The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially concluded last week, and Benjamin Kaupp won the final bracelet after winning the Tournament of Champions. The Pennsylvania resident cashed a career best of $250,000 with his first bracelet after defeating Raul Garza in the heads-up play. This is by far the career-best earning for Kaupp, and his career score has now increased to more than $360,000. The champion’s previous best was $53,072, which he received for his 11th place finish in the 2011 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event.
Earlier in February 2022, Kaupp won the $215 buy-in WSOP Online Circuit event in Pennsylvania. This win earned him a gold ring and a prize of $14,954. But more importantly, this win paved a way for Kaupp to the $1,000,000 freeroll Tournament of Champions event.
All the 570 bracelets and Circuit ring winners from the 2022 World Series of Poker were eligible for the Tournament of Champions. Kaupp defeated a field of 470 entries to claim the title and bracelet.
Final Table Results
|1||Benjamin Kaupp||United States||$250,000|
|2||Raul Garza||United States||$150,000|
|3||Ryan Messick||United States||$100,000|
|4||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$75,000|
|5||Ali Eslami||United States||$50,000|
|6||Gregory Wish||United States||$37,500|
Final Table Battle
Day 3 of the event started with just 16 players, and it came down to a single table within a few hours of the play. Gianluca Speranza, who earned his first bracelet in the $5,300 buy-in online high roller, lost to Gregory Wish. Speranza left the table as his ace-seven was not enough against the ace-king of Wish. The Italian player received $15,000 for his ninth-place finish. Next to go was the French player Eric Bensimhon. Bensimhon lost to Raul Garza after his pocket fours could not stand against the pocket aces of Garza. The French pro cashed $20,000 for his eighth position.
The two-time bracelet winner and the “Millionaire Maker” champion, Yuliyan Kolev, was the next victim of elimination. The KFC fan lost to Kaupp after his pocket eights ran into the queens of Benjamin Kaupp. Kolev received $27,500 for his seventh-place finish. A few moments later, Gregory Wish left the table in sixth place when his A-10 was dominated by the A-9 of Garza. Garza won the pot to send Wish home with $37,500 for his sixth place showing.
Ali Eslami, the $1,500 stud eight-or-better champion, lost some crucial pots against Ryan Messick. He was busted in the fifth place as he ran out of chips. Eslami won $50,000 for his fifth-place finish. Fourth place favored Robert Cowen as he fell to the bottom of the chip count after losing some important pots. Cowen’s A-J were defeated by the pocket nines of Messick. The UK pro received $75,000 for his effort. Ryan Messick was out in third place for $100,000 when his ace-four had no chance of holding against the King-ten of Kaupp.
Kaupp entered the heads-up play with a more than 8:1 chip advantage, and it took only four hands to decide the champion. In the final hand, Garza decided to move all in with king-jack, and Kaupp responded with a call with ace-six. Both players were unable to improve, and Kaupp’s ace-high won the race. Garza received $150,000 for his runner-up finish.
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