The Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas poker tables buzzed with anticipation on the 17th day of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Despite the intense gameplay, no bracelets were awarded by the day’s end. However, as numerous events saw a sharp drop in competitors as players were eliminated, it sets the stage for an exciting bracelet spree likely to occur today, June 16th.

Extended Play for Razz Championship

Event #33, the $10,000 Razz Championship, was expected to declare a winner, but the final three contenders will continue the game to a fourth day after the clock ticked down to three in the morning. The last-standing participants—Jerry Wong with 3,025,000 chips, Michael Moncek, a two-time bracelet victor with 2,760,000 chips, and Carlos Chadha with 1,590,000 chips—are set to return to the event’s final table at 3:00 p.m. Vegas time on June 16th. The triumphant player will earn a bracelet and $298,682 in cash.

Top Ten in the $1,500 PLO, Mizrachi in the Lead

The participant count was reduced to ten in Event #34: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. The leading player is the four-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi, who holds 5,680,000 chips. Nine players are now competing with Mizrachi for the win and the chance to join the ranks of players boasting five bracelets. Matthew Beinner, with 5,175,000 chips, is a notable contender, thanks to the elimination of the chip leader, Josh Arieh, at the end of the day. Sean Troha (3,935,000 chips) and Antonin Teisseire (2,210,000 chips) are also strong competitors hoping to augment their bracelet tally.

Final Round of $10,000 Secret Bounty, Klodnicki in Front

The final round of Event #35, the $10,000 Secret Bounty, is about to kick off with Chris Klodnicki leading the way with 6,615,000 chips. Klodnicki, the 2017 WSOP bracelet winner, now has a realistic chance to become a two-time champion. Other competitors in the race include five-time bracelet victor Jeremy Ausmus (6,475,000 chips), Angel Guillen (4,150,000 chips), and Barak Wisbrod (4,135,000 chips), who are all set to influence the destination of the bracelet in this event. Among the significant bounties, Ali Shahni secured the $250,000 top bounty, while Artur Martirosian and Tyler Cornell each pocketed a $100,000 reward.

British Pro Philip Long Heads Nine Game Mix Contest

In Event #36: $3,000 Nine Game Mix, British professional player Philip Long has emerged as the frontrunner. With his chip count standing at 1,225,000 and just 22 players left, Long has a substantial chance of securing his second bracelet. He won his first bracelet in 2018 in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix event, which makes him a top contender heading into Day 3. Close on his heels are Jean Gaspard with 1,100,000 chips and Justin Liberto holding 999,000 chips. Allan Le and Per Hildebrand, each with 875,000 chips, are also in the top five. Other key contenders include Shawn Buchanan, Scott Clements, Christopher Vitch, Anatolii Zyrin, and Andres Korn.

Piniatoglou Leads $2K No-Limit Hold’em

Event #37: $2,000 No-Limit Hold ’em started with 1,962 entrants, but after 15 levels, only 321 players remained. At the end of Day 1, Lee Piniatoglou led the field with an impressive chip count of 7,380,000. Mark Seif and Josh Reichard were the only other players to finish the day with over 100 big blinds, with respective stacks of 711,000 and 666,000 chips. Other notable players progressing to Day 2 include Marc Macdonnell, Ankush Mandavia, Jim Collopy, Steve Zolotow, Jake Schwartz, and four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.

Exciting Field in the 2-7 Triple Draw Championship

The Event #38: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship saw mixed game specialist Adam Friedman finish Day 1 in second place with 279,000 chips. The player count was trimmed from 106 to 45 over ten levels. However, late registration is still open, which might increase the number of participants. Michael Wagner is the only player with more chips than Friedman, with 284,000. Other players in the top ten include Ryan Leng, George Wolff, Ren “Tony” Lin, and Rep Porter. Renowned players like Daniel Negreanu, David “Bakes” Baker, Farzad Bonyadi, Scott Seiver, and John Monnette remain in the competition.

Looking Ahead to Day 18 of the 2023 WSOP

Event #39: $1,500 Monster Stack is expected to be highly popular, considering its 50,000 starting stack. The previous year’s event attracted 6,501 participants, and predictions of this year’s turnout exceeded 7,000.  The highest buy-in event of the 2023 WSOP, Event #40: $250,000 Super High Roller, is likely to draw a select yet extraordinary field. Alex Foxen, the winner of this event in 2022, took home a staggering $4,563,700.
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