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

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 to Thursday, June 29, 2023

Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,771,460
  • Entries: 2,076
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 30, 2023 11:36 PM Local Time
David Simon Emerges Victorious in Battle of Davids to Win Maiden Bracelet in $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon

Prior to today, David Simon had six cashes in the 2023 World Series of Poker. His seventh comes with an incredible bonus - the title of WSOP bracelet winner. Simon outlasted a field of 2,076 entrants, four days of play, and a grueling heads-up battle against bracelet winner David Prociak to win $410,659 and his maiden bracelet in Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha.

Simon, whose best cash prior to today was $18,158 in 2019, was confident but in disbelief as he spoke with PokerNews. "I've played with a lot of people who have always been super positive with me and just been like, 'It's gonna happen for you at some point,'" said Simon. "I don't know if I myself really believed that, but during this event in particular I just felt incredibly calm and locked in."

Simon moments after winning.
Simon moments after winning.

The new champion, who lives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, is cognizant of the effect this win has on his poker career. "I think I've just gained so much confidence throughout this tournament and felt like I could actually hang in this event," said Simon. "To have a result like this is - not so much validation or anything, because I've never really put myself on that level - but it definitely just increases my confidence level and makes me so thankful for all my friends and family who have been so into everything that I've been doing."

Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1David SimonUnited States$410,659
2David ProciakUnited States$253,821
3Eric PfenningUnited States$185,630
4Eran CarmiIsrael$137,058
5Tsuf SaltsbergIsrael$102,173
6Robert MizrachiUnited States$76,910
7Upeshka De SilvaUnited States$58,464
8Guofeng WangChina$44,884

Final Five Action

The final five players returned to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas for an unscheduled Day 4, which was streamed on PokerGO. Tsuf Saltsberg was the first to fall when his top pair fell to the flopped set of Prociak in No-Limit Hold'em.

Day 2 chipleader Eran Carmi departed shortly thereafter in fourth place. Carmi, out of Tel Aviv, Israel, was unable to complete his draws in Pot-Limit Omaha against Simon's flopped straight.

Eric Pfenning was out next, finishing in third place. Pfenning lost most of his chips when his ace-queen doubled up Simon's ace-king, and Prociak ended his day when he flopped two pair against Pfenning's ace high.

Heads-up Play
Heads-up Play

Heads-Up Play

The David versus David matchup initially felt like David versus Goliath, with Prociak serving as the giant. He entered heads-up play with nearly a two-to-one chip advantage, and the 2016 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better champion seemed primed to win a second bracelet. He attacked Simon relentlessly, and seemingly saw through the majority of his opponent's bluffs.

Simon found himself all in for his last 8,800,000 in Pot-Limit Omaha. Prociak had a set of tens, and Simon would need to find a flush or straight on the river. A jack of hearts was his salvation, completing his flush and doubling him up. From there, Simon began to grind.

"I think that honestly, David (Prociak) is a better player than I am," said Simon. "I know he's a better PLO player than I am, for sure. I didn't really want to try to mix it up with him in PLO too much. Obviously, once we're heads up then that's out the window. I was thinking that I was going to try to make him uncomfortable by playing bigger pots than he would probably want to. 'Cause I think that, in his mind, he had the advantage heads up - and I think he had every reason to think that way - so I made some bigger bets at the very beginning of heads up just to kind of put that fear in him a little bit."

Runner-up David Prociak
Runner-up David Prociak

"I don't know if that played a part or not," Simon continued, "but once I doubled up I just felt super locked in, just each hand is like 'Alright, this seems like the decision to make on this street' - do it, you know? There are times where I've played and I'm like 'Oh, this would probably be the thing to do at this moment' but I don't necessarily always follow through with it. Today, I was just like, 'Whatever you think is the right move here, just do it, and whatever happens is gonna happen.'"

Simon's play after doubling up enabled him to slowly chip away at Prociak's stack. Within 45 minutes, he had taken over the chip lead. Prociak regained the lead for a time, but Simon continued to win hand after hand. The final hand came in Pot-Limit Omaha. Prociak got his chips in the middle before he flopped a flush draw, but Simon turned a pair that held up. Prociak's day ended one spot short of where he had hoped, but his incredible run still netted him over a quarter of a million dollars.

