Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas attracted 118 entrants, generating a prize pool of $1,100,350. On Thursday, June 16th, just 10 players returned for Day 3, all of them looking to capture the first place prize of $292,146 and a coveted gold bracelet.
Once the dust settled after 11 hours of play, five-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings was the last player standing, having defeated Eric Wasserson in heads-up play to capture his sixth bracelet.
"It's awesome," said Hastings when asked how the victory felt. "I mean, I really love the World Series every year. It's a lot of fun just trying to compete in all these events against great players; it's an honor to be in that kind of company".
This is Hastings' third cash of the series so far after money finishes in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #23: $3,000 Limit Hold'em but do not expect the poker pro to rest on his laurels. "I plan to keep playing a lot. I think I'm going to get right back in it tomorrow with the single draw".
Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Final Table Results
|1||Brian Hastings||United States||$292,146|
|2||Eric Wasserson||United States||$180,559|
|3||Daniel Zack||United States||$129,760|
|4||Shaun Deeb||United States||$94,606|
|5||Marco Johnson||United States||$70,139|
|6||Jordan Siegel||United States||$52,854|
Ali Eslami came into Day 3 as the short stack and never managed to get any momentum going, eventually exiting in 10th place for $25,009. The other players who sat down at the start of the day but fell short of the final table were Andrew Kelsall (9th-$31,552) and Phil Hellmuth (8th-$31,552), the latter of whom will have to wait to extend his bracelet record to 17.
Final Table Action
Yuval Bronshtein came into the final table as the second shortest stack and ultimately fell to Hastings' eight seven. Six-handed play continued for quite some time, with the ever shortstacked Jordan Siegel repeatedly finding ways to survive. Eventually, though, his run did come to an end when he could not outdraw Daniel Zack's nine-eight.
With the remaining players both highly skilled and deep stacked, it was not surprising that five-handed play continued for over four hours. The high stakes and long hours did not prevent the players from joking around and having fun, however, something that Hastings sees as an important part of the game. "If we're in the middle of a hand ourselves, then just focus on the hand, and then if we're not doing that, then you know, just have fun and banter with each other."
Someone did have to bust eventually, and that unfortunate individual was Marco Johnson, who was ousted in a three-way pot with Wasserson and Hastings.
The eliminations picked up pace from that point on, with 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb the next to head for the payout desk courtesy of Hastings. Shortly after that, Zack's nine-eight was pipped to the pot by Wasserson's nine-seven, ending the two-time bracelet winner's run in third place and setting up a heads-up battle between Wasserson and Hastings.
Hastings went into heads-up play with a 5:2 chip advantage and never looked back, gradually wearing away at Wasserson's stack until finally finishing him off after making on the third draw.
Wasserson, meanwhile, appearing at his first WSOP final table, was forced to settle for a consolation prize of $180,559.
Congratulations to Brian Hastings on winning Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship at the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas for his sixth gold bracelet! Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the 2022 WSOP as we bring you all the updates from every bracelet-awarding event.