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

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 to Friday, June 30, 2023

Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,501,875
  • Entries: 1,125
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 30, 2023 8:18 PM Local Time
"Can't Stop Kopp!" William Kopp Wins Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($259,549)

William Kopp

On Friday night, William Kopp bested a 1,125-player field and defeated Michael Rodrigues heads up in a one-sided match to claim his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet and the $259,549 first-place prize in Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

The Ohio native added to his $1 million in career-tournament earnings and joined his sister, Katie Kopp, who won the 2022 Casino Employees Event, as a WSOP bracelet winner. Today's victory marks Kopp's eighth cash of the series and his biggest cash to date.

"It feels really good, especially since my best friend won a bracelet this year and my sister won one last year," Kopp said when asked how he felt about his victory.

Kopp attributes part of his success to having a strong poker family.

"When we were growing up we were always about poker. We're pretty, my sister, and my mom. We all talk poker and help make each other better," Kopp said.

...a pair of lucky socks may also have helped, according to Kopp.

"It's the first time I wore my lucky socks in two years," Kopp explained. "The last time I wore them I had a big score too."

2023 WSOP Event #66 Final Table Results

1William KoppUnited States$259,549
2Michael RodriguesPortugal$160,418
3Mike LinsterUnited States$113,991
4Sterling SavillUnited States$82,104
5Joseph McCarthyUnited States$59,953
6Loni HuiUnited States$44,391
7John GoyetteUnited States$33,335
8Anthony ZinnoUnited States$25,394
9Aaron WallaceUnited States$19,627

Action of The Day

Day 3 began with a flurry of double-ups that saw Mike Linster, Anthony Zinno, and Philipp Krieger all double up through Kopp — more than halving his stack from the start of play. The escalating blinds kept forcing the action, however, and after Jorge Leon was knocked out early, Kopp was able to quickly rebound through the eliminations of both Krieger and Yuval Bronshtein to retake the chip lead and reduce the field down to a final table.

Wallace fell in ninth place in short order after getting his aces cracked by Kopp and Zinno quickly followed suit after bricking with a pair and a flush draw against Kopp's top pair.

Despite entering the final table second in chips, John Goyette hit a bad run that saw both Linster and Joseph McCarthy double up through him to leave him short-stacked. Goyette would end up running into McCarthy's aces and failing to improve to bow out in seventh place.

McCarthy and two-time bracelet winner Loni Hui, who had been nursing short stacks for much of the day, managed to hold on for multiple pay jumps before exiting in sixth and fifth place respectively.

Four-handed play saw momentum shift massively in Rodrigues' favor after he managed to double through Kopp and take the chip lead. Rodrigues continued his ascension by eliminating Sterling Savill in fourth place, at which point Rodrigues held more than half the chips in play.

Kopp wouldn't be denied, however, as he gained a much-needed chip boost after knocking Linster out in third in a pot where Linster's low was counterfeited by a running two pair that left him second best.

Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues

Kopp began his heads-up duel against Rodrigues with a fairly significant chip deficit but was quickly able to grind Rodrigues' stack down with relentless aggression. A key turning point occurred when Kopp quartered Rodrigues with a six-high straight and nut low — giving Kopp an over two-to-one chip advantage. Just a few hands later, Rodrigues made his last stand with a flopped flush draw that ended up bricking out against Kopp's Broadway straight to end the tournament.

That's a wrap for PokerNews coverage of Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better here at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Be sure to check out our live-reporting hub for continuing coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Friday, June 30, 2023 7:12 PM Local Time
Michael Rodrigues Eliminated in 2nd Place ($160,418)

Michael Rodrigues

In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Michael Rodrigues limped on the button and William Kopp raised to 600,000. Rodrigues then reraised to 1,800,000 and Kopp called.

The flop came     and Kopp bet pot, which was enough to put Rodrigues all in. Rodrigues called and hands were revealed.

Michael Rodrigues:     
William Kopp:     

The board ran out       — giving Kopp broadway and eliminating Rodrigues in second place.

William Kopp28,100,0007,800,000
Michael Rodrigues0-7,800,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 7:08 PM Local Time
"Can't Stop Kopp"

That's the cheer that's been going out from William Kopp's boisterous rail which has now seen their man take firm control of this heads-up match.

Michael Rodrigues raised to 600,000 and got a call from Kopp to see a flop of    . The players checked to see the   on the turn.

Fireworks began on the turn as Kopp check-raised a 700,000 chip bet from Rodrigues to 2,400,000. His Portuguese opponent made the call.

On the   river, Kopp bet the pot, 6,200,000 and got called by Rodrigues.

Kopp showed      for a wheel and a six-high straight as well, while Rodrigues showed      for a wheel to get quartered by Kopp.

William Kopp20,300,0004,500,000
Michael Rodrigues7,800,000-4,500,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:54 PM Local Time
Kopp Takes The Lead

William Kopp has taken down a series of small pots to take the lead over Michael Rodrigues.

In a recent pot, Rodrigues limped on the button and Kopp raised to 600,000. Rodrigues called.

The flop came     and Kopp continued for 500,000. Rodrigues again called.

Kopp fired 1,500,000 into the middle when the   fell on the turn and Rodrigues folded as momentum continues to shift in Kopp's favor.

William Kopp15,800,0003,400,000
Michael Rodrigues12,300,000-3,400,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:48 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:46 PM Local Time
Kopp Catching Up

William Kopp

William Kopp has cut into Michael Rodrigues' chip lead with a pair of recent pots.

First, after a limp from Rodrigues, Kopp raised to 400,000 and got called.

On the     flop, Kopp bet 500,000 and got a call from Rodrigues.

The   fell on the turn, and Kopp kept firing, this time for 1,500,000. Rodrigues folded his hand to send the pot across the table.

Shortly after, Rodrigues raised to 400,000 and got a call from Kopp.

The flop came     and Kopp check-called a bet from Rodrigues.

The players checked the   turn, but on the   river, Kopp led for 800,000 and got another fold from Rodrigues.

Michael Rodrigues15,700,000-2,000,000
William Kopp12,400,0002,000,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:38 PM Local Time
Heads up

William Kopp and Michael Rodrigues are now heads-up for the bracelet and $259,549 first-place prize.

Rodrigues enters battle with a sizable chip lead over Kopp with 17.7 million to Kopp's 10.4 million.

Michael Rodrigues17,700,000350,000
William Kopp10,400,0000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:33 PM Local Time
Mike Linster Eliminated in 3rd Place ($113,991)

Mike Linster

William Kopp opened to 400,000 on the button and was called by Mike Linster in the big blind.

Linster checked to Kopp on the     flop and he bet 400,000. Linster then made a pot-sized raise all in and Kopp called to put Linster at risk.

Mike Linster:     
William Kopp:     

The board ran out   turn and the   river left Kopp best with aces-up and Linster was eliminated in third place.

William Kopp10,400,0003,400,000
Mike Linster0-3,805,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:19 PM Local Time
Sterling Savill Eliminated in 4th Place ($82,104)

Sterling Savill

Sterling Savill raised to 325,000 in the cutoff and was met with a three-bet to 1,155,000 on the button by Mike Linster. William Kopp folded in the small blind and Michael Rodrigues then cold-called from the big blind.

With just under 1,500,000 total, Savill debated briefly and then made the call, leaving himself just 300,000 behind.

On the     flop, Rodrigues led out for pot, 5,375,000, which sent Linster to bolt out of his seat. Savill called off his last 300,000, and a visibly frustrated Linster folded his      face up, leaving Savill's fate to Rodrigues.

Sterling Savill:     
Michael Rodrigues:     

Savill was drawing very thin, and after the   on the turn gave Rodrigues his nut flush, the   on the river was meaningless, sending Savill to the rail in third place.

Michael Rodrigues17,350,0002,850,000
William Kopp7,000,000950,000
Mike Linster3,805,000-1,490,000
Sterling Savill0-2,200,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 6:04 PM Local Time
Savill Doubles Through Rodrigues

Action folded around to the blinds, where Michael Rodrigues raised pot to 480,000 and Sterling Savill three-bet all in for his remaining stack. Rodrigues called and hands were revealed.

Sterling Savill:     
Michael Rodrigues:     

The     flop gave Savill the nuts and the   turn and   river sealed the deal for Savill, who doubled up through Rodrigues.

Michael Rodrigues14,500,000-1,100,000
Sterling Savill2,200,000775,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:55 PM Local Time
Savill Battling With His Short Stack

Sterling Savill has quite a hike to catch up to his remaining opponents, but he is trying to move his chips in the right direction, while chip leader Michael Rodrigues is doing his best to prevent it.

After quartering Rodrigues to take a small but important pot, Savill was on the button when he called a raise to 400,000 from Rodrigues in the cutoff.

The duo saw a flop of     which Rodrigues bet the pot on. Savill opted to fold at this point and send back most of the chips he'd won from Rodrigues just a few minutes earlier.

Michael Rodrigues15,600,000100,000
Sterling Savill1,425,000155,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:42 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:34 PM Local Time
Break Time

The final four players have been sent on their second break of the day.

In the final hand before break, Mike Linster picked off a 400,000 chip river bluff from William Kopp to squeeze closer to Kopp who is now a distant second in chips behind Michael Rodrigues.

Sterling Savill will return from break at the distinct short stack remaining.

Michael Rodrigues15,500,000200,000
William Kopp6,050,000-550,000
Mike Linster5,295,000-80,000
Sterling Savill1,270,00020,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:33 PM Local Time
Rodrigues Gets More From Kopp

Michael Rodrigues raised to 350,000 under the gun and was called by Sterling Savill on the button and William Kopp in the big blind.

Everyone checked on the     flop and then Kopp bet 800,000 on the   turn. Only Rodrigues called.

The   completed the board and Kopp check-called a 2,000,000 bet from Rodrigues, who showed      for a flush and the nut low. It was best against the      of Kopp and Rodrigues scooped the pot.

Michael Rodrigues15,300,0004,030,000
William Kopp6,600,000-4,400,000
Sterling Savill1,250,000-350,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:29 PM Local Time
Savill Doubles Through Kopp

Sterling Savill raised pot to 420,000 and action folded around to William Kopp in the small blind, who raised to 850,000. Action folded back to Savill, who called all in for his remaining stack.

Sterling Savill:     
William Kopp:     

The       runout left Savill best with two pair and he doubled up through Kopp.

William Kopp11,000,000450,000
Sterling Savill1,600,000-150,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:20 PM Local Time
Rodrigues Doubles Through Kopp Into Chip Lead

Michael Rodrigues

Mike Linster in the big blind, William Kopp under the gun, and Michael Rodrigues each committed 300,000 chips to see a flop of    .

After a check from Linster, Kopp bet 350,000 which got a call from Rodrigues but a fold from Linster.

On the   turn, Kopp kept coming with a bet of 1,000,000. Again Rodrigues called, setting up the river  .

Kopp now checked and Rodrigues shoved his remaining 3,615,000 stack into the middle.

Kopp thought for a couple of minutes and then made the call.

Rodrigues showed      for a full house of eights full of aces. Kopp showed      for an inferior full house of eights full of nines, sending a massive pot to Rodrigues who takes over the chip lead with that win.

Michael Rodrigues11,270,0005,120,000
William Kopp10,550,000-5,450,000
Mike Linster5,375,000-300,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 5:12 PM Local Time
Joseph McCarthy Eliminated in 5th Place ($59,953)

Joseph McCarthy

After a raise from Mike Linster to 250,000 from under the gun, William Kopp made it 930,000 to go from the cutoff.

Joseph McCarthy was left to a decision for his remaining 405,000 in the small blind, and after a minute or so of thought, he moved all in.

Linster folded and left McCarthy's fate to the chip leader.

Joseph McCarthy:     
William Kopp:     

McCarthy told his rail that he had diamonds working for him, with the     flop bringing him one along with a gutshot Broadway draw.

His flush draw got closer with the   turn, but the   on the river brought him no further help, keeping Kopp's aces ahead to eliminate McCarthy.

William Kopp16,000,0001,500,000
Mike Linster5,675,000-225,000
Joseph McCarthy0-2,275,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 4:55 PM Local Time
Kopp Continues to Climb

William Kopp raised to 250,000 first-to-act and was called by Mike Linster in the big blind.

Linster check-called a 300,000 bet from Kopp on the     flop, but check-folded facing a 900,000 bet from Kopp on   turn and Kopp added to his ever-growing stack.

William Kopp14,500,000850,000
Mike Linster5,900,000-400,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 4:50 PM Local Time
Loni Hui Eliminated in 6th Place ($44,391)

Loni Hui

A pair of notable hands have led to the elimination of Loni Hui.

First, after limping under the gun, she called a raise to 500,000 from Michael Rodrigues on the button.

Hui called to see a flop of    , then checked and faced a pot-sized bet of 1,380,000 from Rodrigues which barely covered Hui's stack.

Hui opted to fold and choose to fight at another time.

That time came in the following hand, as after a raise to 420,000 from William Kopp under the gun, Hui called in the big blind.

On the     flop, Hui moved all in for her last 710,000. Kopp called and Hui was at risk.

Loni Hui:     
William Kopp:     

Hui's top pair of queens trailed Kopp's kings. The   on the turn gave Hui hope for a low with her ace-deuce, though it did give Kopp an added flush draw.

The   on the river ended Hui's day, giving Kopp a winning set of kings to extend his significant chip lead.

William Kopp13,650,0001,450,000
Michael Rodrigues6,150,000850,000
Loni Hui0-2,000,000
Friday, June 30, 2023 4:40 PM Local Time
The Chad & Jesse Poker Show Episode #9: Japanese Vlogging Superstar Masato Yokosawa

On the latest The Chad & Jesse Poker Show straight from the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen welcome renowned Japanese vlogger Masato Yokosawa, AKA "World Wide Yokosawa."

While players in the United States might think folks like Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme has the biggest vlog followings in the world, that distinction actually belongs to Masato, who regularly clears 600K views on each of his vlogs!

The Japanese vlogging sensation opens up about his start in poker, what inspired him to start a vlog, and how he's managed to turn it into a smashing success with the help of a creative team. He also talks about his desire to win a WSOP gold bracelet, how Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are perceived in his home country, and what the future looks like for poker in Japan.

Chad and Jesse then do a new "Calling the Clock" segment in which they offer quick two-minute dialogues for topics on "The Board."

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