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

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 to Friday, July 14, 2023

Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $8,404,000
  • Entries: 176
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, July 14, 2023 5:18 PM Local Time
Alex Kulev Takes Home First WSOP Bracelet for $2,087,073 in the $50k High Roller

Alex Kulev

As the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) winds to a close, Event #84: $50,000 High Roller saw a massive uptick in entries from last year to this year. A total of 176 entrants came out to play this iteration of the high roller, creating a prize pool of $8,404,000. From that starting, only five returned on Friday to play for the WSOP bracelet.

At the end of the day, it was Bulgarian high roller Alex Kulev taking home his first WSOP bracelet with a career-best score of $2,087,073.

"I'm just very grateful and very excited to be here," the newly crowned champion said surrounded by his supportive rail. "It has always been a dream of mine to win a bracelet, and doing it in this event against this type of field is the best that it can be."

Kulev had also final tabled the WSOP $250,000 No-Limit Hold'em event earlier in the 2023 series. Finishing in fourth place for $1,632,005 was his best result ever at the time. This time he came into the day with the chip lead and only relinquished it once throughout the final table.

"The best players in the world came out to play this tournament," he said about the tough competition, "I max-late-regged with 15 big blinds, so it was very touch and go for a bit but when the cards want you to win, they usually let you win."

With this score, Kulev rises to number one on the all-time Hungarian money list, with career earnings of $6,630,310.

"It feels good, but it doesn't take away from the other players high on that list. Ognyan Dimov and Dimitar Danchev have helped me a lot in my career and I don't like to rank them in any way, it's just an honor to be there."

The 28-year-old had nothing but kind words to say as he left the tournament surrounded by his friends on his rail.

2023 WSOP Event #84 Final Table Results

1Alex KulevBulgaria$2,087,073
2Gergely KulcsarHungary$1,289,909
3Jake SchindlerUnited States$957,491
4Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$713,413
5Koray AldemirGermany$533,561
6Johannes StraverNetherlands$400,562
7Brandon WittmeyerUnited States$301,859
8Moshe RefaelowitzIsrael$228,347

Action Of The Day

With five players returning today, it did not take long for action to kick off. The first hand of the day saw the elimination of Koray Aldemir when he check-raise jammed with second pair and the nut flush draw against Gergely Kulcsar, who had flopped three nines. The flush draw did not come home on the turn and the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion ended his run in fifth place for $533,561.

Koray Aldemir
Aldemir played one hand at this final table before departing it after his flush draw missed.

The next one to leave was Daniel Smiljkovic who moved in his final chips with ace-jack and Kulcsar called him with ace-ten. The flop came out safe enough, but the turn paired with Kulcsar's kicker and the river didn't with Smiljkovic's, which saw the WSOP bracelet holder's exit the tournament in fourth place for $713,413.

Three-handed saw Kulcsar relinquish the chip lead as Kulev began to rise up. Chips were exchanged between the three players as Kulcsar dipped to the shortest stack for a bit.

Next out the door was WSOP bracelet winner Jake Schindler, who exited in third place. Schindler moved in his final chips with ace-eight and Kulev called him with ace-nine. The flopped nine had Kulev lock up the board on the turn as he took a massive lead while Schindler collected $957,491 for his efforts.

Kulev came into heads-up play with a massive chip lead that grew as he won a big pot in heads-up play with three twos. A couple of hands later, Kulcsar moved all in with ace-five over an open for 14 big blinds, only to have Kulev call with ace-nine. The board provided no help for Kulcsar as Kulev won his first WSOP title and the Hungarian player collected a career-best score of $1,289,909.

Thank you for reading along with PokerNews, be sure to stay tuned for all updates regarding the 2023 WSOP.

Friday, July 14, 2023 4:07 PM Local Time
Alex Kulev Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #84: $50,000 High Roller ($2,087,073)

Alex Kulev

Alex Kulev has conquered the field in Event #84: $50,000 High Roller for his first career WSOP gold bracelet.

A full tournament recap will be posted shortly.

Friday, July 14, 2023 4:01 PM Local Time
Gergely Kulcsar Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,289,909)

Gergely Kulcsár

Alex Kulev opened to 1,600,000 on the button and called when Gergely Kulcsar moved all in for 9,400,000. The hands were tabled with the WSOP bracelet on the line.

Gergely Kulcsar:   
Alex Kulev:   

Kulcsar was looking for help but found none on the       runout. The players shook hands as Kulev celebrated his win, while Kulcsar's run ends in second place.

Alex Kulev52,850,00010,550,000
Gergely Kulcsár0-9,950,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 3:57 PM Local Time
Kulev Strikes First

On the first hand of heads-up play, Gergely Kulcsar called on the button before Alex Kulev raised to 3,200,000 in the big blind. Kulcsar called to see the     flop.

