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

Friday, June 02, 2023 to Sunday, June 04, 2023

Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $1,504,000
  • Entries: 64
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 2, 2023 8:33 PM Local Time
Doug Polk and Chance Kornuth Headlining Round 3 in $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Doug Polk

The first two rounds of Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship have been completed with just 16 players returning to the felt for the money round tomorrow, June 3rd, as they pursue the top prize of $507,020. Many players call this event the most-skilled tournament on the schedule and the fans turned up to watch the action as the rail was packed throughout the day at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, home of the World Series of Poker.

The field was capped at 64 players and the tournament had no trouble reaching that mark for the first time in years. In fact, there was an alternate line to start the day as many big names were on the sidelines hoping to get a seat.

When the bracket-style draw was conducted to kick things off just prior to 12:00 noon local time, the matchup that jumped out right away was John Smith, the heads-up legend, taking on one of the greatest of all time in Phil Ivey. It was no surprise that it also turned out to be the last match to finish in the opening round with Smith coming out on top, much to the delight of his family and friends on the rail.

While that matchup dragged on for more than four hours, Chance Kornuth made quick work of his first two opponents, Jeremiah Williams and Keir Sullivan, wrapping up both matches before Smith could even finish one. Kornuth will have the tough task of taking on Landon Tice in the money match tomorrow. Unfortunately for Smith, his run fell short in the second round when he was eliminated by Chris Brewer.

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth

Some other marquee matchups included Sean Winter taking on 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad in the first round with Winter coming out on top. The American high-roller also went on to defeat Aleksejs Ponakovs in the second round and will take on Kevin Rabichow in the Round of 16.

Another heads-up specialist returned to the felt in what he thought should be called the "Doug Invitational" since it was made specifically for him. Doug Polk has made a splash in the poker world over the last few months and he's back at the WSOP doing what he does best...playing poker. Polk maneuvered his way through the first two rounds and will be taking on Reiji Kono in Round 3 tomorrow.

Many of the fans were lined up on the rail to watch the famous Daniel Negreanu battle in the first two rounds and some even stayed for pictures afterward. Negreanu was victorious in the opening round after getting through Bin Weng who was been red-hot on the poker circuit as of late. Negreanu was faced with the challenge of playing Roberto Perez in the second round and dug himself an early hole that he wasn't able to get out of.

The last match of the day belonged to Jonathan Jaffe and Anthony Zinno. It could have been one of the first matches to wrap up when Zinno was all in with pocket kings against the pocket aces of Jaffe. However, a seven-high straight on the board meant the players would chop the pot and continue on for a few more hours. It worked out for Zinno, the four-time bracelet winner, who managed to work his way past Jaffe en route to the third round.

2023 Heads-Up Championship Bracket

The money matches are slated to begin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. local time with the Round of 16. All of the winners in that round will earn themselves at least a min-cash of $74,648 with the quarterfinals scheduled for 5:00 p.m. local time that evening. All the semi-finalists will earn $192,513 with the runner-up taking home $313,362 and the winner pocketing $507,020 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Two more rounds are on the schedule tomorrow with the semifinals and finals slated for Sunday, June 4th on the PokerGO live stream. The PokerNews live reporting team will be here to capture all of the action as it unfolds on the tournament floor.

Friday, June 2, 2023 8:30 PM Local Time
Tice Excited for Round 3 Match Against Kornuth
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:15 PM Local Time
No Redemption For Jaffe

Jonathan Jaffe

The big screen showing a replay of the 2013 Main Event got to where Jonathan Jaffe busted as he turned around to watch.

"Redemption ten years later," he cried out.

But it was not to be. After he limped in, Anthony Zinno shoved all in from the big blind and Jaffe called, the two players having nearly identical stacks.

Jonathan Jaffe:   
Anthony Zinno:   

The board ran out       and Zinno's sixes stayed in front to book him the last ticket into the Round of 16.

Anthony Zinno600,000312,000
Jonathan Jaffe0-312,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:09 PM Local Time
Zinno's River Raise Gets the Fold

Anthony Zinno on the button raised to 20,000 called by Jonathan Jaffe in the big blind.

The flop checked through to the turn, the whole board now reading     . Jaffe took the lead and fired 15,000 and Zinno called.

The   was enough for Jaffe to commit another 25,000 chips into the pot. Zinno, however, raised the bet to 75,000 depriving Jaffe of a showdown as he folded his hand.

Jonathan Jaffe312,00019,000
Anthony Zinno288,000-19,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:04 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 6,000/12,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:01 PM Local Time
Tice Gets Past Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick - Landon Tice

Landon Tice limped in on the button and Stephen Chidwick raised to 35,000 from the big blind. Tice shipped all in for 293,100 and Chidwick snapped him off.

Landon Tice:   
Stephen Chidwick:   

The flop fell     and Tice actually picked up an additional out. It was the   on the turn that gave Tice the lead and the   on the river secured his double-up.

On the next hand, Chidwick shoved all in with    for his last 14,000 chips and Tice called with   . A   on the flop put Tice out front and he held on to eliminate Chidwick in the second round.

Landon Tice600,000330,000
Stephen Chidwick0-330,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:58 PM Local Time
Chidwick Shoves the River to Take the Lead

With around 90,000 in the middle, Stephen Chidwick bet 26,000 on a board of      and Landon Tice called.

The river came the   and Chidwick now moved his entire stack in the middle. Tice folded as Chidwick pulled in front.

Stephen Chidwick330,0007,000
Landon Tice270,000-7,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:56 PM Local Time
Smith Hurt by the River Again

John Smith

John Smith and Chris Brewer saw a flop of     with around 75,000 in the pot when Smith got his last 115,000 in the middle.

John Smith:   
Chris Brewer:   

Smith was ahead with ace-high as the   fell on the turn. The river, though, brought the   and Brewer made a pair of kings to win the match.

"River got me again," Smith lamented on his way to the exit.

Chris Brewer600,000203,000
John Smith0-203,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:53 PM Local Time
Chidwick Correctly Hero Calls Against Tice

In a limped pot Stephen Chidwick checked his option to see a flop of    . Chidwick checked to Landon Tice on the button who took the lead for 8,000. Chidwick called.

The   checked through and both players got to see the   river. Chidwick again checked to Tice who took a stab at this pot for 32,000. Chidwick didn't take much time to make a heroic call as he showed    for fourth pair, way out in front of Tice's    for ten high.

Stephen Chidwick323,000133,000
Landon Tice277,000-133,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:49 PM Local Time
Smith Doubles Through Brewer

Chris Brewer was first to act on the button and threw in a raise to 130,000. John Smith thought for a brief moment before calling off his stack of 101,600.

John Smith:   
Chris Brewer:   

The flop came     which provided some chop possibilities but Smith was still currently in the lead. The   on the turn and the   on the river changed nothing and Smith scored himself a double-up.

Chris Brewer397,000-33,000
John Smith203,00033,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:46 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Level: 22
Blinds: 5,000/10,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:46 PM Local Time
Smith Forced to Min-Raise, Brewer Reopens Lead

Chris Brewer bet 32,000 on a board of     . "I'm going to raise it," John Smith said as he put in the chips to call, then another 75,000.

The dealer told Smith that, because he put in the chips to call first, he could only min-raise. Smith protested and the floor had to be called over. It was ruled that Smith could only raise to 64,000, and Brewer called.

The river came the   and Brewer moved all in. "The river got me again," Smith said before he mucked.

Chris Brewer430,000145,000
John Smith170,000-145,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:44 PM Local Time
Smith Flips Well to Double

John Smith was all in for 157,000 as Chris Brewer had him at risk of elimination.

John Smith:   
Chris Brewer:   

Brewer's jacks remained in front on the     flop, but Smith spiked the   on the turn to make top pair. The river came the   and Smith stayed alive to take the lead in the match.

John Smith315,00085,000
Chris Brewer285,000-85,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:37 PM Local Time
Runner Runner Straight for Jaffe

The pot was approximately 36,000 with a board of    . Anthony Zinno in the big blind checked to Jonathan Jaffe on the button who bet out 10,000. Zinno called and they went to the turn.

The   saw no more additional chips go into the pot as both players checked down to a   river. Zinno checked a last time and Jaffe bet 47,000. Zinno called and was delivered the bad news as Jaffe tabled    for a straight.

Anthony Zinno307,000-123,000
Jonathan Jaffe293,000123,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:31 PM Local Time
Three Matches Left
Anthony Zinno430,00095,000
Landon Tice410,00040,000
Chris Brewer370,000141,000
John Smith230,000-141,000
Stephen Chidwick190,000-40,000
Jonathan Jaffe170,000-95,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:31 PM Local Time
Zinno and Jaffe Still in a Tight Battle

Anthony Zinno raised to 16,000 on the button and Jonathan Jaffe three-bet to 54,000 in the big blind. Zinno quickly shoved all in and Jaffe dumped his cards into the muck.

The two players have been playing a fairly equal stack for the duration of their match and that still hasn't changed.

Anthony Zinno335,000-95,000
Jonathan Jaffe265,00095,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:29 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Level: 21
Blinds: 4,000/8,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:27 PM Local Time
Polk Gets Eychenne to Call Off

Thomas Eychenne

Doug Polk and Thomas Eychenne went to the river on a board of       when Eychenne bet 7,000. Polk then shoved all in and Eychenne went through several time banks before he called off his last 80,000.

"Ten," Polk announced, turning over    for trips and Eychenne immediately threw his cards into the muck.

"Nice meeting you. Good luck on your journey to No. 1 in France," Polk said as he shook Eychenne's hand after the match.

Doug Polk600,000100,000
Thomas Eychenne0-100,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:25 PM Local Time
Negreanu Runs Into a Higher Pair

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu was all in for around 200,000 as Roberto Perez had him at risk.

"Do you have aces," Negreanu asked as he showed   . Perez didn't have aces, but he did have a higher pair with   .

"I'm going to need a five," Negreanu said as he began filming. The   fell in the window to give Perez a set, followed by the   .

"That's going to be a problem. Oh, I have hearts," Negreanu added.

The board ran out    and Negreanu was eliminated.

Roberto Perez600,000216,000
Daniel Negreanu0-216,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:21 PM Local Time
Negreanu Inching Back Into the Match

Daniel Negreanu limped in on the button and Roberto Perez raised it up to 21,000 from the big blind. Negreanu called and the flop of     hit the felt. Perez continued with a bet of 11,000 and Negreanu just called.

The turn was the   and Perez slid out another bet of 32,000 which Negreanu still called. The   paired the board on the river and Perez slowed down with a check this time. Negreanu jammed all in for 95,600 and Perez used a time extension before dumping his cards to the muck.

Roberto Perez384,000-111,000
Daniel Negreanu216,000111,000