Josh Arieh Bracelet 6
Josh Arieh won his sixth bracelet and second of the summer so far in the H.O.R.S.E. High Roller event.

Two bracelets were won and another five WSOP events were in progress on a packed Day 44 of the 2023 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Action in the Horseshoe and Paris casinos was red hot as Josh Arieh won his second bracelet of the summer and sixth in his glittering career. In the WSOP Main Event, players such as Tony Dunst, Nicholas Rigby and the overnight chip leader all lost their stacks as new players emerged, while five other events saw a first-time bracelet winner and familiar names in contention elsewhere.

‘The Day of Joshua’ Starts with Payne’s Gain in The Main

Two players named Josh or Joshua starred on Day 44 of this year’s WSOP and Joshua Payne was the name on everyone’s lips in the Main Event. Payne, knocked out the overnight chip leader Zachary Hall on his way to building a mammoth top stack of just under 48 million chips on Day 6 as 149 players became 49 after five two-hour levels.

Payne, who came 553rd and in the money on last year’s Main Event, leads the field but will know from the experience of his predecessor Hall that a lead can go as quickly as it comes. Other big stacks on Day 6 included Juan Maceiras Lapido (40.5 million) and the dangerous American professional Daniel Weinman (24,375,000) with Alec Torelli (21m) – who has attracted some negative press from a reported former employee on Twitter this week – ending the day in sixth place of the 49 who remain in the hunt for $12.1 million.

Big stacks include that of Daniel Scroggins (20,800,000) and Nick Gerrity (18,075,000), with  Daniel Vampan (17,000,000) not far behind. Vampan bluffed Toby Lewis to stay alive on Day 5, but the British player proved the level of his professionalism is far better than tilting after one big hand and ended Day 6 on an ominous 15.2 million. His performance was one of several strong ones from British players with no fewer than one in every seven of the remaining players hailing from the United Kingdom.

On a day where players such as Tony Dunst, Nicholas Rigby , ‘Barstool Nate’ Silver and the aforementioned Zachary Hall all lost their tournament lives, so too did the remaining two female players, with India player Nikita Luther (96th for $78,900) and French Winamax player Estelle Cohuet (68th for $130,300) both busting before the close of play meaning that there is an all-male feel to proceedings from Day 7 through 11 this year in the Main Event.

WSOP 2023 Event #76 $10,000 Main Event World Championship Day 6:
Rank Player Country Chips
1st Joshua Payne United States 47,950,000
2nd Juan Maceiras Lapido Spain 40,500,000
3rd Daniel Weinman United States 24,375,000
4th Richard Ryder United States 22,650,000
5th Tim Van Loo Austria 21,700,000
6th Alec Torelli United States 21,075,000
7th Daniel Scroggins United States 20,800,000
8th Pierpaola Lamanna Italy 18,875,000
9th Nicholas Gerrity United States 18,075,000
10th Ryan Tamanini United States 17,325,000


Joshua Payne
Joshua Payne leads the WSOP Main Event, with just 48 players between him and $12.1 million.

Josh Arieh Wins Sixth Bracelet After H.O.R.S.E. Triumph

Josh Arieh got over the line yet again as he claimed his second bracelet of the summer and sixth across his poker career. Winning Event #80, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller event for $711,313, Arieh’s phenomenal success in the past three years means that he has now won four of his six bracelets in the past 21 months. Alongside his bracelet victory was the fact that Arieh’s performance puts him into second place on this year’s WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Having won it in 2021, Arieh is looking to do what no player has done since the award’s inception, which is to win it in two out of three years.

At an exciting final table, Scott Seiver slid out in 8th place for a score of $81,337 and was followed to the rail two places later by John ‘Johnny World’ Hennigan, whose induction in the Hall of Fame is surely one that Arieh will copy in the next year or so. If he falls to Brian Rast in that race as many predict, the addition of Arieh to that honor roll will surely follow in 2024.

Joao Vieira, who was duking it out with Arieh for the lead in this event on several occasions eventually fell in fourth place, while the Seniors Event 3rd-place finisher Dan Heimiller went oh so close again, losing to Arieh heads-up.

After the event, Arieh was humble in victory.

WSOP 2023 Event #80 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Josh Arieh United States $711,313
2nd Dan Heimiller United States $439,622
3rd Yingui Li China $319,906
4th Joao Vieira Portugal $236,163
5th Mike Matusow United States $176,904
6th John Hennigan United States $134,491
7th Johannes Becker Germany $103,795
8th Scott Seiver United States $81,337
9th Hal Rotholz United States $64,733


Bernabeu Binks First Win in NLHE $2,500 Event

Sam Bernabeu may share a name with the Real Madrid home stadium, but he showed that in No Limit Hold’’em, he’s a Galactico too. Conquering Event #79, Bernabeu won the top prize of $682,432 after getting the better of James Anderson heads-up.

