Dan Smith Gets Monkey Off His Back with First WSOP Bracelet
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) awarded three more bracelets over the weekend to bring the total number up to five players who found WSOP glory early in the festival at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.
Poker legend Dan Smith (lead image) finally got the monkey off his back and won his first career bracelet in Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship after defeating Christoph Vogelsang during the final heads-up match for $509,717. Vogelsang took away a bit of the spotlight as his play created some controversy with the Poker Twitter community with Vogelsang tanking in what many believed were routine spots.
Meanwhile, Scott Seiver and Brad Ruben joined the club of four-time bracelet winners over the weekend. Read on to learn more.
Dan Smith Wins His First Bracelet
With nearly $38 million in live poker tournament earnings as tracked by The Hendon Mob, Dan Smith was arguably the most successful poker tournament player to never win a WSOP bracelet. That all changed over the weekend after Smith won the 64-player $25,000 Heads-Up Championship for $509,717.
Smith has had numerous close calls in the past at the WSOP with two runner-up performances and six third-place finishes and has an impressive $10,577,904 in WSOP earnings alone.
"It was always something I was thinking about," Smith said to PokerNews after the victory. "But I wasn't overly stressed about it not happening yet."
Smith faced a tough line-up in Jake Daniels, Laszlo Butjas, Alex Foxen, Jonathan Jaffe, and Dario Sammartino, before facing Christoph Vogelsang heads-up.
It was a back-and-forth affair for the final match. Smith took the lead for the final time when his sixes were good against Vogelsang’s ace-five suited. Moments later, Smith won the title on a bad beat when his ace-four got there against ace-ten.
As mentioned in the intro, Vogelsang generated some controversy among high-profile poker players about what they perceived to be tanking including Scott Seiver, who already won his fourth bracelet this festival.
what Vogelsang is doing in this (and every) tournament is at a minimum angleshooting (exploiting loopholes in rules for unethical gain) and every player every tournament should make sure a floor has a personal clock on him after 5 seconds, one that lasts 5 seconds too.— Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) June 5, 2022
While many were quick to suggest that the WSOP adopt a time-clock for some if not all events, and some were even asking the WSOP for an outright ban of Vogelsang, Smith had a different take.
"Big buy-in, tough field, every match super tough,” Smith said. “People love to give Christoph a hard time but he's a hell of a player. He's tanking because he's really considering every spot. I didn't steal a pot easily, every pot was a fight. This was one of the cooler ones to win."
WSOP Event #5: $25K HU Championship Final Table Results
|1||Dan Smith||United States||$509,717|
|4||Kevin Rabichow||United States||$193,537|
|5||Sean Winter||United States||$75,045|
|6||Jonathan Jaffe||United States||$75,045|
|7||Chance Kornuth||United States||$75,045|
|8||Dylan Destefano||United States||$75,045|
Scott Seiver Wins Bracelet #4
Earlier this festival, David Peters won his fourth bracelet. Scott Seiver matched him over the weekend with his fourth career bracelet after besting a field of 752 entries in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em to win the $320,059 top prize.
Perhaps there was some Lady Luck involved as Seiver eliminated both Alexander Farahi (second - $197,806) and David Goodman (third - $139,193) with pocket queens en route to the title.
Scott Seiver Bracelet Wins
|2008||Event #21: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em||731||$755,891|
|2018||Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship||114||$296,222|
|2019||Event #62: $10,000 Razz||116||$301,421|
|2022||Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout NLH||752||$320,059|
WSOP Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Scott Seiver||United States||$320,059|
|2||Alexander Farahi||United States||$197,806|
|3||David Goodman||United States||$139,193|
|4||Steve Zolotow||United States||$99,483|
|6||Nick Schulman||United States||$53,296|
|7||Lewis Spencer||United Kingdom||$39,970|
|8||Chris Hunichen||United States||$30,478|
|10||Shawn Hood||United States||$18,645|
Brad Ruben Wins Fourth Bracelet
Brad Ruben joined Seiver and Peters in the four-bracelet club after winning Event #4: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice for $126,288.
Rubin’s run at the WSOP has been impressive as all four bracelets have come since 2020. Two of the bracelets were earned via WSOP Online Bracelet Events, while last year he also shipped the $1,500 Razz event live at the final year at the Rio.
Brad Ruben Bracelet Wins
|2020||GGPoker.com Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||990||$220,160|
|2021||WSOP.com Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed||551||$69,148|
|2021||Event #42: $1,500 Razz||311||$99,188|
|2022||Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed||430||$126,288|
WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results
|1||Brad Ruben||United States||$126,288|
|4||Ben Yu||United States||$35,793|
|5||Jorge Walker||United States||$25,056|
|6||Charles Bransford||United States||$17,944|
|7||Alfred Atamian||United States||$13,153|
2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Results
|Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em||832||$349,440||Katie Kopp||United States||$65,168|
|Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty||46||$3,000,500||David Peters||United States||$1,166,810|
|Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em||752||$1,673,000||Scott Seiver||United States||$320,059|
|Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed||430||$574,050||Brad Ruben||United States||$126,288|
|Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship||64||$1,512,000||Dan Smith||United States||$509,717|
*Images and hand data courtesy of the WSOP / PokerNews.