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2023 World Series of Poker Paradise The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 to Thursday, December 07, 2023

Event #3: GGMillion$ High Roller Championship

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $13,325,000
  • Entries: 533
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, December 8, 2023 4:00 AM Local Time
Daniel Smiljkovic Leads 8 Players into Final Day of Event #3: $25,000 GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship

Daniel Smiljkovic

The penultimate day of Event #3: $25,000 GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship has concluded at the 2023 World Series of Poker Paradise. The third and final day will resume at 2 p.m. local time at Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas.

After two starting flights and an online flight, the event brought a total of 533 entries to the felt to generate a huge prize pool of $13,325,000. Only 80 players returned to Day 2 in the money and at the end of the day, only eight remained. Each remaining player has locked up $267,500, but all eyes will be on the WSOP bracelet and $2,726,300 first-place prize.

Leading the final eight players is Germany's Daniel Smiljkovic with just over 51 big blinds when play resumes. Arunas Sapitavicius, Klemens Roiter, Matthew Stumpf, Frank Brannan, Damian Salas, Adrian Mateos, and Samuel Mullur round out the players who will be returning to the final table which is slated to be livestreamed on the GGPoker YouTube channel.

$25,000 GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Daniel SmiljkovicGermany30,800,00051
2Frank BrannanUnited States16,200,00027
3Samuel MullurAustria9,150,00015
4Adrian MateosSpain11,325,00018
5Klemens RoiterAustria17,700,00029
6Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania17,725,00029
7Damian SalasArgentina14,225,00023
8Matthew StumpfCanada16,300,00027

Day 2 Action

The day kicked off with 80 players all in the money and the eliminations came quickly. Some of the players who busted early in the day include Bertrand Grospellier, Justin Bonomo, Ren Lin, Ben Heath, Michael Duek, and WSOP Main Event champions Koray Aldemir and Espen Jorstad.

Mateos miraculously finds himself at the final table, even after having been down to one big blind earlier in the day. In a hand where Erik Seidel rivered a straight, Mateos was left with about 150,000 and spun it back up to return to the final day with an opportunity for a fifth bracelet.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Daniel Negreanu came into the day with hopes of a long-awaited seventh bracelet but he'll have to wait another day. He got his chips in as a favorite against Sapitavicius, but Negreanu fell behind on the turn and was eliminated in 26th place.

Other notable players who ran deep but fell short of the final table include Artur Martirosian (11th - $164,900), Thomas Muehloecker (13th - $132,800), Daniel Dvoress (18th - $90,700), Erik Seidel (19th - $90,700), Jason Koon (22nd - $90,700), and Seth Davies (24th - $77,000).

Final Table Results & Remaining Payouts

1st $2,726,300
2nd $1,684,500
3rd $1,192,300
4th $856,800
5th $625,400
6th $463,700
7th $349,400
8th $267,500
9thRenat Bohdanov$208,300

Day 3 will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Friday, December 8. Level 28 will begin with blinds of 300,000/600,000 with a 600,000 big blind ante.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team continues to provide updates from WSOP Paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in The Bahamas until a winner is crowned.

Friday, December 8, 2023 3:10 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Daniel Smiljkovic30,800,000100,000
Arunas Sapitavicius17,725,000-1,275,000
Klemens Roiter17,700,000400,000
Matthew Stumpf16,300,0000
Frank Brannan16,200,000-1,800,000
Damian Salas14,225,000-575,000
Adrian Mateos11,325,000725,000
Samuel Mullur9,150,000-1,850,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 2:54 AM Local Time
Day 2 Has Come to a Close

The final eight players have bagged for the night and will return tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

A full recap of the day will be posted shortly.

Friday, December 8, 2023 2:52 AM Local Time
Renat Bohdanov Eliminated in 9th Place ($208,300)

Renat Bohdanov

Daniel Smiljkovic raised to 1,000,000 from late position only to see Renat Bohdanov jam from the big blind for 12,800,000. Smiljkovic wasted little time in making the call to set up a runout with Bohdanov the player at risk.

Renat Bohdanov:   
Daniel Smiljkovic:   

The board ran out      , leaving Bohdanov in second place and sending him home in ninth place for $208,300.

Daniel Smiljkovic30,700,0009,400,000
Renat Bohdanov0-8,000,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 2:33 AM Local Time
Stumpf Logs a Double

Matthew Stumpf shoved from the small blind for 7,400,000 and Daniel Smiljkovic looked him up from the big blind without hesitation.

Matthew Stumpf:   
Daniel Smiljkovic:   

The board ran out       and Stumpf found a pair of aces on the river to stay in the game.

Daniel Smiljkovic21,300,000-7,300,000
Matthew Stumpf16,300,00010,925,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, December 8, 2023 2:30 AM Local Time
The Final Table
SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Daniel SmiljkovicGermany29,000,00058
2Frank BrannanUnited States18,000,00036
3Samuel MullurAustria11,000,00022
4Adrian MateosSpain10,600,00021
5Klemens RoiterAustria17,300,00034
6Renat BohdanovUkraine8,000,00016
7Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania19,000,00038
8Damian SalasArgentina14,800,00029
9Matthew StumpfCanada7,400,00014
Daniel Smiljkovic29,000,000400,000
Arunas Sapitavicius19,000,0001,000,000
Frank Brannan18,000,000-1,300,000
Klemens Roiter17,300,0002,300,000
Damian Salas14,800,000-3,200,000
Samuel Mullur11,000,0001,400,000
Adrian Mateos10,600,000-1,900,000
Renat Bohdanov8,000,000-1,900,000
Matthew Stumpf7,400,0002,025,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 2:27 AM Local Time
Vladimir Minko Eliminated in 10th Place ($164,900)

Vladimir Minko

Vladimir Minko raised to 1,000,000 from the cutoff and found a caller in Frank Brannan in the big blind before seeing the flop come    .

Brannan checked over to Minko who continued with a bet for 600,000 only to see Brannan reach into his stack and come back out with a check raise to 1,500,000.

Minko paused for a moment but didn't need much time before deciding on jamming for 4,300,000 only to see Branna put in the snap-call to set up a runout with Minko the player at risk.

Vladimir Minko:   
Frank Brannan:   

Minko quickly got the bad news that Brannan had trapped with aces and would need to hit his gut-shot straight draw or go runner-runner to come from behind and extend his tournament run, but when the board ran out with the   and  , Minko would be forced to stand up and exit the the tournament in 10th place for $164,900.

Frank Brannan19,300,0005,000,000
Vladimir Minko0-7,500,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 2:09 AM Local Time
Salas Takes With River Bet

Renat Bohdanov limped the small blind and Damian Salas checked his option.

The dealer spread the     flop and Bohdanov bet 500,000. Salas called.

The   landed on the turn and Bohdanov continued for 1,750,000. Salas again called.

The   fell on the river and Bohdanov checked. Salas bet 1,525,000 and Bohdanov quickly sent his cards into the muck.

Damian Salas18,000,0004,575,000
Renat Bohdanov9,900,000-1,100,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:57 AM Local Time
Sapitavicius Bets Out Roiter

Arunas Sapitavicius completed in the small blind and Klemens Roiter checked his option in the big blind.

Sapitavicius bet 500,000 on the flop of     and Roiter called. Sapitavicius then checked on the   turn and Roiter checked back.

The   river completed the board and Sapitavicius bet 850,000. Roiter laid it down.

Arunas Sapitavicius18,000,000-2,000,000
Klemens Roiter15,000,0001,425,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:57 AM Local Time
Bohdanov Battles Back

Renat Bohdanov was all in for 5,175,000 and Adrian Mateos was the one to put him at risk. The cards were already on their backs and the dealer was ready for a runout.

Renat Bohdanov:   
Adrian Mateos:   

The board ran out       and Bohdanov flopped a pair of sevens to secure another double.

Adrian Mateos12,500,000-3,200,000
Renat Bohdanov11,000,0003,175,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:50 AM Local Time
Artur Martirosian Eliminated in 11th Place ($164,900)

Artur Martirosian

Action folded to Arunas Sapitavicius in the cutoff who raised to 1,000,000 only to see Artur Martirosian jam for roughly 4,000,000. Sapitavicius decided to put in the call to set up a runout with Martirosian at risk.

Artur Martirosian:   
Arunas Sapitavicius:   

The board ran out      , leaving Martirosian second best and sending him to the rail in 11th place for $164,900.

