Tuesday, July 18, 2023 9:42 PM Local Time
Summer Saved! Nielsen Takes Home Short Deck Bracelet and $270,160 in Second Cash of 2023 WSOP!
There were five players who returned for the final day of Event #97: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas and it was the start-of-day chip leader Martin Nielsen who walked away with his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet along with $270,160.
Nielsen overcame a star-studded field of 106 entries, which generated a prize pool of $895,300 in one of the last high-roller events of the series. Although he came back to Day 3 as the chip leader, it wasn't a cakewalk for the Faroe Islands Native as he sat down with some of the best players in the world, including poker Hall of Famer and legend John Juanda. In the end, It came down to a heads-up battle between Nielsen and Hong Wei Yu, and the short-deck specialist found a way to come out on top.
"It's so weird, though, I thought I would be nervous," Nielsen said after his victory, "I don't know, I am a full-time short-deck cash player, but I mostly play online on GG."
The craziest part is this is only his second cash of the series, with his first coming from a min-cash in a $200 Daily Deepstack for $403. When asked what made him register in this high roller, he simply said, "Well I am a short deck player, so this was my most important tournament of the summer, the $200 was just for fun." With this win, this jumps his Hendon Mob live earnings to $300,000, which he says will be the biggest from his home country.
Final Table Results
|1||Martin Nielsen||Faroe Islands||$270,160|
|2||Hong Wei Yu||United States||$167,340|
|4||Eric Wasserson||United States||$85,124|
|7||Chris Brewer||United States||$36,648|
Day 3 Action
There were five players that returned to the felt at 1 p.m. local time and after a small delay, the cards were in the air. The players waited for him to arrive after pitching the cards on the first hand but it didn't take long after that for the chips to start flying.
Early in the day, Juanda moved all in preflop with queen-ten of hearts and was called by Eric Wasserson with ace-king of diamonds to put him at risk. Wasserson flopped a king and held to eliminate Juanda in 5th place.
After that, the action slowed way down as the players were so deep, with the average stack well over 100 antes for most of the day. Wasserson looked like he was making a run when he became chip leader after winning a big pot against Nielsen but then two hands later lost a big cooler to Ivan Ermin to double him up.
Wasserson then lost most of his stack in a huge pot against Nielsen when he flopped a set of eights on an eight-queen-ace board against the ace-nine of Nielsen. Wasserson almost had him drawing dead but Nielsen hit a miracle runout of seven-six to hit a straight on the river. Soon after that, Wasserson moved all in with king-nine suited and was called by Ermin with king-queen. Wasserson turned a pair of nines to take the lead but Ermin hit a gutshot straight on the river to take the pot and sent Wasserson out in fourth place.
After his exit, it was two full levels before Ermin was sent home in 3rd after getting it in preflop with jack-ten suited against the ace-queen of Nielsen. The flop of ten-eight-queen gave Ermin the lead with a pair of tens but the king-jack runout gave Nielsen a straight on the river to send him out in third.
After this pot, Nielsen came into heads-up play against Yu with a dominating 3:1 chip lead. It only took around 15 minutes of play before the two managed to get it all in the middle with Yu holding jack-ten of spades versus the pocket kings of Nielsen. The queen-eight-six-ten turn with two spades gave Yu a ton of outs to hit, but the blank ten on the river did not do it and he was eliminated as the runner-up while Nielsen was crowned champion and adorned with the gold bracelet.
That wraps up the coverage for this event, and although this was one of the last events, keep an eye on PokerNews for the recap on the $5,000 6-max as well as the last updates on the $1,000 Super Turbo. Have a great summer, and catch more action on the felt real soon!
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 7:48 PM Local Time
Hong Wei Yu Eliminated In 2nd Place ($167,340)
Martin Nielsen opened to 175,000 from under the gun and Hong Wei Yu raised to 650,000 on the button. Nielsen moved all in, covering the roughly 1,500,000 total for Yu, who quickly called.
