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

Friday, July 14, 2023 to Sunday, July 16, 2023

Event #88: $1,500 The Closer - No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $4,713,885
  • Entries: 3,531
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, July 17, 2023 12:00 AM Local Time
Pierre Shum Wins His First Tournament Ever to Take Down Event #88: $1,500 The Closer

Pierre Shum

Event #88: $1,500 The Closer has come to an end at the 2023 World Series of Poker and America's Pierre Shum was the winner of one of the last bracelets of the summer and a refreshing $606,810. The event drew 3,531 entries in just two days and generated a prize pool of $4,713,885.

2023 WSOP Event #88 Final Table Results

1Pierre ShumUnited States$606,810
2Peter NighUnited States$376,420
3Roongsak GriffethUnited States$284,030
4Jack DuongUnited States$215,650
5Amirpasha EmamiCanada$164,750
6Mihai NisteRomania$126,660
7Jixue YinUnited States$100,120
8Peter HengsakulUnited States$76,300
9Sanjeev KapoorUnited States$59,790

Shum outlasted 258 returning players on the tournament's final day to defeat Peter Nigh in heads-up play to win $606,810 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. More surprising is the unlikely result, as this is Shum's first ever poker tournament. With a blaze of glory like that PokerNews can only imagine what more could follow such a young talent with a taste of victory.

Winner's Interview

When asked where did he and this run come from Shum replied:

"I was born in Jamaica, and my parents moved there for work. I've played poker for a pretty long time, but mostly with friends. I started playing cash games more recently this year. I came in here today to try and win the tournament. The money wasn't even in my mind"

Talking about his inspiration and start in poker, Shum said:

"I started off mostly because my friends played it. I've definitely made lots of friends from the poker table. Where I play, it is very social, so it's fun."

When asked about plans aside from poker, Shum responded:

"I haven't even thought about it. I was mostly just focused on the day and taking the tournament down."

PokerNews mentioned that Shum is a software engineer, but perhaps those aspirations would be put aside to chase more bracelets. To this, Shum replied:

"We'll see!"

Lastly, Shum was asked if there was anything else he'd like to say to those reading at home. Shum considered before mentioning:

"I don't think so... well, if you like poker, try a tournament. You never know."

Pierre Shum
Pierre Shum

Shum defeated Nigh in heads-up play after the two players survived the treacherous final table of the event. Nigh was followed in third place by Roongsak Griffeth, and in fourth by Jack Duong, As Griffeth eliminated Duong then fell to Nigh shortly after.

Final Day Action

The day kicked off with 258 players, and the tournament saw players being eliminated left and right. Chris Moorman made an impressive run to 15th until he was eliminated by Mateus Carrion De Moraes. It was one of several cashes for Moorman at this year's WSOP.

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman

Sanjeev Kapoor and Peter Hengsakul were the first from the final table to go in ninth and eight, respectively. Kapoor found himself losing a flip against Amirpasha Emami. Hengsakul was less fortunate, finding himself in a cooler of tens against jacks.

In seventh was Jixue Yin, who became the first player to cash over $100,000. Unfortunately, Yin couldn't avoid making the second best hand despite flopping two pair.

Mihai Niste was joined by a fan club donning tiger print shirts. Even with this help, Niste's Kings couldn't hold on an ace-high board.

Fifth, fourth, and third all fell in rapid succession. First, Emami was drawing dead on the turn against Shum's turned nut flush. Just after, Jack Duong called an all-in that had all ends of the rail questioning his decision. He could not find a four or five to survive and was out in fourth. Lastly, was Griffeth who lost with the dominating hand against the larger stacked Nigh.

The two heads-up players traded pots until Shum found quads with his tournament life on the line. Finally, Shum's queen-deuce flopped a monster after being all in against Nigh to take down the tournament.

Pierre Shum
Pierre Shum

Congratulations to Pierre Shum of Chicago, Illinois, for winning his first tournament and bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer at the 2023 WSOP in its new home at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas!

Be sure to keep it here for the rest of the week as PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates for the remaining events.

Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:31 PM Local Time
Peter Nigh Eliminated in 2nd Place ($376,420)

Peter Nigh

Peter Nigh moved all in from the button and after about 45 seconds Pierre Shum made the call with a covering stack.

Peter Nigh:   
Pierre Shum:   

"We need a queen or a two!" Shum told his rail before the board ran out.

Shum smashed the     flop and held on the   turn and   river to win his first WSOP gold bracelet while Nigh's deep run came to an end with a second place finish.

Stay tuned for a full recap including the winner's reaction that will follow shortly.

Pierre Shum176,550,00042,000,000
Peter Nigh0-42,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:30 PM Local Time
Shum Gaining More Momentum

Peter Nigh limped from the button and Pierre Shum raised from the big blind to 10,000,000 and Nigh made the call. The flop came out     and Shum placed the continuation bet of 14,000,000 and Nigh made the call.

Both players checked the turn  .

On the river   Shun bet again for 12,000,000 and Nigh made the call and mucked when Shun turned over    for the straight.

Pierre Shum134,550,00030,550,000
Peter Nigh42,000,000-30,500,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:24 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 2,500,000/5,000,000
Ante: 5,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:05 PM Local Time
Shum Finds Quads at the Perfect Moment

Pierre Shum

Peter Nigh jammed all in from the dealer button and Pierre Shum made a quick call. With Shum's life on the line, both players revealed their hands.

Pierre Shum:   
Peter Nigh:   

The board came       for Shum to find quads in the most crucial moment. "What a time for quads" shouted one onlooker as Shum regained the chip lead in the heads up battle.

Pierre Shum104,000,00034,000,000
Peter Nigh72,500,000-34,050,000
Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:55 PM Local Time
Shum Catching up to Nigh

Peter Nigh moved all in from the button and Pierre Shum called off with his last 35,000,000 to put himself at risk.

Pierre Shum:   
Peter Nigh:   

Shum was in great shape to secure a double up with a dominating king. He remained ahead when the board ran out       to fully double up and greatly reduce the gap between himself and Nigh.

Peter Nigh106,550,000-13,800,000
Pierre Shum70,000,00030,900,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:54 PM Local Time
Roongsak Griffeth Eliminated in 3rd Place ($284,030)

Roongsak Griffeth

Roongsak Griffeth was in the big blind and Peter Nigh was under the gun as there was a dead small blind and moved all in for effective 20,000,000. Griffeth made the call.

Roongsak Griffeth:   
Peter Nigh:   

Griffeth had the upper hand heading to the board       and actually celebrated for a second as he had the flush but Nigh had the full house for the win.

Peter Nigh120,350,00014,250,000
Roongsak Griffeth0-7,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:53 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:48 PM Local Time
Jack Duong Eliminated in 4th Place ($215,650)

Jack Duong

Roongsak Griffeth moved all in from the cutoff and Jack Duong called from the big blind. Duong's rail was questioning why he would call with his hand but Doung said, "I am priced in".

Jack Duong:   
Roongsak Griffeth:   

The board came out       and Duong could not hit a card and the ace high of Griffeth won the pot.

Roongsak Griffeth7,000,000-7,200,000
Jack Duong0-18,600,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:32 PM Local Time
Amirpasha Emami Eliminated in 5th Place ($164,750)

Amirpasha Emami

Amirpasha Emami raised to 6,000,000 from under the gun, leaving behind only a single blue 100,000 chip. Pierre Shum made the call in the big blind.

The flop came    . Shum moved all in and Emami called to put himself at risk.

Amirpasha Emami:   
Pierre Shum:   

Emami was in rough shape, needing to hit a king or a three while avoiding any hearts to extend his tournament life. The   turn left him drawing dead, the   river was inconsequential and Emami was sent to the rail while Shum dragged in another pot.

