2023 WSOP Day 41: Morgan Petro Bags Big Lucky 7's Stack; Kornuth Continues Crushing

Morgan Petro

Day 41 of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas had three events taking place, with the bulk of the vast tournament areas taken up by the massive Main Event field. The Main Event lost over half of its players, with 1,517 of the 3,538 returnees bagging up at the close of play.

The day also saw the third and final flight of the $777 Lucky 7's event conclude.

Another player got their hands on a coveted gold bracelet, and Thomas Skaggs is that champion. Skaggs came out on top in Event #78: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha, defeating the Netherlands' David Hu heads-up to capture $171,742 and his first

Morgan Petro Bags Up Lucky 7's Day 1c Chip Lead

The third and final start day of Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's drew in 3,444 entrants, taking the total attendance to an impressive 7,323 players. Only 154 of the Day 1c players bagged and tagged stack at the close of play, meaning 317 hopefuls return to the action on Day 2.

Morgan Petro bagged up a cool 3,100,000 chips at the close of play, which is just enough for the Day 1c chip lead. Shawn Daniels (2,945,000) was almost the flight's chip leader, while Toshimasa Sakato (2,360,000) finished in third.

Bracelet winner David Miscikowski (1,940,000) ended Day 1c tenth in chips, while the likes of Michael Rodrigues (1,400,000), Rafael Reis (1,065,000), Lara Eisenberg (850,000), Chino Rheem (820,000), Mike Gorodinsky (785,000), Loni Hui (675,000), and David "ODB" Baker also punched their Day 2 tickets.

Cards are back in the air from 10:00 a.m. local time on July 10, with Stepan Vinokurov (3,315,000) leading the 317 survivors back into the action. PokerNews' live reporting team will be on the ground through the day as the field whittles down towards a champion.

Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Morgan PetroUnited States3,100,00078
2Shawn DanielsUnited States2,945,00074
3Toshimasa SakatoJapan2,360,00059
4James ChavanarojritUnited States2,345,00059
5Hai NguyenUnited States2,060,00052
6Andrew FlahertyUnited States2,000,00050
7Viet VoUnited States2,000,00050
8Julien MontoisFrance2,000,00050
9Bienvenido SanchezSpain1,970,00049
10David MiscikowskiUnited States1,940,00049

Kornuth Continues His Epic Run of Form

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth

Chance Kornuth can seemingly do nothing wrong at the poker table of late. The popular pro has won over $3.6 million in 2023 alone, and is now second in chip going into Day 4 of Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship.

Kornuth finished Day 3 with 1,887,000 chips in his stack, and with a realistic shot of walking away with a life-changing $12.1 million top prize. Only Antonio Mallol Heredia (1,899,000) has more chips than Kornuth, and only just.

Liran Betito (1,775,000), Pei Li (1,742,000), and Nicholas "Dirty DIaper" Rigby (1,719,000) round out the overnight top five.

As you would expect from a record-breaking field, there are some legitimate superstars among the surviving Day 3 players. Chris Brewer (1,447,000) finds himself in the top 20, with the like of Faraz Jaka (1,378,000), Jesse Lonis (1,188,000), Stephen Chidwick (1,106,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (1,059,000), and Maurice Hawkins (1,028,000) each having the welcomed problem of having to fit more than one million chips into an overnight bag.

Others still in the hunt include 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (950,000), Julien Martini (870,000), the 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker (778,000), Dominik Nitsche (680,000), Alex Foxen (637,000), and the 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein (618,000).

Day 4 commences at 12:00 p.m. local time on July 10, with the plan to complete another five 120-minute levels. The money bubble will burst early into proceedings, with 1,507 players receiving at least $15,000 for there efforts, and only 1,517 players returning to their seats.

Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Antonio Mallol HerediaUnited States1,899,000237
2Chance KornuthUnited States1,887,000236
3Liran BetitoIsrael1,775,000222
4Pei LiCanada1,742,000218
5Nicholas RigbyUnited States1,719,000215
6Pavel DyachenkoCanada1,706,000213
7Michael DuekUnited States1,678,000210
8Nicholas LeeCanada1,639,000205
9Mason ViethUnited States1,602,000200
10Michael MonroigUnited States1,552,000194

What to Expect on Day 42 of the 2023 WSOP

July 10 is the 42nd day of the 2023 WSOP, and things are starting to pick up again now that the Main Event's field is down to a more manageable level.

In addition to Day 4 of Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship, and Day 2 of Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's taking place, two new tournaments shuffle up and deal.

You can follow all of the action from Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller, the latter's field is expected to be crammed full of elite-level poker players.

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  • Morgan Petro bagged big in the $777 Lucky 7's as did Chance Kornuth in the Main Event.

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