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Brian Yoon won Event 14 after defeating Dan Shak heads-up for the gold bracelet and $311k top prize.

The latest day of action in the 2023 World Series of Poker saw a solitary WSOP bracelet won, as half a dozen other events saw the fields narrowed to final tables and Day 2 draws packed with potential for drama.

Brian Yoon won his fifth bracelet at the expense of Dan Shak, while Daniel Negreanu proved himself a ‘Gladiator of Poker’ as Day 9 made sure we were ‘entertained’!

Brian Yoon Slays Seven Card Stud Finalists

If there’s one thing better than winning a WSOP bracelet its doing so when you came into the mixed game event having worked really hard on this particular variant. Brian Yoon claimed his fifth WSOP bracelet of an incredible career with his defeat of Dan Shak heads-up for the gold. Upon doing so, Yoon told PokerNews reporters that he’d made a point of boning up on this game in the weeks leading up the Series.

“I’ve been working on this game a little bit,” he said. “It feels nice to break through in a game where you weren’t sure where you stacked up, and then you’re able to win.”

At an exciting final table, there was an early exit for the overnight chip leader Max Hoffman as he slid out in 8th place for $36,847. After Ben Diebold (6th for $59,688) lost his seat, the other table-topping Maxx at the start of play, namely Coleman, lost out in third place for $140,081 after a previous WSOP Player of the Year threat and Fantasy Draft regular pick Ben Yu busted. Shak was always behind in chips heads-up and although he battled hard and almost drew level, Yoon – and a first bracelet on American soil – got away from him, leaving him to collect the runner-up prize while Yoon held the gold and the top prize of $311,433.

WSOP 2023 Event #14 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship:

Rank Player Country Points
1st Brian Yoon United States $311,433
2nd Dan Shak United States $192,479
3rd Maxx Coleman United States $140,081
4th Ben Yu United States $103,645
5th George Alexander United States $77,985
6th Ben Diebold United States $59,688
7th Leonard August United States $46,484
8th Max Hoffman United States $36,847


Hrabec Leads Last Dozen in High Roller

With late registration seeing players swell the overall field to 300, the latest $25,000 WSOP High Roller, otherwise knows as Event #16, concluded its Day 2 with just 13 players still in seats. One player to raise eyebrows as he entered was the 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, as he was bumped right to the front of the queue.

That entrance caused plenty of discussion with poker fan Jeff Matthews saying: “I bet [Daniel Negreanu] gets away with that as well! When you’re on the poker ‘Mount Rushmore’ it’s part of the perks!”

Forgiving Jeff’s overuse of exclamation marks (!), Kid Poker himself replied: “Wrong. I wait in line with the rest of the sheep and you will see that in tomorrow’s vlog.”

To the poker, and it was Czech player Roman Hrabec who ended the day in the lead and it’s a convincing one too. Hrabec bagged up just over six million fun-discs to leave others in the top ten such as Frank Funaro (5,065,000), Joao Vieira (4,090,000), Brian Rast (3,965,000), Isaac Haxton (3,820,000) and Darren Elias ((2,790,000) in his wake.

Interestingly, both Haxton and Elias have never won a WSOP bracelet, so there could be a new (or easier defined) name at the top of the ‘Best to Never Win a Bracelet’ list by tomorrow evening.

WSOP 2023 Event #16 $25,000 High Roller Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Roman Hrabec Czech Republic 6,050,000
2nd Frank Funaro United States 5,065,000
3rd Aleksejs Ponakovs Latvia 4,470,000
4th Joao Vieira Portugal 4,090,000
5th Brian Rast United States 3,965,000
6th Isaac Haxton United States 3,820,000
7th Taylor Von Kriegenbergh United States 3,280,000
8th Darren Elias United States 2,790,000
9th Lewis Spencer United Kingdom 2,705,000
10th Kristen Foxen Canada 2,675,000


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Roman Hrabec leads the remaining 13 players in the $25,000 High Roller Event #16, where the top prize is almost $1.7 million.

Kid Poker Wields the Fascina

Daniel Negreanu got down to business in the metaphorical sand as he battled to a top four stack on Day 1a of the $300-entry Gladiators of Poker Event #18.  This ‘weekend warrior’ type event saw 3,940 players take to the arena and while Patrick White (3,405,000) ended the day in the lead, it was the presence of Daniel ‘Six Bracelets’ Negreanu in the top four stacks with 2,250,00 that demanded headlines.

Kid Poker threw the fascina (it’s a three-pronged trident which would be thrown like a harpoon in gladiatorial battles) to great effect, and with only 129 players making it through, could well be a top 20 stack of a thousand or so fighters when Day 2 commences in a few days’ time.

WSOP 2023 Event #18 $300 Gladiators of Poker Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Patrick White United States 3,405,000
2nd Olav Prinzvonsachsen United States 3,085,000
3rd Dawn Dixon United States 3,045,000
4th Daniel Negreanu Canada 2,250,000
5th Juan Cisneros United States 2,250,000
6th Waikiat Lee United Kingdom 2,225,000
7th Bohdan Slyvinskyi United States 2,090,000
8th David Tran United States 2,040,000
9th Benjamin Klier United States 1,760,000
10th Julio Nava United States 1,700,000

Herzali the Hero in No Limit Six-Max

French player Sarah Herzali enjoyed a totally dominant day at the felt in Event #15, where her No Limit Hold’em skills were obvious for all to see. Herzali built an incredible stack of 12.8 million chips on the penultimate day of this event, which has enjoyed a total field of 2,454 and will pay out a top prize of over $465,000 from a prizepool of $3.27 million.

Herzali is almost three times the average stack as she looks to close it out and become the first female bracelet winner of 2023, with Rafael Reis (7,825,000) in second place the only player with over half of Herzali’s stack.

WSOP 2023 Event #15 $1,500 NLHE 6-Max Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Sarah Herzali France 12,800,000
2nd Rafael Reis Brazil 7,825,000
3rd Gabriel Schroeder Brazil 5,615,000
4th Ryan Hohner United States 5,560,000
5th Daniel Barriocanal Spain 5,455,000
6th Nikolaos Angelou Greece 4,535,000
7th Yue Liu China 4,425,000
8th Yun Choi Great Britain 3,755,000
9th Grant Wang United States 3,045,000
10th Ian Matakis United States 2,270,000


Other Day 1 Events in Action

Several other Day 1s took place on Day 9 of the 2023 WSOP and there was not one Kyle but two at the top of Event #17’s leaderboard when the last card dropped onto the river and players zipped up their chips. Kyle Burnside (2,345,000) leads from his namesake Kyle Cartwright (2,310,000) in this Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, with Jim Collopy (1,275,000) and Tomomitsu Ono (1,270,000) both ominously placed in the top 10 stacks.   

WSOP 2023 Event #17 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Kyle Burnside United States 2,345,000
2nd Kyle Cartwright United States 2,310,000
3rd Erik Perry United States 1,935,000
4th Eric Varnado United States 1,750,000
5th Qinghai Pan United States 1,680,000
6th Ryan Scully United States 1,300,000
7th Jim Collopy United States 1,275,000
8th Tomomitsu Ono Japan 1,270,000
9th Jeffrey Mitseff United States 1,215,000
10th Mark Bixler United States 1,205,000


The $2,500-entry NLHE Freezeout Event #19 saw a huge increase of 1,159 entries from last year’s total of less than 80% of that number. With the money places reached at 172 players, former bracelet winners such as David Jackson (168th), Yuval Bronshtein (164th) and Femi Fashakin (161st) all claimed $4,011 as play ended with 144 players still in seats.

WSOP 2023 Event #19 $2,500 NLHE Freezeout Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Dinesh Alt Austria 1,212,000
2nd Byung Eun Shin South Korea 797,000
3rd Jared Jaffee United States 780,000
4th Artem Metalidi Ukraine 761,000
5th Adrian Mateos Spain 758,000
6th Mark Seif United States 713,000
7th Valentino Konakchev Bulgaria 709,000
8th Romel Mendoza United States 665,000
9th Ian O’Hara United States 626,000
10th Taylor Paur United States 624,000


Badugi finally has its own event, and after Day 1 of its inaugural tournament, William Toh’s superb stack of 239,000 is good for the lead in an event which saw 516 players reduced to just 183 survivors. Adam Owen, fifth on 192,000 will be a big threat with his mixed game experience.

WSOP 2023 Event #20 $1,500 Badugi Leaderboard:

Place Player Country Chips
1st William Toh United States 239,000
2nd Yingui Li China 217,500
3rd Adam Clegg United States 212,500
4th Jon Turner United States 198,500
5th Adam Owen United Kingdom 192,000
6th Roberto Marin United States 183,500
7th Patrick Moulder United States 157,500
8th Antonio Payne United States 152,500
9th Valentin Vornicu United States 147,000
10th Paul Martino United States 146,000

Eric Baldwin has put his cards on the table in regard to who he’s nominating for this year’s induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. Judging by the comments, he has plenty of players in agreement.

Martin Zamani raised a point from the recent $25,000 High Roller in a very neutral way, inspiring other players to discuss the subject in a fair and balanced manner.

Finally, as Doug Polk discovered, it turns out if you’re unlucky in cards, you’re lucky in… basketball?

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