WSOP 2023 Day 35 Digest

$400Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em$6,000,00015,894

Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em

This year’s Colossus event made the second largest field with 15,894, behind the 18,188 of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions. It built a cool $501,120 first prize which went to Moshe Refaelowitz. The former Israeli’s national football player scored big and crushed his previous best cash of $53k when he finished 186th in last year’s Main Event.

Moshe Refaelowitz

Here are some of the notable finishes in the event:

🇺🇸 Allen Cunningham72nd$7,070Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em
🇨🇦 Kevin Martin163rd$3,610Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Joe Cada272nd$2,869Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em
🇬🇧 Benjamin Spragg333rd$2,680Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Allen Kessler379th$2,378Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em

In progress

Three remains in Event #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event. Julio Belluscio leads with about 60% of the total chips. Federico Quevedo has the second stack and Benny Glaser is third, still having a chance to win a second bracelet this year. The players have locked in $78k and play for $190,240.

After two days, only five remains out the 5,257 entries in Event #74: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em. The French Jérémy Oleon ended the day with the lead and will fight four Americans, including Jennifer Abad (2nd), for the $549,555 top prize.

Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship registered 247 entries and has 19 players still battling. Stephen Deutsch has the biggest stack, and will be joined by Martin Zamani (6th), Dzmitry Urbanovich (7th), Ben Yu (10th), Paul Volpe (13th) and Patrick Leonard with the shortest stack. The top prize for this championship is $598,613.

A quick update to end this recap with the end of day 1A of Event #76: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em World Championship. Israel’s Yehuda Dayan leads with a big stack of 389,900. Doug Polk has also bagged a comfortable stack of 282,000. Four Main Event champions will return in day 2: Jamie Gold (2006), Joe Cada (2009), Martin Jacobson (2014), and Damian Salas (2020).


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WSOP 2023 Day 34 Digest

What a day at the World Series!

$1,000Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship$1,152,5501,295
$10,000Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship$1,432,200154
$50,000Event #71: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha$9,550,000200
$10,000Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em$5,970,600642

Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Tamar Abraham makes her biggest score ever by winning the largest ladies event of history and the $192,167. Day 4 starting chipleader Shiina Okamoto from Japan ended up defeated in the heads-up and will bring home $118,768.

It’s the fourth WSOP cash for Tamar, who had cashed twice in the ladies event since 2018. Emotions flowed and Tamar couldn’t say much after the win: “It’s surreal. I don’t even know what to say, I don’t have any words right now.”

Tamar Abraham

Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Luck wasn’t on David “ODB” Baker yesterday. Starting with half the chips at 3 left, he was the first to fall, leaving Alex Livingston and Chris Brewer battle for the $367,599 title. In the end, Chris Brewer made history happen as he won the title and a second bracelet this year!

“The other one was a $250,000 tournament with $5 million on top,” Brewer said about between the two tournaments. “I wanted to win the bracelet and it still means a lot, but the stakes were very different and it definitely was a lot less intense.”

Chris Brewer

Event #71: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha

One of the highest buy-in of the year ended up distributing the third biggest prize of $2,303,017. With two rings and close to $900k in WSOP earnings, Jesse Lonis scored big by defeating Tyler Smith and win his first bracelet.

Bracelet holders Ian Matakis (9th) and Isaac Haxton (7th) improved a bit on the ladder but couldn’t do more.

“I put a lot of hours in. Besides family, poker is pretty much what I do. I don’t do studying. I’ve actually never studied in my life,” Lonis said. “I just play. Volume over and over. The more and more hands you see obviously you’re going to get better. I watched some of the best players in the world play over and over. After you see it enough times you’re going to eventually get better and better. And I think this proves the point that hard work pays off.”

Jesse Lonis

Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

He has done it again! Phil Hellmuth wins another bracelet to get further ahead in the World Series of Poker bracelet race with 17 trophies! It’s the fourteenth bracelet in No-Limit Hold’em for the player, his others being in No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw (2021) and Razz (2015, 2012).

17 Phil

After falling at some point with a stack of two big blinds, Hellmuth got the good run to finish the tournament on top, taking home $803,818 and the additional $3,000 bounties.

“I tried not complain. Oh, I’ve been unlucky in key spots. F*** all that bulls*** you know, because things happen for a reason. You know maybe part of the reason I busted the Pot Limit Omaha was to come and win this. You know, maybe part of the reason I busted the deuce to seven was so I could get rest”.