Hong Wei Yu:
Both players had monster hands, but when the board ran out , it was the kings for Nielsen that held up to send Yu out in second place and lock up the win for Nielsen.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||6,300,000||1,800,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||0||-1,700,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 7:34 PM Local Time
Ivan Ermin Eliminated in 3rd Place ($118,037)
Ivan Ermin and Martin Nielsen got all the chips into the middle preflop, with Ermin at risk of elimination.
"Oooohh, 50/50!" Hong Wei Yu said as he watched the dealer spread the flop to give Ermin the lead with his pair of tens and flush draw.
The turn changed nothing, but the river was a gut punch for Ermin as it gave Nielsen the straight and he was eliminated in third place.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||4,500,000||1,200,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||1,700,000||-300,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||0||-1,000,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 7:27 PM Local Time
Nielsen Wins at Showdown
In a limped pot preflop on a flop showing , Martin Nielsen bet out 75,000 from the cutoff and Ivan Ermin made the call on the button.
The turn came the and both players checked to the river, where again the action went check-check. Nielsen tabled for a pair of nines and Ermin laughed that he couldn't beat that and tossed his cards into the muck.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||3,300,000||450,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||2,000,000||300,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||1,000,000||-750,000 |0
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 7:07 PM Local Time
Nut Flush for Nielsen
On a flop of , Ivan Ermin checked to Martin Nielsen on the button who bet 25,000. Ermin tossed out the call and the two went to to the turn .
Ermin then check-called again after Nielsen fired for 150,000 and they saw the fall on the river.
After another check from Ermin, Nielsen bombed the pot for 650,000 and after a few seconds Ermin tossed in his cards.
After some prodding from Ermin, Nielsen couldn't help but showing for the nut flush and his opponents congratulated him on the nice hand as he gathered his new chips.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||2,850,000||230,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||1,750,000||-220,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||1,700,000||0 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 7:03 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6:44 PM Local Time
Nielsen Goes Big On Turn Against Ermin
Ivan Ermin opened to 160,000 from under the gun and only Martin Nielsen made the call on the button.
The flop came and Ermin continued for 110,000, which Nielsen came along. The hit the turn and Ermin slowed down with a check. Nielsen took a few seconds before cutting out a bet of 450,000 and Ermin quickly let it go.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||2,620,000||520,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||1,970,000||-530,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6:36 PM Local Time
Nielsen Takes it on River
On a heads-up flop of , there was already around 275,000 in the pot when Nielsen put out a bet of 85,000.
It was then on Hong Wei Yu who raised it up to 325,000 and put the pressure back on Nielsen.
Nielsen made the call and the two went to the turn , which double-paired the board. Both players then decided to check and went straight to the river .
Yu checked once more and Nielsen tanked for almost 30 seconds before he announced a bet of 300,000, to which Yu promptly folded to award him the sizeable pot.
|Ivan Ermin||2,500,000||330,000 |
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||2,100,000||180,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||1,700,000||-370,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6:13 PM Local Time
Yu Jams Turn Into Ermin
In a limped pot preflop on a flop showing , Ivan Ermin bet 75,000 from the cutoff and Hong Wei Yu raised to 375,000 on the button. Ermin made the call and the hit the turn.
Ermin checked to Yu who announced all in for 1,370,000 and Ermin went deep in the tank. After using several time bank chips, Ermin open-folded for a flopped set.
Yu revealed the to keep everyone guessing and scooped the large pot.
|Ivan Ermin||2,170,000||-430,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||2,070,000||270,000 |0
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6:01 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:47 PM Local Time
The remaining three players are now on a quick 15-minute break and will return shortly.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:46 PM Local Time
Eric Wasserson Eliminated in 4th Place ($85,124)
Eric Wasserson moved all in for a little under 700,000 and Ivan Ermin went into the tank.
After around 15 seconds, he made the call to put Wasserson at risk and the cards were tabled.
The flop of did not do much for either player, but the on the turn gave Wasserson a pair of nines.
"Come on, hold!" Wasserson shouted.
