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

Friday, July 07, 2023 to Sunday, July 09, 2023

Event #78: $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,620,690
  • Entries: 1,214
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, July 10, 2023 4:16 AM Local Time
Thomas Skaggs Adds a WSOP Bracelet to His Circuit Ring in Event #76: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

Thomas Skaggs

Event #76: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha came to an end after a rollercoaster of action here at the 2023 World Series of Poker hosted at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Only one person was left holding their hands high, gripping the elusive gold bracelet. Thomas Skaggs was that person, having conquered the 1,214 entry field.

The gold meant more to Skaggs than the $171,742 grand prize; it was his first WSOP bracelet. He did, however, recently win a circuit ring in a pot-limit Omaha event at Horseshoe Indiana earlier this year ($28,181). Skaggs went on to say that he had made it his goal to win either a circuit ring or bracelet, so he's beyond thrilled to have gotten both. A deserving runner-up, David Hu held the chip lead multiple times at the final table, and Skaggs commented about the skill and precision that Hu played with.

Final Table Results

1stThomas SkaggsUnited States$171,742
2ndDavid HuNetherlands$106,138
3rdSatar Al-SadounUnited States$75,761
4thPaul DeGiulioUnited States$54,775
5thYusuke TanakaJapan$40,119
6thVincent MoscatiUnited States$29,773
7thPaul SpitzbergUnited States$22,392
8thNoah SchwartzUnited States$17,069
9thSergio MartinezUnited States$13,191

Winner's Reaction

PokerNews got the opportunity to chat with Skaggs just following his victory, and he was ecstatic, despite him being just two hours away from having to catch a plane home to Glendale, Kentucky. He mentioned that he's mostly an Omaha player, and this was his third year in a row playing this particular event. He and a few of his buddies usually make the trip out around this time in the series, but he's always foregone the Main Event to play the PLO Bounty instead. Skaggs contributed his experience in cash games, which gave him the strong mindset needed to deal with the swings throughout the tournament.

Day 1 and Day 2 Action

Martin Kabrhel
Martin Kabrhel

Day 1 saw plenty of notables enter the field, most of which hopped in after busting the Main Event. Martin Kabrhel caused a few headaches throughout the day but ultimately fell well outside the money despite snagging multiple bounties. The bubble burst towards the end of the day in the 14th and final level of the day. Hall of Famer, Erik Seidel, made it deep into the day to cash but fell short of bag and tag; the same was true of Felipe Ramos.

Some of those who did battle through to Day 2 included bracelet winners Nacho Barbero, Daniel Negreanu and Dash Dudley; all falling one by one. Negreanu busted in a three-way pot deep on Day 2, and Dudley went on to bust the final hand of the evening just moments before players bagged and tagged.

Day 3 Action

Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

Of the 140 entrants who made it to Day 2 only 15 made it through to Day 3. Of those that remained, only one repeat bracelet winner remained in the field in the form of Jeff Madsen, who was well in contention until his luck ran out in 12th place.

Action slowed after the elimination of Giuseppe Maggisano, who bubbled the unofficial final table when Skaggs made a full house against him. From there, the remaining nine played for nearly two full levels before the were moved to one of the feature tables in the Horseshoe Main Event Center.

Final Table Action

Sergio Martinez fell in ninth place shortly after the move when he got short in chips and was bested by the better rundown of Yusuke Tanaka.

Noah Schwartz was the only bracelet winner left in the field and had maintained a medium-sized stack the entire day of play. At one point, Schwartz misread his hand, thinking he lost, then told his opponents he was getting too old for this game when his tablemates informed him he won the pot. Eventually, Schwartz reached a moment where he inquired if it was his time to die and ultimately fell in eighth place.

Paul Spitzberg quietly ground his way through the field, maintaining his stack throughout the day by stealing the blinds with late-positioned, pot-sized raised. Finally, the blinds got too high for him to keep the momentum, and he was eliminated in seventh place in a blind versus blind confrontation.

Vincent Moscati
Vincent Moscati

Vincent Moscati made a tremendous fold after committing half his stack in a pot that saw Paul DeGiulio triple up but if Hu had won that pot Moscati would have laddered for about $25,000. Despite doubling up shortly after that, Moscati met his demise in sixth place when Hu caught a king on the river.

Japanese player Tanaka had a dynamic day that saw him above starting stack often but struggling to be amongst the chip leaders. In the end, it took his kings being cracked to send him on his way in fifth place.

DeGiulio was well in contention when he won the hand previously mentioned, but after Satar Al-Sadoun pulled off a big bluff on him, his stack curtailed and he was never able to build traction again. In the end, Al-Sadoun caught a flush on the river against DeGiulio to bring the field down to only three.

Al-Sadoun bagged amongst the chip leaders on Day 1 and on Day 2 he managed to bag the biggest stack by far. Once three-handed play got under way, though, Hu began to run away with the lead. The momentum shifted dramatically when Skaggs doubled through Al-Sadoun. Only just a few hands after, Skaggs doubled through Hu to become massive chip leader. Now nursing a short stack, Al-Sadoun's jacks were dominated by the kings of Skaggs to send Al-Sadoun out in third place.

Thomas Skaggs
Thomas Skaggs

Heads Up Play

Hu didn't make things easy for the champion, and he found an ideal spot to double right at the start of heads up play. Hu continued to tip the scales in his favor by chipping away with a series of small pots going his way. Things may have turned out differently if Hu had been able to find a double with his aces in the final hand but it wasn't his day. Hu did let PokerNews know that he was very happy; this is his 2nd highest tournament cash.

Skaggs ended up attributing his win to a massive pot he scooped off of Al-Sadoun about halfway through Day 3 to push him into the chip lead. He had a hard time for the three levels after that pot, but if it weren't for that mass of chips, he wouldn't have been able to survive as long as he did. Skaggs used the cards from that hand in his winner's photos as opposed the cards he won his final hand with.

Thomas Skaggs
Thomas Skaggs

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Monday, July 10, 2023 2:02 AM Local Time
David Hu Eliminated in 2nd Place ($106,138)

David Hu

David Hu raised from the button to 1,500,000 and Thomas Skaggs called to see the     flop.

Skaggs checked, and Hu bet out 3,500,000. Skaggs paused before he announced pot, totaling a 14,000,000 chip raise. Hu called off his stack, and both players were headed to a runout with Hu at risk and a bracelet on the line.

David Hu:     
Thomas Skaggs:     

Hu was ahead but had a lot of outs to dodge, and when the   hit the turn, Hu was suddenly second best headed to the river.

The   offered no improvement for Hu, leaving him with no option but to exit the tournament area in second place for $106,138.

Thomas Skaggs30,350,00014,550,000
David Hu0-14,550,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 1:34 AM Local Time
Hu Chipping Away, Pulls Even

Thomas Skaggs raised to 1,200,000 from the button. David Hu three-bet to 3,600,000. Skaggs put in the call to see the flop come    .

Skaggs checked, and Hu quickly said pot, which amounted to an all-in bet.

Skaggs gave it some thought and decided to muck, sending a big pot to Hu without seeing a turn card.

Thomas Skaggs15,800,000-5,500,000
David Hu14,550,0005,500,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 1:29 AM Local Time
Break Time

The final two players have gone on a short break.

Monday, July 10, 2023 1:27 AM Local Time
Hu Win Some Hu Lose Some

Hand 1:

David Hu limped preflop, and Thomas Skaggs checked his option. Together they saw the    . Both players checked.

The turn brought the   and Skaggs bet 1,200,000. Hu made the call.

The river peeled the  , completing diamonds, and Skaggs bet 2,000,000. After some thought, Hu announced himself all in. Skaggs, not looking too pleased, pushed his hand into the muck.

Hand 2:

Skaggs limped, Hu tapped the table, and the dealer spread    . Skaggs checked, Hu bet 1,200,000 and received a call.

When the river brought the  , Skaggs took the initiative and bet 3,000,000, which garnered a fold from Hu.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 10, 2023 1:13 AM Local Time
Skaggs Takes A Small One

Thomas Skaggs raised to 1,200,000 from the button, and David Hu called from the big blind to see the     flop.

Action checked through to bring out the   on the turn.

Hu led into Skaggs with a bet of 600,000, and Skaggs called leading to the   river.

Both players checked once again, with Skaggs showing the      to take down the pot and get some chips back after trading a few blows with Hu since heads up began.

Thomas Skaggs21,300,000950,000
David Hu9,050,000-950,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 1:06 AM Local Time
Hu Doubles Right Away

David Hu started heads-up at quite the chip disadvantage, so it didn't take long for Thomas Skaggs to put him at risk.

David Hu:     
Thomas Skaggs:     

Hu didn't have high hopes for his pair of sevens, but when Skaggs turned up rags sharing the queen and the nine, Hu was in about as good of shape as he could have hoped.

The board ran out       and Hu's sevens remained good.

Hu then went on to win a couple more small pots, closing the distance between him and his opponent.

Thomas Skaggs20,350,000-4,900,000
David Hu10,000,0004,600,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:54 AM Local Time
Satar Al-Sadoun Eliminated in 3rd Place ($75,761)

Satar Al-Sadoun

Thomas Skaggs announced pot from the small blind totaling a 1,400,000 chip raise. Satar Al-Sadoun responded by also saying pot, leaving himself very few chips behind. Skaggs raised, and Al-Sadoun immediately called off to put himself at risk and send both players to a runout.

Satar Al-Sadoun:     
Thomas Skaggs:     

The       produced no improvement for Al-Sadoun, and he was sent to the rail in third place for $75,761.

Thomas Skaggs25,250,0004,450,000
Satar Al-Sadoun0-2,800,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:48 AM Local Time
Skaggs Takes More From Al-Sadoun, Now Holds Two-Thirds of Chips in Play

Thomas Skaggs raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind and got called by Satar Al-Sadoun in the big blind; the pair saw a     flop.

Skaggs continued with a bet of 1,400,000, and Al-Sadoun tossed in a call to see the   hit the turn.

Skaggs announced pot which would essentially commit the rest of Al-Sadoun's chips.

After a minute or two in the tank, Al-Sadoun tossed his cards toward the muck, and Skaggs created more distance between himself and his two remaining opponents.

Thomas Skaggs20,800,0004,700,000
Satar Al-Sadoun2,800,000-5,200,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:40 AM Local Time
Skaggs Skates into the Chip Lead

Thomas Skaggs raised pot on the button, and when he faced a re-pot from David Hu, Skaggs reluctantly put in the call.

Thomas Skaggs:     
David Hu:     

Hu seemed in a good spot to take a commanding lead if his pair of queens could hold. Skaggs' immediate outs were a king or an ace.

The wheel spun,     pairing both of Skaggs' previously unpaired cards. The turn was a brick in the form of the [the], and when the   peeled off on the river, Hu had to explain to his rail that he had lost a flip.

Thomas Skaggs16,100,0009,450,000
Satar Al-Sadoun8,000,000575,000
David Hu5,400,000-12,100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:28 AM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:28 AM Local Time
Skaggs Doubles Through Al-Sadoun

Satar Al-Sadoun raised to 600,000 from the button and David Hu called in the small blind. Thomas Skaggs in the big blind announced pot which amounted to a 2,400,000 chip raise.

Al-Sadoun double-checked the chip counts before announcing pot himself. Hu quickly folded, and Skaggs called off the rest of his stack, putting himself at risk and sending both players to a runout.

Thomas Skaggs:     
Satar Al-Sadoun:     

The board ran out      , giving Skaggs a straight for the win and securing him a full double.

Satar Al-Sadoun7,425,000-25,000
Thomas Skaggs6,650,000650,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:20 AM Local Time
From Dawn to Al-Sadoun

Satar Al-Sadoun has gone from chip leader to short stack several times in this gauntlet of Day 3, and at the point that this hand took place, David Hu had both his opponents covered two-to-one.

Al-Sadoun checked on a flop of    , and Hu bet 600,000, which Al-Sadoun called. The turn brought the  , and they both tapped the table.

