In February of 2022, Benjamin Kaupp removed a $215 buy-in World Series of Texas hold’em Online Circuit occasion on WSOP.com in Pennsylvania. The Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania resident made $14,954 and his initial WSOPC gold ring, however maybe extra significantly, gotten the $1,000,000 freeroll Competition of Champions occasion that liquidated the 2022 World Collection of Texas Hold’em.
Kaupp handled to take advantage of the opportunity, covering a field of 470 entries in the ToC to arise successful with his first WSOP gold bracelet as well as the leading reward of $250,000.
” It does not really feel genuine yet. It just hasn’t sunk in rather yet,” Kaupp told WSOP press reporters after the triumph. “Before this tournament, I was mosting likely to be simply delighted to money.”
This was by far the biggest rating of Kaupp’s event occupation, blowing away the $53,072 he safeguarded with an 11th-place finish in the 2011 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship event at the collection. He currently has more than $360,000 in occupation scores.
The leading 60 finishers made the cash in this event, with a min-cash deserving $3,500. Given that this freeroll event was available only to bracelet and also ring champions from the 2022 WSOP season, there were plenty of identifiable names among those that ran deep, including three-time arm band victor and also 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Dan Zack (55th), $100,000 money player arm band winner Aleksejs Ponakovs (53rd), two-time bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz (28th), arm band victor and also high-stakes super star Dan Smith (28th), arm band winner Antoine Vranken (15th), 2022 Senior citizens champion Eric Smidinger (19th), as well as bracelet champion Dominick Sarle (13th).
By the time the last table was established, Kaupp had actually climbed up into the leading half of the remaining area. Gianluca Speranza, simply days removed from his initial bracelet win in the $5,300 buy-in on-line high roller, gained an additional $15m000 as the ninth-place finisher.
Raul Garza grabbed pocket aces versus the pocket fours of Eric Bensimhon (8th– $20,000) and held to narrow the field to just seven challengers. Kaupp additionally found pocket aces, with his holding against A-K matched to see him rise up the standings.
Kaupp additionally included in his stack when his pocket queens defeat the pocket 8s of two-time arm band champion and reigning ‘Millionaire Maker’ champion Yuliyan Kolev (7th– $27,500). This cash saw the Bulgarian go beyond $3 million in job tournament revenues.
Gregory Desire was the beside fall. His A-10 was outdrawn by the A-9 fit of Raul Garza with every one of the chips having actually entered preflop. Garza made a pair of nines to drag the pot, sending out Desire residence with $37,500 for his sixth-place showing.
2022 WSOP $1,5000 stud eight-or-better champ Ali Eslami shed most of his pile with leading pair to a turned flush for Ryan Messick. Eslami was entrusted to simply a solitary chip after that hand as well as was quickly arrived fifth area ($ 50,000).
Kaupp was all-in as well as routing with pocket nines up against the pocket kings of Messick throughout four-handed play. He found a set on the turn as well as held from there to make the important double up, though.
Two-time arm band winner Robert Cowen fell to all-time low of the chip counts when his pocket 7s lost a crucial pot to the K-Q matched of Garza. Cowen was quickly all-in in a traditional preflop race, with A-J facing the pocket nines of Messick. Cowen was incapable to hit his overcards or right out and was gotten rid of in fourth area ($ 75,000). The UK texas hold’em pro raised his lifetime revenues to more than $3.1 million with this score.
Points were reasonably snugly loaded when three-handed play began, but Kaupp picked off a bluff from Garza to jump out to a healthy lead.
Messick was ultimately the beside be sent to the rail, however. The Philadelphia-based online poker player was a last-minute qualifier, having actually won his arm band in the last event of the Pennsylvania online collection right before 3 a.m. on Monday early morning. He promptly booked a flight for later on that early morning to Las Vegas, and handled to make it through on no rest.
His run lastly involved an end when he got all-in from the small blind with A-4 fit and also Kaupp called with K-10. Kaupp flopped 2 set and held from there to see Messick finish third for $100,000, a rating greater than 4 time larger than the $24,300 he pocketed in the on the internet event.
Keeping that, Kaupp took greater than an 8:1 chip benefit into heads-up have fun with Garza, who had actually additionally gained his means right into this event by removing a WSOP Circuit title this year. In the last hand, Garza pushed from the switch with KClub SuitJDiamond Match. Kaupp called with AClub Suit6Club Suit as well as the board ran out 10Club Suit8Spade Suit2Diamond Suit1Heart Suit5Spade Fit to lock up the pot as well as the title for Kaupp. Garza was awarded $150,000 for his runner-up proving.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table: