The quest to win at World Series of Poker The bracelet could have felt like a marathon for Argentine Jose Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Barbero. The 40 – year – old poker professional was first charged at the WSOP in 2006, and has achieved four final tables in the series over the 16 years since that first final in money. While Barbero has been pursuing this goal for some time, the final stretch turned out to be a sprint. Finally, he won gold as the winner of the hectic 2022 WSOP $ 10,000 super turbo rewards event with no hold’em limit. Barbero beat a field of 419 players in the fast-paced event that took just two days to complete, seizing the bracelet and the $ 587,520 maximum prize pool.
“It feels amazing. I’m very happy. Literally, my dream in poker was to win one. It’s amazing,” Barbero said. WSOP journalists after it’s all over. “So many close ones and they could never close it. And finally.”
Lots of big names made money in this fast-paced affair, such as ten-bracelet winner Phil Ivey (41st – $ 13,730), five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (25th – $ 18,625), JC Tran (24th – $ 18,625)), bracelet winner Andrew Brown (19th – $ 18,625), bracelet winner Kyle Julius (15th – $ 18,625), World Poker Toru i European Poker Tour main event winner Mike Watson (10th – $ 33,924) i Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe (7th – $ 72,683).
The second and final day of this event began with only six remaining and Barbero at the helm. Bracelet winner Andrew Lichtenberger (6th – $ 97,002) was the first to fall, with his A-3 not surpassing Barbero’s 9-8 in a blindfold battle.
Maria Ho’s career ended when her K-10 lost a preflop race against the pocket sets of Brazilian Fabiano Kovalski. A set on the flop left Ho dirty, and the pair of boards on the turn made his elimination certain in fifth place. He earned 4131,655 for his deep career, increasing his career income to more than $ 4.1 million.
Rob Hollink (4th – $ 181,667) got the last of his preflop stack with the KJ skate against Barbero’s A-8 skate, which remained the chip leader. Barbero made asses to secure the pot and further expand his token advantage in the three-handed game.
Ilya Nikiforov was advancing when the chips came in, with his skate A-8 leading Barbero’s A-7. A set on the turn has left Nikiforov in need of an eight on the river to keep his hopes alive at this event. That help didn’t come and they sent him home with $ 254,791 for his third place.
Barbero maintained a 2: 1 lead over Kovalski when he started the game up. He extended that lead to more than 3: 1 when the final hand was dealt. Kovalski pushed from the big blind with K2 facing a limp from his opponent. Barbero called with KQ. The board ran out of J656K and Barbero’s kings and six with a queen kicker pulled out the pot to eliminate Kovalsi in second place ($ 363,116).
Here’s a look at the payments and ranking points awarded in the final table:
|1||Jose Barbero||$ 587,520||1800|
|2||Fabiano Kovalski||$ 363,116||1500|
|3||Ilya Nikíforov||$ 254,791||1200|
|4||Rob Hollink||$ 181,667||900|
|5||Maria Ho||$ 131,655||750|
|6||Andreu Lichtenberg||$ 97,002||600|
|7||Rainer Kempe||$ 72,683||450|
|8||David Mzareulov||$ 55,401||300|
|9||Paul Chauderson||$ 42,970||150|
Winning photo credit: WSOP / Alex Roma.
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