2023 WSOP Day 42: Arieh Claims the $25K H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 Chip Lead

Josh Arieh

There were no gold bracelets awarded on Day 42 of the 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, although one event did whittle its field down to only five players. Four tournaments took place across the sprawling venues, including Day 4 of the record-breaking Main Event, and Day 1 of the star-studded $25,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E.

Want to know what went down on Day 41 of this incredible record-setting WSOP? Then keep reading to find out.

Arieh Shines on Day 1 of the $25K H.O.R.S.E

Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. attracted 98 entrants on Day 1, but with late registration remaining open until the start of Day 2, it is almost a given that we will see a three-figure attendance.

After the completion of ten levels of high-stakes mixed game action, Josh Arieh (621,500) claimed the overnight chip lead, as he hunts down his sixth bracelet. Arieh secured his fifth bracelet earlier in the summer, and is now the man to catch yet again.

Japan's Motoyoshi Okamura (565,000) led the event for some of the day, while the likes of Yehuda Buchalter (511,000) and Nacho Barbero (504,000) can also be delighted with the starts they have made.

The 56 Day 1 survivors read like a who's who of the poker world. Matt Glantz (463,000), Andres Korn (461,000), Michael Noori (445,000), and Michael Moncek (415,000) all finished in the top ten.

Further down the counts you find such luminaries as Marco Johnson (373,500), Paul Volpe (326,000), Viktor Blom (319,500), Mike Matusow (309,000), David "ODB" Baker (302,500), Jason Mercier (262,000), Brian Hastings (254,500), John Hennigan (215,000), and 17-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (213,000).

Tune back into PokerNews from 1:00 p.m. local time on July 11 if you love the H.O.R.S.E. format.

Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Josh AriehUnited States621,500
2Motoyoshi OkamuraJapan565,000
3Yehuda BuchalterUnited States511,000
4Nacho BarberoArgentina504,000
5Hal RotholzUnited States478,000
6Matt GlantzUnited States463,000
7Andres KornUnited States461,000
8Max HoffmanUnited States451,000
9Michael NooriUnited States445,000
10Michael MoncekUnited States415,000

Tosoc Take Narrow Lead Into Day 5 of the Main Event

Ryan Tosoc
Ryan Tosoc

Only 441 players from the 10,043 that started Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship remain in contention for the $12.1 million top prize after four intense days of poker action.

Day 4 started with 1,518 players, and ended with Ryan Tosoc holding the chip lead, albeit a very narrow one. Tosoc, a WSOP bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion finished Day 4 with 5,120,000 chips, while Mitchell Halverson bagged up 5,100,000 chips, which is fewer than one big blind less than Tosoc.

A whole host of stars remain in contention to become the 2023 WSOP Main Event champion. They include the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (3,710,000), the entertaining Nicholas Rigby (3,655,000), Nikita Luther (3,550,000), Chance Kornuth (3,200,000), Christian Harder (2,345,000), two-time bracelet winners Rami Boukai (1,580,000) and Christopher Vitch (1,575,000), and 2005's champion Joe Hachem (1,485,000).

Another five levels of play take place from 12:00 p.m. local time on July 11 as the march towards the life-changing final table continues.

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

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ryan TosocUnited States5,120,000205
2Mitchell HalversonUnited States5,100,000204
3Aditya SystlaIndia5,075,000203
4Scott BerkoUnited Kingdom4,700,000188
5Bradley MoskowitzUnited States4,145,000166
6Juan Maceiras LapidoSpain3,985,000159
7Jon CohenUnited States3,815,000153
8Gabi LivshitzIsrael3,800,000152
9John RacenerUnited States3,710,000148
10Quan ZhouChina3,705,000148

Scarborough On Course for Lucky 7's Title

Anthony Scarborough
Anthony Scarborough

Only four players stand between Anthony Scarborough and his maiden bracelet, which also comes with a welcomed $777,777 top prize. Scarborough holds a commanding lead going into the final day of Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's, a lead so vast his stack is double the size of his nearest rival.

Scarborough holds a colossal stack of 140,000,000, with Julien Montois (70,700,000) being his nearest rival. Shawn Daniels (47,400,000), Istvan Briski (32,400,000), and Charles La Boissonniere (13,400,000) are not only there to make up the numbers, but you have a feeling that they may all be playing for second place when play resumes.

The cards are back in the air from 1:00 p.m. local time on July 11, and PokerNews will provide updates right through to the champion being crowned.

Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's Final Day Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChipsBig Blind
1Shawn DanielsUnited States47,400,00019
2Charles La BoissonniereCanada13,400,0005
3Istvan BriskiHungary32,400,00013
4Julien MontoisFrance70,700,00028
5Anthony ScarboroughUnited States140,000,00056

Davies Leads as the Bubble Bursts in the $2,500 NLHE

Seth Davies
Seth Davies

Seth Davies finished Day 1 of Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em with 1,113,000 chips and the title of overnight chip leader. The 2,068-strong field was reduced to only 310 players over the course of 17 levels, with 312 entrants receiving a slice of the 4,601,300 prize pool.

Davies won a huge coinflip with pockey jacks against ace-king in the penultimate level of the night, which propelled him to the chip counts' summit. Davies added a few more chip to his stack before play ended, which kept him ahead of Spain's Ramon Fernandez (1,025,000).

British duo Alex Lindop (858,000) and Daniel Rudd (774,000) finished with top five chip counts, while Galen Hall (743,000) returns in the top ten.

Others still in contention going into Day 2 include Brett Shaffer (615,000), Joey Couden (516,000), David Miscikowski (394,000), Roberto Romanello (331,000), Isaac Baron (276,000), and Calvin Anderson (209,000).

The 310 surviving players return to action from 10:00 a.m. local time on July 11 under the watchful eyes of the PokerNews live reporting team.

Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Seth DaviesUnited States1,113,000111
2Ramon FernandezSpain1,025,000103
3Alex LindopUnited Kingdom858,00086
4Valentyn ShabelnykUkraine776,00078
5Daniel RuddUnited Kingdom774,00077
6Diego VazsorgattoBrazil757,00076
7Galen HallUnited States743,00074
8Alex GreenblattUnited States739,00074
9Elias FiszNetherlands690,00069
10Ignas JasineviciusLithuania682,00068

What to Expect on Day 43 of the 2023 WSOP

Day 42 of the 2023 WSOP will see two champions crowned. Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's and Online Event #17: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max Championship being those two events.

Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship's Day 5 will see the record-breaking field reduce even further, while Event #79: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em should progress to somewhere near its final table.

Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. is where you want to be if you love seeing poker's stellar names duke it out for vast sums of money.

Two new events enter the mix, too. Event #81: $600 Ultra Stack and Event #82: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed) are those two new tournaments; each should be very well attended.

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