Pierre Shum39,100,0007,600,000
Amirpasha Emami0-6,100,000
Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:22 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:10 PM Local Time
Players on a Fifteen Minute Break

Players are taking a fifteen minute break. Only five remain.

Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:09 PM Local Time
Duong Doubles Through Griffith

Jack Duong moved all in for 7,700,000 from the small blind and was quickly called by Roongsak Griffith who covered him.

Jack Duong:   
Roongsak Griffith:   

Griffith picked up more outs on the     flop but failed to find them on the   turn or   river and Duong received a full double up at Griffith's expense.

Peter Nigh106,100,0008,600,000
Pierre Shum31,500,0005,300,000
Jack Duong18,600,0006,200,000
Roongsak Griffeth14,200,000-6,000,000
Amirpasha Emami6,100,000-5,900,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:07 PM Local Time
Mihai Niste Eliminated in 6th Place ($126,660)

Mihai Niste

Peter Nigh moved all in from late position and Mihai Niste called with the smaller stack from the button.

Niste had a significant rail who were all wearing leopard gear to signify, "The eye of the tiger".

Mihai Niste:   
Peter Nigh:   

The board came out in favor of Nigh immediately with       and Nigh's two pair beat Niste's two pair.

Peter Nigh97,500,00044,800,000
Mihai Niste0-29,200,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:00 PM Local Time
Nigh Becomes Chip Leader Through Massive Pot

Peter Nigh

Mihai Niste jammed all in from the button and Peter Nigh found the call on the big blind. Both players revealed their hands.

Peter Nigh:   
Mihai Niste:   

The board ran out       for Nigh to take it down with a full house (Eights full of Nines).

Peter Nigh52,700,00046,200,000
Mihai Niste29,200,000-14,300,000
Pierre Shum26,200,000200,000
Roongsak Griffeth20,200,000-5,500,000
Jack Duong12,400,000-6,400,000
Amirpasha Emami12,000,000-11,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:50 PM Local Time
Jixue Yin Eliminated in 7th Place ($100,120)

Jixue Yin

Jixue Yin moved all in from the cutoff and was immediately called by Roongsak Griffeth on the button who had a covering stack.

Jixue Yin:   
Roongsak Griffeth:   

Both players caught two pair on the     flop but Griffeth was far ahead with top two pair. He remained ahead on the   turn and   river to send Yin to the rail and scoop a sizable pot.

Roongsak Griffeth25,700,00010,500,000
Jixue Yin0-14,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:50 PM Local Time
Peter Hengsakul Eliminated in 8th Place ($76,300 )

Peter Hengsakul

Peter Hengsakul moved all in for about 12,000,000 from middle position and Pierre Shum from the hijack made the call and the rail was going crazy.

Peter Hengsakul:   
Pierre Shum:   

Shum had the odds with him and the board came out with       and Shum's pair of jacks held for the win.

Pierre Shum26,000,000-14,500,000
Peter Hengsakul0-20,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:44 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,250,000/2,500,000
Ante: 2,500,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:39 PM Local Time
Griffeth Finds a Double Through Duong

Roongsak Griffeth

Roongsak Griffeth moved all in from middle position for 6,750,000. Jack Duong made the call as both players revealed their cards.

Roongsak Griffeth:   
Jack Duong:   

The board ran out       for Griffeth to take it down with the sole pair of tens.

Jack Duong18,800,000-900,000
Roongsak Griffeth15,200,0002,200,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:25 PM Local Time
Duong Outflips Niste in Battle of the Blinds

Action folded around to Jack Duong in the small blind who moved all in for 8,350,000. Niste snap-called with a covering stack to put Duong at risk.

Jack Duong:   
Mihai Niste:   

It was a classic tournament flip that Duong came out on top of when the board ran out      , securing a full double up and extending his tournament life.

Mihai Niste43,500,00014,100,000
Jack Duong19,700,0003,900,000
Gorilla Gaming