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:
|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.
— Poker Org (@pokerorg) June 7, 2023
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:
|1st||Roman Hrabec||Czech Republic||6,050,000|
|2nd||Frank Funaro||United States||5,065,000|
|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|
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:
|1st||Patrick White||United States||3,405,000|
|2nd||Olav Prinzvonsachsen||United States||3,085,000|
|3rd||Dawn Dixon||United States||3,045,000|
|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:
|4th||Ryan Hohner||United States||5,560,000|
|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:
|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|
|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:
|2nd||Byung Eun Shin||South Korea||797,000|
|3rd||Jared Jaffee||United States||780,000|
|6th||Mark Seif||United States||713,000|
|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:
|1st||William Toh||United States||239,000|
|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.
— Eric Baldwin (@basebaldy) June 7, 2023
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.
This loser @KaneKalas drew the bigblind just now max late reg In 25K and is upset he’s the bigblind feels it wasn’t random, asking for a refund. What a fucking joke. Now anyone can just freeroll the draw. Get the fuck out of here.
— Martin Zamani (@martin_zamani) June 7, 2023
Finally, as Doug Polk discovered, it turns out if you’re unlucky in cards, you’re lucky in… basketball?
Best NBA hoops score of my life, could have use the run hot in the HUNL lol pic.twitter.com/4mrXSvx3Fk
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) June 6, 2023
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