2022 WSOP Day 12: Two More Bracelets Won; Friedman on Fire in the $10K Stud

Adam Friedman

June 11 was the 12th day of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and although it was on a Saturday, there was no weekend break for the players. Two more players became WSOP champions and, therefore, bracelet winners, while four other events made progress to awarding their much sought after jewelry.

Austria’s Stephen Lehner got his hands on his first WSOP bracelet when he came out on top in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Lehner overcame a tough final table to win a bracelet plus $558,616 in prize money.

Russia’s Denis Nesterenko was the second bracelet winner on Day 12, after taking down Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. This was only the second time Nesterenko had played in a WSOP event and he already had some poker gold.

Elsewhere, poker Goliaths Adam Friedman other Josh Arieh find themselves in great positions in their respective events; Friedman in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, and Arieh in the $25,000 Pot Limit High Roller. Let’s start with that second event.

Arieh Looking For His Fifth Bracelet in the PLO High Rollers

Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh

Only five of the 64 players who bought into Event #19: $25.00 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller three days ago remain in the hunt for this tournament’s bracelet and the $1,467,739 top prize. Twenty-eight players returned for Day 3 but were reduced to five over the course of just over ten hours of play.

Austria Fabian Brandes was the chip leader when the dust had settled; Brandes bagged up 13,175,000 chips and hold a lead of at least 11 big blinds going into the final day’s action.

Josh Arieh returns with 8,900,000 chips, the second-largest stack, and in a great spot to win his fifth WSOP bracelet. Arieh sits down in sea four, surrounded by the chasing pack. There is little in the way of difference when it comes to the stacks of tong li (6,350,000), sam stone (5,875,000) or Scott Ball (5,300,000) when play resumes.

June 12 at 4:00 pm local time is when the cards are back in the air in this event. You can follow all the action at PokerNewsin addition to watching a stream on PokerGO, which is on a 45-60 minute delay due to showing hole card information.

Seat assignments for the final day

Seat players Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Fabian Brandes Austria 13,175,000 66
2 Scott Ball United States 5,300,000 27
3 tong li China 6,350,000 32
4 Josh Arieh United States 8,900,000 45
5 sam stone United States 5,875,000 29

Discover is Arieh wins his fifth bracelet

Lights Tames The Monster Stack

Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em
Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em

Some 2,947 players turned out for Day 1a of Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack on June 10 and another 3,561 bought in on today’s Day 1b, the final flight of this monster-sized event. Linus lights tamed the monster and bagged up a tournament-leading stack pf 788,000, almost 150,000 more chips than second-placed Justin Lee.

More than 1,100 players found a bag at the close of play, including WSOP bracelet winners Boris Kolev (504,000) who finished in the top ten in the Day 1b overnight chips counts.

Other bracelet winners safely through to the second day of action include, Arash Ghanaian (437,500), Ben Dobson (356,000), Anthony Spinella (304,000), Scott Davis (281,500), Adrian Mateos (206,000), Joao Simao (183,000), and Yuri Dzivielevski (152,000).

More than 2,000 players return to their seat in Bally’s on Day 2, which shuffles up and deals at 10:00 am on June 12. Ten 60-minute levels are planned, as is the bursting of the money bubble.

Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

Place players Country crisps Big blinds
1 Linus Richter United States 788,000 263
2 Justin Lee United States 631,000 210
3 Andrew Rosen United States 592,000 197
4 Ricardo Eyzaguirre United States 549,500 183
5 Tarun Goyal India 549,000 183
6 Sergio Ramirez United States 541,500 180
7 Boris Kolev Bulgaria 504,000 168
8th Matthew Cuba United States 498,500 166
9 Nghia Le United States 498,000 166
10 Phuoc Nguyen United States 494,500 165

Catch all the Monster Stack action right here.

Friedman Is Running Away With the $10K Stud Championship Title

Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

Mixed game specialist Adam Friedman is on course to win his fifth WSOP bracelet because he is by far the chip leader at the final table in Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. Friedman, who missed out on winning his fourth straight $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship event, has almost twice the chips as any other player at the final table.

While Friedman is an odds-on favorite to win this event, his final table opponents are a talented bunch. All but one of them, James Paluszekhas at least one bracelet to their name, although the legendary Phil Ivey have bracelets! Ivey finds himself in unfamiliar territory due to being the shortest stack when play resumes courtesy of his 174,000 stack, which is worth the equivalent of four big bets.

The returning players have already secured $28,258 but there is $248,254 and a bracelet up top. Can anyone stop Friedman on his march towards a fifth gold bracelet?

Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table

Place players crisps big bets
1 Adam Friedman 2,385,000 59
2 Jean Gaspard 1,231,000 30
3 Yuval Bronsstein 837,000 20
4 Ben Diebold 375,000 9
5 Marco Johnson 236,000 5
6 James Paluszek 235,000 5
7 Yueqi Zhu 231,000 5
8th Phil Ivey 174,000 4

Can anyone stop Friedman in the $10K Stud Championship?

Vampire Gunning For His First Bracelet

Daniel Vampire
Daniel Vampire

Daniel Vampire has seven WSOP cashes on his record but he has never gone deeper than a 66th place finish. That looks set to change with Vampan holding the chip lead in Event #23: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-handed where only 93 of the 213 starters made it through Day 1.

Vampan bagged up 217,500 chips when the curtain came down on Day 1. Only Phuong Nguyen (210,000), and Ruiko Mamiya (207,000) finished with more than 200,000 chips.

Plenty of stellar names progressed to Day 2 alongside the trio of big stacks mentioned above. Joao Viera (176,000), Motoyoshi Okamura (161,000), Shaun Deeb (107,000), Ian Johns (96,500), Eric Froehlich (87,000), Greg Mueller (66,000), and Brian Hastings (63,000) among them.

So through is Ryan Hansen who won this event in 2021. Hansen returns to battle with 64,500 chips in his arsenal.

Play resumes at 2:00 pm local time on June 12 with the plan to complete another ten levels.

Event #23: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Top 10 Chip Counts

Place players Country crisps Big blinds
1 Daniel Vampire United States 217,500 87
2 Phuong Nguyen United States 210,000 84
3 Ruiko Mamiya Japan 207,000 83
4 am duan United States 193,000 77
5 Joao Viera Portugal 176,000 70
6 Motoyoshi Okamura United States 161,000 64
7 Jameson Painter United States 160,000 64
8th Lyly Vo United States 160,000 64
9 WilliamSmith United States 151,000 60
10 Timothy Ebenhoeh United States 151,000 60

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