WSOP 2023 Day 45 Digest

Day 45 was dense with three bracelets awarded, day 7 of the Main Event, and two other events reaching the final table:

$600Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack – No-limit Hold’em$3,675,5707,207
$3,000Event #82: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha$2,704,7101,013
$50,000Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em$8,404,000176

Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack – No-limit Hold’em

The large event with its 7,207 entries built a $401,250 prize who went to Joseph Roh. Roh is not a poker pro but still had more than $100k in live earnings, now totalling $533,132.

AQ Joseph

Event #82: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha

Matthew Parry grabs his first bracelet in the Pot-Limit Omaha event and takes home $480,122. It’s the best result for the player who has $1,7M in total live earnings. Parry was very close to win Event #34: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event a few weeks ago when he finished third for $134,156.

Ian Matakis will add solid points to the Player of the Year race by finishing third for $205,696. Connor Drinan lost in 6th place and takes $75k for the performance.

7543 Matthew

Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em

It’s the fifth event that had a prize over $2M this year, and the $2,087,073 check goes to the Hungarian Alex Kulev. Kulev is having a great summer this year, he already won $1,6M in the $250,000 Super High Roller.

“The best players in the world came out to play this tournament,” Kulev said, “I max-late-regged with 15 big blinds, so it was very touch and go for a bit but when the cards want you to win, they usually let you win.”

Alex Kulev

Here are the final payouts of the tournament:

1Alex KulevBulgaria$2,087,073
2Gergely KulcsarHungary$1,289,909
3Jake SchindlerUnited States$957,491
4Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$713,413
5Koray AldemirGermany$533,561
6Johannes StraverNetherlands$400,562
7Brandon WittmeyerUnited States$301,859
8Moshe RefaelowitzIsrael$228,347

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

Six hours of play were needed to go from 15 to the 9 players that will play the final table of the World Series of Poker.

Adam Walton started the day second with 75M and went up to 143M to take the chip lead. He nearly has a quarter of the total chips, comfortably installed ahead of Steven Jones with 90M and 15% of the total chips.

The final nine

I wasn’t a great day from Juan Maceiras who started as the chip leader with 108M and finished with the fifth stack of 68M.

Two players have one bracelet at the table: Daniel Weinman (3rd, $3,7M in live earnings) and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (4th, $1,9M in live earnings). Both won a bracelet in Pot-Limit Omaha.

Probably the most well known player of the group was Alec Torelli, who was very short at the start of the day and finally went bust in 11th place for $700,000.

The 9 players will be paid a minimum of $900,000.

Also in progress

987 entered Event #85: $1,500 SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold’em. A very entertaining final table has been set with Adam Friedman (5 bracelets), Yuri Dzivielevski (3 bracelets) and Faraz Jaka . The first prize is set at $237,367.

Adam Friedman

Event #86: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em is also down to 9 players. The event registered 1,417 entries for a prizepool of $2,4M. Diego Ventura is the chip leader and is joined by 2014 Main Event champion Martin Jacobson in fifth place. Phil Hellmuth made another deep run but fell in 19th place.


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WSOP 2023 Day 44 Digest

$1,500Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em$484,605363

Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em

They were 363 at the start for one of the smallest events of the year. Starting the final day with the third stack, Thai Ha found the path for the $111,170 win. He defeated David Prociak ($68k) in the heads-up, Ryan Laplante ($21k) ending in 5th place. It’s the first live cash at the WSOP, but Thai Ha has a strong $2,5M in total live earnings, including a second place for $511k in the 2019 €25,500 Short Deck event at the WSOP Europe.

Some words from the winner: “It feels great. Short Deck is one of the games I play the most and I got second twice already so this time it definitely feels great not to get second again. I feel like Short Deck is my strongest game.”

QQ Thai

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

Day 7 ended and we’re down to only 15 players, but the winner won’t be crowned before another four days.

Juan Maceiras from Spain has the current best spot with a 108M stack and nearly 18% of the remaining chips. Following him is Adam Walton from California with 75M (12%) in chips.

Juan Maceiras Lapido

Our most famous name in Alec Torelli has survived day 7 but has one of the shortest stack (13M, 2%).

Yesterday had lots of action, especially free breathing lessons given at the featured table:

All 15 players have now secured $430,200.

Also in progress

With 7,207 entries, Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack – No-limit Hold’em is down to 9 players after day 2. John Fagg is the chip leader and will try to put his hands on the $401,250 prize.

Five remains in Event #82: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha amongst the 1,013 entries of the tournament. Matthew Parry will return as the chip leader today and will be joined by Ian Matakis, currently 3rd and leader of the Player of the Year race. They will battle for the $480,122 winner’s prize.

Two days were need to go down to 5 players in Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em. Here are the chips counts of the remainings five:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jake SchindlerUnited States13,550,00027
2Koray AldemirGermany4,000,0008
3Daniel SmiljkovicGermany3,150,0006
4Alex KulevBulgaria19,800,00040
6Gergely KulcsárHungary12,350,00025

All have already won at least $533,561 and will look for the massive $2,087,073 first place. Many top pros made the money, including: Cary Katz (13rd), Daniel Negreanu (14th), Jason Koon (15th) and Christoph Vogelsang (18th).


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WSOP 2023 Day 43 Digest

$2,500Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em$4,601,3002,068
$25,000Event #80: $25,000 High Roller H.O.R.S.E.$2,632,000112

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

It’s bracelet number one for Samuel Bernabeu who defeated James Anderson to win event #79 and $682,436. The total live earnings of Bernabeu were until then just above $10,000, but his online résumé includes a 5th place for $58,388 in the online 2020 WSOP $400 Pot Limit Omaha – PLOSSUS.

