2023 WSOP Day 35: The Wait is Over! The $10,000 Main Event shuffles up and deals!

2023 WSOP Main Event

Day 35 of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas was the day every poker grinder was looking forward to. Why? Because it was today that the $10,000 World Series of Poker shuffled up and dealt for the first time.

The 2006 WSOP Main Event champion jamie gold got things underway, starting the ball rolling in poker’s most prestigious tournament and one that could very well break the attendance record set during’s Gold’e reign.

Israel’s Yehuda Dayan (389,900) bagged the overnight chip lead, with Doug Polk (281,900) finishing fourth in chips.

You can read a full recap of the 2023 WSOP Main Event Day 1a action right here.

Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Yehuda Dayan Israel 389,900 487
2 Shota Nakanishi Japan 360,100 450
3 Hai Chi Ho China 297,400 372
4 Doug Polk United States 281,900 352
5 Neville Endo Costa Brazil 275,000 344
6 Samuel Gagnon Canada 271,000 339
7 ToddCollins United States 250,400 313
8th Rick Mechammil United States 247,600 310
9 Christine Thu Canada 237,300 297
10 Anirban Das Italy 236,900 296

Event #70: $400 Colossus may have started with 15,879 entrants, but it took only three days of poker for a champion to be crowned. Eighty players returned for the third and final day, and Moshe Refaelowitz left them all in his wake to clinch the $501,120 top prize and a coveted gold WSOP bracelet.

Julio Belluscio is the champion of Event #73: $2,500 mixed big bet after overcoming a 377 strong field. Belluscio sat down on Day 3 11th from 24 in chips, and navigated his way through the shark-infested waters to where victory awaited. Belluscio is now $190,240 richer than a few days ago, plus they also have a shiny gold bracelet on their wrist.

Oleon Leads the Final Five in the Mini Main Event

Jeremy Oleon
Jeremy Oleon

Only four players stand between Frenchman Jeremy Oleon (98,100,000) and him becoming the champion of Event #74: $1,000 Mini Main Event. Some 428 players sat down for Day 2 but only five had chips in front of them when time was called on proceedings.

Oleon shot to the top of the chip counts late on Day 2 when he eliminated Marius Iftimia. However, his near 100 million stack contains only 33 big blinds due to the faster structure of this tournament.

Jennifer Abad (80,000,000) returns in second place, with Oliver Berens (63,300,000), Josh Reichard (55,900,000), and Bradley Gaford (18,400,000) rounding out the top five.

The cards are back in the air from 12:00 pm local time on July 4, Independence Day, and PokerNews will provide updates throughout the final day.

Event #74: $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Day Seat Draw

Seat player Country crisps Big blinds
2 Bradley Gaford United States 18,400,000 6
3 Oliver Berens United States 63,300,000 21
4 Jeremy Oleon France 98,100,000 33
6 Josh Reichard United States 55,900,000 19
9 Jennifer Abad United States 80,000,000 27

PLO8 Championship Reaches Day 3; German leads

Stephen Deutsch
Stephen Deutsch

Stephen German (2,110,000) leads the final 19 players in Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better Championshipwhere $598,613 awaits the eventual champion.

Nine bracelet winners are among the chasing pack, each hoping to add to their collection of WSOP hardware. Maxx Coleman (1,090,000) is the best-placed of those stars, but the likes of Christopher Vitch (865,000), Naoya Kihara (765,000), Ben Yu (725,000), Joao Simao (585,000), Dylan Weisman (545,000), Paul Volpe (530,000), Calen McNeil (525,000), and even short stack Patrick Leonard (170,000) are still fighting fit.

The remaining 19 players return to the action from 1:00 pm local time on July 4, with the plan to cut the field down to only five hopefuls. return to PokerNews then to discover which players make it through to the final day’s play.

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

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Stephen German United States 2,110,000 84
2 John Holley United States 2,040,000 82
3 Hasan Kamel Australia 1,745,000 70
4 Ryan Hoenig United States 1,550,000 62
5 Maxx Coleman United States 1,090,000 44
6 Martin Zamani United States 1,035,000 41
7 Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland 890,000 36
8th Christopher Vitch United States 865,000 35
9 Naoya Kihara Japan 765,000 31
10 Ben Yu United States 725,000 29

Online $5,300 High Roller Ends With Six Players

Yuval Bronsstein
Yuval Bronsstein

Online Event #13: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship is something of a hybrid tournament, with the six-handed final table taking place at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

The six finalists have been determined, and it is Israel’s Yuval “Larrdybird84” Bronshtein (2,741,876) who holds a narrow chip lead over Sam “ApesSonIMHO” Soverel (2,463,636).

Alekseys “Aponakov” Ponakovs (1,593,689), Ethan “Rampunts” Yau (1,576,441), and Lingkun “CN_23” Lu (1,153,794) are all tightly packed in the middle of the counts, with Hungarian grinder Gergely “wildace_hun” Kulcsar (625,564) bringing up the rear.

The official chip counts will be determined before play resumes at noon on Jul 5. Follow all of the action right here at PokerNews.

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

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Yuval “Larrybird84” Bronshtein Israel 2,741,876 46
2 Sam “ApesSonIMHO” Soverel United States 2,463,636 41
3 Alekseys “Aponakov” Ponakovs Latvia 1,593,689 27
4 Ethan “Rampunts” Yau United States 1,576,441 26
5 Lingkun “CN_23” Lu United States 1,153,794 19
6 Gergely “wildace_hun” Kulcsar Hungary 625,564 10

Chip counts are approximate until WSOP confirms the official numbers before Day 2

What to Expect on Day 36 of the 2023 WSOP

For the first time since the first cards were pitched at the 2023 WSOP, there are no new events entering the mix. Why? Because all of the attention is on Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship. Indeed, no new live events start until July 7.

In addition to Day 1b of the Main Event, Event #74: $1,000 Mini Main Event will crown its champion, while Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better will play down to the final five hopefuls.


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