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2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 02, 2023 to Sunday, June 04, 2023

Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: tbd
  • Entries: tbd
  • Remaining: 4


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Saturday, June 3, 2023 8:44 PM Local Time (about 13 hours and 11 minutes ago)
Doug Polk Headlines the Final Four Chasing Heads-Up Poker Supremacy

Doug Polk

Doug Polk built his poker reputation on heads-up play. It's where he's most comfortable, staring at a single opponent directly across the table. And tomorrow, when the Final Four of Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship begins at 4 p.m. local time, he has a chance to capture the one thing missing from his resume.

Polk headlines the four remaining players who will gather on the main feature stage inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. He'll be joined by Sean Winter, Chris Brewer, and Chanracy Khun, three opponents who have navigated through the grind of four heads-up matches to reach this stage.

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Day 2 Action

Polk began the day by defeating Reiji Kono in the Round of 16, complimenting the young Japanese star after the match. The highlight of his day, though, was still to come. Facing Roberto Perez, who had a passionate rail chanting "Davy" for his online handle "DavyJones," Polk called a preflop shove with ace-queen. Perez had seven-five and took the lead with a five on the turn, but Polk hit a three on the river to complete a wheel as he took a victory lap around the rail.

Kono and Perez provided Polk with differing challenges on his way to making the Final Four. "Normally, I think when you think of a good player you think of an aggressive player. But the thing about heads-up is if you become too aggressive it becomes bad. So it's all about how you balance that aggression into your overall play style," Polk said after booking his ticket for the event's final day.

"[Kono] I think he had his foot fully on the gas and I was able to make a couple of reasonable call downs versus him to do well. I'm usually not the guy you can run over in heads-up no-limit…[Perez] legitimately never had a hand. He made some nice calls. He tried a couple of bluffs, got a couple through here and there. I don't think what we saw from him today is indication of how he plays as a whole."

Polk, who makes only occasional appearances at the WSOP while running the Lodge cardroom in Austin, Texas, already has three WSOP bracelets. His three opponents on Sunday are all still chasing their first. On a list of the game's best players without a bracelet, Winter and Brewer would be near the top. Winter gave an indication of his incredible poker talent when he called a river bet of 350,000 with just ace-high to take a commanding lead over Eric Wasserson on his way to finishing off the match a short time later. Brewer hit a queen on the river to beat Anthony Zinno and set up a match against Polk in the semifinals. It's one Polk is looking forward to.

Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer

"It should be a fun one. I've played Chris a bunch online. When I was prepping for my match against Daniel Negreanu, we played a good chunk of hands and I smashed him pretty good. But he played pretty well. His frequencies and stuff were quite good, quite balanced. I thought he was a good player," Polk said.

The Montreal, Canada native Khun isn't the household name that Polk, Winter, and Brewer are in the poker community, but he still has WSOP cashes going back more than a decade and more than $400,000 in total earnings. After a grueling match against Gabor Szabo in the Round of 16, Khun made quick work of poker prodigy Landon Tice in the quarterfinals when he flopped two pair to beat Tice's pair of aces.

Polk vs. Brewer. Winter vs. Khun. The Final Four is set, and it all gets underway on Sunday. They are matchups that ChatGPT nearly correctly predicted at the beginning of the day. Action will be streamed on PokerGO beginning at 5 p.m. until a winner is crowned. Polk is the star and headliner, and he has no doubt about who should be considered the favorite.

"I feel really good about my chances. I'm probably the favorite tomorrow," he said. "I guess the only thing I would say is my short-stack game isn't particularly great, but as long as the stacks are deep I feel extremely good about my chances. I would imagine I'm the best deep-stacked No-Limit Hold'em player tomorrow. This is my favorite event. I think it's no surprise that I tend to do best in this event. There's only one other guy. That's what I usually do. That's what I've done my whole life. So I feel great."

It will be one of the most anticipated days on the poker calendar, and PokerNews will be following the action all the way and providing live updates until a new heads-up king is crowned.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 8:08 PM Local Time (about 13 hours and 47 minutes ago)
The Semifinals are Set

The final four players of Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em have been determined with each player locking up at least $192,513 thus far. The semifinals are slated to begin at 4 p.m. local time with the PokerGO stream beginning at 5 p.m. The matchups will be Doug Polk vs Chris Brewer and Sean Winter vs Chanracy Khun. The full bracket can be seen below:

Saturday, June 3, 2023 8:00 PM Local Time (about 13 hours and 55 minutes ago)
Roberto Perez Eliminated in 5th Place ($74,648)

Roberto Perez

Roberto Perez pushed the last of his chips forward from the small blind and Doug Polk immediately made the call to put Perez at risk.

Roberto Perez:   
Doug Polk:   

Polk was well ahead preflop but the     flop gave Perez a multitude of outs. One of those outs came on the   turn and Perez seemed poised for a double up.

"I need a three!" Polk said to his rail. The dealer gave Polk exactly what he asked for with the   on the river. Polk quickly got up from his seat and did a victory lap around the table, high-fiving his rail on the way. He will face Chris Brewer in the semifinal matchup tomorrow while Sean Winter will face off against Chanracy Khun.

Roberto Perez will take home $74,648 for his impressive run.

Doug Polk2,400,000300,000
Roberto Perez0-300,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:46 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 9 minutes ago)
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:46 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 9 minutes ago)
Polk Wins Battle of Small Aces

Doug Polk limped in, then called when Roberto Perez raised to 90,000.

The flop came     and Perez continued for 60,000. Polk called to the   turn as Perez slowed down and checked.

Polk bet 115,000 and Perez called to see the   river, where both players checked. Perez turned over   , but Polk had    for two pair to win the pot.

Doug Polk2,100,00090,000
Roberto Perez300,000-90,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:37 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Polk Takes a Big One

Roberto Perez limped in from the small blind and Doug Polk checked in the big blind.

Polk checked again on the     flop and called a 45,000 bet from Perez.

The turn came the  . Polk checked and Perez bet 145,000. Polk made the call.

Both players checked the   river.

"Two-Pair" Doug Polk told his opponent, showing the   . Perez slid his cards into the muck as Polk extended his lead.

Doug Polk2,010,000540,000
Roberto Perez390,000-540,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:27 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 28 minutes ago)
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:25 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 30 minutes ago)
Polk Celebrates His Bluff

Roberto Perez bet 25,000 on a flop of     and Doug Polk called.

Both players checked the   turn before the   fell on the river.

Perez fired out another 50,000 and Polk came back with a raise to 165,000. Perez quickly folded and Polk turned over   .

"Did I get a bluff through," he asked Perez, who nodded.

"I got a bluff through," Polk yelled as he raised his arms in the air and his rail erupted in celebration.

Doug Polk1,470,00035,000
Roberto Perez930,000-35,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:13 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 42 minutes ago)
Small Pair is Enough to Take it Down

Roberto Perez limped in from the small blind and Doug Polk checked his option. The players checked both the flop and turn leading to a final board of      . Polk led out for 25,000 and Perez raised to 75,000. Polk put in the call. Perez showed    for King high and Polk showed the    to take down the pot with fourth pair.

Doug Polk1,435,0000
Roberto Perez965,0000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:11 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 43 minutes ago)
Anthony Zinno Eliminated in 6th Place ($74,648)

Anthony Zinno

Anthony Zinno limped in on the button and Chris Brewer made it 100,000 to go from the big blind. Zinno reraised to 400,000, committing nearly his entire stack. "Alright," Brewer said as he double-fisted two stacks into the middle. Zinno called off his stack of around 525,000 and the cards were on their backs.

Anthony Zinno:   
Chris Brewer:   

The flop came     and Zinno's ace-high was still out front. However, the   on the turn gave Brewer a pair and Zinno was down to just three outs. The   on the river bricked out and Brewer advanced to the semifinals tomorrow.

Chris Brewer2,400,000600,000
Anthony Zinno0-600,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:04 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 51 minutes ago)
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 10,000/25,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 3, 2023 7:02 PM Local Time (about 14 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Zinno Surrenders to Brewer's Pressure

Anthony Zinno raised to 25,000 as Chris Brewer defended the big blind.

The flop came     and Zinno continued for 30,000. Brewer called to see the   appear on the turn.

Zinno came out firing again, this time for 50,000. Brewer now put in a raise to 200,000 and Zinno snap-mucked.

Chris Brewer1,800,000390,000
Anthony Zinno600,000-390,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:53 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 2 minutes ago)
Landon Tice Eliminated in 7th Place ($74,648)

Landon Tice

Landon Tice bet 20,000 on a flop of     before Chanracy Khun raised to 45,000.

Tice called to see the   turn and both players checked. The river came the   and Khun grabbed a few 25,000 green chips from his stack, placed them back on top, then announced he was all in.

Tice immediately flicked in a chip to commit his last 240,000 as Khun opened up    for two pair.

"Very nice," Tice said as he showed    before getting up to shake Khun's hand. "You played great," he told Khun.

Chanracy Khun2,400,000310,000
Landon Tice0-310,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:53 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 2 minutes ago)
Polk Goes for Value

Action was picked up on the flop with the board showing    . Doug Polk bet 25,000 and was reraised by Roberto Perez to 65,000. Polk made the call.

Both players checked the   turn. When the river came the   Polk put out a healthy 155,000 bet. Perez thought about his decision for about 15 seconds before making the fold.

"I had you," Polk told his opponent, revealing that he had    for a turned full house.

Doug Polk1,435,000215,000
Roberto Perez965,000-215,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:48 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 7 minutes ago)
Bad Runout for Zinno

Anthony Zinno raised to 50,000 on the button and Chris Brewer just called in the big blind. The flop came     and Brewer check-called a bet of 25,000 from Zinno.

The turn brought the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Brewer led out with a bet of 100,000 with four cards to a straight flush on the board. Zinno didn't waste any time before mucking his cards and Brewer extended his lead.

Chris Brewer1,410,00090,000
Anthony Zinno990,000-90,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:44 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 11 minutes ago)
Khun Continues to Chip Away at Tice

Chanracy Khun limped from the small blind and Landon Tice checked behind. Both players checked the flop and turn leading to a final board of      .

Tice bet 32,000 on the river and received a call from his opponent.

"Straight" Tice said, revealing   . Khun revealed the    for a small flush which was enough to take the pot down.

Chanracy Khun2,090,000100,000
Landon Tice310,000-100,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:42 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 13 minutes ago)
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:39 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 15 minutes ago)
Tice Gets Some Back

Chanracy Khun bet 16,000 on a flop of     and Landon Tice called.

Both players checked the   turn before Khun bet out for 45,000 on the   river.

Tice called this time and showed    as Khun mucked ace-high.

Chanracy Khun1,990,000-125,000
Landon Tice410,000125,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:38 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Tice Getting Short After Folding to Khun's Shove

Chanracy Khun bet 16,000 on a flop of     and Landon Tice called.

The turn came the   and Khun fired out 32,000. Tice again called to see the   river, where Khun moved all in.

Tice, with around 285,000 remaining, gave up his hand after a brief tank.

Chanracy Khun2,115,000375,000
Landon Tice285,000-375,000
Saturday, June 3, 2023 6:34 PM Local Time (about 15 hours and 21 minutes ago)
Eric Wasserson Eliminated in 8th place ($74,648)

Eric Wasserson

Sean Winter limped in from the small blind and Eric Wasserson moved all in for his remaining stack, putting Winter in the tank.

"For sure we're gonna chop," Winter said before asking the dealer for a count. After mulling it over Winter put in the call to put Wasserson at risk.

Eric Wasserson:   
Sean Winter:   

"Now would be a good time to hit my first pair this match," Wasserson said as the board was dealt out. Unfortunately for him, he would receive no such luck. The board ran out       and Winter's ace-high was enough to eliminate his opponent and advance to the semifinals.

Sean Winter2,400,000400,000
Eric Wasserson0-400,000