Espen Jorstad becomes WSOP Main Event 2022 champion

WSOP 2022 champion

​The World Series of Poker Main Event has finally come to an end in Las Vegas. WSOP ME 2022 collected an almost record 8 663 entries this year, which made it possible to collect an impressive prize pool of $80 782 470.

Norwegian player Espen Jorstad has already secured his first gold bracelet in the same series in the team tournament. Together with Patrick Leonard, they received the coveted trophy, as well as $148 060 in prize money.

The Norwegian decided to try his hand at the Main Event. Before the final day of the WSOP Main Event, Espen was already the chip leader in the stack and the poker player managed to keep this advantage until the very end of the tournament, becoming the champion.

Read also: Germany’s Koray Aldemir wins 2021 WSOP Main Event

For winning the WSOP ME, Jorstad earned $10 000 000 in prize money, that became a record in his poker career. The first thing Espen did after his triumph was call his mom and share his success.

«She was crying and had trouble speaking. She's my biggest fan, so it was kind of emotional».

The runner-up was Australian poker player Adrian Attenborough, who managed to get an equally impressive payout of $6 000 000. As in the case of the champion, it became the largest prize in his career. The third player in this event was Michael Duek from Argentina, who received his record payout of $4 000 000.

WSOP 2022 Main Event top-10 payouts:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize money
1Espen JorstadNorway10 000 000$
2Adrian AttenboroughAustralia6 000 000$
3Michael DuekArgentina4 000 000$
4John EamesUK3 000 000$
5Matija DobricCroatia2 500 000$
6Jeffrey FarnesUSA1 750 000$
7Aaron DuczakCanada1 350 000$
8Philippe SoukiUK1 075 000$
9Matthew SuUSA850 670$
10Asher ConniffUSA675 000$
The final hand began with a limp and a check to a flop of 4♥ 2♥ 2♣. Espen held Q♦ 2♠ and Attenborough held J♣ 4♠. The Norwegian caught the trips off the flop and continued to collect money from the Aussie. Adrian wasn't about to give up on the 8♠ turn. The river with Q♣ gave Jorstad a full house and he made a big raise. After some thought the Aussie called. This call brought the Norwegian victory and the WSOP 2022 Main Event title. He became the first one from Norway to achieve such a triumph.
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