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

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 to Thursday, June 01, 2023

Event #2: $25,000 High Roller Six Handed No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $4,864,500
  • Entries: 207
  • Remaining: 58


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Thursday, June 1, 2023 2:34 AM Local Time
Axel Hallay Mounts a Miraculous Comeback to Dominate Day 2 of the $25,000 6-Max High Roller

Axel Hallay

The old poker saying is "a chip and a chair," and it certainly rang true for Axel Hallay on Day 2 of Event #2: $25,000 High Roller 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

Hallay was knocked down to just 40,000 early in the day. He ended it as the overwhelming chip leader with 7,980,000, nearly twice as much as his closest challenger. The French pro was already a top stack before he emerged victorious in the biggest pot of the day, winning with a set of aces to decimate the stack of Bin Weng.

Hallay would have finished with even more chips if not for a little luck from the player in second place on the chip leaderboard. Chris Moore was all in and down to two outs on the river against Hallay but hit his miracle card to double up. Another double-up near the night's end saw Moore finish up with 4,455,000.

A star-studded final nine players will return on June 1 at 1:30 p.m. inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas to play down to a champion.

Joey Weissman (4,150,000), Jake Schindler (1,205,000), and 2017 PPC champion Elior Sion (1,202,500) are chasing their second WSOP bracelet, while Chance Kornuth (2,605,000) is seeking his fourth. Sean Winter (3,945,000) and the always-entertaining Ren Lin (1,500,000) are also still in the mix.

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth

Day 2 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Axel HallayFrance7,980,00080
2Chris MooreUnited States4,455,00045
3Joey WeissmanUnited States4,150,00042
4Alexandre VuilleumierSwitzerland3,975,00040
5Sean WinterUnited States3,945,00039
6Chance KornuthUnited States2,605,00026
7Ren LinChina1,500,00015
8Jake SchindlerUnited States1,205,00012
9Elior SionUnited Kingdom1,202,50012

Day 2 began shortly before 1 p.m. with 58 returning players joined by 20 new arrivals to create a total field of 207 entries. They were playing for a piece of the $4,864,500 prize pool, which would go to the top 32 finishers.

Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb, Jason Koon, and Dan Smith fell short of the money, while Justin Saliba was the unfortunate bubble boy after being whittled down to less than a big blind.

Once the bubble burst, Ben Lamb (30th), Justin Bonomo (29th), and the last two Main Event champions, Koray Aldemir (26th) and Espen Jorstad (25th), all made their way to the payout desk. They were joined by Ethan "Rampage" Yau (23rd) and Daniel Negreanu, who was knocked out in 22nd place by the pocket queens of Weissman.

The remaining nine players are already guaranteed $104,733, but all eyes will be on the $1,215,864 top prize when play resumes. The final table will be streamed by PokerGO beginning at 4 p.m.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates from the 6-Max High Roller until a new WSOP champion is crowned tomorrow.

Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:51 AM Local Time
Seat Draw for the Final Nine
Horseshoe11Chance KornuthUnited States2,605,000
Horseshoe12Elior SionUnited Kingdom1,202,500
Horseshoe14Ren LinChina1,500,000
Horseshoe15Alexandre VuilleumierUnited Kingdom3,975,000
Horseshoe16Sean WinterUnited States3,945,000
Horseshoe22Joey WeissmanUnited States4,150,000
Horseshoe23Axel HallayFrance7,980,000
Horseshoe24Jake SchindlerUnited States1,205,000
Horseshoe26Chris MooreUnited States4,455,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:22 AM Local Time
End-of-Day Chip Counts
Axel Hallay7,980,000-920,000
Chris Moore4,455,000705,000
Joey Weissman4,150,000990,000
Alexandre Vuilleumier3,975,0001,625,000
Sean Winter3,945,000345,000
Chance Kornuth2,605,0005,000
Ren Lin1,500,000-350,000
Jake Schindler1,205,000205,000
Elior Sion1,202,500-547,500
Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:20 AM Local Time
Ren and Sion Put On a Show At the End of Day 2

Ren Lin raised from under the gun to 160,000. Elior Sion moved all in for his last 945,000. Lin spent one time bank before folding.

"Ace king?" asked Lin. Sion flashed a queen and laughed. "Lady Gaga!"

