The 2023 World Series of Poker crowned three new first-time winners at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
Jeremy Eyer won the biggest prize of the day of $649,550 in Event #12: $5,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout, while Joseph Altomonte snagged his first taste at WSOP gold after shipping Event #13: $600 Pot-Limit Hold’em Deepstack for $217,102.
Also, the marathon Online Event #4: $600 No-Hold’em Ultra Deepstack hosted at WSOP.com was the final bracelet event to conclude play with Danny “jackdaniels1” Wong defeating a field of 1,032 entries to win the $130,648 top prize.
Read on to learn more about these events and others in progress in our daily WSOP recap.
Jeremy Eyer Wins Event #12: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout ($649,550)
The three-day Event #12: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout drew 735 unique players to create a $3,381,000 prize pool. Jeremy Eyer came out on top to win his first bracelet along with the huge $649,550 top prize after he defeated GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos heads-up.
“It was a back-and-forth battle, you know,” Eyer shared about his heads-up battle with WSOP. “I had him down a little bit, and he had me down. It was back and forth, and finally, we just got into a cooler, and I was on the right end of it.”
The cooler at the end was Ramos running his jacks into Eyer’s queens. Had the hands been reversed, we could have easily been looking at Ramos winning his first bracelet as he would have had a commanding lead instead of finishing one person shy to collect the hefty $401,460 runner-up prize.
Event #12: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Jeremy Eyer||United States||$649,550|
|4||Jinho Hong||South Korea||$208,158|
|5||Ronald Minnis||United States||$153,032|
|6||Jeffrey Halcomb||United States||$114,102|
|8||Shiva Dudani||United States||$66,226|
|9||James Vecchio||United States||$51,769|
Joseph Altomonte Wins Event #13: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
The two-day Event #13: 600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack garnered significant interest from players seeking a different poker variant than hold'em, at a more affordable buy-in compared to most bracelet events. This led to a massive turnout of 3,200 participants, resulting in a prize pool of $1,632,000.
Joseph Altomonte took the most advantage of the huge prize pool after emerging victorious in a short heads-up battle against Michael Holmes to secure his first bracelet and claim the top prize of $217,102.
Numerous notable players with previous bracelet wins showcased their skills in this event, including Jonathan Dimmig (10th place - $16,772), Shaun Deeb, a five-time champion and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year (17th place - $8,647), Scott “BigRiskky” Clements, a three-time bracelet winner (61st place - $3,323), Ian Matakis (93rd place - $2,051), and Brandon Shack-Harris, a two-time champion (95th place - $2,051).
However, as the final table approached, it became evident that a first-time bracelet winner would be crowned. Altomonte held a commanding chip lead during the heads-up play. Holmes managed to double up once but ultimately fell short on his second attempt and had to settle for the healthy runner-up prize of $401,460.
Event #13: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Table Results
|1||Joseph Altomonte||United States||$217,102|
|2||Michael Holmes||United States||$134,171|
|3||Stephen Wheeland||United States||$100,976|
|4||Jorge Ufano||United States||$76,516|
|5||Clayton Fletcher||United States||$58,382|
|8||Jerome Hickel||United States||$27,042|
Max Hoffman Leads Final 11 in Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
At the end of a two-day battle, Max Hoffman emerged as the frontrunner in his quest for his first WSOP bracelet in Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, with only 11 players left vying for the title.
Among the remaining contenders are several distinguished bracelet winners, such as Maxx Coleman, Brian Yoon, Ben Diebold, David "Bakes" Baker, Ben Yu, Alex Livingston, and Chad Eveslage, who already secured his second bracelet earlier in the year. However, Hoffman is not the sole participant in search of his inaugural bracelet in this event. Johannes Becker, George Alexander, and Dan Shak are also still in the running, hopeful to claim their first taste of WSOP glory.
The action is set to resume on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at The Horseshoe, with blind levels lasting 90 minutes, until a new champion is ultimately crowned in the prestigious Stud Championship.
Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Day Seat Draw
|1||1||Maxx Coleman||United States||1,238,000|
|1||2||Benjamin Diebold||United States||684,000|
|1||3||Leonard August||United States||299,000|
|1||5||Ben Yu||United States||422,000|
|1||6||Chad Eveslage||United States||472,000|
|1||7||George Alexander||United States||652,000|
|2||2||Brian Yoon||United States||800,000|
|2||3||Max Hoffman||United States||1,522,000|
|2||6||David "Bakes" Baker||United States||586,000|
|2||8||Dan Shak||United States||417,000|
Brandon Hall Leads Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
The three-day Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em tournament attracted a significant following of players who relish short-handed gameplay. The event garnered an impressive field of 2,454 entries, resulting in a staggering prize pool of $3,276,090. The top 369 players were guaranteed a minimum cash of $2,400 with a massive $465,501 top prize up for grabs for Thursday’s bracelet winner.
As the intense action unfolded, the field gradually dwindled, leaving only 161 survivors after enduring 17 blind levels of 40-minute each on Day 1. Each returning player will be assured a payout of at least $3,564.
Brandon Hall showcased an exceptional performance, transforming his initial 25,000-chip stack into an astounding 1,440,000 chips. Stevens Chen (1,100,000) was the only other player to conclude the opening day with a million chips or more.
Numerous bracelet winners notably secured spots among the top 25 chip stacks, including Allan Le (800,000), Upsheka De Silva (709,000), Bradley Jansen (651,000), John Monnette (640,000), and Norbert Szecsi (617,000).
The action will resume on Wednesday at 10 a.m with a slightly shorter with ten blind levels lasting 40 minutes each.
Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 Top 10 Leaderboard
|1||Brandon Hall||United States||1,440,000||144|
|2||Stevens Chen||United States||1,100,000||110|
|3||Mathew Moore||United States||924,000||92|
|4||Allan Le||United States||800,000||80|
|5||Michael Jagroo||United States||798,000||80|
|6||Matthew Wantman||United States||774,000||77|
|7||Adam Swan||United States||765,000||77|
|8||Jack O'Neill||United Kingdom||762,000||76|
|9||Eduardo Bernal Sanchez||Colombia||762,000||76|
Calvin Anderson Chasing Third Bracelet in Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
The three-day Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em lived up to its prestigious reputation, attracting a star-studded field comprised of renowned poker players. The high buy-in and the event's esteemed status drew many of the biggest names in the poker world.
An impressive 93 players survived the intense competition on Day 1, with a two-time bracelet winner Calvin Anderson leading the pack after converting their initial 150,000-chip stack into a 1,609,000 in chips. Freddy Deeb (1,440,000), Brian Kim (1,291,000), Isaac Haxton (1,195,000), and Alex Nguyen (1,060,000) also finished the day with a seven-figure stack in their bags.
Eight former WSOP Main Event winners were in the hunt. The 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion Espen Jorstad (377,000) and the 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (320,000) found bags after the eight one-hour blind levels. Meanwhile, former Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth, Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Koray Aldemir, and Ryan Riess all lost their stacks on the opening day.
Currently, the event has garnered 264 entries, contributing an impressive $6,204,000 to the prize pool. It is anticipated that the prize pool will continue to grow as late registration remains open until the start of Day 2 at 10 a.m. when players will engage in a lengthier battle with ten one-hour blind levels.
Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Day 1 Top 10 Leaderboard
|1||Calvin Anderson||United States||1,609,000||161|
|2||Freddy Deeb||United States||1,440,000||144|
|3||Brian Kim||United States||1,291,000||129|
|4||Isaac Haxton||United States||1,195,000||120|
|5||Alex Nguyen||United States||1,060,000||106|
|6||Calvin Lee||United States||979,000||98|
|8||Biao Ding||United States||790,000||79|
|9||Nick Maimone||United States||783,000||78|
|10||Eric Wasserson||United States||780,000||78|
Adel Shakerian Leads Event #17: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #17: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better has demonstrated its enduring popularity by surpassing last year's record of 1,067 entrants. Instead, it attracted an additional 73 entries, resulting in a remarkable field of 1,143 participants and a substantial prize pool of $1,525,905.
The field is still big with 394 players surviving 15 blind levels of 40 minutes each. The structure will deepen further for the final two days starting with Day 2 consisting of 10 blind levels of one hour each when the action resumes on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The action will reach well past the money bubble on Day 2 with the top 172 players securing at least a $2,404 payout. The ultimate prize for Thursday's victor is an enticing $262,542, in addition to the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Heading into the penultimate day, Adel Shakerian leads the pack after skillfully converting his initial 25,000-chip stack into an impressive 239,000. Benjamin Vidal (210,500) and Colin Burton (202,500) also bagged more than 200,000 in chips.
Notably, 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth continues to persevere in this event after being eliminated from Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. However, Hellmuth faces a challenging task with a shorter stack of 45,000. Other bracelet winners who accumulated larger chip stacks include Smith Sirisakorn (169,000), Connor Drinan (157,000), Chris Tryba (146,500), Ismael Bojang (145,000), Max Pescatori (130,000), and Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson (129,000).
Event #17: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 1 Top 10 Leaderboard
|1||Adel Shakerian||United States||239,000||60|
|2||Benjamin Vidal||United States||210,500||53|
|5||Nitesh Rawtani||United States||177,500||44|
|6||Jason Daly||United States||176,500||44|
|7||Ryan Scully||United States||175,000||44|
|8||Smith Sirisakorn||United States||169,000||42|
|9||Hlias Azakas||United States||167,000||42|
|10||Glen Munro||United States||166,500||42|
June 7, 2023 WSOP Schedule
On June 7, 2023, Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship will culminate with the crowning of a bracelet winner on its third and final day. Simultaneously, two other events will reach their penultimate days, promising an exciting atmosphere.
Anticipate huge crowds on Wednesday as Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em commences with its first of four opening flights. We strongly advise those planning to compete in this event to secure their seats early due to the expected high turnout. This event presents an opportunity to chase WSOP glory while vying for a substantial prize pool, all for a modest $300 buy-in.
Furthermore, Wednesday marks the commencement of Event #19: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em and Event #20: $1,500 Badugi. Both tournaments will span three days, promising captivating action for hold’em and mixed game enthusiasts alike.
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 #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em||Day 2 of 3|
|10 a.m.||Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em - Flight A||Day 1 of 3|
|12 p.m.||Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed||Day 2 of 3|
|12 p.m.||Event #19: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em||Day 1 of 3|
|1 p.m.||Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||Day 3 of 3|
|2 p.m.||Event #20: $1,500 Badugi||Day 1 of 3|
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Article by Jason Glatzer
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