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

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 to Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Event #46: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $2,243,640
  • Entries: 5,342
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:24 PM Local Time
Jay Lockett Emerges Victorious in Event #46: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout

Jay Lockett

Event #46: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout at the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas attracted an enormous field of 5,342 runners, all hoping to capture a WSOP gold bracelet.

The majority of those hopefuls fell by the wayside on Day 1, with just 241 advancing to the second and final day. On Day 2 after nearly 12-hours of play, Austin, Texas native Jay Lockett was the only one left standing, having defeated Benson Tang in a short lived heads-up match to claim the $262,526 first place prize and the honor of being able to call himself a bracelet winner.

Incredibly, this was Lockett's second ever live tournament cash, with his only other score a $1,900 prize for cashing in the $600 Deepstack event at the 2021 WSOP.

"This wasn't supposed to happen" an emotional Lockett said after the win. "I was dead money coming in...this is amazing. You have to run so hot. I had quads twice at the final table. I had ace-queen that ended up beating ace-king earlier" he continued. Although luck was certainly on his side, in the end Lockett made a number of plays to help him get over the edge and is a deserving winner.

Event #46: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Final Table Results

1Jay LockettUnited States$262,526
2Benson TangUnited States$162,207
3Diego AcquilaArgentina$121,085
4Matthew ThomUnited States$91,066
5Muaaz GaniSouth Africa$69,007
6Byambajav BandiUnited States$52,690
7Shannon BooneUnited States$40,540
8David HirstAustralia$31,433
9Ibrahim TarimTurkey$24,562

Coming into the day, the average stack depth was at a shallow 25 big blinds and only got shorter from there. As a result, action was fast and furious with the final table of nine set after only eight hours. Nicholas Ronalds was the unfortunate player to fall just shy of that mark after losing a classic race with queens against the big slick of Muaaz Gani.

Final Table Action

Ibrahim Tarim was a short stack for much of the latter stages of the day so it was not surprising to see him fall first at the final table when his pair of threes came up short against Benson's sixes.

Next to go was Australian David Hirst, who only entered the event after the airline he was traveling on lost his luggage. Unlike Steve O'Dwyer, it is likely he will not be too upset with those responsible for the misplaced items.

Shannon Boone
Shannon Boone

The last woman standing, Shannon Boone, fell in seventh place after getting it in on the flop with a flush draw against Benson's sevens but failing to connect.

Byambajav Bandi demonstrated a good deal of patience while making several pay jumps but did end up hitting the rail with his top pair outkicked by Gani.

It was Gani who was next to be sent to the payout desk when his fours were crushed by the sixes of Lockett. Not long after, Matthew Thom hit the showers in fourth place, his flopped top pair outdrawn by Tang, who at that point had started to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Diego Acquila had quietly stuck around, avoiding big pots for the most part and as a result was able to lock up a six-figure score by making it to three-handed play. His luck did run out when a seemingly invincible Lockett went runner-runner to make a straight. That elimination setup a heads-up showdown between Lockett and Tang, with the former, courtesy of making quads against Tang a few hands earlier, entering with a 2:1 chiplead.

Benson Tang
Benson Tang

It did not take long for Lockett to prevail when Tang bricked on straight and flush draws against Lockett's pair. Although he will no doubt be disappointed at coming up just short, Tang does walk away with $156,773, not bad for a $500 investment.

Lockett, meanwhile, was left with a look of disbelief at his incredible accomplishment. Congratulations to Jay Lockett on winning Event #46: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout! Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as its live reporting team continues to provide comprehensive coverage of all bracelet events at the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:39 PM Local Time
Benson Tang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($156,773)

Benson Tang

On a board reading    , Benson Tang was facing a bet of 5,000,000 from Jay Lockett. Tang did his signature move by standing up and declaring himself all in. After some time Lockett made the call and Tang saw some bad news.

Benson Tang:   
Jay Lockett:   

Both players had an open-ended straight draw, but Lockett had a pair to go with it. When the   turned, Tang was rooting for a club to come, as it was his only chance to scoop. When the   hit the river, Lockett burst into celebration this time, knowing he had just locked up the gold bracelet.

Congratulations to Benson Tang who had a spectacular run in this massive field.

Jay Lockett133,550,00040,000,000
Benson Tang0-40,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:29 PM Local Time
Lockett Pulling Away

Benson Tang limped on the button and Jay Lockett checked his option in the big blind.

Lockett checked on the     flop and then called when Tang bet.

Action checked through the   turn to the   river at which point Lockett counted out a bet of 10,000,000. Tang quickly called but was forced to concede the pot after Lockett turned over    for trips.

Jay Lockett93,550,00023,550,000
Benson Tang40,000,000-12,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:22 PM Local Time
Diego Acquila Eliminated in 3rd Place ($121,085)

Diego Acquila

Diego Acquila moved all-in with the shortest stack at the table and was called by Jay Lockett in the big blind.

Diego Acquila:   
Jay Lockett:   

Acquila would need to catch up, which is what he did on the    , but the   turn would give additional outs to Lockett and one of those outs hit the river in the form of the  , to make Lockett a straight and send Acquila home with a six-figure pay-day.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:21 PM Local Time
Lockett Doubles With Quads

Benson Tang opened on the button and was called by Jay Lockett in the big blind.

Lockett checked on the     flop before calling a 2,000,000 continuation from Benson.

Action checked through the   turn to the   river at which point Lockett moved all in. Benson snapped it off, showing    for a full house but could not beat the    of Lockett, who has enjoyed two profitable hands with quads in the space of half an hour.

Jay Lockett70,000,00032,000,000
Benson Tang52,000,000-27,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:18 PM Local Time
Matthew Thom Eliminated in 4th Place ($91,066)

Matthew Thom

Matthew Thom went all in and Benson Tang stood up and animatedly made the call. The blind folded and Thom was at risk.

Matthew Thom:   
Benson Tang:   

Thom saw the bad news but his two live cards still had a decent chance. The     flop pulled Thom ahead but Tang was tenaciously calling for an ace, but when the   turned, he added a ten or an ace to his chant. The poker gods obliged and a   peeled off the river, giving Tang trips to beat Thom's pair of kings.

Jay Lockett and Diego Acquila shook Thom's hand while Tang celebrated the river.

Benson Tang79,000,00018,000,000
Matthew Thom0-18,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:13 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 9:04 PM Local Time
Lockett Makes Quads

Jay Lockett opened to 3,500,000 from under the gun and was called by Benson Tang on the button.

Lockett checked following the     flop and then called after Tang bet 1,500,000.

The   turn saw Lockett check again before once more calling when Tang fired another barrel of 1,800,000.

Action went check-check on the   river and Lockett tabled    for rivered quads to take down the pot.

Benson Tang61,000,000-2,000,000
Jay Lockett38,000,00012,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:53 PM Local Time
Tang Extends Chip Lead

Benson Tang

Benson Tang raised to 3,200,000 from early position and was called by Matthew Thom in the small blind and Jay Lockett in the big blind.

Both Thom and Lockett check-folded to a bet from Tang for 2,700,000 on a     flop.

Benson Tang63,000,0001,000,000
Jay Lockett26,000,000-9,500,000
Matthew Thom24,000,000-3,500,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:45 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,000,000/1,500,000
Ante: 1,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:43 PM Local Time
Muaaz Gani Eliminated in 5th Place ($69,007)

Muaaz Gani

Benson Tang opened to 2,500,000 from under the gun before Muaaz Gani moved all in from the cutoff for around 9,000,000. Jay Lockett then called in the big blind with Tang getting out of the way.

Muaaz Gani:   
Jay Lockett:   

Gani was in bad shape and things only got worse after the     flop. The   turn confirmed Gani's exit in 5th place prior to the   river.

Benson Tang62,000,0002,700,000
Jay Lockett35,500,00019,500,000
Muaaz Gani0-26,200,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:40 PM Local Time
PN Podcast: Martin Kabrhel Drama at 2023 WSOP; Guests Andrew Neeme & Brad Owen

On the latest PokerNews Podcast episode, Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen continue The Chad & Jesse Poker Show straight from the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

They are joined by World Poker Tour (WPT) Ambassadors Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen, who open up about how their respective vlogs helped them build their poker careers. They also discuss upcoming WPT initiatives and play a little game where we quiz them on "who said it?" regarding quotes from their first-ever vlogs.

Chad and Jesse also breakdown the big frame coming out of the 2023 WSOP, which is the antics of Martin Kabrhel in the $250K High Roller. Some top pros have accused him of behaving inappropriately, with some even suggesting he could be cheating. We share some some clips and hear from players on the ground during the event. What are your thoughts on the situation?

Click here to listen to the new PN Podcast!

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:25 PM Local Time
Byambajav Bandi Eliminated in 6th Place ($52,690)

Byambajav Bandi

Byambajav Bandi went all in for just over 4,000,000 and when it folded around to Muaaz Gani, he isolated it by going all in himself.

Byambajav Bandi:   
Muaaz Gani:   

The board ran out     , making both players top pair, but Bandi had kicker problems and only a nine could save him. The   brought his tremendous tournament run to an end and he was sent to the payouts.

Muaaz Gani26,200,0004,200,000
Byambajav Bandi0-4,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:13 PM Local Time
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:04 PM Local Time
Final Table Chip Counts Heading Into the Break
Benson Tang59,300,000300,000
Matthew Thom27,500,0005,600,000
Muaaz Gani22,000,000-2,000,000
Jay Lockett16,000,0006,500,000
Diego Acquila7,200,000-8,300,000
Byambajav Bandi4,000,000-1,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7:59 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining players have gone on a 15-minute break. All eyes are on the gold bracelet and the $262,526 that go along with it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7:59 PM Local Time
Shannon Boone Eliminated in 7th Place ($40,540)

Shannon Boone

Benson Tang opened to 2,575,000 from middle position and was called by Shannon Boone in the big blind.

Boone thought for some time following the     flop before deciding to move all in. Tang did not immediately call but ended up committing chips to put Boone at risk.

Shannon Boone:   
Benson Tang:   

Tang was ahead but Boone did have many outs. The   turn was a blank with the   river confirming Boone's exit in 7th place.

Benson Tang59,000,00025,000,000
Shannon Boone0-15,500,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7:56 PM Local Time
David Hirst Eliminated in 8th Place ($31,433)

David Hirst

David Hirst went all in from early position and was isolated by Matthew Thom two seats to his right.

David Hirst:   
Matthew Thom:   

Hirst's railed was on their feet and shouting for a queen before the dealer could put out the,    . the   didn't change it and their wishes came up empty when the   rolled off on the river.

Thom is now amongst the chip leaders with only seven left.

Matthew Thom21,900,0004,400,000
David Hirst0-4,400,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7:49 PM Local Time
Boone Doubles Through Tang

Shannon Boone moved all-in from early position for 6,750,000 and was reluctantly called by Benson Tang.

Shannon Boone:   
Benson Tang:   

Tang had the slight lead going into the flop, but the     flop would put Boone way out front and the   turn and   river would give Boone the full double.

Benson Tang34,000,000-12,500,000
Shannon Boone15,500,0009,000,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7:43 PM Local Time
Ibrahim Tarim Eliminated in 9th Place ($24,562)

Ibrahim Tarim

Picking up the action on the flop, Ibrahim Tarim on the button was involved in a hand with Benson Tang in the big blind. With the board reading     Tang led out for 3,000,000. Tarim responded by moving all in with Tang quickly calling with the covering stack.

Ibrahim Tarim:   
Benson Tang:   

Tang was ahead with his better pair and held on the    runout to send Tarim to the payout desk in 9th place.

Benson Tang46,500,0005,500,000
Ibrahim Tarim0-6,200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander