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2022 World Series of Poker Week 5 in review

(PRESS RELEASE) -- For the first time ever, poker’s brightest stars will compete to win the highly-coveted World Series of Poker Main Event Gold Bracelet on the Las Vegas Strip when the WSOP Main Event kicks off Sunday, 3 July. In a taste of what’s to come, week five of play delivered on hard-fought victories, thrilling hands and excitement with the announcement of the 2022-23 WSOP Circuit Schedule.

Week 5 Highlights

- An emotional Eric Smidinger comes out on top in Event #47: $1,000 Senior’s Championship
  • 58-year-old Colorado resident Eric Smidinger took home his first WSOP gold bracelet after a nearly three-hour heads up match against Ben Sarnoff, taking home $649,909 in cash.
- Team Leonard takes the win in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team
  • Patrick Leonard and Espen Jørstad earn their first WSOP gold bracelet after besting a field of 913 teams and taking home $148,067 in cash.
- Paul Hizer wins his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #51: $400 Colossus
  • After six years of professional poker play, Paul Hizer took home his first gold bracelet following two near misses. The Englishman bested a field of 13,565 players and took home $414,490 in winnings.
- James Todd takes home his first bracelet in Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors
  • James Todd bested a field of 3,209 entrants, taking home his first gold bracelet and $161,256 in one of the WSOP’s charity-focused tournaments. Through the tournament, a total of $74,809 was donated to the USO and other military charities.

What To Look Forward To

- Sunday, 3 July – Event #70 Day 1A: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em World Championship
- The highly anticipated WSOP Main Event kicks off with its first day of play this Sunday, 3 July. The $10,000 buy in will take place starting at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, 2 July – Event #68 Day 1A: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
- Players will compete for a gold bracelet with a guaranteed top bounty of $1,000,000
- Saturday, 2 July – Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
- Players will compete in a high-stakes, no re-entry tournament for a chance at a prestigious gold bracelet

Upcoming WSOP live streams on PokerGO

- Wednesday, 6 July – WSOP Main Event (Day 1D)
- Thursday, 7 July – WSOP Main Event (Day 2A/B)
- Friday, 8 July – WSOP Main Event (Day 2C/D)

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