2023 WSOP Day 43: Three-Hour Bubble Sees $25K HORSE Get Stuck in the Mud

2023 WSOP

Day 43 of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Horseshoe and Pairs Las Vegas saw five bracelet awarding events take place. One of those tournaments crowned its champion, another was the Main Event, and another saw the money bubble drag on for three long hours of hand-for-hand action.

Shawn Daniels became a WSOP bracelet winner after coming out on top in Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s. Only five players returned for the final day’s action, and the champion decided after less than four hours. Daniels is that champion and recipient of a cool $777,777 top prize in addition to some much sought-after WSOP hardware.

Vieira Leads With 15 Players Jockeying for Position in the $25K HORSE

Joao Viera
Joao Viera

Joao Viera (2,595,000) heads into Day 3 of Event #80: $25,000 HORSE with the chip lead in two after a long, arduous day of mixed games. Fifty-six players sat down on Day 2, with 14 late entrants joining them, but only 15 had chips in front of them when it came to bagging and tagging.

Hand-for-hand play began with 19 players remaining, as only 17 would receive some prize money for their efforts. It took three hours of stop-start poker, spanning three levels, for the money bubble to burst; Viera eliminated Scott Bohlman during a round of Razz to send the survivors into the money.

Including Vieira, eight of the overnight top ten have at least one bracelet to their name. They include Josh Arieh (2,040,000), John Hennigan (1,588,000), Mike Matusow (705,000), and Brian Hastings (600,000).

Play resumes at 2:00 pm local time on July 12, an hour later than previously advertised, and PokerNews will continue its coverage. This event is scheduled to have a fourth day’s play on July 13.

Event #80: $25,000 HORSE Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count
1 Joao Viera Portugal 2,595,000
1 Yingui Li China 2,595,000
3 Josh Arieh United States 2,040,000
4 John Hennigan United States 1,588,000
5 Hal Redwood United States 1,525,000
6 Matt graphenthia United States 1,390,000
7 Dan Heimiller United States 1,360,000
8th Mike Matusow United States 705,000
9 Brian Hastings United States 600,000
10 John Becker Germany 570,000

Main Event Reaches Day 6; Only 149 Players Remain

Zachary Hall
Zachary Hall

Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship continued on Day 43, and saw the 441 starters reduced to 149 after another five 120-minute levels. Emerging from the battlefield unscathed was none other than Zachary Hall (16,310,000), who takes a 50 big blind lead into Day 6.

Dozens of talented poker players join Hall on the sixth day of the tournament, knowing they are less than a week away from potentially banking a record-breaking $12.1 million score.

British per Andrew Hulme (11,065,000) returns with a top five stack, while Tony Dunst (8,285,000) and bracelet winners Jonathan Therme (7,900,000) find themselves in the overnight top ten.

Lower down the counts are such luminaries as the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (7,670,000), start-of-the-day chip leader Ryan Tosoc (7,625,000), Maurice Hawkins (6,145,000), Amit Makhija (6,045,000), Jan Peter Yachtman (5,465,000), Nikita Luther (4,380,000), and Nicholas “Dirty Diaper” Rigby (1,650,000).

The cards are back in the air from 12:00 pm local time on July 12, so return to PokerNews then for all the Main Event action you can handle.

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

rank Surname Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Zachary Hall United States 16,310,000 204
2 Bryan Obregon United States 12,295,000 154
3 Liran Betito Israel 11,140,000 139
4 Andrew Hulme United Kingdom 11,065,000 138
5 Joshua Payne United States 9,850,000 123
6 Anirban Das India 9,230,000 115
7 Tony Dunst United States 8,285,000 104
8th Glenn Fishbein United States 8,265,000 103
9 Jonathan Therme France 7,900,000 99
10 Jack O’Neill United Kingdom 7,735,000 97

Davies Tops $2,500 NLHE Day 2 Chip Counts; 24 Players Still in the Hunt

Seth Davies
Seth Davies

Seth Davies‘wait to win a gold WSOP bracelet could soon be ending as he finds himself in the envious position of being the chip leader of Event #79: $2,500 No Limit Hold’emwhere only 24 players remain.

Davies returns to the action on the third and final day with 9,425,000 chips, with second-placed Justin Kindred (6,000,000) some distance behind; 34 big blinds behind, actually.

Four of the returning players are looking to add to their bracelet hauls. James Anderson (4,360,000) and Rui Ferreira (4,300,000) sit back down in the top five, while India’s Kartik Ved (2,220,000) and short stack Galen Hall (705,000) have more work to do when play resumes.

