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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 #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $5,115,000
  • Entries: 550
  • Remaining: 0

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Monday, July 17, 2023 3:59 PM Local Time
Alexandre Reard Brings a Bracelet Home for France in Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Alexandre Reard

Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship at the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas attracted a massive field of 550 runners, generating a total prizepool of $5,155,000. On Monday, July 17th, just four players returned for an unscheduled fourth and final day.

While each of them had locked up a healthy minimum payday of $306,55, given the calibre of the players left, none would be happy with anything less than the $1,057,663 first place prize to go along with a much sought after WSOP gold bracelet in one of the more prestigious events on the poker calendar.

After only 90 minutes of play, Alexandre Reard of France rode a boisterous rail to victory after besting British all time money leader Stephen Chidwick in heads-up play to more than double his previous best live cash and become the first French player to win two bracelets in the No-Limit Hold'em variant.

The win is especially impressive as the Main Event Final Table was taking place in the background on the second and third days and naturally generated a great deal of noise as well as other potential distractions. Reard did not seem too affected by that as he said he had worked on his mental strength coming into the series and was "playing in his own bubble." In fact, he seemed to relish what he described as a "great atmosphere", some of which came from a large group of vocal supporters.

Although Reard entered the day as the runaway chipleader with more than half of the chips in play, things did not go his way in the early stages. First, he doubled up AJ Kelsall in a blind on blind encounter to take a hit to his stack. Not long after, Justin Liberto picked off a bluff to send Reard sinking back down into the pack.

"I did feel some pressure coming into the day because I knew that in France everyone was expecting me to be at least in the top two." Still, despite the early setbacks and the added pressure to bring the bracelet home for his country, Reard kept a level head to get the job done. "I wasn't that worried. I changed my strategy and had to adapt." Whatever adjustments he made, they clearly worked as he managed to fight back and claim victory.

The win was clearly larger than the man himself as a huge contingent of French supporters playing in a tournament series back in Paris erupted in cheers upon hearing the news. His wife, who was also playing in that series, reportedly broke down in tears when she found out her husband had triumphed.

Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize
1Alexandre ReardFrance$1,057,663
2Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$653,688
3AJ KelsallUnited States$443,259
4Justin LibertoUnited States$306,555
5Eli BergUnited States$216,319
6Eric BaldwinUnited States$155,809

Day 3 Final Table Action

The official final table of six was set fairly late into Day 3 after Michael Rossitto fell in seventh place, his king-queen dominated by Kelsall's big slick.

At that point, things did slow down significantly, with just two more eliminations in the final three levels. Eric Baldwin was the unfortunate first casualty of the final table when he ran straight into Reard's jacks. Next to go was Eli Berg after a rampant Reard made maximum use of jacks for a second time.

With big money jumps on the line, play continued to be cagey for the remainder of the night, necessitating the addition of a fourth and final day to whittle the remaining players down to a winner.

Final Day Action

Reard immediately got to work leveraging his big stack to put significant ICM pressure on his opponents. That strategy did not go according to plan, however, as he quickly saw his chiplead evaporate with the stacks flattening out. The eventual winner managed to turn things around by claiming the first elimination of the day after he put a beat on Liberto to send the latter out in fourth place.

Kelsall had been towards the bottom of the chip counts for much of the final table but managed to win several crucial all ins at various points to stay alive. His luck eventually ran out when he doubled up Chidwick to leave himself with dust before seeing his remaining chips shipped over to the same opponent a couple of hands later.

That elimination set the stage for a heads-up showdown between Reard and Chidwick. Reard entered that portion of the tournament with a 3:1 chiplead and never looked back. On the last hand, Chidwick flopped top pair but it was bested by the turned straight of Reard to bring matters to a conclusion.

While Chidwick came up just short in his bid for a second WSOP bracelet, he can add another large score ($653,688) to further cement his status as one of the best players in the world and get close to cracking the top three on the global all time money list.

Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as it wraps up coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Monday, July 17, 2023 2:44 PM Local Time
Stephen Chidwick Eliminated in 2nd Place ($653,688)

Stephen Chidwick

Alexandre Reard limped on the button and then called after Stephen Chidwick raised to 1,200,000 in the big blind.

Chidwick continued for 1,800,000 on the     flop and Reard made the call.

The turn came   and saw Chidwick move all in. Reard snapped it off with the covering stack to put his opponent at risk.

Stephen Chidwick:   
Alexandre Reard:   

Reard had turned a straight with a redraw to the flush to leave Chidwick hoping for an off suit four for a chop. It did not happen with the   rolling off the deck on the river instead to eliminate Chidwick in second place and crown Reard the champion of Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em Championship.

Stay tuned for a winner's interview plus full tournament recap to follow.

