Day 23 of the 2024 WSOP took place in Las Vegas last night and with nine bracelet in progress, Viktor Blom led the final table of the $100,000 High Roller event by the close of play, while two new bracelet winners made memories that will last forever. With six other events in progress too, there was something for everyone at the Horseshoe and Paris casinos on the Sin City Strip. 

Edengren Seals First Bracelet in Swedish Style 

Marcus Edengren won Event #43, the $1,500-entry Mixed Omaha tournament, which featured formats such as Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and Big O. Becoming the first Swedish player to win a WSOP bracelet this summer, Edengren was the chip leader going into the 'added' final day of the vent where just three players began with chips.

The previous evening had seen Phil Hellmuth edged out in fourth to miss out on his 18th WSOP bracelet, and of a field of 853 entries, the Poker Brat came close. Edengren eliminated James Juvancic in third and took a lead of 5:1 in chips into the heads-up battle against Tim Seidensticker which he won quickly to claim the top prize of $196,970.

With the runner-up Seidensticker collecting $131,308 and Juvancic winning $91,132 in third place, the Horseshoe saw cameras popping soon after the opening exchanges three-handed as play ended in double-quick time. Hellmuth, who busted the day before, might have enjoyed making a final four on the last day, able to rest up and use his experience on finals day. It didn't happen, however, and there was less of a rail today for obvious reasons.

Juvancic flopped a jack-high straight but lost to Edengren's higher straight and instead of levelling up the chips, that gave Edengren a huge advantage heads-up, making a better two pair when a king landed to hand him the crown and his first-ever bracelet. He may not be the only successful Swedish player this week, with Viktor Blom riding high too in the High Roller, but for now Ednegren is the Swedish bracelet holder at this WSOP, the 18th winner of a bracelet representing the great Scandinavian country. 

WSOP Event #43: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Magnus Edengren Sweden $196,970
2nd Tim Seidensticker United States $131,308
3rd James Juvancic United States $91,132
4th Phil Hellmuth United States $64,324
5th Joshua Adcock United States $46,187
6th Dylan Lambe United States $33,748
7th Ying Chu United States $25,100

Kingery is King as Longshoreman Hauls in Gold

Jared Kingery won his first-ever WSOP bracelet too on Day 23 of the 2024 WSOP as he conquered the $2,000-entry NLHE Freezeout event for a top prize of $410,359. Beating Spanish player Javier Gomez heads-up, Kingery's win represented not only his first bracelet but also an elemt of revenge. 

Two years ago, Kingery came second out of 20,080 entries in The Housewarming event that welcomed players to the new venues of the Horseshoe and Paris to mark the start of the 2022 WSOP. It could easily put someone off who only had five figures of wins in their poker career to that point. Instead, Kingery has used that runner-up finish as motivation and is now closing in on a million dollars in lifetime tournament earnings thanks to, in no small part, his success in those two WSOP events. 

Here, the field was a little smaller, with1,561 entries, as Kingery made a massive pot against the previously dominant Javier Gomez with a nut straight. Now the big stack, Kingery used it masterfully, pressurizing each and every one of his opponents until he got heads-up with Gomez and Kingery's ace-queen was all-in with the biggest stack against ace-jack. 

Keep putting yourself in the position for success and luck will balance out, so they say, and Kingery, a longshoreman from Washington, enjoyed capital gains when the better hand held to seal a memorable victory for the determined and resilient American. 

WSOP Event #44: $2,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jared Kingery United States $410,359
2nd Javier Gomez Spain $273,581
3rd Yunkyu Song United States $197,443
4th Juan Carlos Vecino Spain $144,176
5th Javier Zarco Spain $106,537
6th Yasheel Doddanavar India $79,676
7th Kavin Shah India $60,317
8th Narcis Nedelcu Romania $46,227
9th Jon Glendinning United States $35,873
10th Nicholas Massey United States $28,192

Blom on Top in Battle for High Roller Crown 

Viktor Blom is a big chip leader in the $100,000 High Roller event, with just one day to go until a winner is crowned and takes home $2,838,389, the biggest top prize of the 2024 World Series of Poker so far. 

Swedish online poker legend Blom came third in the $50,000 High Roller earlier this series and will be hoping to put this one to bed when play resumes on the final day. Ahead with a massive stack of 27,675,000 chips, Blom's nearest challenger Chris Hunichen (16,475,000) is the only player to have even a third of Blom's chips, with Chance Kornuth (8,900,000) Aleksejs Ponakovs (6,475,000), Jeremy Ausmus (6,100,000) and Justin Saliba (1,575,000) all hoping they can catch up from shorter stacks. 

In Saliba's case, the American will be hoping to spin five bigs into a seven-figure payout, but even third place will achieve that as sixth-place will win $512,465. With 112 total entries, this popular event had seven more entrants than in 2023 and created an incredible prize pool of $10,932,750. 

WSOP Event #47: $100,000 NLHE High Roller Final Day Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Viktor Blom Sweden 27,675,000
2nd Chris Hunichen United States 16,475,000
3rd Chance Kornuth United States 8,900,000 
4th Aleks Ponakovs Latvia 6,475,000
5th Jeremy Ausmus United States 6,100,000
6th Justin Saliba United States 1,575,000

Ho Out Late as Glaser Goes for Gold

Maria Ho busted in sixth position last night as the talented American poker legend once again just missed out on a gold WSOP bracelet. With five players left, it is the British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser (3,675,000) who has the chip lead, with Russian pro Maksim Pisarenko (3,375,000) in the mix too.  Steve Zolotow is fourth in chip on 1.5m while Mike Leah faces the mother of all uphill battles with just 340,000 chips. 

