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WSOP 2023: Highlights, Drama, And More Poker
Smit Trivedi
Posted on 18 Jul, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 18 Jul, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 18 Jul, 2023

WSOP 2023: Highlights, Drama, And More

The 54th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) ended in the most dramatic way possible as Daniel Weinman shipped the $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship title and pocketed a prize money of $12,100,000! WSOP 2023 lived up to its name of being the biggest poker show on the planet, as Sin City completely bathed in poker during the course of this event.

WSOP 2023 was a record-breaker event in multiple ways, with many events shattering attendance records as well as the prize pools. We also saw a lot of wonderful moments at the tournament series, which struck a chord in the hearts of many poker enthusiasts. With the biggest poker event drawing curtains for the year, let’s have a look at the key highlights of WSOP 2023. 

Phil Hellmuth Wins 17th WSOP Bracelet 

Phil Hellmuth proved why he is a true poker legend at WSOP 2023. The American poker pro shipped Event 72 Super Turbo Bounty to boast the record of winning 17 WSOP gold bracelets, the highest number by any poker player in history. He is now the most successful player in WSOP history after walking away with a pay cheque of $803,818 following his Super Turbo Bounty win. 

Shaun Deeb, Jason Mercier, Josh Arieh (The 6th Bracelet trio)

Shaun Deeb shined bright as WSOP and claimed another victory by shipping Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix for the sixth WSOP bracelet of his career. It was his sixth bracelet win at WSOP 2023, which sees him join an elite list of players to have achieved the feat. Later, Deeb won over the hearts of the poker community when he gave away his newest WSOP gold bracelet. The poker pro shared it with the mother of Thayer Rasmussen, his longtime friend who passed away earlier this year.

Jason Mercier outed a field of 548 entries to win the 2023 World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit deuce-to-seven single draw lowball event and get his sixth gold bracelet alongside $151,276 in winnings.

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Despite taking a step back from the full-time grind in the poker tournaments, the 36-year-old still has what it takes to win at the biggest stages in poker. Making infrequent appearances on the poker scene, Mercier looks to spend more time with his family in recent years. 

After his win, Mercier became the 21st player in poker history to win six or more bracelets. It is also worth noting that he was the fourth player to make it on the elite list populated by titans of the game in 2023.

Josh Arieh also joined the elite ranks of six-time WSOP bracelet winners after he shipped the 2023 WSOP $25,000 H.O.R.S.E High Roller. The Atlanta resident earned $711,313 alongside his second bracelet of 2023. The 48-year-old won his fourth bracelet in a three-year span to become the 22nd player in poker history to win six bracelets.

Brain Rast inducted into Poker Hall of Fame

To no one’s surprise, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) inducted Brian Rast in the 2023 Poker Hall of Fame this year. He had an outing to remember at the WSOP 2023, citing his win in Event #43: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. While there were nine other players who were nominated to make it to the Hall of Fame, the PPC win seemingly locked up the spot for Rast, who was voted in by the other 31 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Jake Schindler And Ali Imsirovic show up for WSOP 2023

Jake Schindler grabbed all the limelight for the wrong reasons after the poker player was banned from all PokerGo events. The American pro, who has faced many cheating allegations in the past, showed up for the $50,000 High Roller. He managed to fare well and exited the High Roller in third place, pocketing a sum of $957,491. 

Apart from Schindler, Ali Imsirovic was the other player who made his way to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas for WSOP 2023. The Bosnian-American, who was also banned by PokerGo, showed up for the 54th edition of the biggest poker event in the world and entered the Shootout event but made no splash and busted early on. In a video released by Imsirovic on his YouTube channel, he admitted to multi-accounting in a few cases while claiming innocence in a few cheating instances which earned him a lot of backlash.

Record-breaking Main Event with 10,043 entries

The WSOP 2023 Poker Main Event set a new record for the number of entrants in the Main Event. The WSOP 2023 Main Event broke a 17-year-old record which had seen 8,773 entrants battling it out for the prestigious WSOP Bracelet in 2006. WSOP 2023 returned at the new Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, and the entire poker community rallied to bring out a monster turnout.