Alexandre Reard33,000,0007,300,000
Stephen Chidwick0-7,300,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Bracelet Chasing in Paradise: First Ever WSOP Paradise Planned for December

WSOP Bahamas

The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas is winding down, but the action will heat up again come December with the first ever WSOP Paradise at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

In partnership with GGPoker, the winter series will include 15 bracelet events from Dec. 3-14. Via a Twitter video, GG's top ambassador Daniel Negreanu shared some details about the upcoming major event.

Read the Full Story Here

Monday, July 17, 2023 2:30 PM Local Time
Reard Keeps Betting

Stephen Chidwick limped in on the button and Alexandre Reard raised it up to 1,000,000 which was called by Chidwick.

The flop came    , Reard continued with a bet of 400,000 and Chidwick called.

The turn was the   and Reard fired another bet into the pot, this time for 850,000 and Chidwick called.

The river completed the board with the  . Reard looked over and barreled a bet of 2,800,000 over the line. Chidwick folded.

Alexandre Reard25,700,0003,000,000
Stephen Chidwick7,300,000-3,000,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:25 PM Local Time
Reard Fights Back

Alexandre Reard opened to 750,000 on the button and Stephen Chidwick defended in the big blind.

The flop came     and Chidwick checked. Reard led out for 400,000 only to see Chidwick raise to 1,200,000. Reard came back over the top with 3,100,000 and was called.

The   turn saw Chidwick check-fold to a bet of 2,500,000 from Reard to hand some of the chips he had just won back to his opponent.

Alexandre Reard22,700,0002,200,000
Stephen Chidwick10,300,000-2,650,000
Gorilla Gaming
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:21 PM Local Time
Chidwick Raises Flop

Stephen Chidwick opened to 700,000 on the button and then called after Alexandre Reard three-bet to 2,300,000 out of the big blind.

Reard continued his aggression with a bet of 1,700,000 on the     flop but could not continue in the hand once Chidwick responded with a raise to 3,400,000.

Alexandre Reard20,500,000-4,225,000
Stephen Chidwick12,950,0004,675,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:17 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:15 PM Local Time
Chidwick's River-Bet Does It

Alexandre Reard limped on the button and Stephen Chidwick opted to check.

The flop came    , Chidwick check-called the 250,000 bet of Reard.

The turn was the   and Chidwick checked again. This time, Reard bet 725,000 for him to call.

The river completed the board with the   and Chidwick took over the initiative and led out with a bet of 900,000. Reard folded.

Alexandre Reard23,400,000-1,325,000
Stephen Chidwick9,600,0001,325,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:12 PM Local Time
AJ Kelsall Eliminated in 3rd Place ($443,259)

AJ Kelsall

AJ Kelsall called for his last 125,000 on the button and Stephen Chidwick completed his small blind before Alexandre Reard opted to check in the big blind.

Both Chidwick and Reard checked through the whole       board.

Kelsall revealed the    for Reard to table the    but Chidwick showed the    for the pair of eights and the elimination to his name. Kelsall finished in third place for $443,259.

Alexandre Reard24,725,000725,000
Stephen Chidwick8,275,000625,000
AJ Kelsall0-125,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:07 PM Local Time
Chidwick Doubles Through Kelsall to Leave Him Short

AJ Kelsall shoved from the small blind for Stephen Chidwick to ask for a count. The dealer confirmed Kelsall held 3,825,000 which covered the 3,700,000 Chidwick had. He considered it for a bit and then made the call for his tournament life.

Stephen Chidwick:   
AJ Kelsall:   

The flop came     for Chidwick to hit two pair.

The turn was the   and changed nothing as Kelsall still needed a queen to take Chidwick out.

The   on the river completed the board for Kelsall to be left with a mere 125,000.

Stephen Chidwick7,650,0002,950,000
AJ Kelsall125,000-4,175,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 17, 2023 2:02 PM Local Time
Reard Forces a Fold

Alexandre Reard opened to 750,000 out of the small blind and AJ Kelsall called in the big blind.

Reard continued for 525,000 following the     flop only to see Kelsall raise to 1,400,000. After some thought and checking to see how much Kelsall had behind, Reard called.

The   turn saw Reard check and Kelsall continue his aggression with a bet of 1,700,000. Reard responded by moving all in, getting a snap fold from Kelsall.

Alexandre Reard24,000,0003,100,000
Stephen Chidwick4,700,000650,000
AJ Kelsall4,300,000-3,600,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:59 PM Local Time
Justin Liberto Eliminated in 4th Place ($306,555)

Justin Liberto

Alexandre Reard opened to 500,000 on the button and then called after Justin Liberto moved all in for 4,000,000 out of the big blind.

Justin Liberto:   
Alexandre Reard:   

Liberto was well ahead with his pocket pair but Reard did pick up a Broadway draw on the     flop. The   turn suddenly left Liberto on the ropes heading to the river and his exit in fourth place was confirmed after the   completed the board.

