Exciting developments marked Day 27 at the 2023 World Series of Poker, taking place at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, as three events entered their final stages.
Mike Gorodinsky surged to the forefront in Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship, bringing him one step closer to one of WSOP's most respected titles. In Event #39: $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship, former champion Dan Heimiller ended the day leading the pack, putting him in an advantageous position for a second title. Meanwhile, Qibang Cheung dominated the field in Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
Read on to learn more about these events in our daily WSOP recap.
Mike Gorodinsky Dominates Day 3 of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The penultimate day in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship whittled down the competition from 17 players to a final table of 7, all eager to claim the coveted gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $422,747.
Mike Gorodinsky emerged as a frontrunner amongst the seven strong remaining players, with a commanding lead as he holds 1/3 of the chips in play. Gorodinsky, who already boasts two WSOP bracelets and a 2015 Player of the Year award, is now on the brink of winning one of the most prestigious titles in the poker world.
Second in chips is Alex Livingston, who lost a significant pot but managed to rebuild his stack at the end. Close behind is Brad Ruben, a four-time WSOP bracelet winner and last year’s champion in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. Brian Yoon, chipleader from Day 2, will start the final day as fourth in chips.
Scott Seiver, Carol Fuchs, and Christopher Claassen have a challenging task ahead today, with a modest stack of only 6, 3, and 2 big bets, respectively.
Phil Hellmuth, yesterday’s headline grabber hunting for his 17th bracelet, was eliminated in 11th place by Livingston, ending his run. “Playing fantastic poker; I may just win 2 or 3 Bracelets in the next four weeks,” said Hellmuth after his elimination in the round of Razz.
Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Day Chip Counts
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|1||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||3,695,000||23|
|3||Brad Ruben||United States||1,930,000||12|
|4||Brian Yoon||United States||1,445,000||9|
|5||Scott Seiver||United States||990,000||6|
|6||Carol Fuchs||United States||515,000||3|
|7||Christopher Claassen||United States||265,000||2|
Dan Heimiller Sets Sights on Second Seniors Bracelet
Day 4 of the $1,000 SENIORS No Limit Hold'em Championship drew to a close with former champion Dan Heimiller primed for a second triumph, holding a dominating stack of 59,100,000 chips. Together with Canadian farmer Lonnie Hallett, who is close behind with 55,300,000 chips, they hold over 2/3 of chips in play, and the duo is seen as the biggest contenders for the WSOP gold bracelet and a top prize of $765,731.
Despite their strong positions, they are not unchallenged. Seven-time gold bracelet winner Billy Baxter, with 15,500,000 chips, is still a contender to reckon with, exhibiting the form that has distinguished his six-decade career. Furthermore, Shannon Fahey, the last woman in the race, has maintained a robust performance with 12,500,000 chips, showing off her aggressive poker style.
Event #48: $1,000 SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship Final Day Chip Counts
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Dan Heimiller||United States||59,100,000||99|
|3||Billy Baxter||United States||15,500,000||26|
|4||Shannon Fahey||United States||12,500,000||21|
|5||Gordon Eng||United States||9,200,000||15|
|6||Loren Cloninger||United States||8,400,000||14|
|7||Rudolf Fourie||South Africa||3,700,000||6|
Cheung Takes Lead; Matusow Eyes Fifth Bracelet
Day 2 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at the 2023 World Series of Poker concluded with Qibang Cheung stealing the spotlight, amassing a formidable stack of 1,805,000 chips. It was another record-breaking event at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. The Stud8 tournament had a turnout of 566 entries, surpassing last year's figure of 471, and generated a prize pool of $742,260.
Among the 18 players remaining, we can’t overlook the presence of Mike Matusow. “The Mouth” is known for his colorful personality and unfiltered commentary. He is undoubtedly hungry for success due to his decade-long WSOP drought, as he won the last of his four bracelets in 2013.
Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Day Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Qibang Cheung||United Kingdom||1,805,000|
|2||Kao Saechao||United States||1,250,000|
|3||Patricia Yannuzzi||United States||1,240,000|
|4||James Juvancic||United States||1,185,000|
|5||Kyle Hinnerichs||United States||1,175,000|
|6||Michael Estes||United States||1,120,000|
|7||Mike Matusow||United States||890,000|
|8||Brian Rast||United States||870,000|
|10||Denny Axel||United States||755,000|
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