Each of the returning players has locked in at least $24,635 for their efforts, with the top seven finishers grabbing a six-figure prize. The champion takes home $682,436 and a gold bracelet. return to PokerNews from 11:00 am on July 12 to discover who that champion is.

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country crisps Big blinds
1 Seth Davies United States 9,425,000 94
2 Justin Kindred United States 6,000,000 60
3 Ramona Fernández Spain 5,020,000 50
4 James Anderson United States 4,360,000 44
5 Rui Ferreira Portugal 4,300,000 43
6 Samuel Bernabéu Spain 4,250,000 43
7 Steven Stolzenfeld United States 3,265,000 33
8th Bruce Vandervort United States 3,265,000 33
9 Diego Ventura Peru 3,150,000 32
10 Matias Gabrenja Argentina 3,130,000 31

Huge Field of 3,091 Turns Out on Day 1a of the $600 NLHE Ultra Stack

Matthew Land
Chase country

Day 1a of Event #81: $600 ultra stack saw the 3,091 entrants reduced to a much more manageable field of 243 over the course of 22 levels. Matthew Land (2,160,000) fared the best of those surviving players, bagging up an early chip lead.

Jiwei Mao (2,150,000) and Christina Golins (2,000,000) were the only other players to cram at least two million chips into their overnight bags.

The day 1a top ten is where you also find Shane Schleger (1,800,000), and Belarusian Alex Bolotin (1,785,000). Both of those players are vastly experienced and likely to progress much deeper in this tournament.

TeamPokerStars’ Benjamin Spragg (1,020,000) progressed, as did Ian Steinman (965,000), Sebastian Aube (750,000), Dalibor Dula (730,000), and Anatolii Zyrin (615,000).

Day 1b shuffles up and deals at 10:00 am local time on July 12, with anyone who played on the opening flight eligible to enter if they did not make it through to bagging and tagging. As always, PokerNews is the place for updates from this event.

Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Matthew Land United States 2,160,000 54
2 Jiwei Mao United States 2,150,000 54
3 Christina Golins United States 2,000,000 50
4 Davide Muccini Italy 1,930,000 48
5 Naohito Tamaya Japan 1,920,000 48
6 Jean Robert Autran France 1,920,000 48
7 Shane Schleger United States 1,800,000 45
8th Alex Bolotin Belarus 1,785,000 45
9 Mathieu Rabalison France 1,770,000 44
10 Bosu Avunoori United States 1,700,000 43

Matakis Bags Big on Day 1 of the $3K PLO 6-Max

Ian Matakis
Ian Matakis

Having won a bracelet earlier in the summer and leading the coveted Player of the Year race, Ian Matakis finds himself second in chips in Event #82: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha (6-Handed) after the first of three days’ play.

Matakis finished Day 1 with 490,500, and was pipped to the chip leader post by Tyler Gaston (552,500).

Bracelet winners Lukas Zaskodny (481,500) and Dylan Weisman (455,500) will be delighted with their performances, as they resulted in bagging up top five stacks.

Other high fliers include Brazil’s Kelvin Kerber (401,500), Brandon Shack Harris (286,000), and Shaun Deeb (282,000). They are joined Joe Serock (278,000), Norbert Szecsi (196,500), Mike Gorodinsky (179,000), Sammy Farha (177,500), Rob Cowen (177,500), and Kevin Gerhart (150,500) among others.

Only 238 of the 1,013 entrants punched their Day 2 tickets, and they return at 1:00 pm local time on July 12. PokerNews will see you then.

Event #82: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed) Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Tyler Gaston United States 552,500 184
2 Ian Matakis United States 490,500 164
3 Mitchell Watson Australia 485,000 162
4 Lukas Zaskodny Czech Republic 481,500 161
5 Dylan Weisman United States 455,500 152
6 Matteo Dipersio Italy 442,000 147
7 Austin Apicella United States 420,000 140
8th Anton Yudin Russia 419,500 140
9 Michael Whitton United States 413,500 138
10 Kelvin Kerber Brazil 401,500 134

What to Expect on Day 44 of the 2023 WSOP

The 2023 WSOP gathers pace again on Day 44 of the series thanks, in part to the Main Event being down to only 149 hopefuls, thus freeing up some space in the tournament areas.

Of course, Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship continues on July 12, with the “Big Dance” heading into Day 6. Joining the Main Event in nudging towards crowing a champion is Event #80: $25,000 HORSE, Day 1b of Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack, and Event #82: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha.

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em will award its bracelet, while two new tournaments shuffle up and deal for the first time.

PokerNews is bringing you updates from Event #83: $1,500 short deck other Event #84: $50,000 High Roller. After July 12, only ten new events plus a trio of online tournaments remain on the 2023 WSOP schedule!


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