One bracelet was given out on Day 9 at the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It was Brian Yoon who denied Dan Shak his first-ever bracelet in the $10,000 Stud Championship.
Two other events are going into the last day, with Roman Hrabec leading the final 13 in the $25,000 High Roller event and Sarah Herzali securing a pole position in the $1,500 6-Handed event.
Read on to learn more about these events and others in progress in our daily WSOP recap.
Brian Yoon Claims His 5th Bracelet in Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
After a 2-hour heads-up battle, Brian Yoon emerged victorious over Dan Shak in Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship to claim the title and his fifth WSOP bracelet. Outshining a field of 131 entrants, his triumph secured him the lion's share of the prize pool, amounting to $311,433.
According to WSOP, Yoon is just the 33rd player in WSOP history with five bracelets, joining the ranks of esteemed poker legends such as Eli Elezra, John Juanda, Shaun Deeb, and Adam Friedman, who won bracelets in four consecutive WSOP festivals to get to the magical number five.
"Honestly, I don't try to bracelet hunt or anything like that, I'm just trying to play the tournaments and enjoy playing the games,” said Yoon to WSOP. “It feels great, obviously, to be the 33rd to get number five, so I'll take it and see what happens in the future."
On the other hand, Dan Shak may feel disappointed with his runner-up finish, as it denied him his first-ever WSOP bracelet. Still, he was toying with an elimination throughout the final table, so he can be content about his best-ever WSOP result.
Another disappointed face at the Horseshoe casino was Max Hoffman, who held a substantial lead going into the final day but was eliminated in 8th place.
Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results
|1||Brian Yoon||United States||$311,433|
|2||Dan Shak||United States||$192,479|
|3||Maxx Coleman||United States||$140,081|
|4||Ben Yu||United States||$103,645|
|5||George Alexander||United States||$77,985|
|6||Ben Diebold||United States||$59,688|
|7||Leonard August||United States||$46,484|
|8||Max Hoffman||United States||$36,847|
Roman Hrabec Propels to Front in Event #16: $25,000 High Roller 8-Handed
After several late registrations on Day 2, the record-breaking field has been set in Event #16: $25,000 High Roller. With the final 13 contenders determined, the stakes are even higher as the remaining players compete for their share of the $7,073,500 prize pool, where a coveted bracelet and $1,698,215 awaits the first-place finisher.
Thanks to a massive pot in the last hour of play, Czech’s Roman Hrabec snagged the chip lead from Kristen Foxen and will start the Final Day with 6,050,000 (60bb). Hrabec, a former professional hockey player, has $2 million in live tournament winnings to his name but hasn’t yet recorded a win. His best result so far is 2nd place in the $25,000 GG Super Million$ Live at Triton Series Vietnam for $653,600.
Frank Funaro sits in current 2nd place with 5,065,000 in chips in this who’s who tournament, trailed by Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs, João “Naza114” Vieira, and Brian Rast, the most accomplished players of the bunch with five WSOP bracelets.
Event #16: $25,000 High Roller 8-Handed Final Day Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Kristen Foxen||United States||2,675,000||27|
|3||Ryan O'Donnell||United Kingdom||1,570,000||16|
|6||Brian Rast||United States||3,965,000||40|
|7||Jorge Consiglieri||United States||2,650,000||27|
|2||Frank Funaro||United States||5,065,000||51|
|3||Isaac Haxton||United States||3,820,000||38|
|4||Lewis Spencer||United Kingdom||2,705,000||27|
|5||Michael Jozoff||United States||2,080,000||21|
|6||Taylor von Kriegenbergh||United States||3,280,000||33|
|8||Darren Elias||United States||2,790,000||28|
Sarah Herzali with a Commanding Lead of Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
15 players remain in Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, and at the top is France’s Sarah Herzali, holding a substantial lead over the rest of the field. It’s her tournament to win, along with a WSOP gold bracelet and a $465,501 first-place money prize. Hope we didn’t jinx it.
Two bracelet winners in John Monnette and Upeshka De Silva, could be her biggest threat, but they are both quite below average chip stacks with 15 and 11 big blinds, respectively. Seven countries will be represented tomorrow as Day 3 resumes on Thursday at noon local time.
Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Final Day Seat Draw
|Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Upeshka De Silva||United States||1,105,000||11|
|3||Ryan Hohner||United States||5,560,000||56|
|6||Grant Wang||United States||3,045,000||30|
|2||Ian Matakis||United States||2,270,000||23|
|3||David Wells||United States||1,100,000||11|
|6||Alexander Maas||United States||1,110,000||11|
|3||Yun Choi||United Kingdom||3,755,000||38|
|5||Curt Kohlberg||United States||1,210,000||12|
|6||John Monnette||United States||1,580,000||16|
Photos courtesy of WSOP/PokerNews.