WSOP 2023 Day 30 Digest

The current second and fifth biggest prizepool events have ended yesterday:

$1,500Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em$13,905,36010,416
$25,000Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$10,551,500449
$3,000Event #59: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$4,266,6601,598

Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em

Pavel Plesuv wins the first ever bracelet for Moldova and a millionaire prize of $1,201,564. It puts the top Moldova’s earner at $7,2M in total live earnings. The tournament made another millionaire in the name of Florian Ribouchon from France, defeated in the final heads-up.

Here is one of the highlights of the day between Andreas Kniep and Pavel Plesuv:

In the winner’s interview, Plesuv declared: “Keep studying and keep believing in your dreams. Follow your passion and the results will come. Don’t let results affect your life too much. You can extract a lot of good things, even when you have a losing streak.”

He are the final results:

1Pavel PlesuvMoldova$1,201,564
2Florian RibouchonFrance$1,003,554
3Paul GunnessUnited States$650,058
4Andreas KniepGermany$501,182
5Anton SmirnovRussia$373,524

KQ Pavel

Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha

After losing to Shaun Deeb in this event in 2021, Ka Kwan Lau went all the way to finish at the top place this year. A significant performance as it was the biggest prize pool for a Pot-Limit Omaha live poker event in the history of the WSOP.

Here are the final eight results:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Ka Kwan LauHong Kong$2,294,756
2Sergio Martinez GonzalezSpain$1,418,270
3Andjelko AndrejevicSerbia$989,464
4Roger TeskaUnited States$701,522
5Mads AmotNorway$505,588
6Quan ZhouChina$370,498
7Firas KashatUnited States$276,141
8Jeremy AusmusUnited States$209,392

“My secret is to grind a lot. I love poker and push hard.”, said Lau. “PLO is getting more and more popular. I didn’t come the last year, but people told me that it is almost double the field and that is a lot. Also in the 10k, the field was up a lot. I think the game is getting more popular.”

KxQx Ka Kwan

Event #59: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em

Austria’s Robert Schulz wins his first bracelet in the $3,000 event for $675,275 by defeating Julien Sitbon. Accumulating more than $1M in live earnings since 2010, Schulz crushed his previous best performances.

After making two podiums this year, Barak Wisbrod added a fourth place to an already impressive run, and Dario Sammartino finished 5th for his second cash this year.

A2 Robert

In progress

Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw is down to only five players. Brad Ruben is the current leader, followed by Erik Seidel (2nd) and Jason Mercier in third place. WSOP veterans Mike Watson (82 cashes) and Jon Turner (116 cashes) completes the picture. They’ll play for $151,276.

Event #61: $1,000 SUPER SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em counted 3,121 entries, building a $2,7M prizepool. 109 players, lead by Farhad Davoudzadeh will return in day 3 today.

2,076 entered Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha. Israel’s Eran Carmi is the current chip leader amongst the 28 remaining players, and he will notably be joined by Robert Mizrachi (6th), who has already six cashes and four top 25 this year.

Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ended day 2 with 17 players. A star-studded line-up will come back today, including Bryn Kenney as the chip leader, Joao Vieira (8th), Bruno Fitoussi (9th), Mike Matusow (11th), Dzmitry Urbanovich (14th) and Daniel Negreanu (15th). The top prize for this 141 entries event is $344,677.


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WSOP 2023 Day 29 Digest

Here are the two completed events from yesterday:

$500Event #56: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em$1,936,3504,303
$3,000Event #58: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em$702,210263

Event #56: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em

After ten live cashes in the course of 13 years, Steven Genovese casually grabbed the event #56 bracelet and its associated $217,921! His previous best performance was a $21,018 win in a $185 daily tournament at the Rio in 2015.

“It feels amazing! I was pinching myself the whole time!”, the now retired fireman said. “You can do it, too. If I can do it, you can do it.”

92 Steven

Event #58: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em

Jason Daly made his starting chip lead work for him yesterday as he didn’t let the other 16 players upset his run to victory. A first bracelet for American who adds $165,250 to his live earnings, now reaching $918k.

The most famous names fell early yesterday: Joe McKeehen couldn’t built a stack and was the first eliminated (17th), shortly followed by Dan Shak (14th).

“This is my third World Series final table. I had a huge chip lead like this last year and blew it, so I was focused, and I was doing everything I could not to screw this one up”, said the happy winner.

35s Jason

In progress

Seven players remain in Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em, and Moldova’s top earner ($6M) Pavel Plesuv has the top spot to take the $1,2M prize. All the player will look forward winning their first bracelet.

Hong Kong-based poker pro Ka Kwan Lau leads Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha for a chance to win the third biggest prize this year. Many spotlight pros fell in the later stages of day, including Jeremy Ausmus (8th, $209k), Chance Kornuth (9th, $161k) and Isaac Haxton (11th, $126k).

