Two Bracelets Awarded at the 2023 World Series of Poker in Action-Packed Day

On an eventful day at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, the 2023 World Series of Poker witnessed the crowning of two new bracelet winners. Meanwhile, Dan Cates’ ambitious quest for a three-peat in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship ended abruptly.

Event #41: $1,500 Big O Crowns Scott Abrams as Champion

Event #41 introduced a brand-new tournament to the 2023 WSOP lineup: the $1,500 Big O. With 1,458 players competing, the stakes were high, and aspirations soared. However, only one player emerged victorious as a WSOP champion. Scott Abrams claimed the coveted bracelet and a top prize of $315,203 by defeating Robert Williamson III heads-up.

Qiang Xu Triumphs in Event #42: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (8-Handed)

Event #42, the $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (8-Handed), attracted a massive field of 3,778 players. Despite the fierce competition, Qiang Xu proved his mettle and claimed his first gold bracelet and a substantial $339,033 prize.

World Series of Poker bracelet atop a WSOP logo

James Obst Leads the Pack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Event #43, the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship, witnessed a late influx of 26 participants, bringing the total attendance to 99. Only 32 players remained with chips that required bagging and tagging when the day’s action concluded. Day 2 proved challenging for Dan Cates, the event’s reigning champion having won in both 2021 and 2022. Cates, sporting a Terminator outfit throughout the tournament, failed to terminate his opponents as Daniel Alaei eliminated him during a Limit 2-7 Triple Draw round in Level 10. Cates humorously declared, “I’ll be back,” but his hopes of a third bracelet in this event will have to wait until the 2024 edition. As Day 2 concluded, James Obst from Australia emerged as the chip leader with an impressive stack of 2,972,000. Daniel Alaei, with 2,064,000 chips, was the only player to hold a stack exceeding two million. Phil Ivey (1,655,000), Talal Shakerchi (1,598,000), and Johannes Becker (1,387,000) rounded out the top five chip counts, setting the stage for an intense Day 3.

Field Narrowed to 42 in the Monster Stack Tournament

Event #39, the $1,500 Monster Stack, witnessed an intense Day 3 as players battled for dominance. Despite starting with one of the shortest stacks, Xuming Qi from China emerged as the chip leader as they head into the fourth and final scheduled day with an impressive 24,300,000 chips. Marcos Exterkotter (23,575,000) and Steven Snyder (21,275,000) also secured stacks exceeding 20 million. Among the remaining players, three bracelet winners maintained their hopes of adding to their collection. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada is still in the hunt with 8,950,000 chips. Arash Ghaneian (6,575,000) and Jesse Rockowitz (2,250,000) held shorter stacks, with Rockowitz being the second shortest. Day 4 is scheduled to commence at 12:00 p.m. local time on June 20, where the action will continue until a single player possesses all the chips in play, securing the championship.

Petrone Leads the Way on Day 1 of $3K No-Limit Hold’em

Ramiro Petrone emerged as the chip leader after a thrilling Day 1 of Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. With a stack of 367,000 chips, Petrone narrowly surpassed Luis Pinho (360,500) in second place and Jiacong Zhang (348,000) in third. A total of 1,511 players entered the tournament, and 596 of them advanced to Day 2. Among the survivors are notable players such as David Miscikowski (244,500), Michael Gathy (240,000), Grant Hinkle (235,000), Joseph Cheong (228,000), Ryan Leng (200,000), Brian Yoon (193,000), John Hennigan (162,000), Kristen Foxen (98,000), Maria Ho (97,500), and Daniel Negreanu (72,000).

Impressive Turnout for Mixed Omaha Event on Day 1

Event #45: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better attracted an impressive field of 1,091 players on Day 1. Among them, Scott Clements bagged one of the largest stacks, totaling 274,000 chips, as he aims for his fourth WSOP bracelet. The event’s attendance significantly exceeded last year’s numbers, which saw 771 participants. This continued the trend of a record-breaking WSOP. A total of 316 players secured their spots for Day 2, including Joey Couden (234,500), Allan Le (220,000), James Woods (212,000), Men “The Master” Nguyen (149,000), Ben Lamb (146,000), Mike Matusow (116,000), and Sammy Farha (51,500).

Day 22 Highlights at the 2023 WSOP

Day 22 of the 2023 WSOP introduces three new events, including an online tournament. Event #46: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em is expected to draw a massive field, while Event #47: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. will cater to mixed game enthusiasts. Online poker specialists will showcase their skills in Online Event #8: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Last year’s equivalent tournament awarded the champion, Julien Perouse, a substantial prize of $324,767.
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