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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, June 06, 2024 to Saturday, June 08, 2024

Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $300
  • Prizepool: $5,079,162
  • Entries: 20,647
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024 11:22 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 4 hours ago)
Stephen Winters Claims Victory in Event #20: Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold’em

Stephen Winters Wins 2024 WSOP Event 30

A total of 20,647 participants entered the arena for Event #20: Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em, part of the 2024 World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, which generated a prize pool of $5,079,162.

When the dust settled from the competition, Stephen Winters emerged as the lone combatant to entertain the masses and claim victory.

Winters outlasted the enormous field and defeated Simon Britton in the first hand of heads-up play to secure a first-place prize of $401,210 and a WSOP gold bracelet, the first of his poker career. Britton takes home $253,300 for his second-place finish.

The win provided vindication for Winters, who might have seen himself as an underdog.

"I guess this is for the little guys," Winters said. "I just play a few small tournaments each year, so it was exciting just to be relevant for once."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Stephen WintersUnited States$401,210
2Simon BrittonUnited States$253,300
3Quang VuUnited States$192,030
4Brendon HerrickUnited States$146,450
5James MorganUnited States$112,350
6Sung Pil KimUnited States$86,710
7Steve FouttyUnited States$67,320
8Jordan JohnsonUnited States$52,590
9Caleb LevesqueUnited States$41,337

The accomplishment proved relevant, indeed, as the win cemented Winters' place among a select group of poker players with WSOP bracelets.

He earned it by outlasting a vast field consisting of WSOP bracelet winners Men Nguyen, who fell victim to Winters near the end of Day 2, Shaun Deeb, Tamas Lendvai, Brett Shaffer, Daniel Heimiller, Mark Seif and Steven Wolansky, among other notable players.

Absorbing the enormity of what he just accomplished won't be lost on Winters any time soon.

"This is a whole other crazy level," he said.

Winters survived the zaniness of the tournament by staying grounded. While he didn't have a rail of supporters present to cheer him on at the final table, Winters stayed in constant touch with his family throughout the tournament.

He received all the encouragement he needed from his wife and children. In fact, Winters called his family before his post-match photography shoot and allowed them to participate in his moment via FaceTime.

"It was fun to have my kids kind of railing me from home," Winters said with a wide smile. "Like, every time I would report on how I was doing, they'd be like, 'Oh, daddy, try to get a thousand, try to get in top 900, and then they kept setting bars and bars and bars, and it's just the whole thing   surreal to be at this point."

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Stephen Winters Wins 2024 WSOP Event 30

In the meantime, Winters pointed out he was supposed to fly home Wednesday, a day after winning the Gladiators event, but the plans could be subject to change for the WSOP's newest bracelet winner.

"I don't know if I'll ever repeat this again, but I might play the Main [Event] now," Winters said. "We'll see."

Day 3 Highlights

A total of 14 players, all of whom were vying for their first WSOP bracelet, advanced to Day 3, with Britton as the largest stack (67,100,000) and Winters in second (64,975,000).

The bust-outs occurred in fast fashion between two tables to kick off the event.

Justin Ruth was the first to be sent to the rail in 14th place ($20,820) when his full house was counterfeited on the river by Steve Foutty's bigger boat, much to the bewilderment of the players at the table.

Within minutes of Ruth's exit, Quang Vu sent Petri Nikkinen packing in 13th place ($26,000) when Nikkinen's ace-high failed to improve against Vu's pocket fives.

Rami Hammoud was next to leave in 12th place ($26,000) when he pushed all in out of the big blind with an ace, only to discover he had run into Winters' pocket kings on the button.

Britton eliminated Alain Macabulos in 11th place ($32,680) with pocket aces and then Mario Lopez exited in tenth place ($32,680) to officially set the final table.

Simon Britton
Simon Britton

Once there, Winters became an irresistible force and was responsible for five knockouts.

Winters eliminated Caleb Levesque in ninth place ($41,337) with two pair and then followed up by knocking out Sung Pil Kim in sixth place ($86,710) with a pair of queens. In the hand before sending out Kim, Winters decimated Kim's stack when his pocket sevens beat out Kim's ace-king.

Winters then eliminated Brendon Herrick in fourth place ($146,450), Vu in third place, and made quick work of Britton during heads-up play.

The Gladiators event champion's win over Herrick and Vu, then the short-lived chip leader, propelled him atop the chip leaderboard. Winters' ace-queen beat out Herrick's ace-jack and Vu's ace-five in a massive three-way all-in preflop pot, which ultimately sent 381,000,000 to Winters.

With the overwhelming chip lead, Winters needed just one hand to best Britton in heads-up play to leave him as the last Gladiator standing in the arena.

This concludes the live coverage from Event #20. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the action from the rest of the 2024 World Series of Poker.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 10:10 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 5 hours ago)
Stephen Winters Wins Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em ($401,210)

Stephen Winters Wins 2024 WSOP Event 30

Stephen Winters is the official winner of the 2024 World Series of Poker Event #20, $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em. Winters took home his first career WSOP gold bracelet and a $401,210 payday. Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Stephen Winters680,500,00061,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 10:08 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 5 hours ago)
Simon Britton Eliminated in 2nd Place ($253,300)

Simon Britton Places 2nd In Gladiator

Heads-up play between Stephen Winters and Simon Britton lasted just one hand. Winters began the showdown with 517,500,000 chips, while Britton had 102,000,000.

Winters raised 34,000,000 on the button, and Britton called in the big blind.

The dealer fanned    , and both players checked their respective options. The   on the turn provided fireworks.

Winters actually announced he was all in out of turn, then immediately apologized when he realized his mistake. Britton then checked, and Winters moved all in.

Britton stood and looked at the board for a few moments, and then made the call to put himself at risk.

Simon Britton:   
Stephen Winters:   

Winters had the straight on the turn, but Britton was alive to the river with two pair. Any jack or ten would give Britton a full house, or even a king on the river would result in a chopped pot.

The   appeared on the river, however, to end Britton's tournament in second place. He collects a nice payout of $253,300 for his effort.

Stephen Winters619,500,000100,000,000
Simon Britton0-161,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:58 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 5 hours ago)
Quang Vu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($192,030)

Quang Vu

Simon Britton raised to 24,000,000 from the button and Stephen Winters made the call from the small blind. Quang Vu then shoved all in from the big blind and after Britton folded Winters made the call.

Quang Vu:   
Stephen Winters:   

The board ran out       and Quang Vu was eliminated. Winters went into heads-up play with a massive chip lead.

Stephen Winters519,500,000138,500,000
Quang Vu0-79,500,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:52 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 5 hours ago)
Level 47 started
Level: 47
Blinds: 6,000,000/12,000,000
Ante: 12,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:47 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 5 hours ago)
Brendon Herrick Eliminated in 4th Place ($146,450)

Brendon Herrick

Quang Vu, who had the players covered, started a massive chain reaction when he moved all in under the gun.

Brendon Herrick, who was on the button, then moved all in to put himself at risk.

Simon Britton folded in the small blind, and action fell on Stephen Winters, who was in the big blind.

Winter peeked down at his hand and immediately appeared agonized over his decision when he looked at the action in front of him. Winter took a few moments, and then made the call to also put himself at risk.

Brendon Herrick:   
Stephen Winters:   
Quang Vu:   

Winters saw the hands and was excited to see he was ahead.

The dealer then fanned     on the board, giving Vu a gut-shot straight draw. Winters, however, remained ahead.

The   on the river opened another gut-shot straight possibility for Vu, but the   on the river gave Winters a massive 381,000,000 pot and sent Herrick to the rail.

Herrick finished in fourth place for $146,450.

Stephen Winters381,000,000243,400,000
Quang Vu79,500,000-64,000,000
Brendon Herrick0-138,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:30 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Herrick Rebounds Through Vu

Brendon Herrick was short stacked after doubling up Simon Britton in the previous hand. Herrick shoved all in from the cutoff and Vu made the call from the small blind.

Brendon Herrick:   
Quang Vu:   

The board ran out       and Herrick doubled through Vu in a very swingy, action-packed final table.

Quang Vu143,500,000-158,500,000
Brendon Herrick138,000,00076,500,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:28 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 46 started
Level: 46
Blinds: 5,000,000/10,000,000
Ante: 10,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:26 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Britton Finds A New Hope

Simon Britton shoved his 70,500,000 stack all in from the small blind and was called by Brendon Herrick in the big blind.

Simon Britton:   
Brendon Herrick:   

The board ran out       and Britton was able to double up.

Simon Britton161,000,000131,300,000
Brendon Herrick61,500,000-129,500,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:18 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Britton's Rail is Ready to Celebrate
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:15 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
James Morgan Eliminated in 5th Place ($112,350)

James Morgan

James Morgan went all in from the cutoff and Quang Vu re-jammed for 137,000,000 from the button, which cleared the field and the players were heads up.

James Morgan:   
Quang Vu:   

The board ran out       and Morgan was eliminated in 5th place.

Quang Vu302,000,00095,400,000
James Morgan (CAN)0-73,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 9:00 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Vu Doubles Through Britton

Quang Vu

Quang Vu raised to 19,000,000 from the button and Britton three-bet jammed from the big blind to put Vu all in. Vu made the call.

Quang Vu:   
Simon Britton:   

The board ran out       and Vu doubled through Britton.

Quang Vu206,600,000189,600,000
Simon Britton29,700,000-34,300,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:49 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 6 hours ago)
Herrick Takes the Lead

Brendon Herrick

Quang Vu raised to 17,000,000 from the cutoff with    and Brendon Herrick made the call from the button with   . Stephen Winters was in the big blind with    and made the call.

The three players saw a flop of    . Winters checked his pair to Vu who bet 13,500,000. Herrick then three-bet all in for 40,000,000. Winters folded and Vu tanked for a moment before folding and giving Herrick the chip lead.

Brendon Herrick191,000,00016,500,000
Stephen Winters137,600,000-56,400,000
Quang Vu17,000,000-79,800,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:39 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Morgan Finds a Double Up

James Morgan

James Morgan moved all in out of the small blind for his remaining 32,800,000.

Quang Vu, who was in the big blind, asked for a chip count, and then called to put Morgan at risk.

James Morgan:   
Quang Vu:   

The dealer fanned     on the board, giving Vu top pair and a pair of deuces along with the nut flush draw to Morgan.

The   gave Morgan trip deuces, and then   on the river provided Morgan the nut flush and full double up.

Quang Vu96,800,000-37,200,000
James Morgan (CAN)73,000,000-8,800,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:39 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Level 45 started
Level: 45
Blinds: 4,000,000/8,000,000
Ante: 8,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:18 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Vu Scoops A Big One

Quang Vu

Quang Vu was under the gun when he raised to 13,500,000 with   . Simon Britton made the call from the cutoff with    and the two players were heads up.

The flop came out     and Vu lead out for 11,500,000. Britton made the call and the dealer put out a   on the turn. Vu checked and Britton bet 25,000,000. Vu took a moment before shoving all in for his remaining 47,600,000 stack. Britton went into an anguished tank for a while before finally making the fold and handing a massive pot over to Vu.

Quang Vu134,000,00046,400,000
Simon Britton64,000,000-56,000,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:16 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Sung Pil Kim Eliminated in 6th Place ($86,710)

Sung Pil Kim

Shortly after seeing his chip stack decimated, Sung Pil Kim found himself forced to be all in out of the big blind.

Simon Britton called on the button after action folded to him, and then Stephen Winters called in the small blind.

The dealer fanned     on the flop, prompting checks from Winters and Britton. The two once again checked when   hit the turn. The   on the river saw Winters and Britton check it down, and the cards were tabled.

Sung Pil Kim:   
Simon Britton:   
Stephen Winters:   

Winters took the hand with a pair of queens to officially end Kim's tournament. Kim finished in sixth place for an $86,710 payout.

Stephen Winters194,000,00016,000,000
Simon Britton114,000,000-6,000,000
Sung Pil Kim0-10,600,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:09 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Winters Doubles Through Kim

Stephen Winters

Sung Pil Kim was under the gun when he raised to 12,200,000 with   . Stephen Winters shoved his 84,400,000 stack all in from the big blind with   .

The board ran out       and Winters secured a massive double up that left Kim with a little over 3 big blinds.

Stephen Winters178,000,000114,500,000
Sung Pil Kim10,600,000-84,500,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:06 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Steve Foutty Eliminated in 7th Place ($67,320)

Steve Foutty

Steve Foutty moved all in for his remaining chip stack on the button.

After Quang Vu folded in the small blind, Brendon Herrick called in the big blind to put Foutty at risk.

Steve Foutty:   
Brendon Herrick:   

Foutty, who had been card dead for most of the final table, was ahead before the flop. But the situation drastically changed when the dealer fanned     on the board.

The   on the turn and   on the river officially ended Foutty's deep run in the tournament. He finished in 7th place and earned $67,320 for his effort.

Brendon Herrick174,500,00045,400,000
Steve Foutty0-42,400,000
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 7:54 PM Local Time (about 7 days and 7 hours ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Brendon Herrick129,100,0000
Simon Britton120,000,0000
Sung Pil Kim95,100,00015,000,000
Quang Vu87,600,000-15,000,000
James Morgan (CAN)81,800,00041,500,000
Stephen Winters63,500,000-12,000,000
Steve Foutty42,400,000-30,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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