The action of the penultimate day centered around the final player to leave the action, Maria Ho. Out in sixth place for a score of $69,063, Ho, the Season 1 Game of Gold winner took home a great prize but so close to breaking her WSOP duck will be gutted to have just missed out on the gold again. 

WSOP Event #45: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Day Chip Counts/Results

Place Player Country Chips/Prize
1st Benny Glaser United Kingdom 3,675,000
2nd Maksim Pisarenko Russia 3,375,000
3rd Lawrence Brandt United States 1,955,000
4th Steve Zolotow United States 1,500,000
5th Mike Leah Canada 340,000
6th Maria Ho United States $69,063
7th Robert Wells United Kingdom $52,651
8th Patrick Moulder United States $41,281

Neves Holds Huge Lead Near Monster Stack Line 

With just seven players remaining, Portugal's Pedro Neves has 172.2 million chips with the finish line and top prize of $1,098,220 on the line. With just six opponents between him and the title, Neves is joined at the final table by one fellow Portuguese player and five Americans, with U.S. hopeful Aaron Johnson from Minnesota on 101 million chips.

Brian Roff completes the podium places at present on 50.8m chips but he - and all the other remaining players - will need to improve their stacks early to have any chance of preventing a Neves procession to the gold tomorrow. 

WSOP Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack Final Day Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Pedro Neves Portugal 172,200,000
2nd Aaron Johnson United States 101,000,000
3rd Brian Roff United States 50,800,000
4th Jerry Maher United States 29,800,000
5th Tim Reilly United States 28,900,000
6th Jose Carlos Brito Portugal 27,000,000 
7th Guangming Li United States 25,500,000

Prociak Attack as David Goes for Repeat Win 

In Event #48, the $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event, the final day was reached with just eight players from 126 Day 2 starters still in seats. David Prociak (14,615,000) has a huge lead from most and is shooting for his second bracelet of this series and third lifetime after he won Event #11in Badugi just a fortnight ago. 

Second in chips is another man with his third bracelet in mind, Christopher Vitch (13,530,000), with Thomas Taylor a long way back in third on 6,100,000. Others, such as Bryce Yockey, Shaun Deeb, Marco Johnson, Brian Hastings and Phil Laak were unable to survive to the third and decisive day of the event, busting inside the money places on Day 2.

WSOP Event #48: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Day Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st David Prociak United States 14,615,000
2nd Christopher Vitch United States 13,530,000
3rd Thomas Taylor Canada 6,100,000
4th Joe Firova United States 2,935,000
5th Christopher Frank Germany 2,460,000
6th Kharlin Sued United States 1,360,000
7th Jay Harwood Republic of Ireland 1,325,000
8th Ioannis Angelou Konstas Greece 1,310,000

Three More Bracelet Events in Action

In Event #46, the $1,000-entry Seniors Championship, there were 914 players finishers on Day 1b from  the night needing to bag and tag their chips, with Canadian player William Elliott (530,000) on top. Sammy Farha (347,000) was fourth on the leaderboard at the end of play, with Stephen Shaw (407,000) and John De Klerk (365,000) the only two above him in the counts.

Elsewhere, players such as Gary Benson (249,000), Waheed Ashraf (213,500), Yucel Eminoglu (182,500), and the two-time bracelet winner John Kabbaj (172,000) joined Team Lucky's Matt Glantz (122,000), bracelet legend Barry Shulman (93,500), Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow (80,500), and John Hennigan (80,500) in the Day 2 seat and table draw. 

In Event #49, 1,252 players battled in the $3,000-entry NLHE Freezeout event, with 187 players surviving into the money places on Day 1. With a top prize of $523,195 up for grabs in this event, Ivan Ruban (1,476,000), David Stamm (1,165,000), and John Kenner (1,089,000) filled the podium spots, while Sami Bechahed (927,000) fell just short of joining them on over a million chips.

Star-spotters will have marked WPT legend Eric Afriat (601,000), the 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson (526,000), U.S. High Roller regular and PokerGO favorite Chris Brewer (444,000), Jeremy Becker (355,000), Punnat Punsri (260,000), Stoyan Madanzhiev (193,000), and Marco Johnson (180,000) as survivors, as players such as Alex Foxen, Brad Owen, Maria Konnikova, Scott Seiver and Martin Kabrhel all missed out on the money places.

Finally, Event #50 began today, marking the passing of the halfway point of 99 bracelet events. Top of the 54 players from 90 to make Day 2 of the $10,000 Razz Championship was Eric Rodawig with 276,500 chips. He has illustrious company in the event with Ren Lin (250,500) on his trail and others such as Arthur Morris (225,000), Brian Yoon (218,500), Nick Schulman (147,000), John Monnette (130,000), Daniel Negreanu (126,000), Phil Hui (110,000), Robert Campbell (108,500), Alex Livingston (99,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (96,500), Chad Eveslage (90,000), and Scott Seiver (83,000) still in the hunt.

Also surviving was last year's winner of the event, Jerry Wong (69,000), but there was no survival from eliminated players such as Shaun Deeb, Brian Hastings, Patrick Leonard, Yuri Dzivielevski, Jesse Lonis, and James Obst. 

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