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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 12:09 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal

The bracket has been drawn and the 64 players are now in their seats to begin play.

Friday, June 2, 2023 12:05 PM Local Time
2023 Heads-Up Championship Bracket
Friday, June 2, 2023 12:00 PM Local Time
Full List of Entrants
Kevin Rabichow150,000150,000
Jeremy Ausmus150,000150,000
Kane Kalas150,000150,000
Bari Sklar150,000150,000
Marko Grujic150,000150,000
Chanracy Khun150,000150,000
Alexandre Vuilleumier150,000150,000
Young Ko150,000150,000
Micah Raskin150,000150,000
Conor Beresford150,000150,000
Erik Seidel150,000150,000
Gabor Szabo150,000150,000
Ben Yu150,000150,000
Stephen Chidwick150,000150,000
Landon Tice150,000150,000
Dan Smith150,000150,000
Daniel Zack150,000150,000
Keir Sullivan150,000150,000
Jeremiah Williams150,000150,000
Chance Kornuth150,000150,000
Shaun Deeb150,000150,000
Julien Martini150,000150,000
Bernard Larabi150,000150,000
Joshua Heinzl150,000150,000
Dylan Destefano150,000150,000
Jonathan Jaffe150,000150,000
Alex Keating150,000150,000
Anthony Zinno150,000150,000
William Stanford150,000150,000
Chris Brewer150,000150,000
Phil Ivey150,000150,000
John Smith150,000150,000
Tyler Gaston150,000150,000
Artur Martirosian150,000150,000
Ranjeet Pawar150,000150,000
Bernd Gleissner150,000150,000
Doug Polk150,000150,000
Shunta Someya150,000150,000
Thomas Eychenne150,000150,000
Mikita Badziakouski150,000150,000
Jordan Scott150,000150,000
Reiji Kono150,000150,000
Justin Bonomo150,000150,000
Henri Puustinen150,000150,000
Masato Yokosawa150,000150,000
Frank Brannan150,000150,000
Isaac Kempton150,000150,000
Jimmy D'Ambrosio150,000150,000
Roberto Perez150,000150,000
Sam Soverel150,000150,000
Bin Weng150,000150,000
Daniel Negreanu150,000150,000
Andrew Porter150,000150,000
Tomoki Iida150,000150,000
Daemon Richardson150,000150,000
Shota Nakanishi150,000150,000
Patrick Kennedy150,000150,000
Eric Wasserson150,000150,000
Dominik Nitsche150,000150,000
Adrian Mateos150,000150,000
Aleksejs Ponakovs150,000150,000
Adria Diaz Dalmau150,000150,000
Espen Jorstad150,000150,000
Sean Winter150,000150,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 11:00 AM Local Time
Up to 64 Players Try to Survive Poker's Ultimate Test When Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship Begins at Noon

Dan Smith

Staring across the table at an opponent, one on one, in a singular battle of wits is the essence of poker. A player is out there, alone, and whoever has the most heart and nerve usually comes out on top. And that is what Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship is all about.

One of the most prestigious tournaments on the World Series of Poker schedule begins today at noon local time inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. A maximum of 64 players will take to the felt and try to survive six consecutive heads-up matches over the next three days to earn the coveted gold bracelet.

Dan Smith had that dream come true a year ago. Smith was arguably one of the best players without a bracelet until he defeated Christoph Vogelsang in the final last year, earning $509,717. Jason Koon wrote a similar story in 2021, as the high-stakes regular captured his breakthrough WSOP victory in this event.

Heads-up tournaments made their debut at the WSOP in 2007 when Dan Schreiber won the $5,000 inaugural tournament. The event was then held as a $10,000 buy-in through 2019, with champions including Justin Bonomo, Adrian Mateos, and Brian Hastings.

Past Results

2022$25,000Dan Smith64$509,717Christoph Vogelsang
2021$25,000Jason Koon57$243,981Gabor Szabo
2019$10,000Sean Swingruber112$186,356Ben Yu
2018$10,000Justin Bonomo114$185,965Jason McConnon
2017$10,000Adrian Mateos129$336,656John Smith

The draw for this year's bracket will take place at noon. Players begin the first round with a 150,000 starting stack and blinds at 300/600. Levels are 20 minutes long. The second round begins at 5 p.m. with a break in-between.

Some of the brightest names in poker have already signaled they intend to challenge for the bracelet, including reigning Main Event champion Espen Jorstad, Shaun Deeb, and Chance Kornuth, who is coming off a second-place finish in the $25,000 High Roller Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em final table on Thursday.

Heads-up is the ultimate form of poker and the player who emerges victorious from this field will have shown they had the steely determination to make it through every opponent. It all begins today at noon and PokerNews will be beside the tables following all the action and providing live updates.