2022 WSOP Days #18-22: Hellmuth's chips go missing, Ivey just misses 11th bracelet

Jon Pill
Posted on: June 21, 2022 07:23 PDT

Tuesday, 21st June. 2022 WSOP Days #18-22.

It was a weekend of big names in big stories at the 2022 World Series of Poker. During his search for another WSOP bracelet, Phil Hellmuth's chips went missing.

During 2022 WSOP Event #38: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship, Hellmuth legged it for the bathroom after the tables broke with 21 players left. When he arrived back at the newly set up tables, Hellmuth found his chips had gone and Farzad Bonyadi's stack looking suspiciously plump.

What has happened was that the casino staff had accidentally combined Bonyadi and Hellmuth's stacks while moving the chips from table to table.

The event had to go on pause to untangle the mess. Staff reviewed the security footage, confirmed Hellmuth's stack was 135,000 in chips, and returned those chips to the Poker Brat. Hellmuth went on to take 9th place, Bonyadi took 6th, and the event ultimately went to Pedro Bromfman.

Ivey takes second

It was an exciting few days for the other big poker-Phil as well. Phil Ivey came so close to his 11th bracelet today that you would have struggled to fit one of those flimsy WSOP cards between him and it.

Event #42: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em saw Ivey make it all the way to heads-up play against Aleksejs Ponakovs. The pair had almost even stacks to start, though Ivey soon took a comfortable lead.

But in no-limit hold'em a turn of the cards is all it takes. A few good hands for Ponakovs and a missed draw for Ivey put all the chips in Ponakovs stack.

Ivey had to settle for the $1,172,659 second-place prize.

New bracelet winners

FT Date Event Name Player Name Payout
Thu, June 16 Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Nino Ullmann $594,079
Fri, June 17 Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Daniel Weinman $255,359
Fri, June 17 Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Brian Hastings $292,146
Sat, June 18 Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Steven Albini $196,089
Sun, June 19 Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Justin Pechie $364,899
Sun, June 19 Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event Lok Chan $144,338
Sun, June 19 Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Ali Eslami $135,260
Sun, June 19 Event #41: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Ramsey Stovall $191,268
Sun, June 19 [Online] $1,000 PLO 6-Max "PmpknHead" $141,705
Mon, June 20 Event #38: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship Pedro Bromfman $294,616
Tue, June 21 Event #42: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em Aleksejs Ponakovs $1,897,363

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