Friday, June 2, 2023 8:46 PM Local Time
Chad Eveslage Steamrolls to Second WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed ($131,879)
The 2023 World Series of Poker has crowned the third winner of a coveted gold bracelet at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Out of a field of 456 entries in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed, American poker pro Chad Eveslage defeated Andrew "AJ" Kelsall in a short-lived heads-up duel to claim the biggest slice of the $608,760 prize pool.
It was the second bracelet in as many years for Eveslage after he followed up his victory in Event #8: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. The maiden triumph back then came with a seven-figure score and also took place very early in the series. For his efforts over the last three days, Eveslage earned a payday of $131,879 while Kelsall was denied a second bracelet and had to settle for $81,509.
The final day featured one additional WSOP bracelet holder in John Racener, who reached the final table and bowed out in fourth place. Clayton Mozdzen was the only non-American still in contention among the 11 hopefuls and finished in fifth place.
Final Table Results
After his dominating victory, Eveslage admitted that he was "Not nearly as excited, but it's fun," when compared to the maiden victory nearly one year ago. Something else was certainly different. Not only were the stakes lower, but also an entirely different kind of atmosphere compared to the serious nature of the high-stakes contest back then.
"You know what I mean? The mixed atmosphere is much, much more laid back. We were joking around heads up. Like, you know, when I beat Jake heads-up or it was, no, I don't think a single word was spoken, you know, but it's nice, you know ... I imagine it never gets old winning a World Series of Poker bracelet though," the now two-time champion clarified.
While many of the contenders picked specific games, Eveslage said that he considered his edge to be in a rather traditional variant. "There was a lot of Badeucey, but there was Hold'em, too. I think I've got way more No-Limit Hold'em experience than a lot of these guys. So there's a lot of value in just calling those games," he added, but clarified that the former is certainly one of his favorite variants. "I think...I definitely am certain I have an edge against almost everybody in that game ... just ... they're laughing at me because I sound egotistical," the champion joked while his friends poked fun at him for it.
Dubbed as the "greatest Badeucey player in the world" not only by runner-up Kelsall, Eveslage revealed that it all started from him playing a character as the greatest at the tables like a championship wrestler but "it might be true, too".
Another tongue-in-cheek remark by his opponents that was often mentioned throughout the last two days was the "run like Chad," which he explained as follows.
"A lot of people who have played me in mix think I just ... I'm not good and run really good. Maybe they are right, maybe they are just some kind of psychological justification. I don't know what is going on, but that's where it is from."
There won't be much of a break from the poker grind for the now two-time WSOP bracelet winner, however, and he is not certain yet which event to play next. Potential candidates are the Dealer's Choice Championship or the Mystery Bounty Event. "I don't know, we will see how I feel," he concluded.
Action of the Final Day
Runner-up Kelsall entered the final day as the chip leader, but couldn't keep up the momentum of the previous day. During a frustrating opening stage, Kelsall dropped back into the middle of the pack and even joked he "was a much better Day 2 player than a Day 3 player." The lead changed multiple times and several hopefuls came back from the brink to stay in contention.
This wasn't the case for Nick Pupillo, however, as his stack was swallowed up by James Johnson in Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. With ten players remaining, Eveslage was the shortest stack by a small margin while Racener saw his stack reduced to a fraction of a full bet. Despite that, Ryan Roeder became the next casualty as he was knocked out by Eveslage.
That boost to the stack sparked a rapid growth for Eveslage, who also dispatched Gregory Kelley shortly after. Racener remained in contention while Andrew Brown saw his stack vanish across multiple bad run-outs as he came up just shy of the unofficial final table. With seven players remaining, Eveslage held three times as many chips as second-placed Nick Kost and even the miracle escape of Mozdzen in remarkable fashion was just a very minor setback.
