The 2022 World Series of Poker has started officially at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. Katie Kopp claimed the title by defeating a field of 832 entries in the first event: $500 buy-in casino employees no-limit hold’em. This win earned Kopp the first WSOP gold bracelet of the year with a top prize of $65,168.

This is not the first time Kopp has made it to the final table. She secured the third position in the same event back in 2018 for her previous career-best prize of $26,250.

Kopp expressed her feelings to be surreal and said it was so special as her mother, Patty, was among the spectators. Kopp learned playing from her grandpa, and both mother and daughter travel and deal together. Kopp’s family loves poker, and her brother and sister have also won WSOP circuit rings. She has taught playing poker to her kids (nine and ten years old).


Final Table Results

1 Katie Kopp USA $65,168
2 Wyatt Frost USA $40,273
3 Brandon West USA $28,356
4 Shaun Colquhoun USA $20,275
5 Joe Chang USA $14,725
6 Vikram Vijay USA $10,865
7 Gonzalo Gonzalez USA $8,147
8 Arturo Jimenez USA $6,210
9 Kyle Dempsey USA $4,813


Final Table Action

82 players returned on the final day, and it took seven hours of play to reach the final table. The elimination started with Kyle Dempsey, whose A (Clubs) and 4 (Spades) were against the K (Spades) and Q (Spades) of Brandon West. The flop showed A (Hearts), 4 (Spades), and 2 (Spades), providing the flush draw to West. The turn came to be Q (diamonds), and the river 10 (Spades) closed the doors for Dempsey. He went home with $4,813 for his ninth position.

A few moments later, Arturo Jimenez also lost to West when he went all-in with 7 (Spades) and 5 (Spades) against the top set of West. Jimenez finished in eighth place for $6,210. Gonzalo Gonzalez was the next victim of elimination when he decided to push all-in with 2 (Diamonds) and 2 (Hearts) against Vikram Vijay’s A (Diamonds) and 6 (Diamonds). A 6 (Spades) on the turn and 3 (Hearts) river confirmed his elimination, and he received $8,147 for his seventh place.

Vikram Vijay was next to fall as he lost a massive all-in against Joe Chang. Vijay left the table in sixth place for $10,865. Joe Chang’s pocket kings were not enough against Wyatt Frost’s A-Q. He earned $14,725 for his fifth position.

Kopp won several all-ins, which kept her spirits high, and then she knocked out Shaun Colquhoun with her pocket fives. Colquhoun cashed $20,275 for his fourth place. A few moments later, Brandon West lost to Kopp when his K-Q was not enough against pocket sixes of Kopp. West earned $28,356 for his third-place finish.


The Heads-up play

Kopp entered the heads-up play with a 5-1 lead, but Frost closed the gap by winning a preflop race. The match concluded when Frost decided to move all-in with A (Clubs) and 9 (Spades), to which Kopp called with A (Diamonds) and 9 (Spades). The board ran out K (Hearts), 5 (Spades), 4 (Clubs), and 8 (Spades), which sealed the victory for Kopp. Frost returned with $40,273 as the runner-up.




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