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

Thursday, June 08, 2023 to Saturday, June 10, 2023

Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $1,795,130
  • Entries: 2,017
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, June 10, 2023 10:37 PM Local Time
Stephen Nahm is Buzzing; Winner of Event 21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Stephen Nahm

It was a long three days here at Event #21: $,1000 Pot-Limit Omaha hosted by the World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. 2,071 entries were tallied among the many hopefuls who entered this eight-handed tournament. This eclipsed last year's entries of 1,891, a nearly 10% increase comparatively.

All things said and done, it was Stephen Nahm who conquered the massive field. Sixty beers and $267,991 later, he could hardly believe it. He won just after the dinner break in a massive hand that scored a double knock out of runner-up Kevin Rand and Amir Mirrasouli, who busted in third.

Upon rivering the winning hand, Nahm could be heard saying: "Is that it, do I win? Did I win the tournament?!" No matter how many libations he had over the last three days, this was the first time he was slow to read the board.

It was true, this was real life, and he did win, receiving the lion's share of the $1,795,130 prize pool. He might need to pinch himself in the morning, though, as he had at least 15 beers today and his rail insisted on going out to celebrate after. A less seasoned player may have needed a nap, but this seemed par for the course for Nahm.

PokerNews got the opportunity to grab an interview with Vancouver's newest bracelet winner just after his winner's photo and he had this to say: "Every poker player, obviously, comes here - you dream of this shit, right? I kinda made my dream come true a little bit; I'm not going to lie." Everyone's new favorite Canadian was having a bit of trouble communicating at this point, but he did say he'd be back to play the NLH/PLO mix and that he's predominantly a cash game player. Nahm was all laughs as he joined his rail in celebration. This is his first ever bracelet win.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Stephen NahmCanada$267,991
2Kevin RandUnited States$165,616
3Amir MirrasouliUnited States$123,060
4Zachary PeayUnited States$92,231
5Dan MatsuzukiUnited States$69,729
6Ronald KeijzerNetherlands$53,182
7Gheorghe ButucMoldova$40,923
8Jonathan EnglandUnited States$31,772
9Thomas TaylorCanada$24,891

Final Day Action

At the end of Day 2, only 13 players remained in contention but short stacks were quick to put their chips in the middle. Nicolas Gola and Thomas Zanot were soon left without chips, both thwarted by the aces of Dan Matsuzuki. Paul Clotar fell in 11th place for $19,678 and Mike Gorodinsky came short of the final table with a 10th place finish for the same prize as Clotar.

Final Table Action

Thomas Taylor had a valiant effort but was first to fall in ninth place. Despite all the noise and his competitors' antics, Taylor remained even keel the entire tournament. Taylor recently won the C$1,100 Pure Poker Tour Main Event for C$53,000. He also final tabled the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo here at the WSOP in 2022. He'll be one to watching moving forward this summer.

Jonathan England had the time of his life and was thrilled at the end of Day 1 just to have bagged. He worked a short stack almost the entirety of Day 2 and the same was true here on Day 3. Ultimately, he had just under four big blinds when he got it all in against Matsuzuki's aces. He won an additional $500 because he had a side bet he had to complete if he made the final table. Mission accomplished.

Gheorghe Butuc never made much noise this final table, gliding under the radar as his opponents clashed. Ultimately, he lost a flip off a short stack and was eliminated in seventh place. Butuc also cashed in the $600 Pot-Limit Omaha event that happened just a few days ago, having fallen in 41st place for $4,763.

Ronald Keijzer won the $2,200 5-Card PLO event at the PGT PLO series in March for $43,700 and promptly followed that up with a runner up in the $10,000 PLO event at the U.S. Poker Open for $146,300. To say that Keijzer was playing with confidence is an understatement, but he'll have to keep chasing the gold this summer, as he fell in sixth place when the wrong card paired for him against Kevin Rand.

Dan Matsuzuki, who won a bracelet in 2015, came into the final table with the chip lead. Everything seemed to be going according to plan for him when he won a nice pot against Mirrasouli and Peay. After losing some small and medium pots, Nahm ended up getting the better of him when he rivered two-pair, sending Matsuzuki to the payouts in fifth place.

Zachary Peay won a big hand on Day 2 that helped carry him to the final table. He had a stack like a yo-yo at this final table as he went from short stacked to tripling up, back to a short stack over his time during the course of competition. He also won a big hand against Nahm that featured quite the Rounders impersonation. The number of pay jumps he ended up making due to his patience was quite the sight to behold, but eventually his luck ran out and was left to settle for fourth place. This is Peay's biggest recorded payday and nothing to sneer at in this massive field.

Amir Mirrasouli was in his zone, quietly pecking away at his opponents, without many hands going to showdown. It was hard for him not to catch some attention as he started to rise in the chip counts. Mirrasouli managed to battle and stay in contention, despite doubling Nahm in a crucial spot. Mirrasouli was eliminated in the final hand, being awarded third place because he was the shortest stack when the river card fell. We'll explore that final hand with the story of our runner-up.

Kevin Rand
Kevin Rand

Kevin Rand was fresh off the final table of the $600 PLO Deep Stack with a ninth place finish for $21,221; a score he was able to best today with an incredible runner-up. Coming off of two deep runs in massive fields, Rand let PokerNews know that he's hungrier than ever and looks forward to making more deep runs this WSOP. Day 2 had a huge hand catapult Rand into the counts and he didn't let it go to waste, riding his stack to the final table. He did have to get lucky against the eventual winner to make it as far as he did, but that's always the case in tournaments. In the end, his hopes were dashed when his set was cracked on the river by Nahm.

Stephen Nahm had a clear-cut strategy that he executed seamlessly this event. He entered the field each day sober as bone and steadily drank Coronas from there on out. It was reported by another player that he had over twenty beers on Day 2 and according to Nahm, he probably did close to the same on Day 1. By Day 3, he had it down to a science and he pre-tipped the service team, requesting that he be brought a new beer every 18 minutes. They did their best to oblige and by the end of it, he only had one eye open, but that was all he needed to see he had a big draw and spot a rivered straight.

Nahm had a great time, going as far as doing Joe Peschi impersonations with Dan Matsuzuki. Nahm entered the final day as the chip leader, but lost it somewhere along the way at the final table. The momentum shifted back his way in a big hand against Mirrasouli and he got back to playing big pots.

Nahm played fearlessly and ran well when it mattered most. The moment he said "Let's go" and put both players at risk three-handed, the tension was palpable, and despite all the beers, he was first to call out the winning hand.

Congratulations again to Stephen Nahm, who won the final hand with a straight on the river.

Stephen Nahm
Stephen Nahm

Stick with PokerNews for continuing coverage of all the other bracelet events at the 2023 WSOP.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 8:15 PM Local Time
Stephen Nahm Wins Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($267,991)

Stephen Nahm

Day 2 chip leader Stephen Nahm runs the table on Day 3 in Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha to earn $267,991 and his first career WSOP gold bracelet.

A full tournament recap will be posted shortly.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 8:10 PM Local Time
Kevin Rand Eliminated in 2nd Place ($165,616); Amir Mirrasouli Eliminated in 3rd Place ($123,060)

Kevin Rand

On a board reading    , Amir Mirrasouli went all in for his remaining chips and Kevin Rand raised to 400,000 on his direct left. Stephen Nahm then repotted it and Rand called for his remaining chips.

Amir Mirrasouli:     
Kevin Rand:     
Stephen Nahm:     

Rand had flopped a set and Mirrasouli was behind with a pair. The turn was the  , leaving all players with a sweat, but the   on the river secured the win for Nahm with a straight, as well as his first gold bracelet.

