Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em | World Series of Poker 2022
The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em was full of big names playing for big money and the legendary gold bracelet.
After two days and a grueling battle at the final table, there could only be one winner: the Portuguese João Vieira.
Vieira survived a field of 107 entries and had to come back several times from behind to win her second bracelet and a career-high score of $1,384,415.
Vieira’s previous high score was in July 2019, when he landed $758,011, winning his first bracelet in Event #70: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6-Handed.
Amazingly, this was Vieira’s 15th cash at the 2022 World Series and his 79th career WSOP cash. This was also Vieira’s 11th WSOP final table, having reached the final table four times in 2021.
Although this is her second bracelet, Vieira appreciates this achievement much more than the first time.
Event #83: $50,000 High Roller Hold’em No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
|3||Galian Room||United States||$625,941|
|4||Dan Colpoys||United States||$463,589|
|5||Brian Rast||United States||$347,658|
|6||Sean Perry||United States||$264,034|
“This one was a little nicer (than 2019). The first one was more like getting rid of the monkey. I had done a lot of stuff online, very accomplished, but I still needed the big one. So it removes my name from the list of guys who didn’t have it.
“This one is more enjoyable not only because it’s my second, it’s also a big score. I’ve had a horrible summer this year in terms of results even though I came in really prepared and was playing pretty well, but the results weren’t there.
“I grabbed a bunch (of money) and was batting a lot, I also got picked third in the $25,000 Fantasy so I had high hopes…maybe go for player of the game. ‘year…and all of a sudden I couldn’t ‘I couldn’t make a final table. But I was confident it could happen. I was waiting for my run and it finally happened.
Vieira will be back for more and has big ambitions for the future.
“I want to win five (bracelets) and then we’ll see what life has in store for me.”
Alexander Theology was the first player eliminated at the official final table. His pocket jacks were no match for the suited ace of Brian Rast as Rast would hit him, sending the Greek home with $124,974.
Shortly after, Stephen Chidwick was the next to go. On a short stack, he was forced to shove his last 3.5 big blinds from the cutoff with an ace-two suited only to come up against the ace-king of Sean Perry. Chidwick would settle for eighth place and $158,278.
In seventh place, Germany Fedor Holz. After Rast opened from middle position, Holz moved all-in from the small blind with an ace-queen suited only to run into the ace-king of Lander Lijo in the big blind. Holz couldn’t improve and was eliminated, winning $203,107.
Next to leave the final table was the aforementioned Perry. After Lijo opened from the button, Perry pushed nearly 16 big with a king-jack out of suit from the small blind. Lijo called with an ace-seven suited and made a flush to send Perry home with $264,034.
In fifth place, five-time bracelet winner Rast. Rast and Vieira got involved in a three-bet pot that saw Rast come in with a suited ace-jack, holding the nut flush draw and a backdoor straight draw on the flop. Unfortunately for him, Vieira had top pair with his suited ace-king, making sets on the turn and knocking out the flush. Rast would earn $347,658 for his efforts.
A few minutes later, Dan Colpoys was sent home in fourth place. Colpoys called with a pair of sixes from the small blind before Vieira raised from the big blind. Colpoys pushed and Vieira called with a pair of eights. Colpoys will get absolutely no help and walk away with $463,589.
It would take nearly five and a half hours to narrow the field from the bottom three to a champion. A long battle between the other three continued, with each holding a dominant chip lead at one point or another. In the end it was Galian Room who would end up in third place. Vieira opened before Hall moved all in for almost 19 big blinds with an ace-two out of suit from the small blind. Lijo woke up with an off-suit ace in the big blind and stormed over the top. Hall would find his devil and be applauded by his fans after a valiant effort worth $625,941.
While Lijo would go heads-up with over 60% of the chips and at one point had a 5.5 to 1 chip advantage, but he would end up falling short against Vieira. Down to less than four big blinds, Vieira moved all in with pocket aces and Lijo had to defend with eight-five suited. Lijo would see no more than a backdoor straight draw on the flop, with Vieira taking the win after making the top set on the turn. Lijo, still in search of her first title, earned $855,631, three and a half times her previous high score.
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