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Senior Poker Player Turns $500 Into Quarter Million At 2022 WSOP

David Perry Denies Chris Moorman His Third Bracelet, Earns $241,729


There’s not many poker tournaments in the world that let you win nearly 500 times your initial buy-in. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night in Las Vegas when poker player David Perry took down the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em freezeout event.

Perry, who topped a gigantic field of 4,786 entrants, was awarded $241,729 for his win. He also picked up his first career gold WSOP bracelet, which he plans to give to his 94-year-old mother.

“Blessed and grateful,” Perry told WSOP reporters when asked how he was feeling after the victory. “I’ve been in Vegas since 1985. I came here with $612 and two suitcases. This is my community.”

Perry had hoped to spin his buy-in into enough cash to play the $1,000 Senior’s Event, but now that he has a quarter of a million dollars in his bankroll, he has his eyes set on the $10,000 main event.

The win certainly wasn’t easy, even given the relatively softer field. Perry’s heads-up opponent was none other than Chris Moorman, one of the most decorated players in history. Not only is Moorman among the winningest online poker players of all time, but he has also done quite well in the live arena, with two WSOP bracelets of his own along with a World Poker Tour title worth $1,015,460.

Chris MoormanThis time, Moorman had to settle for the runner-up finish and $149,405, which brings his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $7.25 million. That’s in addition to the $20 million he has banked online.

The 36-year-old from the UK has now finished second at the series on four different occasions. In 2011 he banked $716,282 in the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event, and later that year he finished runner-up in the WSOP Europe main event for another $1,068,690. In 2020, he once again got second in a $3,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event online for another $398,393.

Other notables at the final table included Daniel Eichhorn (3rd), Joshua Prager (4th), and Phong Nguyen (6th). Players who made a deep run included Jonathan Dimmig (11th), Mason Hinkle (13th), Manelic Minaya (32nd), and DJ MacKinnon (37th).

The $500 buy-in represents the second lowest price point of the 2022 WSOP. Only the $400 Colossus is cheaper.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 David Perry $241,729 660
2 Chris Moorman $149,405 550
3 Daniel Eichhorn $111,341 440
4 Josh Prager $83,623 330
5 Sebastien Guidez $63,302 275
6 Phong Nguyen $48,299 220
7 Elven Espinar $37,148 165
8 Henry Reyes $28,802 110
9 Daniel Marcus $22,512 55

*Winner photo courtesy of WSOP

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