Amir Mirrasouli
Amir Mirrasouli
Stephen Nahm40,340,00011,540,000
Kevin Rand0-9,500,000
Amir Mirrasouli0-2,100,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 7:03 PM Local Time
Chip Counts on Dinner
Stephen Nahm28,800,000-1,900,000
Kevin Rand9,500,0002,700,000
Amir Mirrasouli2,100,000-3,600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 10, 2023 7:02 PM Local Time
Dinner Break - Nahm Leads

The three remaining players are now all guaranteed at least $123,060.

They will be taking an hour-long dinner break and will resume at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:58 PM Local Time
Zachary Peay Eliminated in 4th Place ($92,231)

Zachary Peay

Stephen Nahm raised to 700,000 and Zachary Peay called for less from the small blind. Kevin Rand also made the call from the big blind.

A flop of     came and the players with an option checked, bringing the  . They both tapped the table again and the   appeared. Rand checked, as did Nahm.

Nahm revealed      for top pair, which Rand wasn't able to beat. Peay, who hadn't bothered looking at his hand because he didn't even have a big blind behind revealed      and was sent to the payouts. Peay had lost most of his chips the hand prior when Rand made top two pair in a hand that was all in preflop.

A short while after Nahm scooped the pot, service apologized to him for bringing his beer four minutes early, as he had an agreement to receive one ever 18 minutes. He's now had an even dozen.

Stephen Nahm30,700,0002,100,000
Kevin Rand6,800,0005,050,000
Amir Mirrasouli5,700,000-1,500,000
Zachary Peay0-1,950,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:41 PM Local Time
Nahm Wins Clash of Chip Leaders

Stephen Nahm

Kevin Rand opened to 700,000 and called when Stephen Nahm raised the pot to 2,550,000 on the button.

Rand checked the     flop to Nahm, who continued for 2,500,000. Rand moved all in and Nahm called.

Stephen Nahm:     
Kevin Rand:     

Rand was behind but hit his flush draw on the   turn. The   river gave Nahm a full house, leaving Rand short while collecting almost two-thirds of the chips in play.

Stephen Nahm28,600,00014,000,000
Amir Mirrasouli7,200,000-1,000,000
Zachary Peay1,950,000-1,850,000
Kevin Rand1,750,000-13,250,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:34 PM Local Time
Rand Then Some

Amir Mirrasouli opened the button to 800,000 and was called by the blinds, Zachary Peay and Kevin Rand.

The dealer slid the     out and all players checked. The turn brought the   and Peay checked. Rand then took the lead and bet 1,250,000. Mirrasouli called, as did Peay.

The river paired the board, bringing the   and Peay checked again. This time Rand sized up a bit and bet 3,500,000. Both his opponents folded and his rail burst into celebration.

Rand then won the blinds the very next hand when he raised preflop.

Kevin Rand15,000,00013,895,000
Amir Mirrasouli8,200,0001,400,000
Zachary Peay3,800,000-2,900,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:23 PM Local Time
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Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:15 PM Local Time
Dan Matsuzuki Eliminated in 5th Place ($69,729)

Dan Matsuzuki

Stephen Nahm opened to 650,000 and called when Dan Matsuzuki raised to 2,300,000. The flop of     saw Matsuzuki move all in and Nahm called.

Dan Matsuzuki:     
Stephen Nahm:     

Matsuzuki's kicker kept him ahead as the cards were turned over, but the   turn brought Nahm some additional outs. The   river gave Nahm two pair, ending Matsuzuki's run in fifth place.

Stephen Nahm14,600,0003,100,000
Dan Matsuzuki0-3,500,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:03 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:02 PM Local Time
Ronald Keijzer Eliminated in 6th Place ($53,182)

Ronald Keijzer

After doubling up on the previous hand, Ronald Keijzer was facing an open to 600,000 from Kevin Rand. Keijzer did not take long to announce a pot-sized bet for almost all of his remaining chips. Rand moved all in and Keijzer committed his remaining stack.

Ronald Keijzer:     
Kevin Rand:     

The monotone     flop improved Rand to a flush, while the   turn and   river completed the board as Keijzer bowed out in sixth place.

