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2023 World Series of Poker Paradise The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, December 09, 2023 to Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Event #10: MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $15,050,000
  • Entries: 3,010
  • Remaining: 0

EVENT UPDATES

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Thursday, December 14, 2023 7:41 PM Local Time
Online Qualifier Stanislav Zegal Wins First WSOP Paradise Main Event ($2,000,000)

Winner main event Stanislav Zegal

The first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise Main Event champion has been crowned as Germany's Stanislav Zegal took down the $5,000 buy-in event for $2 million and his first WSOP bracelet. The GGPoker qualifier defeated heads-up opponent Michael Sklenicka of the Czech Republic to wrap up a final day that only lasted four hours.

The inaugural WSOP Paradise Main Event at the five-star Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas drew 3,010 players for a prize pool that just squeaked past the $15 million guarantee. The field included dozens of online qualifiers, including Zegal, who was able to parlay his online poker prowess into a life-altering seven-figure victory.

"I was so lucky, the cards just fell my way all the time," Zegal told PokerNews in a winner's interview. "I think I played well too, but obviously (there's) tons of luck ... "This is what you call life-changing money, I guess."

Zegal was joined at the international final table by Brazil's Gabriel Schroeder, Portugal's Rui Sousa and American Matt Glantz, who was looking to bring "TeamLucky" a second Main Event title this year after his good friend Daniel Weinman won $12.1 million earlier this summer.

 PlacePlayerCountryPrize
 1stStanislav ZegalGermany$2,000,000
 2ndMichael SklenickaCzech Republic$1,200,000
 3rdDaniel NeilsonAustralia$900,000
 4thMatt GlantzUnited States$685,000
 5thRui SousaPortugal$510,000
 6thGabriel SchroederBrazil$400,000
 7thMontgomery McQuadeUnited Kingdom$300,000
 8thLuke GrahamUnited States$250,000

"I Felt Comfortable Here"

When asked about his poker background, Zegal told PokerNews he "started playing with friends in home games 18 years ago" for "a couple of Euros." He took a few years off from poker before he started studying and playing more in 2016, the year he started playing poker professionally.

Stanislav Zegal
Stanislav Zegal

The German was at a loss for words after winning $2 million and said "it has to settle first."

"It was somewhat exhausting and needs to settle," he said. "You always make plans for when stuff like this happens, but then when it happens it's so overwhelming."

How will the seven-figure score change Zegal's plans? "I guess I'm going to do something for myself, for my health more, study more poker and just enjoy the time (with) friends and family … But I won't play higher. I felt comfortable here."

"TeamLucky" Denied On Day 4

Day 4 got off to a quick start with seven players returning as McQuade was eliminated in just the second hand as he lost a flip to Glantz. Winning a flip was just the beginning of the run-good for Glantz, who memorably binked a $1 million bounty at the 2022 WSOP. The poker veteran was at risk of going out in fourth place when his sixes were far pipped by the aces of Neilson. That mattered little as a six on the turn gave Glantz the lead to stay alive with a major double.

As it turned out, Glantz would still go out in fourth when he got it in with king-queen against Neilson's ace-queen as Jeff Platt interviewed his good friend Shaun Deeb. Neilson had a sizable chip lead during three-handed play but lost most of his stack to Zegal as his Big Slick was out-flopped by the eventual champion's king-queen.

Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz

"That was pretty crucial," Zegal recalled about the hand.

Neilson was left short and went out soon after as he jammed the flop with a gunshot and couldn't improve against the two pair of Sklenicka. The heads-up battle was brief as Sklenicka bluffed the river with just seven-high as Zegal found a hero call with fourth pair.

It was another victory with "The Robbi" here in The Bahamas as the final hand saw Zegal's jack-four winning out right after China's Dong Chen took down Event #15: $10,000 High Roller 6-Handed with the same offsuit jack-four.

Stanislav Zegal
Stanislav Zegal and runner-up Michael Sklenicka

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of an exciting WSOP Paradise Main Event here in The Bahamas. Be sure to check out the live reporting portal for coverage of other events.