Eveslage decimated the stack of David Levi, who was then knocked out by Racener. Johnson fell to Mozdzen before Eveslage claimed the stacks of Mozdzen in Badeucey and Racener in Big O. Kost was left short by the hot run of Eveslage and bowed out in a battle of short stacks with Kelsall, who was unable to overcome the overwhelming lead and tremendous Badeucey prowess of his opponent.
That concludes the PokerNews coverage for this event but Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship awaits right away on Saturday, June 3, where many of the participants in this challenge of versatility are expected to be back in action. Check out PokerNews' schedule for links to live coverage of other WSOP bracelet events.
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:26 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Eliminated in 2nd Place ($81,509)
For the final hand of the tournament, they switched to NLHE and Andrew Kelsall was all-in out of the big blind and Chad Eveslage called.
The flop was a tease for Kelsall with the open-ended straight draw, but he bricked the turn and river to finish as the runner-up for $81,509. Chad Eveslage won his second WSOP gold bracelet in as many years and receives a top prize of $131,879.
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:22 PM Local Time
Kelsall Cannot Stop the Badeucey God
Both players kept their strategy with Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw for Andrew Kelsall and Badeucey for Chad Eveslage. They shared the spoils in the former this time while Eveslage then cemented his grip on the bracelet indefinitely.
Eveslage raised the button and Kelsall called. Kelsall discarded two versus trey and check-called a bet, then discarded two versus one and check-folded to another bet. "Three card perfect and a number two," Eveslage announced and flashed his cards.
"Wow, you really always catch a hand," Kelsall sighed albeit with a smirk on the face.
Eveslage then received a walk before he raised the next button. Kelsall called and they discarded two each on the first draw, checked and discarded two again. Kelsall check-folded to a bet worth the words "I draw the worst ever".
In the final hand of Badeucey, Kelsall raised the button and Eveslage called. Eveslage discarded trey versus one and they checked to the second draw. Eveslage discarded one versus two and his bet was called by Kelsall.
Eveslage patted the final draw and Kelsall discarded one. The bet of the overwhelming chip leader was called and Eveslage rolled over the / for an eight-eight to take down the next pot. Kelsall dropped to fewer than half a bet.
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:15 PM Local Time
Eveslage Quarters Kelsall
After Chad Eveslage raised, Andrew Kelsall three-bet and got called by Eveslage. Kelsall drew one while Eveslage took three.
Eveslage then call a bet from Kelsall and drew one after Kelsall drew one.
"That's not good," commented Kelsall before he checked his new card.
Kelsall liked what he saw though as he bet, but he then got raised by Eveslage. Kelsall called and both players stood pat.
Kelsall checked, and then called a bet from Eveslage.
Eveslage showed for an eighty-six and a six Badugi. Kelsall showed for the same 2-7 hand and an eight Badugi to get quartered by Eveslage.
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:08 PM Local Time
Kelsall Changes Strategy; Wins Three in a Row
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Andrew Kelsall revealed in table chat that he received a phone call and was advised not to select No-Limit Hold'em and Badeucey. "What are the odds you gonna select something else than Badeucey?" he asked his opponent and Chad Eveslage replied a rather dry "pretty low" with a smirk on the face.
Kelsall then went for 2-7 Triple Draw and proceeded to win the first three pots without showdown.
Eveslage opened to 160,000 for Kelsall to call as both drew three new cards. Kelsall check-raised a bet of 250,000 for the size of the pot and Eveslage folded, getting shown the .
The next limped pot saw both discard two again and Eveslage bet 100,000, Kelsall raised the pot to 540,000 and forced another fold showing the .
Eveslage limp-called a raise to 160,000 and Kelsall discarded two, Eveslage discarded three. Kelsall bet the pot and earned another fold. The only pot Eveslage won in the game was a walk, before he selected Badeucey as expected.
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:53 PM Local Time
"Wow, You Really Are the Best"
Andrew Kelsall has playfully described his heads-up opponent Chad Eveslage as the best Badeucey player in the world, and received an example of why.
Kelsall called a predraw raise from Eveslage and then drew two, while Eveslage also took two.
Kelsall check-called a bet from Eveslage and then drew two again while Eveslage now only needed one.
The 2021 runner-up in the event checked again and then called once more, but now patted his hand. Eveslage drew one.
Kelsall checked a final time, and then called a final bet from Eveslage who showed for a wheel and a seven Badugi.
"Wow, you really are the best," commented Kelsall as a pot was pushed to Eveslage that now sees him at ten million chips.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:45 PM Local Time
Kelsall Gets Some Chips Back
Andrew Kelsall raised to 150,000 and Chad Eveslage called for both to check the flop. On the turn, Eveslage bet 300,000 and earned a call from Kelsall as the river then completed the board.
Eveslage checked and Kelsall bet the pot to receive an instant fold by his opponent.
Eveslage opened to 180,000 next and folded to a pot-sized three-bet by Kelsall.
A limped pot then led to the flop on which Eveslage check-called for 75,000. The turn was checked and Eveslage bet the river for 100,000. Kelsall tank-folded, suspecting a king and Eveslage nodded, mentioning king-jack.
The game type then switched to Badeucey and the first pot was chopped.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:41 PM Local Time
Eveslage Extends Lead as Heads-Up Play Begins
After taking a couple of small pots from Andrew Kelsall in Badeucey, Chad Eveslage extended his lead further in their first hand of Big O.
Eveslage raised to 180,000 and got called by Kelsall. The players checked to the river on the board and after a final check from Kelsall, Eveslage bet 300,000 and got a call.
Eveslage showed for a flush and the nut low to take another pot and boost his stack to nearly ten million chips.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:31 PM Local Time
Nick Kost Eliminated in 3rd Place ($54,247)
Nick Kost: / /
Andrew Kelsall: /
Andrew Kelsall selected 2-7 Razz as next game type, mentioning he "would have selected Badeucey but Chad is the best in the world and I am only 202nd" with a grin on the face.
He then tangled with fellow short stack Nick Kost who bet the superior board on fourth and fifth street. Kelsall took the lead on sixth and bet, Kost called and had just 140,000 behind with a big bet of 240,000 by then.
Kelsall also bet seventh and Kost sigh-called it off with an eight-seven. Kelsall announced a wheel and tabled it to see Kost depart in silence, finishing in third place for $54,247.
Both players are now on a brief break with around 17 minutes left prior to a scheduled dinner break.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:26 PM Local Time
Kost "F**** Up Hand" to Get Shorter Again
Chad Eveslage raised the button and was called by Nick Kost in the big blind. The flop was checked by Kost, who then called a bet worth 100,000 by Eveslage. Both checked the turn and Kost bet the river for 275,000.
Eveslage called rather swiftly and Kost instantly murmured "I fucked this hand up" as he rolled over the for a busted gutshot and flush draw. Eveslage won the pot with the and his opponent dropped below a million in chips.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:23 PM Local Time
Kelsall and Kost Cut Down Eveslage
Omaha 8 or Better
Back-to-back hands have seen Andrew Kelsall and Nick Kost each take significant chunks out of Chad Eveslage's stack.
First, after three bets each went in preflop along with bets on the flop and turn, the players checked the end with a completed board of .
Eveslage showed declaring "tens", to which Kelsall replied "no good" and showed for aces and eights to take a sizeable pot.
Following that, Nick Kost limped his small blind, then called a raise from Eveslage in the big blind to see a flop of .
Kost check-called a bet on the flop, and then check-raised Eveslage on the turn. Eveslage mucked and sent a pot to his other opponent.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:14 PM Local Time
Eveslage Continues to Dominate
Chad Eveslage raised the button to 210,000 and Andrew Kelsall repotted to 690,000 with 595,000 behind. Eveslage tanked and Kelsall joked "don't beat me with a crap hand like four, five, eight, jack, king".