Alexandre Reard20,900,0004,375,000
AJ Kelsall7,900,000300,000
Stephen Chidwick4,050,000-525,000
Justin Liberto0-4,300,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:52 PM Local Time
Reard Increases Chip Lead

Stephen Chidwick raised to 550,000 from the button and only Alexandre Reard made the call from the small blind.

The flop came     and they both checked to the   on the turn.

Reard bet 625,000 and Chidwick called, but folded when Reard continued with a 1,400,000 bet on the   river.

Alexandre Reard16,525,000875,000
AJ Kelsall7,600,000-300,000
Stephen Chidwick4,575,000-1,175,000
Justin Liberto4,300,000400,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:47 PM Local Time
Reard Picks Off Liberto

Alexandre Reard opened to 500,000 on the button and was called by Justin Liberto in the big blind.

Liberto check-called a continuation of 350,000 from Reard on the     flop.

Both players checked through the   turn to the   river at which point Liberto bet a hefty 1,125,0000. Reard thought for a moment before flicking in the call holding   . Liberto could only show    for the bluff to send the pot over to his opponent.

Alexandre Reard15,650,0004,700,000
AJ Kelsall7,900,000-800,000
Stephen Chidwick5,750,000-850,000
Justin Liberto3,900,000-3,325,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:36 PM Local Time
Reard Gets Some Chips Back

Alexandre Reard raised to 500,000 from under the gun and Justin Liberto was the only one to make the call from the small blind.

The flop came     and they both checked to see the   on the turn. Liberto bet 350,000 for Reard to call.

The river completed the board with the  . Liberto checked for the final time but Reard bet 775,000 to send Liberto into the tank. He counted out some chips, looked at his hole cards a few times, cut out calling chips and then called but mucked when Reard tabled the    for two pair, tens and sevens.

Alexandre Reard10,950,0002,250,000
Justin Liberto7,225,000-1,675,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:32 PM Local Time
Liberto Goes For It All

Alexandre Reard opened to 500,000 on the button and Justin Liberto defended in the big blind.

Liberto checked following the     flop, prompting Reard to continue for 475,000. After a moment's thought, Liberto responded by check-raising all in, which got an instant fold from Reard to continue the Frenchman's early struggles as his chiplead has evaporated in the space of half an hour of play.

Justin Liberto8,900,000-325,000
Alexandre Reard8,700,000-1,700,000
AJ Kelsall8,700,0001,700,000
Stephen Chidwick6,600,000150,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:27 PM Local Time
Can Some Fool's Gold Help Adam Walton Capture the 2023 WSOP Main Event Bracelet?
Fool's Gold
Walton has 83 big blinds and a magic rock going into Day 2 of the Main Event final table.

Poker players can be superstitious, and it is not unusual to see them wear a specific item of clothing throughout a tournament or use a trinket as a card protector. The eagle-eyed among you who have followed PokerNews coverage of the 2023 World Series Of Poker Main Event may have noticed something unusual about Adam Walton's chips. No, it is not the way he stacks them, but rather the fact that there is a shiny rock taking pride of place on top of his chips.

Check Out the Full Story on PokerNews

Monday, July 17, 2023 1:24 PM Local Time
Liberto Makes the Right Call Against Reard

Justin Liberto

Justin Liberto raised to 500,000 from the button, and Alexandre Reard defended his big blind.

They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Reard bet 700,000 for Liberto to call.

The river completed the board with the  , and Reard barreled a bet of 2,000,000 over the line. Liberto took some time, counted out his stack, and then decided to make the call.

Reard flicked the    open for the missed straight and flush draws for Liberto to reveal the    for the turned pair of queens and the pot.

Alexandre Reard10,400,000-3,550,000
Justin Liberto9,225,0003,725,000
AJ Kelsall7,000,000-250,000
Stephen Chidwick6,450,000-150,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:20 PM Local Time
Chidwick Folds to Liberto

Justin Liberto completed his small blind, and Stephen Chidwick opted to check in the big blind.

The flop came    . Liberto bet 250,000 for Chidwick to call.

They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river. Liberto fired a bet of 1,175,000 for Chiwick to hesitate for a moment before opting to fold.

Stephen Chidwick6,600,000-500,000
Justin Liberto5,500,0001,450,000
Monday, July 17, 2023 1:14 PM Local Time
Kelsall Doubles Through Reard

Alexandre Reard moved all in from the small blind and AJ Kelsall called off for his remaining 3,500,000 in the big blind to put himself at risk.

AJ Kelsall:   
Alexandre Reard:   

Kelsall was ahead but Reard did have two live cards. The     flop was clean for Kelsall with the   turn ensuring he would not be eliminated and at worst would chop up the pot. The   river kept his king high best to hand Kelsall a full double while putting a dent in Reard's still chip-leading stack.

Alexandre Reard13,950,000-4,500,000
AJ Kelsall7,250,0002,750,000
Stephen Chidwick7,100,000150,000
Justin Liberto4,050,000950,000
Gorilla Gaming
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