The action was hot, the gold was won and when the dust settled on a monumental day of action on Day 7 of the 54th annual WSOP, three bracelets were resting on the hands of three tournament winners. For Tyler Brown and Kenneth O’Donnell, it was a first experience of winning a gold WSOP bracelet. For Chad Eveslage it was the second time he’d taken a WSOP title in the past week.
Brown Hero Calls to Victory in Mystery Millions
A stunning heads-up call led to Tyler Brown becoming a bracelet winner for the first time in Event #3, the $1,000-entry Mystery Millions. With a top prize of exactly a million dollars on the line, the third seven-figure sum awarded after two players opened million-dollar bounties on Day 2 of the event, eight players made it to the final table.
An early elimination for Tam Ho (8th for $121,683) was followed by one for Dan Shak, who had already pulled a $100,000 bounty prize before he was taken out in 7th for $154,940. Shak shoved with only to be called by Guang Chen, with the chip leader holding . A clean board only boosted Chen’s chances of victory but that changed after Tauan De Oliveira Naves (6th for $198,320) and Rhian Fineis (5th for $255,210) both busted.
Brown’s dominance was growing and it was he who held the chip lead. Chen was not about to let go of his earlier advantage easily, however, taking out both Steven Thompson (4th for $330,150) and Ryan McKnight (3rd for $429,360) to grab a chip lead heads-up.
Going into the final duel with 471 million to Brown’s 258 million, Chen went for an audacious bluff on a board showing with only . Put to the test for all his chips, Brown only held , though. Could he make the hero call of his life to go to the river with the best hand? He most certainly could, as after 90 seconds or so, he called the bet and was rewarded by a that doubled him up to having a 10:1 chip lead. PokerGO commentator Remko Rinkema called it “the call of the summer so far”.
This INSANE call might have just made Tyler Brown a millionaire.
With all the money on the line, Brown finds an INCREDIBLE call against Chen Guang with just ace-high and one card to come. pic.twitter.com/SqlAMhGveN
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) June 6, 2023
Shortly afterwards, it was all over. Brown’s victory was complete and he took home the $1,000,000 top prize and gold bracelet, Chen left to lick his wounds and collect the $561,320 runner-up prize.
WSOP 2023 Event #3 $1,000 Mystery Millions Results:
|4th||Steven Thompson||Costa Rica||$330,150|
|6th||Tauan De Oliveira Naves||Brazil||$198,320|
Eveslage Makes it a Dealer’s Choice Double
Chad Eveslage won his third lifetime WSOP bracelet in the $10,000-entry Dealer’s Choice Championship Event #10 as he took down his second WSOP Event inside a week in Las Vegas. After winning Event #5 just a few short days ago, Eveslage became the first player to win two bracelets in the 54th annual WSOP by beating his now fellow three-timer Dutch Boyd heads up for a score of $311,428.
A total of 13 players started the day but after Paul Volpe and John Hennigan were among those to miss out on making the six-handed final table, Ari Engel posted this video about his chances as a “minor leaguer” among some serious sharks.
Final table dealers choice! pic.twitter.com/Rjk12mb1Mw
— Ari Engel (@AriEngelPoker) June 6, 2023
It was Marco Johnson who busted first at the final table, sliding out in sixth for $56,528. Shortly after, Engel himself was gone, ousted by Eveslage on his seemingly inexorable path to a third WSOP title and second in six days. Dustin Driksen fell in fourth, Zack Freeman joined him on the rail in third and then it was the task of Dutch Boyd to try to conquer Eveslage. It was not to be, the final hand giving the double bracelet winner a straight flush to take the bracelet.
While Eveslage has won back-to-back Dealer’s Choice events, he’s yet to win the Championship event three times in a row a feat somehow completed by Adam Friedman between 2018 and 2021. Eveslage told PokerNews afterwards that he has his sights set on emulating his friend at the felt.
“If there’s another World Series next year, if the singularity doesn’t get us, I suppose that I will try to win. I think I’ve got an edge on Adam. He might have his own little opinion.”
WSOP 2023 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Results:
|1st||Chad Eveslage||United States||$311,428|
|2nd||Dutch Boyd||United States||$192,479|
|3rd||Zack Freeman||United States||$139,048|
|4th||Dustin Dirksen||United States||$101,709|
|5th||Ari Engel||United States||$75,341|
|6th||Marco Johnson||United States||$56,528|
O’Donnell Takes Title, Poker Brat Runs to Final 50
With a mammoth 6,085 entries in Event #11, the $600-entry NLHE Deepstack event, Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth got close to glory as his bid to win a 17th and record-extending WSOP bracelet ended in 47th place from the 340 players who began the day.
Instead, first-timer Kenneth O’Donnell won a WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $351,098 after he toppled Jefferson Guerrero heads-up with others such as Chinese player Ka Chen Kan’s (3rd for $162,371) and Fabio Coppola (9th for $33,274) falling short at the final table.
WSOP 2023 Event #11 $600 NLHE Deepstack Results:
|1st||Kenneth O’Donnell||United States||$351,098|
|3rd||Ka Chen Kan||China||$162,371|
|4th||Aaron Georgelos||United States||$122,407|
|5th||Robert Gittelman||United States||$92,953|
|6th||Eric Pfenning||United States||$71,104|
|7th||Manuel DeAlmeida||United States||$54,794|
|8th||Andres Morales||United States||$42,539|
Ramos and Eyer Look for First Bracelet in Freezeout
The $5,000-entry Event #12, a $5,000 No Limit hold’em Freezeout, saw Jeremy Eyer (4,420,000) and Felipe Ramos (4,155,000) take the two biggest stacks through to the final day of action. Both men have never won a WSOP bracelet, only a Circuit Ring, but with the field behind them, it’s not a two-horse race for the gold.
