How Are Michigan Players Stacking Up In The WSOP Main Event?

Written By Drew Ellis on July 7, 2022Last Updated on July 13, 2022

The 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event is in full swing.

The event, which started with more than 8,000 entrants, got underway on Sunday, July 3 from Las Vegas.

Michigan was well represented in this year’s field, but the state will not see a fourth resident come out victorious.

Who is still playing from Michigan?

Unfortunately, no one.

Danny Hannawa of Farmington Hills was the lone remaining competitor from Michigan heading into Tuesday, but his run came to an end.

WSOP lists a total of 8,663 entries for the Main Event and has just 35 players remaining as of Wednesday. Each player began with 60,000 in chips.

WSOP has announced that the winner will take home $10 million. A total of 1,300 players will finish in the money and win at least $15,000. That means all remaining players will win something from the prize pot of over $80 million. Anyone in the top 80 will win at least $100,000.

Jeffrey Farnes of Dallas, Ore. is the chip leader with 37,825,000 heading into Wednesday’s action.

How Michigan players fared in the Main Event

Hannawa amassed more than 6 million chips at one point, which had him within the top 40 of the tournament. But his remarkable run came to an end Tuesday night.

He finished 52nd, cashing $176,200 in his second Main Event appearance. In 2011, Hannawa finished 552nd.

Michigan players to finish in the money were:

  • 52. Danny Hannawa: $176,200
  • 182. Shaun Gillian: $53,900
  • 216. Dominic Choma: $53,900
  • 262. Michael Banducci: $46,800
  • 411. Jaret Villarreal: $36,000
  • 496. Leo Taffe: $28,400
  • 606. Steven Stolzenfeld: $23,000
  • 692. Christopher Anderson: $21,000
  • 1182. Ryan Riess: $15,000
  • 1297. Paul Davison: $15,000

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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of Playinmichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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