WSOP 2023 Day 36 Digest

Three bracelets were distributed yesterday:

$2,500Event #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event$838,825377
$1,000Event #74: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em$4,678,7305,257
$10,000Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$2,297,100247

Event #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event

Julio Belluscio from Argentina scored his best performance ever by taking down event #73 for $190,240. Competition was fierce and many well known players fell close to the title: Benny Glaser (3rd, $78k), Erick Lindgren (5th, $37k), Hye Park (6th, $27k), Anthony Zinno (7th, $19k) and Steve Zolotow (9th, $14k).

After playing for 15 years, Belluscio announced: “This year, I expected to win.”.

He later added: “If I make the Main Event final table, then you will see a real rail. I will spend $100,000 to fly all my friends and family from Argentina here, and they will be making too much noise.”

Julio Belluscio

Event #74: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em

Bradley Gafford succeeded to take all the chips from the 5,257 entries tournament, and takes home the sweet $549,555 associated prize. A huge performance for the American who had $130k in total earnings until then. Probably a face we will see again as he started having live results since last year only, scoring a second place for $97,386 in the Wynn Millions Poker Series for his second official result!

43o Bradley

Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Hassan Kamel from Australia wins the championship event for $598,613, outlasting a total of 247 entries. It’s only the sixth live performance for the player whose best cash was €20,340 at the €5,300 EPT Barcelona.

Some words from Kamel after winning: “I was playing cash games back in the days but honestly don’t play that much any more. I just happen to be here and sort of thought I come and check it out”, later adding: “I actually planned on coming second. I wasn’t greedy and already said I was gonna bust the $1,500 three times and come second in the bracelet event … but I only busted the $1,500 only twice and came first in the $10k.”

Hassan Kamel

Event #76: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em World Championship

Van der Spuy closed day 1B as the chip leader with 287,000, closely followed by Julien Martini with 284,700. Two former Main Event champions took the start of day 1B yesterday: Greg Raymer and Johnny Chan. Both bagged solid stacks of over 200,000.

Today is flight C of the Main Event, good luck to everyone playing!

Johnny Chan, winner in 1987 and 1988


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