Day 6 of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has seen numerous clashes with some of the biggest names in poker.
Chanracy Khun and Nick Schulman ended their days with coveted bracelets on their hands, while Chad Eveslage is on a mission to be the first player to win two bracelets in the 2023 series.
Read on to learn more about these events and others in progress in our daily WSOP recap.
Chanracy Khun Wins Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship
64 of the best heads-up players battled in Event #8 $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship that created a $1,504,000 prize pool, and $507,020 was reserved for the winner.
Four players returned for Day 3, and the biggest favorite of them was heads-up specialist Doug Polk. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner took on Chris Brewer in the semi-finals, and he can thank Lady Luck for advancing to the finals after spiking a two-outer on the river in the preflop all-in pot with pocket Queens against pocket Kings.
The other semi-final pair ended in the very first level after what might seem an unnecessary big pot. A 3-bet with 78s from Chanracy Khun preflop, a raise, and a bet with Q3s of Sean Winter postflop with (semi)bluff and both guys making a straight on the river. But it was Canadian Khun who made a bigger straight, and Winter called off a check-raise with a smaller stack.
Polk had the loudest rail so far at the 2023 WSOP, but unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for his fourth bracelet. A key hand happened when Doug ran a bluff in a limp pot, and Khun sniffed it out for a huge lead. It was all over just a few minutes later when Polk pushed all chips in the middle with K8s, and Chanracy snapped it off with KTs. The board was blank, and Khun celebrated his first-ever World Series of Poker Bracelet.
"I feel really good. I'm relieved,” Khun told WSOP after the final match. "When you play heads up, you're always going to play a different strategy against different opponents. I knew he was really, really good, so I just try to do my best. And so yeah, I was just luckier than him today. So any other day, the match would have been different. And yeah, today was my lucky day."
Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship Final Results
|2||Doug Polk||United States||$313,362|
|3||Chris Brewer||United States||$192,513|
|4||Sean Winter||United States||$192,513|
|6||Anthony Zinno||United States||$74,648|
|7||Landon Tice||United States||$74,648|
|8||Eric Wasserson||United States||$74,648|
Nick Schulman Bosses the Final Table in Event #9: Seven Card Stud
The $1,500 Seven Stud Card final table was a clash of multiple WSOP bracelet winners. While Shaun Deeb was chasing his sixth bracelet, John Monette and Nick Schulman were hoping for their fifth and fourth bracelet, respectively.
Deeb finished the tournament in 5th place and was eliminated by Monnette, who started the final table as a chip leader but fell short himself just a few minutes later against Schulman. Nick began to pick up speed at this point and looked very comfortable with the remaining field as he knocked out two more players and started heads-up against Andrew Hasdal with a close to 2:1 chip lead.
But it was Hasdal who turned that deficit into a 2:1 lead after two big hands before Nick re-took the lead again. Andrew survived several double ups from this point on but couldn’t do it the fifth time, and Nick Schulman celebrated his fourth bracelet and $110,800 first-place prize.
Schulman, who was sporting a cigar at the final table, revealed to the WSOP that it was a homage to the old school. "I love Stud, it's probably my favorite game, and I've always kind of thought it was my best game. I grew up playing it,” he added.
Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Results
|1||Nick Schulman||United States||$110,800|
|2||Andrew Hasdal||United States||$68,479|
|3||Hojeong Lee||United States||$46,912|
|4||John Monnette||United States||$32,828|
|5||Shaun Deeb||United States||$23,476|
|6||DJ Buckley||United States||$17,166|
|7||Tim Frazin||United States||$12,839|
|8||Tab Thiptinnakon||United States||$9,829|
|9||Bruce Levitt||United States||$7,706|
Chad Eveslage Hopes For Back-to-Back Dealer's Choice Win
Out of 115 entries to Event #10: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship, only 13 players are left for the championship glory, and currently on top is Chad Eveslage, winner of Event #5: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice.
Can he achieve the rare feat of scoring a brace in the same series with winning a regular and a Championship Dealer’s choice event? There are only 12 players between him and the glory, but out of those twelve remaining players, eight already have a bracelet to their name, including six-time WSOP champ John Hennigan, who was leading after Day 1.
The action will resume with the third and final day at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Day 3 Seat Draw
|142||1||John Hennigan||United States||519,000|
|142||2||Dutch Boyd||United States||256,000|
|142||4||Scott Bohlman||United States||113,000|
|142||6||Paul Volpe||United States||340,000|
|143||1||Dustin Dirksen||United States||442,000|
|143||3||Jordan Siegel||United States||858,000|
|143||5||Marco Johnson||United States||925,000|
|143||6||Ryan Goindoo||Trinidad & Tobago||1,075,000|
|144||1||Chad Eveslage||United States||1,371,000|
|144||3||Zack Freeman||United States||388,000|
|144||4||Ari Engel||United States||767,000|
|144||5||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||496,000|
Phil Hellmuth Hunting His 17th WSOP Bracelet in Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
A massive field of 6,085 entries entered one of the most affordable tournaments of this year’s WSOP, Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack.
318 players survived the first day and will fight for their share of a $3,103,350 prize pool, while everyone already locked in at least a $1,702 money prize.
Kevin Daily heads to the second day as a chip leader but is closely followed by Garen Zobian, Fabio Pinhodamaso, and Chahn Jung. Among the survivors is also a 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who will start Day 2 on Monday at 10am with 22 a big blind stack.
Photos courtesy of WSOP/PokerNews.