Josh Arieh did it again at the World Series of Poker. On Sunday, June 11, Arieh topped the 134-entry field in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship to win his fifth WSOP gold bracelet and $316,226 in prize money.
The tournament needed a fourth day, and on Sunday it was Arieh returning as the shortest stack among the final three players. Arieh had doubled up on the final hand of the night on Day 3 before the remaining trio bagged and tagged their chips. After claiming that he got just four hours of sleep before returning to play, Arieh went on a heater to start Day 4 and rode that run to victory. In the end, it was Arieh defeating three-time gold bracelet winner Daniel Idema in heads-up play.
With the win, Arieh became the 34th player in WSOP history to win a fifth gold bracelet. Earlier at the 2023 WSOP, Brian Yoon won his fifth to become the 33rd player to do so.
Arieh’s previous four bracelets were won in 1999, 2005, and 2021. In 1999, Arieh won his first gold bracelet in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em event for $202,800. In 2005, he won the $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $381,600. In 2021, Arieh won two gold bracelets, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha for $204,766 and the $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo for $484,791. Arieh’s two gold bracelet wins in 2021 helped him secure that year’s the WSOP Player of the Year title.
|1st||Josh Arieh||United States||$316,226|
|4th||Joe McKeehen||United States||$107,540|
|5th||Louis Hillman||United States||$81,298|
|6th||Nick Pupillo||United States||$62,255|
|7th||Nick Schulman||United States||$48,298|
|8th||Kevin Song||United States||$37,967|
|9th||Ronnie Bardah||United States||30,248|
Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship drew a field of 134 entries to generate a prize pool of $1,246,200. Arieh was one of 30 late entrants into the event, hopping in just before the start of Day 2 when registration closed. He went on to finish Day 2 second in chips behind Joe McKeehen with 14 players remaining.
On Saturday, Arieh maneuvered his way to the final table still second in chips behind McKeehen. After Ronnie Bardah busted in ninth place and Kevin Song fell in eighth place, the final seven players headed to a dinner break before returning for the livestreamed final table.
Nick Schulman would bust in seventh place, then it was Nick Pupillo hitting the rail in sixth. Arieh took out Pupillo when his ace-queen had Pupillo’s ace-two drawing dead on the turn of a jack-nine-nine-queen board.
During five-handed play, Arieh moved into the chip lead, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. He slipped out of the chip lead at times. Then, Louie Hillman hit the rail in fifth place before McKeehen fell in fourth. After that, Arieh spent much of three-handed play bouncing below and above 1,000,000 in chips as he fought to regain the traction he had lost.
As Level 24 neared an end, Daniel Idema won a big set-over-set pot to take the lead. Nozomu Shimizu, who has developed into a breakstar in the early portion of the 2023 WSOP, was second in chips, and Arieh was third. Arieh was able to find an important double on the final hand of the night to bag just over 1,000,000 in chips. He was down but not out.
On Day 4, Arieh quickly got to work and soon found himself back in the driver’s seat as Shimizu slipped to the bottom of the pack. Eventually, Arieh busted Shimizu in third place and took the lead into heads-up play against Idema.
Early in the heads-up match, Arieh extended his lead. Idema fought back, pulled the match back to even, and then the two would trade the chip lead a handful of times. Level 26 was pretty much all Arieh, though, and this was the level it would all end. With Arieh up over 7,000,000 in chips and Idema on 1,000,000, the final hand took place with the money going in on the turn of a five-five-three-nine board. Arieh had nine-four for the best of it against Idema’s ace-two. The river was another nine to give Arieh a full house and the victory.
For Idema, he picked up $195,443 for his second-place finish. Idema is a former winner of this event in 2011 for $378,642, and he also placed second in 2010 for $263,243. For what was his first WSOP cash since 2019, Idema proved he still has it.
|1||Isaac Haxton||United States||$2,796,615||1,436|
|2||Sean Winter||United States||$1,355,274||988|
|3||Sam Soverel||United States||$1,080,914||913|
|4||Cary Katz||United States||$1,188,861||880|
|6||Darren Elias||United States||$1,150,100||859|
|T8||Ryan O'Donnell||United Kingdom||$1,049,577||700|
|10||Alex Foxen||United States||$791,490||683|
The $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2023 WSOP qualifies for PGT leaderboard points, and Arieh picked up 316 points for winning the event. That pushed Arieh to 580 points on the season and into 15th place on the 2023 PGT leaderboard. The top 40 point earners will receive entry into the season-ending PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll tournament.