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

Friday, June 16, 2023 to Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Event #39: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $11,103,195
  • Entries: 8,317
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:45 PM Local Time
West Texas’ Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series

Braxton Dunaway

The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #39: $1,500 Monster Stack began with 8,317 entrants but on Wednesday night only seven returned to play down to a winner. Each was guaranteed at least $186,149 out of the $11,103,195 prize pool, but of course, everyone had their eyes firmly fixed on the $1,162,681 prize.

When the dust settled, 40-year-old family man Braxton Dunaway, who hails from Midland, Texas and works in the oil and gas industry, emerged victorious to claim the seven-figure first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

His first order of business after the last card was dealt was to call his wife, Stephanie, and their four children – Jordyn, who just graduated college; Macy, who is 17 and a senior in high school; Hayes, who is in ninth grade; and eight-year-old, Sawyer.

"Our little girl who runs the whole show, the boss of the family, we call her 'Bossy Saucy,'" said Dunaway, who indicated he'll be flying to Omaha, Nebraska in the morning to meet his wife and two youngest children.

"They're at the College World Series," Dunaway explained. "My son is in a tournament during that, which is for teenage boys. He won his first two games today and he's guaranteed like five more games. I'll be there, we'll catch some games, and just hang out on vacation."

Before the victory, Dunaway had $333,318 in lifetime tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, which included a prior career-best of $62,500 for finishing in 142nd place in last year's WSOP Main Event. While Dunaway is catching the first flight out in the morning, he indicated he will return for the 2023 WSOP Main Event in July.

"I'll be back to for sure play the Main; that's the plan," Dunaway confirmed. "I've just been gone so long I need to get home, do laundry, and sleep in my own bed. I still can't believe it. It's just amazing. I told my wife, and she said, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"

2023 WSOP Event #39 Final Table Results

1Braxton DunawayUnited States$1,162,681
2Colin RobinsonUnited States$718,649
3Jesse RockowitzUnited States$541,376
4Loic DobrignaFrance$410,493
5Nicholas GerrityUnited States$313,297
6Joshua AdcockUnited States$240,695
7Joe CadaUnited States$186,149

Others to cash the tournament were Day 3 chip leader Xuming Qi (11th - $89,644), Ashley Frank (16th - $56,980), Tyler Hancock (23rd - $45,980), Nate Silver (32nd - $37,233), Michael "BrockLesnar" Holtz (62nd - $20,730), Kyle Julius (79th - $14,540), and bracelet winner Gershon Distenfeld (93rd - $10,499), who once again donated all his winnings to charity.

Final Table Action

Joe Cada
Joe Cada was in pursuit of his fifth gold bracelet.

2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada started the day as the short stack, and unfortunately for the four-time bracelet winner, his quest at a fifth came to an end quickly when his ace-king was outdrawn by the ace-jack of Dunaway when a jack spiked on the river.

Not long after, Joshua Adcock three-bet jammed holding ace-king and was in prime shape to double through Dunaway, who had ace-queen. Unfortunately for him, Dunaway came from behind again, this time spiking a queen on the river to score another knockout.

Nicholas Gerrity, who began the final table as the chip leader was next to go after losing a flip with ace-six against the pocket deuces of Jesse Rockowitz, and then France's Loic Dobrigna followed him out the door after three-bet jamming with ace-deuce only to run smack dab into the two red queens of Dunaway, who held to take a big chip lead into three-handed play.

Jesse Rockowitz
Jesse Rockowitz

The final three battled for a long time before Dunaway put Rockowitz to the test on the turn. The latter called it off with second pair and a gutshot straight draw, which was ahead of Dunaway's open-ended straight draw and queen kicker. Unfortunately for Rockowitz, his tournament came to an end in brutal fashion when a queen spiked on the river.

Dunaway took a more than 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Colin Robinson, and it didn't take long for the Texan to finish things off. In the final hand, Robinson called it off on the river with a pair only to see Dunaway roll over two pair for the victory.

"I want to say that all the people who were at the final table were really nice, great opponents, good players," Dunaway concluded. "I got extremely lucky a few times, but you have to win one of these things. It was just my turn, it's just awesome."

Braxton Dunaway
Braxton Dunaway and his rail.

That does it for updates from this event, but there is still plenty of action to follow from the 2023 WSOP in our live updates hub here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:45 PM Local Time
Colin Robinson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($718,649)

Colin Robinson

Braxton Dunaway limped in and Colin Robinson raised to 15,000,000. Dunaway called and the flop was    .

Robinson checked the flop and called when Dunaway bet 8,000,000. The turn was  .

Robinson check-called again, this time for 26,000,000.

The river was   and Robinson checked one more time. Dunaway fired 73,000,000 and Robinson leaned forward to consider a call for the rest of his chips. After a few moments of thought, he called and turned over    for a pair of deuces. However, Dunaway showed    to win the pot and the tournament with nines and sevens.

Robinson was eliminated in second place for $718,649.

Braxton Dunaway416,000,000122,000,000
Colin Robinson0-122,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:25 PM Local Time
Final Table Preparations

The final two players are now on a short break while the tournament staff prepares for heads up.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:22 PM Local Time
Jesse Rockowitz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($541,376)

Jesse Rockowitz

Braxton Dunaway raised to 10 million in the small blind and Jesse Rockowitz defended the big blind to see a flop of     flop. Both players checked and the   appeared on the turn.

Dunaway checked, Rockowitz bet 10 million, and Dunaway woke up with a check-raise jam.

Rockwitz had 78 million behind and called it off.

Jesse Rockowitz:   
Braxton Dunaway:   

Rockowitz was ahead with a pair and gutshot straight draw, while Dunaway had an open-ended straight draw. The   river didn't complete that latter draw, but it did pair Dunaway's queen to give him a bigger pair and the win.

Braxton Dunaway294,000,000113,000,000
Colin Robinson122,000,000-2,500,000
Jesse Rockowitz0-123,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:10 PM Local Time
Dunaway Picks Off Robinson's Bluff

Braxton Dunaway raised to 10 million on the button and Colin Robinson called from the big blind to see a flop of    , which they both checked.

On the   turn, Robinson bet 12 million, Dunaway called, and the   completed the board on the river.

Robinson bet 20 million and Dunaway called with the    for an ace-high. It was good as Robinson turned over    for king-high.

Braxton Dunaway181,000,00045,000,000
Colin Robinson124,500,000-39,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:02 PM Local Time
Robinson Fires Big on the River

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 13 million from the small blind and Colin Robinson called from the big. Robinson then called a bet of 9 million on the     flop before the dealer burned and turned the  .

Rockowitz checked, Robinson did the same, and the   double paired the board on the river.

Rockowitz checked for a second time and Robinson thought for a bit before betting a hefty 58 million. Rockowitz gave it some thought but ultimately released.

Colin Robinson164,000,00039,000,000
Jesse Rockowitz123,000,000-32,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:52 PM Local Time
Dunaway Gives One Up

Braxton Dunaway raised to 10,000,000 from the button and Colin Robinson was the caller from the big blind.

The flop was     and Robinson bet 6,500,000 to a call from Dunaway. The turn was  .

Robinson bet again on the turn, this time 14,000,000, and Dunaway called to see   on the river.

Robinson fired 42,000,000 on the river and Dunaway gave it a thought, but it was too much so he got away from it.

Jesse Rockowitz155,000,000-41,600,000
Braxton Dunaway136,000,000-13,400,000
Colin Robinson125,000,00055,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:47 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 2,500,000/5,000,000
Ante: 5,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:28 PM Local Time
Player Break

The final three players have stepped out for their regularly scheduled break.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:22 PM Local Time
Dunaway Gets Some Back

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 8,000,000 and Braxton Dunaway was the lone caller from the big blind.

The flop was     and Dunaway check-called a 7,000,000 bet to see   on the turn.

Both players checked the turn and the   river. Dunaway turned over    to take the pot and close the gap.

Jesse Rockowitz196,600,000-5,000,000
Braxton Dunaway149,400,00019,000,000
Colin Robinson70,000,000-14,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:11 PM Local Time
Rockowitz Opens a Lead With Turn Bet

Braxton Dunaway raised to 8,000,000 and Jesse Rockowitz called before Colin Robinson came along from the big blind.

The flop was     and all three players checked to see   on the turn.

Rockowitz and Robinson checked the turn before Dunaway bet 6,500,000. Rockowitz raised to 23,500,000 and Robinson folded before Dunaway followed him into the muck.

Jesse Rockowitz201,600,00043,000,000
Braxton Dunaway130,400,000-39,500,000
Colin Robinson84,000,000-3,500,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:59 PM Local Time
Rockowitz Doubles to Near the Lead

Braxton Dunaway raised to 10,000,000 and Jesse Rockowitz shoved for 77,300,000. Dunaway called and the cards were turned up.

Jesse Rockowitz:   
Braxton Dunaway:   

The board ran out       and Rockowitz flopped a pair of aces to beat Dunaway for a big double.

Braxton Dunaway169,900,000-85,300,000
Jesse Rockowitz158,600,00075,300,000
Colin Robinson87,500,00010,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:52 PM Local Time
Dunaway Still Soaring

Braxton Dunaway raised to 8,000,000 from the small blind and Jesse Rockowitz called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Dunaway bet 5,500,000. Rockowitz called and the turn was  .

Both players checked the turn to see   on the river. Dunaway fired 11,000,000 and Rockowitz went into the tank before he called. Dunaway turned over    to take the pot with a pair of nines and Rockowitz tossed the losing hand in the muck.

Braxton Dunaway255,200,000100,700,000
Jesse Rockowitz83,300,000-86,300,000
Colin Robinson77,500,000-2,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:43 PM Local Time
High Fives for Dunaway

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 8 million on the button and Braxton Dunaway called from the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop and the   paired the board on the turn.

Dunaway bet 5 million, Rockowitz called, and the   completed the board on the river.

Action went check-check and Dunaway tabled the   , which was good enough to win.

Jesse Rockowitz169,600,00077,800,000
Braxton Dunaway154,500,000-90,200,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:42 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:30 PM Local Time
Player Break

The final three players have stepped out for a short break before three-handed play begins.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:25 PM Local Time
Loic Dobrigna Eliminated in 4th Place ($410,493)

Loic Dobrigna

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 8,000,000 before Loic Dobrigna shoved 56,500,000 from the next seat over. Not to be out done, Braxton Dunaway four-bet to around 100,000,000 and Rockowitz was forced out of the pot. Action was heads up and Dobrigna was at risk.

Loic Dobrigna:   
Braxton Dunaway:   

The board ran out       and Dunaway flopped a queen to send Dobrigna to the rail in fourth place for $410,493.

Braxton Dunaway244,700,00070,500,000
Jesse Rockowitz91,800,000-6,500,000
Colin Robinson79,500,0006,500,000
Loic Dobrigna0-63,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:03 PM Local Time
Blind-on-Blind Collision

Colin Robinson open-jammed for 35 million from the small blind and Braxton Dunaway called from the big blind.

Colin Robinson:   
Braxton Dunaway:   

Robinson had the superior ace and it held after the board ran out       to actually improve him to a full boat.

Braxton Dunaway174,200,000-18,000,000
Colin Robinson73,000,00034,500,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:00 PM Local Time
Dobrigna Chips Up With a Straight

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 6,000,000 from the button and Loic Dobrigna called from the big blind to see a flop of    .

Dobrigna check-called a 4,000,000 bet from Rockowitz and the turn was  .

Both players checked the turn to see   on the river. Dobrigna checked and then called when Rockowitz fired 8,500,000. Rockowitz tossed his hand in the muck when Dobrigna showed    to take the pot with the jack-high straight.

Jesse Rockowitz98,300,000-18,500,000
Loic Dobrigna63,000,000-5,500,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:55 PM Local Time
Nicholas Gerrity Eliminated in 5th Place ($313,297)

Nicholas Gerrity

Action folded to Nicholas Gerrity in the small blind and he moved all in for 30.9 million, which Jesse Rockowitz opted to call from the big blind.

Nicholas Gerrity:   
Jesse Rockowitz:   

It was a flip but Gerrity needed to improve to stay alive. That didn't happen though as the board instead ran out       to send him to the rail in fifth place.

Jesse Rockowitz116,800,00027,900,000
Nicholas Gerrity0-30,900,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander