The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has concluded and Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Kaupp has secured the final bracelet after taking down the Tournament of Champions for a career-best $250,000. Kaupp, who takes home his first bracelet, defeated Raul Garza after a brief heads-up battle to resign the runner-up to a $150,000 conslation prize.
The Tournament of Champions was exclusively available to the 570 bracelet and Circuit ring winners from the 2022 WSOP season. A total of 470 players entered the freeroll in an attempt to win a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool.
Kaupp qualified for the Tournament of Champions after winning a $215 WSOP.com PA Circuit event for $14,954. He now takes home more than 15 times that as he adds a second piece of WSOP hardware to his arsenal.
“It doesn’t feel real yet. It just hasn’t sunk in quite yet. Before this tournament (started), I was going to be just happy to cash.”
“I’ve just been grinding online for the last couple of years, taking it pretty seriously,” he said. “I play a lot of the Circuit events online … I didn’t really play poker for a while until the last couple of years when it was legal in Pennsylvania again.”
WSOP Tournament of Champions Final Table Results
|PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Benjamin Kaupp||United States||$250,000|
|2||Raul Garza||United States||$150,000|
|3||Ryan Messick||United States||$100,000|
|4||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$75,000|
|5||Ali Eslami||United States||$50,000|
|6||Gregory Wish||United States||$37,500|