Mike Gorodinsky is now a three-time WSOP bracelet winner after rising to the top to claim gold in Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $422,747 in prize money. This was Gorodinsky's second-biggest career score following his 2015 WSOP Poker Players Championship win. Gorodinsky also moves to over $4.28 million in lifetime tournament earnings, according to The Hendon Mob, and he now joins fellow mixed game stalwarts David "ODB" Baker, Yuri Dzivielevski, Ryan Hughes, and Chad Eveslage who won their third WSOP bracelet this year.

"It is great," Gorodinsky said. Definitely will never get old."

The 185-entrant field was down to the final seven players heading into the fourth day of play, and Gorodinsky would be holding the chip lead at the start of the PokerGO-streamed final table. The only player without a WSOP bracelet among the final seven would be the first to fall when Christopher Claassen was eliminated during Stud Hi-Lo when his pair of nines was scooped by Bradley Ruben's quad sixes. Carol Fuchs would fall during the same orbit when she was all-in by sixth street with a pair of eights and a low draw. She was up against Brian Yoon who had kings-up and a flush draw. Fuchs bricked on the river with paint, and Yoon filled up to eliminate Fuchs in sixth place.

Ruben and Gorodinsky were battling at the top of the leaderboard, exchanging the lead back and forth before Alex Livingston made his move. Once the game returned to Razz, Scott Seiver's run would end when he was all-in on third street against Gorodinsky. Both players made a jack-ten low by seventh, but it would be Gorodinsky pipping Seiver to win the pot to send the four-time WSOP bracelet winner to the rail in fifth place.

Gorodinsky put his foot on the gas and surged ahead to hold more than 70% of the chips in play. Gorodinsky and Yoon would battle in an orbit of Stud, with Gorodinsky making a diamond flush in his first five, and Yoon held split kings. On seventh, Yoon called all-in after improving to kings-up, and when he saw Gorodinsky's flush, he was headed to the rail in fourth place. Ruben exited in the same orbit when he was all-in on fifth with ace-king high against the split nines of Gorodinsky. Gorodinsky improved to nines-up, and when Ruben bricked out his final two cards, he was eliminated in third place.

Livingston would have an uphill battle entering heads-up play as he trailed roughly 10-to-1 against Gorodinsky. As the game changed to Stud Hi-Lo, Livingston would be all-in with split threes against Gorodinsky's buried jacks. Livingston failed to improve on his pair while Gorodinsky made jacks-up to eliminate Livingston in second place. Gorodinsky wins his third WSOP bracelet and adds to his collection which includes the 2013 Omaha Hi-Lo / Stud Hi-Lo bracelet and the 2015 Poker Players Championship.

"The cards made it kind of easy," Gorodinsky said after. "I felt like I didn't really need to think about it much, honestly. The cards just kind of fell in, and then the stacks got to a point where I was able to maneuver it kind of easily."

2023 WSOP Event #54 Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Mike Gorodinsky United States $422,747
2nd Alex Livingston Canada $261,278
3rd Bradley Ruben United States $187,406
4th Brian Yoon United States $136,649
5th Scott Seiver United States $101,319
6th Carol Fuchs United States $76,412
7th Christopher Claassen United States $58,633
8th Esther Taylor United States $45,789

Mike Gorodinsky is Now in Contention for PGT Championship

Rank Player Country Winnings Points
1 Chris Brewer United States $6,149,588 1,454
2 Isaac Haxton United States $2,796,615 1,436
3 Cary Katz United States $2,781,400 1,330
4 Sam Soverel United States $1,462,411 1,294
5 Lou Garza United States $1,309,232 1,200
6 Jeremy Ausmus United States $1,775,205 1,152
7 Sean Winter United States $1,487,797 1,121
8 Chance Kornuth United States $2,787,635 1,101
9 Ren Lin China $1,631,468 1,084
10 Ben Lamb United States $1,043,350 1,028

With this victory and his third WSOP bracelet, Gorodinsky moves into 34th place on the PGT leaderboard with 553 PGT points. He currently has a seat reserved in the 2023 season-ending PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll that is open to the top 40 players on the PGT leaderboard at seasons-end and select Dream Seat winners. Following his runner-up finish, Livingston climbs into 45th place on the PGT leaderboard with 457 PGT points, while Bradley Ruben sits 67th overall, and Brian Yoon sits 42nd overall.

Chris Brewer remains on top of the PGT leaderboard on the back of his first WSOP bracelet win and 11 PGT-qualifying cashes. Brewer remains ahead of Isaac Haxton (1,436 PGT points) and Cary Katz (1,330 PGT points) who also currently occupy the PGT leaderboard podium positions.

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