- The $5,300 buy-in WSOP Online bracelet event attracted 218 entrants
- Szecsi beat Tony Dunst heads-up to claim his third bracelet and a $288,850 top prize
- Former WSOP champs Phil Galfond and Greg Merson also reached the final table
After nearly four years, Norbert Szecsi finally added another WSOP bracelet to his name after taking down the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout which ran as part of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) online bracelet series.
The Hungarian poker pro topped a 218-entry field to secure his third gold bracelet and a top prize worth $288,850.
Final Table Results
Eliminations took place in quick succession during the early stages of the final table, with Adam “PHsGoldShoes” Hendrix the first to bust after his ace-jack suited was defeated by the pocket queens of “qpoker205“. Hendrix collected $26,160 for his 8th-place finish. Next to go was Michael “mikejozoff” Jozoff who finished 7th for $39,240.
Phil Galfond failed in his quest for a fourth bracelet but it wasn’t that bad for the Run It Once founder as he managed to reach the final table and claimed the 6th spot for $52,320. Just like Galfond, two-time WSOP champ Taylor “galactar” Paur also fell short of winning another bracelet after he was eliminated in 5th place for $63,220. The next player to leave was “qpoker205” who took home $74,120 for his fourth-place finish.
Greg “DustedYou” Merson, the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion, was out in 3rd place with $96,465 in winnings. Heads-up play was a battle between two-time bracelet winners – Szecsi and World Poker Tour commentator Tony “Panoramic” Dunst.
Szecsi held a comfortable lead over his opponent when the heads-up action began, mainly thanks to “qpoker205” through whom the Hungarian pro doubled up, allowing him to take the dominant position prior to the heads-up match. Szecsi never relinquished his spot and ultimately sealed his opponent’s fate.
All it took was an all-in from Dunst who initially held king-four offsuit against Szecsi’s ace-two offsuit. Dunst cards improved when he picked a pair of fours on the flop, but Szecsi turned superior pocket aces. The river was a brick which meant victory went to the only non-US player at the final table. Dunst secured a $169,950 payday for his runner-up finish.
Third Bracelet for Szecsi
Szecsi meanwhile just took home his third bracelet. He won his first back in 2013 when he triumphed in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament for #345,037. His second bracelet win took place five years later when he emerged victorious in a €1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold’em event for €86,956 ($109,128).