Plenty of people doubt Phil Hellmuth due to his sometimes-unorthodox approach to hands and his interactions with other players when the camera is rolling. Others appreciate what he brings to the game and his friendly and open attitude when there aren’t cards in front of him. Regardless of your thoughts on Hellmuth, one can’t deny his success at the World Series of Poker where he just extended his record to 17 gold bracelets after winning the one-day Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $803,818. The event went into the wee hours of the morning and we will likely report more on this event tomorrow as they haven’t posted the bustout hand yet an hour after the event has ended. Instead, we got the news straight from the G.O.A.T. himself.
Hellmuth wasn’t the only player to find WSOP gold on Saturday the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) including David Guay and Weiran Pu.
Many big names are still in contention in ongoing events at the Horseshow Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
Read more about what went down on Day 33 of the 2023 WSOP:
David Guay Wins Event #64: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Championship ($271,032)
Playground Poker Club regular David Guay celebrated Canada Day on July 1 in style by bringing home the bacon with his first WSOP bracelet victory in the four-day Event #64: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Championship after defeating John Taylor heads-up to win the $271,032 top prize.
"It's great, I had a lot of friends and family here on the rail and some I only know from way back at Playground Poker in Canada," Guay said about his support team after his victory according to the WSOP.
The final day was a quick one that lasted about three hours with just three players returning in their quest for WSOP gold. All three players were closely grouped together with Taylor officially in the lead, followed by Guay and Steven Stolzenfeld.
Stolzenfeld doubled through Taylor to take a commanding lead when his ace-ten delivered a bad beat against big slick. Stolzenfeld extended his lead to more than half the chips in play, but Taylor battled back to regain the chip lead.
Poker can be cruel. A bad beat kept Stolzenfeld alive but he eventually hit the rail in third place anyway on a bad beat after calling off his stack with big slick and unable to stay ahead of Guay’s ten-nine, which improved to trips with two tens running out on the board.
Guay had a more than five-to-one chip advantage to start the short heads-up battle. Taylor jammed for about five big blinds with queen-ten suited and Guay ran hot again to win the bracelet when his nine-six suited got there after a six nailed the flop.
Event #64: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table Results
Event #64 attracted 4,303 entries to generate a $2,194,530 prize pool with the top 646 players banking at least a $960 min-cash. Check out the final table results below:
|2||John Taylor||United States||$167,483|
|3||Steven Stolzenfeld||United States||$124,850|
|8||Paul Hindmarch||United Kingdom||$32,332|
|9||Ahmed Karrim||South Africa||$25,276|
Weiran Pu Wins Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em ($938,244)
China’s Weiran Pu had a rough start of the year. That is all distant memories after he denied Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi his fourth WSOP bracelet after defeating him heads-up to win the four-day Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for $938,244.
"I'm so thankful,” Pu said according to the WSOP after his victory. “I didn't start traveling to play poker until this year. I went to the PCA and other events like EPTs and the results were not what I expected. This is a big moment. It's a big surprise because the first half of this year wasn't so smooth. Right now, I'm a social media influencer for poker in China. I've made hundreds of vlogs, but this one may be my biggest."
The final hand was a bit of a cooler but one Pu will likely remember for the rest of his life when his ace-king held against ace-queen to win the event.
"Norbert is a very strong player, but early on we had a cooler against him,” Pu shared about his opponent. “Norbert flopped two pair but I had a pair of kings. I called him on two streets and on the river caught another king and he made a very good fold. But he was behind because of that hand. And the last hand was the same, like ace-queen versus ace-king was a cooler, two monster hands going heads up. So, I was expecting the heads-up match to be much longer than this but it kind of came to a stop all of a sudden. Still, I was prepared for an extended battle. If the match kept going I would've been prepared."
Pu is part of the large Chinese rail that has been prevalent whenever a member from the community has run deep in a WSOP bracelet event. The crew should feel well accomplished as a team as players from China have now won five bracelets this year, a thought not lost on Pu after he became the fifth.
"This is China's fifth bracelet of the series,” Pu said. I feel we're not only a team, but also a family. All the members support each other and cheer for each other. I not only played a final table this series, but also cheered for the previous gold bracelet winners.”
Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em featured a huge $5,046,200 prize pool from the field of 1,199 entries. The top 180 players secured at least a $8,034 min-cash. Check out the final table results below:
|3||Tyler Cornell||United States||$407,040|
Shiina Okamato Holds Commanding Lead Over Final 7 in Event #67: $1,000 Ladies Championship
After three days of play, the original field of 1,295 all-female entries in Event #67: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship is down to just seven hopefuls with each player locking up at least $26,277 with their eyes on the coveted bracelet and the $192,167 top prize.
Japan’s Shiina Okamato will kick off the action which will also be live-streamed at PokerGO at the Horseshoe Feature Table at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a commanding lead of nearly half the chips in play with 11,670,000 for 117 big blinds.
This is more than double of her nearest competitor in Tara Kain with 4,750,000 and there is another gap after that with Day 3 chip leader Mary Dvorkin (2,650,000), Tamar Abraham (2,370,000), Suzanne Malavet (2,100,000), Chrysi Phiniotis (1,180,000), and Nam Nguyen (630,000) all still with some hope to be the last woman standing.
The Ladies Championship final table is nothing new for Cain as this is her second rodeo hunting for a title in this event with just one table of players to go. Last time, she finished in fifth place for $20,499 at the 2018 WSOP and she has already guaranteed a better payout regardless of where she finishes today.
Event #67: $1,000 Ladies Championship Final Day Seat Draw
|2||Nam Nguyen||United States||630,000||6|
|3||Suzanne Malavet||United States||2,100,000||21|
|4||Tara Cain||United States||4,750,000||48|
|5||Tamar Abraham||United States||2,370,000||24|
David “ODB” Baker Leads Over Final 3 in Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Lowball Championship
A fourth day was added to the original scheduled three-day Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Lowball Championship with three former bracelet winners from the original field of 154 entries pitting off for the title.
David “ODB” Baker is in a prime spot to win his fourth WSOP bracelet with nearly half the chips in play with 4,580,000 in chips for 76 big blinds. While Baker is the odds-on favorite heading into the final day which will begin at the Horseshoe on Sunday at 1 p.m., he will have to go through two very tough opponents in WSOP bracelet winners Chris Brewer (2,765,000) and Alex Livingston (1,900,000).
Regardless of how the day turns out, all three players have locked up a sizeable $158,057. Of course, the day will be much better for one of these players with the bracelet and the $367,599 top prize on the line.
Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Lowball Championship Final Day Seat Draw
|1||David "ODB" Baker||United States||4,580,000||76|
|2||Chris Brewer||United States||2,765,000||46|
Tyler Smith Leads Final 11 in Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
The three-day Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit High Roller has been nothing short of exciting with 200 nosebleed players getting into the action to create a $9,550,000 prize pool. This is nearly double the 106 entries attracted last year when Robert Cowen won the $1,393,816 top prize.
There is much more on the line with just 11 players left when the final day kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Horseshoe with all returning players guaranteed at least a $157,963 payout along with the hopes of winning the mouth-watering $2,303,017 top prize.
Tyler Smith leads the way in his quest for his second bracelet after bagging up 14,000,000 in chips for 56 big blinds. This is nearly as much as his nearest two competitors combined in Jesse Lonis (8,650,000) and Elias Harala (6,575,000) will start the final day with.
Smith isn’t the only former bracelet winner still in contention as two of the shortest stacks in WSOP champions Isaac Haxton (2,500,000) and Ian Matakis (2,150,000) are also looking to add a bracelet for each wrist.
Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Day Seat Draw
|1||2||Danny Hannawa||United States||6,125,000||25|
|1||3||Tyler Smith||United States||14,000,000||56|
|1||6||Anthony Marsico||United States||3,525,000||14|
|1||8||James Park||United Kingdom||4,325,000||17|
|2||1||Jesse Lonis||United States||8,650,000||35|
|2||3||Ian Matakis||United States||2,150,000||9|
|2||4||Isaac Haxton||United States||2,500,000||10|
|2||8||Adam Hendrix||United States||3,500,000||14|
Other Ongoing Events
Event #70: $400 The Colussus No-Limit Hold’em establish new WSOP records with 15,893 entries battling it out during two opening flights until the money bubble broke leaving 1,986 players remaining with two more scheduled days of action to come. Of course, a fourth day can be added. Payouts and official prize pool information will be released after the start of Day 2 on Sunday at 10 a.m. and it is possible that the live reporting of this event is off by a player with the massive field. Chengtzu Lai and Alessandro Minasi lead the way with more than 1.4 million after bagging big on Friday’s Day 1a.
The three-day Event #73: $2,500 Big Bet Mixed is a true test of poker skills with the action rotating between seven flop and draw poker variants. It is a high-octane affair with the big blind ante being 1.5x the big blind in any of the no-limit games and the pot-limit games posting a normal big blind ante which will not count towards the pot for pot-sized bets until after the flop. The event attracted 377 entries on its opening day to set a new WSOP record with a $838,825 prize pool. The 146 survivors will resume at 2 p.m. on Sunday and play until the money bubble and beyond with the top 57 players guaranteed at least a $4,021 min-cash. Monday’s bracelet winner will go home much richer than that with a $190,240 top prize on the line.
July 2 WSOP Schedule
Four bracelets are scheduled to be awarded include three in multi-day live events and the one-day Online Event #12: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack at WSOP.com for players in New Jersey and Nevada. Two other live events kick off their action on Sunday including the three-day Event #74: $1,000 Mini Main Event at 10 a.m. and Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better Championship at 2 p.m.
Below is a look at today’s schedule while head to the PokerPro opening WSOP article to check out the full schedule of the 2023 World Series of Poker.
|10 a.m.||Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em||Day 2 of 3|
|10 a.m.||Event #74: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold'em||Day 1 of 3|
|1 p.m.||Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship||Day 4 of 4|
|1 p.m.||Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller||Day 3 of 3|
|2 p.m.||Event #67: $1,000 LADIES No-Limit Hold'em Championship||Day 4 of 4|
|2 p.m.||Event #73: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event||Day 2 of 3|
|2 p.m.||Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||Day 1 of 4|
|3:30 p.m.||Online Event #12: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack||Day 1 of 1|
Images and hand details courtesy of WSOP/PokerNews.
Article by Jason Glatzer
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