A stunning day of poker inside the Horseshoe and Paris casinos saw ten bracelet events progress and the final nine players in the Main Event reached in style. As the dust settled on a phenomenal day of poker, American player Adam Walton led the World Championship with nine players remaining. A $12.1 million top prize is up for grabs in two days’ time and the drama, if it is anything like the excitement of Day 46 of this year’s World Series, will be incredible.
Walton Leads Final Nine After Dominant Day, Weinman Hits Miracle
Adam Walton (143.8 million) leads the final nine players in the biggest Main Event in history, with just two more days action coming on Sunday and Monday in this year’s World Championship. All the final table players now have 24 hours off to prepare, and it is the leader Walton who will do so knowing that he has a big advantage in chips heading into the denouement of this year’s Main Event drama. Behind Walton, Steven Jones (90.3m) quietly assembled a stack of 75 big blinds with which to fire for glory.
Daniel Weinman (81.7m) comes into the table with vast experience, Josh Arieh and Shaun Deeb as his coaching team and with momentum on his side after hitting a miracle two-outer to treble up and riding that fortune home. Weinman had jacks when up against the overnight leader Joshua Payne’s kings and Jose Aguilera’s queens. It was a two-outer jack on the turn that sealed his triple-up in that hand and after reaching the final table he was immensely thankful for the support from others in the game.
Final tabled the Main Event, is this real life? Really feeling everyone's support and I'll try to get back to everyone that's messaged when I can.
— Daniel Weinman (@notontilt09) July 15, 2023
Shaun Deeb dropped gold for a minute with Jeff Platt as he explained how the hand is likely to propel Weinman to glory.
— Jeff Platt (@jeffplatt) July 15, 2023
As the final table was assembled for photos, David Baker had a golfing comparison to make.
I’m going to tell my kids this is Justin Thomas and Jordan Speith pic.twitter.com/Ssy7PGHZjr
— David Baker (@audavidb) July 15, 2023
Behind the all-American trio dominating the chipcounts sit some dangerous players, with the German all-rounder Jan-Peter Jachtmann (74.6m) hoping to win his second bracelet like Weinman, the only other previous bracelet winner at the final table. Overnight leader Juan Maceiras (68m) dropped a little but still made the final, while Ukraine’s Ruslan Prydryk (50.7) will be trying to do his country proud.
Lower in the counts, British pair Dean Hutchinson (41.7m) and Toby Lewis (19.8m) both need help chips-wise but could be real threats to the title with some early fortune. No-one has the major final experience of Lewis, and Hutchinson is a horrible player to take on when he has chips. Between the British pair, sits Daniel Holzner, an Italian farmer whose family gifted him his WSOP Main Event seat which is now worth at least $900,000.
Whoever goes out first will earn that amount but all nine players will sleep on the next 24 hours daydreaming of the $12.1 million top prize and title of World Champion. One of them has to win it on Monday night.
|WSOP 2023 Event #76 $10,000 Main Event World Championship Final Table:|
|1st||Adam Walton||United States||143,800,000||120|
|2nd||Steven Jones||United States||90,300,000||75|
|3rd||Daniel Weinman||United States||81,700,000||68|
|7th||Dean Hutchison||United Kingdom||41,700,000||35|
|9th||Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||19,800,000||17|
Kulcsar Beaten by Kulev in High Roller Heroics
Bulgarian Alex Kulev won the first WSOP bracelet of his young career as he announced his arrival in major high roller events by winning $2 million at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas. Kulev, whose rise to prominence in the past two years has been nothing short of phenomenal, beat Gergely Kulcsar heads-up for the biggest win of his poker career to date.
With five players coming into the action, two Germans busted first. Hungarian pro Gergely Kulcsar busted 2021 world champion Koray Aldemir when the latter was all-in with on a board showing , and Kulcsar had for a set. No heart came on the river and Aldemir cashed for $533,561 in fifth.
Out next was Daniel Smiljkovic, who came in short and busted fourth for $713,413. All-in with , Smiljkovic was unlucky to lose to Kulcsar’s , the board coming to break the former’s heart on the turn and send play three-handed. Shortly after, Jake Schindler busted in third place.
Kulev’s stack was huge going into heads-up, with the Bulgarian enjoying a lead of 42.3 million to Kulcsar’s 9.95m. All-in with , Kulcsar hoped for a double, but Kulev’s was dominant and rode home on a board of to give him the first bracelet victory of his career and both men in first and second place in the event their best-ever tournament scores.
|WSOP 2023 Event #84 $50,000 NLHE High Roller Results:|
|3rd||Jake Schindler||United States||$957,491|
|7th||Brandon Wittmeyer||United States||$301,859|
Roh Rules in Ultra Stack Victory
Joseph Roh won $401,250 as he conquered the Ultra Stack Event #81 after beating Denny Lee heads-up. Overnight leader John Fagg fell in third place as a final table that played down to a winner in short order saw Roh claim gold for the first time.
