Stephen Nahm Toasts To His Victory in Event #21: $1k Pot-Limit Omaha
It was a long three days here at Event #21: $,1000 Pot-Limit Omaha hosted by the World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. 2,071 entries were tallied amongst the many hopefuls who entered this eight-handed tournament. This eclipsed last year's entries of 1,891, a roughly 10% increase comparatively.
All things said and done, it was Stephen Nahm who conquered the massive field. Sixty beers and $267,991 later, he could hardly believe it. He won just after the dinner break in a massive hand that scored a double knock out of runner-up Kevin Rand and Amir Mirrasouli, who busted in third.
Upon rivering the winning hand, Nahm could be heard saying: “Is that it, do I win? Did I win the tournament?!” No matter how many libations he had over the last three days, this was the first time he was slow to read the board.
It was true, this was real life, and he did win; he received the lion’s share of the $1,795,130 prize pool. He might need to pinch himself in the morning, though, as he had at least 15 beers today and his rail insisted on going out to celebrate after. A less seasoned player may have needed a nap, but this seemed par for the course for Nahm.
PokerNews got the opportunity to grab an interview with Vancouver’s newest bracelet winner just after his winner’s photo and he had this to say: “Every poker player, obviously, comes here—you dream of this shit, right? I kinda made my dream come true a little bit; I’m not going to lie.”
Everyone’s new favorite Canadian was having a bit of trouble communicating at this point, but he did say he’d be back to play the NLH/PLO mix and that he’s predominantly a cash game player. Nahm was all laughs as he joined his rail in celebration. This is his first-ever bracelet win.
Final Table Results
|2||Kevin Rand||United States||$165,616|
|3||Amir Mirrasouli||United States||$123,060|
|4||Zachary Peay||United States||$92,231|
|5||Dan Matsuzuki||United States||$69,729|
|8||Jonathan England||United States||$31,772|
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Final Day Action
At the end of Day 2, only 13 players remained in contention but short stacks were quick to put their chips in the middle.
Nicolas Gola and Thomas Zanot were soon left without chips, both thwarted by the aces of Dan Matsuzuki. Paul Clotar fell in 11th place for $19,678 and Mike Gorodinsky came short of the final table with a 10th place finish for the same prize as Clotar.
Thomas Taylor had a valiant effort but was first to fall in ninth place. Despite all the noise and his competitors' antics, Taylor remained even keel the entire tournament. Taylor recently won the C$1,100 Pure Poker Tour Main Event for C$53,000. He also final-tabled the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo here at the WSOP in 2022. He’ll be one to watch, moving forward this summer.
Jonathan England had the time of his life and was thrilled at the end of Day 1 just to have bagged. He worked a short stack almost the entirety of Day 2 and the same was true here on Day 3. Ultimately, he had just under four big blinds when he got it all in against Matsuzuki’s aces. He won an additional $500 because he had a side bet he had to complete if he made the final table. Mission accomplished.
Gheorghe Butuc never made much noise at this final table, gliding under the radar as his opponents clashed. Ultimately, he lost a flip off a short stack and was eliminated in seventh place. Butuc also cashed in the $600 Pot-Limit Omaha event that happened just a few days ago, having fallen in 41st place for $4,763.
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Ronald Keijzer won the $2,200 5-Card PLO event at the PGT PLO series in March for $43,700 and promptly followed that up with a runner up in the $10,000 PLO event at the U.S. Poker Open for $146,300. To say that Keijzer was playing with confidence is an understatement, but he’ll have to keep chasing the gold this summer, as he fell in sixth place when the wrong card paired for him against Kevin Rand.
Dan Matsuzuki, who won a bracelet in 2015, came into the final table with the chip lead. Everything seemed to be going according to plan for him when he won a nice pot against Mirrasouli and Peay. After losing some small and medium pots, Nahm ended up getting the better of him when he rivered two-pair, sending Matsuzuki to the payouts in fifth place.
Zachary Peay won a big hand on Day 2 that helped carry him to the final table. He had a stack like a yo-yo at this final table as he went from short stacked to tripling up, back to a short stack over his time during the course of competition. He also won a big hand against Nahm that featured quite the Rounders impersonation. The number of pay jumps he ended up making due to his patience was quite the sight to behold, but eventually his luck ran out and was left to settle for fourth place. This is Peay’s biggest recorded payday and nothing to sneer at in this massive field.
Amir Mirrasouli was in his zone, quietly pecking away at his opponents, without many hands going to showdown. It was hard for him not to catch some attention as he started to rise in the chip counts. Mirrasouli managed to battle and stay in contention, despite doubling Nahm in a crucial spot. Mirrasouli was eliminated in the final hand, being awarded third place because he was the shortest stack when the river card fell. We'll explore that final hand with the story of our runner-up.
Heads Up Action
Kevin Rand was fresh off the final table of the $600 PLO Deep Stack with a ninth place finish for $21,221; a score he was able to best today with an incredible runner-up. Coming off of two deep runs in massive fields, Rand let PokerNews know that he's hungrier than ever and looks forward to making more deep runs this WSOP. Day 2 had a huge hand catapult Rand into the counts and he didn't let it go to waste, riding his stack to the final table. He did have to get lucky against the eventual winner to make it as far as he did, but that's always the case in tournaments. In the end, his hopes were dashed when his set was cracked on the river by Nahm.
Stephen Nahm had a clear-cut strategy that he executed seamlessly during this event. He entered the field each day sober as a bone and steadily drank Coronas from there on out.
It was reported by another player that he had over twenty beers on Day 2 and according to Nahm, he probably did close to the same on Day 1. By Day 3, he had it down to a science and he pre-tipped the service team, requesting that he be brought a new beer every 18 minutes. They did their best to oblige and by the end of it, he only had one eye open, but that was all he needed to see he had a big draw and spot a rivered straight.
Nahm had a great time, going as far as doing Joe Pesci impersonations with Dan Matsuzuki. Nahm entered the final day as the chip leader, but lost it somewhere along the way at the final table. The momentum shifted back his way in a big hand against Mirrasouli and he got back to playing big pots.
Nahm played fearlessly and ran well when it mattered most. The moment he said "let's go" and put both players at risk three-handed, the tension was palpable and, despite all the beers, he was first to call out the winning hand.
Congratulations again to Stephen Nahm, who won the final hand with a straight on the river.
In this Series
- 1 Peter Thai Wins First Bracelet of the 2023 WSOP: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees ($75,535)
- 2 Alexandre Vuilleumier Captures 2023 WSOP Event #2: $25K High Roller Title
- 3 Cody "1eggadaymike" Bell Wins WSOP Bracelet and $87,665 in the Triple Treys Summer Tip Off
- 4 Michael Moncek Wins Event #6: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha for $534,499
- 5 Chad Eveslage Steamrolls to Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice (6-Handed) ($131,879)
- 6 Ronnie Day Reigns Supreme in Event #4: Tournament of Champions ($200,000)
- 7 Vadim Shlez Takes Down Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em For $146,835
- 8 Chanracy Khun Wins Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
- 9 Nick Schulman Wins Event #9: Seven Card Stud For Fourth WSOP Bracelet ($110,800)
- 10 Ian "IanMa" Matakis Wins Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder for $120,686
- 11 Ryan "dna2rna" Hughes Wins Third Bracelet, Defeats Shaun "fortnite" Deeb in Online Battle
- 12 Tyler Brown Crowned Champion of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions ($1,000,000)
- 13 Kenneth O’Donnell Wins Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack For $351,098
- 14 The Chosen One: Chad Eveslage Wins Third Bracelet in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
- 15 Estes Nabs Second WSOP MI Online Bracelet; Kershaw Victorious in First PA Event
- 16 Joseph Altomonte Returns to Poker With a Bang; Rakes in $217,102 and a WSOP Bracelet
- 17 Jeremy Eyer Defeats Felipe Ramos in Gruelling Heads Up Duel for $5K Freezeout Title ($649,550)
- 18 Danny "jackdaniels1" Wong Finally Bags WSOP Bracelet After 13 Hour Day
- 19 Isaac Haxton Removes Name from "Best Without a Bracelet" List w/ $25K High Roller Win
- 20 Brian Yoon Wins 5th WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
- 21 Brazil Out in Force for Reis' First Bracelet in $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
