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Alex Livingston Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet In $1,500 Stud Event

The 2019 Main Event Third-Place Finisher Defeated A Field of 329 Entries To Earn $103,282

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Alex Livingston came within two eliminations of winning the largest annual poker tournament in the world back in 2019, finishing third in the World Series of Poker main event for $4,000,000. While the Canadian poker pro didn’t come away with the gold that time, he only had to wait a few more years to finally capture his first bracelet. Livingston beat out a field of 329 entries in the 2022 WSOP $1,500 seven-card stud event, dominating the final table to secure the hardware and the top prize of $103,282.

“I used to be mostly just a cash game player. Since the main event, it got me more inspired to play a few more tournaments, especially going harder during the world series,” said Livingston after coming out on top.

Livingston earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his fourth final-table finish of the year, including a third-place finish in the Wynn Millions main event for $745,749 back in March. With more than $950,000 in year-to-date earnings, Livingston is now inside the top 20 in the 2022 POY race sponsored by Global Poker.

“The Wynn Millions was a huge score and it sort of encouraged me to play a big series at the U.S. Poker Open. I played way more events in that then I would have otherwise, and really enjoyed it,” said Livingston. “I mean, I just like playing poker. I like playing events like this where you are playing against a lot of amateurs, and I like playing $25,000 high rollers against the best. I think tournaments have a more competitive feel than cash games, especially when you get deep, and I enjoy that.”

The top 50 players cashed in this event, with big names like three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein (41st – $2,641), Poker Hall of Famer Mori Eskandani (28th – $3,018), bracelet winner Andy Block (24th – $3,018), two-time bracelet winner David Singer (23rd – $3,439), Ray Henson (19th – $3,439), 12-time WSOP Circuit rung winner Valentin Vornicu (15th – $4,014), and two-time bracelet winner Kevin MacPhee (11th – $5,868) all making deep runs.

Kenny HsiungThe third and final day of this event began with Livingston on top of the leaderboard with just eight players remaining. Bracelet winner Kenny Hsiung was second in chips to start, and he added to his stack off the bat by eliminating John Evans in eighth place ($9,391).

Livingston made kings full of sixes in a huge three-way pot that resulted in the elimination of both four-time bracelet winner Bradley Ruben (7th – $12,276) and bracelet winner John Rcener (6th – $16,391).

After knocking out Evans, Hsiung’s stack had gone in the wrong direction. He fell to the bottom of the leaderboard by the time the first break of the day took place. he got the last of his stack in the middle on fourth street with his split eighths leading the split sevens of Thomas Taylor. Sixth street saw Taylor improve to sevens uop, leaving Hsiung in need of a king, queen, nine, eight or seven heading into seventh street. He instead drew up an ace and was eliminated in fifth place ($22,344).

Daniel WeinmanHojeong Lee was the next to fall. He got all-in on fifth street with aces up leading the pair of nines and flush draw of Livingston. A spade on sixth street gave Livingston the lead, and he dragged the pot when Lee was unable to boat up on the end. Lee earned $31,083 as the fourth-place finisher.

Livingston made fives full of tens to knock out short stack Thomas Taylor in third place ($44,112), giving him a sizable chip lead going into heads-up play with two-time World Poker Tour main event champion Daniel Weinman. Weinman was live multi-tabling throughout the day, running back and forth between this final table and day 2 of the $500 ‘Housewarming’ no-limit event that drew over 20,000 entries. Weinman cut into Livingston’s lead early in the battle, but was ultimately left on fumes after Livingston revealed nines full of deuces to win the penultimate pot of the tournament. Weinman was left with less than a full bet and was knocked out the following hand when his flush and straight draws bricked out facing a pair of eights for Livingston. Weinman earned $63,835 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Alexander Livingston $103,282 480
2 Daniel Weinman $63,835 400
3 Thomas Taylor $44,112 320
4 Hojeong Lee $31,083 240
5 Kenny Hsiung $22,344 200
6 John Racener $16,391 160
7 Bradley Ruben $12,276 120
8 John Evans $9,391 80

You can follow the 2022 World Series of Poker on Card Player’s series landing page, sponsored by Global Poker, the fastest growing online poker room in the world. Check out the series schedule, as well as event recaps, news, and player interviews.