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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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Saturday, June 10, 2023 1:16 AM Local Time
Mike Allis Survives Huge Day 1c Field of $300 Gladiators of Poker

Mike Allis

An intense day of action at the 2023 World Series of Poker has come to a close with the conclusion of Day 1c of Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker.

A massive 6,110 entries filled Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, bringing the total attendance for the event to over 14,600. With Saturday's Day 1d still to come and another large field expected, this event has a chance to become only the fifth tournament in WSOP history to exceed 20,000 entries. The $3,000,000 guarantee has been shattered, as the prize pool now stands at over $3.6 million with one more day of action still to come.

Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Richard GaoUnited States3,105,00062
2Peter LeeUnited States3,100,00062
3Vito BranciforteItaly2,685,00054
4Lindsay JonesUnited States2,465,00049
5Jason AdenUnited States2,285,00046
6Christopher CrutcherUnited States2,285,00046
7Ugur SecilmisTurkey2,150,00043
8William RowlettUnited States2,000,00040
9Jiawei MaoUnited States1,980,00040
10Qiong DingUnited States1,880,00038

Big Names In The Action

The field included numerous notable players who did battle throughout the day. Players failing to reach Day 2 included former Main Event champions Greg "Fossilman" Raymer and Jamie Gold as well as Patrick Leonard, Kyna England, JJ Liu, Joseph Altomonte, Ugur Secilmis, and Lexy Gavin-Mather.

One of the most notable of the 227 players that bagged is Mike Allis, who finished the day with 1,865,000 chips. Allis won his first bracelet last year by taking down Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop. His quest for a second bracelet was helped by a miracle turn and river to survive.

The Day 1c chipleader was Vito Branciforte, who will take 2,685,000 to Day 2. Also near the top of the charts was Jason Aden with 2,285,000, although the 3,405,000 score from Patrick White in Day 1a still tops the overall leaderboard.

Matt Johnston
Matt Johnston

"Chip and a Chair"

Making it to a Day 2 can sometimes be a long and winding road. Matt "Matty J" Johnston resumed play after the dinner break with 18,000, less than he would have to put in as the big blind. He was able to not only make the money, but also to bag 145,000 and continue on to Day 2.

Austin Carr also made Day 2 by bagging a single 5,000-value red chip. "It's my first WSOP," Carr told PokerNews. "Chip and a chair?"

Day 1d kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Surviving players will join the 507 that have already qualified for Sunday's Day 2. PokerNews will have continuing coverage of this event all the way until a bracelet is awarded.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 1:14 AM Local Time
Official End of Day 1c Chip Counts
Richard Gao3,105,0001,000,000
Peter Lee3,100,0003,100,000
Vito Branciforte2,685,0000
Lindsay Jones2,465,0000
Jason Aden2,285,0000
Christopher Crutcher2,285,0002,285,000
Ugur Secilmis2,150,0001,170,000
William Rowlett2,000,0000
Jiawei Mao1,980,0000
Qiong Ding1,880,0000
Florentino Deleon1,875,0000
Michael Allis1,865,0001,865,000
Timothy Miles1,850,0001,850,000
Boi Savatore1,800,0001,800,000
Aneris Adomkevicius1,790,0001,790,000
Jason Smith (NV)1,725,000-1,375,000
Mark Simon1,685,000905,000
Raymond To1,670,0001,366,000
Bien Duc Nguyen1,660,0001,660,000
Marcus Little1,630,0001,630,000
Melanie Weisner1,625,000775,000
Jeff Saunders1,615,0001,615,000
Thomas Pitts1,615,000207,000
Nghia Nguyen1,590,0001,590,000
Jaehun Jung1,585,0001,585,000
Wade Wallace1,575,0001,575,000
Roger Holder1,565,0001,565,000
DID NOT REPORT 41,535,0001,535,000
Srikar Donapati1,535,0001,535,000
Chase Davis1,490,0001,490,000
Francois Claessens1,490,0001,490,000
Justin Bold1,470,0001,470,000
Pavlin Karakikov1,455,0001,455,000
Eric Sunde1,430,0000
Chao Chi Cong1,425,0001,425,000
Jesse Kertland1,370,0001,370,000
Jeffrey Haney1,360,0001,360,000
Dennis Cansino1,340,0001,340,000
Shaun Davis1,300,0001,300,000
Jose Obadia Chocron1,270,0001,270,000
Herbert Swan1,270,0001,270,000
Isidro Martinez1,250,0000
Joseph Batterman1,250,0001,250,000
John Burch1,245,0001,245,000
Guy Even Tzur1,220,0001,220,000
Albert Youhana1,210,0001,210,000
Perumalla Manchiraju1,165,0001,165,000
Ilyas Muradi1,130,0001,130,000
Arash Asadabadi1,130,0001,130,000
Riley Stahley1,125,0001,125,000
Odlanier Torresnieves1,120,0001,120,000
Roberto Becni1,080,0001,080,000
Lucas Tae1,070,0001,070,000
Laura Luckett1,070,0001,070,000
Hejia Gao1,055,0001,055,000
Libby Wilson1,055,0001,055,000
Jeremy Walker1,050,0001,050,000
Dien Le1,030,0001,030,000
Waqas Seyal1,030,0001,030,000
William Hall1,015,0001,015,000
Dustin Brown1,000,0501,000,050
Gustavo Gutierrez1,000,0001,000,000
Tim Niefer1,000,0001,000,000
SheLok Wong1,000,0001,000,000
Richard Johnson985,000985,000
Michael Helander980,000980,000
Jouhan Allende970,000970,000
Armando DelPozo960,000960,000
William Hawkins945,000945,000
Jeffrey Petsche935,000935,000
Joshua Knose925,000925,000
Varun Uppal895,000551,000
Christopher Mcnally880,000880,000
Adrian Groza880,000880,000
Arthur Tkach865,000865,000
Tom Annelin860,000860,000
Ben Ross850,000850,000
Patrick Testoni845,000845,000
Joseph Gastilo845,000845,000
Nicholas Scalise840,000840,000
Jeffrey Thede830,000830,000
Brian Brooks825,000825,000
Parker Nitopi800,000800,000
Alex Myers800,00025,000
Jake Roos795,000155,000
Ramunas Medimas785,000785,000
Justin Lapka780,000780,000
Richard St. Peter780,000780,000
Jamie Whatmough770,000770,000
James Goff765,000765,000
Richard Yurich760,000760,000
Scott Goodman750,000750,000
Edward Recchion750,000750,000
Gene Pyo740,000740,000
Brian Topp740,000740,000
Dominick French735,000735,000
Jeffrey Tidball730,000730,000
Jeffrey Kiddy700,000700,000
Arthur Demmerley700,000700,000
Vygerdas Jonikas695,000695,000
Jeffrey Hutchison695,000695,000
Willie Smith695,000-355,000
Nicholas Polacek690,000690,000
Dale Baum685,000685,000