Arunas Sapitavicius20,000,0008,500,000
Artur Martirosian0-8,000,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:38 AM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:35 AM Local Time
Chip Counts on Break
Daniel Smiljkovic28,600,000-400,000
Adrian Mateos15,700,000-2,300,000
Frank Brannan14,300,0005,300,000
Klemens Roiter13,575,000-1,425,000
Damian Salas13,425,000425,000
Arunas Sapitavicius11,500,000-3,000,000
Samuel Mullur9,600,000-2,000,000
Renat Bohdanov7,825,0004,825,000
Vladimir Minko7,500,0001,500,000
Artur Martirosian5,850,000-2,150,000
Matthew Stumpf5,375,000-1,825,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:24 AM Local Time
Final Break

The remaining 11 players have been sent on their final 15-minute break of the evening. They will play one more level or down to six players when they return.

Friday, December 8, 2023 1:21 AM Local Time
Salas Good At Showdown

Damian Salas opened to 800,000 in the cutoff and Adrian Mateos defended out of the big blind.

Mateos checked on the flop of     and Salas continued for 600,000. Mateos called. Mateos checked again on the   turn and Salas checked back.

Mateos checked once more on the   river and Salas checked back. Mateos showed    for a pair of deuces, but it was no good against the    of the 2020 Main Event champion.

Adrian Mateos18,000,0000
Damian Salas13,000,0001,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:17 AM Local Time
Salas Takes With River Bet

Matthew Stumpf opened to 800,000 in the cutoff and Damian Salas defended the big blind.

The dealer fanned out the     flop and Salas check-called for 600,000.

The   turn was checked to the   river and Salas bet out 2,025,000. Stumpf used multiple time extensions but ultimately sent his cards into the muck.

Damian Salas11,200,0001,700,000
Matthew Stumpf7,200,000-800,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:02 AM Local Time
Smiljkovic Leads Latest Counts
Daniel Smiljkovic29,000,00018,775,000
Adrian Mateos18,000,000-3,100,000
Klemens Roiter15,000,0004,250,000
Arunas Sapitavicius14,500,0009,400,000
Samuel Mullur11,600,000600,000
Damian Salas9,500,000-1,900,000
Frank Brannan9,000,000-5,300,000
Matthew Stumpf8,000,000-1,200,000
Artur Martirosian8,000,0002,000,000
Vladimir Minko6,000,000-500,000
Renat Bohdanov3,000,000-16,100,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 1:02 AM Local Time
Smiljkovic Takes a Lot From Bohdanov

Daniel Smiljkovic

Renat Bohdanov raised to 800,000 from the button and Daniel Smiljkovic called from the big blind. The flop was     and Smiljkovic checked. Bohdanov bet 1,600,000 and Smiljkovic called to see   on the turn.

Smiljkovic check-called again on the turn, this time for 4,100,000, and the river was  .

For a third time, Smiljkovic checked and Bohdanov went into the tank. After he used one time bank he announced 11,000,000 — enough to put Smiljkovic all in. Smiljkovic called without much hesitation and turned over    for a pair of aces. Bohdanov showed the dusty    and send most of his chips over to the German.

Daniel Smiljkovic31,500,00021,275,000
Renat Bohdanov2,750,000-16,350,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 12:44 AM Local Time
Ivan Luca Eliminated in 12th Place ($132,800)

Ivan Luca

Action folded to Damian Salas in the small blind who jammed to put Ivan Luca to a decision for his shorter stack. Luca checked his cards and paused briefly before calling off his stack to put himself at risk and send he and Salas to a runout.

Ivan Luca:   
Damiam Salas:   

Luca was in good shape to lock up a much needed double, but when the flop came down    , that all changed as Luca was now in need of some help to survive.

The turn brought the   and when the board completed with the   river, Luca stood up to make his exit in 12th place for $132,800.

Damian Salas11,400,000-25,000
Ivan Luca0-4,000,000
Friday, December 8, 2023 12:42 AM Local Time
Thomas Muehloecker Eliminated in 13th Place ($132,800)

Thomas Muehloecker

Thomas Muehloecker moved all in for 1,175,000 in the hijack and Daniel Smiljkovic rejammed for 4,225,000 in the cutoff. Action folded to Renat Bohdanov in the big blind who called with the covering stack.

Thomas Muehloecker:   
Daniel Smiljkovic:   
Renat Bohdanov:   

The board ran out       and the cowboys stayed in front to secure the pot for Smiljkovic, while Muehloecker was eliminated in 13th place for $132,800.

Renat Bohdanov19,100,0004,350,000
Daniel Smiljkovic10,225,0001,625,000
Thomas Muehloecker0-4,275,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander