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

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 to Monday, June 12, 2023

Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $300
  • Prizepool: $5,679,648
  • Entries: 23,088
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 9, 2023 1:23 AM Local Time
Justin Arnwine Dominates the Field on Day 1b of the 2023 WSOP Gladiators of Poker

Justin Arnwine

Play has concluded at the end of Day 1b of Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The flight attracted 4,571 players to the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

The 4,571 entries added $1,124,466 to the prize pool, and took the total attendance to over 8,500 with two Day 1s remaining. The bubble burst at 687 players during Level 16, and play continued for another six levels. When the curtain came down on Day 1b, only 151 participants bagged up chips.

After 22 levels of action Justin Arnwine emerged as the chip leader after bagging 3,080,000 chips. Arwine has 13 WSOP cashes, including one from this event, and more than $730,000 in live cashes, a figure that is set to soar if he puts together a deep run in this large-field tournament.

End of Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Justin ArnwineUnited States3,080,00062
2Matthew KriegerUnited States2,760,00055
3Bernard MuhireUnited States2,485,00050
4Handrianto MindermanUnited States2,265,00045
5Dylon ChafinUnited States2,245,00045
6David DunlapUnited States2,230,00045
7Lee JohnsonUnited States2,145,00043
8Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands2,070,00041
9Weston PringCanada2,060,00041
10Henry TheilingUnited States2,030,00041

Others that bagged and tagged impressive chip stacks at the close of play included Matthew Krieger (2,760,000) Bernard Muhire (2,485,000), Handrianto Minderman (2,265,000), and Dylon Chafin (2,245,000.)

Handrianto Minderman
Handrianto Minderman

Further down the chip counts, but still finding themselves in the mix going into Day 2, include Mateusz Moolhuizen (2,070,000), David Levi (965,000), Daniel Buzgon (855,000), and bracelet winner Adrian Moreno (330,000),

On the flip side, the tournament saw its fair share of high-profile casualties throughout the day. Some of these included Allen Cunningham, Kathy Liebert, Lexy Gavin-Mather, Ashley Frank, and Perry Friedman.

Day 1c of the Gladiators of Poker kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on June 9, and Day 1d starts at the same time on June 10. The surviving players from all Day 1 flights return for Day 2 action on June 11.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for live updates straight from the tournament floor of Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker.

Friday, June 9, 2023 12:52 AM Local Time
Official End of Day 1b Chip Counts
Justin Arnwine3,080,0001,880,000
Matthew Krieger2,760,0002,760,000
Bernard Muhire2,485,0002,485,000
Handrianto Minderman2,265,000-85,000
Dylon Chafin2,245,0002,245,000
David Dunlap2,230,000
Lee Johnson2,145,0002,145,000
Mateusz Moolhuizen2,070,0002,070,000
Weston Pring2,060,0002,060,000
Henry Theiling2,030,000
Joshua Rothberg2,005,0002,005,000
Paul Ephremsen1,950,000-350,000
Arvid Vermaut1,940,0001,120,000
Artur Winstone1,900,000-450,000
Hrishikesh Kulkarni1,895,000
Wesley Cannon1,880,000
Devin Cain1,795,000
Robert Hofrichter1,770,000
Torben Rauer1,765,000465,000
Kai Zheng1,575,000
Trey Boone1,545,000
Joseph Bakun1,525,0001,525,000
Ryan Caviness1,520,000-180,000
Abhishek Parashar1,505,000
Yan Li1,455,000
Ebrahim Zaver1,435,000395,000
Andrew Pressler1,435,000
Jordan Trainor1,420,000
Howard Ding1,410,000
Imad Canawati1,310,000
Yasuhiro Waki1,310,000
Jeffrey Copeland1,300,000-50
Bo Chen1,275,000
Larry Quang1,275,000290,000
Jon Peck1,265,0000
John Cressend1,200,000
Jonathan Dobbertin1,185,000
Enzo Rossi1,170,000
Hernán Creixell1,140,000
Abraham Obeid1,130,000
Corey Richardson1,115,000
Wanghee Lee1,100,000
John Ballard1,090,000
Vladyslav Shalimov1,085,000
Matthew Cohen1,080,000
Angela Jenkins1,075,000
Philip Davis1,070,000
Alexander Coverdale1,065,000
Bryan Blackmon1,055,000
Michael Tweedlie1,050,000926,000
Pedro Barragan1,050,000
James Dortch1,045,0001,004,100
Kaylan Lakkavarapukota1,020,000
Timothy Fuqua1,000,000
Marcelo Alcolea970,000470,000
David Levi965,000
Jerimiah Booher955,000
Joshua Feiger950,000
Miguel Pineda940,000
Carlos Vasconcelos895,000
Barbara Visher890,000
Alan Chute885,000
Yueqi Wang875,000
Daniel Buzgon855,000-1,045,000
Thomas Reeves850,000
Mitchell Bank850,000
Anthony Del Fierro815,000
Yinglei Chen810,000
Alexandre Besse805,000
Lionel Delair800,000
Louis Panico790,000
Alexandra Brierton790,000
Joshua Mcdougall790,000
Gregory Alexander785,000
Jacob Switzer760,000510,000
Claudia Roberts745,000
Jariah Waring730,000
Keith Andrew Berman730,000
Hieu Le725,000
Patrick Beuter725,000
Rory Lucero700,000
Nicolas Spiteri695,000
Nataliya Iakovleva690,000
James Yoon680,000
Armando Figueroa670,000
Wang Lee670,000
Glen Nelson665,000
Justin Kieselhorst665,000
John Yung660,000
Michael Hauptman655,000
Rickey Mccray620,000
Tonino D'Amore620,000-1,110,000
Dave Reno595,000
Jenny Buelt590,000
Diego Garcia585,000
Eduardo Freitas585,000
Tara Brown575,000415,300
Andrew Stirling565,000
Lian Liu555,000
Jordan Litt550,000-450,000
Jen-Yue Chiang545,000-95,000
Hicham El Yamani545,000
Chad Nissen535,000
Stephen Lavandeira530,000
Roberto Matic520,000
Angela Jordison520,000
Jonathan Giordano515,000
Lela Reynolds505,000
Mikael Bozo490,000
Richard Harroch465,000
Shunlu Kao455,000
David Timmons450,000
Jason Schmalkuche435,000
Kyle Miholich430,000
Michael Lin420,000420,000
Serbjeet Pin Ahluwalia410,000
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick400,000-140,000
John Ruddy400,000175,000
Pavel Nemtchinski385,000
David Carus380,000
Bryce Hutchings375,000
Evan Coltrin365,000
Songkane Traymany365,000
Elven Espinar355,000
Ryan Kalb345,000
Adrian Moreno330,000-380,000
Heinz Cordova330,000
Ronnie Lamb330,000
Andre Harder325,000
Joshua Ramirez320,000
Antonio Bucarizza315,000
James Parise305,000
Lorenzo Adams305,000
Sebastian Crema300,000
Cedric Darrett295,000
Jose Jaraiz290,000
James Rouse285,000
Estrella Lim285,000
Yoav Richter280,000
Frank Martin275,000
Orion Gallagher270,000-505,000
Jacob Arguello255,000
Lucas Lauer190,000
Daniel Wloch190,000
Malcolm Gorse110,000
Robert Funk105,000
Wayne Werner85,000
Nader Isahac1
Ragu Nath1
Friday, June 9, 2023 12:49 AM Local Time
Play Ends for Day 1b

The players have bagged and tagged marking the completion of Day 1b. The number of players that bagged this evening was 151 who will be returning Sunday June at 10:00 am in the Horseshoe Casino.

Full chip counts and recap to follow.

Friday, June 9, 2023 12:26 AM Local Time
Lee is Unbelievable

Jae Lee "unbelievable" pushed his chips into the pot from early position, and a late position player called.

Jae Lee:   
Late position player:   

The board was      , and Lee lived up to his poker alias "unbelievable" as his kicker held to win the pot.

Elsewhere Ryan Caviness has amassed some more chips and is at 1,700,000

Ryan Caviness1,700,0001,402,000
Jae Lee500,000500,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 12:25 AM Local Time
Three Hands Remaining

Tournament officials have announced that players will have three more hands before bagging for the night.

Friday, June 9, 2023 12:12 AM Local Time
Pitesa Doubles

Anthony Pitesa had a quick double-up near the end of the night to stay alive when an early position player raised, and the player in the cutoff reraised, and Pitesa shoved his small stack in the pot. The early position player folded.

Anthony Pitesa:   

The board was      , and Pitesa pulled out a full house.

Anthony Pitesa300,000300,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 12:04 AM Local Time
Level 22 started
Level: 22
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 40,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:59 PM Local Time
Four Pocket Pairs All in

Three players called the all-in raise of Robbie Hofrichter in early position.

Small blind:   
Late position:   
Small blind:   
Robbie Hofrichter:   

The board was       and the aces held with a full house.

Robbie Hofrichter950,000950,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:57 PM Local Time
Kings Also Work

Kalyan Lakkavarapukota

Kalyan Lakkavarapukota found himself in late position against a player in middle position.

"I've had pocket aces eight times today and won all eight," he told PokerNews.

Middle Position:   
Kalyan Lakkavarapukota:   

The board ran out       giving Lakkavarapukota the victory despite not having aces.

Kalyan Lakkavarapukota1,300,0001,300,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:51 PM Local Time
Some Big Stacks
Paul Ephremsen2,600,000-50,000
Artur Winstone2,350,00050,000
Handrianto Minderman2,350,0000
Daniel Buzgon1,900,0001,900,000
Tonino D'Amore1,730,0001,730,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:46 PM Local Time
Litt Doubles his Stack

Jordan Litt raised preflop and the cutoff called. The flop came    .

Litt bet 60,000, the cutoff raised to 125,000 and Litt pushed the rest of his chips in the pot and was called.

Jordan Litt:   

The turn was   and the river was the   and Litt amassed a big stack with his set.

Jordan Litt1,000,0001,000,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:36 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Level: 21
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 30,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:29 PM Local Time
Huge Two Hands for Winstone

Artur Winstone led out for 55,000 from middle position preflop and was called by the big blind.

The flop came    , and both players checked. The big blind bet 45,000 on the   turn, but Winstone reraised to 115,000 and was called.

The river came  . Winstone bet 180,000, and after a minute of thought, his opponent called. Winstone turned over    for a set, and his opponent mucked his cards immediately.

Winstone busted that same opponent in a cooler on the next hand when all of the money got in preflop with Winstone holding aces and his opponent having kings.

"Hey, you're coming for my chip lead!" said Handrianto Minderman, also at the table.

"Let's play!" said Winstone.

Handrianto Minderman2,350,0002,350,000
Artur Winstone2,300,0002,300,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:23 PM Local Time
Queens Versus Ace Jack

Marcelo Alcolea raised around 250,000 in middle position and the small blind called for all of his chips.

Small blind:   
Marcelo Alcolea:   

The board ran       and the queens won sending the small blind out of the tournament.

Elsewhere Torben Rauer has a decent stack with 1,300,000

Torben Rauer1,300,0001,300,000
Marcelo Alcolea500,000500,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 11:04 PM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 10,000/25,000
Ante: 25,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:45 PM Local Time
Final Break

Players have been sent on their final break of the night as tournament staff race off the yellow 1,000-value chips. The approximately 320 remaining players will return in 20 minutes to play three more levels before play ends for the day.

Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:44 PM Local Time
Straight Versus a Set

Elad Keisar pushed the last of his chips in the pot preflop, about 120,000 and a middle position player called.

Elad Keisar:   
Middle position player:   

The table roared after the flop came     giving the middle position a set and the turn   gave Keisar outs which he hit when the river dropped the  .

Elsewhere Amir Soleymani has a great stack with 980,000

Amir Soleymani980,000980,000
Elad Keisar285,000285,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:29 PM Local Time
Chiang Doubles Up

Preflop action opened with a player in early position raising to 50,000. Jen-Yue Chiang then moved all in for 295,000 from the button. His opponent considered for a minute before making the call, putting Chiang at risk.

Jen-Yue Chiang:   
Early Poisition:   

Chiang moved ahead immediately on the     flop. "Right in the window!" exclaimed a player at the table.

The turn and river came    and Chiang found himself with a big stack.

Jen-Yue Chiang640,000640,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:26 PM Local Time
Arnwine Aims His Aggression

Justin Arnwine

Justin "hellokitty" Arnwine opened under the gun to 45,000. Next to act put in the cold three bet to 115,000. Arnwine made the call and the players were off to a flop.

The     flop landed and Arnwine checked. The in-position player put out a wager of 100,000 and action was back on Arnwine. Without taking too much time Arnwine check raise jammed all in for his opponents remaining chips and their tournament life.

The player went deep in the tank but after about a full two minutes in the tank, Arnwine earned the fold and chipped up in a big way.

Justin Arnwine1,200,0001,095,000
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:23 PM Local Time
Queens Versus Jack King

A middle position player, Justin Steinman pushed in all his chips for about 180,000 and the player next to him called.

Justin Steinman:   
Middle position player:   

The board brought something for everyone with       but Steinman's queens made the straight and awarded him a big pot.

Justin Steinman400,000