Richard Schenzdavis685,000685,000
Dena Simon685,000685,000
Andre Allen680,000680,000
Christopher Perkins675,000675,000
Dragana Mackelprang660,00059,000
Robert Fisher655,000655,000
Matthew Omeara655,000655,000
Daniel Stepanian650,000650,000
Joshua Reichard645,000500,000
Bryan Rude645,000645,000
Scott Griffiths640,000640,000
James Shouldis635,0000
Jose Mendoza635,000635,000
Jose Contreras615,000615,000
Andrew Nemeth610,000610,000
Ali Shahni605,000605,000
Arley Gonzalez600,000600,000
Derek Powell600,000600,000
Duan Bin590,000590,000
Bernard Schrader590,000590,000
Olivier Murrachioli590,000590,000
Jacky Hieu585,000585,000
Steven Morey570,000330,000
Bud Lavassani570,000570,000
Scott Oconnell570,000570,000
James Mcmillan570,000570,000
Marcus Tomkins565,000565,000
Alon Zohar555,000555,000
Akindri Hashiguchi540,000540,000
Aaron Gunn540,000-630,000
Hugh Merlino540,000540,000
John Bitakis535,000535,000
Larry Serebryany530,000530,000
Alexandru Moraru530,000530,000
Jason Hodges525,000525,000
Alan Kay520,000520,000
DID NOT REPORT 5515,000515,000
Edwin Tramble510,000510,000
Brendan Wiley510,000510,000
Sean Barker505,000505,000
Sally Richman505,000505,000
John Dubard500,000500,000
Min-Sung Lee490,000490,000
Anne Leplay490,000490,000
Edward Brito485,000485,000
Ivan Mirkovich480,000480,000
Bradley Grossman475,000475,000
Douglas Acton475,000475,000
Luke Nishihara465,000465,000
Jacob Rich465,000465,000
Darren Wong460,000460,000
Francisco Fabregas460,000460,000
Oren Weiner455,000455,000
Christopher Battenfield445,000445,000
Joshua Morrow445,000124,000
Juan Reynoso440,000440,000
Ahmed Amin440,000440,000
Julio Cruz440,000440,000
David Hansmann440,000440,000
Rodrigo Dieguez435,000435,000
Stanislav Gordinosky435,000435,000
Tiep Bui435,000435,000
Denver Combs430,000430,000
Joshua Manrini430,000430,000
Kyllion Chafin425,000425,000
Thi Le425,000425,000
Marcin Sobczak425,000425,000
Geneva Santiago415,000415,000
Thai Ha410,000410,000
Eric Trexler395,000395,000
Max Fedorkins390,000301,600
Attakorn Donsakul390,000-140,000
Russell Frederick390,000390,000
Arkadiusz Rusak375,000375,000
Henry Alexandre370,000370,000
Patrick Popowski370,000-165,000
Jared Nott360,000360,000
Michael Kilker355,000355,000
Ivan Denev355,000355,000
Ty Costa350,000350,000
Howard Cornbleth350,000350,000
Malcolm Mcdougall350,000350,000
Yuta Kobayashi350,000350,000
Andy Perez345,000282,000
Brandon Price335,000335,000
Corey Freed330,000330,000
Andrea Sager320,000-225,000
Manish Bhargava320,000320,000
Suman Chen315,000315,000
Eugene Kim305,000305,000
Leo Dafflon295,000295,000
Benjamin Buttonow290,000290,000
Lori Kilpatrick290,000290,000
Dan Bui280,000280,000
Shayne Priddy275,000275,000
Dorian Rios270,000270,000
Michael Woods270,000270,000
Ryan Lavars260,000260,000
Arnold Parrish260,000260,000
William Fike260,000260,000
Stephan Shewcraft245,000245,000
Anh Tran240,000179,000
Jimmie Follis240,00068,000
Dat Nguyen235,000235,000
Miguel Maldonado235,000235,000
Alejandro Pachecos-Rojas235,000235,000
Nikolaos Papathanasiou235,000235,000
Sam Ho230,000230,000
Christopher Bibb230,000230,000
Andrew Duo225,000225,000
Michael Marinaro225,000225,000
GABRIEL GARCIA210,000210,000
James Athanas200,000200,000
Dennis Raijer190,000190,000
Daniel Li150,000150,000
Jacob Powers149,500149,500
Matt Johnson145,000145,000
Timothy Krame145,000145,000
Wei-Chen Chien115,000115,000
Felicia Walton50,00050,000
Austin Carr5,000-120,000
Shilei Fan11
Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:30 AM Local Time
End of Day

The remaining 227 players are now bagging their chips as play has concluded for the day. Stay tuned to PokerNews for a full recap of the day.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:15 AM Local Time
Queen Versus Kings

Willie Smith was under the gun and raised to 55,000. The player in the cutoff raised all in and Smith called.

Willie Smith:   

The board was       and the kings won.

Willie Smith1,050,0001,050,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:13 AM Local Time
Roos Runs it Up

There was a player under the gun who went all in for about 135,000. Action folded to Jake Roos in late position who re-jammed for 515,000. Every other player folded and the cards hit their back.

Under the Gun:   
Jake Roos:   

The board ran out       and Roos scored the knockout and the chips.

Jake Roos640,000640,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:11 AM Local Time
Five More Hands

Tournament staff have announced that dealers will deal five more hands before play ends for the night. All players that bag will move on to Day 2 on Sunday.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:07 AM Local Time
Smith Triples to Massive Stack

Jason Smith raised under the gun for 90,000, the middle position jammed for 510,000 and the small blind also put his stack of 910,000 into the middle and Smith called.

Middle position player:   
Small blind:   
Jason Smith:   

The board ran out       and Smith tripled up with the flush.

Jason Smith (NV)3,100,0003,100,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:06 AM Local Time
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Friday, June 9, 2023 11:50 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Level: 22
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 40,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:47 PM Local Time
Secilmis Makes Tricky Two Pair

Ugur Secilmis

Action folded to Ugur Secilmis in late position who opened to 60,000. The action folded to the big blind who defended. The players were off to a flop heads up.

The     flop hit the felt and Secilmis bet 40,000 when the action was checked to him. The big blind made the call.

The   landed on the turn and the big blind checked again. Secilmis thought for only a moment before putting out a bet of 200,000. The big blind made the call again.

The   landed on the river and this time the big blind thought for about a minute before putting out a blocker bet to the tune of 200,000. Secilmis snap called and they saw the hands.

The big blind turned over    for top top and Secilmis rolled over    for a very interesting turned two pair.

Ugur Secilmis980,000980,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:36 PM Local Time
Aden Takes No Prisoners

Action opened with a raise to 60,000 from the player under the gun and Jason Aden called next to act.

The player in middle position then reraised to 100,000 and the small blind four-bet all in for 450,000.

Action folded to Aden, who thought for a minute before calling and the player in middle position called off their remaining 15,000.

Middle Position:   
Small Blind:   
Jason Aden:   

Aden immediately moved ahead on the     board. He held his lead on the   turn, and the   river sent both of his opponents to the payout line.

Jason Aden1,310,0001,310,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:32 PM Local Time
A Few Notable Chip Counts
Joseph Altomonte1,250,000550,000
Melanie Weisner850,000530,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:26 PM Local Time
Swan Gains Some Chips

Larry Swan was in middle position and raised to 60,000 and the small blind called with just enough chips.

Small blind:   
Larry Swan:   

Swan won the pot with trip jacks when the board was      .

Larry Swan900,000900,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:21 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Level: 21
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 30,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:09 PM Local Time
Sager Doubles Stack

The early position player announced, "all in", and Andrea Sager in the cutoff called.

Andrea Sager:   
Early Position:   

The early position was winning on the board of      but the   on the river gave Sager the win.

Andrea Sager545,000291,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 11:01 PM Local Time
Allis Rescued by Miracle Boat

Mike Allis

Mike Allis, who won his first bracelet last year, had all of his money in the middle against another player with the board already reading    

Mike Allis:   

Allis would need running cards to win the hand. The   turn helped, and the table erupted when the   hit the river to give Allis eights full to double up.

Mike Allis1,060,0001,060,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 10:51 PM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 10,000/25,000
Ante: 25,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 10:40 PM Local Time
Myers Makes Quads

Action folded to a player in early position who went all in off a short stack. There was then another all in for about the same amount in late position and action folded to Alex Myers in the Big Blind who had both players covered. He didn't think for too long before pushing his chips into the middle.

The cards are tabled.

Early Position:   
Late Position:   
Alex Myers:   

The     flop caused some commotion at the table as Myers came from behind and hit top set. The   turn gave Myers a full house and the late position player with kings was down to just two outs. Unfortunately for the player in late position, Myers made quads on the   river and sent both players to the rail while giving himself new life in the tournament.

Alex Myers775,000775,000
Friday, June 9, 2023 10:28 PM Local Time
Final Break

Players have been sent on their final 20-minute break of the day as tournament officials are racing off the yellow 1,000-value chips.

Friday, June 9, 2023 10:27 PM Local Time
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