Event #85: $1,500 The Closer has come to an end at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and New Jersey’s Minh Nguyen was the winner of one of the last bracelets of the summer. The event drew 2,039 entries and generated a prize pool of $962,280.
Nguyen outlasted 17 returning players on the tournament’s final day to defeat Ahmed Karrim in heads-up play to win $536,280 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. He came into the final day as the chip leader and finished the job in dominating fashion, scoring several knockouts to maintain pace atop the leaderboard.
“It was a rough start for the series,” Nguyen said in his post-win interview with PokerNews. “I was 0-5 before I min–cashed one. Then I went 0-26 or 27. Overall it was a pretty bad year.”
Nguyen saved his Summer in a big way with the largest win of his career.
“I’ve actually been on a year-and-a-half downswing. For me to come this far in the last tournament of the series is a dream. It’s awesome.”
Nguyen had a lively rail, and he promised them a party whether he won or lost. Before he makes a decision on entering the Tournament of Champions, Nguyen has an obligation to fulfill.
“I’m going to take my rail out to eat and find something fun to do,” he said.
Event #85: $1,500 The Closer Final Table Results
|1||Minh Nguyen||United States||$536,280|
|2||Ahmed Karrim||South Africa||$331,470|
|3||Michael Liang||United States||$247,890|
|4||Madelyn Carr||United States||$186,770|
|5||Manuel Herrera Garcia||United States||$141,770|
|6||Daniel Tabello||United States||$108,420|
|7||Samuel Brown||United States||$83,540|
|8||Rudy Cervantes||United States||$64,870|
|9||Zach Johnson||United States||$59,759|