Peters, Seiver, Dan Smith Among First 2022 WSOP Champions


A lot has happened at this year’s World Series in the first few days.

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David Peters Wins $100,000 Bounty NLHE Event for $1.167 Million

The first major attraction event started right off the bat on Day1. It was the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em bounty tournament, where some of poker’s biggest stars were vying for the prize on each other’s heads.

The field included Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Ali Imsirovic, and 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir. In the end, it was David Peters and Chance Kornuth who got to battle heads-up for the title. Both Peters and Kornuth were going for their 4th gold bracelet, 

In the end, it was Peters who got there. He also pocketed the $1.167 million first prize. Interestingly, the entire 5-player final table lasted just 26 hands.

Dan Smith Takes Down $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE Event for $510,000

Only 2 days later, poker fans around the world got to witness another great spectacle unfold.

Recently, there has been quite a lot of hype about heads-up challenges. The most recent example of that would be the Doug Polk vs. Jungleman match just last Friday. It’s no surprise that plenty of people were interested in who wins the first HUNL WSOP event on the 2022 schedule with a $25K buy-in.

It ended up being Dan Smith. It was the New Jersey-native poker pro’s first World Series victory. He got $510,000 for it.

The final heads-up battle for the title was between him and Christoph Vogelsang from Germany. The match ended when Vogelsang called a shove for his last 4 and a half BB’s from Smith. The German was holding A10 suited, while the American had A4 off-suit. Smith spiked a lucky 4 on the flop which gave him the title.

These are some of the major event results so far:


$100,000 Bounty NLHE

David Peters (USA)

$1.167 million

$2,500 Freezeout NLHE

Scott Seiver (USA)


$1,500 Dealer’s Choice

Brad Ruben (USA)


$25,000 Heads-Up NLHE

Dan Smith (USA)


$5,300 NLHE Freezeout Online

Norbert Szécsi (Hungary)


$600 NLHE Monterstack Online

Manig Loeser (Germany)


$25,000 High Roller NLHE

Chad Eveslage (USA)

$1.416 million

We've also seen recreational player Henry Acain turn his $500 into $701,215 in the NLHE Housewarming event.

Much Talk About Tanking at the WSOP

As expected, soon enough, the poker world got its first controversy at the WSOP as well. It wasn’t about a new subject - it was about “tanking” again.

Tanking in poker jargon refers to thinking about a decision in a hand for more than usual. It is generally regarded as a tiresome but necessary part of the game. People also tend to believe that this habit may keep some recreational players away from poker if used excessively. 

$25K Heads-Up runner-up finisher Christoph Vogelsang was accused of doing just that when he took over two minutes to check his pair of Jacks on the flop out of position.

Poker players, including famed poker vlogger Johnnie Vibes on Twitter, called out Vogelsang for what they deemed to be a trivial decision. Naturally, this incited another argument over shot clocks in tournaments. Most high roller events have them, even at the WSOP, but not this one where Vogeslang took second place.

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