Paul Hizer won his first-ever ranking tournament and claimed gold on Day 29 of the 2022 World Series of Poker. A dramatic day of action in a phenomenal nine bracelet events saw three champions awarded gold, while the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship saw Brazilian online poker pro Yuri Dzivielevski build a strong lead after the money bubble burst on Day 3 of the high-profile event. Hizer Claims Colossus Win After Overhauling Chip Leader
British player Paul Hizer has been playing poker since the 2000s and until today had never won a heads-up in a ranking tournament. That all changed as he took down the $400-entry Colossus, with victory against the overnight leader Sam Laskowitz heads-up giving him the win and his first bracelet.
In his poker career to date, Hizer came second a total of four times, but today’s win marked not only his first ranking title but his biggest win too as he banked $414,490 from a $400 entry, a remarkable return on his investment. Play at the final table started seven-handed but it wasn’t long before only six remained. Anthony Ruttler busted in seventh for $66,670 when his started and finished his final hand well behind Luong Quach’s .
Next to go was Jeff Loiacono, who cashed for $86,160 in sixth place when he lost with queen-ten too. Busting to the overwhelming chip leader Laskowitz, the latter now had double anyone else’s chips, so when Jordan Pelon busted Quach with eight-deuce against Quach’s ten-seven, the field was down to four and Pelon was on the rise again.
James Scott left in fourth place, and in an unfortunate manner, too. His was ahead of Hizer’s pre-flop, but the board of gave Hizer a pair of kings on the turn. Scott busted for $146,680 and he was followed from the felt by Pelon, who fell to Laskowitz when his couldn’t overcome the chip leader’s .
Heads-up, Laskowitz held 412 million chips to Hizer’s comparatively short stack of 131.5 million. Hizer had just 13 big blinds, but they were to prove lucky rather than unlucky, as a short time after the duel began, […]