2023 WSOP Day 44: Wang Claims $50,000 High Roller Chip Lead


The 44th day of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas was meant to only see one champion crowned, but it turned out two players received some WSOP hardware.

Event #80: $25,000 HORSE did have a fourth day on the schedule, but it was not required, thanks, partly, to Josh Arieh steamrolling his way to a sixth career bracelet. Arieh defeated Dan Heimiller heads up to rake in another $711,313 in winnings, his second bracelet of 2023, and his sixth overall.

Spain’s Samuel Bernabéu became a WSOP bracelet winner for the first time after outlasting 2,067 opponents in Event #79: $2,500 No Limit Hold’em. Only 24 of those that started the tournament with high hopes returned for the third and final day, and it was the Spaniard who came out on top. They banked $682,436 and the event’s bracelet.

Yang Wang Leads Stellar Field in the $50K NLHE High Roller

The 133-strong Day 1 field of Event #84: $50,000 High Roller was cut down to a more manageable 44 over the course of 12 levels, and it is China’s Yangwang (2,175,000) who bagged the most chips.

Wang has already cashed in the $100,000 High Roller and the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, so is going for a hat trick of in-the-money finishes against stellar fields.

German superstar Fedor Holz (1,990,000) bagged up the second largest stack, while Holz’s fellow German Stefan Schillhabel (1,915,000) rounds out the top three.

Others to bag and tag at the end of Day 1 include Vlad Darie (1,830,000), 2021 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad (1,340,000), soccer star Sergio Aguero (880,000), Daniel Negreanu (685,000), Jason Koon (650,000), PokerStars Ambassador Alejandro Lococo (645,000), David Peters (550,000), and short stack Sean Winters (155,000).

This year’s turnout is far greater than in 2022, and is set to further improve because late registration remains open until the start of Day 2, which commences at 1:00 pm local time on July 13. As always, PokerNews is the place for all your WSOP updates.

Event #84: $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Yangwang China 2,175,000 109
2 Fedor Holz Germany 1,990,000 100
3 Stefan Schillhabel Germany 1,915,000 96
4 Vlad Darie Romania 1,830,000 92
5 Dylan Linde United States 1,770,000 89
6 Jake Schindler United States 1,740,000 87
7 Masashi Oya Japan 1,430,000 72
8th Espen Jorstad Norway 1,340,000 67
9 Brandon Wittmeyer United States 1,330,000 67
10 Nacho Barbero Argentina 1,305,000 65

It’s getting serious in the main event with only 49 players remaining

Joshua Payne
Joshua Payne

Only 49 players remain in the hunt for a $12.1 million payday, as Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship completed its sixth day of action.

Joshua Payne (47,950,000) was the man that bagged the biggest stack as the curtain came down on proceedings. Payne leads from Juan Maceira’s Lapido (40,500,000), Daniel Weinman (24,375,000), Richard Ryder (22,650,000), and Tim Van Loo (21,700,000).

Play resumes at 12:00 pm local time on July 13, and PokerNews will be on the ground throughout. Why not check out a full recap of the Main Event Day 6 action while you wait for the cards to be back in the air?

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

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Joshua Payne United States 47,950,000 240
2 Juan Maceira’s Lapido Spain 40,500,000 203
3 Daniel Weinman United States 24,375,000 122
4 Richard Ryder United States 22,650,000 113
5 Tim Van Loo Austria 21,700,000 109
6 Alec Torelli United States 21,075,000 105
7 Daniel Scroggins United States 20,800,000 104
8th Pierpaola Lamanna Italy 18,875,000 94
9 Nicholas Gerrity United States 18,075,000 90
10 Ryan Tamanini United States 17,325,000 87

Day 1b of the $600 Ultra Stack Sees Malboubi Shine the Brightest

Rassoul Malboubi
Rassoul Malboubi

Another 4,116 players bought into Event #81: $600 ultra stack on Day 1b, but only 312 of those starters had chips requiring bagging and tagging after 22 action-packed levels.

Rassoul Malboubi (3,615,000) weather the storm the best. Having reached the final table of the Super Seniors event earlier in the summer, Malboubi has done his chances of sitting under the spotlights gaining no harm at all.

