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

Monday, June 17, 2024 to Thursday, June 20, 2024

Event #45: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,683,300
  • Entries: 181
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, June 21, 2024 2:47 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 12 hours ago)
Maksim Pisarenko Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Maksim Pisarenko

Maksim Pisarenko has overcome a 181-player field that created a prize pool of $1,683,300 and defeated Mike Leah heads up to claim his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $399,988 first-place prize in Event #45: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.

Pisarenko's victory came after a lengthy heads-up match that went back-and-forth several times inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Leah became notorious for how many times he was able to double up over the course of the tournament — earning him the affectionate name of "The Phoenix" by Pisarenko.

However, it was Pisarenko's day to shine and he was able to douse Leah after a three-hour heads-up duel. The victory marks Pisarenko's largest tournament score to date, bringing the Russian pro's live-tournament earnings to over $1 million and cementing his status as a mixed-game star.

Event #45: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Maksim PisarenkoRussian Federation$399,988
2Mike LeahCanada$266,658
3Lawrence BrandtUnited States$183,049
4Steve ZolotowUnited States$128,863
5Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom$93,094
6Maria HoUnited States$69,063
7Robert WellsUnited Kingdom$52,651
8Patrick MoulderUnited States$41,281
9Greg MascioUnited States$33,313
Mike Leah
Mike Leah

Winner's Reaction

"It feels surreal. I have no adrenaline," Pisarenko explained when asked how he felt about winning the event. "Maybe tomorrow I'll feel something. It's unbelievable."

The victory was extra sweet for Pisarenko as it was his first WSOP final table after a string of min-cashes. Prior to today, Pisarenko had cashed eight times in this year's WSOP.

"I was getting upset with busting. My friends started calling me Mr. Min-cash," Pisarenko said. "This one is very important. I just wanted to fu**ing win first place."

Pisarenko was humble in victory despite overcoming a stacked final table that included multiple bracelet winners, including Benny Glaser, Steve Zolotow, and Lawrence Brandt in addition to Leah.

"I was nervous [at the start of the final table]. Benny [Glaser] is a very good player. After he busted, I felt a lot better. Leah is also a great player. If he beat me today, I would have nothing but respect for him."

Final Table
Final Table

Heads-up Action

Pisarenko entered Day 5 with a slight chip lead over Leah, but the tone of the match was quickly set after Leah and Pisarenko exchanged leads several times within the first level of play.

Pisarenko pulled into a considerable lead after winning a pair of hands in Razz, but Leah fired right back after making a couple of full house in both variations of Stud.

Leah pulled into an over 3:1 chip lead after making another full house against Pisarenko's flush in Omaha Hi-Lo, but Pisarenko hung tough and pulled back to even after a couple favorable hands in Razz and Stud.

Leah and Pisarenko were far from done, however, and took turns scooping each other in Stud Hi-Lo. A key hand occurred to give Pisarenko his largest lead of the match after both players made trips in Limit Hold'em. Pisarenko held the best kicker and Leah was left short.

"The Phoenix" rose again in dramatic fashion, however, after drilling a set of jacks on the flop against Pisarenko's queens in Limit Hold'em.

Despite Leah's resilience, Pisarenko wouldn't be denied. Leah found himself with crumbs after losing a large pot in Razz and, despite Leah doubling up his meager stack three more times, Pisarenko was able to finish the job in Stud with split aces against Leah's split kings.

This concludes PokerNews event coverage. Be sure to check out our live-reporting hub for continuing coverage of the 2024 WSOP and other events around the globe.

Friday, June 21, 2024 2:05 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Mike Leah Eliminated in 2nd Place ($266,658)

Mike Leah

Seven Card Stud

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

Mike Leah two-bet all in on third street and Maksim Pisarenko instantly called. Leah had split kings but was up against Pisarenko's split aces.

Neither player improved until sixth street, where Leah made two pair. However, Pisarenko made aces up on seventh street for a higher two pair.

This left Leah with just one king and one six as outs, but he failed to peel either and had to make do with becoming the runner-up in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $266,658.

Maksim Pisarenko10,800,0001,150,000
Mike Leah0-1,150,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:55 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Leah Down to Nothing, Doubles Up Again

Seven Card Stud

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

Mike Leah brought in, Maksim Pisarenko completed and Leah called. Leah then called down all the way to seventh street, after which the players showed down.

Pisarenko showed     for aces and kings, leaving Leah's    for a lower two pair in the dust. Leah was left with just one big bet.

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

The rest of Leah's chips went in the next hand on third street. He made a pair on sixth street to take the lead, and two pair on seventh street to rake in the double-up.

Maksim Pisarenko9,650,0001,350,000
Mike Leah1,150,000-1,350,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:49 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Leah Doubles Twice

Razz

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

Mike Leah completed and Maksim Pisarenko raised. Leah called.