"I would already be in it with that," Eveslage joked back and folded to get shown the by Kelsall.
Kelsall raised the next button to 130,000 and Eveslage defended the big blind. On a flop of , Eveslage bet 75,000 and Kelsall folded, exposing a seven-high combo.
Razz brought no action and Nick Kost then selected Omaha 8 or better.
Kost raised the button and called a three-bet by Eveslage in the small blind. Eveslage bet the flop for Kost to call and bet again the turn, forcing out Kost.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:09 PM Local Time
John Racener Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,953)
Chad Eveslage raised to 180,000 in the small blind and got a call from John Racener in the big blind.
On the flop, Eveslage bet pot, Racener moved all in for just under a million and Eveslage called to put Racener at risk.
Racener had the nut flush draw and a double-gutshot working for him, while Eveslage had a set of fives.
The board ran out , keeping Eveslage's set ahead while bringing neither player a low to send Racener to the payout desk in fourth place.
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:01 PM Local Time
Eveslage Running Away With the Lead
Nick Kost: /
Chad Eveslage: / folded on fifth street
Nick Kost bet a favourable board on fourth and fifth, after which Chad Eveslage folded when he paired up the six.
Nick Kost: / folded on sixth street
Chad Eveslage: /
John Racener: / folded on fifth street
The revenge of the run-away chip leader came shortly after when his king-ten high on fifth had the lead against two pairs. Eveslage bet and John Racener tanked, then folded while showing a lot of frustration. Kost stuck around and snap-folded sixth street when he paired up a second time.
Eveslage then raised to 175,000 on the button and Andrew Kelsall, now second in chips, defended the big blind. They checked to the turn after which Kelsall checked again. Eveslage bet the pot for 440,000 and won it without resistance.
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:56 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Doubles Through John Racener
John Racener raised to 120,000 in the cutoff and was met with a three-bet for pot to 550,000 from Andrew Kelsall, who had 400,000 left behind.
Racener made the call and the dealer spread a flop of . Racener checked and Kelsall moved that 400,000 in and asked the dealer for the 'all-in' button.
Racener thought briefly then opted to make the call.
Racener was in rough shape against Kelsall's trip aces and six-four low. The dealer completed the board with the and , giving Kelsall the scoop with a full house and six-four low.
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:43 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:41 PM Local Time
Two in a Row for Racener
In a battle of the blinds in the last hand of Badeucey, both discarded two on the first draw and Chad Eveslage check-called a bet by John Racener. They discarded two again and Racener bet when checked to, sending Eveslage in a very rare tank. "The best in the world needs time?" Racener joked, Eveslage grinned back and called a minute later.
Eveslage discarded another two on the final draw while Racener took one. Eveslage check-called but couldn't beat the / of Racener.
The final hand of the level brought Big O with Nick Kost as initial raiser, picking up calls from Racener and Andrew Kelsall in the blinds. They checked the flop and Racener bet the turn for 175,000. Only Kelsall called and the river was checked.
Racener revealed the for queens and deuces to win the pot, with Kelsall sighing visibly.
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:39 PM Local Time
A Couple of Uneventful Orbits
A series of split pot games such as Stud Hi-Lo Regular, Stud 8 or Better and Badeucey saw no major action with split pots and hands not going to seventh street.
Chad Eveslage continues to be the firm chip leader.
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:37 PM Local Time
Clayton Mozdzen Eliminated in 5th Place ($25,779)
Clayton Mozdzen raised and then called all-in when Chad Eveslage three-bet. Both discarded two each on the first two draws and one each on the final draw to reveal the following showdown.
Clayton Mozdzen: /
Chad Eveslage: /
Eveslage had a three-card nine while Mozdzen was ahead with a three-card eight. The final card for Eveslage was the as he improved to a ten-ten. Mozdzen peeled the for a third diamond and was eliminated in 5th place.