Overnight, it was the American high stakes regular Seth Davies who dominated the headlines after building an impressive lead coming into the final day’s play. Davies, however, was unable to hold onto that lead and busted in fourth place when his KcTs lost to Bernabeu’s JdJc after a nine-high board fell.

After an extended period of play three-handed, Zlatin Penev lost out for $310,528 when his 5s5c lost to Bernabeu’s AsQs as a board of AdKsQh7d7h fell. That gave Bernabeu a lead heads-up of 56.7 million chips to Anderson’s 15.6m and it was all over shortly afterwards when Anderson’s AcQs lost to Bernabeu’s KsKc, a sweaty flop of 9c6c3c followed by two cool cards for the winner, a 7s on the turn and Ks on the river.

WSOP 2023 Event #79 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Samuel Bernabeu Spain $682,432
2nd James Anderson United States $421,761
3rd Zlatin Penev Italy $310,528
4th Seth Davies United States $310,528
5th Diego Vaz Sorgatto Brazil $230,772
6th Justin Kindred United States $137,121
7th Ramon Fernandez Spain $100,252
8th Derek Normand United States $77,401
9th Daniel Schill United States $60,346


Malboubi on Top in Ultra Stack  

Day 1b of the $600-entry Ultra Stack saw 4,116 players reduced to just 312 survivors, as the American player Rassoul Malboubi (3,615,000) piled up enough chips to grab the lead over Leonard Clementi (3,500,000) in second place. With players such as David Rich (2,950,000), Qiang Xu (2,940,000), Brett Apter (1,520,000) and Scott Bohlman (1,205,000) all still alive, it could be some Day 2 tomorrow with previous bracelet winners everywhere in the 555-player total field.

WSOP 2023 Event #81 $600 Ultra Stack Day 1B Leaderboard:
Place Player Country Chips
1st Rassoul Malboubi United States 3,615,000
2nd Leonard Clementi United States 3,500,000
3rd David Rich United States 2,950,000
4th Qiang Xu China 2,940,000
5th Robert Sherwood United Kingdom 2,880,000
6th Samuel Von Kennel United States 2,375,000
7th Shane Rose United States 2,320,000
8th Michael Lane United States 2,300,005
9th Brandon Hamlet United States 1,980,000
10th Michael Majarais United States 1,965,000


Matakis Chasing POY Points in PLO 6-Max Event

Ian Matakis continues his quest to become this year’s WSOP Player of the Year in fine from, after reaching the next day of the $3,000-entry Event #82, the PLO Six-Max event. Top of the charts after Day 2 was Dustin Goldklang (4,225,000), with Connor Drinan (3,270,000) next on the leaderboard.

With the second day of action reducing 216 players to 35 across a busy day at the felt, others such as the Day 1 chip leader Tyler Gaston (1,745,000) and Kane Kalas (795,000) are still in the hunt for what would be their first WSOP gold bracelets.

WSOP 2023 Event #82 $3,000 PLO 6-Max Leaderboard:
Place Player Country Chips
1st Dustin Goldklang United States 4,225,000
2nd Connor Drinan United States 3,270,000
3rd Marc Lagaze United States 2,530,000
4th Matthew Parry United States 2,500,000
5th Benjamin Juhasz Hungary 2,480,000
6th Lukas Zaskodny Czech Republic 2,035,000
7th Brandon Shack-Harris United States 1,865,000
8th Tyler Gaston United States 1,745,000
9th Joshua Stefansky United States 1,670,000
10th Eric Hayes United States 1,430,000


Two More Day 1s in the Bag

Two more bracelet events saw Day 1 flights end on the night, with David Prociak the boss on Day 1 of Event #83, the $1,500-entry Short Deck NLHE event. Prociak piled up 2 million chips, with Robert James (1,622,000) and Ryan Laplante (771,000) also bagging up in the final nine.

Finally, in Event #84, the $50,000 High Roller saw 137 entries, 30 more than last year’s total field. Top of the leaderboard was Yang Wang (2,175,000), with Fedor Holz (1,990,000) Dylan Linde (1,770,000) and the 2022 WSOP world champion Espen Jorstad (1,340,000) all starring in the top 10.

Dylan Weisman was enjoying the floor show in his event… especially when Jeff Platt showed up.

Here’s that moment from Platt and Negreanu’s perspective.

Jennifer Newell came up with a pretty deep analysis of the number of female players who took part in the WSOP Mina Event this year.

Jeff Platt found a big name on the rail. A very big name in the context of this year’s Main Event.

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