One of the shortest but also one of the most intense events at the World Series of poker was Event 22 where a bit over 1000 players bought in. The tournament was played at a frantic pace and Josh Pollock was the one to win the sought after bracelet as well as a main prize of almost $300,000.
Immediately after Day three began Brandon Crawford was eliminated and this came as a huge blow for the player who finished the first day as the chip leader. From the very beginning it became obvious that Noah Schwartz was going to play aggressive poker and this strategy serves him well as he made it all the way to heads-up play. Players clang on to their money but neither David Greene nor Eric Shanks could avoid the inevitable as they were both eliminated by Josh Pollock.
Both of them can consider themselves unlucky to lose with slightly weaker hands but neither left empty-handed and collected a five digits payouts. The dinner break was anxiously awaited by all remaining players, but unfortunately for KT Park it represented nothing more than a brief delay of the inevitable. He probably found no solace in the fact that a player sharing his name was behind the elimination, but James Park was thrilled to come a step closer to tying the chip leader.
His glory was short-lived as Noah Schwartz went all in against him and send him home in third, setting up a heads-up confrontation with Pollock. He had a commanding lead with three times more chips but 60 hands were enough for his opponents to claw his way back into the game. Once Pollock claimed the lead, it was all over for Schwartz who lost hand after hand until he was finally out of the race.