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Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
1234

Event Info

Buy-in $2,000
Prize Pool $3,519,060
Players 1,977

Level Info

Level 36
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 600,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 7

Highlights

Highlights

Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 completed

Simeon Spasov Completes Come-From-Behind Win in Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($527,944)

MattHansen • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Simeon Spasov
Simeon Spasov

It took an extra day to find a winner in Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em and Bulgaria’s Simeon Spasov emerged as the newest champion at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) after defeating Mike Watson in heads-up play for $527,944.

The event, which ran for the first time at the 2022 WSOP, drew 1,977 runners and generated a prize pool of $3,519,060.

Spasov, who began the day as one of the short stacks, completed the improbable victory over Watson after cracking aces to survive Day 3 before spinning it up on Day 4. It marked Spasov’s first gold bracelet and his best finish after previously running to 19th in the 2021 WSOP $800 Deepstack event.

Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 4 Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1Simeon SpasovBulgaria$527,944
2Mike WatsonCanada$326,296
3Daniel CustodioPortugal$239,679
4Ioannis Angelous KonstasGreece$177,761
5Walter RipperBrazil$133,129
6Christopher FrankGermany$100,688
7Evan SandbergUnited States$76,912

Day 4 Action

Watson came into the day as the chip leader, but he fell behind early when Spasov found a double with ace-queen. A short time later, Evan Sandberg got his short stack into the middle, but Daniel Custodio made a pair of aces on the river to eliminate him in seventh place.

Christopher Frank wasn’t far behind in sixth place after Spasov’s ace-queen outdrew his pocket nines. A short time later, Watson doubled through Custodio with pocket queens and he was back near the top of the leaderboard.

Brazil's Walter Ripper was aggressive throughout the final two days, but his run came up short when Ioannis Angelou Konstas left him short with pocket kings. Ripper was eliminated a few moments later as Spasov continued his hot final table run with the knockout.

Angelou Konstas went on a late run and started to build chips by doubling through the bigger stacks, but he was out in fourth place when he picked up pocket queens only to have Spasov spiked a straight on the river with pocket tens.

Ioannis Angelou Konstas
Ioannis Angelou Konstas

Three-handed play continued until Custodio got it all in with ace-deuce suited but Watson made a straight with king-queen to send him home with third-place money.

Watson and Spasov faced off for more than an hour after both dominated the final table throughout the afternoon. Spasov built his lead and kept Watson at bay until the big moment came when Watson got it in with ace-nine and lost to Spasov’s ace-queen. It was the third big hand of the day he won with ace-queen after cracking pocket aces with the same hand to keep his tournament alive on Day 3.

Congratulations to Simeon Spasov for winning Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 World Series of Poker!

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews live reporting team for live updates from the floor throughout the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Simeon Spasov
Simeon Spasov

Tags: Christopher FrankDaniel CustodioEvan SandbergIoannis Angelou KonstasMike WatsonSimeon SpasovWalter Ripper

Time for a Break

MattHansen • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

The final two players are now on a 15-minute break.

Spasov Pulling Away

• Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

After much back and forth action, Simeon Spasov started to pull away in this heads-up match. On a board showing {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} in a pot of just over 15,000,000 in the middle, Simeon Spasov shoved the river for 25,000,000 into the shorter stack of Mike Watson.

Watson went deep in the tank, thinking for several minutes before painfully letting his hand go and the large pot was awarded to Spasov.

Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
bg 40,000,000 500,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 19,000,000 -2,300,000

Tags: Mike WatsonSimeon Spasov

Daniel Custodio Eliminated in 3rd Place ($239,679)

• Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Daniel Custodio
Daniel Custodio

Action folded to Daniel Custodio in the small blind who jammed for roughly 6,000,000 and Mike Watson quickly called from the big blind.

Daniel Custodio: {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Mike Watson: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

On the flop of {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts} Custodio paired his ace and looked good to find a double up, but when the {8-Hearts} turn and {j-Diamonds} river fell it was the straight of Watson that took the pot and eliminated Custodio in 3rd place.

Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 21,300,000 8,300,000
Daniel Custodio pt
Daniel Custodio
pt Busted

Tags: Daniel CustodioMike Watson

Spasov Climbs Even Higher

MattHansen • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Action was heads up with around 8,000,000 in the pot and {10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{7-Clubs} on the board when Simeon Spasov bet 4,600,000 and Daniel Custodio called.

Spasov turned over {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} to take the pot with tens and sevens.

A short time later, Mike Watson went back and forth with Spasov before the flop. Spasov raised to 2,100,000 and Watson made it 7,100,000 before Spasov pushed in 30,000,000. Watson got away from it and Spasov's run picked up more steam.

Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
bg 39,500,000 19,500,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 13,000,000 -9,000,000
Daniel Custodio pt
Daniel Custodio
pt 6,200,000 -10,500,000

Spasov Scores Another Pot

• Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Action was picked up in a pot of roughly 3,500,000 on a flop of {j-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts}. Simeon Spasov bet out 2,900,000 in the big blind and Daniel Custodio made the call on the button.

On the {10-Spades} turn both players checked. The {10-Hearts} completed the board and Spasov bet 10,200,000. Custodio thought for a moment but eventually folded and another pot was slid to Spasov.

Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
bg 20,000,000 -1,000,000
Daniel Custodio pt
Daniel Custodio
pt 16,700,000 6,300,000

Tags: Daniel CustodioSimeon Spasov

Spasov Takes From Watson

• Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

The action was picked up in a pot of 1,800,000 on a flop of {k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. Mike Watson bet 600,000 from the small blind and Simeon Spasov made the call from the big blind.

On the {q-Spades} turn both players checked their option. The {10-Diamonds} hit the river and Watson bet 800,000. Spasov put little thought before raising to 3,600,000 and Watson quickly folded.

Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 22,000,000 -9,000,000
Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
bg 21,000,000 4,000,000

Tags: Mike WatsonSimeon Spasov