LAS VEGAS 2022: Big Aussie crew through to Day 2 of WSOP Main Event

It’s a been a busy few weeks for the PokerMedia Australia team as we continue to bring you all the major action from around the country, but now that the dust has settled after four days of WSOP Main Event action, it’s time now for us to bring you the latest from what’s been happening from Vegas.

The 53rd Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well and truly into the business end, with all four Day 1 flights for the USD $10,000 buy-in Main Event now run and won.

Leading the Aussie contingent overall is one of Australia’s ‘First Family of Poker’: Daniel Hachem, who sealed up 283,000 in chips, followed closely by Queenslander Sam Johnson, who bagged 272,000 after last night’s Day 1D session.

The Brisbanite’s best result to date was a runner-up finish in the 2018 APT Gold Coast Grand Final Main Event for AUD $17,000, with Hendon Mob records showing that his most recent live tournament cash was at last year’s WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast Big Bounty Event.

Samuel Johnson (image source: The Hendon Mob)

It was a hectic start to Johnson’s WSOP sojourn, however, revealing to PokerMedia Australia this morning that he was held up at Los Angeles International Airport after his connecting flight was cancelled.

“Feeling good now. I only got to Vegas 5am yesterday!” Johnson said. “I had to get a limo to drive me from LAX, and then I played seven hours later. Good to finally have some sleep and to get the run-bad out of the way before the Main Event!”

There have been plenty of Aussie poker legends to have advanced from across the last four days, including 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, former WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson and high-stakes specialist Daniel Neilson.

Eager to replicate his deep run from last year’s Big Dance, Sydney’s Ehsan Amiri is still in the mix, along with Jackson Warne – son of late Aussie cricketing legend Shane Warne – who revealed on social media that he had also bagged through to Day 2.


Daniel Hachem283,000
Sam Johnson272,000
Tony Xu210,000
Mark Montague166,300
Adam Monaghan152,200
Jigs Reyes138,000
Martin Rowe130,000
Gary Pepper130,000
Robert Damelian126,700
Andrew Michael120,000
Rahul Rastogi110,500
Mitch Reid110,000
Andrej Senic105,000
Raj Ramakrishnan96,000
Wilson Luong88,000
Liam Murray85,100
Jackson Warne83,900
David Luong82,900
Joe Antar81,800
Gavin Best80,000
Daniel Neilson78,000
Robert Spano75,500
Chris Skinner69,100
Jason Pritchard69,000
Ehsan Amiri68,000
Aaron Li65,600
Gary Benson56,800
Luke Martinelli54,000
Michel Bouskila50,000
Jan Petterson46,700
Emanuel Seal46,400
Jeremy Steel46,000
Emanuel ‘Curly’ Seal45,000
Daniel Hinh44,000
Altrim Shaqiri40,000
Brett Crouch33,000
David Clark25,000
Joe Hachem21,600
Ryan Nichols11,700
Danielle Noja9,500
Robert Campbell1,900
*DISCLAIMER: This may not be a complete list of known Australian players; more information and live updates are available at

In other major WSOP results, Yita Choong came close to winning his first bracelet in the USD $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker, however was eliminated in fourth place at the hands of the eventual champion, Yuliyan Kolev of Bulgaria. Still, the Sydneysider was all smiles, cashing out for USD $395,545 in prize money.

There’s also been stack of cash raked in by our Aussie contingent in many of the other tournaments being held throughout Sin City this summer, most notably that of Janet Wyvill, who scored a USD $10K payday after winning a Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) event at the MGM Grand.

PokerMedia Australia will continue to provide progressive updates as they come to hand over the next few days; to cheer on our Aussie contingent, be sure to follow us on our socials and jump into the #vegas-sweat-thread on our Discord server.

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