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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 to Friday, June 02, 2023

Event #5: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $608,760
  • Entries: 456
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, June 2, 2023 8:46 PM Local Time
Chad Eveslage Steamrolls to Second WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed ($131,879)

Chad Eveslage

The 2023 World Series of Poker has crowned the third winner of a coveted gold bracelet at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Out of a field of 456 entries in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed, American poker pro Chad Eveslage defeated Andrew "AJ" Kelsall in a short-lived heads-up duel to claim the biggest slice of the $608,760 prize pool.

It was the second bracelet in as many years for Eveslage after he followed up his victory in Event #8: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. The maiden triumph back then came with a seven-figure score and also took place very early in the series. For his efforts over the last three days, Eveslage earned a payday of $131,879 while Kelsall was denied a second bracelet and had to settle for $81,509.

The final day featured one additional WSOP bracelet holder in John Racener, who reached the final table and bowed out in fourth place. Clayton Mozdzen was the only non-American still in contention among the 11 hopefuls and finished in fifth place.

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize
1Chad EveslageUnited States$131,879
2Andrew KelsallUnited States$81,509
3Nick KostUnited States$54,247
4John RacenerUnited States$36,953
5Clayton MozdzenCanada$25,779
6James JohnsonUnited States$18,428
Chad Eveslage
Second WSOP bracelet for Chad Eveslage

Winner's Reaction

After his dominating victory, Eveslage admitted that he was "Not nearly as excited, but it's fun," when compared to the maiden victory nearly one year ago. Something else was certainly different. Not only were the stakes lower, but also an entirely different kind of atmosphere compared to the serious nature of the high-stakes contest back then.

"You know what I mean? The mixed atmosphere is much, much more laid back. We were joking around heads up. Like, you know, when I beat Jake heads-up or it was, no, I don't think a single word was spoken, you know, but it's nice, you know ... I imagine it never gets old winning a World Series of Poker bracelet though," the now two-time champion clarified.

While many of the contenders picked specific games, Eveslage said that he considered his edge to be in a rather traditional variant. "There was a lot of Badeucey, but there was Hold'em, too. I think I've got way more No-Limit Hold'em experience than a lot of these guys. So there's a lot of value in just calling those games," he added, but clarified that the former is certainly one of his favorite variants. "I think...I definitely am certain I have an edge against almost everybody in that game ... just ... they're laughing at me because I sound egotistical," the champion joked while his friends poked fun at him for it.

Dubbed as the "greatest Badeucey player in the world" not only by runner-up Kelsall, Eveslage revealed that it all started from him playing a character as the greatest at the tables like a championship wrestler but "it might be true, too".

Another tongue-in-cheek remark by his opponents that was often mentioned throughout the last two days was the "run like Chad," which he explained as follows.

"A lot of people who have played me in mix think I just ... I'm not good and run really good. Maybe they are right, maybe they are just some kind of psychological justification. I don't know what is going on, but that's where it is from."

There won't be much of a break from the poker grind for the now two-time WSOP bracelet winner, however, and he is not certain yet which event to play next. Potential candidates are the Dealer's Choice Championship or the Mystery Bounty Event. "I don't know, we will see how I feel," he concluded.

Action of the Final Day

Runner-up Kelsall entered the final day as the chip leader, but couldn't keep up the momentum of the previous day. During a frustrating opening stage, Kelsall dropped back into the middle of the pack and even joked he "was a much better Day 2 player than a Day 3 player." The lead changed multiple times and several hopefuls came back from the brink to stay in contention.

This wasn't the case for Nick Pupillo, however, as his stack was swallowed up by James Johnson in Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. With ten players remaining, Eveslage was the shortest stack by a small margin while Racener saw his stack reduced to a fraction of a full bet. Despite that, Ryan Roeder became the next casualty as he was knocked out by Eveslage.

That boost to the stack sparked a rapid growth for Eveslage, who also dispatched Gregory Kelley shortly after. Racener remained in contention while Andrew Brown saw his stack vanish across multiple bad run-outs as he came up just shy of the unofficial final table. With seven players remaining, Eveslage held three times as many chips as second-placed Nick Kost and even the miracle escape of Mozdzen in remarkable fashion was just a very minor setback.

Eveslage decimated the stack of David Levi, who was then knocked out by Racener. Johnson fell to Mozdzen before Eveslage claimed the stacks of Mozdzen in Badeucey and Racener in Big O. Kost was left short by the hot run of Eveslage and bowed out in a battle of short stacks with Kelsall, who was unable to overcome the overwhelming lead and tremendous Badeucey prowess of his opponent.

