Event #2: $25,000 6-Max High Roller at the 2023 World Series of Poker saw 207 entries generate a prize pool of $4,864,500. When the dust had settled after three days of intense, high-stakes battling, Switzerland’s Alexandre Vuilleumier was crowned champion to the tune of a $1,215,864 victory and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Vuilleumier entered the third and final day of play as one of the nine competitors remaining. The field worked its way down to the final six and that’s when play moved to the PokerGO main stage for livestreaming. With six players remaining, Vuilleumier was fourth in chips bunched in a group of three behind chip leader Chance Kornuth.

As things would turn out, Vuilleumier and Kornuth found themselves pitted against each other in heads-up play, and it was Vuilleumier getting the best of it. Vuilleumier began heads-up play with the chip lead following the elimination of Sean Winter in third place. They were playing for a difference of $464,401 in prize money, and that all went Vuilleumier’s way with his sealing of the deal in about 30 minutes’ time.

“It’s just an incredible field,” Vuilleumier said of the competition he faced. “All of the stars are here. I did well and I love to battle against the boys, but Chance has the ability just to see everything. So it was difficult to play against him and I was lucky with the card distribution in heads-up. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

2023 WSOP Event #2 Final Table Results

Place Player Country Winnings
1st Alexandre Vuilleumier Switzerland $1,215,864
2nd Chance Kornuth United States $751,463
3rd Sean Winter United States $518,106
4th Axel Hallay France $363,326
5th Ren Lin China $259,220
6th Joey Weissman United States $188,219

At the six-handed final table, Joey Weissman was the first player eliminated, and it was Vuilleumier who did him dirty. With fewer than three big blind in his stack, Weissman moved all in from the small blind with pocket kings. Vuilleumier made the cheap call from the big blind with jack-three. Two threes hit the flop to give Vuilleumier trips and he held from there to bust Weissman in sixth place for $188,219.

Vuilleumier secured a big stack when he clipped Sean Winter for all but his last 1.5 big blinds with five players remaining. On the final board of king-eight-six-five-queen, Vuilleumier bet his king-queen and Winter raised all in with queen-nine. After some time in the tank, Vuilleumier made the call to pick off Winter’s big move and leave the American with just 300,000 in chips when the big blind was 200,000. Vuilleumier climbed to nearly 17,000,000 in chips and had 10,000,000 more than anyone else.

Winter scored a couple of double ups to get himself off the shortest stack and forced Ren Lin to the bottom of the leaderboard. That’s when Lin busted, running ace-ten of hearts into the pocket kings of Kornuth. Lin took home $259,220.

Next out the door was Axel Hallay, finishing in fourth place for $363,326. Winter busted Hallay and had done quite the job of coming all the way back from a 1.5-big blind stack.

During three-handed play, it was another play gone wrong for Winter when he called off his chips against Vuilleumier on the river of a nine-four-two-five-ten board. Winter had nine-six for a pair of nines only to run into the ten-nine of Vuilleumier. That left Winter off to the payout desk to collect his $518,106 in winnings.

The start of heads-up play saw Vuilleumier’s 19,800,000 in chips against Kornuth’s 11,300,000. Vuilleumier took a big chunk of Kornuth’s chips early on in the match and that sped things up quite considerably. On the final hand, Vuilleumier limped the button with ace-queen before Kornuth jammed all in from the big blind for just about 12 big blinds with king-three. Vuilleumier quickly made the call and held thanks to the jack-ten-eight-nine-jack board. For his runner-up result, Kornuth picked up $751,463.

Sean Winter Tops PGT Leaderboard

Rank Player Country Winnings Points
1 Sean Winter United States $1,162,761 872
2 Ren Lin China $1,210,370 863
3 Cary Katz United States $1,086,382 819
4 Sam Soverel United States $850,848 775
5 Lautaro Guerra Spain $967,150 774
6 Alexandre Vuilleumier Switzerland $1,215,864 700
7 Isaac Haxton United States $1,098,400 686
8 Alex Foxen United States $791,490 683
9 Nacho Barbero Argentina $740,450 668
10 Jeremy Ausmus United States $810,508 621

Not only did the win earn Vuilleumier his first WSOP gold bracelet and $1,215,864 in prize money, but he picked up 700 points for the PGT leaderboard and moved into sixth place. The 2023 PGT season still has plenty of time left in it, and there are still several WSOP tournaments that qualify, but this win certainly boosted Vuilleumier into contention to finish inside the top 40 of the leaderboard and earn a seat in the season-ending PGT Championship.

“I absolutely love playing them,” Vuilleumier said about playing high-roller tournaments. “It’s so sick to be part of the elite. I mean, it might be a bit arrogant to say that, but I come from chess, so I love the competition and love being part of a group.”

Winter’s third-place finish was enough to move him into first place on the PGT leaderboard, overtaking Cary Katz. Lin also overtook Katz as he moved into second place and Katz slipped back to third place. Sam Soverel finished in the money in this 2023 WSOP Event #2: $25,000 6-Max High Roller event to climb his way into fourth place on the leaderboard.

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