Daniel Lazrus Wins Millionaire Maker, Ryan Leng Wins Third WSOP Bracelet

By Craig Klinski
June 27, 2022

Daniel Lazrus Millionaire Maker

Daniel Lazrus is on top of the epic Millionaire Maker while Ryan Leng wins his third WSOP bracelet and Michael Prendergast wins his first.

We take a look at these wins as well as all the other action on Thursday, including a final table in the $1,000 Ladies Championship.

READ: 2022 Millionaire Maker winner

Daniel Lazrus is poker’s newest millionaire

After five days and 5,326 entries, Daniel Lazrus is the winner of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em to take home his second WSOP bracelet. The victory came in front of the PokerGo cameras as he defeated a final table that included Darryl Ronconi ($500,125), Jeffrey Gencarelli ($377,125), Michael Gathy ($288,715) and Ignacio Moron $288,715).

The bracelet is not just his second overall bracelet, but his second this year. Over the summer, Lazrus also won the $3,200 No Limit Hold’em Right Roller Championship ONLINE.

In post-match comments, Lazrus said that this victory feels superior to his previous bracelet.

This one feels much more special. It feels more legitimized than online did, just because it was a different atmosphere. This makes me happy with the decision I’m making of putting a lot of time into poker. The first was an achievement, this feels like THE achievement. I didn’t realize it yet but this is a much greater feeling, I can’t even begin to describe it.

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Ryan Leng wins 3rd WSOP bracelet

Ryan Leng is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner after taking down Event #23, the Eight Game Mix 6-Handed on Wednesday night. Leng outlasted 484 players over three days including Connor Drinan heads-up ($85,273), Brett Shaffer ($56,839), Daniel Zack ($38,752) and Schuyler Thornton ($27,038).

Leng’s previous WSOP bracelets came during the $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold’em Freezeout and the 2021 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout online earlier this summer.

Leng credited some good cards in his win after the match: “I’ve been studying mixed games lately. I definitely think the final table, the final two tables, I was certainly nowhere near the best player left in the field. I ran really hot.”

Michael Prendergast wins $600 Pot Limit Deepstack

In Event #24, Michael Prendergast won his first bracelet when he took down the $600 Pot Limit Deepstack on Wednesday night, winning his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a $127,428 1st place prize. Prendergast outlasted 1,572 players over two days including beating Jeffrey Barnes heads-up ($78,755).

Prendergast, who says he does not play a lot of tournaments, focused on playing good hands throughout the tournament. “I decided to just do what I did the entire tournament and wait for a hand that I could hit the nuts with.”

Ongoing action

Aoki leads Ladies Championship

Mikiyo Aoki held on to a lead for the second day in a row at the $1000 Ladies Championship. When action resumes she will be joined by four others including Debora Brooke, Diane Cooley, Lara Eisenberg and JJ Liu. They will be vying for a guaranteed $26,458 in prizes including $115,694 for first place. Poker vlogger Marle Cordeiro finished in 7th place for $14,791 before action broke for the day.

John Racener holds lead in $5k 6-handed No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the $5,000 6-handed No-Limit Hold’em was completed on Wednesday night with 31 players remaining. It’s John Racener who has the chip lead, but he will see some tough competition in Bin Weng, Vanessa Kade, Jonathan Jaffe and Daniel Negreanu. Play will resume at 2 PM PT on Thursday.

Levi Klump leads $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout

The $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout finished Day 2 with 38 players remaining on Wednesday night. Levi Klump has the chip lead but WSOP Circuit mainstay Maurice Hawkins is right there in the mix. Play will resume at noon PT on Thursday as players battle towards the $199,227 first-place prize.

Mark Dickstein leading $1,500 HORSE

A total of 500 players entered Event #27, the $1,500 HORSE on Wednesday. By the end of play, 200 players remained with Mark Dickstein holding the chip lead. Play will resume for Day 2 beginning at 2 PM PT.

Upcoming events

A total of 27 events are either underway or have awarded bracelets. On Thursday, two more bracelet evens will be held, the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed and the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em. The $1k PLO will get underway at 11 AM PT while the $10,000 Short Deck No LImit Hold’em begins at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

On Thursday, PokerGo will pick up the final table of the $1,000 Ladies Championship with broadcast beginning at 8 PM ET. To watch, poker fans will need a subscription from PokerGo, which can be purchased for either $14.99 per month or $99 for the year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Daniel Negreanu is playing in the $5k No Limit 6-max event in his latest vlog from the World Series of Poker:

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