Evan “ballz222” Sandberg Wins $94,567 and His First WSOP Bracelet in Event No.25: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event No.25: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max took place on October 12. It attracted 162 entrants who made 66 rebuys and formed a $421,800 prize pool.

Evan "ballz222" Sandberg won the tournament after nine hours of play to receive his first WSOP gold bracelet and $94,567. The poker pro beat Kijoon "standardiu" Park in a heads-up match. Still, The Hendon Mob shows that he has more than $950,000 in live poker tournament earnings.

Sandberg often competes in the WSOP and his latest huge cash was $76,912 that he won in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event No.49 after finishing seventh. Even so, the biggest live cash in his poker career is $293,322 which he won after winning the 2021 Wynn Fall Classic $1,600 Mystery Bounty.

The Final Table's Payouts

  1. Evan "ballz222" Sandberg from the U.S. – $94,567
  2. Kijoon "standardiu" Park from the U.S. – $67,488
  3. Jason "Jaybangs" Obinger from the U.S. – $48,211
  4. Tony "Panoramic" Dunst from the U.S. – $34,672
  5. Krista "Pollux" Gifford from the U.S. – $25,139
  6. Matt "Berkey11_S4Y" Berkey from the U.S. – $18,221
  7. Martin "Bathroomline" Zamani from the U.S. – $13,286
  8. Julio "PrsFinest" Clavell from the U.S. – $9,701

Action at the Final Table

The first finalist left the event 25 minutes after the money bubble burst. The action began after Matt "Berkey11_S4Y" Berkey used an ace-jack suited to move all-in. But, Julio "PrsFinest" Clavel used pocket queens to call him.

The flop revealed an ace as Berkey's superior held and sent Clavell packing in the eighth position. Martin "Bathroomline" Zamani used pocket tens to move all-in and faced Park's pocket aces. The board didn't improve Zamani's hand and ended his run in seventh place.

Berkey used ace-seven offsuit to move all-in after several hands and Jason "Jaybangs" Obinger used pocket eights to call him. The flop had a seven yet Berkey didn't improve and lost to Obinger's overpair thus exiting the tournament in sixth place.

Krista"Pollux" Gifford was the short stack and she got in a flip position as her pocket deuces faced Park's queen-jack suited. The board flopped a jack as Gifford failed to improve both on the river and turn hence finishing fifth.

Gifford's elimination set up a four-handed play that went back and forth. Even so, Dunst used a queen-seven offsuit to move all-in before Sandberg called using a jack-ten offsuit. The latter got a pair of jacks from the flop as the river turned a full house that eliminated Dunst in fourth place.

Obinger used a king-ten offsuit to move all-in after a few minutes and faced Sandberg's ace-jack. The latter had a chip lead. He paired a jack on the turn causing the river to brick and increase his lead as Obinger left the table in the third position.

Park and Sandberg engaged in unending heads-up action for half an hour. Park later used a five-of-hearts river to move all-in against Sandberg.

The latter made a prompt call as he tabled his eight-three of hearts indicating that he had a flush on the river to bust Park in the second position and win the pot. Park won $67,488 and other live updates of the remaining WSOP Online series are available on various poker sites.


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