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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 3:08 PM Local Time
Smith Doubles Through Ivey

Phil Ivey raised to 9,000 on the button and John Smith three-bet to 35,000 in the big blind. Ivey contemplated for a moment and got some advice from Smith.

"Put it in," Smith said with a smile. Ivey obliged and shoved all in which was quickly called by Smith for his last 80,600 chips.

John Smith:   
Phil Ivey:   

The board ran out       and Smith's kicker was enough to earn a double-up through Ivey.

John Smith161,000-9,000
Phil Ivey139,0009,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:08 PM Local Time
Yu Doesn't Want to See the Bad News

Stephen Chidwick on the button limped in and Benjamin Yu in the big blind checked his option to reveal a flop of    . Both players checked this hand down and went to a turn.

The   saw Yu bet 8,000 chips into the middle, called by Chidwick.

The   on the river slowed proceedings as both players checked the hand to a showdown. Yu out of position obliged to show first simply mucked his cards conceding the pot. Chidwick smirked as he too slid his cards facedown and raked in the pot.

Stephen Chidwick1,625,0001,440,000
Benjamin Yu137,500137,500
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:06 PM Local Time
Keating Flops the Nuts

Alex Keating was all in for 58,400 as opponent Anthony Zinno called.

Alex Keating:   
Anthony Zinno:   

Zinno was dominated as the flop came    , giving Keating the nut flush and a lock on the hand. The board ran out    and Keating doubled up.

Anthony Zinno190,00040,000
Alex Keating110,000-40,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 3:02 PM Local Time
D'Ambrosio Shoves the River on Kempton

Jimmy D'Ambrosio bet 4,000 on a flop of     and Isaac Kempton called.

"Same bet," D'Ambrosio said, betting another 4,000 on the   turn. Kempton called to the   river, where D'Ambrosio now moved all in.

Kempton eventually folded as D'Ambrosio raised his arms in the air. "Yes," he yelled out. "I didn't think you had an ace. You couldn't have an ace. An ace, I think you call, right," he asked Kempton, who nodded his head.

Isaac Kempton220,00050,000
Jimmy D'Ambrosio80,000-50,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:56 PM Local Time
Mateos Turns a Pair to Down Nitsche

Adrian Mateos

Adrian Mateos was starting to build a lead on Dominik Nitsche when the two players opted to get all of the chips in the middle preflop. Nitsche was the player at risk for around 80,000 and started with the best hand.

Dominik Nitsche:   
Adrian Mateos:   

The flop came     and Nitsche was still in front with his ace-high. However, the   on the turn vaulted Mateos to the lead and the   on the river changed nothing.

Adrian Mateos300,000159,000
Thomas Eychenne300,000153,000
Dominik Nitsche0-159,000
Mikita Badziakouski0-153,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:56 PM Local Time
Winter Takes Out Jorstad

Sean Winter has taken out reigning Main Event champion Espen Jorstad to advance to the next round.

According to Winter, Jorstad bet 20,000 on a board of      and Winter called. The river came the   and Jorstad jammed for 61,000.

Winter called with   , while Jorstad had    for a missed draw as he headed for the rail.

Sean Winter300,00035,500
Espen Jorstad0-35,500
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:54 PM Local Time
Kalas Eliminates Sklar

The full board read       as Bari Sklar bet out 6,000 into Kane Kalas who raised the bet to 44,000. After some time in the tank, Sklar eventually called only to be shown the bad news as Kalas held    for a flush.

Sklar now left on fumes, he went on to bust a matter of hands later giving Kalas the win.

Kane Kalas300,000150,000
Bari Sklar0-150,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:50 PM Local Time
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Friday, June 2, 2023 2:48 PM Local Time
Tice Takes Down the Champ

There will be a new $25,000 Heads Up champion this year, as reigning champ Dan Smith was just eliminated by Landon Tice.

According to Tice, he jammed all in and Smith called for around 30,000.

Dan Smith:   
Landon Tice:   

Tice hit top pair on the     flop to leave Smith looking for a miracle runout to stay alive, but the board came    and he was sent to the rail.

Landon Tice300,00056,000
Dan Smith0-56,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:45 PM Local Time
Winter Shoves on Jorstad

Sean Winter limped in on the button and Espen Jorstad checked his option. The flop fell     and Jostad check-called a bet of 3,000 from Winter. The turn was the   and Jorstad checked again. Winter tossed in a bet of 9,000 and Jorstad still called.

The river was the   and Jorstad checked once more. Winter used a time bank before shoving all in and Jorstad was forced to let his hand go.

Next door, Jeremy Ausmus recently doubled up Kevin Rabichow and the match finished shortly after with Rabichow advancing.

