Valentino Konakchiev
Valentino Konakchiev won a bracelet for Bulgaria on Day 11 of the 2023 WSOP.

Day 11 of the 2023 World Series of Poker saw a single bracelet awarded with the conclusion of the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em freezeout, while another six events were in action, including the third flight of the Gladiators of Poker, the inaugural Badugi bracelet event and Day 1 of one of the highest buy-in tournaments on the schedule, the $50,000 High Roller 8-Handed event.

Konakchiev Ices Out the Competition in Freezeout

Just eleven players remained at the start of the final day of Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout, and despite starting the day near the bottom of the counts, Bulgaria’s Valentino Konakchiev made his third cash of the series count, climbing past three WSOP bracelet winners on his way to his first WSOP bracelet and $435,924 in earnings.

After losing Byung Eun Shin ($26,926) to reach the unofficial final table, Floridian pro Timothy “TK” Miles busted his short stack to WSOP bracelet winner Niall Farrell to bust in tenth. Qiang Xu, who started the day with a healthy chip lead, was gone minutes later, jamming with two overs and a gutshot against the queens of Argentina’s Andres Korn and finding no help to finish a disappointing ninth.

Adam Swan was next to go in eighth place after ripping his last few chips into Alexandre Reard’s pocket aces, and the bustout parade continued shortly after, as Farrell ripped his last few big blinds in with Ac2c from the big blind, but was felled by Konakchiev’s KsJs when the QhThTd4h9c runout gave Konakchiev a straight. Farrell was humorously “humble” after his elimination:

It would be almost four hours of back-and-forth poker before Ankit Ahuja would bust in sixth, then Girish Reknar’s pocket fours couldn’t catch up to the sevens of Korn to fall in fifth. Ruben Costa made a valiant run, but a failed bluff left him with crumbs in the big blind, and no miracle came to leave bracelet winners Reard and Korn and Konakchiev as the final three players standing.

A blind-versus-blind battle saw Konakchiev open-shove for Reard’s last 20 big blinds, and Reard woke up with As6s and called it off. Konakchiev’s Ac3s paired up on the 3dTc7s flop, and despite the [10s] turn giving Reard the nut flush draw, the 4c left Konakchiev with a 5:3 chip lead going into heads-up play. Korn started out hot, however, and at one point held a 4:1 lead of his own, but a pair of doubles set Konakchiev up for victory on the final hand, where Konakchiev’s Kc9s held against Korn’s Ks3h on a 5dQcJd2h6s board.

WSOP 2023 Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1 Valentino Konakchiev Bulgaria $435,924
2 Andres Korn Argentina $269,438
3 Alexandre Reard France $192,723
4 Ruben Costa United States $139,671
5 Girish Reknar United States $102,577
6 Ankit Ahuja India $76,537
7 Niall Farrell United Kingdom $57,620
8 Adam Swan United States $44,087
9 Qiang Xu China $34,210
10 Timothy Miles United States $26,926

Bonomo Balls Out Late to Bag High Roller Lead

One of the biggest buy-ins on the WSOP schedule kicked off today, with 111 entrants ponying up a hefty sum to participate in Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed). Three-time WSOP Bracelet winner Justin Bonomo snagged the chip lead at the finish line, cracking Ren Lin’s pocket jacks with a flopped set of fives for the biggest pot of the tournament at the wire, which left Lin eliminated and Bonomo with 2,024,000 in chips to bring back for Day 2, good for over 168 big blinds at day’s end.

A who’s who of high rollers are among the 48 players who made it through Day 1, including yesterday’s Event #16: $25,000 High Roller champ Issac Haxton (310,000), a controversial figure in defending champ Jake Schindler (678,000), white-hot 2023 two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chad Eveslage (303,000), and perennial high-stakes crushers Alex Foxen (1,236,000), Chance Kornuth (1,313,000), Chris Brewer (1,618,000) and Dan Smith (700,000), to name a few.

Daniel Negreanu fired a pair of bullets into the fray, but found no love on either and given the single re-entry nature of the tournament, will not be returning for Day 2 action. Erik Seidel, Adrian Mateos, David Peters, Stephen Chidwick and Nick Petrangelo were just some of the players who also failed to survive the day, though anyone who has only busted once can still rejoin the action tomorrow, as registration remains open through the start of Day 2.

WSOP Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed) Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chips
1st Justin Bonomo USA 2,024,000
2nd Talal Shakerchi United Kingdom 1,688,000
3rd Chris Brewer USA 1,618,000
4th Sam Soverel USA 1,459,000
5th Chance Kornuth USA 1,313,000
6th Alex Foxen USA 1,236,000
7th Leon Sturm Germany 1,118,000



Jeremy Ausmus

Sergio Aido

Seth Davies







Another Massive Field For Gladiators of Poker

6,110 more entries jammed their way into the WSOP for their chance at a small buy-in, big payday bracelet event, and much like the previous two flights, a huge field was quickly shrunk down to a much more manageable 227, with notables such as former WSOP Main Event champs Jamie Gold and Greg Raymer and WSOP Bracelet winners Patrick Leonard, Allen Cunningham and Chris Moorman all failing to make their way through the minefield on their way to a bag.

Richard Gao and his 3,105,000 chips pace the Day 1c field at press time, a single 5k chip above Peter Lee’s 3,100,000. Timothy “TK” Miles (1,850,000), fresh off a tenth-place performance in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout, also managed a big bag, joining Melanie Weisner (1,625,000) as a pair of notables punching their tickets to Day 2.

WSOP Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chips
1st Richard Gao USA 3,105,000
2nd Peter Lee USA 3,100,000
3rd Vito Branciforte Italy 2,685,000
4th Lindsay Jones USA 2,465,000
5th Jason Aden USA 2,285,000
6th Christopher Crutcher USA 2,285,000
7th Ugur Secilmis Turkey 2,150,000



William Rowlett

Jiawei Mao

Qiong Ding







Trio of Bracelet Winners Headline Limit Hold’em Championship

Just 46 players returned for Day 2 of Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, but another 28 jumped in to max late register, bringing the total field up to 134 entrants. Only 14 managed to survive through the day, with three-time WSOP bracelet winner Joe McKeehen in front with 1,445,000, a healthy amount ahead of a pair of four-time bracelet winners in Josh Arieh (1,170,000) and Nick Schulman (905,000).

Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, John Monnette, Shaun Deeb, and Chad Eveslage all have multiple bracelet wins, and all have another thing in common; they failed to reach the money in this prestigious event. After Eric Wasserson bubbled in 22nd, Koray Aldemir (21st – $16,000), Paul Volpe (20th – $16,000), Mori Eskandani (17th – $17,500) and Ian Johns (16th – $17,500) were a few of the notables to earn a payday before play came to a close.

WSOP Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chips
1st Joe McKeehen USA 1,445,000
2nd Josh Arieh USA 1,170,000
3rd Nick Schulman USA 905,000
4th Yong Wang China 700,000
5th Kevin Song USA 685,000
6th Nick Pupillo USA 620,000
7th Daniel Idema Canada 600,000



Joseph Beasy

Ronnie Bardah

Ben Yu







Three Days Not Enough to Crown Badugi Champ

Ten hours of play wasn’t enough time to bring a field of thirteen players down to a winner in Event #20: $1,500 Badugi, meaning the first-ever winner of an open Badugi event will have to wait one more day to earn their bracelet. The final three are fairly close in chips, with Yingui Li (4,900,000) holding a thin lead over Michael Rodrigues (4,600,000), while Serhii Popovych (3,350,000) lurks a little over a million chips behind.

Terrance Chan (12th – $6,923), Jon Turner (11th – $8,754) and David “ODB” Baker (8th – $11,356) all fell short of the final table, while Lee Horton, WSOP bracelet winners Owais “oerockets” Ahmed and Danny Tang, and Matt Vengrin all busted out of the final table before the day came to a close.

WSOP Event #20: $1,500 Badugi Final Table Results

Place Name Country Chips/Prize
1st Yingui Li China 4,900,000
2nd Michael Rodrigues Portugal 4,600,000
3rd Serhii Popovych USA 3,350,000
4th Matt Vengrin USA $40,996
5th Danny Tang Hong Kong $28,270
6th Owais Ahmed USA $20,577
7th Lee Horton United Kingdom $15,102

Nahm in Control in PLO

A field of 117 remaining runners in Event #21: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha was whittled down to just 13 during Day 2, and Stephen Nahm entered the clubhouse as an overwhelming chip leader, his 9,750,000 in chips good for nearly a quarter of the 40,340,000 in play. The Canadian already has one PLO cash on his resume this series, but the $15,700 he’s already locked up is far better than the $1,358 he earned for a 216th place finish in Event #13: $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack.

Netherlands native Ronald Keijzer (5,965,000), who owns a $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed bracelet from 2018, sits in second, while two-time bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky (930,000) and 2018 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo champ Dan Matsuzuki (530,000) have their work cut out for them on the final day.

WSOP Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chips
1st Stephen Nahm Canada 9,750,000
2nd Ronald Keijzer Netherlands 5,965,000
3rd Thomas Taylor Canada 5,340,000
4th Gheorghe Butuc Moldova 3,120,000
5th Kevin Rand USA 3,015,000
6th Amir Mirrasouli USA 2,200,000
7th Jonathan England USA 1,380,000



Thomas Zanot

Paul Clotar

Mike Gorodinsky







Pisarenko Leads Largest Ever Live Razz Tourney

556 entrants sought to make the worst possible hand during Event #24: $1,500 Razz, crushing the previous WSOP record of 462 entrants in 2015. The resurgence in the stud poker format pumped up a prize pool of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, and 170 players will return for Day 2 action looking to earn a chunk of the prize pool.

Maksim Pisarenko (251,500) bagged up the chip lead, and was joined by some heavy-hitters in bracelet winners Vasilis Lazarou (223,500) Yuval Bronshtein (207,000), Jeff Madsen (190,000), Michael Moncek (187,000) and David “ODB” Baker (185,500) in the top ten. Poker Hall of Famer Tom McEvoy (157,000), six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (94,000), and the Chainsaw himself, Allen Kessler (92,500) all managed to find a healthy bag. Kessler even managed to give out an apology to one of his signature complaints during the proceedings!

WSOP Event #24: $1,500 Razz Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chips
1st Maksim Pisarenko Russia 251,500
2nd Vasilis Lazarou USA 223,500
3rd Yuval Bronshtein Israel 207,000
4th Takashi Ogura Japan 197,500
5th Eoghan O’Dea Ireland 195,000
6th Jeff Madsen USA 190,000
7th Michael Moncek USA 187,000



Alon Doitch

Marcus Stein

David “ODB” Baker








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