Sion then asked Lin if he had ace ten. "If I had an ace it would have been 'Adios to you!" replied Lin.

And thus concludes an action-packed Day 2.

Elior Sion1,750,0000
Ren Lin1,500,000-350,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:13 AM Local Time
Lin Hits "Lucky Three" For Another Double

"No Gamble, No Future. One time," Ren Lin called out as he moved all in again for 910,000 in the cutoff. The table folded around to Chance Kornuth in the big blind.

"C'mon Chance, please," Lin pleaded, and Kornuth eventually called.

Ren Lin:   
Chance Kornuth:   

"Lucky three. Just give me one three," Lin asked the dealer as the flop came    . The turn was the "lucky three" he had been looking for, the  , as Lin jumped into the lead. The river came the   and Lin doubled off Kornuth again.

"Thank you, Chance. You are the best guy in the world," Lin said following the hand. "I can't lose. This is my tournament."

Chance Kornuth2,600,000-1,100,000
Ren Lin1,850,000650,000
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Thursday, June 1, 2023 1:08 AM Local Time
Moore Doubles Up Again

When Joey Weissman raised 170,000 from the cutoff, Chris Moore reraised all in from the big blind. Weissman called and it was off to the races for Moore, with 1,840,000 and his tournament life at stake.

Joey Weissman   
Chris Moore   

The board ran out clean for Moore,       and Moore notched another double up as Day 2 winds down.

Chris Moore3,750,0001,250,000
Joey Weissman3,160,000-1,140,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:50 AM Local Time
Lin Picks Up Jacks to Double

Ren Lin moved all in for around 600,000 from the cutoff as action folded around to Chance Kornuth in the big blind. Lin tossed Kornuth his "No Gamble, No Future" banner as Kornuth decided to call and put Lin at risk.

Ren Lin:   
Chance Kornuth:   

The board ran out       and Lin's jacks stayed in front to secure him the double up.

Chance Kornuth3,700,000-800,000
Ren Lin1,200,000100,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:48 AM Local Time
Moore Spikes the River to Survive

Chris Moore

Chris Moore moved all in for around 1,200,000 and Axel Hallay called in the big blind.

Chris Moore:   
Axel Hallay:   

The     flop gave Hallay a flush draw and left Moore drawing to just two nines in the deck to stay alive. He didn't get any miracles on the   turn as he was already standing up from his seat preparing to exit, but the river brought the   and he made a pair to double up.

Axel Hallay8,900,000-600,000
Chris Moore2,500,0001,400,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:46 AM Local Time
Andrew Lichtenberger Eliminated in 10th Place ($80,314)

Andrew Lichtenberger

Andrew Lichtenberger raised to 670,000 from under the gun, leaving himself just one chip behind, and Joey Weissman called on the button.

The two players checked to the turn on a board of     , when Weissman put Lichtenberger all in and Lichtenberger tossed in his last chip.

"I have outs," Lichtenberger said, showing   . Weissman had    for a set as the river came the   to send Lichtenberger to the rail.

Joey Weissman4,300,000-300,000
Andrew Lichtenberger0-1,000,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:41 AM Local Time
Keith Lehr Eliminated in 11th Place ($80,314)

Keith Lehr

Keith Lehr was all in against Joey Weissman after the two took a flop of    , Lehr putting his 2,100,000 in the middle.

Keith Lehr:   
Joey Weissman:   

The turn and river failed to come to Lehr's rescue, and he busted in 11th place.

Joey Weissman4,600,0002,100,000
Keith Lehr0-1,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:20 AM Local Time
Level 18 started
Level: 18
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 80,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:20 AM Local Time
Kornuth: "I Didn't Mean to Raise!"

After a preflop raise, Chance Kornuth and Alexandre Vuilleumier both checked a     flop.

When the turn came  , Kornuth checked from the big blind, and Vuilleumier bet 110,000 from middle position. Kornuth seemed to put 200,000 into the pot, but the dealer told him the raise had to be to 220,000 and Kornuth complied.

After a   river put three sevens on board, Kornuth led for 580,000 into the 1,300,000 pot. Vuilleumier folded, and Kornuth admitted to the table, "I didn't mean to raise there. I wondered why there were two bets there."

