Event #66: $1,000 Mini-Main No-Limit Hold’em of the World Series of Poker (WSOP 2022 running in its new home Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas Nevada came to a close with USA’s Young Sik shipping it down. Out of 5,833 entrants, which created a prize pool of $5,190,480, only five returned for the third and final day of the event with Romania’s Cosmin Joldis (180,000,000) holding the massive chip lead.
Joldis began the day on a cracking note busting Kei Nitta in fifth place and extended his chip lead even further. However, he could not keep his momentum going as he ended up doubling up Sik on the very next hand. Sik, who came into the day with just 10 big blinds, continued his momentum and busted all the remaining opponents to ship the title for his maiden WSOP bracelet and a career-best $594,189.
“I came into today with a 10 big blind stack,” the new champion said. “I wasn’t expecting too much out of it, but it turned out great.” The California resident prior to this victory, possessed $716,460 in career tournament earnings. He will now see his earnings climb to over $1,000,000 on Hendon Mob, cracking the top 200 on the California all time money list. “I liked it better being on the short stack,” he said about his play. “When there is a shorter stack, you feel more ICM pressure, but when you are the shortest, you can just play.” Sik ended by saying he will play the main event this year.
It was an interesting event from India’s perspective as Kartik Ved who came very close to winning his second bracelet. The former WSOP (Online) bracelet winner was in great shape to win his second gold bracelet as he started the day with the second largest stack. However, it was not to be and he exited in third place, narrowly missing out on his second bracelet and earning a career-best $275,593.
Ved’s last hand in the tournament saw Ved with 4s 4s against As 3c of Young Sik. The latter moved all-in for 85,000,000 from the button. Ved from the small blind called for 19,000,000 with Joldis folding in the big blind. The board ran out 8s 8d 2s Ac 9s where Eum’s AA, 88 defeated Ved’s 88, 44.
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- Young Sik Eum – $594,189
- Cosmin Joldis – $367,233
- Kartik Ved – $275,593
- Phillip Lee – $208,275
- Kei Nitta – $158,515