Jeremy Ausmus

At 18 left, Barak Wisbrod from Israel leads Event #59: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em. 2019 Main Event Runner-up Dario Sammartino will return with the 13th stack, hoping to finally grab a bracelet. They’ll play for $675,275.

Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw ended day 2 with 24 players. Ryan Moriarty has the biggest stack, and will be joined by the 5 bracelets holder Adam Friedman (7th), Erik Seidel (9th), Maria Ho (12th), and Jason Mercier (18th).

A few more results:

🇺🇸 Ari Engel61st$3,754Event #56: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Barry Greenstein302nd$1,165Event #56: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Joe McKeehen17th$8,061Event #58: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Maria Ho32nd$5,290Event #58: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em


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WSOP 2023 Day 28 Digest

Three tournaments have ended yesterday:

$1,000Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship$7,280,2008,180
$10,000Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship$1,720,500185
$1,500Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$755,610566

Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Just a bit more than two hours were needed to close the final table and crown Lonnie Hallett as the winner of the large 8,140 entries field. After one cash in 2012 and another one in 2015, the Canadian puts his hands on his first bracelet for his third cash and $771,234 in the process.

Billy Baxter fought hard over a chip deficit compared to the two starting chip leaders and reached the final heads-up! He was as close as possible from an eight bracelet that would have put in in 7th place in the bracelet race.

“You can make money, but you can’t buy a bracelet”, humbly said Hallett after the win.

A8 Lonnie

Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Mike Gorodinsky mostly cruised through the final table to bring home a new bracelet and $422,747. It’s the third bracelet for the player after winning the 2015’s $50k Poker Players Championship and a $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo in 2013. Gorodinsky denied Alex Livingston a second bracelet in the heads-up, Brian Yoon finished 4th, Scott Seiver 5th and Carol Fuchs 6th.

The win arrived on point for Gorodinsky: “I had kind of a rocky start to my summer, and my plan actually was if I didn’t cash or go far in this tournament, I was going to fly home for a week and a half to recharge and spend some time with my wife. So, this run was kind of like an unexpected, really cool way to wrap up an otherwise long, tough month.”

Mike Gorodinsky

Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Polish Marcin Horecki is the winner of the event of the 566 entries event for $155,275 and his first bracelet, putting his live earnings at more than $1,5M. Mike Matusow was defeated in the heads-up and was very close from winning his fifth bracelet but he will still put $95k in his pockets.

Marcin KJJ862 Horecki

In progress

Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em is down to 41 players after starting with 10,416. German Andreas Kniep leads the tournament, and he will be notably joined by David “ODB” Baker (25th) and Erick Lindgren (28th).

Starting with 4,303 entries, Event #56: $500 SALUTE to Warriors – No-Limit Hold’em is already down to 15 players after two days. Ryan Stephens will return as the chip leader today and will try to put his hands on the $217,921 top prize.

Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha continues to break records as 449 registered, building a massive $10,5M prizepool and making up for a $2,2M top prize! Chance Kornuth has a comfortable chip advantage over the 30 other players, including: Isaac Haxton (3rd), Jeremy Ausmus (10th), Dan Zack (12th) and Ben Lamb (14th). Chad Eveslage (21st) still has a chance to win a third bracelet this year and Yuri Dzivielevski (24th) can win a second one!

Event #58: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em is down to 17 players, lead by Jason Daly. Dan Shak (13th) and Joe McKeehen (16th) will also return into day 3 to try to grab the $165,250 first prize, one of the smaller prize this year.

Here are the notables results of these events:

🇺🇸 Mike Matusow177th$5,138Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship
🇺🇸 Allen Kessler203rd$5,138Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship
🇺🇸 Sammy Farha274th$4,486Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship
🇺🇸 Scott Seiver5th$101,319Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
🇺🇸 Phil Hellmuth11th$29,478Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
🇺🇸 John Racener17th$20,442Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
🇺🇸 Brian Rast7th$18,709Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
🇺🇸 Shaun Deeb19th$5,630Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
🇮🇹 Max Pescatori31st$4,681Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better


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WSOP 2023 Day 26&27 Digest

$10,000Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship$6,798,300731
$1,000Event #51: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em$1,140,9801,282
$2,500Event #52: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball $785,425353

Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Lou Garza defeats Arthur Morris in the heads-up to conquer his first bracelet and an impressive $1,309,232 main prize! Garza made himself known last year when he ended tenth in Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed. The victory put his total live earnings at an impressive $3,5M.

Lou Garza

The winner used this very occasion to propose to his girlfriend Carla just minutes after his victory:

Event #51: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em

Michael Savakinas and Satoshi Tanaka are the winner of the tag team event, each winning their first WSOP bracelet and a first-place prize of $190,662. 1,282 teams entered the tournament, setting a new record for the event.

