The 13th day at the 2023 World Series of Poker was perhaps the most thrilling to date at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with four big winners crowned. Josh Arieh won his fifth bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, while David “ODB” Baker added his third bracelet to his growing collection in the $1,500 Razz.
Meanwhile, online grinder Leon "rumukulus" Sturm has made a name for himself on the live stage by winning the biggest event of the day in the $50,000 High Roller.
A fourth bracelet was virtually awarded for players currently residing in New Jersey or Nevada with Gary "SaquonNYG26" Belyalovsky coming out on top of a field of 1,488 entries in Online Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max at WSOP.com to win the $121,854 top prize.
Read on to learn more about these events and others in progress in our daily WSOP recap.
Josh Arieh Wins Fifth Bracelet in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
Josh Arieh has made his case to be in the conversation about joining the exclusive Poker Hall of Fame after defeating Daniel Edema, who was hunting for his fourth bracelet, heads-up in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship to win his fifth bracelet and the $316,226 top prize.
Arieh entered the final day at the bottom of the pack of the three players. However, he began to pile up some chips while on the other end of the spectrum, Nozomu Shimizu witnessed his chip stack collapse before exiting the tournament on the podium in third place.
“I know I'm on the outside looking into the Hall of Fame,” Arieh said to PokerNews after the win. “I look at the list of people and think I'm close. And now, with a little more success, I might get thought of. I mean, Brian Rast, Matt Savage, Isai Scheinberg. I mean, the list just goes on, and only one person gets in a year. So, this is just another step that will give me a chance to maybe be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Poker players were looked at as these backroom hustlers. Like, oh, you're a poker player, you're a bad person. You gamble for a living; how do you do that? I've said it before; it just gives it a little validity. And to be thought about, the names of people that are one, it would just be insane."
Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table Results
The four-day $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship attracted 134 entries to create a $1,246,200 prize pool. The top 21 players banked at least a $16,000 min-cash with those reaching the eight-player final table securing at least $37,967.
Here is a look at all of the final table payouts of Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship:
|1||Josh Arieh||United States||$316,226|
|4||Joe McKeehen||United States||$107,540|
|5||Louis Hillman||United States||$81,298|
|6||Nick Pupillo||United States||$62,255|
|7||Nick Schulman||United States||$48,298|
|8||Kevin Song||United States||$37,967|
Leon Sturm Wins First Bracelet and Second $1.5M Prize in a Month!
There is no shortage of things to talk about when it came to Event #23: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller as many of the big names came out in full force.
The third and final day witnessed five players come back in the hunt for one of the biggest WSOP titles of the year. The final day was broadcasted on delay with hole cards exposed at PokerGO. The opening part of the final day witnessed Jans Arends, Alex Foxen, and Seth Davies hit the rail to leave Leon Sturm and Bill Klein heads-up with both players hunting for their first title.
While both heads-up players may have just nine letters in their names, this is where the similarities end. Sturm is one of the young guns of poker at just 22 years of age, while Klein is a businessman often seen at bigger events is at the other end of the spectrum at 75 years old. The 53-year difference is the biggest age gap in a bracelet event that we are aware of and certainly is in recent history.
Sturm won the $1,546,024 top prize after his queen-jack held against Klein’s eight-five suited when the duo got it in on the turn with Sturm flopping a jack and Klein flopping an eight. A blank deuce completed the board on the river and the rest was history.
According to the WSOP, Sturm qualified for this event for a much lower price point of $5,000. In addition, this is his second score of at least $1.5 million in less than a month as he shipped the $10,000 Super MILLION$ at GGPoker recently for $1,518,400. While this adds up to more than $3 million in less than a month, it was reported at WSOP that he sold action to both events making his ultimate paydays at least a little bit less.
“Financially, I’ve had a pretty surreal month," Sturm shared about his pair of big wins. “It adds up. It’s nice. A lot of winnings coming together.”
Klein had to settle for the healthy runner-up prize of $955,513. That will all be going to good causes as in addition to being a poker enthusiast and businessman, Klein is also a philanthropist and mentioned that he will be donating all his winnings from this event to charity.
Event #23: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
The three-day $50,000 High Roller attracted 124 entries to create a $5,921,000 prize pool. The top 19 players banked at least a $81,983 min-cash with those reaching the eight-player final table securing at least $182,682.
Here is a look at all of the final table payouts of Event #23: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller:
|2||Bill Klein||United States||$955,513|
|4||Alex Foxen||United States||$512,824|
|5||Seth Davies||United States||$385,617|
|6||Justin Bonomo||United States||$295,169|
|7||Sam Soverel||United States||$230,066|
|8||Sung Joo Hyun||South Korea||$182,662|
Cinderella Story for David “ODB” Baker to Win Third Bracelet
Everyone loves a Cinderella story. We imagine that David “ODB” Baker loves his Cinderella story as at one point he was down to just two big bets and a chair in Event #24: $1,500 Razz during heads-up play against Justin Liberto. The WSOP grinder then mounted a comeback for the ages to win the event for his third bracelet and the $152,991 top prize.
“If you polled poker players to find out who loved poker the most, my name would be on the top ten list,” Baker said to PokerNews after the win. “I live for this.”
Event #24: $1,500 Razz Final Table Results
The three-day $1,500 Razz attracted 556 low-ball entries to create a $742,260 prize pool. The top 84 players banked at least a $2,409 min-cash with the nine final table players securing at least $11,527.
Here is a look at all of the final table payouts of Event #24: $1,500 Razz:
|1||David "ODB" Baker||United States||$152,991|
|2||Justin Liberto||United States||$94,558|
|3||Chris Hundley||United States||$66,659|
|6||Everett Carlton||United States||$25,714|
|9||Rafael Concepcion||United States||$11,527|
Other Events in Progress
Many of the events are still ongoing. Here is a quick look at some of the events that will continue on June 12, 2023:
|Event||Day Completed||Players Remaining||Chip Leader||Prize Pool||Top Prize|
|Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker||Day 2 of 3||14 of 23,088||Eric Trexler||$3,603,162||$499,852|
|Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||Day 2 of 3||21 of 212||Jay Kerbel||$1,971,600||$492,795|
|Event #26: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack||Day 1 of 2||339 of 4,747||Cosmin Joldis||$3,341,888||$402,588|
|Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix||Day 1 of 3||218 of 789||Shaun Deeb||$1,053,315||$198,854|
June 12, 2023 WSOP Schedule
Three new bracelet events kick off on June 12, 2023 including one to keep our eyes out for in Event #29: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em. Also kicking off today are Event #28: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em and Event #30: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw.
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 #26: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack||Day 2 of 2|
|10 a.m.||Event #28: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem||Day 1 of 3|
|12 p.m.||Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em||Day 3 of 3|
|12 p.m.||Event #29: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em||Day 1 of 3|
|1 p.m.||Event #25: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||Day 3 of 3|
|1 p.m.||Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix||Day 2 of 3|
|2 p.m.||Event #30: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw||Day 1 of 3|
Images courtesy of WSOP/PokerNews.
Article by Jason Glatzer
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