Kevin Rabichow300,000150,000
Sean Winter264,5001,500
Espen Jorstad35,500-1,500
Jeremy Ausmus0-150,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:45 PM Local Time
Beresford, Porter Advance

Micah Raskin was down to around 30,000 and was all in against Conor Beresford.

Micah Raskin:   
Conor Beresford:   

The     flop gave Beresford a straight draw, which came in as the board ran out    to send Raskin to the rail.

"Unlucky. I ran you over with the deck," Beresford told him.

Andrew Porter also prevailed in his match against Tomoki Iida.

Conor Beresford300,000150,000
Andrew Porter300,000150,000
Micah Raskin0-150,000
Tomoki Iida0-150,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:39 PM Local Time
Smith's Still Holding On

Dan Smith's tournament life was on the line as he shoved from the button for his last 28,000, called by Landon Tice.

Dan Smith:   
Landon Tice:   

Smith's dominating position remained that way as the board ran out       landing him a need double-up.

Landon Tice244,00092,000
Dan Smith56,000-92,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Sullivan, Kornuth Not Waiting Around

Keir Sullivan and Chance Kornuth both agreed to begin their second-round match now instead of waiting for the 5 p.m. scheduled time.

Friday, June 2, 2023 2:37 PM Local Time
Khun Finishes Off Grujic

With around 100,000 already in the pot, Chanracy Khun put Marko Grujic all in for his last 80,000 on a board of      .

Grujic went into the tank before he called off his last chips. Khun turned over    for two pair and Grujic showed    before shaking Khun's hand and making his way to the exit.

Chanracy Khun300,000230,000
Marko Grujic0-230,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:31 PM Local Time
Ponakovs and Sullivan Come Out Victorious

Aleksejs Ponakovs was standing up from the table with the chips being pushed his way after defeating Adria Diaz Dalmau. Ponakovs made a full house with    on a board of       and Dalmau was unable to beat him.

Nearby, Keir Sullivan was also victorious in his battle with Daniel Zack and both players will be returning later this evening for Round 2.

Aleksejs Ponakovs300,000150,000
Keir Sullivan300,000140,000
Adria Diaz Dalmau0-150,000
Daniel Zack0-140,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:27 PM Local Time
Deeb Not So Lucky This Time

A few hands after Shaun Deeb doubled up off Julien Martini, Martini put him all in again.

"Ace-deuce off again," Deeb asked before he stuck in his last 115,000.

Shaun Deeb:   
Julien Martini:   

The     flop didn't help Deeb, while the   on the turn left him drawing dead as Martini made top pair.

"Good luck, buddy," Deeb said as he got up to shake Martini's hand before the dealer turned over the inconsequential   river.

Julien Martini300,000116,000
Shaun Deeb0-116,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:26 PM Local Time
Winter Jams the River Forcing Jorstad to Fold

Espen Jorstad limped in on the button. Sean Winters bumped up the bet to 7,500 and Jorstad called.

On a board of     both players checked through to a turn and river that came the   and   respectively. One last check from Winter prompted Jorstad to try and steal this pot with a bet of 7,500. Winter however had other ideas as he check-raised to 75,000, more than enough to put Jorstad in for his last 37,000, who snapped folded.

Sean Winter263,00047,200
Espen Jorstad37,000-47,200
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Polk and Jaffe Finish Off Their Opponents

Doug Polk and Jonathan Jaffe both had dominating chip leads in their heads-up matches and both virtually wrapped things up at the same time. Jaffe came out on top of Dylan Destefano while Polk topped Shunta Someya in order to advance to the second round later this evening.

Doug Polk300,00015,000
Jonathan Jaffe300,00038,500
Shunta Someya0-15,000
Dylan Destefano0-38,500
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Deeb Hits the Flop to Double

Shaun Deeb moved all in from the big blind for 58,000 and Julien Martini called.

Shaun Deeb:   
Julien Martini:   

The     flop gave Deeb the lead with a pair of sixes, while Martini had a straight draw. The   on the turn didn't change anything.

"Deal slow on this one" Deeb told the dealer, who turned over the   river which solidified his double up.

Julien Martini184,000-29,000
Shaun Deeb116,00029,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 2:19 PM Local Time
Larabi Can't Get Rid of Heinzl

Bernard Larabi reraised to 15,000 and Joshua Heinzl called to see the     flop.

Larabi continued for 21,000 and Heinzl quickly called. The turn came the   and Heinzl again called a bet of 36,000.

The river came the   and Larabi slowed down and checked. Heinzl checked behind and turned over    for a pair on the river. Larabi showed his    before mucking.

Elsewhere, John Smith and Phil Ivey agreed to take a 10-minute break in the middle of their match, with Smith holding a slight lead.

Joshua Heinzl235,00071,000
John Smith170,00054,200
Phil Ivey130,000-54,200
Bernard Larabi65,000-71,000