Sports fans are spoiled when it comes to high profile events. Not only do we get to enjoy upcoming global sports events like the FIFA World Cup, we also have international online tournaments like the Dota 2 The International (T.I.), held annually by Valve Corporation and broadcasted to an audience in the millions. On the other side of the coin — or chip, rather — the World Series of Poker, the biggest and most famous live poker event in the world, was recently televised across the world for WSOP 2022 Tournament.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 began last May 31 and ended on July 20. It marked the WSOP’s 53rd year, pulling in huge viewing figures along the way. And if you want to learn more about this prestigious tournament, read on below to find out.
The WSOP 2022 covered 88 events, and they started the opening weekend strong with a $5 million guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event known as “The Housewarming,” which was a warm up for the second event. This was the $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em, which was a new tournament format where players were awarded a $25,000 bounty for every player they eliminated. This wasn’t the only adjustment.
The 2022 World Series of Poker had been in the news for months leading up to the start of the event. The WSOP announced a monumental move. This meant that after 17 years at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the WSOP would pay homage to the first-ever tournament at the original Horseshoe in 1970 with their new venue, Bally’s, soon to be renamed the Horseshoe.
To accommodate the influx of players and fans — 8,663 entries in fact, and only a 100 less from the all-time record in 2006 — WSOP partnered for the second time with CBS Sports to live stream select events.
The prize pool
At the 2022 WSOP Main Event there was more than $150 million in prize money was awarded, and Forbes reports that each player was guaranteed $15,000.
For the poker players that reached the final table, they were guaranteed $675,000. The Main Event winner walked away with $10 million, the coveted gold bracelet, and recognition as a world champion.
The big winners
By Day 7, 35 players were 10 after a grueling 17-hour session. The final table was quick and took under two hours to complete. With his opponent calling despite only having a pair of fours, Espen Jorstad victory was a monumental one.
Jorstad became the first Norwegian to win the WSOP Main Event in history, and is the fourth straight win by a player from outside the U.S. Having bested 8,662 players, Australia’s Adrian Attenborough came in second place and walked away with $6 million in winnings, while Matthew Su, in ninth place, got to take home $850,675.
The 2022 WSOP culminated with its first-ever Tournament of Champions, a $1,000,000 freeroll tournament, before officially coming to a close. Although the festivities have just ended, the WSOP is already planning for a bigger and more exciting tournament next year.