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

Monday, July 10, 2023 to Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $4,601,300
  • Entries: 2,068
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, July 13, 2023 12:30 AM Local Time
VAMOS!! Samuel Bernabeu Wins First Bracelet in Event #79:$2,500 No-Limit Holdem

Samuel Bernabeu

After three long days of play in an event stacked with notables, Samuel Bernabeu has joined the ranks of WSOP bracelet winners. Bernabeu bested a field of 2,068 entries in Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em to take home a first-place prize of $682,436 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet.

Bernabeu came into Day 3 sixth in chips with 43 big blinds, and although it got a little rocky for a while in the earlier levels of the day, he managed to survive to the final table by hitting quads against Derek Normand right before. Heading into the final table, he was sixth in chips but really got going whenever he drew first blood by busting Daniel Schill in ninth place. He then went on to bust six of the nine players at the final table for a dramatic finish to the tournament.

This was the Spaniard's first WSOP bracelet and his first big cash since he returned to poker after a long hiatus.

Event #79:$2,500 No-Limit Holdem Final Table Results

1Samuel BernabeuSpain$682,432
2James AndersonUnited States$421,761
3Zlatin PenevItaly$310,528
4Seth DaviesUnited States$310,528
5Diego Vaz SorgattoBrazil$230,772
6Justin KindredUnited States$137,121
7Ramon FernandezSpain$100,252
8Derek NormandUnited States$77,401
9Daniel SchillUnited States$60,346

"I used to play a lot in Spain, but when I moved to Mexico, I took a lot of time of, but I felt like something was missing in my life being away for so long. It just feels amazing to actually win one after everything that has happened," an emotional Bernabeu said with tears in his eyes.

Bernabeu has fired in many of the WSOP events this summer without much success, including a heartbreaking bust out in the Main Event on Day 2, where he explained that he had fallen sick and could not play to his full ability.

His rail was also there for the entire final table, cheering him on throughout the ups and downs and finally, the sweet moment when the last card fell to secure his victory, and he threw his hands up and yelled "VAMOS!!" and ran to embrace them.

PokerNews caught up with 888 Ambassador Ana Marquez, who was a member on his rail who described him as:

"[He's]... a really great guy and poker player. He loves the game and is very creative. He even created his own revolutionary poker deck with five suits instead of four and wants to introduce it to the world at some point."

Samuel Bernabeu
Samuel Bernabeu

Final Day Action

After the cards were in the air, it didn't take long before the bust-outs began rolling in. Several players were eliminated within the first few hands, with Galen Hall the first to exit followed by George Janssen. After that, it seemed a player busted every 15-20 minutes on average until Junhao Wu busted in 19th and the players were then redrawn to the final two tables. Even at this point, the bustouts were still fast and furious and the final table was reached within two levels when Kartik Ved and Matias Gabrenja were eliminated at almost the same time in 10th and 11th, respectively.

Next to go was the previously mentioned Schill, who fell in ninth as the first final table casualty, as well as Bernabeu's first victim.

Coming in eighth place was Houston native Normand, known for his stellar table talk throughout the tournament, who busted when he got it in with king-nine of spades but could not improve against Penev's superior ace-jack of spades.

Bernabeu then turned around and busted short-stacked Ramon Fernandez who got it in with ten-three offsuit versus Bernabeu's pocket queens.

Justin Kindred
Justin Kindred

After that, it became the Penev and Anderson show as they both won several giant pots and took turns being the chip leader on several occasions, including the hand when Penev busted Justin Kindred in sixth when his ace-jack could not improve against Penev's ace-queen.

Their back-and-forth chip race went on for quite a while with no bust outs until Bernabeu got it all in against Sorgatto, who then became his third victim on the final table as he exited in fifth.

Triton high-roller regular Davies was the chip leader heading into both Day 2 and Day 3, and he maintained his dominance through much of the day until he took a big hit against James Anderson right before the dinner break and was reduced to only a few blinds. After returning from break, he only lasted a few hands before getting it in with king-ten offsuit versus the pocket jacks of none other than Bernabeu. He failed to improve on the runout and exited the tournament in fourth place as Bernabeus's fourth kill.

Although he was chip-leading for most of the final table, Penev took a big hit when he doubled up Bernabeu in a giant 20,000,000 pot when he called his all-in with ace-king suited versus Bernabeu's pocket queens and failed to improve. It wasn't long after that when he finally fell to the final table MVP when his pocket fives got crushed by Bernabeu's ace-queen on an ace-queen-king flop with no five in sight.

James Anderson
James Anderson

Heads-up play between Bernabeu and Anderson lasted for about 25 minutes until they got it in with pocket kings against ace-queen, with Anderson holding the latter. Although he flopped the nut flush draw, Anderson could not find a club and the king of spades on the river was just the icing on the cake to send him out as the runner-up while Bernabeu was crowned the champion and adorned with the WSOP gold bracelet.

This concludes the coverage of Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em but stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the action from the last handful of 2023 WSOP bracelet-awarding events.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 10:25 PM Local Time
James Anderson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($421,761)

James Anderson

James Anderson moved all in preflop for around 13,000,000 and Samuel Bernabeu quickly made the call to put him at risk.

James Anderson:   
Samuel Bernabeu:   

Anderson needed some help to stay alive, and the flop of     gave him a fighting chance as he gained flush outs along with any ace.

Unfortunately, the board ran out    for Bernabeu to improve to a set of kings and Anderson was eliminated as the runner-up in this event.

Samuel Bernabeu72,380,00015,600,000
James Anderson0-15,600,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 10:20 PM Local Time
The Chad & Jesse Poker Show Episode #10: GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu

On the latest The Chad & Jesse Poker Show[/I][/B] straight from the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Chad Holloway & Jesse Fullen are joined by none other than Daniel Negreanu, who took a break from his busy summer schedule to talk about a plethora of topics including what it's been like running deep in the lower buy-in, big field events, interacting with fans, and how he feels about his performance thus far.

The GGPoker Ambassador also offers his thoughts on the Poker Hall of Fame, including who he thinks will get in and the changes he'd like to see moving forward. Finally, "Kid Poker" offers his prediction for the 2023 WSOP Main Event, which is also the first big topic discussed by the hosts.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:57 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:54 PM Local Time
Zlatin Penev Eliminated in 3rd Place ($310,528)

Zlatin Penev

Zlatin Penev raised all in for 15,000,000 from the small blind and Samuel Bernabeu made the quick call from the big blind, The tenacious player shows a Bulgarian flag, although his friends say he is Italian through and through. His friends say he is a really good guy and super humble but he has won a lot of tournaments including the Italian Open a few months ago.

Zlatin Penev:   
Samuel Bernabeu:   

The board ran out       and Penev finished in third place as Bernabeu found two pair for the win.

Samuel Bernabeu56,780,00012,780,000
James Anderson15,600,0005,400,000
Zlatin Penev0-18,200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:49 PM Local Time
Double for Penev

James Anderson moved all in preflop and the action was then on short-stacked Zlatin Penev who made the call for his tournament life.

Zlatin Penev:   
James Anderson:   

The flop came out     to give Penev the lead with his pair of tens, and the runout of    kept it that way to score him a double-up.

Samuel Bernabeu44,000,0003,000,000
Zlatin Penev18,200,0008,850,000
James Anderson10,200,000-6,400,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:41 PM Local Time
Anderson Chips Up

Samuel Bernabeu raised on the button to 1,000,000 and James Anderson made the call from the small blind and Zlatin Penev folded from the big blind. The flop came     and Bernabeu bet 600,000 and Anderson made the call.

Both players checked the turn  .

On the river   the family man from Pittsburg, Anderson, made it 1,800,000 and Bernabue looked him up with a call. Anderson tabled    and Bernabeu mucked. Anderson won with his trips.

James Anderson16,600,0007,500,000
Zlatin Penev9,350,000-11,650,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:32 PM Local Time
Play Slows Down, Flops are a Rarity

The play has slowed significantly down, due to a heavy ICM strategy presence, as barely any flops have been seen in this last level.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 9:16 PM Local Time
Bernabeu Doubles Down

Samuel Bernabeu

Zlatin Penev raised to 2,000,000 from the small blind and Samuel Bernabeu called from the big blind. The flop came     and Penev placed a bet of 2,200,000 and Bernabeu called.

The turn brought the   and Penev continued down the aggressive route and bet 2,800,000 and Bernebeu called again.

On the river   Penev went for it and announced, "All in" and Bernabeu took a moment and recounted his chips a few times and then the Spanish player called.

Penev tabled    and Bernabeu turned over    and won with his pair of queens. Suddenly Bernabeu was back in the game as the new chip leader.

Samuel Bernabeu41,000,00023,500,000
Zlatin Penev21,000,000-21,000,000
James Anderson9,100,000-3,600,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:56 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:43 PM Local Time
Break Time

The three remaining players are now on a quick 15-minute break and will return to action shortly.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:41 PM Local Time
Penev Shoves on Anderson

Zlatin Penev opened to 1,750,000 under-the-gun but then James Anderson three-bet him to 5,300,000.

After getting a proper count, Penev thought for a moment before he pushed all in, covering Anderson, wo hastily threw his cards into the muck.

Zlatin Penev42,000,0009,000,000
Samuel Bernabeu17,500,0001,000,000
James Anderson12,700,000-4,000,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:41 PM Local Time
Penev on Full Throttle with Aggression

Zlatin Penev has been using his chip stack throughout the final table to his advantage and this has been paying off. This Bulgarian player is no stranger to final tables and has seen his fair share of first place wins and has made some cashes in the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Penev raised from the small blind to 1,500,000 and Samuel Bernabeu called from the big blind. The flop came out     and Penev slowed down and checked and Bernabeu came out with a bet of 1,100,000. Penev made the call.

The turn brought the   and both players checked.

On the river   Penev returned to his aggression and bet 3,000,000 and Bernabeu made the call. Penev turned over    for the pair of aces and Bernabeu mucked.

Zlatin Penev33,000,00011,000,000
James Anderson16,700,000-12,800,000
Samuel Bernabeu16,500,000-4,500,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:09 PM Local Time
Bernabeu Swings Back

Samuel Bernabeu

After Zlatin Penev opened, Samuel Bernabeu moved all in for exactly 10,000,000 and Penev snap called to put him at risk of elimination.

Samuel Bernabeu:   
Zlatin Penev:   

Bernabeu was ahead going into this classic flip, and the runout of       was pure for him and he scored a huge double-up to reclaim the chips he lost in the previous hand.

James Anderson29,500,000-500,000
Zlatin Penev22,000,000-10,400,000
Samuel Bernabeu21,000,00011,000,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:03 PM Local Time
Penev Bombs River in Huge Pot

On a heads-up flop of    , Zlatin Penev led out for 800,000 and Samuel Bernabeu made the call to see the   appear on the turn.

Penev continued for 3,800,000 and Bernabeu thought for a bit before he made the call once more.

When the   smacked down on the river, Penev bombed the pot with a huge bet of 8,000,000, most of Bernabeu's stack.

Bernabeu went deep into the tank for this one, and after almost five minutes he finally laid it down to award the large pot to Penev, pushing him back into the chip lead.

Zlatin Penev32,400,0004,900,000
James Anderson30,000,0003,500,000
Samuel Bernabeu10,000,000-9,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:43 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:34 PM Local Time
King on the River

Samuel Bernabeu limped into the big blind James Anderson who immediately put in the raise to 1,100,000. Bernabeu made the call. The flop came out     and Anderson placed the continuation bet of 800,000 after Bernabeu checked. Bernabeu made the call again.

Both players checked through the turn   and the river   and Bernabeu turned over    for the pair of kings and Anderson mucked.

James Anderson26,500,000-1,200,000
Samuel Bernabeu19,000,000-4,000,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:30 PM Local Time
Full House for Anderson

James Anderson raised to 800,000 from the button and Samuel Bernabeu made the call from the big blind. The flop arrived with    , Bernebeu checked and Anderson made a continuation bet of 700,000 and got the call.

The turn brought the   and Bernabeu took the lead and bet out 700,000 and Anderson raised to 3,250,000 and Bernabeu called.

On the river   both players checked. Bernebeu turned over    and Anderson turned over    for the full house and the win.

James Anderson26,500,000-1,200,000
Samuel Bernabeu18,000,000-5,000,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:25 PM Local Time
Tough Decision on the River

Samuel Bernabeu raised on the button to 800,000 and Zlatin Penev called from the big blind. The flop came out     and Bernabeu bet out 400,000. Penev quickly raised to 1,600,000, and Bernabeu made the call.

The turn brought the   and Penev bet 4,000,000 and Bernabeu came along for the ride to the river.

On the river   Bernabeu Penev announced, "All in ". Bernabeu went deep into the think tank to decide if he could call the 14,250,000 bet. It was evident that this was a really tough decision and although third place is not the most money that Bernabeu has won from his past, it is obvious that the bracelet is very important to him. Based on his all WSOP attire. Bernabeu finally made the fold. Afterwards Penev was almost overwhelmed with emotion from receiving the win.

Zlatin Penev27,500,0006,000,000
Samuel Bernabeu22,000,000-1,000,000
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:22 PM Local Time
Anderson Reclaims Chip Lead

James Anderson

On a heads-up flop of    , Zlatin Penev had bet 600,000 but then James Anderson check-raised to 1,700,000. After some thought, Penev made the call and the two went to the turn  .

Anderson continued his aggression and led out for 3,600,000 but Penev still made the call to see the river fall the  .

After tanking for about 20 seconds, Anderson assembled some chips and slid out a bet of 7,700,000 and now it was Penev's turn to think.

After a good while, he slowly slid in his cards and the huge pot was awarded to Anderson, resuming the chip lead over Penev with almost 28,000,000.

James Anderson27,700,00011,700,000
Samuel Bernabeu23,000,000-1,500,000
Zlatin Penev21,500,000-5,100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander