2023 WSOP Day 11: One Bracelet Awarded; $50k High Roller Kicks Off

Justin Bonomo

Only one bracelet found its owner on Day 11 of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Valentino Konakchiev won the bracelet for Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.

There was a second event scheduled for a winner, but there was still a trio of players in Event #20: $1,500 Badugi as daylight approached. Instead, the last three players will be returning on June 10 to conclude the tournament.

Two events kicked off today, the Event #23: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em and Event #24: $1,500 Razz.

Meanwhile, Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em played out Day 1c, and Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed and Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship had their Day 2s.

Andres Korn Denied Second Bracelet Heads Up By Valentino Konakchiev

Valentino Konakchiev
Valentino Konakchiev posed with his bracelet.

Konakchiev put on an impressive showing at the final table of Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout where he played an aggressive final table. When Konakchiev got down to heads up play, he found himself up against bracelet winner Andres Korn.

However, Konakchiev popped Korn's hope for a second bracelet, beating him heads up to take down $435,924 for first place. This is Konakchiev's first bracelet.

Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout Final Table Results

RankWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Valentino KonakchievBulgaria$435,924
2Andres KornArgentina$269,438
3Alexandre ReardFrance$192,723
4Ruben CostaUnited States$139,671
5Girish ReknarUnited States$102,577
6Ankit AhujaIndia$76,537
7Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom$57,620
8Adam SwanUnited States$44,087
9Qiang XuChina$34,210

Justin Bonomo Leads The $50,000 High Roller Field After Day 1

There were 111 entries on Day 1 of Event #23: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. By the close of play, that field had been cut down to 48 with Justin Bonomo (2,024,000) taking the chip lead.

There is still late registration until the start of Day 2, so there is still time for more big names to join the roster.

As you might expect from so pricey an event, the list of entrants and survivors so far is just one shark after another. The top ten chip counts included big names like Sam Soverel (1,450,000), Alex Foxen (1,236,000), Jeremy Ausmus (1,016,000), and Chris Brewer (1,618,000), hot off a third-place finish in Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

PokerNews will pick up the coverage of Day 2 of this event when it starts back up on June 10 at 12 p.m.

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Event #23: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em End of Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsDay 2 Big Blinds
1Justin BonomoUnited States2,024,000127
2Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom1,688,000106
3Chris BrewerUnited States1,618,000101
4Sam SoverelUnited States1,459,00091
5Chance KornuthUnited States1,313,00082
6Alex FoxenUnited States1,236,00077
7Leon SturmGermany1,118,00070
8Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,016,00064
9Sergio AidoSpain984,00062
10Seth DaviesUnited States961,00060

Badugi Bracelet Pushed To Day 4 With Three Players Left

Yingui Li
Yingui Li leads the final three.

Event #20: $1,500 Badugi started its Day 3 today with thirteen players. Although the event was scheduled to play down to a winner today, play reached the end of level 35 with three players still going at it.

Serhii Popovych, Michael Rodrigues, and Yingui Li are still in the game.

Li and Rodrigues are in close contention with 4,900,000 and 4,600,000 in chips, respectively. However, Popovych is not far behind with 3,350,000. It could be anyone's bracelet.

When the players completed level 35, the tournament director made the call to end the day. As a result, the event will resume tomorrow, June 10, at 1 p.m. local time.

Event #20: $1,500 Badugi Chip Final Table (Unfinished) Results

PositionNameCountryChip Count/Prize ($)
1Yingui LiChina4,900,000
2Michael RodriguesPortugal4,600,000
3Serhii PopovychUnited States3,350,000
4Matt VengrinUnited States$40,996
5Danny TangHong Kong$28,270
6Owais AhmedUnited States$20,557
7Lee HortonUnited States$15,102

Richard Gao Is The Top Gladiator Of Day 1c

After Day 1c of Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em, Richard Gao (3,105,000) bagged the most chips.

At the other end of the scale, Austin Carr (5,000) bagged just a single red chip and a prayer.

Among those who didn't even have one chip at the end of the day were Greg "Fossilman" Raymer and Jamie Gold, Patrick Leonard, Kyna England, JJ Liu, Joseph Altomonte, and Lexy Gavin-Mather.

There will be one more flight (Day 1d) starting at 10 a.m. on June 10. Surviving players from today will be added to the list containing the 507 players who have already qualified for Day 2. You can check out our coverage on PokerNews.

