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WSOP Day 12 2022: 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 even though it was a Saturday, there was no weekend for the players. Two other players became WSOP champions and therefore bracelet winners, while four other events progressed to being awarded their highly sought-after jewels.

austria Stefan Lehner won his first WSOP bracelet when he won 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 Denis Nesterenko was the second bracelet winner on Day 12, after winning Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. It was only Nesterenko’s second time at a WSOP event and he already has a poker gold medal.

Elsewhere, the Goliaths of poker Adam Friedman and josh arieh find themselves in big 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 this second event.

Arieh in search of her fifth bracelet in the PLO High Rollers

josh arieh
josh arieh

Only five of the 64 players who bought Event #19: $25.00 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller three days ago remained in search of the bracelet of this tournament and the first prize of $ 1,467,739. Twenty-eight players returned for Day 3 but were whittled down to five in just over ten hours of play.

Austrian Fabien Brandes was the chip leader when the dust settled; Brandes pocketed 13,175,000 chips and held a lead of at least 11 big blinds heading into final day action.

josh arieh returns with 8,900,000 chips, the second largest stack, and in good position to win his fifth WSOP bracelet. Arieh sits at sea four, surrounded by the hunting squad. There is little difference when it comes to the batteries of Tong Li (6,350,000), Sam Stein (5,875,000) or Ball Scott (5,300,000) when play resumes.

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

Allocation of seats for the last day

Headquarters Player Country Number of tokens big blinds
1 Fabien Brandes Austria 13,175,000 66
2 Ball Scott 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 Stein United States 5,875,000 29

Find out if Arieh wins her fifth bracelet

Lichter tames the monster stack

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

Some 2,947 players showed up for Day 1a of Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack on June 10 and another 3,561 purchased on day 1b today, the last flight of this monstrous-sized event. Linus Lichter tamed the monster and pocketed a tournament-leading stack of 788,000, nearly 150,000 more chips than second place Justin Lee.

Over 1,100 players found a bag at the end of the game, including the winner of the WSOP bracelet Boris Kolev (504,000) who finished in the top 10 on Day 1b, overnight tokens count.

Other safe wristband winners through day two of action include, Arash Ghanaian (437,500), Ben Dobson (356,000), Antoine Spinel (304,000), Scott Davis (281,500), Adrian Mateos (206,000), Joao Simao (183,000) and Yuri Dzivielevsky (152,000).

Over 2,000 players return to their seats at Bally’s on Day 2, which shuffles and deals at 10:00 a.m. on June 12. Ten 60-minute levels are scheduled, just like the bursting of the financial bubble.

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

Square Player Country Fleas 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
seven Boris Kolev Bulgaria 504,000 168
8 Matthew Kouba United States 498,500 166
9 Nghia Le United States 498,000 166
ten Phuoc Nguyen United States 494,500 165

Catch all the Monster Stack action here.

Friedman runs away with the $10,000 Stud Championship

Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

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

While Friedman is an overwhelming favorite to win this event, his final table opponents are a talented bunch. All but one James Paluszekhas at least one bracelet in his name, although the legendary Phil Ivey has ten bracelets! Ivey finds himself in uncharted territory as he is the shortest stack when play resumes thanks to his stack of 174,000 chips, which equates to four big bets.

Returning players have already secured $28,258, but there is still $248,254 and a bracelet on their minds. Can anyone stop Friedman on his way to a fifth gold bracelet?

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

Square Player Fleas big bets
1 Adam Friedman 2,385,000 59
2 John Gaspard 1,231,000 30
3 Yuval Bronshtein 837,000 20
4 Ben Diebold 375,000 9
5 Marco Johnson 236,000 5
6 James Paluszek 235,000 5
seven Yueqi Zhu 231,000 5
8 Phil Ivey 174,000 4

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

Vampan Gunning for his first bracelet

Daniel Vapan
Daniel Vapan

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

Vampan pocketed 217,500 tokens when the curtain fell on Day 1. Alone Phuong Nguyen (210,000), and Ruiko Mamiya (207,000) finished with over 200,000 tokens.

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

Also across is Ryan Hansen who won this event in 2021. Hansen returns to the fight with 64,500 chips in his arsenal.

Play resumes at 2:00 p.m. local time on June 12 with the plan to complete ten more levels.

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

Square Player Country Fleas big blinds
1 Daniel Vapan United States 217,500 87
2 Phuong Nguyen United States 210,000 84
3 Ruiko Mamiya Japan 207,000 83
4 Bin Duan United States 193,000 77
5 Joao Vieira Portugal 176,000 70
6 Motoyoshi Okamura United States 161,000 64
seven Jameson Painter United States 160,000 64
8 Lyly Vo United States 160,000 64
9 William Smith United States 151,000 60
ten Timothy Ebenhoeh United States 151,000 60

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