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There were six events taking place in Las Vegas on the seventh day of action in this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP). Three bracelets were won, as Chad Eveslage took down his second Dealer’s Choice title of the series, with the Mystery Millions event also concluding in stunning fashion as Tyler Brown bagged a million dollars for the result of his life.

 

Brown Conquers Chen for Mystery Millions Bracelet

 

In Event #3, the action concluded on a fun-filled third and final day of drama in the Thunderdome at the Horseshoe Las Vegas. A final table featuring the overnight chip leader saw Brown go into the final eight in the middle of the pack with only a quarter of Guang Chen’s stack. The tables turned as the final switched this way and that, with early eliminations for Tam Ho (eighth for $121,683) and Dan Shak (seventh for $154,940) although Shak had also won a $100,000 bounty along the way.

 

After players such as Steven Thompson (fourth for $330,150) and Ryan McKnight (third for $429,360) fell short, Guang Chen had the lead heads-up, only for one crucial hand to be pivotal. With a board of 3-3-2-Q showing, Chen shoved with king-high to put Brown to a huge decision with just ace-high. Incredibly, Brown made the brilliant call and shortly after, having won that hand, went on to take Chen’s final chips.

 

“He’ll be remembered for that call,” said Remko Rinkema on commentary for PokerGO. “A great display,” Donnie Peters agreed. “Tyler Brown, you deserve every last dollar of that million.”

 

You can watch how the final table played out in all its glory right here.

 

WSOP 2023 Event #3 $1,000 Mystery Millions Results:

Rank

Name

Country

Prize

1st

Tyler Brown

USA

$1,000,000

2nd

Guang Chen

USA

$561,320

3rd

Ryan McKnight

USA

$429,360

4th

Steven Thompson

Costa Rica

$330,150

5th

Rhian Fineis

USA

$255,210

6th

Tauan De Oliveira Naves

Brazil

$198,320

7th

Dan Shak

USA

$154,940

8th

Tam Ho

Canada

$121,683

 

Eveslage goes Back-to-Back in Dealer’s Choice

 

Chad Eveslage won his third WSOP bracelet by claiming his second inside a week after another incredible victory in Dealer’s Choice. Becoming the first player to win two WSOP bracelets this 2023 Series in record time, Eveslage’s win came at the expense of Dutch Boyd heads-up after stars of the felt such as Dustin Dirksen, Ari Engel and Marco Johnson had all been eliminated along the way at the final table.

 

Just a baker’s dozen had started play, and it didn’t take long for 13 players to start losing some from their number. The elimination of Paul Volpe in 11th was good for Eveslage, but perhaps even better was the exit of John Hennigan in ninth place for $33,087. Hennigan is a bona fide mixed games legend in Las Vegas and the Poker Hall of Famer going out so close to the final table was a blow to his fans but a bonus for everyone else at the table.

 

“Playing with Hennigan was fun,” Eveslage told PokerNews after the event. “He’s a character. I’ve never played with somebody like him. He’s a complete alien, but in like the best way ever.”

 

In the final six, Ari Engel busted in fifth for $75,341, before Zack Freeman lost his tournament life just outside the top two places. That left Eveslage to battle Boyd, with the winning hand coming when Eveslage made a stunning straight flush to take the title – his second of an amazing WSOP for the American so far.

 

WSOP 2023 Event #10 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Results:

Rank

Name

Country

Prize

1st

Chad Eveslage

United States

$311,428

2nd

Dutch Boyd

United States

$192,479

3rd

Zack Freeman

United States

$139,048

4th

Dustin Dirksen

United States

$101,709

5th

Ari Engel

United States

$75,341

6th

Marco Johnson

United States

$56,528

 

O’Donnell Wins Deepstack After Deep Hellmuth Run

 

Phil Hellmuth fell in 47th place as a fast and frenetic final day of the $600-entry NLHE Deepstack Event #11 saw Kenneth O’Donnell win gold for the first time in Las Vegas. O’Donnell bagged the top prize of $351,098 after beating Jefferson Guerrero heads-up for the bracelet after the Poker Brat busted the tournament with just six tables left.

 

With 340 players starting the day, all eyes were on Hellmuth, who was looking to extend his record haul of 16 bracelets at the World Series of Poker to 17. That ambition fell short, but from a field of 6,085, Hellmuth’s 47th-place finish proves he’s in the mood for gold this summer.

 

At the nine-handed final table, O’Donnell lingered in fifth place for much of the first half of the action. He stepped it up when it mattered, however, climbing steadily before correctly calling a shove when holding ace-eight to put himself into the lead.