Tanaka was vocal about their great connection after winning: “I think we get along outside of poker too, so naturally, if things go wrong in poker, we help each other out, but not just poker-wise, with everything.”

Event #52: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball

The event attracted 353 entries, and in the end Nick Pupillo beat Ryan Moriarty to win his first bracelet for $181,978, bringing his live earnings at $4,8M.

“It’s pretty surreal; it feels good”, Pupillo said with tears in his eyes. “I love the mixed games; it really felt like my tournament. I late regged and ran really well.”

In progress

There are now seven remaining in Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Dan Heimiller and Lonnie Hallett have dominant stacks and more than two thirds of the chips. Eigthy-two years old Hall of Famer Billy Baxter (7 bracelets) will come back as the third player, followed by Shannon Fahey who is making one of the deepest ladies run this year. They’re all playing for a chance to win $765,731.

After the end of day 2 in Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em, Joey Weissman had built the biggest stack within the 327 remaining players. There will be two millionaires after the end of the event with a biggest prize set at $1,2M.

In Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, the final table is set, lead by Mike Gorodinsky. Brian Yoon (4th) will try to make the double, and he will be accompagnied by Scott Seiver (6th) and Carol Fuchs (7th). The winner will take home $422,747.

Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better has 19 players remaining with Kao Saechao in the chip lead. Both Brian Rast (6th) and Shaun Deeb (18th) have a chance to take down a second bracelet this year. 566 entries were registered, making up for a $155,275 top prize.

The first day of Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha made up for an impressive 357 entries, which is more than the $25,000 High Roller No-Limit this year with its 301 entries! Firas Kashat leads at 168 players left. Here are a few of the well-known names still in the tournament: John Hennigan (4th), Chance Kornuth (9th), Sam Soverel (12th) and Isaac Haxton (17th).

Here are some notable results in the completed events:

🇺🇸 Anthony Zinno47th$28,905Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
🇺🇸 Alex Foxen69th$20,110Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
🇺🇸 Nick Schulman73rd$17,596Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
🇺🇸 Erik Seidel77th$17,596Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
🇺🇸 Joseph Cheong13th$4,859Event #51: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Ryan Riess71st$1,454Event #51: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em
🇺🇸 Marle Cordeiro72nd$1,295Event #51: $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em

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WSOP 2023 Day 25 Digest

We’re a bit shy of bracelets, but lots of tournaments are running, and we’ve compiled some stats to enjoy the recap!

Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship

The Seniors event total entries count is not available yet but the main prize in bigger than last year, making up for a really big event with its first prize at $765,731. After two day 1 and a single day 2, 217 players remains. Leonard Clementi ended with a comfortable chip lead at 4,2M. Notables names will come back today: Victor Ramdin (1M) Mike Matusow (250k), Allen Kessler (105k), and JJ Liu (145k).

Leonard Clementi

Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

The event stopped at 5 left minutes ago with the following chip counts:

Stanislav Halatenko19,750,000
Travis Pearson8,550,000
Peng Shan6,800,000
Arthur Morris4,875,000
Ap Garza3,775,000

All the players will try to put their hands on their first bracelet win. At this point they’ve secured $296k and will play for the top prize of $1,3M.

Sam Soverel eliminated in 6th place for $218,297

Event #52: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 

Nicholas Pupillo leads the last nineteen players in the event who saw 353 entries. Familiar faces will come back to play for the $181,978 main prize: Joao Vieira (3rd), Robert Mizrachi (12th), John Monnette (14th) and Cary Katz (19th).

Maria Ho lost in 25th place

A large attendance has took place in Event #53: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em ended day 1A with 4,585 entries. Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship is packed with famous names and 91 remains. We will see who make a deep run tomorrow!

We’re now roughly at half way in the series, so here is a couple of stats to end this recap. Let’s start with the most cashes leaderboard:

NameCashesTotal Earnings
🇺🇸 Ivan Starostin10$49,571
🇦🇹 Koray Aldemir9$268,199
🇺🇸 David “Bakes” Baker8$127,227
🇮🇱 Yuval Bronshtein8$121,369
🇺🇸 Ari Engel8$110,016
🇺🇸 Ian Matakis8$100,720

And here is the current earnings leaderboard:

NameTotal EarningsCashes
🇺🇸 Christopher Brewer$5,662,6386
🇷🇺 Artur Martirosian$3,285,2382
🇳🇱 Jans Arends$3,281,6013
🇺🇸 Chance Kornuth$2,790,1905
🇨🇿 Martin Kabrhel$2,279,0381
🇺🇸 Cary Katz$1,745,0183
🇺🇸 Isaac Haxton$1,698,2151
🇭🇺 Alex Kulev$1,638,0082
🇩🇪 Leon Sturm$1,550,8242
🇺🇸 Brian Rast$1,539,1553

See you tomorrow for more and good luck if you’re playing!


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