What's next for the new champion?

"It seems like I'm going to be playing the Main Event at this point," he laughed. "My poker life is going to remain very much the same as it has been. I'm going to be here for another couple of weeks, play the Main Event, play some other stuff - gonna go to New Jersey, gonna see my family and hang out with my friends, who have been amazing. I have incredible family and friends that I just want to say thank you to them for everything that they've ever done for me. Then I'm probably going back to Kauai towards the end of the summer and get back into the cash game mix. There's a lot of cash that's going to be coming back to the ecosystem in Kauai."

This concludes PokerNews' coverage of Event #62: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha. Keep it tuned in here for continuing coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Friday, June 30, 2023 10:03 PM Local Time
David Prociak Eliminated in 2nd Place ($253,821)

David Prociak

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Prociak raised off his short stack to 2,400,000 and David Simon reraised enough to put his opponent at risk. Prociak made the quick call and the cards were turned up.

David Prociak:     
David Simon:     

Prociak found a flush draw on the     flop, but Simon found a pair on the   turn.

The   river gave Simon a straight to take it down, eliminating Prociak in second place.

David Simon51,900,0006,300,000
David Prociak0-6,300,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:56 PM Local Time
Prociak Short Again

No-Limit Hold'em

David Simon raised to 1,600,000 on the button with    and David Prociak defended his big blind with   .

Prociak checked the     flop, taking very time to fold his hand after Simon continued for 1,000,000.

David Simon45,600,0006,700,000
David Prociak6,300,000-6,700,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:46 PM Local Time
Simon Regains His Ground

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon opened to 2,000,000 on the button with      and David Prociak called on the button with     .

The flop of     saw Prociak check and make the call when Simon continued for 2,800,000.

Prociak checked the   turn before Simon slide a bet of 10,200,000 into the middle. Prociak considered his options for a moment but mucked his cards, as Simon regained his large chip advantage.

David Simon38,900,0006,000,000
David Prociak13,000,000-6,000,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:39 PM Local Time
Prociak Turns a Double

David Prociak

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon limped on the button before David Prociak raised to 2,400,000 in the big blind. Simon called to see the     flop, where Prociak announced pot and all of the chips moved into the middle.

David Prociak:     
David Simon:     

Prociak was looking for help with his overpair and a flush draw, seeing it immediately on the   turn. Simon was drawing dead before the   completed the board, as Prociak found the double-up.

David Simon32,900,000-9,100,000
David Prociak19,000,0009,100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:34 PM Local Time
Simon Starts Shoving

No-Limit Hold'em

David Simon has turned up the pressure with his chip lead during this No-Limit Hold'em round, moving all in three times in a span of four hands on David Prociak.

Prociak folded each time, along with folding on the button once to fall below 10,000,000 chips for the first time today.

David Simon42,000,0004,400,000
David Prociak9,900,000-4,400,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:27 PM Local Time
Simon Sees Value

final table featur main room horseshoe heads up David Simon David Prociak

No-Limit Hold'em

David Prociak raised to 1,800,000 with    and David Simon defended his big blind with    to see the     flop.

Simon checked and made the call when Prociak continued for 1,400,000. The   turn saw both players check, with Simon leading out for 3,200,000 on the   river.

Prociak took his time and made the call, seeing the bad news when Simon turned over his winning two pair.

David Simon37,600,0006,400,000
David Prociak14,300,000-6,400,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:16 PM Local Time
Simon Catches Prociak Speeding

No-Limit Hold'em

David Simon raised to 1,800,000 on the button with    before David Prociak announced a three-bet to 5,800,000 with   .

Simon took a few minutes before moving all in, producing an immediate fold from Prociak to increase his chip disadvantage.

David Simon31,200,0005,050,000
David Prociak20,700,000-5,075,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:12 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:08 PM Local Time
Break Time!

After David Simon took down a small pot, he and David Prociak are on a short break.

David Simon26,150,0001,200,000
David Prociak25,775,000-1,200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 30, 2023 9:03 PM Local Time
Prociak Back in the Lead

David Prociak raised to 1,500,000 with     . David Simon made the call holding     .

The flop came    , giving Prociak a full house. Both players checked.

The turn brought the  , giving Simon a futile flush draw. He checked to Prociak, who bet 1,300,000. Simon folded, and Prociak regained the chip lead.

David Prociak26,975,0002,100,000
David Simon24,950,000-2,100,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:59 PM Local Time
Prociak Pressures Simon

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon raised to 1,400,000 with      on the button and saw a call from David Prociak with      in the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop before Prociak led out for 1,500,000 on the   turn. Simon called to see the   river, where Prociak fired again for 4,700,000.

Simon took some time before mucking his hand, as Prociak picked up a key pot.

David Simon27,050,000600,000
David Prociak24,875,000-600,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:52 PM Local Time
Simon Takes Chip Lead

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Prociak limped with     , with Simon checking his option with     .

The flop came    , and Simon checked to Prociak. Prociak tossed out a bet of 700,000. Simon shuffled his chips for nearly a minute before raising to 2,400,000. Prociak quickly folded.

After winning this hand, Simon has taken the chip lead for the first time.

David Simon26,450,0001,300,000
David Prociak25,475,000-1,300,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:45 PM Local Time
Simon Makes "Curious" Call

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon opened to 1,400,000 with      and David Prociak called on the button with     .

Prociak checked the     flop and Simon followed to the   turn.

Prociak checked his two pair again, with Simon also tapping the table to the   river.

Prociak led out for 950,000 and Simon said "I'm curious" as he tossed in the call while turning over the winning hand. That pot left Simon almost even in chips with Prociak.

David Prociak26,775,000-2,050,000
David Simon25,150,0002,050,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:37 PM Local Time
Simon Inches Closer

David Prociak raised to 1,400,000 with   . David Simon, after a moment, reraised to 3,800,000 with   . Prociak made the call.

The flop came    . Simon continued his aggression, betting 2,500,000. Prociak was unable to continue, and Simon continued to close the gap.

David Prociak28,825,000-3,800,000
David Simon23,100,0003,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:30 PM Local Time
Prociak Restores his Advantage

No-Limit Hold'em

David Simon raised to 1,400,000 with    on the button and David Prociak defending his big blind with   .

Prociak checked the     flop and called when Simon continued for 600,000. Prociak called and checked again on the   turn.

Simon fired another bet of 2,800,000 and Prociak called before seeing the   river. Both players checked and Prociak opened up a sizeable lead after showing his trip kings.

David Prociak32,625,0001,000,000
David Simon19,300,000-1,000,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:17 PM Local Time
Simon Takes More From Prociak

David Prociak limped with      before David Simon raised to 1,600,000 with     . Prociak made the call.

The flop came    , and Simon checked. Prociak put out 2,300,000, with Simon choosing to call.

The turn brought the  , improving Prociak's hand but keeping him far behind his opponent. Action was checked to him, and he checked back.

Both players checked the   river, and Simon took down the pot with his aces.

David Prociak31,625,000-2,100,000
David Simon20,300,0002,100,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:08 PM Local Time
Simon Doubles Through Prociak

Heads-Up Play

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Simon raised to 1,400,000, and David Prociak made the call.

The flop came    , and Prociak checked. Simon bet 1,500,000, Prociak reraised pot, and Simon made the call.

David Simon:     
David Prociak:     

Prociak flopped a set, while Simon had a flush and straight draws.

The turn came  , giving Simon a second flush draw. The   hit the river, doubling Simon up and continuing heads-up play.

David Prociak33,725,000-10,000,000
David Simon18,200,00010,000,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:02 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 8:00 PM Local Time
Prociak Calls Simon's Bluff

No-Limit Hold'em

David Simon raised to 1,200,000 with    on the button and David Prociak made the call with    on the button.

Prociak checked the     flop and called a continuation bet of 500,000 from Simon. The action repeated on the   turn, with Simon betting 900,000 and Prociak check-calling.

The   river saw Prociak check once more, with Simon taking his time before firing 3,100,000 with ace-high. Prociak made the call with his two pair, taking his largest lead of the heads-up battle.

David Prociak43,725,0009,450,000
David Simon8,200,000-9,450,000
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