Once the registration for WSOP 2023 Main Event was closed on 8th July, WSOP 2023 Main Event saw a record number of 10,043 entries. Yes, you read it right, that’s the number of players who battled to become the undisputed World Champion of Poker and etch their name in history. 

Daniel Weinman bags the biggest pay cheque in WSOP history 

Citing the highest number of entries in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, the prize money for the biggest event at the 2023 World Series of Poker was also record-breaking.

ALSO READ: WSOP 2023 Main Event: Who Is Daniel Weinman?

Daniel Weinman outed a record number of 10,043 players to emerge victorious in the Main Event. The 35-year-old won the biggest reward from the prize pool of $93,399,900 and pocketed $12,100,000 after claiming the title of Main Event champion. 

Daniel Negreanu makes deep runs but no bracelet

Daniel Negreanu is easily one of the most well-known poker players in the world! The Canadian poker pro had six bracelets to his credit and was expected to win his seventh bracelet in WSOP 2023. However, DNegs failed to make any strong impact this year. Despite making quite a few deep runs in multiple events, Negreanu did not win a single title at WSOP 2023.

Indians Shine at WSOP 2023 Main Event – (Nikita Luther, Anirban Das And Aditya Systla) 

Indian female poker star Nikita Luther made a deep run at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2023 Main Event. The poker star bowed out at the 96th place, earning $78,900 while playing against some of the biggest names in the poker industry. Her efforts saw the fraternity applaud her exemplary run with megastars like Alexandra Botez as well as 17-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth singing her praises. 

Moving on to the males, Anirban Das went on to make history following his 16th place in the WSOP 2023 Main Event. He broke the record of registering the best cash, with $430,200 being the most money made by any Indian in the WSOP Main Event. It is also worth remembering that this is his career-best live cash so far.

 He broke multiple records, which includes the deepest run by an Indian in the WSOP Main Event as well as the second-biggest score by an Indian at the WSOP as well as biggest cash by an Indian in the WSOP 2023. Aditya Systla also made quite the splash at the Main Event. He finished 109th for z$67,700.

Ashish Ahuja makes it count in the WSOP online event

The Indian poker pro was seen grinding at online bracelet Event #18: $2,000 Freezeout Championship. He narrowly missed his career-first WSOP gold bracelet and ended up finishing in second place. 

Ahuja was often seen sharing details about his progress on social media. He managed to knock out quite a few big names, which includes six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. If he had won the title, it would have ended India’s wait for the first bracelet of WSOP 2023.

Santhosh Suvarna finishes 11th in WSOP 2023 High Roller

Santhosh Suvarna was the only Indian poker pro who participated in the $50,000 High Roller event—the most expensive events at WSOP 2023.  The $50,000 buy-in event had 176 entries, finalising a prize pool of $8,404,000. Suvarna made it to the Day 2 of the event and fell just short of the final table. He ended up in 11th place, pocketing $132,181. The WSOP 2023 was surely a memorable one for the Indian contingent this time around, They will be hoping for similar results in the years ahead!  

Doyle Brunson memorial

While WSOP gave a lot of joyous moments, we also saw one of the most heart-touching acts by the poker industry, with the organisers holding a public memorial for Doyle Brunson. Brunson, who died on 14th May 2023, was one of the most notable players in the history of the game.

Affectionately called ‘Texas Dolly,’ The 89-year-old was a two-time WSOP Main Event champion. The Poker Hall of Famer had scooped 10 WSOP bracelets and is said to be the first player who won $1 Million in tournament poker.

WSOP 2023 had lots of moments to treasure this year. It was a roller coaster ride, filled with ups and downs for various players. While big names failed to shine, we saw a few players grab the limelight and make a name for themselves with staggering performances. 

Which moment was the closest to your heart? Let us know…

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