Daniel Zack, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Weinman all starred in the 2022 World Series of Poker, but how do they think they did looking back? The 2022 World Series of Poker saw a new Player of the Year in Daniel Zack, an enforced absence for the most successful WSOP player of all-time, Phil Hellmuth and a rousing rally from a rising star of the game, Daniel Weinman. As poker fans look back on a thrilling Series to watch we caught up with all three men in the first part of our double header in looking back at the first WSOP to take place at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas.
Phil Hellmuth was forced out through sickness at the very beginning of the series, while Dan Zack had won two events by the 40 th event of the WSOP. Coming up on the rails, Daniel Weinman trod between the tracks to win bracelet gold and threaten the POY lead right to the last week. We asked each man whether the World Series lived up to his expectations and how they dealt with the WSOP’s different stages after very different starts and endings for all.
Phil Hellmuth: “No, it didn’t live up to expectations. After seven final tables in the 2021 WSOP, including a first and two second places – both times I had the chip lead – I know it’s possible for me to win four bracelets in one year. In 1993, I won three bracelets, and they only had like 16 tourneys. In 2011, I had three second places, and 2012 I won two bracelets including the WSOPE Main Event. Thus, my expectations are off the chart! The 2022 WSOP didn’t live up to expectations. However, maybe I’ll play WSOP Europe and do something over the top and have 2022 WSOPE live up to my high expectations!”
Daniel Zack: “I’d say my own personal WSOP far exceeded my expectations. The past few years I’ve had the goal of winning a bracelet and chasing POY, but I’m well aware that neither are probable. Playing a full schedule, I might be […]
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