- 22 Three Isn't a Crowd for Jim Collopy Who Wins His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 23 Valentino Konakchiev Denies Andres Korn a Second Bracelet in $2.5K NLHE Freezeout
- 24 Michael Rodrigues Becomes First Badugi Champion in Event #20: $1,500 Badugi
- 25 Stephen Nahm Toasts To His Victory in Event #21: $1k Pot-Limit Omaha
- 26 Fifth Bracelet for Josh Arieh in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $316,226
- 27 Leon Sturm Bests Bill Klein in Event #23: $50,000 High Roller ($1,546,024)
- 28 Two Big Bets and a Chair - David “ODB” Baker Fights Back from the Felt to Win His Third Bracelet
- 29 Jason Simon Becomes WSOP's First Gladiator of Poker for $499,852
- 30 Renji Mao’s Deepstack Aggression Earns Him First WSOP Bracelet ($402,588)
- 31 Belyalovsky Defeats 2020 WSOP Online Domestic Main Event Champion Hebert
- 32 12 Year Drought Ends: Ben Lamb Runs "Hotter Than the Sun" to Win 2nd WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 33 Six is Sweet For Shaun Deeb in Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
- 34 Jans Arends Tops Star-Studded Final Table to Win $100K High Roller for $2,576,729
- 35 Benjamin Ector Busts Seven Straight to Win Event #28: $1,500 NLH Freezeout ($406,403)
- 36 Houston Firefighter Scott Dulaney Extinguishes the Opposition in Event #31 of 2023 WSOP
- 37 Cash Game Specialist Mark Ioli Wins First WSOP Bracelet for $558,266
- 38 John Monnette Joins Five-Timers Club With $1,500 Triple Draw WSOP Title
- 39 Sean Troha Wins 2nd WSOP Bracelet; Takes Down Event #34: $1,500 PLO for $298,192
- 40 “It’s Gonna Be Tough for You” Says Jerry Wong on Way to Winning 1st WSOP Bracelet
- 41 Chris Klodnicki Returns to WSOP, Wins $10,000 NLH Secret Bounty for 2nd Career Bracelet
- 42 Ryutaro Suzuki Becomes Japan's Mixed-Game Master in Event #36: $3,000 Nine Game Mix
- 43 Yuan Li Adds Name to List of 2023 WSOP Bracelet Winners after $2K NLHE Triumph ($524,777)
- 44 Benny Glaser Joins Five-Timers Club with Win in Event #38: $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship
- 45 Morgan Magee & Josh Dempsey Lay Claim to WSOP Online Bracelets in MI & PA
- 46 "suited_h13" Last One Standing in WSOP Online Event #6: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo ($134,527)
- 47 Chris Brewer Wins $250k Super High Roller and First Bracelet ($5,293,556)
- 48 Joe "jimjam01" Serock Wins 2023 WSOP Online Event #7: $500 PLO 6-Max ($93,911)
- 49 "I've Got It!" Qiang Xu Wins First Bracelet in $800 Deepstack ($339,033)
- 50 Scott Abrams Becomes Inaugural Big O Champion for $315,203
- 51 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 52 Jeremy “ChipChecka” Ausmus Claims Sixth Bracelet in Online Event #8: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em
- 53 Jay Lockett Turns $500 into $262,526 and a Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 54 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 55 William Leffingwell Brings A Bracelet Home to Houston a Week After His Friend Did the Same!
- 56 Pengfei Wang Plays First Tournament Ever; Wins $270,700 in Event #49: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty
- 57 Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship For the Third Time ($1,324,747)
- 58 Yang Zhang Captures 2023 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Title ($717,879)
- 59 Yuri Dzivielevski Wins Third Bracelet and $207,678 in Event #47: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
- 60 Poker Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Winning WSOP Bracelet & $1,309,232
- 61 Team Savakinas Reign Supreme in WSOP Tag Team Event ($190,662)
- 62 Nick Pupillo Wins First Bracelet In $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw for $181,978
- 63 Justin Vaysman & Rudy Gavaldon Win WSOP Online Bracelets in Pennsylvania & Michigan
- 64 Ryan "GoFeltaFish2" Eriquezzo Multitasks His Way to His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 65 Lonnie Hallett Defeats Billy Baxter Heads-Up to Win 2023 WSOP Seniors Championship ($765,731)
- 66 Mike Gorodinsky Blazes Down the Home Stretch to Win $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($422,747)
- 67 Marcin Horecki Denies Mike Matusow as he Captures Poland's First-Ever Live WSOP Bracelet
- 68 Retired Fireman Steven Genovese Climbs a Different Type of Ladder to Take Home a WSOP Bracelet!
- 69 Jason Daly Steamrolls Final Table of Event #58: $3,000 Limit Hold'em to Win First WSOP Bracelet
- 70 Millionaire Maker Winner Pavel Plesuv Becomes Moldova's First WSOP Champion ($1,201,564)
- 71 Ka Kwan Lau Finds Redemption in $25K PLO High Roller ($2,294,756)
- 72 WSOP Online Pennsylvania & Michigan: Christopher Nunez & David Ferus Find Mystery Bounty Success
- 73 Calm, Collected, and Deadly: Robert Schulz Becomes a WSOP Champion
- 74 Jason Mercier Defeats Mike Watson to Capture Sixth WSOP Bracelet
- 75 Brazil’s Gabriel Schroeder Bad Beats Andy Black on Way to Super Turbo Bounty Bracelet ($228,632)
- 76 Austria's Klaus Ilk Wins 2023 WSOP Event #61: $1,000 Super Seniors for $371,603
- 77 "Can't Stop Kopp!" William Kopp Wins Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($259,549)
- 78 David Simon Emerges Victorious in Battle of Davids to Win Maiden Bracelet in $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($410,659)
- 79 Ryan Miller Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($344,677)
- 80 David Guay Celebrates on Canada Day with WSOP Gold ($271,032)
- 81 Weiran Pu Captures His First Bracelet in Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em ($938,244)
- 82 Phil Hellmuth Wins Record-Extending 17th World Series of Poker Bracelet
- 83 Brewer Beats Baker and Livingston in 2-7 Single Draw Championship for Second Bracelet of the Summer
- 84 Jesse Lonis Steamrolls to Victory for Second Bracelet in Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
- 85 An Unstoppable Tamar Abraham Wins Record-Breaking Ladies Event for $192,167
- 86 Tom “lultaxpayers” Hall Emerges Victorious to Claim Maiden WSOP Bracelet ($176,920)
- 87 Moshe Refaelowitz Fulfils a Promise to His Wife; Wins Event #70: $400 Colossus
- 88 Bradley Gafford Rallies Back to Win the Mini Main Event ($549,555)
- 89 Hassan Kamel Speeds to Victory in Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($598,613)
- 90 Sam Soverel Wins World Series of Poker Bracelet in Live/Online Hybrid Tournament
- 91 Zachary Grech & Blaze Gaspari Pick Up NV/NJ WSOP Online Bracelets
- 92 Thomas Skaggs Adds a WSOP Bracelet to His Circuit Ring in Event #76: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
- 93 Shawn Daniels Wins Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's for $777,777
- 94 Josh Arieh Steam Rolls Final Table For Sixth Bracelet in Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller
- 95 VAMOS!! Samuel Bernabeu Wins First Bracelet in Event #79:$2,500 No-Limit Holdem
- 96 Thai Ha Wins First Bracelet in 2023 WSOP Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck ($111,170)
- 97 Brazilian Vitor Dzivielevski Wins NV/NJ WSOP Online Event #16 Bracelet ($185,316)
- 98 Alex Kulev Wins $50K High Roller for $2,087,073; Moves Atop Bulgarian All-Time Money List
- 99 Tom Marchese Wins First Gold Bracelet in WSOP Online Event #17: $1,000 Online Championship
- 100 Matthew Parry Wins 2023 WSOP Event #82: $3,000 PLO 6-Handed ($480,122)
- 101 Prominent Poker Coach Faraz Jaka Leads By Example and Wins First Bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 Shootout
- 102 Diego Does It! Ventura Earns First Live Bracelet for Peru in $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty
- 103 Oh Canada! Bradley Smith Wins Maiden Bracelet and $221,733 in Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo
- 104 Beginner's Luck? Pierre Shum Wins a WSOP Bracelet in His First Ever Tournament
- 105 Dong Meng Holds Off "Westside" Wesley to Win 2023 WSOP Event #89: $1,000 Flip & Go
- 106 Alexandre Reard Wins Second Bracelet in Prestigious $10K 6-Handed Championship ($1,057,663)
- 107 Kang Hyun Lee Takes the Event #92: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Bracelet Home to Canada!
- 108 Two Bracelets in Five Events; Ryan Miller Victorious in Event #91: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 109 Summer Saved! Nielsen Takes Home Short Deck Bracelet and $270,160 in Second Cash of 2023 WSOP!
- 110 14 Years in the Making: Alex Keating Wins His Maiden Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 111 Paul Berger Didn't Plan to Play Event #95: Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em But He is Now Its Champion