Michael Wang is now twice world series of poker bracelet winner.
The New Jersey native’s two wins in the WSOP They have an interesting symmetry. In 2015, he emerged victorious in the first open field bracelet event of that year’s series, a $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. Seven years later, Wang won one of the final events of 2022 WSOP participating in another $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament.
In this latest win, Wang survived a field of 573 entries to win the hardware and a career-high payout of $541,604. His second highest score was the $466,120 he earned along with his first bracelet. Wang now has just under $4.5 million in career tournament winnings to his name.
In addition to the title and money, Wang also received 1,680 card player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his second title and his seventh final table finish of the year, having also won an event at the PokerGO Ladder to Millions series in January for $219,300. With 2,910 points in total, Wang is now ranked 24th in 2022 POY race, sponsored by Global Poker.
This event was one of several affected by the panic that spread across much of the tip of Las Vegas after false reports of an active shooter. The resulting chaos caused massive disruption to all events taking place in the series on Saturday, July 16, leaving many shocked and some injured in the crush of people trying to escape the area.
As a result of the unexpectedly early finish the day before, play resumed on Sunday, July 17, with 192 contenders remaining. The large turnout for this event generated a prize pool of $2,642,963 which was paid out to the top 86 finishers. The final tables were packed, with the likes of four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (31st), Maria Ho (30th), bracelet winner Nacho Barbero (24th), bracelet winner and world poker tour champion Chad Eveslage (18th), bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall (15th), six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (13th) all going deep.
By the time the field was combined into one table, Colombian tournament breaker Farid Jattin had taken the chip lead. Wang was in fourth chip position with nine remaining, but soon increased his stack when he picked up pocket jacks to beat Erfan Geula’s pocket sixes (ninth: $42,149).
After William Nguyen (8th – $54,185) and bracelet winner Fred Goldberg (7th – $70,734) were eliminated, Wang scored his first final table knockout thanks to a cooler preflop. His pocket tens held against William O’Neil’s pocket nines (6th-$83,740) to see Wang move up the chip count.
Two-time Yuval Bronshtein bracelet was the next to fall. He moved all in with A-7 from the button and was called by Jattin’s suited A-10 from the small blind. Jattin turned on Broadway to leave Bronshtein drawing dead. He earned $126,089 for his fifth place performance. This was his fourth series final table finish, with the previous three in championship events with a $10,000 buy-in.
Kartik Ved’s streak in this tournament came to an end when his pair of sevens lost a preflop race to the KJ of a rising Jattin. The bracelet winner earned $172,103 for his fourth-place finish, the fourth-highest points of his career.
Nine-time bracelet winner and living legend of the game, Erik Seidel came within a couple of places of winning yet another title in the series. In the end, he was about to capture the tenth from him when his Kwhat could not exceed 88 of Jatin. The board lowered A7two610 and the 62-year-old was eliminated in third place ($238,321).
Seidel now has more than $41.1 million in career tournament earnings to his name, the sixth most of any player in the world. He also earned 1,120 points for his seventh POY-Final classified table of the year. He now ranks 21st in the rankings.
Heads-up play began with Jattin holding a more than 4:1 chip lead over Wang. He extended his lead even further early on, but Wang scored a double with KJ edging QJ to get off the canvas.
Wang then made it to a virtual draw when Jattin converted bottom pair into a bluff at the wrong time. Wang promptly called Jattin’s river all-in with his flush to the king to double down.
The deciding hand of the bracelet battle saw Wang unleash a check-raise after an 84two failure. Jattin made the call and on the 9th the turn came. Wang bet 1,800,000 and Jattin came. the 8 The river evened the board and made a flush possible. Wang bet 4.6 million. Jattin raised to put Wang all-in. Wang made the call with 85 for trip eights, while Jattin showed 75 for a lantern
Jattin was left with just over four big blinds. He was soon all in with Q4. Wang celebrated 63. board 4 is over3393 to give Wang four 3-pointers for the win.
Jattin earned $334,747 as the runner-up. This was his ninth appearance at a 2022 final table, with three titles won along the way. the 1,400 POY points he took home were enough to move him to third place in the POY rankings for the later half of the calendar year.
Here’s a look at the payouts and ranking points awarded at the final table:
Winner photo credit: WSOP / Seth Haussler.
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