2023 WSOP Day 5: Polk Makes Final Four as Shaun Deeb Chases Stud Title

Doug Polk

Day 5 of the 2023 World Series of Poker hosted by Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, has come to an end. There were lows as players found themselves outside the rail, but there were plenty of highs too.

Two bracelets found two wrists today, the Tournament of Champions and $1,500 Limit Hold’em. Doug Polk is mid-deep run in the No-Limit Hold'em Championship. The $10k Dealer's Choice.

Meanwhile, the $1,500 7-Card Stud event played down to a final table and the Mystery Bounty prepared to move on to Day 2.

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Doug Polk Will Return for $25k Heads Up Championship Semifinal

Doug Polk has a serious reputation as a heads-up shark. That reputation is standing up to the heat of competition this year as he heads into the round of four in Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Polk will be facing off against Chris Brewer tomorrw, while the other bracket pits Sean Winter against Chanracy Khun.

When asked about his match with Brewer, Polk said, "It should be a fun one. I’ve played Chris a bunch online. When I was prepping for my match against Daniel Negreanu, we played a good chunk of hands, and I smashed him pretty good. But he played pretty well. His frequencies and stuff were quite good, quite balanced."

The heads-up action returns Sunday at 4 p.m. Vegas time. You can follow tomorrow's action on PokerNews and by live stream (with a one-hour delay) on PokerGO from 5 p.m. onwards.

2023 WSOP Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up Championship Full Bracket

Ronnie Day Is The Champion of Champions in This Year's TOC

Ronnie Day
Ronnie Day

Ronnie Day won his seat in this year's Event #4: Tournament of Champions by taking down a $400 WSOPC ring event in Indiana. He managed to turn that $400 seat and a ring into $200,000 and a bracelet when he won the Tournament of Champions outright.

"It’s so surreal right now," Day said of his victory. "It’s unbelievable, I don’t even know how to explain it."

This TOC is a unique freeroll event. Players can only enter by invite, and invites are only available to winners of WSOP bracelets or WSOPC rings in the last year.

Ronnie Day
Ronnie Day shows off his WSOP bracelet.

Event #4: Tournament of Champions Final Table Results

Place NameCountryPrize
1 Ronnie DayUnited States$200,000
2 Brent GregoryUnited States$120,000
3 Patrick WhiteUnited States$87,000
4 Hunter McClellandUnited States$63,000
5 Wissam GahshanUnited States$46,000
6 Justin Hotte-McKinnonCanada$35,000
7 Barry SchultzUnited States$26,000
8 Daniel MarxUnited States$20,000
9 Zachary GrunebergUnited States$16,000

Sabishchenko: From A Chip and a Chair To Runner Up

Rostyslav Sabishchenko
Rostyslav Sabishchenko

The second bracelet of the day went to Ukrainian player Vadim Shlez in Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. Despite the US heavy field, Shlez found himself in the unusual position of playing a fellow countryman, Rostyslav Sabishchenko, heads-up for the gold.

There was a cheery air of camaraderie even as they tried to take each other's chips. The slava ultimately went to Shlez, who took down $146,835 for first.

However, Sabishchenko's second-place finish also deserves plaudits after he came back from being down to just one big blind on Day 2. He turned two chips and a chair into $90,753.

Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

1Vadim ShlezUkraine$146,835
2Rostyslav SabishchenkoUkraine$90,753
3Kerry WelshUnited States$63,577
4Raul CelayaUnited States$45,301
5John ArmbrustUnited States$32,840
6Chairud VangchailuedUnited States$24,228
7Jason DuongCanada$18,196
8David "ODB" BakerUnited States$13,917

John Hennigan Leads Dealer's Choice Rast and Baker follow

John Hennigan
John Hennigan

John "World" Hennigan has the chip lead with 309,500 when Day 2 of Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship reconvenes tomorrow.

Hennigan has six WSOP bracelets to his name, but he is dogged in the chip rankings by plenty of other bracelet winners. With 114 entries left, and more late registrations to come, Hennigan can't sit still. Marco Johnson is right on his tail with 297,500 in chips and three-time bracelet winner David Bach is in third with 273,000.

These players and more will be back at the table on June 4 at 1 p.m. local time to play another seven 90-minute blind levels.

Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1John HenniganUnited States309,500
2Marco JohnsonUnited States297,500
3David BachUnited States273,000
4Anatolii ZyrinRussia255,000
5Larry TullUnited States208,500
6Ray HensonUnited States203,000
7Patrick LeonardUnited Kingdom202,500
8Zack FreemanUnited States202,000
9Brian RastUnited States190,000
10David "Bakes" BakerUnited States190,000

Mystery Millions Attracts 18,188 Entries

With the close of Day 1d action late last night, the combined tally for entries to Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions hit 18,188.

Just 477 players survived the 8,061-player field on Day 1d, bringing the total number of Day 2 players to 1,005. Everyone in Day 2 is already in the money, but more excitingly, Day 2 is also when the mystery bounties start. The randomized bounties with a guaranteed top prize of $1,000,000.

The event resumes early tomorrow with a Day 2 kick-off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Event #3: Mystery Millions Top Ten Chip Counts (Day 1s Combined)

RankNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ronan NallyUnited Kingdom2,820,00071
2Francis AndersonUnited States2,750,00069
3Shaun DavisUnited States2,475,00062
4Calvin AndersonUnited States2,390,00060
5Tal AviviIsrael2,380,00060
6Zachary WilsonUnited States2,350,00059
7Bohdan SlyvinskyiUnited States2,310,00058
8Stanley LeeUnited States2,280,00057
9Joseph DornishUnited States2,250,00056
10David GoniaUnited States2,245,00056

Stacked Final Table is Set for $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

For a small event, Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud has pulled together some big names.

Playing from 101 players to the final nine on Day 2, distilled the field down to a table that includes Shaun Deeb, Tim Frazin, John Monnette, and Nick Schulman.

These stars will be returning to the table at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. PokerGO will live stream the final table with a one-hour delay (start time 5 p.m. local).

Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerHometownChip CountBig Bets
1Shaun DeebTroy, New York675,0008
2Bruce LevittLos Angeles, Califorinia665,0008
3Andrew HasdalChicago, Illinois770,0009
4Tim FrazinDallas, Texas430,0005
5Tab ThiptinnakonDowney, California1,135,00014
6Hojeong LeeBrick, NJ1,140,00014
7John MonnetteLas Vegas, Nevada1,985,00024
8Nick SchulmanManhattan, New York1,375,00017
9DJ BuckleyEden Prarie, Minnesota880,00011

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