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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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Monday, June 12, 2023 8:08 PM Local Time
Jason Simon Becomes The First Gladiator of Poker for $499,852

Jason Simon

After four starting flights, a whopping 23,088 entries were tallied for the inaugural Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker, which was the most affordable live event in the history of the WSOP and smashed the guarantee to create a massive prize pool of $3,603,162 to play for on the second day.

Only 827 warriors made it to the second day which saw the number tick down to just 14 contenders for the final day to return. After the dust settled, one stood above the rest.

St. Louis' own Jason Simon was crowned the victor for his first WSOP bracelet and career best score of $499,852. Starting the day as fourth in chips, Simon navigated a final day filled with highs and lows to take down the bracelet and supported by a rail filled with friends and family the whole time.

"It was awesome," the first gladiator of poker said. "Having your friends here with you, cheering for you in the all ins, it definitely helps." Simon's rail also made light of his nickname "The Chisler," which was a nickname that he got based on how others interpreted his playing style. Little did they know he would chisel his name into WSOP history winning the second biggest tournament field of all time.

"Your tournament life is so valuable, you have to stay alive no matter what," the new champion continued in reference to swings yesterday. "When I fell down to 14 million, I never really panicked, found a double up and went up from there."

Simon's biggest lifetime cash, now will more than triple his lifetime earnings. "I primarily play mixed games, mostly play No-Limit Hold'em only for tournaments, but maybe I'll play some more tournaments after this."

The newly minted champion headed off to celebrate with his St. Louis rail at the conclusion of this tournament.

Final Table Results

1Jason SimonUnited States$499,852
2Eric TrexlerUnited States$301,097
3Wesley CannonUnited States$210,024
4Wade WallaceUnited States$160,818
5Kfir NahumIsrael$123,831
6Bohdan SlyvinskyiUnited States$95,883
7Jonson ChatterleyUnited States$74,664
8Caio SobralBrazil$58,466
9Thomas ReevesUnited States$46,051

Final Day Action

It took under two hours to bring the field of 14 down to the final ten. Joshua Rothberg (14th-$23,298), Salvatore Boi (13th-$29,068), and Willie Smith ($29,068) all fell before the setting of the table.

The last player to depart the field was Tim Williams, who got in his final chips with ace-king against Wade Wallace who raised with pocket fives. Wallace called with the pocket fives and held up, leaving Williams to depart the tournament in eleventh place for $36,487.

Final Table Action

The remaining ten players redraw for the final and play began quickly. One of the start of day chip leaders Caio Sobral was rendered to the short stack early on in the day, and seemed to be the first out the door. He got in his final chips with king-jack against Duc Bien Nguyen's queens. A king on the turn flipped the script and gave Sobral an early final table double up and left Nguyen on the short stack.

Nguyen got in his final chips with king-jack up against Eric Trexler's nine-eight. A jack high flop came out which gave Nguyen top pair, but Trexler flopped a straight and held to retake the tournament chip lead, while Nguyen left the tournament in tenth place for $36,487.

Thomas Reeves started the day as the second shortest stack in the room, but through careful maneuvering and timing he was able to ladder up to the official final table. He did secure one double up early into the final table, but shortly after he moved in his final chips over Trexler's raise with king queen and Trexler called with ace nine and held. Reeves wished his tablemates luck and he exited the tournament in ninth place for $46,051.

Sobral would be the next to depart with an eighth place finish worth $58,466. Despite an early double, Sobral found himself rather shallow once more and moved in his final chips with ace jack. Wallace woke up with ace king and called to hold and eliminate the brazilian from the tournament.

Jonson Chatterley was rendered the short stack after the first few levels of play and he was not able to gain any momentum as the tournament progressed. With seven players left, he moved in his final chips with ace-queen while Simon called with jacks and held up for Simon to take a massive pot and Chatterley to exit the tournament in seventh place for $74,664.

The following elimination saw an explosion on Wexler's rail dubbed "Team Torch." Bohdan Slyvinskyi moved in his final chips with ace king while Wexler called in the big blind with pocket nines. The flop rolled out king-high and all seemed set for Slyvinskyi to double up, until the river rolled off a nine to give Wexler a set of nines and the rail went berserk while Slyvinskyi collected $95,883 for his sixth place.

Kfir Nahum opened with king-queen and called an all in from Simon who held ace-king for extremely similar chip stacks. No help was brought to Nahum and he collected $123,831 for his fifth place finish.

The four handed battle commenced as each of the final four held the lead at some point or another. Multiple all in pots saw doubles for multiple players and a few chop pots ensured the continuing of the fight. It would be the Ohio native Wallace who would drop next as he moved in his final chips over a raise from Trexler with ace-ten, only for Simon to wake up in the big blind with pocket kings. The kings held up and "The boss with the sauce" was consoled by his supportive rail for a career best finish of $160,818.

Eric Trexler
The colorful Trexler came into the day as the chip leader, and spun it into a career best second place for $301,097

Wesley Cannon started the day on the bottom half of the chip counts, but the Minnesota resident found himself laddering up as the day went on and even taking the chip lead for a short while four handed. His run came to an end as Simon moved all in from the small blind with queen nine and Cannon called in the big blind with king eight. A nine on the turn would put Simon in the lead and the river landed a blank for Simon to secure an even larger lead heads up while Cannon exited the tournament in third place for $210,024.

Heads up did not last too long as Simon held a 4:1 lead at the beginning. Trexler did manage to narrow the gap, but in the end Simon moved all in with king eight for roughly ten big blinds and Trexler drew a line in the sand and called with jack ten suited. Some chop outs presented themselves on the turn, but the river brought no change and Trexler finished his run in second place for a career best $301,097.

Congratulations to Jason Simon for being crowned the first Gladiator of poker in Event #18: Gladiator of Poker. Thank you to all who entered and thanks for reading along at PokerNews. Stay tuned for all updates regarding the 2023 WSOP.

Monday, June 12, 2023 6:34 PM Local Time
Eric Trexler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($301,097)

Eric Trexler

Jason Simon moved all in from the button for 152,000,000 effective and in the big blind, Trexler looked down at his hand and his face lit up. "I know I have to get it in sometime," he said while contemplating his decision. After some more thought he put in the call and the cards were on their backs.

Eric Trexler:   
Jason Simon:   

The board ran out       and the board pairing card on the river, left Simon's king high as best as Trexler finished second in the largest tournament of the summer.

Stay tuned for a full winners recap.

Jason Simon692,580,000144,000,000
Eric Trexler0-144,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 6:19 PM Local Time
Wesley Cannon Eliminated in 3rd Place ($210,024)

Wesley Cannon

Jason Simon moved all in from the small blind and in the big blind, Wesley Cannon called for his last 95,000,000 to put himself at risk.

Wesley Cannon:   
Jason Simon:   

The board ran out       and Simon paired up his nine on the turn to take control of the hand and Cannon exited the tournament in third place.

The players have taken a short break before heads up play begins.

Jason Simon548,580,00084,580,000
Eric Trexler144,000,00017,000,000
Wesley Cannon0-210,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 6:07 PM Local Time
Wade Wallace Eliminated in 4th Place ($160,818)

Wade Wallace

Eric Trexler raised from the button to 25,000,000. In response, Wade Wallace in the small blind three-bet jammed for his remaining stack of 131,000,000. Jason Simon in the big blind woke up with a hand and four-bet shoved himself for 174,000,000. Trexler folded.

Wade Wallace:   
Jason Simon:   

The board ran out      . Simon scooped this pot and eliminated Wallace in the process.

Jason Simon464,000,000324,000,000
Wade Wallace0-156,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 6:04 PM Local Time
Level 47 started
Level: 47
Blinds: 6,000,000/12,000,000
Ante: 12,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 12, 2023 5:31 PM Local Time
Trexler Doubles Through Wallace

Eric Trexler moved all in for 53,500,000 and in the small blind, Wade Wallace called.

Eric Trexler:   
Wade Wallace:   

The board ran out       and Trexler paired his six on the flop to double up through Wallace.

Wade Wallace156,000,000-93,500,000
Eric Trexler127,000,00073,500,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 5:27 PM Local Time
Cannon Doubles Through Trexler Again

Wesley Cannon open jammed from the button for 95,000,000. Eric Trexler in the small blind thought for some time before coming over the top himself and the hand went to showdown.

Wesley Cannon:   
Eric Trexler:   

This coin flip fell in the favour of Cannon as the board ran out      , earning him the full double-up through Trexler, for a second time.

Wesley Cannon210,000,000115,000,000
Eric Trexler53,500,000-154,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 5:27 PM Local Time
Level 46 started
Level: 46
Blinds: 5,000,000/10,000,000
Ante: 10,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 5:02 PM Local Time
Break Chip Counts

The final 4 players have gone on a 15-minute break.

Wade Wallace249,500,0008,500,000
Eric Trexler207,500,0002,500,000
Jason Simon140,000,000-66,000,000
Wesley Cannon95,000,000-4,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 4:49 PM Local Time
Wallace Takes The Lead With Kings

Wade Wallace raised to 16,000,000 with    on the button and in the big blind, Wesley Cannon defended with   .

The flop rolled out     and Cannon check-called a bet of 16,000,000.

On the turn  , Cannon checked once more to Wallace who sized up to 26,000,000 and Cannon called once more.

The river peeled off a   and Cannon checked a third time over to Wallace who bet 65,000,000. Cannon thought about his decision for a few minutes but decided to toss his hand into the muck, ceding the pot to Wallace.

Wade Wallace241,000,0000
Wesley Cannon99,000,000-46,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 12, 2023 4:34 PM Local Time
Cannon Gets the Full Double From Trexler

Wesley Cannon limped in from the small blind and Eric Trexler checked his option in the big.

The flop checked through to the turn as the full board read     . Cannon now led out for 8,000,000. Trexler applied maximum pressure shoving all in and putting Cannon at risk for his tournament life. Cannon had no decision and snap-called.

Wesley Cannon:   
Eric Trexler:   

The river was inconsequential as Trexler was already drawing dead. Cannon doubled up.

Eric Trexler205,000,0002,000,000
Wesley Cannon145,000,00071,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 4:19 PM Local Time
Level 45 started
Level: 45
Blinds: 4,000,000/8,000,000
Ante: 8,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 4:11 PM Local Time
Kfir Nahum Eliminated in 5th Place ($123,831)

Kfir Nahum

Kfir Nahum opened from the cutoff to 15,000,000, finding Jason Simon in the small blind who jammed for the remainder of his stack. Nahum called.

Kfir Nahum:   
Jason Simon:   

The board ran out      . Simon's dominating hand stayed that way and eliminated Nahum in 5th place.

Jason Simon206,000,00077,000,000
Kfir Nahum0-102,500,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 4:03 PM Local Time
Bohdan Slyvinskyi Eliminated In 6th Place ($95,883)

Bohdan Slyvinskyi

Bohdan Slyvinskyi moved all in for 66,000,000 from the hijack and action folded around to Eric Trexler in the big blind who called to put him at risk.

Bohdan Slyvinskyi:   
Eric Trexler:   

The flop and turn of      put Slyvinskyi in the lead and seemed to have him set up for a massive double through Trexler.

The river had different plans as the   river spiked a set for Trexler as his rail went beserk chanting "Team Torch! Team Torch!" while Slyvinski exited the tournament area.

Eric Trexler203,000,00071,000,000
Bohdan Slyvinskyi0-58,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:55 PM Local Time
Jonson Chatterley Eliminated in 7th Place ($74,664)

Jonson Chatterley

Jonson Chatterley open jammed from under the gun for 53,500,000. Jason Simon in the cutoff came over the top for his last 60,500,000 and the hand went to showdown.

Jonson Chatterley:   
Jason Simon:   

The board ran out      . Simon won this flip and sent home Chatterley.

Jason Simon129,000,00066,000,000
Jonson Chatterley0-51,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:50 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 3,000,000/6,000,000
Ante: 6,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:31 PM Local Time
Wallace Extracts Value on the River

Eric Trexler raised from the hijack to 12,000,000. Wade Wallace in the big blind defended.

The flop came     and Wallace check-called a bet of 15,000,000 from Trexler.

The turn came the   which checked through to the   on the river. Wallace now led out for 31,500,000 sending Trexler into the tank.

"I really think you're bluffing" Trexler recited over and over, before eventually calling. Wallace showed    and Trexler mucked.

Wade Wallace241,500,00073,500,000
Eric Trexler132,000,000-58,500,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:14 PM Local Time
Caio Sobral Eliminated in 8th Place ($58,466)

Caio Sobral

Caio Sobral moved all in for 57,000,000 in the hijack which saw action fold around to Wade Wallace in the small blind who called.

Caio Sobral:   
Wade Wallace:   

The flop of     provided some backdoor draws for Sobral in his hopes to improve and stay alive. one of the backdoor draws materialized on the   turn, but none came home on the   river and the Brazilian departed the tournament in eighth place.

Wade Wallace168,000,00069,000,000
Caio Sobral0-69,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:09 PM Local Time
Thomas Reeves Eliminated in 9th Place ($46,051)

Thomas Reeves

Eric Trexler raised from middle position to 12,000,000. The action folded to Thomas Reeves in the big blind who shoved all in for his last 45,000,000. Trexler called.

Thomas Reeves:   
Eric Trexler:   

The flop came     as Trexler's rail erupted. The turn and river couldn't help Reeves and he was eliminated in 9th place.

Eric Trexler190,500,00040,500,000
Thomas Reeves0-50,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 3:05 PM Local Time
Reeves Doubles Through Chatterley

Thomas Reeves moved all in from first position for 20,000,000 which saw action fold around to the Jonson Chatterley in the small blind who called and the cards went on their backs.

Thomas Reeves:   
Jonson Chatterley:   

The board ran out       and Reeves found the double up through his opponent.

Jonson Chatterley51,000,000-5,500,000
Thomas Reeves50,000,00030,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander