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

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 to Friday, June 02, 2023

Event #5: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $608,760
  • Entries: 456
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 2, 2023 4:15 PM Local Time
Kost Doubles Through Kelsall in Eagle Fan on Eagle Fan Violence

Eagles Fans Nick Kost and Andrew Kelsall

Stud 8 or Better

Nick Kost:    /    
Andrew Kelsall:    /    

After Nick Kost defended his bring-in to an Andrew Kelsall completion, Kost bet every street the rest of the way.

He got calls the whole way from the start of day chip leader with Kelsall frustratedly mucking his hand at the end after seeing Kost's pair of eights for high and eight-seven low good on both ends to scoop the pot.

Nick Kost1,500,000750,000
Andrew Kelsall1,200,000-250,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 4:09 PM Local Time
Mozdzen and Kelsall on the Rise; Racener Very Short Again

Clayton Mozdzen

Omaha 8 or better

On a board of      , Andrew Kelsall and David Levi had 420,000 in the middle and Kelsall received three quarters of that with with the      as Levi only had the     .

Kelsall then won a bigger pot off Nick Kost only for Kost to chip back up and lose a small portion of the profit in Razz.

One table over, an orbit of Badacey saw Chad Eveslage and Andrew Brown as spectators while Clayton Mozdzen and John Racener "played heads-up".

The largest pot saw a button raise by Mozdzen and a call by Racener in the small blind. Racener discarded two, Mozdzen three, and Racener's subsequent bet was called.

On the second draw, both discarded one and Racener check-called a bet. He discarded one more card on the final draw while Mozdzen patted. Racener checked and Mozdzen quickly bet once more, sending his opponent deep into the tank.

With three big bets behind, Racener reluctantly folded and was shown the    /     by Mozdzen.

Chad Eveslage2,600,0000
Clayton Mozdzen2,150,000750,000
Andrew Brown1,800,000-300,000
James Johnson1,515,000-15,000
Andrew Kelsall1,450,000350,000
David Levi875,000-575,000
Nick Kost750,00075,000
John Racener340,000-460,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 4:02 PM Local Time
Levi Doubles Through Kost, Barely

David Levi


Nick Kost raised the button and got a call from David Levi in the big blind.

Levi drew three, while Kost only took two. Levi then check-raised a bet from Kost, which Kost called.

Levi now only drew one, while Kost still needed two. Levi led out but now got raised by Kost. Levi called

One card was still needed by Levi but Kost stood pat. Levi then check-called a bet by Kost and the very similar hands were revealed.

Kost held       while Levi showed      .

Levi had Kost barely pipped for each half of the pot with his eight-six-four low and eight-six-three-two Badugi.

David Levi1,450,000650,000
Nick Kost675,000-625,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:55 PM Local Time
Some of the Best Poker Players Who Haven't Won a WSOP Bracelet
WSOP Bracelet Winners
WSOP Bracelet Winners

While winning a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet is one of the greatest accomplishments a poker player can achieve, many of the greatest and most successful players in the game have yet to put one on their wrists.

PokerNews has had a decent track record with highlighting players without bracelets who have gone on to win them. Jason Koon won a maiden bracelet in 2021 after making the "Best Without a Bracelet" list that year, while Dan Smith and Alex Foxen both found bracelets in 2022 to be removed from that year's list.

With the 2023 WSOP happening now, here's a look at some of the best players who have yet to add a World Series bracelet to their long lists of accolades.

Check out our list of "Best Without a Bracelet" here!

Friday, June 2, 2023 3:52 PM Local Time
"Nine F***s and One Pretzel"

Andrew Brown arrived at his new seat and limp-jammed out of the small blind in a NLHE hand. Clayton Mozdzen had raised to 105,000 in the big blind and folded to the shove, mentioning he had the   .

Mozdzen then folded after the final draw in a Badacey hand to John Racener, who chipped up further without showdown.

Over on the other table, David Levi recovered from a severe short stack and Andrew Kelsall also chipped up as well.

Stud Hi-Lo Regular

David Levi:    /    
James Johnson:    /     folded on fifth

Levi completed and then complained when James Johnson raised again.

"Don't worry, I gonna f*** you up," Levi promised with a grin. Several further f***s were given in the table chat as Levi predicted high cards for Johnson. His board improved and Johnson folded on fifth street.

Kelsall summed up the hand as follows: "Nine f***s and one pretzel."

Chad Eveslage2,600,0000
Andrew Brown2,100,000275,000
James Johnson1,530,000-570,000
Clayton Mozdzen1,400,000-200,000
Nick Kost1,300,000-405,000
Andrew Kelsall1,100,000435,000
David Levi800,000425,000
John Racener800,000265,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:49 PM Local Time
What a Way to Start Pride Month
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:45 PM Local Time
Racener Doubles Through Mozdzen

Omaha 8 or Better

After Clayton Mozdzen raised in the small blind, John Racener put his remaining 200,000 or so into the pot before realizing his raise would be too much, so he pulled 90,000 chips back. Mozdzen called and then told Racener that he'd check dark.

"You don't know, I might not make anything," said Racener before the dealer spread a flop of    . Racener bet and Mozdzen obliged as racener was now all-in and at risk.

John Racener:     
Clayton Mozdzen:     

Racener's aces and nut-low draw were well ahead of Mozdzen's nines and worse low draw. The board completed    and Racener held to double up.

Clayton Mozdzen1,600,000-450,000
John Racener535,000325,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:37 PM Local Time
Gregory Kelley Eliminated in 9th Place ($10,157)

Gregory Kelley

No-Limit Hold'em

Having lost the small blind in the previous hand in a draw game, Gregory Kelley picked the next variant and was down to 105,000. He pushed all-in from under the gun in NLHE and Chad Eveslage called out of the big blind.

Gregory Kelley:   
Chad Eveslage:   

The board ran out       and Kelley failed to improve, bowing out in 9th place for $10,157.

Chad Eveslage2,600,000400,000
Gregory Kelley0-135,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:34 PM Local Time
Levi Gets Shorter

No-Limit 5 Card Draw

David Levi was involved in three-way action with James Johnson and Andrew Brown, in which all drew one new card. It checked to Johnson and he bet 100,000 to force out his opponents. It was the second consecutive pot for Johnson, who moved back above two million in chips.

James Johnson2,100,000585,000
Andrew Brown1,825,000-35,000
David Levi375,000-465,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:25 PM Local Time
Eveslage Scoops to Put Kelley on Fumes

Chad Eveslage


Clayton Mozdzen raised in the cutoff and was called by both Chad Eveslage in the small blind and Gregory Kelley in the big blind.

Eveslage drew two, Kelley drew two, and Mozdzen drew three.

Following a check from Eveslage, Kelley bet and was called by both opponents.

Eveslage now drew one, as did Kelley, while Mozdzen drew two.

This time Evesalge led out with a bet which was called by Kelley. After some time in the tank, Mozdzen opted to fold.

Eveslage now patted his hand while Kelley drew one. Eveslage bet again and got a reluctant call from Kelley.

Eveslage showed       for a nine low and a seven-four-three-two Badugi. Kelley bemoaned his misfortune as he showed       a seven-five-four-two Badugi, which was just pipped by Eveslage to scoop the pot.

Chad Eveslage2,200,000730,000
Clayton Mozdzen2,050,000-330,000
Gregory Kelley135,000-675,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:17 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:02 PM Local Time
Break For the Final Nine Players

Chad Eveslage

Upon completion of level 27, the final nine players have been sent on a scheduled 15-minute break. They will combine to one table when seven remain before playing down to a winner.

Big O

Chad Eveslage won the last pot on his table when he defended the big blind against a raise worth 70,000 by chip leader Clayton Mozdzen. They checked the     flop and Eveslage check-called a bet of 150,000 on the   turn. After the   river, Eveslage bet the pot for 430,000 and Mozdzen folded.

Clayton Mozdzen2,380,000-270,000
Andrew Brown1,860,000460,000
Nick Kost1,705,000-95,000
James Johnson1,515,000-285,000
Chad Eveslage1,470,000445,000
David Levi840,000-160,000
Gregory Kelley810,000-170,000
Andrew Kelsall665,000-110,000
John Racener210,000-55,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:00 PM Local Time
Two Scoops for Kost

Stud 8 or Better

Nick Kost:     /     
Andrew Kelsall:     /     

Nick Kost scooped two Stud 8 hands in a row to drag pots off Andrew Kelsall and James Johnson. The first hand saw him with a superior pair and low to leave Kelsall somewhat frustrated after the showdown.

Johnson showed even more emotions when he stormed away from the table for a few seconds. "Of course you gotta hit a straight," he sighed while Kost dragged in the next pot shortly after with a smile on the face.

James Johnson1,800,000-200,000
Nick Kost1,800,0001,075,000
Andrew Brown1,400,000-225,000
David Levi1,000,000-225,000
Andrew Kelsall775,000-225,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:56 PM Local Time
Ryan Roeder Eliminated in 10th Place ($7,842)

Ryan Roeder

No-Limit Five Card Draw

Ryan Roeder moved all in for his last 265,000 from the cutoff and got a call from Chad Eveslage in the big blind.

Eveslage drew three, while Roeder drew two.

Ryan Roeder:    /  
Chad Eveslage:   /   

Roeder was behind with his queens with an ace against Eveslage's kings.

Eveslage revealed his draw first, adding no help with the  ,  , and  .

Roeder then peeled his final two cards, the   and  , bringing him no help to fall in 10th place.

Chad Eveslage1,025,000275,000
Ryan Roeder0-280,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:54 PM Local Time
Racener Doubles; Then Triples While Roeder Gets Short


Within three Badeucey hands, John Racener first doubled and then tripled a short stack while Ryan Roder dropped into the danger zone, all the while Clayton Mozdzen continued to add chips.

Racener survived despite discarding three on each draw against Chad Eveslage, who discarded four, one and patted in that order. Eveslage showed the   /      for a "black jack" and Racener somehow improved having started with the    to catch     for a ten.

He then got it in with   /      against the      of Mozdzen, who peeled the   as final card for Racener to triple up for 80,000.

Roeder had folded after the first draw in that hand and then battled with Mozdzen right after in a battle of the blinds. Roeder check-called on the first two draws discarding one each all the way while Mozdzen discarded two, one and then patted.

With fewer than three bets behind, Roeder checked after the final draw and tank-folded to another bet.

Clayton Mozdzen2,650,000150,000
Gregory Kelley980,000-120,000
Chad Eveslage750,000200,000
Ryan Roeder280,000-370,000
John Racener265,000185,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:47 PM Local Time
Mozdzen Puts Racener on Fumes

Clayton Mozdzen

Stud Hi-Lo Regular

Clayton Mozdzen:    /    
John Racener:    /    

After exchanging raises on third street, Clayton Mozdzen bet every street the rest of the way, getting calls from John Racener until the end.

Racener appeared to not love it on sixth street, but after he called he put in the last bet on seventh as well, and then saw the bad news that Mozdzen held trip fives for high to beat his two pair of aces and sevens while also holding a ten-low to scoop the pot and leave Racener with less than one big bet.

Clayton Mozdzen2,500,000600,000
John Racener80,000-570,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:41 PM Local Time
Five Tournaments Fans Don't Want to Miss at the 2023 World Series of Poker
2023 WSOP
2023 WSOP

There are 95 bracelet events — the most in history — on the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule, all of which are important and worth your attention as a fan of the game.

But if you can't catch them all on PokerGO or follow along with all the live reporting updates, there are five tournaments you absolutely cannot miss.

Find out what they are here

Friday, June 2, 2023 2:30 PM Local Time
Johnson Still Leads the Way

The action on both tables has seen several medium-sized pots as of late with Nick Kost scooping a Stud 8 or Better showdown pot against chip leader James Johnson, who remains in the driver's seat with ten left.


Over on the other table, Chad Eveslage three-bet an open-raise of Clayton Mozdzen, who called. Mozdzen discarded three while Eveslage took two and both checked to the second draw, on which they took two each. Mozdzen checked again and then folded to a bet by Eveslage, who flashed a made hand.

David Levi has boosted his stack with two showdown pots to become the fourth-biggest stack, but all of that can change within one hand in the big bet variants.

James Johnson2,000,000-700,000
Clayton Mozdzen1,900,000-160,000
Andrew Brown1,625,000-25,000
David Levi1,225,000775,000
Gregory Kelley1,100,000-20,000
Andrew Kelsall1,000,000-750,000
Nick Kost725,000480,000
John Racener650,00045,000
Ryan Roeder650,000150,000
Chad Eveslage550,00010,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Racener Continues to Climb

Stud 8 or Better

John Racener:   /    / 
Ryan Roeder:   /    / 

After Clayton Mozdzen folded to a bet from Ryan Roeder on fifth street, John Racener, who was down to just over one big bet commented "Just the card I didn't want to f***ing see" before heading into the tank for almost two minutes.

Ultimately he decided to soldier on in the hand and put in a call.

Roeder bet sixth street and Racener called all-in. His kings did indeed trail Roeder's aces with a low, but by picking up an nine on seventh street, Racener was able to survive with a chop by making two pair for the high.

John Racener:   /   
Gregory Kelley:   /    - folded fifth street

Shortly after, Racener was able to complete on third street and then bet fourth and fifth streets against Gregory Kelley before Kelley folded on the first big bet round to send the pot to Racener, whose stack continues to grow in health.

Clayton Mozdzen2,060,000120,000
Gregory Kelley1,120,000-30,000
John Racener605,000145,000
Ryan Roeder500,000-300,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:11 PM Local Time
Mozdzen Shows an Ace Against Eveslage

No-Limit Hold'em

Prior to the start of the new level, table 678 selected the cadillac of poker and Chad Eveslage raised off a shorter stack to get called by Clayton Mozdzen in the big blind. Mozdzen check-called 40,000 on the     flop and they checked the   turn.

Mozdzen bet the   river for 80,000 and Eveslage folded, getting shown the   by his opponent. "I had a pair," Eveslage responded.

Clayton Mozdzen1,940,000440,000
Chad Eveslage540,000-155,000