Kevin Rand11,500,0004,600,000
Ronald Keijzer0-1,800,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:52 PM Local Time
Peay Triples Up

Zachary Peay

The short stack at the table, Zachary Peay, got all his chips in the middle against Ronald Keijzer and Stephen Nahm, who was on the button.

Zachary Peay:     
Ronald Keijzer:     
Stephen Nahm:     

"I have the winning hand!", is what Nahm yelled to his rail when cards were on their backs. This was proved incorrect as the board ran out      .

This was a massive triple up for Peay, catapulting him back into contention. Keijzer won a small side pot but is now the short stack at the table.

Stephen Nahm11,500,000-1,900,000
Zachary Peay6,700,0004,000,000
Ronald Keijzer1,800,000-4,600,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:50 PM Local Time
Mirrasouli Pays the Price

Amir Mirrasouli limped from early position and was joined by Dan Matsuzuki on the button. Ronald Keijzer and Stephen Nahm called from the blinds to see the     flop.

Keijzer and Nahm checked to Mirrasouli, who fired 500,000. Matsuzuki folded while Keijzer and Nahm both made the call.

All three players then checked the   turn with Keijzer following suit after the   river. Nahm slid out a bet of 700,000 which was called by Mirrasouli before Keijzer folded.

Nahm tabled      for a full house, adding to his stack as Mirrasouli mucked his hand.

Stephen Nahm13,400,0002,600,000
Amir Mirrasouli6,800,000-700,000
Ronald Keijzer6,400,0002,200,000
Dan Matsuzuki3,500,000-2,900,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:43 PM Local Time
Nahm Splashes Around

Stephen Nahm

Stephen Nahm limped under the gun for 250,000 and was called by Amir Mirrasouli to his left, Zachary Peay, and both blinds.

The flop came     and all five players checked, bringing the   and another round of checks. The river was the   and this prompted Nahm to lead for 300,000. Mirrasouli quickly called, as did Peay.

Nahm tabled     , declaring the second nuts. "So nice, paid off twice!", said Nahm, who was indeed awarded the pot.

Shortly after, Peay raised in early position to 875,000 which prompted Nahm to say, "Whoa, calm the fuck down, brother.", in reference to the larger sizing of his raise. It folded to Nahm in the big blind, who informed the dealer he needed to hit before putting in the call.

The spread the     and both players checked. When the   peeled they did the same. Finally, the   came on the river and Nahm threw out a bet of 975,000. Peay quickly folded and Nahm sprinted to the restroom again after being awarded the pot. He's had approximately ten beers now.

Stephen Nahm10,800,0002,100,000
Amir Mirrasouli7,500,000-950,000
Zachary Peay2,700,000-4,300,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:18 PM Local Time
Mirrasouli Makes the Call

Ronald Keijzer raised to 500,000 on the button and saw calls from Stephen Nahm in the small blind and Amir Mirrasouli in the big blind.

The blinds checked the     flop before Keijzer continued for 675,000. Nahm folded while Mirrasouli called to see the   turn.

Both players checked to the   river, where Mirrasouli tapped the table once more. Keijzer slid out a bet of 1,350,000 and Mirrasouli counted his stack and took a moment before making the call.

"You got it" said Keijzer, with Mirrasouli showing      for two pair to take down a nice pot.

Stephen Nahm8,700,000800,000
Amir Mirrasouli8,450,0003,100,000
Ronald Keijzer4,200,000-800,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:06 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 250,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:03 PM Local Time
Chip Counts On Break - It's Anybody's Game
Stephen Nahm7,900,000300,000
Zachary Peay7,000,0002,050,000
Kevin Rand6,900,000500,000
Dan Matsuzuki6,400,000-1,000,000
Amir Mirrasouli5,350,000350,000
Ronald Keijzer5,000,000-3,800,000
Saturday, June 10, 2023 4:49 PM Local Time
Break Time

The final six players have reached the second 15-minute break of the day.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
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