Hye Park Leads WSOP Main Event With 36 Remaining; Koray Aldemir, Roman Colillas, Chance Kornuth Among Survivors

By Craig Klinski
June 17, 2022

Hye Park
leads a field of three dozen players with some big names knocked out on Sunday, but some former WSOP bracelet winners are still alive.

Check out these stories and more in the Monday report from the World Series of Poker.

Hye Park leads WSOP Main Event After Day 6

Just 36 players remain in the 2021 WSOP Main Event after six days of play with the completion of Sunday’s action.

We have a new chip leader, Hye Park with 29.5 million in chips, who is closely followed by Demosthenes Kiriopoulos with 24.9 million in chips. Day 5 chip leader Koray Aldemir still holds a strong position in 5th place with 18.9 million in chips.

A series of WSOP bracelet winners are still alive with Chase Bianchi currently in 4th with 20.8 million, Chance Kornuth in 11th with 13.6 million, Robert Mitchell in 22nd with 7.4 million and Mitchell Halverson with 6.4 million.

PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas is still alive in 7th place with 18.2 million in chips.

Here is how where the chip count stands to begin Day 7 on Monday:

Position Player Chip Count
1 Hye Park 29,500,000
2 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos 24,905,000
3 Joshua Remoitio 21,490,000
4 Chase Bianchi 20,765,000
5 Koray Aldemir 18,905,000
6 George Holmes 18,425,000
7 Ramon Colillas 18,200,000
8 Alejandro Locooco 17,950,000
9 Ozgur Secilmis 14,700,000
10 David Cabrera 14,530,000
11 Chance Kornuth 13,645,000
22 Robert Mitchell 7,380,000
25 Michael Halverson 6,370,000

Of course, Sunday’s place also saw a few dozen eliminations including the following: Tyler Cornell (38th – $163,900), Nick Petrangelo (45th – $163,900), Daniel Swartz (55th – $113,800), Abhinav Iyer (60th – $113,800), Yui Dzivielevski (81th – $81,000) ) Stephen Song (83rd – $68,900), Stephen Chidwick (89th – $68,900).

The remaining players are guaranteed prizes of at least $198,550 with the final nine set to receive over a million:

The action picks up on Monday at 11 AM PT.

Motoyoshi Okamura wins $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha

Japan’s Motoyoshi Okamura is the winner of Event #72, the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha, taking home his first WSOP bracelet and a first-place prize of $209,716. In victory, he defeats a field of 846 players including Rafael Mota ($129,621) and Rafael Mota ($129,621).

Although Okamura is a music producer, he does play a bit of poker. The victory moves Okamura into the 25th position in Japan all-time money list according to the Hendon Mob.

In post-match comments, Okamura — who has been playing for just a year — said that this won’t be his last appearance at the WSOP.

“Winning the bracelet has been a dream of mine. This is my first time playing the WSOP, and I will surely be back next time.”

Ongoing action

Marco Johnson leads $10k Stud H/L or Better Championship

After two days of play, Marco Johnson leads a field of 11 players in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship. Johnson will be joined by a stacked final 11 that includes Brian Hastings, Erik Seidel, Scott Siver, John Monette and Josh Arieh.

Day 3 will resume at 3 PM PT with players guaranteed at least $25,708 and first place set to receive $352,958.

100 remain in Crazy Eights

A total of 5,252 players entered the $888 Crazy Eights but just 100 players remain. Action picks up at noon PT with Timo Kamphues holding the chip lead.

Upcoming events

Two new events are on tap for Monday, starting with the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout beginning at 11 AM PT. This will be followed up by the $10,000 buy-in Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em.

Watch the WSOP

On Monday, poker fans can once again tune into PokerGo for the latest in live coverage — with a slight delay — from Day 7 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. To watch, get a PokerGo subscription for $14.99 per $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Daniel Negreanu prepares to play one of his favorite events of the WSOP, the $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship in his latest vlog:

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