The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is in full swing. With a total of 95 championship bracelets set to take place at Paris and the Horseshoe this summer, the WSOP is already breaking records. For an overview of the series’ highlights, see our latest article.
Mystery Millions $1,000,000
In less than two weeks, the WSOP 2023 has broken attendance records for several tournaments. Only two events saw a decrease in attendance from last year, while the others all saw significant increases in attendance. Needless to say, even the most popular $1,500 tournament – Razz – attracted 566 entrants, which is pretty good.
By far the most important event, but a staggering number, is of course the Mystery Millions with Random Bounty, where 18,118 participants compete for the $1,000 prize. Last year, when the event was held for the first time, there were 14,112 entrants, with professional player Matt Glantz taking home the top prize of $1,000,000. This time luck favored two lesser-known contestants: Shant Marashlyan accepted the award with no emotion, but Patrick Liang put in a great performance, much to the delight of the organizers.
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However, Liang didn’t stop there and gave away $1,000 to each of his tablemates. The winner of the tournament, Tyler Brown also happened to receive $1,000,000.
Now everyone is waiting for a new Main Event record, which is almost here. Last year’s event was just 110 shy of the previous record set in 2006 (2,772 registrations).
Chad Evesledge Wins Two Dealer’s Choice Events
From the start of the series, American poker pro Chad Evesledge is leading the way for Dealer’s Choice Player of the Year. He won two events at the WSOP Dealer’s Choice, in which players choose which of two dozen types of poker to play each round.
The day after winning the $1,500 event, he beat a field of 456 entrants at Evesledge and pocketed $131,879 to enter the more representative $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship (130 entrants). He ended up winning another bracelet and $311,428.
For However, for those who follow live poker tournaments closely, Evesledge’s double was no surprise. Chad is one of the strongest MTT players in recent years, winning a $25,000 WSOP bracelet in the High Roller event last year, as well as two WPT titles.
Evesleij is rated as the world’s top player badass, but he himself admits that his biggest advantage over his opponents is good old-fashioned Texas Hold’em: “It’s worth just getting into these guys.”
Isaac Hexton won his first bracelet (+$1,698,215).
The highlight, however, was Isaac Hexton winning the $25,000 NLH High Roller Championship. A multiple WSOP final table player, Isaac has been on the list of “best braceletless poker players” for years, and now he’s finally dropped from that prestigious but annoying list.
301 entrants took part – the busiest high roller event in WSOP history. Isaac proved to be the chip stacker at the tough final table, with his opponents including big names like Brian Rust, Darren Elias and Joao Vieira. He defeated Britain’s Ryan O’Donnell heads-up for $1,698,215.
When you consider that Isaac With more than $7,600,000 in high rollers year-to-date, his wins are significant, including six victories in the PCA, Triton and EPT series.
Ukrainian Heads-Up in Limit Hold’em
Our players can’t boast high scores yet, but they already have their first bracelets: :UA Vadim Shlyoz has a $1,500 limit Texas hold ’em tournament wins. A total of 527 people registered for the event, including Eric Lindgen, Nick Schulman, Patrick Leonard and world champion Joe McKeehan McKeehan) and many other famous players. However, none of them made the final table save for David “ODB” Baker, a cheeplist Vadim who defeated compatriot Rostislav Sabishchenko heads-up. The winner is awarded $146,835.
Vadim Shleuz has been playing After playing poker for more than 20 years, this is his first bracelet. He started his career in limit hold’em, which is symbolic. He was cheered in the hall by his wife Yulia “Lisyonok” Lisichkina, a MountainTeam member known to many.
We should also note: BY’s exit Dmitry Urbanovich made it to the final table of the $1,500 Razz Tournament (+$ 14,805 for 8th place), and entered :LV Alexey Ponyakov‘s top 10 was equally high – Isaac Hexton won the Mention Roller Championship (+96,986 $).