It took just one day for the field of 1,288 in the $1,000 super turbo event at the World Series of Poker to play down to a champion.
15 hours, actually. That’s an average of almost 86 eliminations per hour, or a bustout every 36 seconds or so, not even accounting for more than three hours in various breaks. Players started with 20,000 in chips, and the blinds went up every 20 minutes.
After the dust settled, it was Canada’s Jaspal Brar who came away with the title, the $190,731 first-place prize, and his first career bracelet.
“It feels good, really good,” Brar told WSOP reporters. “To be honest with you, the bracelet is big. Everyone wants it. The money comes and goes, but I always wanted a bracelet. I come every year to play.”
Brar, who goes by Paul, had come close to gold once before, taking third place in a $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event in 2013 for a previous career best of $68,332. The WPT Deepstacks winner now has $940,000 in lifetime earnings.
Brar defeated rising tournament star Jesse Lonis heads-up. Lonis has been a consistent force on the circuit since events restarted after the pandemic, but had to settle for $117,872 as a consolation prize for taking second.
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day went to Bulgaria’s Boris Kolev, who took fourth place for $62,090. Incredibly, he played almost the entire tournament while also on his laptop in the $500 online event. Kolev managed to final table both, taking fifth place for another $29,738 in the WSOP.com tournament.
Kolev now has nearly $2.7 million in live earnings. His biggest score is the $511,184 he earned in last year’s series, grabbing his first bracelet in the $5,000 no-limit eight-max event.
WSOP Circuit champion Huy Nguyen also made the final table, settling for eighth place, while WSOP National Champion Jonathan Hilton took ninth. Other notables who made deep runs included Kurt Jewell (10th), Aditya Prasetyo (13th), Mukul Pahuja (15th), Jason Wheeler (19th), Jimmy Guerrero (20th), Nikhil Gera (27th), Jesse Sylvia (28th), and Ray Henson (32nd).
The event represented the 88th and final live open tournament on the 2022 WSOP schedule, although some events were still wrapping up after this one played to a winner. The 53rd annual series officially ends with the Tournament of Champions running Monday thru Wednesday.
Final Table Results
Winner photo credit: WSOP
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