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Phil Hui Wins World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event For Third Career Bracelet

The 34-Year-Old Poker Pro Overcame A 1,438-Entry Field To Earn $311,782

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Phil Hui is now a three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner. The 34-year-old poker pro based out of Florida secured his third title at the series by defeating a field of 1,437 entries in the 2022 WSOP $1,500 pot-limit Omaha eight-max event. The $311,782 top prize saw Hui increase his career tournament earnings to more than $3.5 million.

“I have a good life. I like winning bracelets, I like winning trophies, I have my whole life. I’m happy with everything,” Hui told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “The more important thing is that I broke the tie with my wife. Before this, we both had two, now I have three.”

Loni Hui is indeed a two-time bracelet winner, with wings in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event in 2013 and the WSOP National Championship in 2015. Phil Hui’s two prior victories came in a 2014 $3,000 Omaha eight-or-better event and the 2019 $50,000 Poker Players Championship, which saw him earn a career-best payout of nearly $1.1 million.

For his latest victory, Hui was awarded 960 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his fifth final-table finish and second title of the year, with his four prior scores coming in $400 buy-in events. With 1,350 total points, Hui now sits in 111th place in the 2022 POY race standings, which are presented by Global Poker.

The big turnout for this event resulted in a prize pool of more than $1.9 million, which was paid out among the top 216 finishers. Plenty of big names made deep runs, including two-time bracelet winner Erick Lindgren (86th – $3,528), two-time bracelet winner Robert Cowen (84th – $3,528), two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson (76th – $3,900), bracelet winner Randy Ohel (69th – $4,367), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Cantu (42nd – $6,627) and two-time bracelet winner Dash Dudley (28th – $9,317).

The final day of this event began with ten players remaining and David Prociak in the lead. Hui was in seventh chip position to start. Kao Saechao (10th – $21,293) and Dylan Smith (9th – $26,961) were both eliminated by Shane Nardiello in the early going, setting up the official final table of eight.

Bracelet winner Dylan Weisman was the next to fall. He ran a set of queens into a set of kings for Prociak on the flop. The turn and river brought no help and Weisman was eliminated in eighth place ($34,532).

Paul Fehlig’s run in this event ended when his pocket queens ran into the pocket aces of Nardiello. The larger pair held up and Fehlig was sent home with $44,735 as the seventh-place finisher.

Hui scored his first knockout at the final table by eliminating bracelet winner and 2004 WSOP main event runner-up finisher David Williams. With much of his stack committed preflop, Williams called off the last of his chips on a 7Spade Suit4Heart Suit3Club Suit flop holding AHeart SuitJHeart SuitJDiamond SuitQClub Suit. Hui had flopped the world with his 7Heart Suit6Spade Suit5Spade Suit4Club Suit for a straight and two pair. The 10Diamond Suit turn and 8Diamond Suit kept Hui ahead, sending Williams to the rail with $58,606 for his sixth-place showing.

Despite earning three eliminations already on day 3, Shane Nardiello was ultimately the next to be knocked out. He had lost a big pot to Charles Coultas shortly before Williams’ departure to slide down the leaderboard. He then got his last chips in with two pair trailing the turned straight of Prociak. Nardiello did not fill up on the river. He settled for $77,635 as the fifth-place finisher.

Coultas got the last of his chips in with the but flush draw facing trip threes for France’s Daniel Tordjman. Coultas was unable to improve and was eliminated in fourth place ($103,979).

Hui had fallen to the bottom of the chip counts during short-handed action but began to rebuild in the later stages of the final table. He moved into second chip position thanks to TOrdjman winning a big pot off of Prociak. Soon after that, Prociak got all-in on a KClub SuitJHeart Suit7Diamond Suit flop with a wrap draw (ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit10Club Suit4Club Suit) facing the top pair of Hui (AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit10Heart Suit4Spade Suit). Hui picket up additional equity when the 5Heart Suit hit the turn. The KSpade Suit river saw Hui improve to trip kings to secure the pot and knock out Prociak in third place ($140,783).

With that, heads-up play began with Tordjman holding roughly a 5:3 lead over Hui. TOrdjman pulled even further ahead before Hui made straights in two big hands to close the gap considerably. Hui then doubled to take a decisive lead, with his flopped trips beating the wrap and flush draws of Tordjman. Hui improved to a full house on the river to give him roughly a 6:1 lead.

In the final hand, Tiordjman got all-in preflop with KClub Suit10Spade Suit10Club Suit4Diamond Suit facing the AHeart SuitJClub Suit8Club Suit7Club Suit of Hui. The board ran out 9Club Suit8Spade Suit6Heart Suit7Diamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Hui made a winning two pair to lock up the pot and the title. Tordjman earned $192,674 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Phil Hui $311,782 960
2 Daniel Tordjman $192,674 800
3 David Prociak $140,783 640
4 Charles Coultas $103,979 480
5 Shane Nardiello $77,635 400
6 David Williams $58,606 320
7 Paul Fehlig $44,735 240
8 Dylan Weisman $34,532 160

Winner photo credit: PokerGO / Enrique Malfavon.

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