Tuesday, July 4, 2023 12:18 AM Local Time
Moshe Refaelowitz Fulfils a Promise to His Wife; Wins Event #70: $400 Colossus
Moshe Refaelowitz was left standing atop a mountain of chips at the end of Event #70: $400 Colossus of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas after defeating one Dae Woong Song just two hands after their last break. After max late registering on Day 1, Refaelowitz was able to spin his stack up, maintaining a steady composure throughout all three grueling days.
Event #70: $400 Colossus Final Table Results
|2||Dae Woong Song||South Korea||$300,410|
|4||Darrick Arreola||United States||$165,180|
|5||David Danlag||United States||$126,830|
|7||Nikhil Nair||United States||$76,130|
|8||William Ackerman||United States||$59,510|
|9||Colin Robinson||United States||$46,800|
Refaelowitz is based out of Miami, Florida but represents his Israeli heritage. A competitor through and through, Refaelowitz used to be on Israel's national football team as a safety and receiver, but poker has been his main focus as of late.
When asked about how it felt to win his first bracelet, Refaelowitz had this to say: "I feel amazing, I'm overwhelmed. It's a dream come true and I'm grateful".
This is only his second year coming to the World Series, but last year he made it all the way to Day 6 of the Main Event, so he's no stranger to the long days of competition. He had a nice boon at the Wynn's $2,200 Mystery Bounty to start his trip to Vegas when he pulled a $50,000 bounty on Day 2. He actually hadn't planned on playing the Colossus but registered on a whim.
Refaelowitz went on to dedicate this bracelet to his wife, who has wholeheartedly supported him in his dreams to compete professionally at this beloved card game. PokerNews spoke with him just before the end of the dinner break, when there were still four players left, and he said that he had promised his wife he would come home with the hardware. Promise fulfilled; she was the first person he called when the last card was dealt.
Refaelowitz wasn't the only one who got a hefty reward for their deep run, as everyone at the final table got a rather handsome reward for their efforts, as they all got a significant portion of the $4,989,540 prize pool.
Day 2 and Day 3 Action
Plenty of notable players fought hard to make it into the money but fell short of the final table, including the likes of Kevin Martin, Benjamin Spragg, and five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham.
Day 3 saw four bracelet winners in contention for their second piece of poker gold, but James Dempsey, John Gorsuch, Jason Wheeler, and Ashkan Razavi all dropped off one by one.
Jesse Kertland, Day 3 start-of-the-day chip leader, wasn't able to keep his momentum going and ultimately fell in 25th place for $19,020. Darrick Arreola had a tremendous chip lead at the final three table redraw that ultimately carried him all the way to a final.
Final Table Action
Refaelowitz went into the final table with a significant chip leap, only closely trailed by Arreola. The latter was the first to draw blood when he eliminated Max Kingstone in tenth place ($37,020) with eight high.
Refaelowitz was next to draw blood when he made a straight against Colin Robinson to send him to the sidelines in ninth place.
Back and forth, Arreola took another player down when William Ackerman got it in as an underdog and was unable to find the miracle.
Nikhil Nair had quietly been accumulating chips throughout the day, defying his apparent lack of experience, as this was his first WSOP event this year and his third ever documented cash. Ultimately, his chips went to Pete Chen in a spot where they had opposing Broadway cards.
Jose Orozcogomez had a tremendous rail on his side, and when he did get the last of his chips in, he was a favorite but Refaelowitz caught a six to send him to the payouts in sixth place.
Chen started to catch fire and looked like he might run away with it after he woke up with queens in the big blind against a shove from David Danlag, who was sent packing in fifth when his threes couldn't improve.
Arreola's chip advantage quickly dissipated after a series of hands where he folded before the showdown but had committed chips either preflop or post-flop. Ultimately, he got short, and got it in bad against Refaelowitz who he had been saying for hours he couldn't win a hand against. Arreola was left settling for fourth place.
Chen, who has over $4,000,000 in lifetime tournament earnings, played with absolute precision but once he got short he was forced to take a risk against Refaelowitz that sent him out in third place.
Heads Up Play
Refaelowitz went into the heads-up battle with a monstrous stack, but Song was able to double through him early and even the scales. Several small pots went back and forth. Song had pulled ahead in chips about an hour after the dinner break and was put to a big decision by Refaelowitz, who later said this was an all in bluff.
Shortly after that, they went on a 15-minute break, and the tournament concluded almost immediately after their return, when Refaelowitz found the diamond he needed to eliminate Song.
That concludes PokerNews' coverage of the $400 Colossus, but keep your browser locked to us for the remainder of the 2023 WSOP, as our team is providing updates from all bracelet-awarding events.
Monday, July 3, 2023 10:28 PM Local Time
Dae Woong Song Eliminated in 2nd Place ($300,410)
Heads up to a flop of , Moshe Refaelowitz checked and Dae Woong Song placed a bet for 15,000,000, Refaelowitz responded with an all in. Song made the call and both players had quite the hand.
Dae Woong Song:
Song had top pair and top kicker and Refaelowitz had a pair to go along with his flush draw. The turn was the which improved Refaelowitz to a flush, but he still had to dodge a fourth diamond, as Song had the ace of diamonds.
It wasn't Song's time, though, as the rolled off the deck and ended his tournament with a runner-up finish for $300,410.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||636,000,000||256,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||0||-255,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 10:19 PM Local Time
Level 47 started
Monday, July 3, 2023 10:03 PM Local Time
Early Break Heads Up
The remaining two competitors have decided to take their break one level early.
The floor will coloring up and racing off the pink 500,000 chips.
The blinds will be 5,000,000/10,000,000 upon their return.
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:55 PM Local Time
Refaelowitz Gets One Through?
Dae Woong Song Limped the button. Moshe Refaelowitz then raised to 26,000,000 out of the big blind and Song called.
The flop landed and Refaelowitz led for 25,000,000. Song called again. The turn brought a and Refaelowitz led again for 48,000,000. Song snap called.
The river brought a and Refaelowitz went into the tank for a moment before jamming all in for his tournament life. Song went into the tank for over three minutes before laying it down.
Immediately, Refaelowitz acted as if he was wiping sweat off his brow as if to say he got a bluff through but we may never know.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||380,000,000||70,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||255,000,000||-70,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:51 PM Local Time
Song Takes the Lead
Dae Woong Song opened the button to 16,000,000. Moshe Refaelowitz called in the big blind and the players were off to a flop.
The flop landed and Refaelowitz check-called a 15,000,000 chip bet from Song. The turn brought in the flush with the and again Refaelowitz check-called a 25,000,000 bet from Song.
The river was a fairly blank and Refaelowitz checked once more. Song gathered a bet of 70,000,000 and stuck it in the middle. Refaelowitz went into the tank for almost a minute before putting in a chip for a call.
Song tabled for top set and Refaelowitz mucked. Song now holds the chip lead.
|Dae Woong Song||325,000,000||140,000,000 |
|Moshe Refaelowitz||310,000,000||-141,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:42 PM Local Time
Refaelowitz With a Chance to End It
Moshe Refaelowitz and Dae Woong Song literally got all the chips in the middle, with Song being at risk. Song's rail came to life when he needed them most.
Dae Woong Song:
Immediately, Song's rail started calling for an ace to secure his double and when the flop rolled, they began to shout, "Deuce wins!", while some were still rooting for an ace on the turn.
The rail burst into excitement when the peeled on the river, seemingly willed by them. Even Moshe Refaelowitz cracked a smile as his opponent doubled up - the excitement was pure and palpable.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||451,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||185,000,000||0 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:38 PM Local Time
Level 46 started
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:27 PM Local Time
Pete Chen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($216,320)
Action was on Moshe Refaelowitz in the small blind who thought for a moment and went all in having the table covered. Pete Chen was in the big blind and got a count of his chips and then a count of Dae Woong Song's chips. After only a moment, he put in a stack of chips to signify a call.
The cards hit their backs.
The flop was good and bad. Chen had hit a pair, but Refaelowitz had diamonds covered and two overs. One of those overs landed on the turn and, unfortunately for Chen, the river was no help. He hit the rail in third place after an impressive showing,
|Moshe Refaelowitz||449,000,000||146,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||185,000,000||-4,000,000 |
|Pete Chen||0||-143,800,000 |0
Monday, July 3, 2023 9:10 PM Local Time
Darrick Arreola Eliminated in 4th Place ($165,180)
Action was opened under the gun by Darrick Arreola to 60,000,000 with only about 20,000,000 left behind. The button folded and Moshe Refaelowitz only took a moment before moving all in. The big blind folded and Arreola stood up and said to his rail, "This isn't the hand I wanted to do this with, but I call."
Arreola held the chip lead for most of the day, but some missteps led him to a full board of which would ultimately send him to the rail in fourth place.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||303,000,000||83,000,000 |
|Darrick Arreola||0||-83,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 8:58 PM Local Time
Arreola Shoves Thrice
Darrick Arreola went all in three times out of seven hands, including once over an open from Moshe Refaelowitz to which Arreola said, "I would like the record to show that I beat him in a pot!", as a bit of rivalry has developed. Refaelowitz had been getting the better of Arreola for the latter part of the day.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||220,000,000||-10,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||189,000,000||0 |
|Pete Chen||143,800,000||800,000 |
|Darrick Arreola||83,000,000||9,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 8:48 PM Local Time
Song Doubles Through Chen Right After Dinner
Action folded to Dae Woong Song on the button who only took a moment before going all in. The big blind folded and Pete Chen snap called out of the big blind.
The cards hit their backs.
Dae Woong Song:
The flop was clean, but the on the turn had Chen drawing to one out. The river was not that out and Song would get the full double in a crucial moment.
|Dae Woong Song||189,000,000||95,000,000 |
|Pete Chen||143,000,000||-94,800,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 8:39 PM Local Time
Post Dinner Chip Counts
Pete Chen and Moshe Refaelowitz are neck and neck for the lead with with Dae Woong Song trailing by over 100,000,000.
Darrick Arreola had the chip lead slip out of his hands over a series of pots that he either limp folded or folded post flop. He'd still be plenty in contention with a double up, as it's still anyone's game as the final four battle for life changing money and the prestegious gold bracelet.
|Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Dae Woong Song||South Korea||94,000,000||15.7|
|4||Darrick Arreola||United States||74,000,000||12.3|
|Pete Chen||237,800,000||12,000,000 |
|Moshe Refaelowitz||230,000,000||-12,000,000 |
|Dae Woong Song||94,000,000||0 |
|Darrick Arreola||74,000,000||0 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 8:38 PM Local Time
Level 45 started
Monday, July 3, 2023 7:37 PM Local Time
Players are taking a one-hour dinner break and will return at about 8:35 p.m. local time.
Monday, July 3, 2023 7:19 PM Local Time
David Danlag Eliminated in 5th Place ($126,830)
David Danlag went all in from under the gun for a little over 50,000,000 and it looked like it would get through until Pete Chen put in the call from the big blind.
Danlag's rail were quick to call for a three but when the board ran out , their hope withered. Danlag was ready to spin and get heads up but today wasn't his day for the gold.
|Pete Chen||120,000,000||5,000,000 |
|David Danlag||0||-42,800,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 7:07 PM Local Time
Jose Orozcogomez Eliminated in 6th Place ($100,130)
Action folded to Jose Orozcogomez in late postion who went all in. It then folded to Moshe Refaelowitz in the big blind who got a count and called.
The cards hit their backs.
The full board ran out and Orozcogomez would hit the rail in 6th place.
|Moshe Refaelowitz||198,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Jose Orozcogomez||0||-48,000,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 7:02 PM Local Time
Nikhil Nair Eliminated in 7th Place ($76,130)
Action was opened by Pete Chen in early position. It then folded to the short stack of Nikhil Nair on the button who went all in. The remaining players folded and Chen called.
The cards hit their backs.
The full board ran out and with a pair of aces, Pete Chen would send Nikhil Nair to the rail in 7th place.
|Pete Chen||115,000,000||45,000,000 |
|Nikhil Nair||0||-53,200,000 |
Monday, July 3, 2023 6:57 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Monday, July 3, 2023 6:55 PM Local Time
Dae Woong Song Doubles
Dae Woong Song went all in from early position for about 10 big blinds and was ultimately called by Pete Chen on his left.
Dae Woong Song:
The flop favored Song as the board rolled out and Chen was unable to catch a seven as the turn and river peeled the and .
Chen was left to bemoan his luck as Song collected the pot.
|Dae Woong Song||100,000,000||49,000,000 |
|Pete Chen||70,000,000||8,300,000 |