Also through to Day 2 are the likes of Leonard Clementi (3,500,000), Robert Sherwood (2,880,000), Ben Farell (1,500,000), Scott Bohlman (1,205,000), Women in Poker Hall of Famers Kathy Liebert (1,000,000), Dinesh Alt (535,000), and Tommy Nguyen (525,000).

The survivors from Day 1a and Day 1b combined at 10:00 am local time on July 13 to play another 17 levels. return to PokerNews then to follow all the updates from this monster-sized tournament.

Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Rassoul Malboubi United States 3,615,000 90
2 Leonard Clementi United States 3,500,000 88
3 David Rich United States 2,950,000 74
4 Qiang Xu China 2,940,000 74
5 Robert Sherwood United Kingdom 2,880,000 72
6 Samuel Von Kennel United States 2,375,000 59
7 Shane Rose United States 2,320,000 58
8th Michael Lane United States 2,300,005 58
9 Brandon Hamlets United States 1,980,000 50
10 Michael Majarais United States 1,965,000 49

Drinan On Course to Become the $3K PLO 6-Max Champion

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan

Connor Drinan (4,225,000) is on course to capture the second WSOP bracelet of his career, with the Chicago native returning to the final day of Event #82: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha (6-Handed) second in chips.

Only Dustin Goldklang (4,225,000) has more chips at their disposal from the 35 players still in the hunt for the $480,122 top prize.

Although Drinan and Goldklang possess the largest stacks, there are some superb poker players in the chasing pack that will fancy their chances of striking poker gold.

Lukas Zaskodny (2,035,000) and Brandon Shack Harris (1,865,000) already have a bracelet each, while Day 1 chip leader Tyler Gaston (1,745,000) kept his foot on the gas on Day 2.

Three-time bracelet winner Norbert Szecsi of Hungary (420,000) is at the wrong end of the overnight counts, but a player with his skills cannot ever be written off.

return to PokerNews from 1:00 pm local time on July 13 to see who walks away with the latest WSOP PLO title.

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

rank player Country Chip Count Big blinds
1 Dustin Goldklang United States 4,225,000 169
2 Connor Drinan United States 3,270,000 131
3 Marc Lagaze United States 2,530,000 101
4 Matthew Parry United States 2,500,000 100
5 Benjamin Juhasz Hungary 2,480,000 99
6 Lukas Zaskodny Czech Republic 2,035,000 81
7 Brandon Shack Harris United States 1,865,000 75
8th Tyler Gaston United States 1,745,000 70
9 Joshua Stefansky United States 1,670,000 67
10 Eric Hayes United States 1,430,000 57

Prociak Has the Biggest Stack in the $1,500 Short Deck

David Prociak
David Prociak

Event #83: $1,500 short deck was scheduled to run over three days, but only nine of the 363 starters remain after Day 1, so this event is all but guaranteed to wrap up during its second day.

David Prociak (2,040,000) has one hand on this event’s bracelet, which would be the second of his career if he can get the job done. It has been seven years since Prociak won his first bracelet, so some may say another victory is long overdue.

Ryan Laplante (711,000) is in a similar position. The popular grinder also won his one and only bracelet in 2016. Laplante sits down on Day 2, seventh in chips.

A 12:00 pm local time restart is scheduled on July 13, and PokerNews will eat its hat if this event requires a third day to conclude!

Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck Top 10 Chip Counts

Place player Country crisps
1 David Prociak United States 2,040,000
2 RobertJames United States 1,622,000
3 Thai Ha Vietnam 1,200,000
4 Matan Gabay Israel 1,054,000
5 Moses Alosh Israel 784,000
6 Ryan Laplante United States 771,000
7 Wai Kiat Lee Malaysia 734,000
8th Marcos Exterkotter Brazil 611,000
9 Adam Adler United States 515,000

What to Expect on Day 45 of the 2023 WSOP

The 2023 WSOP Main Event is rapidly heading towards the business end of the tournament, with Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship reaching Day 7. The prize money and pressure are huge, so do not miss any of the action.

Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack will see its bumper crowd significantly trimmed down during its Day 2, while Event #84: $50,000 High Roller continues inching towards a conclusion.

Champions will be crowned in Event #82: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed) and Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck as another trio of tournaments get underway.

Event #85: $1,500 Shootout is the first of those three newcomers, followed by Event #86: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bountyand then Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. The 2023 WSOP is determined to end with a bang!


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