WSOP 2022: ADAM FRIEDMAN, JEREMY AUSMUS, ROBERT COWEN, BRIAN HASTINGS HANG UP BRACELETS
It’s been another busy week at the poker tables in Las Vegas as COVID-19 continues to plague attendees, but the World Series of Poker continues. We’re over 30 tournaments into this year’s series, and this week several well-known pros have increased their bankrolls while racking up another piece of gear to their collection. These multi-bling winners this week included Adam Friedman, Jeremy Ausmus and Brian Hastings.
Adam Friedman won another bracelet and it wasn’t in the $10,000 Dealers Choice, which he topped with three bracelet wins since 2018, including back-to-back wins in 2018, 2019, and 2021 (they didn’t). not played in 2020 due to the pandemic). But the mixed-games specialist shipped his first Stud bracelet when he clinched WSOP Event #22 $10,000 Stud Championship. This year’s event attracted 95 runners and a prize pool worth $885,875. The final table stack included Marco Johnson, Phil Ivey, Jean Gaspard, Yu Zhu and Yuval Bronshtein. Other notables who cashed in included Cary Katz, Kevin Gerhart, Randy Ohel, John Monnette and David Prager.
Ivey missed his chance to get back into the winner’s circle when he took third place. His elimination set up a heads-up match between Jean “The Prince” Gaspard and Friedman. Alas, it wasn’t Gaspard’s day and he hit the rail in second place which netted $153,000. Friedman cashed in $248,254 and donned a fifth bracelet around her wrist. He won his first bling back in 20212 with a Stud 8 bracelet, and has three Dealers Choice, and now an old-school Stud bracelet to add to his collection.
WSOP Event #23 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Max attracted 213 runners and a prize pool worth nearly $569,000. Only the top 32 places paid out with $142,000 reserved for the winner. Notable players who went far and cashed in included Shaun Deeb, Andrew Kelsall, Zach Grech, Rob Como, Ian Johns, Brian Kim, Will Smith, Glenn Cozen, Ray Henson, Koray Aldemir, Brian Hastings, Jameson Painter and Joao Vieira.
Michael Rocco and Jeremy Ausmus were leading for LHE bling. Rocco couldn’t rally from behind and he hit the rail in second place. Ausmus was the last player standing and he won $142,147 for a few days of grinding.
Ausmus won two bracelets last year, including the $50,000 High Roller PLO and the COVID-19 Relief Charity Event. He sent his first bracelet in 2013 to the WSOP Europe with a PLO bracelet.
WSOP Event #28 $50,000 PLO High Roller attracted 106 runners and a prize pool worth over $5 million. Only the top 16 places paid with nearly $1.4 million earmarked for the champion. Notables who went far and cashed in included Chance Kornuth, James Park, Joni Jouhkimainen, Aaron Mermelstien, Scott Seiver, Aaron Katz, Jason Mercier, Jared Bleznick and Ben Lamb.
Dash Dudley and Robert Cowen found themselves heads-up for the High Roller blind, but the Welshman from Swansea emerged victorious. Dudley took second place, which earned $861,420. Not too shabby, huh? Cowen took home the bling and $1,393,816 for the PLO High Roller victory.
WSOP Event #31 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship attracted 118 runners and a prize pool worth $1.1 million. Only the first 18 places paid out with $292,000 reserved for the champion. Notables who went far and cashed in the Triple Draw Championship included Zan Zack, Shaun Deeb, Marco Johnson, Yuval Bronshtein, Phill Hellmuth, Andrew Kelsall, Freddy Bonyadi, Danny Wong, Mike Thorpe and Jon Turner.
Eric Wasserson and Brian Hastings hit him one-on-one for the Triple Draw title. When the dust settled, Wasserson was picked in second place, which netted $180,000. Hastings banked $292,146 for the win, which turned out to be his sixth bracelet win.
Hastings won his first bracelet at the 2012 WSOP with a win in the $10,000 Heads-up NL Championship. He added a second bracelet to the 2015 WSOP with a $10,000 Stud Championship. He earned a third bling with a 10-Game Mix title in 2015. In 2018, he added a HORSE bracelet to his collection. Last year, Hastings joined the quintuple club with a win in the $10K Stud 8 Championship. He is part of an exclusive six-time winner club that has just 17 players. Sacred course for the 33-year-old pro. At its current rate, it could totally hit double digits at 40.