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

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $426,300
  • Entries: 1,015
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 6:03 PM Local Time
Back From Break

The final 14 players have returned from their dinner break in Level 27 with blinds at 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 ante.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:58 PM Local Time
Time for Dinner

The remaining 14 players have stepped out for a 60-minute dinner break. Players are expected to return at ~5:55 p.m. local time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:56 PM Local Time
Under The Gun and Over Exposed

Bruce Jiang

Bruce Jiang had opened under the gun but when he pulled his hand back from dropping the chips, he accidentally exposed the    to Michael Mcfadden who was sitting in the big blind.

Floor was called and it was the Tournament Director's ruling that Jiang would be forced to play with his hand exposed. He did not offer any further penalty to Jiang, as it was an obvious accident. The TD later went on the say, "I'm not penalizing you because you punished yourself".

The table then folded around, explaining they would act as if they hadn't seen his hand. However, once it was folded to the big blind, Mcfadden did go all-in, forcing Jiang to fold.

Mcfadden showed the   , explaining he wouldn't have made a move with a random weak hand in this particular circumstance. Jiang made light of the situation and requested that Pokernews report the incident, as it was a funny turn of events.

Michael Mcfadden1,310,000135,000
Bruce Jiang935,000275,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:55 PM Local Time
Kevin Kivela Eliminated in 15th Place ($2,915)

Kevin Kivela

Michael McFadden opened to 150,000 before seeing Kevin Kivela three-bet shove for not much more. After making the call, the cards were turned on their backs.

Kevin Kivela:   
Michael McFadden:   

The board ran out      , sending Kivela to the rail in 15th place for $2,915 as the tournament breaks for dinner.

Michael Mcfadden1,175,000-1,675,000
Kevin Kivela0-1,200,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:49 PM Local Time
Eric Zavodnik Eliminated in 17th Place; Guitong He Eliminated in 16th Place ($2,915)

Guitong He

Guitong He went all-in from early position, only to be called by Peter Thai in the small blind and Sean Balfour in the big blind.

All three players saw a flop of    . Thai bet 175,000 into Balfour and he called.

The turn brought the  , which Thai checked. Balfour then went all-in, forcing Thai out of the pot.

Guitong He:   
Sean Balfour:   

He was drawing dead and the river was an inconsequential brick, eliminating He in 16th place for $2,915.

Meanwhile, Eric Zavodnik was eliminated in 17th place.

Peter Thai3,500,000700,000
Sean Balfour2,100,00095,000
Guitong He0-2,100,000
Eric Zavodnik0-1,395,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:17 PM Local Time
Kenneth Weinstein Eliminated in 18th Place ($2,411)

Kenneth Weinstein

Kenneth Weinstein was all in and at risk after raising from the button and getting reraised by Peter Thai in the small blind, ultimately leading them both getting all-in preflop.

Kenneth Weinstein:   

Peter Thai:   

The flop brought the     and a brick on the turn and river sent Weinstein to the payouts.

Peter Thai2,800,000400,000
Kenneth Weinstein0-800,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:58 PM Local Time
Aces Hold to Double Up Kivela

Kevin Kivela

Bruce Jiang opened to 125,000 in late position and was met with a three-bet shove from Kevin Kivela two seats to his left. Jiang went into a very short tank before asking, "Do you want a call?" to which Kivela responded, "Yes."

Jiang put in calling chips and the cards went onto their backs.

Kevin Kivela:   
Bruce Jiang:   

The board ran out       which was safe for Kivela who found a much needed double.

Kevin Kivela1,200,000400,000
Bruce Jiang660,000-125,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:57 PM Local Time
McCormack Finds The Double

Keith Mccormack

Keith McCormack was all-in and at risk against Peter Thai.

Keith McCormack:   

Peter Thai:   

It's unclear how the action went but the board laid out was      , providing a much needed double to McCormack.

Peter Thai2,400,000950,000
Keith McCormack675,000-825,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:52 PM Local Time
Zavodnik Cracks Aces to Double

Eric Zavodnik

Bruce Jiang opened to 125,000 and was called by Eric Zavodnik in the big blind to see a flop of    .

Zavodnik checked to Jiang who bet out 300,000. Zavodnik check-shoved for the rest of his chips and was quickly called by Jiang.

Eric Zavodnik:   
Bruce Jiang:   

The turn and river ran out   and  , giving Zavodnik a full double.

Eric Zavodnik1,395,0001,035,000
Bruce Jiang785,000-515,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:40 PM Local Time
Michael Gibbs Eliminated in 19th Place ($2,411)

Michael Gibbs

Benson Tam opened to 150,000 from under the gun. Action folded to Michael Gibbs in the cutoff who called for less.

Michael Gibbs:   
Benson Tam:   

The board of       was no help to Gibbs who was eliminated in 19th place for $2,411.

Benson Tam1,770,000-930,000
Michael Gibbs0-580,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:39 PM Local Time
Randall Blair Eliminated in 20th Place ($2,411)

Randall Blair

There was a three-way all-in preflop between Guitong He, Paul Blanchette, and Randall Blair - the latter being the player at risk.

Randall Blair:   

Paul Blanchette:   

Guitong He:   

The board ran out      , awarding the pot to the eager Paul Blanchette, nearly tripled up. Randall Blair was eliminated in 20th place and awarded $2,411 for his deep run.

Guitong He2,100,000300,000
Paul Blanchette650,00025,000
Randall Blair0-650,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:31 PM Local Time
Kurt Haiss Eliminated in 21st Place ($2,411)

Kurt Haiss

Kurt Haiss went all-in preflop off from a short stack and was called after an extended tank from Sean Balfour. Unfortunately for Balfour, he was unable to coax the blinds into coming along.

