WSOP 2022: Gianluca Speranza And Shaun O’Donnell Win Final Two Online Bracelet Events

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online concluded on 17th July, with the final two events of a 13-tournament slate crowning champions in Gianluca “InMyHouse” Speranza and Shaun “BabyLegs” O’Donnell respectively. The former championed Event #12: $5,300 NLHE High Roller Freezeout Encore that drew in 245 entries, building $1,225,000 in prizepool that shared by the top 35 finishers.

After less than 12 hours of online action, the Italian poker pro Gianluca Speranza emerged victorious, earning his first WSOP gold bracelet and a massive $324,625 in top prize money.

This was his fourth-largest recorded tournament score. He secured his largest payday just a few months earlier by shipping the €25,000 buy-in high roller event at the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo for $895,650. The win marked his 43rd WSOP cash, taking his WSOP winnings to $1,680,863.

Playing under the screen name ‘Inmyhouse’, Speranza outlasted several accomplished players, including two-time bracelet winner Taylor “galactar” Paur (18th for $12,250), former bracelet winners Kenny “yoppuh” Huynh (14th for $15,925), Julien “StepUpPoker” Perouse (24th for $9,800), Joey “Buffblastin” Couden (31st for $8,575), and Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger (34th for $8,575).

Paul Scaturro busted recent WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino main event winner Michael Jozoff in third place to take the lead into heads-up play with Speranza. The Italian was able to get ahead early and then go all the way from there. He shipped the title with pocket queens all-in against the pocket sixes of Scaturro. The queens held up and Scatturo was eliminated in second place ($189,875).

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Gianluca “Inmyhouse” Speranza – $324,625
  2. Paul “rungood27” Scaturro – $189,875
  3. Michael “mikejozoff” Jozoff – $108,413
  4. Kazuki “hyahhoo3” Ikeuchi – $83,300
  5. Jakob “Silenzium77” Miegel – $71,050
  6. Joao “WinamaxPT” Vieira – $58,800
  7. Angel “CHROMEKINGNJ” Lopez – $44,100
  8. Nemamprachy – $29,400

The final online bracelet event of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Event #13: $500 NLHE Summer Saver concluded with Shaun “BabyLegs” O’Donnell outlasting the 1,189-player field to win his first bracelet and $125,330. O’Donnell defeated Benjamin “Denali2020” Chung (2nd for $77,247) in heads-up. This was O’Donnell’s second-biggest tournament score, trailing his  $129,930 he earned for his 60th-place finish in the 2018 WSOP ME. He now has over $601,000 in live tournament cashes.

The top 247 finishers were paid out, including four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (15th for $5,932), two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Jesse Yaginuma (18th for $4,672), former bracelet winner Fred Li (29th for $3,041), and three-time bracelet winner Shankar Pillai (58th place for $1,854).

Interestingly, Scaturro final-tabled this event in addition to the high roller tournament. He earned $22,100 for his sixth-place finish in this event. Also making it to the final table was bracelet winner Boril Kolev who finished fifth for $29,738. The heads-up was an interesting affair and saw Benjamin “Denali2020” Chung coming too close to winning the title. Finally, Chung had to settle for $77,274 for his runner-up finish, while Shaun “BabyLegs” O’Donnell claimed $125,330 and his first bracelet.

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Shaun “BabyLegs” O’Donnell – $125,330
  2. Benjamin “Denali2020” Chung – $77,247
  3. Andrew “Pokasmoka” Benedict – $55,620
  4. Soheb “bdbeatslayer” Porbandarwala – $40,417
  5. Boris “goldbracelet” Kolev – $29,738
  6. Paul “rungood27” Scaturro – $22,099
  7. Lawrence “MeldyMan” Meldman – $16,611
  8. Guy “PhilLaak” Dunlap – $12,607
  9. Michael “mygame” Lavenburg – $9,714