“I used to play a lot in Spain, but when I moved to Mexico, I took a lot of time of, but I felt like something was missing in my life being away for so long. It just feels amazing to actually win one after everything that has happened,” an emotional Bernabeu said with tears in his eyes.

King Samuel

Event #80: $25,000 High Roller H.O.R.S.E.

Josh Arieh makes the double this year after winning Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship a few weeks ago, and earns his sixth bracelet! It puts him in tenth place in the bracelet race, right behind Daniel Negreanu and pushing Shaun Deeb in 11th. Arieh adds $711,313 to his total live earnings of more than $12M.

Arieh makes a solid case for entering the Hall of Fame one day. This is what he told on the subject: “It’s definitely in the back of my mind. This year belongs to (Brian) Rast, he’s an absolute crusher and he did what he had to do. Maybe one year when they fix the nomination process and more than one player gets in, then maybe I’ll have my turn. I’ll just keep playing and doing what I do and whatever happens happens.”

Here are the top 9 finishes:

1Josh AriehUnited States$711,313
2Dan HeimillerUnited States$439,622
3Yingui LiChina$319,906
4Joao VieiraPortugal$236,163
5Mike MatusowUnited States$176,904
6John HenniganUnited States$134,491
7Johannes BeckerGermany$103,795
8Scott SeiverUnited States$81,337
9Hal RotholzUnited States$64,733

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

After six days of play, 49 players remains in the Main Event. Play stopped at level 30 with 100,000/200,000 blinds.

In the lead is now 23-year-old Joshua Payne (four live cashes) with 47M chips. He’s followed by Juan Maceiras Lapido (40M) who has more than $1M in live earnings.

Chip leader Joshua Payne

Most of the other notables have lost yesterday, but Alec Torelli is climbing the ranks and bagged the sixth largest stack (21M).

We also lost one of the bigger entertainers this year, Nicholas “Dirty Diaper” Rigby:

We also lost the last woman yesterday:

Payouts are getting bigger and bigger and all 49 players have locked $188,400.

In progress

Event #82: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha is down to 35 players. Dustin Goldklang leads the field, followed by Connor Drinan in second. They will play for $480,122.

Connor Drinan

Nine players will return for the Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em final table today. David Prociak ($1,9M in live earnings) has the largest stack, and he will be joined by Ryan Laplante in sixth, all looking to grab the $111,170 top prize.

Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em has ended day 1 and 137 entries were counted. The tournament is currently lead by Yang Wang who has Fedor Holz right behind him in chips. 43 players remains but more on this one tomorrow!


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WSOP 2023 Day 42 Digest

$777Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em$4,991,4487,300

Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em

Shawn Daniels is the lucky winner of event #77, taking home $777,777. He defeated the Frenchman Julien Montois in the heads-up, who won a cool $400,777 for the second place. It’s the first bracelet for the American, who has an impressive record of 14 top 10 finishes on the WSOP Circuit, including two rings, and now totals $2,6M in live earnings.

A happy moment, contrasting with recent hardships for Daniels: “I recently lost my fiancé so it’s been a tough summer,” he confessed. “I just wish she was here to celebrate it also. But it is what it is, it’s nice to get it done.”

KQ Shawn

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

It was day 5 yesterday at the Main Event, and we went from 440 to 149 players. Zachary Hall built the largest stack by far yesterday and has more than 200BB at 16,3M chips.

On the notables side, Tony Dunst now ranks 7th at 8,2M in chips. Will also come back today: John Racener (13th), Alec Torelli (77th), Nicholas Rigby (120th), John Duthie (124th) and poker coach Fausto Valdez (127th).

We saw Davidi Kitai losing in 194th, Jason Koon, Chris Brewer, Jason Somerville and finally Chance Kornuth who went to the rail by losing a massive pot early yesterday with AK against Nicholas Rigby‘s aces.

Also losing was Bill Klein who was involved in a really cool hand:

Another great hand involved Toby Lewis and Daniel Vampan:

All remaining players have secured $67,700.

Also in progress

Twenty four players remain in Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em, with $682,436 to win. Seth Davies is leading the pack and will try to put his hands on his first bracelet.

Joao Vieira

Event #80: $25,000 High Roller H.O.R.S.E. has 15 players left after two days of play. 112 entries were registered and lots of big names made the cut: Joao Vieira has the chip lead, and he will be joined today by Josh Arieh (3rd), Mike Matusow (8th), Brian Hastings (9th), Allen Kessler (12th) and Scott Seiver (14th). The top prize has been set at $711,313.

That’s it for today, thanks for reading!


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WSOP 2023 Day 41 Digest

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

It was day 4 at the Main Event yesterday and 440 made the cut to play day 5 today. Play has stopped at level 20 with 10,000/20,000 blinds.

Ryan Tosoc will return as the chip leader with his comfortable stack of 5,1M. 2010 Main Event Runner-up John Racener finished the day strongly and is 7th in chips. Second in chips yesterday, Chance Kornuth went from 1,8M to 3,2M in chips, placing him 11th.

Will also come back today: Tony Dunst (1,5M), Joe Hachem (1,4M), Davidi Kitai (1,2M), Faraz Jaka (1M), Andrew Neeme (780k), Jason Somerville (735k), Jeff Gross (665k), Chris Brewer (440k) and Chris Moneymaker (435k).

Chris Moneymaker

All returning players have secured $37,500.

Also in Progress

Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em has registered 7,300 entries, and we’re now down to 5 players after day 2. The prizepool almost reached $5M, and the top prize stands at $777,777. Anthony Scarborough leads the remaining players, and they have all locked $125k.

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #80: $25,000 High Roller H.O.R.S.E. just started, more information will come in tomorrow’s recap.


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