Christopher “Pay_Son” Staats Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $3,200 High Roller


Christopher Staats
After nearly 12 hours of battle on the virtual felt on Thursday evening, Christopher “Pay_Son” Staats defeated Dan “BackDoorDan” Smith in heads-up play to win the 2022 WSOP Online Event #26: $3,200 NLH High Roller 6-Max for his first WSOP bracelet and the $111,609 top prize.

The event attracted 149 entries including 38 re-entries to create a $452,960 prize pool with the top 18 players collecting at least a $8,606 min-cash.

Heads-up started with Smith having a slight lead on Staats and the action went back and forth for a while. The final hand saw Staats shove all in with the chip lead holding jack-eight and was snap-called by Smith with ace-queen. When the board ran out with a jack, Smith was sent to the rail in runner-up position and Staats scored the victory and first career bracelet.

According to The Hendon Mob, Staats is a Oklahoma native with close to $1.3 Million in live tournament earnings, which includes a career-best score in the 2018 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Little One for One Drop after finishing third for $254,580. Staats has been recording cashes since 2009 and can now finally add a WSOP bracelet to his trophy case.

Final Table Results:

  1. Christopher “Pay_Son” Staats – $111,609
  2. Dan “BackDoorDan” Smith – $79,675
  3. Brett “Metanemesis” Apter – $56,891
  4. John “Relevancy” Ripnick – $40 675
  5. Pete “PeteChen” Chen – $29,034
  6. David “Bewater” Goodman – $20,745



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