The dominant player for much of the final table was Denny Lee, who busted plenty of players and held the chip lead for the majority of the action. In the end, however, it was the 55-year-old Roh who got the job done, coming back heads-up to lead before his [ was able to dominate Lee’s in the final hand.
|WSOP 2023 Event #81 $600 NLHE Ultra Stack Results:|
|1st||Joseph Roh||United States||$401,250|
|2nd||Denny Lee||United States||$250,120|
|3rd||John Fagg||United States||$184,720|
|4th||Peyton Ethridge||United States||$139,360|
|5th||William Fisher||United States||$105,890|
|6th||Logan Moon||United States||$81,030|
|7th||Min Sung Lee||South Korea||$62,450|
|8th||Lucas Tae||United States||$48,480|
|9th||Schuyler Thornton||United States||$37,910|
Matthew Parry Wins PLO 6-Max, Denies Matakis Second Bracelet
Ian Matakis was denied a potentially pivotal Player of the Year winning bracelet as he won Event #82, the $3,000-entry PLO 6-Max event in style. Five players came into the final table, as an all-American showdown for the bracelet and $480,122 top prize saw a dramatic conclusion to the action. Matakis made it to third, but in being knocked out at that stage, he lost the opportunity to win his second bracelet of the summer. Parry claimed a maiden WSOP bracelet instead and kept the Player of the Year race wide open for players such as Josh Arieh and Shaun Deeb to chase.
|WSOP 2023 Event #82 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Results:|
|1st||Matthew Parry||United States||$480,122|
|2nd||Dustin Goldklang||United States||$296,746|
|3rd||Ian Matakis||United States||$205,696|
|4th||Cuba Levenberry||United States||$144,890|
|5th||Lawrence Wayne||United States||$103,738|
Friedman and Jaka Chasing Shootout Glory
The final ten players are confirmed in the $1,500 buy-in Shootout Event #85. Among them are some heavy hitters who are chasing the $237,367 top prize, including the five-time WSOP bracelet winner Adam Friedman and the three-time winner Yuri Dzivielevski from Brazil.
Also present is Faraz Jaka, who to date has never won a bracelet, but while he is only one shootout table away from victory, he’ll be hoping to negotiate some very tough opponents in order to end his long wait for gold. Whoever wins this Shootout title will have earned it, after their third heads-up victory in three consecutive days too.
|WSOP 2023 Event #85 $1,500 NLHE Shootout Leaderboard:|
|2nd||Ao Chen||United States||2,465,000|
|3rd||Adam Friedman||United States||2,415,000|
|4th||Faraz Jaka||United States||2,450,000|
|6th||Olga Iermolcheva||United States||2,450,000|
|8th||Michael Finstein||United States||2,415,000|
|9th||Edward Mroczkowski||United States||2,440,000|
|10th||Allan Mello||United States||2,420,000|
Diego Ventura Crushing Poker Hall of Fame Event
With just one day’s action to go, the $1,979-entry Poker Hall of Fame event has nine players left. Peruvian player Diego Ventura (13.35m) leads the way by some margin, with Thomas Kysar (8.92m) his closest challenger. Behind Kysar, no-one has even half of Ventura’s chips, with the 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson (3.27m) hoping to win another bracelet to go with the world championship bracelet he won for $10m almost nine years ago.
|WSOP 2023 Event #86 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Leaderboard:|
|2nd||Thomas Kysar||United States||8,925,000|
|4th||Louie Torres||United States||3,400,000|
|9th||Francis Anderson||United States||1,625,000|
Jorstad and Ausmus Both Strong in NLHE Championship
A total of 197 players survived Day 1 of the $10,000-entry NLHE Championship Event #90. In the lead when the bell tolled on Day 1 was Austrian player Tobias Schwecht, who bagged up 546,000 chips. Behind him is Frank Lagodich (535,500) with others such as Justin Liberto (500,500), Thomas Cazayous (435,500) and Cliff Josephy (428,000) all finishing inside the top 10.
Other superstars ended the day strongly too, with Espen Jorstad (223,000), Danny Tang (217,500), Jeremy Ausmus (206,500) and Daniel Negreanu (92,000) all making the Day 2 cut with a field of 495 trimmed on the day.
|WSOP 2023 Event #90 $10,000 6-Max NLHE Championship:|
|2nd||Frank Lagodich||United States||535,500|
|3rd||Justin Liberto||United States||500,500|
|4th||Alberto Meran||Dominican Republic||475,000|
|8th||Cliff Josephy||United States||428,000|
|9th||Jamie O’Connor||United Kingdom||413,000|
|10th||Jack Corrigan||United States||364,500|
Benson Tang On Top in The Closer
A field of 1,141 entries contributed to a prize pool of $1.5m on Day 1a of The Closer. Taking place with two Day 1 flights, the first was crushed by Californian Benson Tang whose stack of 2.1 million chips was better than his nearest rivals, Alan Hamza (1.9m) and Jeffrey Tenouye (1.8m). In a top 10 that included eight American players, Jason Wheeler (1.36m) bagged plenty too as 76 remained in the hunt for the title.
The other players will need to try again on Day 1b tomorrow before the two Day 1 flights blend into Day 2 on Sunday. Last year’s winner of the event, Minh Nguyen, took home a top prize of $536,280, which looks sure to be exceeded this year.
|WSOP 2023 Event #88 $1,500 The Closer Leaderboard:|
|1st||Benson Tang||United States||2,185,000|
|2nd||Alan Hamza||United States||1,910,000|
|3rd||Jeffrey Tanouye||United States||1,865,000|
|4th||Lisa Hamilton||United States||1,605,000|
|5th||Faizal Khoja||United States||1,580,000|
|6th||Mohommed Khan||United States||1,475,000|
|9th||Jason Wheeler||United States||1,360,000|
|10th||Michael Noori||United States||1,355,000|
Pupillo Leading Mixed Event #87 as 37 Players Remain
Chip leader Nick Pupillo (1,298,000) is a shade ahead of Yuval Bronshtein (1,260,000) heading into the final day of the Miced Omaha/Seven Card Stud Event #87. With just 37 players remaining in the hunt for the $221,733 top prize and the WSOP bracelet, others such as Jeffrey Trudeau (1,106,000), Ari Engel (663,000) and Patrick Leonard (651,000) will all be pushing for victory too after battling into the deep places on Day 2 of the tournament.
|WSOP 2023 Event #87 $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Leaderboard:|
|1st||Nick Pupillo||United States||1,298,000|
|3rd||Jeffrey Trudeau||United States||1,106,000|
|5th||Chris Chung||United States||743,000|
|6th||Gary Bolden||United States||670,000|
|8th||Patrick Leonard||United Kingdom||651,000|
Pete Chen Leads Last 18 in Flip & Go GGPoker Event
Pete Chen has just under 3 million chips heading into the final day of Event #89, the $1,000 Flip & Go event, which is sponsored by GGPoker. Closest rivals James Bullimore (1,840,000) and Mason Vieth (1,715,000) are some way back, with Jack Salter (1,675,000) and Jesse Lonis (1,120,000) in the top 10 too. With 128 players escaping the ‘Flip’ section of the tournament, players such as Ebony Kenney busted to leave 18 in the hunt for a top prize of $160,490 and the gold.
|WSOP 2023 Event #89 $1,000 GGPoker Flip & Go Leaderboard:|
|2nd||James Bullimore||United Kingdom||1,840,000|
|3rd||Mason Vieth||United States||1,715,000|
|4th||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||1,675,000|
|5th||Dong Meng||United States||1,420,000|
|6th||Xizhe Yuan||United Kingdom||1,245,000|
|7th||Eric Wasserson||United States||1,200,000|
|8th||Jesse Lonis||United States||1,120,000|
|9th||Drew Gonzalez||United States||960,000|
TJ Jurkiewicz had food on his mind watching the Main Event drama unfold.
When I see Quest Chips on sale at Target pic.twitter.com/i6KImslN2E
— TJ Jurkiewicz | Nutrition Coach (@tj_jurk) July 14, 2023
Daniel Holzner used his poker ‘one time!’ to great effect.
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) July 15, 2023
Hilarious ‘rumors’ of Toby Lewis using secret camera glasses (crib notes – he wasn’t) led to this exciting meme.
— MW (@Matthew_Waxman) July 14, 2023
Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates had one of his busiest days in recent times. Vegas life…
More extreme day in my life –
Wake up 630 amish, light meditation
Kungfu practice at 8-9
Poker online until 1030,
Play bellagio 3/6k until 12 and online,
Take nap + errands + gym until 5ish
Live stream until 11
Play 200k buyin until 530 am
Need more sleep 😴
— Daniel Cates 🇺🇸 🌎 (@junglemandan) July 14, 2023
Finally, former Main Event winner Martin Jacobson set a timely reminder that whoever crushes the final table will be loved and hated in equal measure.
It's funny how the brain works pic.twitter.com/tjaVn8MaT8
— Martin Jacobson (@Martin_Jacobson) July 12, 2023
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