Chance Kornuth4,500,000100,000
Alexandre Vuilleumier2,350,000-850,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:20 AM Local Time
Bin Weng Eliminated in 12th Place ($62,763)

Bin Weng

Bin Weng didn't have enough to pay a big blind after losing the big pot to Axel Hallay and was all in against Hallay and Joey Weissman in the blinds.

Hallay bet 60,000 on the     flop and Weissman called. The turn came the   and Weissman now led out for 65,000.

Hallay called, then called another 350,000 bet on the   river. Weissman turned over    for two pair, Hallay had   , while Weng showed    before heading for the exit.

Axel Hallay9,500,000-700,000
Joey Weissman2,500,000-100,000
Bin Weng0-30,000
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:17 AM Local Time
Hallay Decimates Weng in Biggest Pot of the Tournament

Axel Hallay

Joey Weissman opened for 125,000 from under the gun and Axel Hallay called next to act before Bin Weng reraised to 510,000 in the small blind. Weissman got out of the way, but Hallay stuck around with a call.

The flop came     and Weng checked over to Hallay, who bet 375,000. Weng put in a check-raise to 900,000 and Hallay called to the   turn.

Weng now led out for 500,000 and Hallay again called. The river was the   and Weng bet another 800,000, leaving himself just 30,000 behind.

Hallay snap-called and tabled   . "You got it," Weng said as he mucked.

"Saved you from chips," Hallay responded as he eclipsed 10,000,000.

Axel Hallay10,200,0003,200,000
Bin Weng30,000-2,770,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:58 PM Local Time
Lin Sniffs Out a Bluff, but Vuilleumier Gets There on the River

In a blind versus blind battle, Ren Lin bet 60,000 on a flop of     and Alexandre Vuilleumier called.

The turn came the   and Lin checked over to Vuilleumier, who fired out 200,000. "Ay, mamma mia," Lin said before he eventually called.

The   fell on the river and this time Vuilleumier fired out 480,000. "Call," Lin immediately said, slamming his    on the felt.

Vuilleumier turned over    and Lin thought he had made the right call before realizing Vuilleumier had rivered a pair.

"He has you beat," Sean Winter said as Lin ran away from the table.

"He knows," Chance Kornuth added.

"100 percent bluff. You're pretty terrible, but you're lucky," Lin said to Vuilleumier as he sat back down and patted Vuilleumier on the back, the two opponents sharing a laugh.

Alexandre Vuilleumier3,200,000600,000
Ren Lin1,100,000200,000
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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:47 PM Local Time
Winter Punishes the Limper

Action folded to Alexandre Vuilleumier in the small blind who limped in. Sean Winter, in the big blind, then raised to 240,000 and Vuilleumier called.

The flop came     and Vuilleumier check-called a bet of 175,000. Vuilleumier again checked the   turn, and this time Winter announced a bet of 775,000.

Vuilleumier's cards hit the muck quickly as Winter took in the pot.

Sean Winter3,600,000300,000
Alexandre Vuilleumier2,600,000-200,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:46 PM Local Time
Hallay Dominating

Axel Hallay raised to 125,000 from under the gun and Joey Weissman defended his big blind.

The flop came     and Hallay continued for 125,000. Weissman called as the   fell on the turn.

Hallay this time put in a bet of 450,000 and Weissman quickly folded.

A few hands later, Hallay again raised to 125,000, then called when button Jake Schindler three-bet to 325,000. The flop came     and Schindler bet 80,000.

Hallay now put in a raise to 300,000 and Schindler snap-mucked.

Axel Hallay7,000,0001,300,000
Joey Weissman2,600,000-500,000
Jake Schindler1,000,000-400,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:37 PM Local Time
Lin Tells Sion, "You Bluff Me Too Much!"

Elior Sion raised 120,000 from the button and Ren Lin exclaimed "Do you believe in fortune?" before calling from the big blind. The flop rolled off     and both players checked.

When the turn brought the   Lin bet 165,000 and Sion called.

Lin checked his cards when the   hit the river, and then bet 275,000. Sion moved all in for 1,060,000.

Lin smacked his own hand before mucking, telling Sion, "You bluff me too much!"

Elior Sion1,750,000550,000
Ren Lin900,000-800,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:16 PM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:03 PM Local Time
Final Break of the Day

Players are now on the last 15-minute break of the day.

There are two more scheduled levels to play before players bag up their chips for the night.

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