While the players in the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event were enjoying a well-deserved day off before the final table commences, there was plenty of side event action going on at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.
The day brought three freshly minted bracelet winners, with poker coach Faraz Jaka finally capturing his maiden bracelet to round out an already stellar poker resume. Jaka, returning from a significant health scare in recent months, won three single table Sit ‘n Go’s in a row to win the bracelet in a $1,500 Shootout event.
The South American country of Peru is no longer without bracelet winners as its number one player, Diego Venturacaptured gold in Event #86: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NLHE. Ventura claimed a top prize of over $400k along with the coveted wristband.
the notorious Event #89: $1,000 Flip & Go Presented by GGPoker saw 128 players make their way through the fireworks portion of the tournament (click here to read some strat from Daniel Negreanu about the game). The 128 lucky survivors then continued in a regular poker format where dong meng prevailed over Hustler Casino Live notable Wesley Fei.
A fourth bracelet was also scheduled to be handed out, but the three remaining players in Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better bagged to return for an unscheduled fourth day.
Keep reading to find out what else took place on Day 47 of the 2023 World Series of Poker.
Three Remain in Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Three days were not enough to determine a champion in Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Betterwhich means that three players will return to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas to find out who will win $221,733 and a WSOP gold bracelet at the 2023 World Series of Poker.
Leading the final three is Nghia “3 putts” Le, who bagged 7,400,000. Based out of Minnesota, the ever-talkative and jovial Le finished third in the $10,000 Razz Championship earlier this summer and looks to improve upon that finish and take home his first bracelet.
In second sits Nick Pupillo, who bagged 6,045,000. Pupillo won his first bracelet last month by capturing the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball title, and will look to join Chad Eveslage, Chris Brewerand Josh Arieh in taking home a second bracelet this summer.
Coming into Day 4 as the short stack is BradleySmith, who bagged 2,655,000. Smith, from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, has tied his best-ever finish at the WSOP and looks to improve upon his 2019 $1,500 HORSE third-place finish by spinning up his stack when play resumes.
2023 WSOP Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Three
|Seat||Surname||Country||Chip Count||big bets|
|1||Nick Pupillo||United States||6,045,000||12|
|3||Nghia Le||United States||7,400,000||15|
|Place||winners||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|4||Omar Mehmood||United States||$66,605|
|5||Timothy Frazin||United States||$47,721|
|6||Jonah Seewald||United States||$34,836|
|7||Phillip Sternheimer||United States||$25,919|
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The Closer Draws Over 3,500 Entries, 258 in Contention
After 22 levels of play on Day 1b of Event #88: $1,500 The Closer at the 2023 World Series of Pokerit was Jack Duong who claimed one of the top spots after bagging an impressive 1,485,000 in chips. After the dust settled, only 183 remained from this flight to join the 76 hopefuls from Day 1a for Day 2 tomorrow, July 16th at 10 am local time.
Duong, who is no stranger to these fields with over $2.2 million in tournament earnings, will look to put his big stack to work on Day 2 in hopes of capturing his second WSOP bracelet. Duong won his first WSOP bracelet back in 2015 in Event #62: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty for $333,351.
The overnight chip lead was a shared affair as both China’s Chen Feng Wen and American Matthew Moore bagged 1,750,000 in chips. Day 1a chip leader Benson Tang will take the overall chip lead into Day 2, which promises to be fast and furious given the shallow stack depth.
2023 WSOP Event #88: The Closer $1,500 NLHE Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1
|rank||players||Country||Chip Count||Big blinds|
|1||Benson Tang||United States||2,185,000||73|
|2||Alan Hamza||United States||1,910,000||64|
|3||Jeffrey Tanouye||United States||1,865,000||62|
|4||Chen Feng Wen||China||1,750,000||58|
|5||Matthew Moore||United States||1,750,000||58|
|6||Cuba Levenberry||United States||1,710,000||57|
|7||David Baize||United States||1,700,000||57|
|8th||Lisa Hamilton||United States||1,605,000||54|
|9||Faizal Khoja||United States||1,580,000||53|
|10||Daris Justice||United States||1,530,000||51|
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Phil Hellmuth Searching for Bracelet No. 18 in Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed NLHE Championship
Day 2 of Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship has come to an end with Jamie O’Connor leading the charge after bagging up 2,545,000 through an additional ten levels of play. Not far behind him is AJ Kelsallwho managed to amass 2,325,000 by the day’s end.
O’Connor has over $1.2 million in live tournament earnings, including a third-place finish in from a Six-Handed No-Limit event from back in 2019. A win for O’Connor would be his first bracelet and largest cash to date.
Phil Hellmut will be among those to watch on Day 3 and sits in the middle of the pack with 860,000 in chips. Unsurprisingly, plenty of crushers are left in contention as well, such as Stephen Chidwick (1,615,000), Justin Liberto (1,355,000), and Alexandre Reard (1,250,000) in the top half of the board.
2023 WSOP Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed NLHE Championship Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts
|1||Jamie O’Connor||United Kingdom||2,545,000|
|2||AJ Kelsall||United States||2,325,000|
|5||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||1,615,000|
|6||Frank Lagodich||United States||1,505,000|
|7||Michael Rossito||United States||1,455,000|
|9||Justin Liberto||United Kingdom||1,355,000|
|10||Eli Berg||United States||1,350,000|
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Andre Akkari Leads After Day 1 of Event #91: $3,000 HORSE
Day 1 of Event #91: $3,000 HORSE at the 2023 World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas has come to a close, and for the second year in a row, Brazilian pro Andre Akari ended the day as the chip leader, bagging up 232,300.
The tournament saw 332 players pony up the buy-in, slightly up from last year’s 328, generating a prize pool of $886,440with first place taking home $208,460 and the coveted gold bracelet. From the 332, 195 will return for the second day, and 50 will walk away with a cash prize and Hendon Mob flag for their efforts.
Players bagged up 30 minutes early after one of the players needed medical attention late in the night.
2023 WSOP Event #91: $3,000 HORSE Day 1 Chip Counts
|2||Matthew Schultz||United States||205,800|
|3||David Bagheri||United States||174,000|
|4||Chad Eveslage||United States||167,000|
|5||Adam Kipnis||United States||160,400|
|6||Paresh Doshi||United Kingdom||157,500|
|7||Leonard August||United States||153,100|
|8th||Jordan Etzig||United States||148,300|
|9||Craig Chait||United States||145,200|
|10||Bryan Micon||Antigua and Barbuda||141,600|
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