Also shooting for bracelet #1 are Christina Gollins (2,965,000), Jesse Lonis (2,335,000) and James Vecchio (2,050,000) with the former WSOP winners Yuval Bronshtein (1,355,000) and Jinho Hong (1,280,000) both still in contention a little further back.
WSOP 2023 Event #12 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:
|1st||Jeremy Eyer||United States||4,420,000|
|3rd||Ronald Minnis||United States||3,215,000|
|5th||Christian Gollins||United States||2,965,000|
|6th||Jeffrey Halcomb||United States||2,825,000|
|7th||Shiva Dudani||United States||2,645,000|
|9th||Jesse Lonis||United States||2,335,000|
|10th||James Vecchio||United States||2,050,000|
Shaun Deeb and Adam Owen Chase PLO Deepstack Crown
The two-day Event #13, which costs $600 to play and is in Pot Limit Omaha saw 3,200 players take on the tables, with only 117 surviving to do it all again tomorrow for the gold. The action was fast and furious across both Horseshoe and Paris venues in Las Vegas as the top prize of $217,102 came into sight for the chip leader Aaron Ang (2,765,000) and his closest challengers Giorgiy Skhuluhiya from Georgia (2,600,000) and the America player Soheb Porbandarwala (2,175,000).
Elsewhere, sharks sit just beneath the surface of the top five stacks, ready to pounce if they smell a drop of blood. Jonathan Dimmig (1,815,000), Adam Owen (1,505,000) and Ben Herbert (1,450,000) all made the top ten chipcounts, while others such as Shaun Deeb (1,265,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (955,000) and the former world champions Greg Raymer (675,000) and Koray Aldemir (640,000) all made the cut. Big names to bust included Daniel Zack, Barny Boatman, Maria Ho, and 2023 bracelet winner Michael Moncek.
WSOP 2023 Event #13 $600 PLO Deepstack Leaderboard:
|1st||Aaron Ang||United States||2,765,000|
|3rd||Soheb Porbandarwala||United States||2,175,000|
|4th||Marek Rous||Czech Republic||2,090,000|
|5th||Paul Fehlig||United States||1,975,000|
|6th||Jonathan Dimmig||United States||1,815,000|
|7th||Adam Owen||United Kingdom||1,505,000|
|8th||Ben Herbert||United States||1,450,000|
|10th||Alfred Atamian||United States||1,345,000|
Seven Card Stud Sees Schulman Slain but Williams Winning
The final event of the night to wrap featured a fallen champion and a former runner-up both of whom enjoyed varying degrees of success at the felt. Yesterday’s Event #9 Seven Card Stud winner Nick Schulman flicked 9% of his winnings into this event but was unable to last long, slipping into the night before he get a cigar in his mouth the night after his legendary success.
David Williams, famed for being a former WSOP Main Event runner-up to Greg Raymer in 2004 as well as a former bracelet winner himself back in 2006, conquered Seven Card Stud 17 years ago and is well on his way to doing so again. Amassing a spectacular chip lead, Williams bagged 530,500 chips, more than double anyone’s stack bar his nearest challengers Max Hoffman (317,500) and Tamon Nakamura (289,500).
WSOP 2023 Event #14 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Leaderboard:
|1st||David Williams||United States||530,500|
|2nd||Max Hoffman||United States||317,500|
|5th||Brian Yoon||United States||216,500|
|6th||Matt Vengrin||United States||208,500|
|7th||justin Liberto||United States||205,000|
|8th||Joey Couden||United States||196,000|
|9th||Frank Kassela||United States||186,000|
Chris Brewer refuted claims by some that Doug Polk’s ‘double victory lap’ in the pair’s $25,000 Heads Up Championship semifinal was anything other than a non-malicious celebration of the moment.
For what it’s worth I thought @DougPolkVids celebration yesterday was very fun/funny. Of course would rather have not seen the queen, but it was clear to me there was nothing malicious in the reaction. Just a person enjoying the game and moment.
— Chris Brewer (@Chris_D_Brewer) June 5, 2023
David ODB Baker thinks that the current plan for when to start – and end – WSOP events could do with a tweak.
I hope we revisit this early end to 2 pm tournies. We finished an hour before the 10 am tourney. It’s not gaining players we are losing players stuck in earlier events and day 2s. This experiment is a failure, I’ve heard many others with the same thoughts. Plus day 2 goes so late
— David Baker (@audavidb) June 6, 2023
Should you get preferential treatment for winning the WSOP Main Event? It’s a topic open for debate now.
Embrace debate: Should Jamie Gold get preferential treatment from the WSOP? pic.twitter.com/ghJQ6PPETA
— Barstool Poker: Cracking Aces (@CrackingAAces) June 5, 2023
Finally, DJ MacKinnon has got in early with his nomination for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2023. It’s hard to argue against.
My nomination for the poker HOF this year is for the Bravo tournament clock
-Consistent display and functionality
-Well known and respected across all poker rooms
-Has clearly stood the test of time as there have been no upgrades in 20+ years and everyone still uses it https://t.co/bauAPzBBgT pic.twitter.com/PqA6yHVKG8
— DJ MacKinnon (@djmacjr) June 5, 2023
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