"Jack!" Ermin shouted also, and it seemed the dealer only heard the second request as the river came the to give him a straight to win the pot, eliminating Wasserson in fourth place.
|Ivan Ermin||2,600,000||780,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||0||-675,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:36 PM Local Time
Wasserson Gets Caught Bluffing
Both Eric Wasserson and Ivan Ermin limped in before Hong Wei Yu made it 105,000 to go on the button. Wasserson and Ermin made the call and the trio saw a flop of .
All three players checked their options to the turn. Wasserson led out for 80,000 and only Ermin came along. The hit the river and Wasserson took close to 30 seconds before sliding out a bet of 180,000. Ermin quickly called and Wasserson tabled for the ace-high bluff.
Ermin rolled over for a queen-high straight to scoop the sizable pot.
|Ivan Ermin||1,820,000||170,000 |
|Hong Wei Yu||1,800,000||-50,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||675,000||-625,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:29 PM Local Time
Wasserson Swings Back
Eric Wasserson moved all in from the button and Martin Nielsen quickly called to put him at risk of elimination.
The flop came out to give Wasserson the lead with his pair of kings, but the turn gave Nielsen an open-ended straight draw. Fortunately for Wasserson, the river was the brick and he let out a big sigh of relief as he was pushed the pot for a double up.
"I'm not dead yet!" he declared as he stacked up his reclaimed chips.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||1,920,000||-580,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||1,300,000||800,000 |0
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:17 PM Local Time
Nielsen Finds Miracle Runout To Double Off Wasserson
In a heads-up pot with 120,000 in the middle on a flop showing , Martin Nielsen bet 60,000 from early position and Eric Wasserson raised to 200,000 from the cutoff. Nielsen took a few seconds before announcing all in for 1,200,000 and Wasserson snap-called.
Wasserson flopped a set and had Nielsen in rough shape with his top pair. The turn fell the and Nielsen picked up a straight draw. The river peeled off the and the straight got there for Nielsen to score a massive double up off Wasserson and leave him short.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||2,500,000||1,040,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||500,000||-1,200,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:06 PM Local Time
The four players have agreed to take a short bathroom break. The action will resume shortly.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 5:00 PM Local Time
Ermin Gets Check-Raised by Yu
Eric Wasserson opened to 100,000 from the cutoff and was called by Ivan Ermin on the button and Hong Wei Yu from under the gun.
The flop came out . Yu and Wasserson checked to Ermin who bet 115,000, but then Yu check-raised him to 500,000 and Wasserson quickly got out of the way.
Ermin then went into the tank for almost a minute and a half, using two of his time banks before he finally decided to lay it down.
"Show an eight!" Wasserson said to Yu, who then complied by showing the as he raked in the pot.
|Hong Wei Yu||1,850,000||-50,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||1,700,000||-80,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||1,650,000||-50,000 |
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 4:41 PM Local Time
Level 20 started
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 4:39 PM Local Time
Wasserson Takes From Nielsen
Martin Nielsen opened to 75,000 from early position and only Eric Wasserson made the call in the cutoff.
The flop fanned out and Nielsen check-called a bet of 65,000 from Wasserson. On the turn Nielsen checked a second time and Wasserson came with a size of 140,000.
Nielsen took some time, but in the end made the fold and the pot was shipped to Wasserson.
|Eric Wasserson||1,780,000||60,000 |
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||1,460,000||70,000 |0
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 4:35 PM Local Time
The Jig is Up!
Martin Nielsen opened to 70,000 preflop and was called by Eric Wasserson and Ivan Ermin to see a flop of .
All three players checked and they went to the turn . Ermin thought for a second before leading out for 160,000 but both of his opponents quickly folded.
"Ahhh, come on guys, you made that too easy!" Ermin joked as he was pushed the pot, but when he tosed his cards to the dealer, the flashed up to where Wasserson could see it.
"The jig is up! We saw the nine!" he joked.
|Martin Nielsen (FI)||1,750,000||360,000 |
|Eric Wasserson||1,720,000||-110,000 |
|Ivan Ermin||1,700,000||320,000 |