There aren’t many poker tournaments in the world that allow you to win nearly 500 times your initial buy-in. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night in Las Vegas when poker player David Perry won the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em freezeout event.
Perry, who topped a mammoth field of 4,786 entrants, received $241,729 for his win. He also won his first career gold medal. WSOP bracelet that he plans to give to his 94-year-old mother.
“Blessed and grateful,” said Perry WSOP journalists when asked how he felt after the victory. “I’ve been in Vegas since 1985. Came here with $612 and two suitcases. It’s my community.
Perry was hoping to turn his buy-in into enough cash to play the $1,000 senior event, but now that he has a quarter million dollars in his bankroll, he has his sights set on the main event at $10,000.
Victory was certainly not easy, even considering the relatively softer field. Perry’s head-to-head opponent was none other than Chris Moorman, one of the most decorated players in history. Not only is Moorman one of the most successful online poker players of all time, but he has also done very well in the live arena, with two WSOP its own bracelets as well as a world poker tour security worth $1,015,460.
This time, Moorman had to settle for second place and $149,405, bringing his live tournament earnings to over $7.25 million. This is on top of the $20 million he banked online.
The 36-year-old British player has now finished second in the series four times. In 2011 he banked $716,282 in the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event, and later that year he finished second in the WSOP Europe main event for an additional $1,068,690. In 2020, he again earned second place in an online $3,000 no-limit hold’em event for an additional $398,393.
Other final table notables 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 prize in 2022 WSOP. Only $400 Colossus is less expensive.
Final Table Results
*Photo of the winner courtesy of WSOP
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