Austria’s Stefan Lehner defeated a field of 1,240 players to win his first bracelet in Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. He triumphed at a final table featuring former bracelet winners David Miscikowski, Joey Weissman and Davide Suriano, before defeating Toby Boas heads-up to take home $558,616.
Meanwhile, Boas would have to settle for second place for $345,244, but can take solace in the fact he laddered from start-of-day short stack to record a new career-best cash.
“I don’t have the words for it I think,” he told PokerNews. “At the beginning I was second in chips but then I was short stacked all the time. SO I played very well and I’m very happy that I have this [bracelet] now.”
Just three days after landing in Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP, Lehner’s victory came in his first tournament of the summer but said he felt no pressure playing for the bracelet.
“When you know that almost every time you need to do in this spot, then it’s not so tough to play. I do a lot of theory, so it’s just about staying calm.”
The Austrian’s previous best WSOP result was a fourth-place finish during the 2021 WSOP Online Fifty Stack for $105,507, but says that this was a completely different environment.
“It’s totally different. Playing against real people is great, playing against people from different nations. You get to have reads on the players – and that’s real poker.”