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

Sunday, June 04, 2023 to Sunday, June 04, 2023

Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder

  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $873,900
  • Entries: 1,942
  • Remaining: 1


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Monday, June 5, 2023 4:11 AM Local Time
Ian "IanMa" Matakis Wins Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder for $120,686

Ian Matakis

Ian "IanMa" Matakis can now call himself a WSOP bracelet champion after winning Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder at the 2023 World Series of Poker.

"I've always wanted to win a bracelet," Matakis told PokerNews. "I basically played this tournament on my phone the whole day until the end of the 5k (No-Limit Hold'em Freezout.) I bagged about 50 bigs for the start of Day 2 on that one. When play ended, my buddy drove me home, and I was able to play the final table on my laptop."

$500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder Final Table Results

1Ian "IanMa" MatakisUnited States$120,686
2Baruch "QQlove" ForstUnited States$88,089
3Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" RosaUnited States$64,756
4"worldsgrtest"United States$47,977
5Paul "plenkeit2" LenkeitUnited States$35,480
6"Deeznutz"United States$26,479
7Justin "MadTitan" TurnerUnited States$19,837
8Joey "OnSpectrum" WeissmanUnited States$15,031

Including rebuys, the tournament had 1,253 total entries resulting in a prize pool of $873,900. Some 240 places were paid, with all players in the money banking at least $1,311.

Numerous notable players entered but failed to make the money, including Matt "berkey11_S4Y" Berkey, Vanessa "ContainsNuts" Kade, and Cody "1eggadaymike" Bell, who won Online Event #1: $333 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Treys Summer Tip Off three days prior to today's tournament.

Notable players finishing in the money included Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman (8th, $15,031,) John "RiverRace" Racener (20th, $3,670,) Davide "drogonzizi" Suriano (27th, $3,146,) and Phil "HeyGuys" Galfond (34th, $2,622.)

Another pro that cashed was Chance "BingShui" Kornuth, who found himself registered for two online tournaments at the same time. Kornuth was seen sitting out in one tournament so that he could open and play in the other. Despite having to miss hands, Kornuth cashed in both events (finishing 129th for $1,486 in this one.)

Eliminations came quickly at the final table. Weissman's ace-queen ran into Baruch "QQlove" Forst's pocket aces to exit in eighth.

Justin "MadTitan" Turner went out in seventh after his top pair fell to the flopped trips of "worldsgrtest." "Deeznutz" then fell in sixth to a rivered straight by Matakis.

Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit exited in fifth when his king-queen lost to king-deuce.

Matakis then played two big hands against "Worldsgrtest," first doubling up with pocket aces before eliminating them in fourth via pocket tens over pocket sevens.

Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa finished third when their pocket nines fell to a flopped pair of aces from Forst.

Matakis and Forst then played heads-up for about twenty minutes before the hand that ended the tournament.

The Final Hand
The Final Hand

Matakis held king-jack while Forst had ace-eight. After limping, Matakis bet on the ace-jack-four flop.

"It was a limped pot so that flop is usually better for me. That's why I bet out." The turn came a king. "On the turn, I hit two pair and block his two pair, and so I kept betting." Matakis bet and Forst raised all in with top pair. "When he jammed, it was a snap call." The river came a meaningless two, and Matakis became a WSOP bracelet winner.

"I'll be playing Day 2 of the 5k tomorrow," said Matakis, "but after that, this year, I was planning on taking it day by day."

PokerNews' coverage of WSOP online bracelet events continues with Online Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack on June 6 at 3:30 p.m. local time.

Monday, June 5, 2023 3:21 AM Local Time
Baruch "QQlove" Forst Eliminated in 2nd Place ($88,089)

Final Hand

Ian "IanMa" Matakis called from the small blind, and Baruch "QQlove" Forst checked his option.

The flop came    . Forst checked to Matakis, who bet 400,000. Forst called.

The turn came  . Forst again checked. Matakis put out 2,125,000. Forst then raised all in for 9,290,996. Matakis immediately called.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis:   
Baruch "QQlove" Forst:   

Forst needed to improve but was unable to do so on the   river. He still takes home over $88,000 for his runner-up finish.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the event shortly.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis29,130,00023,036,398
Baruch "QQlove" Forst0-15,260,196
Monday, June 5, 2023 3:16 AM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 50,000
Monday, June 5, 2023 3:07 AM Local Time
Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa Eliminated in 3rd Place ($64,756)

Baruch "QQlove" Forst raised to 640,000 from the button. Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa then moved all in for 3,666,182. Forst called.

Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa:   
Baruch "QQlove" Forst:   

The flop came    , immediately putting Forst ahead. Rosa received no help from the   turn and   and was eliminated in third place, taking home almost $65,000.

Baruch "QQlove" Forst will now play Ian "IanMa" Matakis in heads-up action for $120,686 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Baruch "QQlove" Forst15,260,1962,423,582
Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa0-10,199,784
Monday, June 5, 2023 3:01 AM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 160,000/320,000
Ante: 40,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:59 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Baruch "QQlove" Forst12,836,6142,880,258
Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa10,199,7848,092,936
Ian "IanMa" Matakis6,093,602-5,747,392
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:57 AM Local Time
Final Three on Break

The remaining three players are on what could be their final break of the night.

Monday, June 5, 2023 2:55 AM Local Time
"Worldsgrtest" Eliminated in 4th Place ($47,977)

Ian "IanMa" Matakis raised to 560,000 from the cutoff preflop. "worldsgrtest" moved all in for 1,035,996 from the button. Matakis called.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis:   

Matakis was far behind, and remained so when the board came     . However, a   came on the river to send "worldsgrtest home in fourth place, along with nearly $48,000.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis11,840,994-4,052,648
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:48 AM Local Time
Matakis Doubles Through "Worldsgrtest"

Ian "IanMa" Matakis opened preflop action by raising to 630,000 from the button. "Worldsgrtest" then reraised to 2,150,000 from the small blind. Matakis called.

The flop came    . "Worldsgrtest" bet 900,000 and Matakis called. The turn came  . Facing a check from his opponent, Matakis bet 1,304,000. "Worldsgrtest" then moved all in, and Matakis immediately called with a shorter stack.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis:   

The river came  , and Matakis doubled up.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis15,893,6429,294,499
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:40 AM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 140,000/280,000
Ante: 35,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:38 AM Local Time
Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit Eliminated in 5th Place ($35,480)

Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit raised all in preflop from the small blind, and was called by "worldsgrtest" under the gun.

Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit:   

The board ran out       giving "Worldsgrtest" two pair. Despite being eliminated, Lenkeit still receives over $35,000 for finishing fith.

Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit0-1,469,517
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:35 AM Local Time
"Deeznutz" Eliminated in 6th Place ($26,479)

"Deeznutz" moved all in from the cutoff and received two callers - Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit from the big blind, and Ian "IanMa" Matakis under the gun (who had initially called the big blind.)

The flop came    . Both Matakis and Lenkeit checked. They both checked the   turn as well. When the   hit the river, Matakis bet and Lenkeit folded. Matakis showed    for the straight, which eliminated "DeezNutz" who held   .

Ian "IanMa" Matakis4,553,851-1,045,000
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:25 AM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 30,000
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:23 AM Local Time
Justin "MadTitan" Turner Eliminated in 7th Place ($19,838)

Facing a preflop raise of 400,000 from "worldsgrtest" from early position, Justin "MadTitan" Turner moved all in from the button for 1.1 million. "worldsgrtest" called.

Justin "MadTitan" Turner:   

The flop came     which gave Turner's opponent trips. Turner watched as the   came on the turn and when the   came on the river, Turner was eliminated. He will take home nearly $20,000 with his seventh-place finish.

Justin "MadTitan" Turner0-1,947,756
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:20 AM Local Time
Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman Eliminated in 8th Place ($15,031)

Preflop action began with "worldsgrtest" raising to 400,000 from the hijack. Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman then raised all in for 569,260 from the button. Baruch "QQlove" Forst then reraised to 1.7 million. "worldsgrtest" folded.

Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman:   
Baruch "QQlove" Forst:   

The       board did not improve Weissman's hand, resulting in his elimination. Weissman will take home just over $15,000 for his performance.

Baruch "QQlove" Forst6,015,5163,577,388
Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman0-3,993,662
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:11 AM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 25,000
Monday, June 5, 2023 2:00 AM Local Time
Final Table
Ian "IanMa" Matakis7,154,6910
Joey "OnSpectrum" Weissman3,993,6621,774,944
Thomas "Pkrwarrior23" Rosa3,913,4243,301,313
Baruch "QQlove" Forst2,438,128-99,940
Paul "plenkeit2" Lenkeit2,169,517-588,887
Justin "MadTitan" Turner1,947,756-2,010,856
Monday, June 5, 2023 1:58 AM Local Time
Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia Eliminated in 9th Place ($11,448)

Castiglia busts

Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia moved all in preflop from the cutoff for his last 874,649. Ian "IanMa" Matakis called from the big blind.

Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia:   
Ian "IanMa" Matakis:   

The board ran out       to eliminate Matakis. Despite finishing just short of the final table; he takes home over $11,000 for his efforts.

Ian "IanMa" Matakis7,154,6914,250,670
Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia0-3,460,000
Monday, June 5, 2023 1:41 AM Local Time
Final Table Bubble

The final nine players have entered hand-for-hand play. With one more elimination, a final table will be set.

Monday, June 5, 2023 1:32 AM Local Time

The following is a list of prizes that the remaining players are playing for.

Playtika - Jason Alexander