Day 2 completed
|Blinds||300,000 / 600,000|
Players Info - Day 2
Day 2 completed
Romans Voitovs won his first gold bracelet in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #80: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha after besting a field of 2,107 entries, unhooking by the same occasion a third historic bracelet for Latvia.
With a massive chip lead at the beginning of heads-up play, Voitovs beat experienced player Michael Dobbs to secure the $158,609 top prize in a short battle that lasted less than 10 hands.
When asked about his victory Voitovs said, “I’m very emotional, I almost have tears in my eyes honestly. I’m surrounded by my buddies and some good friends, it’s a great feeling”.
“I play a lot online, just a few live events," said Voitovs about his poker journey, who more than quadruple up his live cashes with his victory. Voitovs entered the final table with a huge chip lead of 5:1 on every other player at the table.
"It seemed way too easy. It was almost like a dream. Usually, it never happens like that. I scored something like four knockouts in 10 hands, every decision was easy. It was really the dream of every poker player," added Voitovs with a smile.
On the very last hand, Voitovs called a raise from Dobbs with queen-ten to find an open-ended straight draw on the flop. All the rest of the chips went in the middle and Voitovs hit his straight on the turn while Dobbs was left drawing dead with pocket aces.
"I was down to 10 blinds at some point before the final table redraw and within 10 minutes I became the chip leader. I won all the all ins and it became super easy from there because people get scared to play against the biggest stack," added Voitovs.
Event #80 Final Table Results
|2nd||Michael Dobbs||United States||$98,026|
|3rd||Justin Barnum||United States||$72,544|
|5th||Richard Bai||United States||$40,822|
|6th||Jordan Russell||United States||$31,046|
|7th||Jacob Staley||United States||$23,831|
|8th||Andrew Peplinski||United States||$18,464|
Final Day Recap
With 76 players returning for Day 2 at 1 p.m, over half the field was eliminated in the very first four levels of the day. Start-of-the-day chip leader Jorge Briones ended up in 46th place for $3,394 and was joined on the rail not long after by bracelet winners Daniel Fuhs (44th - $3,394) and Asi Moshe (41st - $3,394).
With the tournament down to just three tables, James Little was the first casualty, busting in 24th place for $4,886 and cashing his 31st WSOP event. Nipun Java, owner of two WSOP online bracelets, was also a notable elimination in 22nd place, taking home $5,950.
The action was fast-paced with an all in almost every hand at each table. So fast was the action that the field went from 24 to the final nine in less than two hours, with the last bracelet winners exiting in Daniel Zack, who started the day among the top stacks, busting in 12th place for $9,092, and Jonathan Dimmig falling in 11th for $11,404.
Voitovs led the pack with ten players left and scored a double knock out when he eliminated Dror Ramaty and Andrew Peplinski in ninth and eighth place for $14,442 and $18,464 respectively.
At the return of the dinner break, Voitovs continued his aggression and was unstoppable from then on busting four players in less than 20 minutes. His next victims were Jacob Staley (7th place - $23,831), Jordan Russell (6th place - $31,046), Richard Bai (5th place- $40,822) and Francisco Baruffi (4th place - $54,172).
Justin Barnum joined them at the payout desk a few minutes later. Barnum reached the final table as the short stack and managed his way to the podium but fell in third place for $72,544 when he shoved in the big blind with nine-eight suited and got called by Dobbs with ten-six and hit trips on the board.
With a massive chip lead, the heads-up battle was just a matter of minutes and Voitovs finished the job as easily as he started it, while Dobbs took second place for $98,026.
That wraps up the live coverage from PokerNews for this event but there is still action taking place in the confines of Bally's and Paris Las Vegas as the Main Event restarts tomorrow with the final 10 players, so be sure to keep it locked here.
Romans Voitovs limped and quickly called a raise of 2,100,000 from Michael Dobbs.
Things heated when the dealer fell a flop . Dobbs continued for 3,000,000 and Voitovs announced all in, which was immediately called by Dobbs:
Dobbs had an open-ended straight draw and hit one of the cards he needed on the turn. The river didn't change anything for Dobbs who fell at the second place of the podium for $98,026.
Romans Voitovs won his first WSOP bracelet along with the $158,609 top prize. A full recap of today's action is to follow.
In a limped pot, the flop showed when both Michael Dobbs and Romans Voitovs checked.
Both checked again on the turn and a brought two pair on the board on the river. Dobbs checked one last time and raised to 3,400,000 after Voitovs and bet 1,200,000. The latter quickly folded.
Michael Dobbs raised to 1,300,000 and Romans Voitovs called to see a flop . Voitovs check-called Dobbs's continuation for 700,000.
The turn showed a and this time Voitovs quickly check-folded after Dobbs threw in a bet of 2,500,000.
Michael Dobbs tanked in the small blind before opting to raise, putting Justin Barnum at risk for his remaining stack worth 1,700,000. The latter snap-called and they tabled their cards:
The board ran out , bringing trips to Dobbs to eliminate Barnum's run in third place for $72,544.
Michael Dobbs raised in the small blind to 1,000,000 and Justin Barnum shoved for slightly more in the big blind, which was called by Dobbs:
The board revealed and Barnum double up with two pair.,
Francisco Baruffi raised the pot to 1,500,000 and Romans Voitovs just called.
The flop was and both players checked.
The turn was the and Baruffi moved all in for around 2,000,000.
"I have full house," Voitovs announced as he called and showed for sixes full of jacks.
Baruffi's heart sank as he tabled his for aces and jacks. He was not drawing dead, however, as any ace or jack would save him, but the river did not deliver and he was eliminated in fourth place.
Romans Voitovs moved all in and Richard Bai called off.
"I have pair," Voitovs said as he tabled the .
Bai just shrugged and tabled his for two overs.
The board ran out and Voitovs held with his fives and Bai was sent to the payout desk in fifth place for a payout of $40,822.