David Jackson earned his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the largest payday of his tournament career after he defeated all-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth heads-up in the 2022 WSOP $3,000 no-limit hold’em freezeout event. The 35-year-old poker pro from Jacksonville, Florida pocketed $598,173 as the champion after he denied the 16-time bracelet winner another victory at the series.

“I was just in my zone, honestly. I felt like I was going to win. I knew I was going to win. I felt like it was meant for me,” Jackson told WSOP reporters after coming out on top for the largest payday of his career.

Jackson on his first bracelet during last year’s WSOP Online series, taking down a $777 buy-in tournament for $194,178. This time around he was able to close out the victory on the big stage in Las Vegas, overcoming a Poker Hall of Fame member with the title on the line.

“I’m just in awe. I’m just happy. I’m happy, but it’s just hard to process right now,” said Jackson. “This one definitely feels much better. The online one was like a $700 or $777 event, so there were a lot of people, but it was an easier field. This one was a tougher field.”

Jackson now has nearly $3.8 million in recorded tournament scores. He also earned 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event, enough to move him inside the top 100 in the 2022 POY race sponsored by Global Poker.

While Hellmuth fell just short of securing his record-furthering 17th bracelet, he did earn $369,698 as the runner-up, increasing his lifetime tournament earnings to more than $25 million. This was Hellmuth’s fourth final-table finish of the year. The 1,200 POY points he secured catapulted him into 35th place in the overall standings.

This event attracted 1,359 total entries to build a prize pool of $3,628,530. The top 204 finishers made the money, with plenty of big names making deep runs including four-time bracelet winners Mike Matusow (165th – $5,269) and Adrian Mateos (145th – $5,269), bracelet winner Lara Eisenberg […]

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