After three days of mixed game action, Lok Chan defeated Drew Scott in heads-up play to win Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet at the 2022 World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. The popular mix of big bet variants attracted 281 runners to generate a prize pool of $625,225.
Chan took home the top prize of $144,338, along with his first bracelet, on his maiden trip from Hong Kong to Las Vegas for the WSOP.
Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table Results
|1||Lok Chan||Hong Kong||$144,338|
|3||Rami Boukai||United States||$61,675|
|4||Michael Trivett||United States||$43,378|
|5||Christopher Smith||United States||$31,045|
|6||Galen Hall||United States||$22,617|
|7||Aaron Kupin||United States||$16,777|
The champ is only 22 years old, but he has played poker for quite some time.
“I have played for seven years after I learned from my brother when I was 15,” Chan said in his post-win interview with PokerNews.
Chan’s first trip to Las Vegas for the WSOP is also his first opportunity to play mixed games in a live tournament format. His interest in variants has increased over the last couple of years after playing online.
“I’m not winning that much in hold’em these days, so I play mixed games online a lot. It’s my first time I’ve ever played live.
“When I turned 17 or 18, I would go to Taiwan and play live tournaments and I would play cash online. This is my first time coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP. I was lucky enough to stay alive and have a chance to get a bracelet.”
The newly-crowned champion plans to spend much more time at the 2022 WSOP and perhaps get a shot at a second bracelet.
“I am definitely playing the Main Event because that’s what I came here for. I may take a one-day break and have a rest with my friends and my wife. We are going out and I will rest up for the rest of the series.”
Day 3 Action
Day 3 got off to a fast start when Andrew Robl was eliminated on the very first hand of play. Robl attempted to draw to a straight flush in No-Limit Five Card Draw High, but Richard Ashby’s two pair held to score the knockout.
Several players were lost in the opening levels of the day, including Schuyler Thornton, Michael Savakinas, and Craig Chait. Keith Lehr bowed out in 13th place to bring the tournament down to two tables.
Soon to hit the rail before final table action were Ashby, Scott Bohlman, Renan Bruschi, Patrick Leonard and Ryan Moriarty, who fell to Scott’s nine-eight in lowball to send the final seven players to an unofficial final table.
Out in seventh place was Aaron Kupin, who got it in while drawing one with eight-seven in No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw, but he drew a queen and was knocked out by Rami Boukai. Following in sixth place was Galen Hall, who was knocked out when Scott made a wheel in Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better.
Christopher Smith was out in fifth after he drew to an eight-five in lowball, but he peeled an ace and lost to Chan’s nine-six. Following closely in fourth was Michael Trivett after he got scooped by Scott in Omaha 8 or Better.
Three-handed play ended quickly when Boukai attempted to make a straight in No-Limit Five Card Draw High, but he missed his draw and Scott’s two pair sent him off in third place.
The final two battled for less than an hour, and the big moment came when Chan caught runner-runner tens to beat Scott’s pocket kings in No-Limit Hold’em.
This concludes coverage of Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. Congratulations to Lok Chan on his first WSOP bracelet! Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team throughout the rest of the 2022 WSOP for live updates on all of your favorite tournaments.