Braxton Dunaway is the newest WSOP bracelet winner after topping the 8,317-entrant field to win Event #39: $1,500 MONSTER STACK at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Dunaway collected $1,162,681 in prize money
The annual MONSTER STACK needed an additional day to conclude, and heading into the seven-handed final table that was livestreamed exclusively on PokerGO.com, Nicholas Gerrity was the overwhelming chip leader who was eyeing his biggest career score like everyone at the table excluding four-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2009 World Champion, Joe Cada. The shortest coming into the final day, Cada would be the first to be eliminated when he was all-in holding ace-king against the ace-jack of Dunaway. A jack on the river sent Cada out in seventh place as Dunaway crept up the leaderboard.
Joshua Adcock had found an early double, but his run would end in sixth place when he three-bet shoved from the button holding ace-king. Dunaway called in the small blind with ace-queen, and when the queen landed on the turn, he would send another opponent to the rail to move into the chip lead. As chips passed back and forth among the final five, overnight chip leader Gerrity would fall next when his ace-six failed to improve against the pocket deuces of Jesse Rockowitz. The only non-American at the final, France's Loic Dobrigna, would exit in fourth place when his ace-deuce ran into the pocket queens of Dunaway. Dunaway flopped a set and rivered a full house to hold a three-to-two advantage over his final two opponents.
Rockowitz scored a huge double with ace-six against the king-queen of Dunaway, and, shortly after that, took the lead. Following a break, Colin Robinson clipped away at both Rockowitz and Dunaway before a massive clash would reduce the field to the final two. Rockowitz was put to a decision for his tournament life on the turn with second pair and a straight draw, and was up against the straight draw and over card of Dunaway. The river spiked for Dunaway, improving his hand to a superior pair to eliminate Rockowitz in third place.
Dunaway entered heads-up play holding a five-to-two chip advantage over Robinson, and on the final hand, Dunaway shoved all-in on the river with two pair. Robinson called all-in with bottom pair, and when he was shown Dunaway's winning hand, he would settle for second place as Dunaway was awarded the $1,162,681 first-place prize and his first WSOP bracelet.