When the river came the  , Al-Sadoun bet an even 1,000,000, which Hu snap-called. Hu saved Al-Sadoun from having to show when he quickly tabled the      for the flush.

Shortly after, Al-Sadoun won a pot preflop after potting it over Thomas Skaggs' open, showing the    after Skaggs mucked.

David Hu17,500,0001,900,000
Satar Al-Sadoun7,450,000-2,100,000
Thomas Skaggs6,000,000350,000
Monday, July 10, 2023 12:02 AM Local Time
Al-Sadoun Gets Some Back From Skaggs

Satar Al-Sadoun raised to 600,000 from the button and got called by Thomas Skaggs in the big blind to bring out a     flop.

Skaggs checked over to Al-Sadoun who tossed out a bet of 600,000. Skaggs counted out calling chips and slid them into the pot to see the   hit the turn.

Both players checked through to the   river on which both players checked through again to get to showdown.

Al-Sadoun showed the      for the second nut straight which was good enough to force Skaggs to toss his cards into the muck as the dealer pushed the pot in Al-Sadoun's direction.

Satar Al-Sadoun9,550,0002,850,000
Thomas Skaggs5,650,000-2,350,000
Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:53 PM Local Time
Skaggs Check Raises Back into Contention

Three ways to a flop of    , Thomas Skaggs checked and Satar Al-Sadoun placed a bet of 600,000. David Hu made the call and Skaggs raised for the remainder of his chips.

Al-Sadoun tossed his hand in the muck and Hu thought for a bit before sticking in the call.

Thomas Skaggs:     
David Hu:     

Skaggs had flopped a set of eights and Hu just had his open-ended straight draw working for him. The door quickly closed on Hu when the turn paired the  , making the river purely an obligatory action.

David Hu15,600,000-1,850,000
Thomas Skaggs8,000,0003,900,000
Satar Al-Sadoun6,700,000-3,050,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:40 PM Local Time
Paul DeGiulio Eliminated in 4th Place ($54,775)

Paul DeGiulio

Action folded to Paul DeGiulio in the small blind who raised to 900,000. David Hu potted to get all the chips in and DeGiulio called off the rest of his stack putting himself at risk and headed to a runout.

Paul DeGiulio:     
David Hu:     

The board ran out      , giving Hu a pair of threes which was enough to win the pot and send DeGiulio home in third place for $54,775.

David Hu17,450,0004,950,000
Paul DeGiulio0-4,000,000
Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:32 PM Local Time
Skaggs Wins a Couple

Thomas Skaggs

Just before the break:

Thomas Skaggs had blinded down to a short stack and got the last of his chips in preflop against David Hu in the big blind.

Thomas Skaggs:     
David Hu:     

The flop scrolled across    , putting Skaggs in the lead with two pair. the turn was the  , quickly followed by the  , awarding Skaggs this crucial double.

Just one hand later Skaggs won a pot against Paul DeGiulio when he potted it from the small blind on a flop that read    .

This was a breath of life for Skaggs after a difficult evening of battle.

David Hu12,500,000-1,300,000
Thomas Skaggs4,100,0002,635,000
Paul DeGiulio4,000,0001,000,000
Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:25 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:11 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining four players have been sent on a 15-minute break.

Play will resume at 11:25 p.m. local time.

Sunday, July 9, 2023 11:04 PM Local Time
DeGiulio Doubles Through Al-Sadoun

Paul DeGiulio

Satar Al-Sadoun limped the small blind and Paul DeGiulio checked his option in the big blind to see the     flop.

Al-Sadoun checked over to DeGiulio who announced pot totaling a 750,000 bet. Al-Sadoun decided to raise enough to put Degiulio all in.

DeGiulio called, putting himself at risk and sending both players to a runout.

Paul DeGiulio:     
Satar Al-Sadoun:     

Al-Sadoun was looking for a spade to take down DeGiulio's two pair and the   turn didn't get him there.

The river was a spade but it was the   which filled up DeGiulio, securing him the full double.

Satar Al-Sadoun9,750,000-950,000
Paul DeGiulio3,000,000350,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander