It took just over 15.5 hours for the field of 2,227 entries in the 2022 World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em turbo bounty event to be narrowed down to a champion. When the dust settled, the last bounty hunter standing was Ramsey Stovall. The Shoreview, Minnesota resident emerged victorious with his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $191,223.
This was by far the largest tournament payday on Stovall’s resume, blowing away the $33,169 he secured as the winner of the 2018 Great Minnestoa Poker Tournament.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in,” Stovall said after surviving the fast-paced affair. “I was supposed to work today, but my manager told me to ‘go get’ em’ and come in on your day off instead.”
Stovall also earned 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to move him into165th place in the 2022 standings, which are presented by Global Poker.
The top 335 finishers made the money in this event, with big names making it deep including two-time bracelet winner Bertrand Grospellier (311th – $1,061), four-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (273rd – $1,160), two-time bracelet winner Ari Engel (229th – $1,160), bracelet winner Owais Ahmed (64th – $2,872), bracelet winner Shawn Buchanan (61st – $2,872), two-time bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos (27th – $5,696), bracelet winner Ryan Depaulo (22nd – $6,941), and four-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh (11th – $13,357).
Soccer superstar Neymar Jr. also made the money for his first-ever cash at the WSOP. The Paris Saint-Germain forward finished 49th for $3,959.
Stovall was in fourth chip position when the official final table of nine was set roughly 12.5 hours after the event began. Wen Ni hit the rail in ninth place ($16,953) after losing a race with pocket eights against the A-10 of WIng Yam.
A double-elimination by Stovall spelled the end of Louise Francoeur’s (8th – $21,733) and Ed Chang’s runs (7th – $28,136) in this event. Stovall’s A-8 held up against the K-Q of the former and K-J of the latter, with nobody improving on a ten-high runout.
Two-time bracelet winner Rafael Lebron hit the rial in sixth place ($36,728) when his K9 was unable to hold against the A6 of Stovall after the chips went in on a K87 flop. The A turn gave Stovall the lead, and the 5 river narrowed the field to just five contenders.
Larry Carillo got all-in with his pocket kings leading the K-10 suited of Stovall, who had begun to pull away from the field. Stovall flopped a flush and held from there to send Carillo home in fifth place ($48,551).
Wing Yam ran A-K into Steve Frakes’ pocket kings to finish fourth ($64,702). Despite that win, Frakes was ultimately the next to fall. He got all-in preflop with A-6 suited, which was outflopped by the Q-3 suited of Stovall. Frakes earned $87,047 for his third-place showing in this event.
With that Stovall took nearly a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Timothy Heng. In the final hand, Stovall raised on the button and the called the shove of roughly 22.5 big blinds from Heng with 77. Heng’s A5 flopped an open-endes straight draw with 643. The 8 turn was of no help, and the 3 river also failed to improve Heng. As a result, he was eliminated in second place ($118,213).
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
Winner photo credit: WSOP / Hayley Hochstetler.
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