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Patrick Leonard and Espen Jorstad Win 2022 World Series of Poker Tag Team Event

The Pair of European Poker Pros Outlasted A Field of 913 Teams To Win Their First Bracelets and $148,067


Tag team, back again. Patrick Leonard and Espen Jorstad secured the win. Party on, party people, let’s hear some noise. A sign in the stands said, “Come on the boys!”

There it is! ‘Team Leonard’ topped a field of 913 teams in the 2022 World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Tag Team’ event. The British and Norwegian poker pros each earned their first WSOP gold bracelets and their share of the $148,067 top prize as the champions of this exciting event that allows teams of players to take turns behind the wheel of their collective chip stack.

Leonard, from Newcastle, England now has nearly $2.8 million in lifetime live earnings, while Jorstad increased his career live total to just shy of $840,000.

Plenty of big names made deep runs in this event, including 2009 WSOP main event winner Joe Cada and his father Jerry Cada (49th – $2,982), bracelet winner Joao Vieira and teammate Andre Coelho (29th – $4,028), and recent bracelet winner Stefan Lehner and his partner Jessica Teusl (28th – $4,028).

Jamie KerstetterThe fourth and final day of this event began with just five teams remaining and Team Paggeot, consisting of Corey Paggeot and two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner and poker commentator Jamie Kerstetter, on top of the leaderboard.

That lead was soon added to when Kerstetter picked up pocket jacks against the pocket nines of Team Kraemer’s Mackenzie Kraemer. All the chips went in preflop, and the larger pair held up through the river to see the field narrowed to four teams. Kraemer and his teammate Jon Schiller earned a collective $34,299 for their strong showings.

Team Leonard scored a crucial double-up during four-handed play to move into second place in the chip counts. Kerstetter soon added to her team’s lead when she shoved Q-10 in a blind-on-blind situation. Franco Spitale of Team Spitale called all-in with A-3. Kerstetter made a straight on the turn and held from there to send Spitale and his teammate Martin Pochat home with $46,904.

Paggeot secured another knockout, with his 8-7 suited besting the Q-10 of Yutaru Tsugaru in another battle of the blinds. An eight on the river sent the pot to Paggeot, while Tsugaru and Taichi Ichikawa split $65,059 as the third-place team.

With that, team Paggeot took nearly a 6:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Team Leonard. A couple of early double-ups saw that deficit quickly erased. The teams traded the lead a bit before Team Leonard took down a crucial pot after a preflop game of chicken. Action kicked off with Paggeot raising with K-4 on the button and Jorstad three-betting from the big blind with A-J. Paggeot made a four-bet bluff, only to have Jorstad five-bet shove all-in. The shove got through and Jorstad took down the sizable pot without showdown to take a healthy lead. Check out PokerGO’s tweet with a replay of the hand below.

The final hand of the tournament ended up being a preflop race, with Team Leonard holding 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit and Team Paggeot called the button shove with KDiamond SuitJClub Suit from the big blind. The board ran out AClub Suit8Heart Suit8Club Suit4Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit and the pocket pair held up to send Paggeot and Kerstetter to the rail as the runners up ($91,513).

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

Place Player Earnings
1 Patrick Leonard & Espen Jørstad $148,067
2 Jamie Kerstetter & Corey Paggeot $91,513
3 Yutaro Tsugaru & Taichi Ichikawa $65,059
4 Franco Spitale & Martin Pochat $46,904
5 Mackenzie Kraemer & Jon Schiller $34,299
6 Gabriel Ramos & Zachary Vankeuren $25,446
7 Nicholas Velentzas & Renato Spahiu $19,156
8 Adam Russell & Ryan Ogrady $14,636
9 Curtis Knight & Christopher Barnes $11,352

Photo credits: PokerGO / Enrique Malfavon.

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