Pennsylvania Poker Gamers Make Tens of millions at 2022 WSOP: Highlights

The 2022 World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) is wrapping up at its new venue of Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. Pennsylvania poker gamers have already made their mark to the tune of quite a few closing desk appearances and thousands and thousands of {dollars} in money prizes.

A number of extra are nonetheless alive within the Important Occasion, too, with simply 120 gamers remaining from 8,663 entries in the beginning of play on Tuesday. 4 of these gamers are Pennsylvanians nonetheless within the hunt for the $10 million first-place prize that might be awarded Saturday (or within the early hours of Sunday morning). These gamers, together with Aaron Mermelstein, have already assured themselves at the very least $62,500 for his or her performances to date.

Because the Important Occasion and the rest of facet occasions proceed in the direction of the end line, we are going to element among the highlights PA poker gamers have had on the 2022 WSOP. Make sure to preserve studying to compensate for all the joy from the summer time.

Mermelstein, Paoletti and Nunley all enter Day 6 of the WSOP Important Occasion within the prime 20

Aaron Mermelstein
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Two-time WPT champion Aaron Mermelstein headlines the record of PA gamers nonetheless in rivalry, coming into Day 6 right now third in chips with 10.7 million after coming into yesterday in fourth. That stack is sweet for 133 massive blinds, as play stopped halfway by Degree 26 with blinds of 40K/80K.

Mermelstein has practically $500K in lifetime WSOP earnings and over $3.5 million in profession reside earnings, invaluable expertise he may have on his facet for the 2 remaining days main as much as the ultimate desk.

Matthew Paoletti (7.8 million) enters the day in sixteenth place on the chief board. With $53K in whole reside earnings, Paoletti will greater than double that whole together with his 2022 WSOP Important Occasion end.

A lot the identical, William Nunley (7.4 million) can be within the prime 20 to start out the day. Nunley spent yesterday’s Day 5 on the featured desk and held his personal versus entertaining and wild tablemate Zilong Zhang. Nunley has $61K in profession earnings, a quantity he’ll greater than double, identical to Paoletti.

A lot additional down within the counts, Anthony Maio (1.1 million) has simply 15 massive blinds coming into Day 6. Although he’s close to the underside of the counts, Maio is lots formidable nonetheless, with over $300K in WSOP earnings and $977K in whole reside earnings, together with two WPT closing tables and one WSOP closing desk. Together with his Important Occasion run, he can even surpass $1 million in lifetime earnings.

Matt Glantz wins the first-ever $1 million bounty

Matt Glantz, a Pennsylvania poker skilled with over $7.5 million in reside earnings to this point, was the primary Pennsylvania participant to make a closing desk on the WSOP earlier in the summertime. He took fifth place in Occasion #7: $1,500 Omaha Hello-Lo 8 or Higher out of a record-setting area of 1,087 and earned $59,166 for his efficiency.

Glantz has amassed 5 cashes for the summer time, with the undoubted spotlight coming en path to his Forty second-place end in Occasion #68: $1,000 Million Greenback Bounty. Throughout that occasion, Glantz pulled the single $1 million bounty, far overshadowing the respectable $20K he earned for making it to the ultimate 5 tables from a area of 14,112.

You’ll be able to watch the large second for Glantz through Twitter:


A WSOP to recollect for Glantz

Glantz is not any stranger to WSOP closing tables, having made 18 in his profession. He advised PlayPennsylvania that he makes two per summer time on common, and he’s had a down summer time in that space.

That stated, a million-dollar bounty is a fairly candy comfort prize. Glantz shared what the expertise was like, stating that it was the first thriller bounty occasion he had performed in his profession:

“Successful a bounty is nice. The subsequent step after you might have knocked somebody out is to push the button, so the large display selects should you get a small prize ($1K-$5K) otherwise you get a shot at an precise envelope in a chest on the stage. There you get a minimal of $25K.

“Up on the rostrum, I did a pleasant lengthy squeeze and noticed the #1, which suggests it’s both $100,000 or $1,000,000. I then noticed the comma proper after the 1 and knew immediately. BOOM, $1M!!!”

Glantz additionally echoed assist for the WSOP’s transfer from the Rio to the center-strip areas of Bally’s and Paris:

“The brand new venue is nice. No person missed the Rio, and everybody loves the brand new venue at Bally’s and Paris. It’s an incredible improve for everybody collaborating.”

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Jake Schindler quietly wins his first bracelet

Jake Schindler, born in Bryn Mawr, has not too long ago been concerned in controversy round dishonest utilizing real-time help applications whereas taking part in on-line periods. These applications are banned from being utilized in periods.

Regardless of the allegations, Schindler confirmed up for the 2022 WSOP and rapidly made the ultimate desk of Occasion #8: $25,000 Excessive Curler, the place he took second place for $874,915.

Two days later, he closing tabled one other excessive curler in Occasion #12, this time a $50K buy-in. Schindler got here out on prime and earned himself $1.33 million, declining to talk to the media after each performances.

Eric Wasserson makes two closing tables in $10,000 buy-in occasions

Penn Valley resident and Lehigh alum Eric Wasserson additionally made two closing tables, each of which got here in championship occasions.

Eric Wasserson at the 2022 WSOP
Eric Wasserson
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The primary of these two closing tables got here in Occasion #31: $10,000 Restrict 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, the place Wasserson took residence $180,559 because the runner-up to Brian Hastings, who gained his sixth profession bracelet.

Wasserson additional confirmed his mixed-game prowess with one other closing desk look in Occasion #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, ending in eighth place for $47,819.

Cherish Andrews closing tables the Women’ occasion in back-to-back years

Cherish Andrews at 2022 WSOP
Cherish Andrews
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Listed from Chambersburg, PA, Cherish Andrews adopted up her eighth-place end within the 2021 WSOP Women’ occasion by making the ultimate desk as soon as extra in Occasion #61: $1,000 Women Championship. Andrews completed Day 1 second in chips, topping that to develop into the end-of-Day 2 chip chief with 42 remaining.

Sadly for Andrews, her pocket kings couldn’t maintain in opposition to pocket jacks on the finish of Day 3, and he or she was eradicated in ninth place ($12,965).

Earlier in the summertime, Andrews additionally took sixth place within the $2,200 Wynn Thriller Bounty for $72,105, not together with bounties.

McKeehen, Kalas headline the record of different closing tablists

Different closing desk finishes from Pennsylvanians on the 2022 WSOP, listed so as of ending place are as follows.

2015 WSOP Important Occasion Champion Joe McKeehen made his eighth profession WSOP closing desk, taking fifth place in Occasion #13: $1,500 Restrict Maintain’em ($32,761).

James ‘Mailman’ Paluszek took seventh place in Occasion #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($34,949). This was his second profession WSOP closing desk, additionally taking sixth place in the exact same occasion in 2008 for $74,260.

Jeffrey Ditanna of Holland, PA, completed seventh place in On-line Occasion #7: $500 No Restrict Maintain’em Deepstack ($20,917). This occasion was open to gamers positioned inside Nevada and New Jersey and is separate from the WSOP PA on-line bracelet collection, which is able to conclude on Sunday, July 17.

Kane Kalas, son of Corridor-of-Fame Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, made the primary WSOP closing desk of his profession, taking eighth Place in Occasion #15: $10,000 Omaha Hello-Lo 8 or Higher Championship ($48,839).

Thornton’s Timothy Dalessandro logged his second profession WSOP money in Occasion #73: $1,500 Razz. Dalessandro completed ninth place ($8,291), his first rating since 2008 when he took sixth place within the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hello-Lo 8 or Higher for $30,444.

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