Kulev led out for 1,400,000 and Kulscar called to the   turn.

Kulev checked and called when Kulcsar fired 2,600,000. Both players then checked the   river, with Kulcsar looking relieved after not betting as Kulev turned over    for trip deuces.

Alex Kulev42,300,0006,650,000
Gergely Kulcsár9,950,000-7,200,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 3:43 PM Local Time
Jake Schindler Eliminated in 3rd Place ($957,491)

Jake Schindler

Alex Kulev raised to 1,600,000 on the button and in the big blind, Jake Schindler moved all in for 7,200,000 total which saw Kulev recheck his cards and put the chips in the middle.

Jake Schindler:   
Alex Kulev:   

The board ran out       and Kulev locked up the board on the turn as both Kulcsar's and Kulev's rails cheered loudly as both players secured a payjump while Schindler's quest for a second bracelet came to an end.

The players have taken a short break prior to heads up play.

Alex Kulev35,650,0003,050,000
Gergely Kulcsár17,150,0008,750,000
Jake Schindler0-11,800,000
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Friday, July 14, 2023 3:32 PM Local Time
Kulev Pulling Away

Alex Kulev

Alex Kulev opened to 1,200,000 on the button and found a call from Jake Schindler in the big blind.

Schindler checked the     flop before mucking to a bet of 1,650,000 from Kulev.

On the next hand, Schindler opened to 1,200,000 before Kulev slid a three-bet of 18,300,000 into the middle.

Schindler folded, as Kulev began to pull away from his opponents.

Alex Kulev32,600,0006,600,000
Jake Schindler11,800,000-5,200,000
Gergely Kulcsár8,400,000-1,400,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 3:20 PM Local Time
Kulscar Loses A Few

The chip counts flipped around as multiple small pots did not go the way of Kulcsar.

One between Jake Schindler and Kulscar in a limped pot with Kulcsar in the small blind and Jake Schindler in the big blind.

The board ran out       and action checked to the river where Kulscar bet 900,000 and Schindler called.

Kulcsar turned over    for a pair of eights but it was no good against    for a pair of kings to Schindler.

Another one saw Alex Kulev raise to 1,800,000 in the small blind and in the big blind Gergely Kulcsar called.

On the flop    , Kulev continued for 700,000 and faced little resistance as Kulcsar tossed his hand away.

Alex Kulev26,000,0009,300,000
Jake Schindler17,000,0001,600,000
Gergely Kulcsár9,800,000-10,900,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 3:10 PM Local Time
Schindler Fires the River

Gergely Kulcsar called from the small blind, and when Jake Schindler raised to 1,800,000 from the big blind, he called again.

Both players checked through the     flop and   turn, before Kulcsar tapped the table on last time on the   river.

Schindler slid out a bet of 2,500,000, producing a quick fold from Kulcsar to boost his stack.

Gergely Kulcsár20,700,0001,700,000
Alex Kulev16,700,000-6,600,000
Jake Schindler15,400,0002,900,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 3:05 PM Local Time
Kulcsar Chipping Up

After moving all in to take down the previous hand, Gergely Kulcsar opened to 1,200,000 on the button. Alex Kulev defended his big blind to the     flop, where both players checked.

Kulev led out for 800,000 on the   turn before Kulcsar announced a raise to 2,200,000. Kulev mucked while Kulcsar raked in the chips.

Alex Kulev23,300,000-1,200,000
Gergely Kulcsár19,000,0007,400,000
Jake Schindler12,500,000-4,200,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:57 PM Local Time
Kulev Gets Value From Kulcsar

Alex Kulev called in the small blind and in the big blind Gergely Kulcsar checked his option.

The board came     and action checked through to the   where Kulev bet 1,000,000 and Kulcsar called.

On the river  , Kulev sized up to 2,500,000 and Kulcsar wasted little time in calling.

Kulev turned over    for top pair and Kulcsar mucked his hand while Kulev padded his chip lead.

Alex Kulev24,500,0001,900,000
Jake Schindler16,700,000950,000
Gergely Kulcsár11,600,000-2,800,000
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Friday, July 14, 2023 2:51 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:48 PM Local Time
Schindler Scores Two

Jake Schindler called from the small blind, with Alex Kulev checking his big blind option.

Schindler led out on the     flop for 500,000 and Kulev made the call. Both players then checked the   turn. Schindler fired again on the   river for 500,000, producing a fold from Kulev to take the pot.

On the very next hand, Schindler raised on the button to 1,000,000 with Gergely Kulcsar defending his big blind.

Both players checked the     flop before Kulscar tapped the table again on the   turn. Schindler fired 1,500,000 into the middle, taking down another pot as Kulcsar folded.

