan DeyraFrance100,000
2Gregory WishUnited States1,100,000Dominick SarleUnited States330,000
3Ryan MessickUnited States720,000Jonathan WoofCanada1,910,000
4empty  Ryan HohnerUnited States295,000
5Carlos LovingUnited States1,215,000Alan GibsonUnited States175,000
6Antoine VrankenNetherlands460,000Raul GarzaUnited States900,000
7Robert CowenUnited Kingdom1,775,000Gianluca SperanzaItaly630,000
8Eric BensimhonFrance170,000Erik BauerNetherlands530,000
9Ali EslamiUnited States1,200,000Benjamin KauppUnited States1,340,000
Jonathan Woof ca
Jonathan Woof
ca 1,910,000 -30,000
Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 1,775,000
Yuliyan Kolev bg
Yuliyan Kolev
bg 1,350,000 250,000
Benjamin Kaupp
Benjamin Kaupp
1,340,000
Carlos Loving us
Carlos Loving
us 1,215,000 -85,000
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 1,200,000 270,000
Gregory Wish US
Gregory Wish
US 1,100,000 100,000
Raul Garza US
Raul Garza
US 900,000 -100,000
Ryan Messick us
Ryan Messick
us 720,000 75,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 630,000
Erik Bauer nl
Erik Bauer
nl 530,000 -190,000
Antoine Vranken nl
Antoine Vranken
nl 460,000 -15,000
Dominick Sarle
Dominick Sarle
330,000 -70,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner
us 295,000 50,000
Alan Gibson us
Alan Gibson
us 175,000 -45,000
Eric Bensimhon fr
Eric Bensimhon
fr 170,000 -45,000
Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
fr 100,000 -40,000

Daniel Sepiol Eliminated in 18th Place ($6,200)

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Daniel Sepiol
Daniel Sepiol

The two table redraw was imminent but one more hand played out on table 677. Benjamin Kaupp raised to 35,000 and Robert Cowen called in the cutoff. Daniel Sepiol then pushed for 345,000 on the button and that sent both players in the blinds in a short tank before they folded. Kaupp called and Cowen quickly folded right after that.

Daniel Sepiol: {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Benjamin Kaupp: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

The {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{6-Spades} board left Sepiol drawing dead and he had to settle for 18th place, which comes with a payday of $6,200. All 17 remaining players will now redraw for the final two tables.

Robert Cowen gb
Robert Cowen
gb 1,775,000 475,000
Benjamin Kaupp
Benjamin Kaupp
1,340,000 465,000
Daniel Sepiol us
Daniel Sepiol
us Izpadel

Oznake: Benjamin KauppDaniel SepiolRobert Cowen

Eric Smidinger Eliminated in 19th Place ($6,200)

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Eric Smidinger
Eric Smidinger

Antoine Vranken jammed out of the small blind for 230,000 with the {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and was called by Eric Smidinger in the big blind with the superior {k-Spades}{q-Spades}. The board came {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades} and Vranken turned the nut flush to double.

A few hands later, Smidinger was all-in for the last 100,000 in the cutoff and Gianluca Speranza came along with a button call.

Eric Smidinger: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Gianluca Speranza: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

The {k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop gave Speranza more outs and while he bricked the {6-Clubs} turn, he got there with the {a-Spades} river to eliminate Smidinger in 19th place for $6,200.

Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 630,000 255,000
Antoine Vranken nl
Antoine Vranken
nl 475,000 235,000
Eric Smidinger us
Eric Smidinger
us Izpadel

Oznake: Antoine VrankenEric SmidingerGianluca Speranza