If you are looking for action in Las Vegas on Saturday, then the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas has everything you need. A variety of poker disciplines will be on display over the two properties, including Omaha, Deuce to Seven Lowball and a Mixed Game tournament. Of course, the ever-popular Texas Hold’em will be in the mix, with one final table on Saturday and the Day 1B continuation of the MONSTER STACK, the latest tentpole tournament for the 2022 WSOP.
David Miscikowski Leads Final Table of $3K NLHE
75 players may have returned on Friday for action, but only nine remain on Saturday to battle it out for the latest WSOP bracelet. Miscikowski, who will be looking for his second bracelet, was able to take over the lead after cooling Niall Farrell late in the evening. In that hand, Miscikowski doubled up when his pocket Kings clipped Farrell’s pocket Queens, a turnaround that shot Miscikowski into the lead and would eventually send Farrell to the rail.
Miscikowski’s lead is not dominant by any stretch. The eight men in pursuit are all capable of going on charges of their own, including Joey Weissman (4.98 million) and Alex Foxen (4.02 million). It should be a fascinating battle as the WSOP bracelet and the $558,616 first place prize await its eventual owner.
1. David Miscikowski, 9.8 million
2. Stefan Lehner, 7.195 million
3. Nathan Russler, 7 million
4. Nicholas Dolen, 6.125 million
5. Kevin Stevens, 5.69 million
6. Joey Weissman, 4.98 million
7. Alex Foxen, 4.02 million
8. Davide Suriano, 2.725 million
9. Toby Boas, 2.075 million
Scott Ball Heads PLO High Rollers Heading to Day Three
While they are all in the money now, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller tournament, Event #19 on the WSOP roster, still has a great deal of work left. 28 players remain in the tournament, with a plethora of top names headed by Scott Ball and his 3.99 million in chips. It is a tightly packed field, however, with such players as David Williams (2.97 million), Aaron Mermelstein (1.955 million), Sam Stein (1.635 million), and Daniel Negreanu (1.55 million) lurking in the Top Ten alone.
1. Scott Ball, 3.99 million
2. Jonathan Depa, 3.625 million
3. David Williams, 2.97 million
4. James Chen, 2.585 million
5. Emmanuel Sebag, 2.315 million
The plan for Saturday is to reach the final table, where each member of the nine handed table will receive a six-figure payday. It will be seven for the eventual champion, however (even second place came up just short at $907,132), as they will earn $1,467,739 and the WSOP bracelet.
Final Table Determined for Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Triple Draw
It takes a special player to play a game where the object is to get the WORST hand available, but nine souls will take on that challenge on Saturday. The final table for the $1500 Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Triple Draw is set, with Von Alitzer looking to hold off Yufei Zhong’s quest to be the second female champion of this year’s WSOP.
Along with British pro Benny Glaser, these three players have separated themselves away from the pack by a wide margin. Thus, it will probably come down between these three for the WSOP bracelet and the first-place bounty of $108,250.
1. Von Alitzer, 2.625 million
2. Yufei Zhong, 2.29 million
3. Benny Glaser, 1.185 million
4. Denis Nesterenko, 940,000
5. James Maguire, 700,000
6. Kenny Hsuing, 485,000
7. Evan Sayer, 275,000
8. Hieu Luu, 175,000
9. Peter Lynn, 75,000
Two Tournaments Enter Second Day (Technically) of Action
Two tournaments will enter their second day of action on Saturday, although one of them – the tentpole MONSTER STACK tournament – will be called Day 1B.
The MONSTER STACK tournament, Event #21 on the schedule, saw players flood the floor of Bally’s to eventually send the tournament clock numbers spinning up to 2947 players. Day 1B, if it holds true to what other multi-Day One histories have shown, will be much larger than that, perhaps pushing the prize pool close to the $10 million mark.
Frank Lagodich sits in the prime seat for Day Two action on Sunday, his 635,000 chips leading the way of the 898 survivors from Day 1A of the MONSTER STACK:
1. Frank Lagodich, 635,000
2. Mustapha Kanit, 550,500
3. Paul Siegel, 491,500
4. Scott Roderick, 489,000
5. Andrew Dean, 485,000
Not only is Kanit lurking on the horizon, but another player who has shown some talent in large field poker is just off the Top Five. Canada’s Vanessa Kade, who took the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary Celebration championship a couple of years ago, sits in seventh with 470,500 chips. If Kade is to get an even stronger stack, do not count her out, especially in this type of game.
The players with deeper pockets are in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, which will enter Day Two on Saturday. Currently the chip lead of the 41 players left is a neck-and-neck fight between Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (262,000) and Phil Ivey (256,500), but it is WAY too early to even be looking at contenders. Registration is ongoing in this event, until the start of the Day Two play, so there could be some more runners come to the line that will add to the 85 entries that have already been registered.
1. Bertrand Grospellier, 262,000
2. Phil Ivey, 256,500
3. Yueqi Zhu, 237,000
4. Randy Ohel, 228,000
5. James Paluszek, 220,500