Brazil’s Pedro Bromfman came within a few knockouts from winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in 2019, placing sixth in the $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw lowball event for the largest live tournament cash of his career at the time. Just three years later, Bromfman made it back to the final table of the same event in 2022, and this time emerged victorious with the gold and the top prize of $294,616.
“It’s unreal to me. I’m not a professional poker player. I guess my best friends are professional poker players. I play a lot of poker. It’s almost like a second job for me, but this is my favorite game. I probably played more of this game than most of the people in this field, and it’s unbelievable,” Bromfman told WSOP reporters after coming out on top.
“I mean, it was always a dream, but it’s so tough to win one of these. The fields are amazing. The players are so good. It’s grueling. A marathon every night.”
In addition to securing his first-ever six-figure tournament score, Bromfman was also awarded 660 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2022.
This event drew a field of 121 entries to build a prize pool of more than $1.1 million. The top 19 finishers cashed, with plenty of big names making deep runs including recent bracelet winner Maxx Coleman (19th – $16,000), three-time World Poker Tourchampion Chino Rheem (18th – $16,000), this year’s dealer’s choice championship winner Ben Diebold (16th – $17,500), and 2016 WSOP main event eighth-place finisher Jerry Wong (11th – $25,026).
All-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth made a deep run, but ultimately fell just short of the official final table (9th – $31,796). On day 2, the 16-time bracelet winner came back from a break in play to find his chip stack missing. The tournament staff got to the bottom of the issue using security camera footage, finding that the chips had accidentally been combined into the stack of defending champion of this event Farzad Bonyadi, who was determined to not have been at fault for the mixup. The issue was ultimately resolved to everyone’s satisfaction and play continued.
With the elimination of bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall in eighth place ($41,011), the official final table began with Bromfman in the lead. Four-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver sent fellow four-time champion Eli Elezra to the rail in seventh place ($41,011) when he made an 8-6 low to leave Elezra’s 10-8 one-card draw drawing dead.
Bonyadi’s attempt at a championship defense ended in sixth place ($53,687) when his 9-8-4-2 draw was unable to outrun the pat 10-8-7-5-3 of Bromfman.
Two-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski was the next to fall. He got the last of his short stack in with a J-9-8-6-5, only to find himself pipped by the J-9-8-6-4 of Seiver, who had fallen to the bottom of the counts during six-handed play but was beginning to spin up a stack.
Seiver moved into second place soon after that when he doubled up through Cary Katz, who misread his hand and played a big pot with a pair of fours.
Recent bracelet winner, and then bracelet loser, Alex Livingston finished fourth in this event for $96,104. He got all-in with a 10-6-3-2 draw facing the pat J-10-8 low of Seiver. Livingston ended up pairing threes to hit the rail, while Seiver continued to close the gap on Bromfman. This was Livingston’s fifth POY-qualified final-table finish of the year, including his third-place finish in the Wynn Millions for $745,749 and his win in the $1,500 stud event earlier at the series for $103,282. He earned 330 POY points for this latest score, enough to move him into 14th place in the 2022 POY standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.
Katz was the next player to find himself all-in and at risk. His shove before the draw was called buy both his opponents. Katz stood pat with a J-10-8-5-3, which was already losing to the pat 10-7-6-5-2 of Bromfman. Seiver broke a jack and made a winning 9-8-4-3-2 to scoop the pot and eliminated Katz in third place ($131,362). The score increased Katz’s lifetime earnings to nearly $34.8 million. He also moved into 20th place in the POY race, with ten final tables and more than $1.1 million in year-to-date POY earnings.
With that, Bromfman took 3,790,000 into heads-up play with Seiver, who held 3,470,000. Bromfman was able to extend his advantage a bit before the final hand of the event was dealt. With blinds of 20,000-40,000 and a 60,000 ante, Seiver raised to 100,000. Bromfman three-bet to 400,000 and Seiver shoved for just shy of 2.5 million. Bromfman called and stood pat with 9-8-5-3-2. Seiver broker his jack low and drew one with 8-7-6-5. He would need to catch a deuce, three or four to double up and take the lead, but drew up a queen to finish as the runner-up ($182,086). With his win in the $2,500 no-limit hold’em event earlier in the series and five final-table finishes so far this year, Seiver climbed into 19th place on the POY leaderboard. Seiver now has nearly $25.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
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Winner photo credit: WSOP / hayley Hochstetler.