Notable Exits So Far from the 2022 WSOP Main Event
The first few days of the WSOP 2022 are over! The first days of play saw some notable entries to the biggest poker tournament in the world. We have seen some serious action, and of course, a few of the biggest names in the game have walked out of Bally’s Event Center with their tails between their legs. Let’s take a look at some of the notable exits from the first few days of the WSOP Main Event.
Daniel Negreanu exits the 2022 WSOP Main Event
This is a world series that DNegs would probably sooner rather forget. His usual cheerful demeanour has been soured by a downswing involving a run of soul-crushing bad beats. The now infamous incident where his camera tripod took the force of his frustration came from a pretty awful runner-runner beat, and his exit from the Main Event was preceded by an equally nasty beat. To sum it up, DNegs got it in post-flop with 7♣7♥ after flopping a boat on a Q♣Q♠7♦board. He was promptly called by Q♥9♥ only to await a 9♠ on the river. Struggling to keep his composure, he muttered, ‘I thought I could take it, but I just can’t… I can’t take it.’
Sigh, we’ve all been there…
After another beat where he lost a flip (no surprise), he wasn’t left with much behind and departed the Main Event with A♠K♠ after getting five preflop callers.
Phil Ivey out in the second-last hand of the night
Ivey walked out after looking to double before the end of day 1D. On the button, Andrew Touchette raised preflop to 1,300, getting a shove from Ivey in the small blind for his remaining 17,000 stack. Touchette called showing AQ to Ivey’s K10. The board ran out A J 5 10 8 sending Ivey home.
Ivey hasn’t had a bad run, cashing at eight 2022 WSOP tournaments and landing a spot on the final table in four of them.
Phil Hellmuth hits the rail in the Main Event
Hellmuth, kitted out in his Darth Vader outfit, lost a massive chunk of his stack an hour into play on Day 2ABC. Going up against Shawn Smith blind on blind, money went in after a 4♦Q♦8♥ flop. Both players then checked the nothing 2♣ on the turn and saw Hellmuth removing his costume in favour of a more reasonable yellow and black jersey. On the river, a 3♣, Hellmuth bet 12,000 and was raised to 30,000. After a serious tank, he flicked in a call only to be shown Smith’s A♣5♣ runner-runner wheel. Hellmuth showed his K♣K♠ before tossing it into the muck.
Left with 6,500, the 16-time bracelet winner then got it all in with K♣J♦ against Jeff Frerichs who showed 6♠6♦ for a race. The flop brought a K♦ for Hellmuth which improved to two pair with a J♣ on the turn, but a 6♥ on the river shattered his 2022 WSOP Main event chances.
Unfortunately, the force was not with the poker brat this time.
Other notable players eliminated from WSOP 2022
- The 2004 Main Event champion, Greg Raymer, was eliminated on day 1C
- Two-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth was eliminated on day 1B
- Podcast host and vlogger Jeff Gross was eliminated on day 1B
- Reigning player of the year, Josh Arieh, was eliminated on day 1A
- Top of the all-time German money list, Fedor Holz, was eliminated on day 1D
There is still loads of action coming our way in the 2022 WSOP Main Event. Who will be shown the way out next? Join the discussion on our PokerDeals Discord.
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