Kurt Haiss:   

Sean Balfour:   

The board ran out      , leaving Haiss sweating until the river to no avail.

Sean Balfour2,005,000130,000
Kurt Haiss0-360,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:15 PM Local Time
Jacob Norman Eliminated in 22nd Place ($2,411)

Jacob Norman

Jacob Norman shoved his last 125,000 from late position and was called by Mark Kawamoto and Lisa Eckstein.

Jacob Norman:   
Mark Kawamoto:   
Lisa Eckstein:   

The flop came     and Kawamoto shoved and received a call from Eckstein.

The turn and river came   and   pairing the board a second time and splitting the pot between Kawamoto and Eckstein while Norman was eliminated in 22nd place for $2,411.

Lisa Eckstein1,700,000300,000
Mark Kawamoto955,00055,000
Jacob Norman0-200,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:02 PM Local Time
Mario Romera Eliminated in 23rd Place ($2,411)

Mario Romera

Mario Romera shoved his remaining chips in from the button and was isolated by Keith McCormack in the small blind.

Mario Romera:   
Keith McCormack:   

The board ran out       sending Romera to the rail in 23rd place for $2,411.

Keith McCormack1,500,000500,000
Mario Romera0-100,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Time for a Break

The final 23 players are now on another 15-minute break.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:37 PM Local Time
Jason Pupillo Eliminated in 24th Place ($2,411)

Jason Pupillo

Jason Pupillo open-shoved for 330,000 from middle position and was called by Guitong He to his immediate left.

Jason Pupillo:   
Guitong He:   

The board ran out       giving He a flush and sending Pupillo home in 24th place for $2,411.

Guitong He1,800,000700,000
Jason Pupillo0-340,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:30 PM Local Time
Joshua Vallejo Eliminated 25th Place ($2,411)

Joshua Vallejo

Joshua Vallejo went all in from early position for 160,000. The small blind and big blind, who both covered, ended up going all in as well.

Joshua Vallejo:   
Michael Gibbs:   
Joshua Honneger:   

The board ran out       and left the blinds chopping up Vallejo's chips, eliminating him in 25th place for $2,411.

Joshua Honegger1,250,000350,000
Michael Gibbs580,000130,000
Joshua Vallejo0-160,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:28 PM Local Time
Stephen Combs Eliminated in 26th Place ($2,411)

Stephen Combs

Stephen Combs shoved his remaining 215,000 in early position and was called by Sean Balfour in the cutoff.

Stephen Combs:   
Sean Balfour:   

The board ran out       to send Combs home in 26th place for $2,411.

Sean Balfour1,875,000575,000
Stephen Combs0-200,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Final Three Tables
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
Horseshoe 6731Eric Zavodnik360,000
Horseshoe 6732Joshua Vallejo160,000
Horseshoe 6733Benson Tam2,700,000
Horseshoe 6734Jacob Norman200,000
Horseshoe 6735Mark Kawamoto900,000
Horseshoe 6736Lisa Eckstein1,400,000
Horseshoe 6737Michael Gibbs450,000
Horseshoe 6738Joshua Honegger900,000
Horseshoe 6739Kenneth Weinstein800,000
Horseshoe 6781Peter Thai1,450,000
Horseshoe 6782Paul Blanchette625,000
Horseshoe 6783Randall Blair650,000
Horseshoe 6784Bruce Jiang1,300,000
Horseshoe 6785Kevin Kivela800,000
Horseshoe 6786Zaen Qatan2,400,000
Horseshoe 6787Jason Pupillo340,000
Horseshoe 6788Guitong He1,100,000
Horseshoe 6789Michael Mcfadden2,850,000
Horseshoe 6791  
Horseshoe 6792James Urbanic470,000
Horseshoe 6793Sean Balfour1,300,000
Horseshoe 6794Joe Pavan1,850,000
Horseshoe 6795Carlton Fitzgerald185,000
Horseshoe 6796Mario Romera100,000
Horseshoe 6797Keith Mccormack1,000,000
Horseshoe 6798Stephen Combs200,000
Horseshoe 6799Kurt Haiss360,000
Michael Mcfadden2,850,0001,050,000
Benson Tam2,700,0001,100,000
Zaen Qatan2,400,0001,250,000
Joe Pavan1,850,000600,000
Peter Thai1,450,000200,000
Lisa Eckstein1,400,000-300,000
Bruce Jiang1,300,000495,000
Sean Balfour1,300,000360,000
Guitong He1,100,000320,000
Keith McCormack1,000,000-300,000
Mark Kawamoto900,000-200,000
Joshua Honegger900,000-400,000
Kenneth Weinstein800,000453,000
Kevin Kivela800,0005,000
Randall Blair650,000308,000
Paul Blanchette625,000-80,000
James Urbanic470,000-630,000
Michael Gibbs450,000-200,000
Eric Zavodnik360,00022,000
Kurt Haiss360,000-209,000
Jason Pupillo340,000-30,000
Jacob Norman200,00035,000
Stephen Combs200,000200,000
Carlton Fitzgerald185,000-252,000
Joshua Vallejo160,000-365,000
Mario Romera100,000-290,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:04 PM Local Time
Mcfadden Sniffs It Out

Action picked up on the river on       and Michael Mcfadden checked from the small blind. John Vournas then cut out a bet of 285,000. Mcfadden went deep into the tank trying to puzzle the hand together.

Eventually, he found the call and Vournas showed    for a bluff. Mcfadden quickly showed    to scoop the pot and soar up in the chip counts.

Michael Mcfadden1,800,000600,000
John Vournas485,000-185,000