Pisarenko bet blind on fourth steet and Leah called all in to put himself at risk.

Leah's board left him best with an eight and he doubled up.

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

On the next hand, Pisarenko completed and Leah called.

Leah bet on fourth and Pisarenko raised. Leah called all in and boards were run.

Leah ended with a ten-eight, which was good for another double up against Pisarenko's worse ten.

Maksim Pisarenko8,300,000-1,750,000
Mike Leah2,500,0001,750,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:42 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Leah Left With Crumbs

Mike Leah

Razz

Mike Leah:   /     - folded sixth street
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    

Maksim Pisarenko brought in, Mike Leah completed, and Pisarenko called. Leah continued betting on fourth street and Pisarenko called, after which the same happened on fifth street.

On seventh street, with one and a half big bets behind, Leah checked to Pisarenko, who fired a bet. Leah thought it over for a bit before folding, showing another   as he did so.

Pisarenko raked in the chips to cross the eight-figure mark, letting Leah see his   before doing so.

Maksim Pisarenko10,050,0001,350,000
Mike Leah750,000-1,350,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:33 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Pisarenko Pulling Away Again

Omaha Hi-Lo

Mike Leah raised on the button and Maksim Pisarenko called.

Both players checked on the     flop and then Pisarenko check-called a bet from Leah on the   turn.

The   completed the board and Pisarenko again check-called a bet from Leah.

"Kings," Leah said, prompting Pisarenko to table      for trip nines to take down the pot.

"Check," Leah joked.

Maksim Pisarenko8,700,0001,450,000
Mike Leah2,100,000-1,450,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:30 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 13 hours ago)
Leah Drills Set to Double Up

Mike Leah

Limit Hold'em

Maksim Pisarenko raised his button and Mike Leah called in the big blind. Leah then check-called Pisarenko's continuation-bet on the     flop before the   hit the turn.

Leah checked once more and Pisarenko bet. Leah counted out his chips before putting in a raise, having only a single T-25,000 chip behind. Pisarenko then put him all in and Leah called.

Mike Leah:   
Makism Pisarenko:   

Both players had monsters preflop, but Leah had flopped a set for a massive lead. The   river did not bring Pisarenko a queen, and Leah doubled up to stay in contention for his second bracelet.

Maksim Pisarenko7,250,000-1,650,000
Mike Leah3,550,0001,650,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:26 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Trips Over Trips Leave Leah Short

Limit Hold'em

Maksim Pisarenko raised on the button and Mike Leah called.

Leah check-called a bet from Pisarenko on the     flop and then both players checked on the   turn.

The   filled the river and Leah led out for a bet. Pisarenko raised and, undeterred, Leah made it three bets to go.

Pisarenko quickly called and Leah turned over    for trip deuces. Pisarenko revealed    for trip deuces with an ace-kicker and was sent the large pot to leave Leah with under two million.

Maksim Pisarenko8,900,0001,600,000
Mike Leah1,900,000-1,600,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:17 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Leah’s Stack Slipping

Stud Hi-Lo

Mike Leah:   /     -folded on sixth street
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    

Maksim Pisarenko completed and Mike Leah called.

Leah called a bet from Pisarenko on fourth street and then both players checked on fifth.

Pisarenko went back to betting on sixth and Leah let his hand go.

Maksim Pisarenko7,300,000575,000
Mike Leah3,500,000-575,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:14 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Pisarenko Strikes Back

Maksim Pisarenko

Stud Hi-Lo

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

Maksim Pisarenko brought in, Mike Leah completed, and Maksim Pisarenko two-bet. Leah made the call and check-called Pisarenko's bet on fourth street as well.

Leah then made an open pair of nines on fifth street, causing him to bet out. Pisarenko called before raising on sixth street when Leah had bet again.

Leah made the call and checked in the dark on seventh street. Pisarenko fired a bet without looking at his final card, and Leah tossed in a call after sweating his final card.

Pisarenko tabled     for a straight to the seven and a seven-low, leaving Leah's     for two pair useless.

Maksim Pisarenko6,725,0003,025,000
Mike Leah4,075,000-3,025,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:08 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Leah’s Straight Scoops

Mike Leah

Stud Hi-Lo

Mike Leah:    /    
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

Mike Leah completed and Maksim Pisarenko raised. Leah called.

Pisarenko proceeded to call bets from Leah all the way down and Leah turned over     for a straight and a low.

"Nice hand," Pisarenko said as he mucked his hand.

Mike Leah7,100,0002,250,000
Maksim Pisarenko3,700,000-2,250,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:05 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Completing Disaster for Leah

Stud Hi-Lo

Mike Leah:   /     - folded sixth street
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    

Mike Leah chose to complete with his three up before Maksim Pisarenko made it two bets with his ten. Leah called and check-called on fourth street when he paired his door card.

On fifth street, both players checked. Pisarenko made an open pair of sixes on sixth street and bet out, causing Leah to make a quick fold.

Maksim Pisarenko5,950,000550,000
Mike Leah4,850,000-550,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 1:00 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Back and Forth

Seven Card Stud

Mike Leah:   /    
Maksim Pisarenko:   /     - folded on sixth street

Mike Leah completed and Maksim Pisarenko called.

Pisarenko called bets from Leah on fourth and fifth street, but folded facing another barrel from Leah on sixth.

Mike Leah:   /    /  - folded on seventh street
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    / 

On the next hand, Pisarenko completed and Mike Leah called.

Leah called a bet on fourth street and then bet himself on fifth. Pisarenko called.

Both players checked on sixth street and Leah let his hand go facing a bet from Pisarenko on seventh.

Mike Leah5,400,000-100,000
Maksim Pisarenko5,400,000100,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:54 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Pisarenko Evens Things Out

Maksim Pisarenko

Seven Card Stud

Mike Leah:   /     - folded sixth street
Maksim Pisarenko:   /    

Maksim Pisarenko brought in, Mike Leah completed, Pisarenko raised, and Leah called. Pisarenko then took the betting lead on fourth street.

Leah called for fifth street to go check-check. Leah paired his nine on sixth street and led out with a bet, after which Pisarenko raised. Leah went deep into the tank, with Pisarenko telling him that a fold would be the best play.

Eventually, Leah listened to his opponent, who showed the   as a reward.

Mike Leah5,500,000-975,000
Maksim Pisarenko5,300,000975,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:47 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 14 hours ago)
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:21 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 15 hours ago)
Break Time

Mike Leah and Maksim Pisarenko are taking a 25-minute break.

Mike Leah6,475,000475,000
Maksim Pisarenko4,325,000-475,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:18 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 15 hours ago)
Pisarenko Climbing Back

Maksim Pisarenko

Razz

Mike Leah:   /    / 
Maksim Pisarenko:    /    

Maksim Pisarenko completed and Mike Leah called.

Pisarenko called bets from Leah on fourth and fifth street and then both players checked on sixth.

Leah called a bet from Pisarenko on seventh and Pisarenko turned over     for an eight. Leah collected his cards and tossed them into the muck to send the pot Pisarenko's way.

Mike Leah6,000,000-2,275,000
Maksim Pisarenko4,800,0002,275,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:11 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 15 hours ago)
Leah Takes Commanding Lead

Mike Leah

Omaha Hi-Lo

Mike Leah raised his button, Maksim Pisarenko three-bet from the big blind, and Leah called. Pisarenko then put a continuation-bet on the     flop, which Leah called.

The   turn saw Pisarenko slow down with a check, after which Leah bet. Pisarenko made the call for the   river to complete the board.

Pisarenko checked again, Leah put in another bet, and Pisarenko called. Leah tabled      for queens full of tens, while a disappointed Pisarenko showed    for a rivered flush.

Mike Leah8,275,0001,675,000
Maksim Pisarenko2,525,000-1,675,000
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:11 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 15 hours ago)
Life Outside Poker: UFC's Bruce Buffer Dishes on Poker Games w/ Leonardo DiCaprio
Bruce Buffer Life Outside Poker
Bruce Buffer Life Outside Poker

Life Outside Poker is a new podcast for PokerNews hosted by Connor Richards that seeks to pull back the curtain on poker players and allow viewers and listeners to get to know them on a personal level.

In the eighth episode, Connor speaks with legendary UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer in an exclusive in-depth interview after Buffer's deep run in the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $50,000 High Roller. Buffer, a longtime poker player, finished in eighth place for a career-best $212,423 after kicking off Day 3 with his trademark "it's time" introduction.

Buffer talked about finding his long-lost half-brother, Michael Buffer, and becoming his manager, the early days of the UFC, the similarities between poker and martial arts, his relationships with Joe Rogan and Dana White, playing poker with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio and the time he injured himself in a poker tournament before announcing the biggest UFC fight in history.

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Friday, June 21, 2024 12:07 PM Local Time (about 2 days and 15 hours ago)
Aces-Up For Leah

Limit Hold'em

Maksim Pisarenko raised on the button and Mike Leah defended his big blind.

Leah check-called a bet from Pisarenko on the     flop and then both players checked on the   turn.

The   completed the board and Leah led out for a bet.

Pisarenko called and Leah tabled    for two pair. Pisarenko couldn't beat it and mucked — awarding the pot to Leah.

Mike Leah6,600,0001,025,000
Maksim Pisarenko4,200,000-1,025,000
Gorilla Gaming
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