Alex Kulev22,600,000300,000
Jake Schindler15,750,0003,200,000
Gergely Kulcsár14,400,000-1,100,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Kulev Takes From Kulcsar

In a battle of the blinds, Alex Kulev called before Gergely Kulcsar checked his option to the     flop.

Both players checked to the   turn, where Kulev check-called a bet of 500,000 from Kulcsar.

Another round of checking followed the   river, with Kulev turning over    for two pair. Kulcsar mucked his cards, as Kulev raked in the chips.

Alex Kulev22,300,000-1,200,000
Gergely Kulcsár15,500,000-1,000,000
Jake Schindler12,550,000-450,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:37 PM Local Time
Schindler Picks Off Kulcsar

Gergely Kulcsar called in the small blind while Jake Schindler checked his option in the big blind.

The flop peeled off     and Kulcsar bet 675,000 which Schindler promptly called.

On the   turn, action checked through to the   river where Kulcsar bet 750,000 and Schindler squirmed uncomfortably in his chair.

After burning through two time extensions, Schindler put in the chips to call and Kulcsar turned over    for just ten-high. Schindler turned over    for just ace-high and the WSOP bracelet winner took down the pot.

Alex Kulev23,500,0007,400,000
Gergely Kulcsár16,500,000-6,700,000
Jake Schindler13,000,000-600,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:21 PM Local Time
Daniel Smiljkovic Eliminated in 4th Place ($713,413)

Daniel Smiljkovic

Gergely Kulcsar opened to 1,200,000 and called when Daniel Smiljkovic moved his short stack into the middle from the big blind.

Daniel Smiljkovic:   
Gergely Kulcsar:   

Smiljkovic was in a great spot to double up and maintained his advantage after the     flop. Kulcsar then spiked the   turn to take the lead, with the   river completing the board.

Handshakes followed as Smiljkovic was eliminated in fourth place.

Gergely Kulcsár23,200,0007,700,000
Alex Kulev16,100,000-3,700,000
Jake Schindler13,600,00050,000
Daniel Smiljkovic0-3,150,000
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Friday, July 14, 2023 2:14 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:13 PM Local Time
Koray Aldemir Eliminated in 5th Place ($533,561)

Koray Aldemir

Gergely Kulcsar raised to 800,000 on the button and in the big blind, Koray Aldemir called.

The flop came out     and Aldemir checked over to Kulcsar who bet 400,000. Aldemir responded by raising to 1,000,000 and Kulcsar called.

On the   turn, Aldemir checked over to Kulcsar who bet 625,000. Aldemir responded by moving all in for 1,750,000 and Kulscar called.

Koray Aldemir:   
Gergely Kulcsar:   

The river   did not complete the flush draw of Aldemir leaving the three nines of Kulcsar to take down the pot as the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion departed the tournament in fifth place.

Gergely Kulcsár15,500,0003,150,000
Koray Aldemir0-4,000,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 2:01 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up And Deal!

The final five players have taken their seats and play has begun.

Friday, July 14, 2023 2:00 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Friday, July 14, 2023 12:55 PM Local Time
Spotlight Shines on Final Day of Event #84: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em

Koray Aldemir

The final five return to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas today to crown a champion in Event #84: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em, with Alex Kulev leading the way heading into Day 3.

The latest high roller event at the 2023 World Series of Poker saw a total of 176 entrants create a prize pool of $8,404,000, with today's winner taking home the $2,087,073 top prize and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

Kulev is in line for a second massive payday of the summer, looking to improve on his fourth place finish in Event #40. He returns to the table with a sizeable chip lead chasing a first career WSOP title.

Final Five Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jake SchindlerUnited States13,550,00027
2Koray AldemirGermany4,000,0008
3Daniel SmiljkovicGermany3,150,0006
4Alex KulevBulgaria19,800,00040
6Gergely KulcsárHungary12,350,00025

Three of his remaining foes have tasted WSOP glory, including 2021 Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir. This marks Aldemir's 16th cash of the summer, but he returns to action today as one of the shortest stacks along with fellow German and bracelet winner Daniel Smiljkovic.

Jake Schindler enters the day second in chips, looking for a second WSOP $50,000 victory after claiming gold in Event #12 back in 2022.

The final five are rounded out by Gergely Kulcsár, looking to improve on a runner-up finish earlier this month in Online Event #13.

Final Table Results and Payouts

1 $2,087,073
2 $1,289,909
3 $957,491
4 $713,413
5 $533,561
6Johannes Straver$400,562
7Brandon Wittmeyer$301,859
8Moshe Refaelowitz$228,347

Action will resume in the Horseshoe Events Center at 2:00 p.m. local time on Level 27, with blinds 250,000/500,000 and a big blind ante of 500,000. There will be 15-minute breaks after every three 40-minute levels, with a dinner break to be determined. Play will continue until the latest WSOP champion has been crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will have full coverage of today's final table, along with all remaining events here in Las Vegas.

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