Michael Sklenicka Stanislav Zegal
Michael Sklenicka Stanislav Zegal
Winner main event Stanislav Zegal
Winner main event Stanislav Zegal
Winner main event Stanislav Zegal
Winner main event Stanislav Zegal
Thursday, December 14, 2023 7:07 PM Local Time
Michael Sklenicka Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,200,000)

Michael Sklenicka

Michael Sklenicka raised to 2.7 million on the button with the    and Stanislav Zegal defended with the    to see a     flop.

Zegal check-called a bet of 4 million and the   appeared on the turn. Action went check-check and the   completed the board on the river.

Zegal checked and Sklenicka bluffed by moving all in for 16 million.

Zegal hit the tank, even removing his hat and glasses, and stayed there for several minutes. Eventually he did slide in the chips and just like that it was all over!

Stanislav Zegal150,500,00025,100,000
Michael Sklenicka0-25,100,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:54 PM Local Time
Sklenicka Gets All of His Chips in As Heavy Favorite

Michael Sklenicka

Michael Sklenicka raised to 2.7 million from the button and Stanislav Zegal three-bet to 7.5 million. Sklenicka four-bet all in for 25.1 million and Zegal quickly called.

Michael Sklenicka:   
Stanislav Zegal:   

Sklenicka got it in as a big favorite, and his kicker played after both players paired their ace on the     flop. The   turn changed nothing, but the   river did as both players made aces and fours with the king kicker on board playing.

Chop it up!

Stanislav Zegal125,400,000-7,600,000
Michael Sklenicka25,100,0007,200,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:47 PM Local Time
Level 38 started
Level: 38
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:45 PM Local Time
First Blood to Zegal, Who Extends Chip Lead

Michael Sklenicka Stanislav Zegal

Stanislav Zegal raised to 2 million from the button with the    and then called when Michael Sklenicka three-bet to 9 million with the   .

The     flop hit Zegal hard with two pair, and he faced a bet of 8 million from Sklenicka. Zegal called and the   paired the board on the turn.

Sklenicka bet again, this time 4.8 million, and Zegal took his time before just calling.

The   river changed nothing and Sklenicka slowed down with a check. Zegal thought long and hard before he moved all in, but Sklenicka got away from it by folding his pocket pair.

Stanislav Zegal133,000,00023,200,000
Michael Sklenicka17,900,000-22,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:35 PM Local Time
Short Break

Atlantis

The final two players are now on a short break while the tournament staff readies the table for heads-up play.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:24 PM Local Time
Daniel Neilson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($900,000)

Daniel Neilson

Daniel Neilson opened to 3.3 million on the button with a fraction of that behind and Michael Sklenicka came along in the blinds with Stanislav Zegal.

Sklenicka led out for 4.2 million on the flop of     and Neilson called off for his last 600,000. Zegal folded and the cards were turned up.

Daniel Neilson:   
Michael Sklenicka:   

Neilson had run into two pair and needed to hit an eight to make a straight and stay alive.

He couldn't do it as the board ran out    to mark his elimination in third place for $900,000.

Stanislav Zegal94,100,000-15,900,000
Michael Sklenicka32,500,000-1,800,000
Daniel Neilson0-15,200,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:13 PM Local Time
Zegal Outflops Neilson For Big Double

Stanislav Zegal

Stanislav Zegal opened to 2 million on the button and Daniel Neilson three-bet to 7.5 million in the small blind. Zegal called.

Neilson continued for 8.5 million on the flop of     as Zegal called. Neilson then bet 38 million on the   turn to put Zegal all in and he quickly called.

Stanislav Zegal:   
Daniel Neilson:   

Neilson had been out-flopped and couldn't improve as the   river bricked off to earn Zegal a major double.

Stanislav Zegal110,000,00051,200,000
Daniel Neilson15,200,000-57,000,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:50 PM Local Time
Matt Glantz Eliminated in 4th Place ($685,000)

Matt Glantz

The only sweat Shaun Deeb has left is that from his daily workouts as Matt Glantz from "TeamLucky" has been eliminated.

Daniel Neilson opened to 2 million and Matt Glantz three-bet jammed in the small blind with a stack of 22 million. Neilson called with a bigger stack.

Matt Glantz:   
Daniel Neilson:   

Glantz was dominated and incredibly did not hit the three-outer as the board ran out       to mark his elimination.