Andrew Kelsall
Andrew Kelsall was denied a second WSOP bracelet

That concludes the PokerNews coverage for this event but Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship awaits right away on Saturday, June 3, where many of the participants in this challenge of versatility are expected to be back in action. Check out PokerNews' schedule for links to live coverage of other WSOP bracelet events.

Friday, June 2, 2023 8:26 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Eliminated in 2nd Place ($81,509)

Andrew Kelsall

No-Limit Hold'em

For the final hand of the tournament, they switched to NLHE and Andrew Kelsall was all-in out of the big blind and Chad Eveslage called.

Andrew Kelsall:   
Chad Eveslage:   

The     flop was a tease for Kelsall with the open-ended straight draw, but he bricked the   turn and   river to finish as the runner-up for $81,509. Chad Eveslage won his second WSOP gold bracelet in as many years and receives a top prize of $131,879.

Chad Eveslage11,400,000120,000
Andrew Kelsall0-120,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:22 PM Local Time
Kelsall Cannot Stop the Badeucey God

Badeucey

Both players kept their strategy with Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw for Andrew Kelsall and Badeucey for Chad Eveslage. They shared the spoils in the former this time while Eveslage then cemented his grip on the bracelet indefinitely.

Eveslage raised the button and Kelsall called. Kelsall discarded two versus trey and check-called a bet, then discarded two versus one and check-folded to another bet. "Three card perfect and a number two," Eveslage announced and flashed his cards.

"Wow, you really always catch a hand," Kelsall sighed albeit with a smirk on the face.

Eveslage then received a walk before he raised the next button. Kelsall called and they discarded two each on the first draw, checked and discarded two again. Kelsall check-folded to a bet worth the words "I draw the worst ever".

In the final hand of Badeucey, Kelsall raised the button and Eveslage called. Eveslage discarded trey versus one and they checked to the second draw. Eveslage discarded one versus two and his bet was called by Kelsall.

Eveslage patted the final draw and Kelsall discarded one. The bet of the overwhelming chip leader was called and Eveslage rolled over the   /      for an eight-eight to take down the next pot. Kelsall dropped to fewer than half a bet.

Chad Eveslage11,280,0001,430,000
Andrew Kelsall120,000-1,430,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:15 PM Local Time
Eveslage Quarters Kelsall

Badeucey

After Chad Eveslage raised, Andrew Kelsall three-bet and got called by Eveslage. Kelsall drew one while Eveslage took three.

Eveslage then call a bet from Kelsall and drew one after Kelsall drew one.

"That's not good," commented Kelsall before he checked his new card.

Kelsall liked what he saw though as he bet, but he then got raised by Eveslage. Kelsall called and both players stood pat.

Kelsall checked, and then called a bet from Eveslage.

Eveslage showed       for an eighty-six and a six Badugi. Kelsall showed       for the same 2-7 hand and an eight Badugi to get quartered by Eveslage.

Chad Eveslage9,850,0001,200,000
Andrew Kelsall1,550,000-1,200,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:08 PM Local Time
Kelsall Changes Strategy; Wins Three in a Row

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Andrew Kelsall revealed in table chat that he received a phone call and was advised not to select No-Limit Hold'em and Badeucey. "What are the odds you gonna select something else than Badeucey?" he asked his opponent and Chad Eveslage replied a rather dry "pretty low" with a smirk on the face.

Kelsall then went for 2-7 Triple Draw and proceeded to win the first three pots without showdown.

Eveslage opened to 160,000 for Kelsall to call as both drew three new cards. Kelsall check-raised a bet of 250,000 for the size of the pot and Eveslage folded, getting shown the      .

The next limped pot saw both discard two again and Eveslage bet 100,000, Kelsall raised the pot to 540,000 and forced another fold showing the      .

Eveslage limp-called a raise to 160,000 and Kelsall discarded two, Eveslage discarded three. Kelsall bet the pot and earned another fold. The only pot Eveslage won in the game was a walk, before he selected Badeucey as expected.

Chad Eveslage8,650,000-1,350,000
Andrew Kelsall2,750,0001,350,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:53 PM Local Time
"Wow, You Really Are the Best"

Chad Eveslage

Badeucey

Andrew Kelsall has playfully described his heads-up opponent Chad Eveslage as the best Badeucey player in the world, and received an example of why.

Kelsall called a predraw raise from Eveslage and then drew two, while Eveslage also took two.

Kelsall check-called a bet from Eveslage and then drew two again while Eveslage now only needed one.

The 2021 runner-up in the event checked again and then called once more, but now patted his hand. Eveslage drew one.

Kelsall checked a final time, and then called a final bet from Eveslage who showed       for a wheel and a seven Badugi.

"Wow, you really are the best," commented Kelsall as a pot was pushed to Eveslage that now sees him at ten million chips.

Chad Eveslage10,000,0001,200,000
Andrew Kelsall1,400,000-1,200,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:45 PM Local Time
Kelsall Gets Some Chips Back

Big O

Andrew Kelsall raised to 150,000 and Chad Eveslage called for both to check the     flop. On the   turn, Eveslage bet 300,000 and earned a call from Kelsall as the   river then completed the board.

Eveslage checked and Kelsall bet the pot to receive an instant fold by his opponent.

Eveslage opened to 180,000 next and folded to a pot-sized three-bet by Kelsall.

A limped pot then led to the     flop on which Eveslage check-called for 75,000. The   turn was checked and Eveslage bet the   river for 100,000. Kelsall tank-folded, suspecting a king and Eveslage nodded, mentioning king-jack.

The game type then switched to Badeucey and the first pot was chopped.

Chad Eveslage8,800,000-800,000
Andrew Kelsall2,600,000800,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:41 PM Local Time
Eveslage Extends Lead as Heads-Up Play Begins

Big O

After taking a couple of small pots from Andrew Kelsall in Badeucey, Chad Eveslage extended his lead further in their first hand of Big O.

Eveslage raised to 180,000 and got called by Kelsall. The players checked to the river on the       board and after a final check from Kelsall, Eveslage bet 300,000 and got a call.

Eveslage showed       for a flush and the nut low to take another pot and boost his stack to nearly ten million chips.

Chad Eveslage9,600,000875,000
Andrew Kelsall1,800,000-875,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:31 PM Local Time
Nick Kost Eliminated in 3rd Place ($54,247)

Nick Kost

2-7 Razz

Nick Kost:    /      /  
Andrew Kelsall:     /     

Andrew Kelsall selected 2-7 Razz as next game type, mentioning he "would have selected Badeucey but Chad is the best in the world and I am only 202nd" with a grin on the face.

He then tangled with fellow short stack Nick Kost who bet the superior board on fourth and fifth street. Kelsall took the lead on sixth and bet, Kost called and had just 140,000 behind with a big bet of 240,000 by then.

Kelsall also bet seventh and Kost sigh-called it off with an eight-seven. Kelsall announced a wheel and tabled it to see Kost depart in silence, finishing in third place for $54,247.

Both players are now on a brief break with around 17 minutes left prior to a scheduled dinner break.

Chad Eveslage8,725,000110,000
Andrew Kelsall2,675,000775,000
Nick Kost0-885,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:26 PM Local Time
Kost "F**** Up Hand" to Get Shorter Again

No-Limit Hold'em

Chad Eveslage raised the button and was called by Nick Kost in the big blind. The     flop was checked by Kost, who then called a bet worth 100,000 by Eveslage. Both checked the   turn and Kost bet the   river for 275,000.

Eveslage called rather swiftly and Kost instantly murmured "I fucked this hand up" as he rolled over the    for a busted gutshot and flush draw. Eveslage won the pot with the    and his opponent dropped below a million in chips.

Chad Eveslage8,615,000565,000
Andrew Kelsall1,900,000-100,000
Nick Kost885,000-465,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:23 PM Local Time
Kelsall and Kost Cut Down Eveslage

Omaha 8 or Better

Back-to-back hands have seen Andrew Kelsall and Nick Kost each take significant chunks out of Chad Eveslage's stack.

First, after three bets each went in preflop along with bets on the flop and turn, the players checked the end with a completed board of      .

Eveslage showed      declaring "tens", to which Kelsall replied "no good" and showed      for aces and eights to take a sizeable pot.

Following that, Nick Kost limped his small blind, then called a raise from Eveslage in the big blind to see a flop of    .

Kost check-called a bet on the flop, and then check-raised Eveslage on the   turn. Eveslage mucked and sent a pot to his other opponent.

Chad Eveslage8,050,000-1,175,000
Andrew Kelsall2,000,000775,000
Nick Kost1,350,000400,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:14 PM Local Time
Eveslage Continues to Dominate

Big O

Chad Eveslage raised the button to 210,000 and Andrew Kelsall repotted to 690,000 with 595,000 behind. Eveslage tanked and Kelsall joked "don't beat me with a crap hand like four, five, eight, jack, king".

"I would already be in it with that," Eveslage joked back and folded to get shown the       by Kelsall.

Kelsall raised the next button to 130,000 and Eveslage defended the big blind. On a flop of    , Eveslage bet 75,000 and Kelsall folded, exposing a seven-high combo.

Razz brought no action and Nick Kost then selected Omaha 8 or better.

Kost raised the button and called a three-bet by Eveslage in the small blind. Eveslage bet the     flop for Kost to call and bet again the   turn, forcing out Kost.

Chad Eveslage9,225,000400,000
Andrew Kelsall1,225,000-275,000
Nick Kost950,000-50,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:09 PM Local Time
John Racener Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,953)

John Racener

Big O

Chad Eveslage raised to 180,000 in the small blind and got a call from John Racener in the big blind.

On the     flop, Eveslage bet pot, Racener moved all in for just under a million and Eveslage called to put Racener at risk.

John Racener:      
Chad Eveslage:      

Racener had the nut flush draw and a double-gutshot working for him, while Eveslage had a set of fives.

The board ran out   , keeping Eveslage's set ahead while bringing neither player a low to send Racener to the payout desk in fourth place.

Chad Eveslage8,825,0001,325,000
John Racener0-1,325,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 7:01 PM Local Time
Eveslage Running Away With the Lead

Razz

Nick Kost:    /    
Chad Eveslage:    /     folded on fifth street

Nick Kost bet a favourable board on fourth and fifth, after which Chad Eveslage folded when he paired up the six.

Nick Kost:    /      folded on sixth street
Chad Eveslage:    /     
John Racener:    /     folded on fifth street

The revenge of the run-away chip leader came shortly after when his king-ten high on fifth had the lead against two pairs. Eveslage bet and John Racener tanked, then folded while showing a lot of frustration. Kost stuck around and snap-folded sixth street when he paired up a second time.

Big O

Eveslage then raised to 175,000 on the button and Andrew Kelsall, now second in chips, defended the big blind. They checked to the      turn after which Kelsall checked again. Eveslage bet the pot for 440,000 and won it without resistance.

Chad Eveslage7,500,0001,400,000
Andrew Kelsall1,500,000-500,000
John Racener1,325,000-725,000
Nick Kost1,000,000-450,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:56 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Doubles Through John Racener

Andrew Kelsall

Big O

John Racener raised to 120,000 in the cutoff and was met with a three-bet for pot to 550,000 from Andrew Kelsall, who had 400,000 left behind.

Racener made the call and the dealer spread a flop of    . Racener checked and Kelsall moved that 400,000 in and asked the dealer for the 'all-in' button.

Racener thought briefly then opted to make the call.

Andrew Kelsall:      
John Racener:      

Racener was in rough shape against Kelsall's trip aces and six-four low. The dealer completed the board with the   and  , giving Kelsall the scoop with a full house and six-four low.

John Racener2,050,000-900,000
Andrew Kelsall2,000,0001,050,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:43 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:41 PM Local Time
Two in a Row for Racener

Badeucey

In a battle of the blinds in the last hand of Badeucey, both discarded two on the first draw and Chad Eveslage check-called a bet by John Racener. They discarded two again and Racener bet when checked to, sending Eveslage in a very rare tank. "The best in the world needs time?" Racener joked, Eveslage grinned back and called a minute later.

Eveslage discarded another two on the final draw while Racener took one. Eveslage check-called but couldn't beat the   /      of Racener.

Big O

The final hand of the level brought Big O with Nick Kost as initial raiser, picking up calls from Racener and Andrew Kelsall in the blinds. They checked the     flop and Racener bet the   turn for 175,000. Only Kelsall called and the   river was checked.

Racener revealed the       for queens and deuces to win the pot, with Kelsall sighing visibly.

Chad Eveslage6,100,000-700,000
John Racener2,950,0001,110,000
Nick Kost1,450,000-100,000
Andrew Kelsall950,000-330,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:39 PM Local Time
A Couple of Uneventful Orbits

A series of split pot games such as Stud Hi-Lo Regular, Stud 8 or Better and Badeucey saw no major action with split pots and hands not going to seventh street.

Chad Eveslage continues to be the firm chip leader.

Chad Eveslage6,800,000300,000
John Racener1,840,000-285,000
Nick Kost1,550,000-250,000
Andrew Kelsall1,280,000230,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 6:37 PM Local Time
Clayton Mozdzen Eliminated in 5th Place ($25,779)

Clayton Mozdzen

Badeucey

Clayton Mozdzen raised and then called all-in when Chad Eveslage three-bet. Both discarded two each on the first two draws and one each on the final draw to reveal the following showdown.

Clayton Mozdzen:   /    
Chad Eveslage:   /    

Eveslage had a three-card nine while Mozdzen was ahead with a three-card eight. The final card for Eveslage was the   as he improved to a ten-ten. Mozdzen peeled the   for a third diamond and was eliminated in 5th place.

Chad Eveslage6,500,000400,000
John Racener2,125,000-675,000
Nick Kost1,800,000750,000
Andrew Kelsall1,050,000-535,000
Clayton Mozdzen0-250,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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