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

Friday, June 30, 2023 to Monday, July 03, 2023

Event #70: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $400
  • Prizepool: $5,245,020
  • Entries: 15,894
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, July 3, 2023 3:54 PM Local Time
James Rann Eliminated in 21st ($19,020)

James Rann

James Rann was all in and at risk against Nikhil Nair and the cards hit their backs.

James Rann:   
Nikhil Nair:   

The full board ran out       and Rann would be eliminated in 21st place after failing to improve.

Nikhil Nair17,000,000-32,000,000
James Rann0-28,000,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:47 PM Local Time
Abdulrahim Amer Eliminated in 22nd ($19,020)

Abdulrahim Amer

Pokernews was not able to record the bust-out hand but Abdulrahim Amer was eliminated in 22nd place after an impressive run and will take home $19,020 for his efforts.

Abdulrahim Amer0-19,000,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:44 PM Local Time
Richie Wong Eliminated in 23rd Place ($19,020)

Richie Wong

Richie Wong was all in and at risk against Darrick Arreola and the cards hit their backs.

Richie Wong:   
Darrick Arreola:   

The full board ran out       and Wong would be sent to the rail in 23rd place.

Darrick Arreola120,000,00043,000,000
Richie Wong0-12,500,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:24 PM Local Time
Smith Doubles Through Arreola

Darrick Arreola raised in middle position to 3,200,000 and was met with an all-in of about 14,000,000 from Mitchell Smith. After much deliberation, Arreola made the call.

Mitchell Smith:   
Darrick Arreola:   

The flop scrolled across,    , putting Smith even further in front, but when the   turned, it had Arreola loudly rooting for a ten, but it was to no avail as the   fell instead.

Darrick Arreola77,000,000-15,000,000
Mitchell Smith29,000,0006,800,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:23 PM Local Time
Watson Gets the Double

Mitchell Watson

There was an early position open by Moshe Refaelowitz and action folded to Mitchell Watson in the small blind. He took only a moment before going all in for his tournament life. Refaelowitz called.

Mitchell Watson:   
Moshe Refaelowitz:   

The full board ran out       and Watson would score the double late in Day 3.

Moshe Refaelowitz17,000,000-20,000,000
Mitchell Watson13,000,000-2,200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:14 PM Local Time
Louis Russo Eliminated in 24th Place ($19,020)

Louis Russo

Action folded to Nikhil Nair in the small blind who went all in having the big blind covered. Louis Russo was in the big blind and called.

Louis Russo:   
Nikhil Nair:   

The     flop was great for Russo as he hit top pair and neither player had a club in their hand. Unfortunately, the   turn and   river would seal the deal and send Russo to the rail in 24th place.

Nikhil Nair49,000,00013,300,000
Louis Russo00
Monday, July 3, 2023 3:07 PM Local Time
Young and Russo; Same but Different

Michael Young went all in from early position and was called by Louis Russo, who had about the same sized stack.

Michael Young:   
Louis Russo:   

The flop was innocuous as it fanned out    , but when the   rolled off it gave Russo a chance to scoop, as he had just picked up the nut flush draw. The river was a sigh of relief for Young as the   came off the top of the deck.

Just two hands later Young went all in through his own initiative but just picked up the blinds, showing   .

Michael Young18,300,0004,500,000
Louis Russo18,000,0001,000,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 2:34 PM Local Time
Break Time

Players are now on a 15-minute break.

Monday, July 3, 2023 2:33 PM Local Time
Jesse Kertland Eliminated in 25th ($19,020)

Jesse Kertland

Action was joined with two players all in. Day 2 chip leader Jesse Kertland was all in and at risk and had been called by Pete Chen.

The cards hit their backs.

Jesse Kertland:   
Pete Chen:   

The full board ran out       and although both players hit two pair, only Chen would drag the pot. Kertland hit the rail after an impressive showing.

Pete Chen56,000,00010,000,000
Jesse Kertland0-10,000,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 2:25 PM Local Time
Gabriel Jansen Falcao Baleeiro Eliminated in 26th Place ($19,020)

Gabriel Jansen Falcao Baleeiro

Gabriel Baleeiro went three ways to a flop of     but only had one chip left behind. This is something that Darrick Arreola hadn't realized and when he did, he tried to bet the one chip. The dealer informed him he had to bet at least one big bind, as Moshe Refaelowitz was still in the hand. Baleeiro and Refaelowitz called.

Three ways to a turn, they saw the   and when Refaelowitz placed a wager, Arreola snap-folded.

The dealer forgot to table the all-in player's hand and when the   rolled off the river, Refaelowitz showed    for the nut straight and Baleeiro shook his head in disappointment before launching his hand in the muck.

Darrick Arreola92,000,00019,000,000
Moshe Refaelowitz37,000,00011,800,000
Gabriel Jansen Falcao Baleeiro0-6,900,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 3, 2023 2:20 PM Local Time
Manuel Bravo Martins Eliminated in 27th Place ($15,420)

Manuel Bravo Martins

With a pay jump of over $3,000 between 27th and 26th place, Manuel Bravo Martins put all but one of his chips in the middle. When the player to his left pushed forward a stack to ask for the rest, the table folded around.

Martins took another minute in his decision, but eventually the clock was called and the floor determined he would get another minute before a thirty-second count down. He did end up flicking the chip in and putting himself at risk.

Manuel Bravo Martins:   
Pete Chen:   

Martins was ahead with ace high going to a flop of    . The turn was doom for Martins as the   peeled, making it so he had to catch an ace to survive, but the river peeled the   instead.

Pete Chen46,000,0009,700,000
Manuel Bravo Martins0-8,000,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 2:16 PM Local Time
Three Table Redraw
TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
271Colin RobinsonUnited States15,000,00015
272William AckermanUnited States38,000,00038
273Ghadi AkariUnited States24,000,00024
274Nikhil NairUnited States35,700,00036
275Brian LamannaUnited States16,000,00016
276George TomescuRomania7,000,0007
277Daniel ScalfaroUnited States20,800,00021
278Toshimasa SakatoJapan10,700,00011
279Abdulrahim AmerUnited States19,000,00019
TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
181Gabriel Jansen Falcao BalUnited States6,900,0007
182Dae Woong SongSouth Korea29,200,00029
183Francesco MicucciItaly27,900,00028
184Mitchell WatsonAustralia15,200,00015
185Richie WongUnited States12,500,00013
186Moshe RefaelowitzIsrael25,200,00025
187Ian SteinmanUnited States23,000,00023
188Darrick ArreolaUnited States73,000,00073
189Mitchell SmithUnited States22,200,00022
TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
261Max KingstoneUnited States28,400,00028
262Manuel Bravo MartinsPortugal8,000,0008
263Pete ChenTaiwan36,300,00036
264Jose OrozcogomezMexico17,600,00018
265David DanlagUnited States19,500,00020
266James RannUnited Kingdom28,000,00028
267Michael YoungUnited States13,800,00014
268Jesse KertlandUnited States10,000,00010
269Louis RussoUnited States27,500,00028
Darrick Arreola73,000,00038,000,000
William Ackerman38,000,00031,400,000
Pete Chen36,300,00026,225,000
Nikhil Nair35,700,000400,000
Dae Woong Song29,200,00019,725,000
Max Kingstone28,400,00024,000,000
James Rann28,000,0005,500,000
Francesco Micucci27,900,00013,175,000
Louis Russo27,500,0003,000,000
Moshe Refaelowitz25,200,0009,400,000
Ghadi Akari24,000,00015,600,000
Ian Steinman23,000,00015,300,000
Mitchell Smith22,200,0009,725,000
Daniel Scalfaro20,800,00012,998,500
David Danlag19,500,00015,900,000
Abdulrahim Amer19,000,000-7,700,000
Jose Orozcogomez17,600,0008,250,000
Brian Lamanna16,000,000700,000
Mitchell Watson15,200,0006,309,925
Colin Robinson15,000,000-1,000,000
Michael Young13,800,0008,750,000
Richie Wong12,500,0001,500,000
Toshimasa Sakato10,700,000-11,300,000
Jesse Kertland10,000,000-13,000,000
Manuel Bravo Martins8,000,000-1,725,000
George Tomescu7,000,000-4,500,000
Gabriel Jansen Falcao Baleeiro6,900,0001,350,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 1:42 PM Local Time
Barkoff Can't Find a King

Ken Barkoff went all in from late position and was rather deflated when Moshe Refaelowitz announced a call.

Ken Barkoff:   
Moshe Refaelowitz:   

The flop was    , leaving Barkoff looking for a king, but it never came as the   and   rolled off. Refaelowitz scooped the pot with a pair of kings and the players are now redrawing for the final three tables.

Moshe Refaelowitz15,800,000
Ken Barkoff0-11,175,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 1:22 PM Local Time
Arreola Taking Command

Denis Lee opened from late position and was called by Darrick Arreola on the button. Lee and Arreola have both been building their stack up throughout the day.

Heads up they saw a flop of    . Lee continued with a bet of 2,100,000 and Arreola made the call.

The turn peeled the   and Lee slowed down with a check. Arreola took the green light and declared a bet for 5,000,000, jokingly annoyed he had to count the chips out, as Lee didn't fold right away. After some thought, Lee did fold and Arreola continued to build his mountain of chips.

Darrick Arreola35,000,0006,000,000
Denis Lee11,000,0005,650,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 1:14 PM Local Time
Sakato Doubles Through Akari After Cold Runout

Toshimasa Sakato

Action was opened to 1,600,000 by Ghadi Akari in late position. It then folded to Toshimasa Sakato in the big blind who jammed for 10,600,000. The action was back on Akari who got a count and quickly called.

Toshimasa Sakato:   
Ghadi Akari:   

Akari was in great position to get a knockout and scoop. The     flop was great but the   turn vaulted Sakato in to the lead. The   river would bring no help. Sakato would get a pure double late in Day 3.

Toshimasa Sakato22,000,0006,075,000
Ghadi Akari8,400,000-12,600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 3, 2023 1:05 PM Local Time
Bust Outs After Break
Andre Clarke0-4,000,000
Olga Iermolcheva0-4,575,000
Erdenbold Begzjav0-12,400,000
Adam Velez0-4,500,025
Gibran Baraan0-3,300,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 12:56 PM Local Time
Russo Gets the Better of Halevy

Michael Halevy and Nikhil Nair got all their chips in the middle preflop with both sides feeling confident in their holdings. That changed when their hands were revealed.

Michael Halevy:   
Louis Russo:   

Halevy needed to find a jack or a miracle. The flop did help him some as the dealer presented,    , making it so he could add an eight to the short list of his available outs. The turn was the   and once the   fell, there was no more hope to fall back on as Halevy was sent to the payouts.

Nikhil Nair was also seen at this table and it seems he's been quietly accumulating chips as the day marches on.

Louis Russo26,500,000-9,500,000
Nikhil Nair25,800,00025,800,000
Michael Halevy0-16,975,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 12:43 PM Local Time
Rann and Baraan Act Professional

Gibran Baraan and James Rann tangoed with an all in preflop. When the cards were on their backs, Baraan had the advantage with a big pair.

James Rann:   
Gibran Baraan:   

Rann got there right away as the flop scrolled across,    . A stoic Baraan awaited the next two cards, as he needed to catch a king. The   and   were of no help to him and he patiently awaited the dealer's count to pay what he owed. He then gently knocked the table and congratulated his opponent. There were no big celebrations from Rann, as both these players seem to know it's a long road to the top.

James Rann22,500,00010,475,000
Gibran Baraan3,300,000-675,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 12:40 PM Local Time
Akari Gets Knockout and Takes From Arreola

Action is joined with Darrick Arreola leading from the small blind to 2,500,000 on a board of     . Ghadi Akari is in middle position and goes into the tank. Eventually he lands on a flat call. Ryan Ramsdell is the third player in the hand and was all in before the turn.

The river is the   and Arreola snap checks. Action was back on Akari who doesn't take long before announcing he is all in.

Arreola shows    and folds. Akari rolled over    for a flopped wheel, turned flush draw, and rivered nut flush. Unfortunately, Ramsdell was just holding a pair of threes and would hit the rail.

Darrick Arreola29,000,000100,000
Ghadi Akari21,000,0002,300,000
Ryan Ramsdell0-11,800,000
Monday, July 3, 2023 12:30 PM Local Time
Kertland Back to Where He Started

Jesse Kertland

Derek Romanowsky went all in against Jesse Kertland and the latter made the call. Kertland had a rocky start to the day and had been on a downward trend up until this hand.

Derek Romanowsky:   
Jesse Kertland,:   

The flop brought the     and a collective, "Ahhhhh....", as it would be a long way for Romanowsky to pull ahead. The turn closed the door on him, bringing the  , and the river fell the  , ending Romanowsky's run here in the Colossus.

Jesse Kertland23,000,000-3,150,000
Derek Romanowsky0-8,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander