Denis Nesterenko came out on top in the 2022 World Series of Poker $1,500 triple draw deuce-to-seven lowball event, outlasting a 350-entry field to capture his first bracelet and the top prize of $108,250. This was the Moscow resident’s first six-figure tournament score. Nesterenko also earned 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win.
This event took three days to complete. Plenty of big names made deep runs, including four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi (17th – $5,054), four-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (16th – $5,054), three-time bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos (13th – $5,054), two-time bracelet winner Phillip Hui (12th – $5,054), Jake Schwartz (11th – $6,359), and bracelet winner Kenny Hsiung (8th – $8,230). This was Hsiung’s fourth cash and third top-11 finish of the series.
The final day began with nine players remaining. Nesterenko was in fourth chip position, with Von Altizer sitting in the lead when play resumed. Four-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser’s run in this event came to an end when he got the last of his stack in after the second draw. He stood pat with 8-7-6-3-2 and was up against a one-card draw for Yufei Zhong, who held 6-5-3-2. Zhong needed an eight or a seven to eliminate Glaser. He found a seven to win the pot and narrow the field to five. Glaser earned $14,947 for his first cash of the 2022 WSOP.
Despite winning ghta hand, Zhong was ultimately the next to fall. He called his last chips after the final draw, only to muck when shown a 9-8-6-5-2 by Nesterenko. Zhong earned $20,948 as the fifth-palce finisher.
Nesterenko then won a big pot with an 8-6 to leave Hieu Luu (4th – $30,107) on fumes, finishing him off shortly after that to close the gap on Altizer heading into three-handed action. He soon moved into the outright lead thanks to winning a big pot off of Altizer with a 7-6-4 low.
Altizer called the all-in of short stack Evan Sayer before the first draw and stood pat throughout with a 9-8-6-3-2. Sayer drew three, one, and one. On the final draw, he rolled over 7-5-4-2. He would need to catch a nine, eight, six, or three to stay alive. He was sent home in third place ($44,347) after drawing a ten.
With that, Nesterenko took roughly a 5:3 chip lead into heads-up play with Altizer. he was able to expand his advantage as play continued. In the final hand, Altizer got all-in ahead of the draws. Both players stood pat throughout, and Altizer announced an 8-5 low. Nesterenko rolled over the 7-6-4-3-2 to claim the pot and the title.
Altizer earned $66,910 as the runner-up, the largest cash of her career.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Winner photo credit: WSOP / Spenser Sembrat.
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