Check out our coverage of Days 1a-c of the Gladiator

Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-limit Hold'em Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Richard GaoUnited States3,105,00062
2Peter LeeUnited States3,100,00062
3Vito BranciforteItaly2,685,00054
4Lindsay JonesUnited States2,465,00049
5Jason AdenUnited States2,285,00046
6Christopher CrutcherUnited States2,285,00046
7Ugur SecilmisTurkey2,150,00043
8William RowlettUnited States2,000,00040
9Jiawei MaoUnited States1,980,00040
10Qiong DingUnited States1,880,00038

Day 2 for $1,000 PLO Event

Stephen Nahm
Stephen Nahm

Some 2,017 players bought in to Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed yesterday. 117 of those players rejoined Day 2 today, and just 13 will be coming back tomorrow. Each of those returning players has locked in $15,700, but one of them will be heading home with $165,616 and a gold WSOP bracelet in tow.

Stephen Nahm holds a commanding lead going into the final day's play, but anything can happen in PLO tournaments, so a Nahm victory is far from guaranteed.

Action will resume at 12 p.m. local time on June 10. The blinds will be 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 big blind ante.

Event #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Stephen NahmCanada9,750,00098
2Ronald KeijzerNetherlands5,965,00060
3Thomas TaylorCanada5,340,00053
4Dan MatsuzukiUnited States5,300,00053
5Gheorghe ButucMoldova3,120,00031
6Kevin RandUnited States3,015,00030
7Amir MirrasouliUnited States2,200,00022
8Jonathan EnglandUnited States1,380,00014
9Thomas ZanotUnited States1,000,00010
10Paul ClotarUnited States980,00010

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Fourteen Left In Limit Hold'em Championship

Joe McKeehan
Joe McKeehan builds his chip stack.

2015 Main Event champion Joe McKeehen has the chip lead going into Day 3 of Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.

McKeehan tops a list of 14 returning players, with Josh Arieh (1,170,000) and Nick Schulman (905,000) at his heels in second and third.

The tournament drew 134 entries for a prize pool of $1,246,200, which includes 30 players that joined Day 2 as late registrants.

The final 14 will return at 1 p.m. on June 10 to play down to a winner. The final day will be streamed on PokerGO with a one-hour delay.

Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship End Of Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

1Joe McKeehenUnited States1,445,000
2Josh AriehUnited States1,170,000
3Nick SchulmanUnited States905,000
4Kevin SongUnited States685,000
5Nick PupilloUnited States620,000
6Daniel IdemaCanada600,000
7Joseph BeasyUnited States515,000
8Ronnie BardahUnited States475,000
9Ben YuUnited States420,000
10Motoyoshi OkamuraJapan385,000

Event #24 Sets Record For WSOP Razz Fields

Maksim Pisarenko
Maksim Pisarenko

With a field of 556 players, Event #24: $1,500 Razz is now the biggest razz tournament in WSOP history. The previous record was 462 entries from 2015. This suggests a significant boost in the popularity of the game.

Only 170 of those 556 bagged a stack for Day 2. Among the survivors were notables like former WSOP Players of the Year Jeff Madsen (190,000), Shaun Deeb (80,000), and David Bach (51,500).

They were joined by several previous bracelet winners like Michael Moncek (187,000), David "ODB" Baker (185,000), and Marco Johnson (91,500).

Day 2 resumes at 1 p.m. local time on June 10th and will be hosted in the Gold section of the Horseshoe. The money bubble is expected to burst around halfway through the day of ten one-hour levels.

Event #24: $1,500 Razz End of Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountDay 2 Big Bets
1Maksim PisarenkoRussia251,50031
2Vasilis LazarouUnited States223,50028
3Yuval BronshteinIsrael207,00026
4Takashi OguraJapan197,50025
5Eoghan O'DeaIreland195,00024
6Jeff MadsenUnited States190,00024
7Michael MoncekUnited States187,00023
7Alon DoitchUnited States187,00023
9Marcus SteinUnited States186,00023
10David "ODB" BakerUnited States185,50023

What to Expect on Day 12 of the 2023 WSOP

Only one fresh event is scheduled to start on June 10, the 12th day of the 2023 WSOP. Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better Championship enters the mix alongside all of the events mentioned in our recap above. It's going to be a super busy day, but that is exactly how we like it here at PokerNews!

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