The International-facing segment of the 2022 WSOP Online is now officially in the books, with over 130,311 entries made and over $86.1 million distributed through 33 bracelet events on GGPoker.
The festival concluded on September 27 with the highly coveted Main Event title and gold bracelet claimed by Swedish online star Simon Eric Mattsson who overcame a guarantee-busting field of 4,984 in the Main Event to take home the title and the series’ largest first prize of $ 2,793,574. The 29-year-old now has more than $4.4 million in tournament earnings in live and online tournaments.
Featuring $5,000 buy-in, the Main Event had a $20,000,000 guarantee. The strong turnout for the event helped generating a whopping $23,674,000, the largest prize pool of the entire series. The top 500 finishers were paid out with bracelet winner Patrick Leonard (22nd for $91,488),bracelet winner Joseph Cheong (11th for $138,149) & Gabriele Re (10th for $158,496) falling out before the final table.
From Team India, Abhinav Aditya (479th for $13,368, Pulkit Goyal (304th for $17,594), Rahul Byrraju (296th for $17,594), and Dhruvin Kothari (109th for $34,97) made the ITM finishes.
Coming into the final table as chip leader, Mattsson was a big favourite to win the title and he did not disappoint. He eliminated the last two players, Singapore’s Feng Zhao (3rd) and Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul (2nd) to seize the title, the gold bracelet, and the $ 2,793,574 in top prize.
After the elimination of Feng Zhao in 3rd place, Mattsson took a 3:2 chip lead into the heads-up against Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul and extended his lead by 3:1 by the time the final hand arose. Finally, Mattsson limped for 3,000,000 with 6c 5c. Thanarattrakul raised to 9,000,000 with Jc 10c and Mattsson called. The flop opened 10s 7c 4h where Mattsson called a bet of 6,171,000. The 3c fell on the river and Thanarattrakul bet 12,600,000. Mattsson called again. The river 7h paired the board. Thanarattrakul moved all-in and Mattsson snap-called with a straight, locking up the title.
Final Table Results (USD)
- Simon Mattsson – $2,793,574
- Kannapong Thanarattrakul – $2,094,884
- Feng Zhao – $1,570,941
- Samuel Vousden – $1,178,040
- Istvan Briski – $883,404
- Yanfei Chi – $662,459
- Jordan Spurlin – $496,774
- Oliver Sprason – $372,529
- Tim Rutherford – $279,357