Here are the final table results:

1Phil HellmuthUnited States$803,818
2Justin ZakiUnited States$496,801
3Tom KunzeGermany$349,737
4Kelvin KerberBrazil$249,876
5Chris SavageUnited States$181,230
6Phil IveyUnited States$133,461
7Brandon StevenUnited States$99,817
8Marc FogginUnited Kingdom$75,837

In progress

Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em is down to 80 players after making the second largest field this year with 15,894. Jesse Kertland is the current chip leader and will look to win the $501,120 prize.

Event #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event registered 377 entries and 29 remains. Jon Turner leads the pack, and he will return with Anthony Zinno (3rd), Hye Park (4th), Benny Glaser (6th) and Steve Zolotow (8th). They’ll play for the $190,240 first prize.

Today is a big day at the World Series as players will take the start of Event #76: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em World Championship with flight A! Four flights are scheduled this year. See you tomorrow for more stories!


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WSOP 2023 Day 33 Digest

Two more champions got a gold bracelet:

$600Event #64: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em$2,194,5304,303
$5,000Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$5,515,4001,199

Event #64: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em

At the start of the day, the three players all had a fair chance to win chip-wise. Canadian David Guay had the most solid resumé with $1.2M in total live earnings, and made the experience talk to take down the $271,032 first prize.

“I’m definitely going to be more emotional later,” Guay said about his feelings. “I’m going to call my mom soon to let her know,”.

96 David

Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

China’s Weiran Pu is our winner in thig big $5,5M prizepool event for $938,244. He put his hands on his first bracelet and China’s fifth this year after defeating Hungarian Norbert Szecsi.

Some words from Pu after the win: “I’m so thankful. I didn’t start traveling to play poker until this year. I went to the PCA and other events like EPT’s and the results were not what I expected. This is a big moment. It’s a big surprise because the first half of this year wasn’t so smooth. Right now I’m a social media influencer for poker in China. I’ve made hundreds of vlogs, but this one may be my biggest”.

More results from this event:

🇺🇸 Scott Seiver39th$22,344Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Matt Berkey52nd$16,261Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Phil Ivey75th$11,524Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
🇦🇺 James Obst83rd$11,524Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
🇩🇪 Steffen Sontheimer120th$8,787Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
🇩🇪 Rainer Kempe133rd$8,787Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
AKs Weiran

In progress

Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship is lead by Shiina Okamoto at 7 left. The ladies have all secured $26k and will play for the $192,167 top prize.

Chip leader Shiina Okamoto

A high level three way will take place in Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship: David “ODB” Baker (3 bracelets) leads with half the chips, followed by Chris Brewer (winner of the $250,000 High Roller) and Alex Livingston (1 bracelet won last year). The three player will return today to win $367,599.

After two days, Event #71: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha, only 11 players remain in the tournament. There were 200 entries building a large prizepool of $9,5M, making the players eyeing a more than decent $2,303,017 top prize. Tyler Smith is the chip leader, and he will be joined by two other bracelet holders: Isaac Haxton (10th) and Ian Matakis (11th).

Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em had 642 entries and after a single day just 14 remains! The end of the tournament will be very entertaining as Phil Ivey (7th) returns, and he’s joined by Phil Hellmuth (9th). There is a big $803,818 to grab for the winner.


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WSOP 2023 Day 32 Digest

Five bracelets were awarded yesterday! Let’s jump in:

$1,000Event #61: $1,000 SUPER SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em$2,777,6903,121
$1,500Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha$2,771,4602,076
$10,000Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$1,311,300141
$1,500Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$1,501,8751,125
$1,000Event #68: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em$2,513,3602,824

Event #61: $1,000 SUPER SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em

Austria’s Klaus Ilk is our winner for the event reserved to the 60 years old and more. The event had about 20% more entries than last year, building hefty prize of $330,609 for the winner. What a performance for the player who had until then $30k in total live earnings! Moreover, Ilk started the day with the lowest stack and succeeded in outlasting the 12 other competitors.

Nines Klaus

Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha

After four days of play, David Simon defeated David Prociak in heads-up to put his hands on his first bracelet and $410,659. Probably a life changing experience for this player who had until then $98k in live earnings.

“I’ve played with a lot of people who have always been super positive with me and just been like, ‘It’s gonna happen for you at some point,'” said Simon. “I don’t know if I myself really believed that, but during this event in particular I just felt incredibly calm and locked in.”.

