Chad Eveslage backed up his breakout 2021 campaign on the live tournament circuit with an even better showing in 2022. In addition to winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet as the champion of the $25,000 no-limit hold’em eight max event this summer, Eveslage had another standout season on the World Poker Tour. The 31-year-old poker pro from Indiana secured four cashes, with two final-table finishes and one title won. He cashed for $1,450,825 across those four scores, securing the 2022 WPT Player of the Year honors in the process.
Eveslage’s big win came back in October at the Bellagio. He topped a field of 569 entries in the $10,4000 buy-in WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic no-limit hold’em main event to secure his second WPT title and the top prize of $1,042,300. This was the second-largest payday of Eveslage’s career.
Eveslage’s heads-up opponent in that tournament, Steve ‘Cuz’ Buckner, made Eveslage sweat the POY honors down the final stretch. In the last WPT main tour event of the season, Eveslage was knocked out before the bubble burst. At that point, he held just a 175-point lead over Buckner, who cashed in five main tour events this year and made two final tables. Buckner made the money but ultimately finished in 319th place for $18,450 and 125 points, leaving him 50 points shy of pulling even with Eveslage.
Eveslage’s other final table finish this season came in the penultimate event, the WPT Seminole Rock’N’Roll Poker Open. He finished third from a field of 1,541 entries in that tournament to earn $390,000 and 850 WPT POY points.
Eveslage now has nearly $7.4 million in career tournament earnings, with more than $2.6 million coming from WPT main tour cashes.