 

Winning a big flip for his tournament life with pocket nines holding against the new leader Ka Chen Kan’s king-jack, O’Donnell carried that momentum into the heads-up battle for the bracelet, whereupon he built a big lead then called it off with jack-eight only to hit both his cards on the flop to win the title.

 

WSOP 2023 Event #11 $600 NLHE Deepstack Results:

Rank

Name

Country

Prize

1st

Kenneth O'Donnell

United States

$351,098

2nd

Jefferson Guerrero

Colombia

$216,941

3rd

Ka Chen Kan

China

$162,371

4th

Aaron Georgelos

United States

$122,407

5th

Robert Gittelman

United States

$92,953

6th

Eric Pfenning

United States

$71,104

7th

Manuel DeAlmeida

United States

$54,794

8th

Andres Morales

United States

$42,539

9th

Fabio Coppola

Italy

$33,274

 

Felipe Ramos and Jeremy Eyer Both Eye First Bracelet

 

Brazilian player Felipe Ramos and American Jeremy Eyer both have a WSOP Circuit Ring to their names but until today have never won a WSOP bracelet. Tomorrow, they get the chance to change all that, with both men in the top two counts in Event #12, the $5,000 NLHE Freezeout event. With only 16 players remaining, neither man might get a better opportunity to turn Day 2 dominance into Day 3 gold this series, and each of them is around a million chips clear of third-placed Ronald Minnis on the overnight leaderboard.

 

With Croatian Ivan Galinec and Christina Gollins both inside the top five too, there is every possibility of a big name winning. The only former bracelet winners still in the hunt are Yuval Bronshtein and Jinho Hong, but they sit 13th and 14th in the counts and will need a lot of help to get back among the leading pack. Middle ranked Jesse Lonis shoots for his first bracelet too and will be a major threat.  

 

WSOP 2023 Event #12 $5,000 NLHE Freezeout Leaderboard:

Rank

Name

Country

Chips

1st

Jeremy Eyer

United States

4,420,000

2nd

Felipe Ramos

Brazil

4,155,000

3rd

Ronald Minnis

United States

3,215,000

4th

Ivan Galinec

Croatia

3,190,000

5th

Christina Gollins

United States

2,965,000

 

Deeb Chasing PLO Crown After Dramatic Day 1

 

The first day’s action in Event #13, the $600-entry PLO Deepstack event, saw 3,200 entrants – a 14% increase on last year’s Day 1 total – whittled down to 117 players in the Day 2 seat draw, with WSOP legend Shaun Deeb amongst them.

 

Aaron Ang bagged the chip lead with 2.7 million chips, but Giorgiy Skhuluhiya (2,600,000), Soheb Porbandarwala (2,175,000), and Marek Rous (2,090,000) are all chasing him closely and a little further back on the leaderboard, Deeb (1,265,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (955,000) and 2021 WSOP Main Event world champion Koray Aldemir (640,000) will all prove tricky to overcome on Day 2 as a bracelet winner will be crowned tomorrow.  

 

WSOP 2023 Event #13 $600 PLO Deepstack Leaderboard:

Rank

Name

Country

Chips

1st

Aaron Ang

United States

2,765,000

2nd

Giorgiy Skhuluhiya

Georgia

2,600,000

3rd

Soheb Porbandarwala

United States

2,175,000

4th

Marek Rous

Czech Republic

2,090,000

5th

Paul Fehlig

United States

1,975,000

 

David Williams Leads Seven Card Stud Field into Day 2

 

The former WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams (530,500) leads the surviving field of 55 players in the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship after Day 1 of this year’s event. With 11 entries compared to 96 in 2023, there may yet be even more players in the mix as late registration does not end until the start of Day 2 of this tournament.

 

Following Williams in the chipcounts are podium placements for Max Hoffman (317,500) and Tamon Nakamura (289,500), but every other player still in the hunt has less than half of Williams’ chips to play with. Other big names to make the cut include six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu the 2021 Poker Hall of Fame entry Eli Elezra, four-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen and two-time bracelet winner David ODB Baker, who has already reached a final table this series.

 

Players who failed to make it to Day 2 featured names such as Josh Arieh, Nacho Barbero, Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler and Nick Schulman, whose victory in the Seven Card Stud Event #9 only yesterday is still fresh in the memory. The 2022 winner Adam Friedman remains in with a chance of going back-to-back.

 

WSOP 2023 Event #14 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Leaderboard:

Rank

Name

Country

Chips

1st

David Williams

United States

530,500

2nd

Max Hoffman

United States

317,500

3rd

Tamon Nakamura

Japan

289,500

4th

Dzmitry Urbanovich

Poland

247,000

5th

Brian Yoon

United States

216,500

 

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