QJ64 David

Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

After a long heads-up battle of more than five hours, Ryan Miller was able to overcome the second player of the all time money list Bryn Kenney to win his first bracelet. Here are the final results of the event:

1Ryan MillerUnited States$344,677
2Bryn KenneyUnited States$213,027
3Maximilian SchindlerUnited States$149,981
4Andres KornArgentina$107,824
5Chino RheemUnited States$79,189
6Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$59,441
7Yong WangChina$45,624
8Joao VieiraPortugal$35,826

“I’ve waited a long time and I wasn’t sure if it would ever come,” said Miller, whose first WSOP cash stems from 2007, after all was said and done, “but I’m super excited to get one. I feel like I put a lot of time in poker and was deserving of one, and now it finally came and it’s great to get it in a Championship event.”

Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Event #66 had 1,125 entries and ended yesterday with William Kopp earning his first bracelet and $259,549, putting his live earnings at $1,3M. The player is now part of a family of bracelet winners as his sister Katie Kopp won last years’s Casino Employees Event.

“When we were growing up we were always about poker. We’re pretty close…me, my sister, and my mom. We all talk poker and help make each other better,” Kopp said.

Event #68: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

With a total of 2,854 entries, the event build up a prizepool of $2,5M and a $228,632 top prize. Brazil’s Gabriel Schroeder knocked out 15 players ($300 each) to become the final survivor of the event.

A5s Gabriel

In progress

Only three player remains in Event #64: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em. A close three-way will attend John Taylor (48M), David Guay (46M) and Steven Stolzenfeld (35M). They have all secured $124,821 and will play for their first bracelet and $270,972.

The Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (1,199 entries) is down to six players lead by Hungarian Norbert Szecsi. Angelina Rich, second in chips, has a good chance to become the first female winner this year. Top prize is set at $938,244.

Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship is down to 47 ladies. Mary Dvorkin has the top stack after two days. Unfortunately many notables did not make it today, including Veronica Brill, Vanessa Kade, Melissa Schubert, Kristen Foxen and Vivian Saliba.

That’s it for today, Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em and Event #71: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha have just started, so more about these event tomorrow!


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WSOP 2023 Day 31 Digest

There has been a single bracelet awarded yesterday but we have many tournaments in reached the later stages:

$1,500Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$731,580548

Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

We haven’t seen him much at the WSOP since 2018, but it looks like the skills are still there for Jason Mercier, who won $151,276 and his sixth bracelet! He’s now 15th in the bracelet race, right behind John Hennigan and ahead of TJ Cloutier. Mercier is also ranked 39th in all time money list with more than $20M.

Mercier defeated Mike Watson, who’s unfortunately also seen this story happen already: “I’ve been three-handed with him four separate times in major events and I’ve won all four.”, said Mercier. “So he’s gotten second twice and third twice. But in particular, we played heads up for the no-limit deuce bracelet in the $10K in 2016. So it was definitely a bit of déja vu.”

T8534 Jason

In progress

Event #61: $1,000 SUPER SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em stopped with 13 players remaining. Rassoul Malboubi is in the lead to grab and his first 6 figure score with $371,603 on the line.

There are five players left out of 2,076 entries in Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha. Robert Mizrachi was the last to fall in sixth place for $76k, continuing a great run this year. David Prociak will return as the chip leader to try to win a second bracelet.

Only six remain in Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Bryn Kenney lost his chip lead to Ryan Miller but is still second. Many well known players fell in day 3: Joao Vieira (8th), Mike Matusow (9th), Bruno Fitoussi (10th), Dzmitry Urbanovich (14th) and Daniel Negreanu (17th). The winner of the event will take home $344,677.

Joao Vieira (8th)

After two days of play, 44 players will return in Event #64: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em (4,303 entries). Cade Lautenbacher has the biggest stack and will try to win the main prize of $270,972.

Two days have also been played in Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, keeping 48 players. 1,199 entries have been registered, building a large $5,5M prizepool. Vitor Dzivielevski is again on the front line, followed by another fellow Brazilian Pedro Garagnani. Some familiar names will return with: Ryan Leng, Artur Martirosian, Scott Seiver and David “Bakes” Baker.

Artur Martirosyan

William Kopp leads Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 13 left. Anthony Zinno (10th) has a chance to put his hands on bracelet number five and $259,549.

The famous Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em Championship has started with 1,295 entries. Bernice McLennan is in the lead after day 1. Will also return: Veronica Brill (12th), Vanessa Kade (42th) and Melissa Schubert (86th).

Veronica “Bunny” Brill

See you tomorrow for an exciting day!


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