After three days of play in a brand new event filled with notables, Canada’s Sebastien Aube came out on top to become the latest bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022. Aube bested a field of 1,364 entries in Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em to earn a career-best $499,636 and his maiden gold bracelet. France’s Julien Loire collected $308,817 for his runner-up finish.
Aube started the third and final day in the top five chip counts. He had a little shaky start but slowly climbed back up. Heading into the final table, Aube had a dominating chip lead that he never relinquished. He eliminated three players from the final table to reach the finish line. His first victim was Leandro Vlastaris who bowed out in 5th place after his Ad 6d losing to Aube’s pocket jacks.
The action slowed down a little before Aube eliminated Axel Hallay. On the run-out Js 7h 2c 5c 10d, Aube check-shoved with 10h 7d for two pairs and Haley called with Js 6c and exited in 4th place. Shortly after, Brian Keith Etheridge exited in 3rd place after his Qh 9H lost out to Julien Loire’s Ks Qd.
Aube (27,000,000) held a marginal lead over Julien Loire (20,000,000) at the start of the heads-up and wrapped things quickly. On the final hand, Julien Loire opened to 900k on the button and Sebastien Aube made the call from the big blind. The flop Kd 9d 9h was checked through the turn 10c. Aube bet 1,000,000 on the turn and was called. The river 7d saw Aube move all-in and Loire called for his last 7,000,000. Aube tabled 9s 7h for a full house, while Loire had the Jh 8d for a straight.
There were many notable cashing the event, including David Miscikowski (13th for $25,474), Kenny Hallaert (16th for $20,585), James Gilbert (17th for $20,585), Alex Livingston (50th for $10,061), Joey Weissman (52nd for $10,061), Angel Guillen (61st for $8,712), Martin Jacobson (70th for $7,654), Unibet Poker Team Pro Alexandre Reard (75th for $6,823), Joe Cada (80th for $6,823), Chance Kornuth (81st for $6,174), Andres Korn (87th for $6,174), Justin Saliba (113th for $5,290) along with Indian-origin bracelet winners Shankar Pillai (130th for $5,011) and Raj Vohra (143rd for $4,385).
India’s Abhinav Iyer Finishes 27th For $13,999
The only player from India to cash out the event was the former WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer. The popular MTT pro exited on Day 2 in 27th place for $13,999. It was Iyer’s 36th overall WSOP cash and his sixth cash at the ongoing series, taking his lifetime WSOP winnings to $1,228,288.
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- Sebastien Aube – $499,636
- Jilien Loire – $308,817
- Brian Keith Etheridge – $222,762
- Axel Hallay – $162,627
- Leandro Vlastaris – $120,177
- Santiago Plante – $89,905
- Matt Berkey – $68,102
- Ran Koller – $52,240
- Jonathan Zarin – $40,588