Weiran Pu is now a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner after he topped a 1,199-entry field in Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em at the 2023 WSOP. Pu won $938,244 for the victory. He became the fifth Chinese player to win a gold bracelet at the 2023 WSOP.
The final day of action played out on the PokerGO main feature table stage and was livestreamed. Pu found himself heads-up with three-time WSOP bracelet winner Norbert Szecsi. Pu entered heads-up play with the chip lead after knocking out Tyler Cornell in third place. He never lost the lead to Szecsi and soon found himself celebrating his first gold bracelet win.
With the victory, Pu, who is from China, more than doubled his career live tournament winnings as reported by TheHendonMob.com. His previous best live tournament score was a victory in the 2018 Poker King Cup Main Event in Macau for HK$1,464,000 ($187,363).
|3rd||Tyler Cornell||United States||$407,040|
|5th||Angelina Rich||United States||$209,366|
Coming into the final day of play, it was Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi with the chip lead atop the final six players. Weiran Pu was sitting in third place on the leaderboard.
Brazilian Vitor Dzivielevski was the first player to bust when he was ousted by Tyler Cornell in sixth place. After that, it was Angelina Rich busted next. She was eliminated by Pedro Garagnani, but Garagnani couldn’t go further than that and was knocked out next by Pu.
Not long after Garagnani hit the rail, Cornell fell in third place. It was Pu who got him when Cornell four-bet all in with ace-jack and ran into Pu’s pocket aces. That allowed Pu to enter heads-up play with almost a 2-to-1 chip lead. Pu stretched his lead over Szecsi to start, but then Szecsi pulled things back a bit. In the end, Pu proved too much for his opponent, winning the final clash.
On the final hand, Szecsi raised on the button. Pu three-bet from the big blind, and Szecsi reraised all in. Pu was quick to make the call and show the ace-king of diamonds. Szecsi had a dominated ace-queen. A king flopped and Pu held from there to win the $938,244 first-place prize. Szecsi earned $579,892 for the runner-up finish.