WSOP 2023 Day 40 Digest

The bracelet distribution resumes:

$1,500Event #78: $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha$1,620,6901,214

Event #78: $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha

Thomas Skaggs is our winner for event #78! Until now, Skaggs live résumé held in just 3 cashes, but with a WSOP circuit ring nonetheless! Skaggs adds one more row to his now dense performance list with a gold bracelet and the $171,742 top prize.

More than 180 players were paid, including Noah Schwartz (8th), Jeff Madsen (12th) and Daniel Negreanu (31st).

Thomas Skaggs

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

Two days ago we were at 9,350 entries and counting, and yesterday the payouts have been announced: a whopping 10,043 total entries have been registered, building a $93M prizepool!

Here are the final table payouts:


Day 3 ended with 1,517 players remaining. 1,507 places will be paid at least $15,000, so we’re now close from the bubble bursting.

Antonio Mallol Heredia is the chip leader for the end of day 3 with 1,899,000 chips and is closely followed by Chance Kornuth (1,8M+), who’s having a great run this year (9 cashes, five top 9, three $750k+ performances).

In the top 100 are coming back today: Chris Brewer (11th), Faraz Jaka (29th), Stephen Chidwick (41st), Yuri Dzivielevski (46th), Jason Somerville (52th), Julien Martini (75th) and Chris Moneymaker (90th).

Jason Somerville

Many more well known name have bagged for day 4 but we will wait to see if they can advance!


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WSOP 2023 Day 39 Digest

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

Late registration were still open and 196 more players joined the field today, bringing the total count at more than 9,500 entries.

It makes the event the fifth largest this year in terms of entries, and more than 5 times bigger in terms of prizepool than Event #40: $250,000 Super High Roller ($17M), reaching more than $90M.

3,900 players returned in day 2ABC and 1,900 players have advanced to day 3. Day 1C chip leader Christopher Brammer had a second great day and bagged the largest stack with 879,000 chips.

Day 2 ABC chip leader Christopher Brammer

Most of the previous Main Event champions will also play at least one more day: Johnny Chan (372,000), Jamie Gold (248,000), Joe Cada (241,500), Joe McKeehen (220,000), Scott Blumstein (192,500), Ryan Riess (151,000), Damian Salas (147,500), Martin Jacobson (128,000) and Tom McEvoy (20,000).

Will return too: Patrik Antonius (584,500), Stephen Chidwick (472,500), Billy Baxter (434,000), Doug Polk (433,000), Mike Matusow (263,500), Brian Hastings (262,000), Josh Arieh (254,000) and many more…

Yesterday also saw the start of Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em and Event #78: $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha. More about these tomorrow!


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WSOP 2023 Day 38 Digest

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

All day ones have been completed, letting us know how many entered the main event this year. So has the 2006 record of 8,773 entries been beaten?

The exact number is still undefined but official sources says we’re at 9,350 and counting, beating the previous number by nearly 600 entries!

Chip leader Nick Rigby

Day 1D finished with Nicholas Rigby having the most chips with 408,000. He’ll start day 2 as the overall chip leader and the only one with more than 400,000. Brittney Stout finishes the day as second in chips with 375,500.

Amongst the previous main event winners, day 2 will return with Joe Hachem (125,300), Qui Nguyen (121,800), Chris Moneymaker (143,100), and Scotty Nguyen (8,400).

Other well known names returning from day 1D with a doubled stack include Chance Kornuth (241,500), Men Nguyen (221,000), Ari Engel (203,000), Bill Klein (133,300), Davidi Kitai (129,800) and Jake Schwartz (128,800).

Phil Hellmuth made his usual grand entrance accompanied by Dan Cates in a cage:

He managed to bag 108,500 chips and will get to day 2, whereas his caged lion did not and will return prematurely to the jungle.

That’s it for today’s recap, but the Main Event comes back with day 2 for flights A, B and C! Schedule resumes with the start of the Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em, with a $777,777 guaranteed 1st place.


WSOP 2023 Day 37 Digest

Action slows down to make place for the main event:

$5,300Online Event #13: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship$2,040,000408

Online Event #13: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship

The tournament played online until six players remained, then moving to a live setting to play the final table and crown the champion.

After five cashes this year in $10k to $50k tournaments, Sam Soverel took down his second WSOP bracelet ever for $393,516. Soverel’s first bracelet was won back in 2016 in Event #19: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. He now has more than $21M in total live earnings and sits in the top 40 of the all time money list.

“I much prefer live. I hadn’t played online since late-2020,” Soverel said in the winner’s interview. “Honestly, I don’t really trust the online environment. Live’s fun. It’s more social. It’s way better to me.”

Sam Soverel

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

Day 1C has hosted 3,080 players yesterday. With all players starting stack with 60,000 chips, Christopher Brammer grew his stack more than six times to end up the chip leader of day 1C at 386,100.

Four more former champions will come back for day 2: Joe McKeehen (111,500), Scott Blumstein (71,900), Espen Jorstad (62,000) and Ryan Riess (68,100).

Negreanu will come back with a stack of 25,900

The event has around 5,200 entries so far. With the great attendance this year, the question is: Will the famous 2006 record of 8,773 entries will be beaten?

Some stats please?

Let’s end this recap with a few stats!

Here are the most cashes this year:

NameCashesTotal Earnings
🇺🇸 Ivan Starostin13$73,372
🇺🇸 David “Bakes” Baker12$199,948
🇺🇸 Ian Matakis11$482,728
🇺🇸 Daniel Buzgon11$70,992
🇦🇹 Ismael Bojang11$37,886
🇺🇸 Phil Hellmuth10$1,014,569
11 more players have 10 cashes

Here are the best average cash for 7+ cashes:

NameAverage cash valueCount
🇺🇸 Christopher Brewer$671,8219
🇺🇸 Jesse Lonis$305,6118
🇺🇸 Aram Oganyan$120,0988
🇺🇸 Phil Hellmuth$101,45710
🇨🇦 Alex Livingston$86,6799

And here is the top 5 number of bracelets per country:

🇺🇸 US49
🇨🇳 CN5
🇨🇦 CA4
🇧🇷 BR3
🇬🇧 GB2

This year, the WSOP will launch the last tournament on July 18th with Event #95: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, so we’re nowhere at the end as there are still 20 live events to launch! See you tomorrow!


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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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