Matthew Szymaszek has cashes at the World Series of Poker dating back to 2005. More than 17 years after recording his first in-the-money finish at the series, Szymaszek finally captured his first victory at the WSOP. The 43-year-old Redondo Beach resident defeated a field of 470 entries to win the 2022 WSOP Online $1,000 pot-limit Omaha six-max event, earning the hardware and the top prize of $141,705.
Szymaszek now has more than $597,000 in lifetime recorded tournament earnings, with nearly $420,000 coming from scores in WSOP events. This latest victory was his second-largest career cash, being the $183,081 he secured as the runner-up finisher in the 2018 WSOP $10,000 limit hold’em championship.
Szymaszek played the PLO event under the screen name ‘PmpknHead’. The event took roughly 13 hours to complete, from start to finish. Plenty of notables made deep runs, including two-time bracelet winner Eric Baldwin (25th – $3,992), recent winner Daniel Weinman (23rd – $3,992), four-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (20th – $3,992), four-time bracelet winner Bradley ‘DrStrange7’ Ruben (9th – $9,837), and two-time bracelet winner Nathan ‘surfbum’ Gamble (7th – $17,036).
Gamble was knocked out on the final table bubble when his 10-8-7-6 for a wrap on a 9-5-2 flop was unable to beat out the pocket queens of Jeffrey ‘Jbrownski’ Brown, which improved to queens full after the turn paired the board and the river brought a queen.
Brown ultimately finished in sixth place, earning $22,952 for his deep run. Szymaszek busted Thomas ‘Pohnkemon’ Pohnke in fourth place ($43,552) to extend his lead, but Greg ‘shpadoones’ Koutelidakis closed the gap considerably going into heads-up play by knocking out Blake ‘brat337’ Barousse in third place ($61,301).
The final battle for the bracelet only lasted a few hands. Szymaszek was able to convert his lead into the win, sending Koutelidakis home in second place ($87,603).
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
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