Many noted that Glantz busted right as "Grim Reaper" Jeff Platt grabbed Deeb for an interview.

Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz
Daniel Neilson72,200,00033,600,000
Matt Glantz0-19,800,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:38 PM Local Time
Zegal Bets Out Neilson

Stanislav Zegal

Stanislav Zegal completed in the small blind with    and Daniel Neilson checked his option in the big blind with   .

Zegal checked on the flop of     and Neilson checked back. Zegal then bet 4.5 million on the   turn and Neilson called with his pair and flush draw.

Zegal sized up to 12 million on the   turn and Neilson laid it down.

Stanislav Zegal58,800,0009,500,000
Daniel Neilson38,600,000-8,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:26 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts

Atlantis location

Stanislav Zegal49,300,0009,100,000
Daniel Neilson47,100,0006,100,000
Michael Sklenicka34,300,000-7,900,000
Matt Glantz19,800,000-7,300,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:24 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 100,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:06 PM Local Time
PN Podcast: Erik Seidel Talks Winning 10th Bracelet at WSOP Paradise; Maria Ho Chats Game of Gold

On the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Chad Holloway, Connor Richards, and Matt Hansen come to you from both the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise in The Bahamas!

The crew talks about the surprise appearance of 2022 EPT Prague champ Jordan Saccucci, who was a week removed from being arrested in Canada on home robbery charges. His stay didn't last long in the Main Event as casino officials removed him from contention. Find out what happened here.

They then discuss Phil Hellmuth's grand entrance as Poseidon flocked by 17 mermaids and a Bahamian marching band, highlight bracelet winners from the series thus far, and Erik Seidel capturing his 10th gold bracelet, becoming just the fifth player in history to do so. Connor even grabbed a winner interview with the Poker Hall of Famer.

Finally, the crew discussesthe finale of GGPoker's Poker After Dark Game of Gold complete with an interview with Season 1 champ Maria Ho!

Listen to the New PokerNews Podcast Here!

Thursday, December 14, 2023 5:06 PM Local Time
First Break of the Day

Atlantis location

The final four players are now on their first break of the day.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:56 PM Local Time
Deeb Weighs In
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:55 PM Local Time
Updated Four-Handed Chip Counts

Atlantis location

Michael Sklenicka42,200,000-4,100,000
Daniel Neilson41,000,0003,200,000
Stanislav Zegal40,200,000-3,600,000
Matt Glantz27,100,000-2,400,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:48 PM Local Time
Glantz Pays Off Third Pair

WSOPP 2023Matt Glantz

Daniel Neilson opened to 1.6 million on the button with    and Matt Glantz defended his big blind with   .

Glantz checked on the flop of     and Neilson continued for 900,000. Glantz called. Glantz checked again on the   turn and Neilson checked back.

Glantz checked once more on the   river and Neilson bet 4.2 million after hitting a three on the river. Glantz called with his ace-high and saw the bad news.

Daniel Neilson37,800,00012,000,000
Matt Glantz29,500,000-4,300,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:40 PM Local Time
Zegal Flops the Joint

Stanislav Zegal

Stanislav Zegal raised to 1.8 million from the button with the    and Michael Sklenicka three-bet to seven million from the big blind with the   .

Zegal called and flopped the joint when it came down    . Sklenicka, who flopped top pair, continued for 3.8 million and Zegal just called.

The   turn was an action killer as both players checked.

When the   completed the board on the river, Sklenicka checked and then folded when Zegal bet nine million.

Michael Sklenicka46,300,000-15,200,000
Stanislav Zegal43,800,00010,400,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:22 PM Local Time
"How Good Does This Guy Run?!" Glantz Hits Two Outer

WSOPP 2023Matt Glantz

Matt Glantz open-jammed a stack of 16.3 million on the button and Daniel Neilson called in the big blind with a bigger stack.

Matt Glantz:   
Daniel Neilson:   

Glantz had run into aces and needed a six. He got some help as the flop of     gave him a backdoor straight draw, but he didn't need it as the   landed on the turn to give him sixes full of eights before the   river improved him to a better full house.

"How good does this guy run?!" exclaimed Norman Chad.

Matt Glantz33,800,00017,500,000
Daniel Neilson25,800,000-13,500,000
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:21 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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