2023 WSOP Main Event Hands of the Week: Royal Flush Twice in 4 Hands; Miracle Running Kings
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The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event will play down from nine to four later today, and then to a winner on Monday. It has been two weeks since the record-breaking tournament began, and needless to say, there have been some memorable moments.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team has been busy capturing all the action in our live updates, and they’ve witnessed some hands go down that proved to be either entertaining, game-changing or just flat out brutal.
Below is a look at some of the best hands of the week from the 2023 WSOP!
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Amarapu Hits a Royal - Twice!
Ok, so this first hand wasn't in the Main Event, but it's definitely worth sharing. On Day 1 of Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, it was Level 5 (1,000/2,000/200) when reporter Geoff Paul caught a couple of doozies.
According to Vasu Amarapu, who provided pictures, he took down a huge pot in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better on a board of Q♣J♦K♦2♦Q♦. Amarapu's opponent showed AxK♠K♣3x for kings full of queens, but Amarapu turned over A♦10♦7♣2♥ for a royal flush.
Three hands later, Amarapu bet on the turn with the board showing Q♥A♥3♦10♥. Everyone folded, and he turned over K♥J♥Qx10x for a second royal flush.
Hoover Catches a Miracle
On Day 5 of the Main Event, it was Level 24 (25,000/50,000/50,000) when David Salituro reported how fortunes can change with the turn of a card, and that's exactly what happened to Logan Hoover.
Hoover was all in for 2,385,000 from early position and up against Aditya Systla in middle position.
Logan Hoover: A♣K♦
Aditya Systla: Q♣Q♥
"Hold up," Hoover cried out as he stood up from his seat to await the flop. He hit the K♥, but the rest of the flop came Q♠7♣ and Systla made a set as Hoover turned away in disgust.
The turn, though, gave him some hope as it came K♣. "Ace one time," he yelled out. He didn't hit an ace, but the dealer did turn over the K♠ as Hoover made running quads.
"Yes," Hoover yelled as he ran away from the table. A big crowd gathered around the table and took photos of the board as Hoover returned to rake in the pot.
"Excuse me, I just made quads in the Main Event," Hoover said.
"That's the sickest thing I've ever seen," a tablemate told him.
Four-Way All-In Results in Two Casualties
On Day 6 in Level 28 (60,000/120,000/120,000, Christian Zetzsche reported that Steven Spunt had lost the vast majority of his stack in the previous hand and was in the big blind next. Yaroslav Ohulchanskyi raised from the hijack and Bradley Moskowitz jammed all-in from the cutoff with a shorter stack.
Allen Chang moved in from the small blind while Spunt was in there from the next seat. Ohulchanskyi called all-in to create a four-way all-in on a pay jump with three players at risk.
Steven Spunt: 6♥5♣
Bradley Moskowitz: A♥K♠
Yaroslav Ohulchanskyi: K♥K♦
Allen Chang: 9♠9♣
The board ran out 5♠3♣2♠7♦Q♠ and Spunt fell in 81st place, while Moskowitz earned the pay jump in 80th place. Ohulchanskyi won the side pots and soared past Chang.
"I was waiting for this hand all day long," Moskowitz said before he and Spunt were escorted to the payout desk.
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Torelli Celebrates with a Set of Crabs
In the same level, reporter Connor Richards saw Jose Aguilera opened to 250,000 in early position and Zachary Hall called from the next seat before Alec Torelli came along from the big blind.
Torelli and Aguilera checked on the 3♦6♥J♦ flop and Hall bet 175,000. Torelli check-raised to 700,000 and Aguilera folded as Hall called.
Torelli then bet 1,600,000 on the 8♣ turn and Hall took some time before putting out a stack of 500,000-chips to raise Torelli all in. Torelli quickly called with a stack of 4,785,000.
Alec Torelli: 3♥3♠
Zachary Hall: 5♥5♦
"I didn't think you had that," Hall said glumly after seeing Torelli was far ahead with a set.
The 7♣ bricked off on the river to avoid a gross two-outer and Torelli did a lap and clutched his heart after securing the big double-up through the start-of-day chip leader.
Hulme Rivers Straight Flush; Dunst Eliminated
One level later in Level 29 (100,000/150,000/150,000), Andrew Knowles saw Andrew Hulme open to 325,000 from under the gun and Ryan Tosoc put in a three-bet to 800,000 next to act. Tony Dunst called for his last 525,000 and it folded back to Hulme who made the call.
The flop came Q♦10♦6♠ and Hulme check-called a bet of 600,000 from Tosoc. On the A♠ turn both players checked their options to the J♦ river.
Hulme took a few seconds before sliding out a bet of 1,825,000 and Tosoc quickly let it go. Dunst tabled K♥Q♠ for a straight but was no good when Hulme rolled over 9♦8♦ for a straight flush to score the pot and send Dunst out in 66th place.
Max Pain for Payne as Final Table Nears
On Day 8, just 14 players remained in Level 36 (400,000/800,000/800,000) when Calum Grant reported that Joshua Payne made it 1,600,000 to go and Jose Aguilera three-bet to 4,500,000 on the button. Daniel Weinman on the button went into the tank and carefully studied the stack size of Aguilera before he four-bet jammed for 29,100,000.
Payne called all-in for 19,600,000 total and Aguilera looked up both opponents to create a three-way all-in!
Joshua Payne: K♠K♦
Jose Aguilera: Q♠Q♣
Daniel Weinman: J♠J♣
The A♥7♥4♠ flop changed nothing as Payne remained in the lead. Weinman then spiked the J♥ on the turn to send Payne into a world of pain.
Nothing changed on the 3♠ river and Payne was sent to the payout desk in agonizing fashion while Weinman sky-rocketed up the leaderboard, leaving Aguilera with a short stack.
Past WSOP Hands of the Week Recaps
Check out some of our past "Hands of the Week" recaps:
- 2023 WSOP Hands of the Week: Runner-Runner Royal Flush; a Hellmuth Slowroll?
- 2023 WSOP Hands of the Week: Polk's Miracle Two Outer; Accidental Exposure Saves Tull from Bubble
- 2023 WSOP Hands of the Week: Negreanu Knows All The Angles, a Quads Counterfeit
- 2023 BetMGMPoker Championship Biggest Hands: Colpoys Scoops Four-way All-in
- 2023 WSOP Hands of the Week: Royal Flush Over Quads; KK < KK & 4-of-a-Kind for Seidel
- 2023 WSOP Hands of the Week: Poker Player Learns Lesson for Premature Celebration
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In this Series
- 1 The 2023 WSOP Main Event is Underway: Jamie Gold Ready for Record to Be Broken
- 2 Agony of Defeat: Poker Player Runs Kings into Aces Twice Vs. Same Opponent, Busts Main Event Day 1
- 3 Espen Jorstad in Action, Ready to Defend World Championship
- 4 July 5, 2019: Reliving the Craziest Day in WSOP Main Event History
- 5 Poker Boom 2.0: 2023 WSOP Main Event Officially the Largest Ever
- 6 Two Players Bust on the First Hand of 2023 WSOP Main Event Day 1D
- 7 The Greatest Show: Hellmuth and Jungleman Make Grand Entrance into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 8 Ex-Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Makes Surprise Entry into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 9 Would You Fold Kings Preflop on Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event in This Spot?
- 10 Alexandra Botez & 888poker Ambassadors Make Day 2 of Main Event
- 11 Rapper Hoodie Allen Abandons Chips in Poker World Championship for Friend's Wedding
- 12 Online Poker Pioneer Isai Scheinberg Plays WSOP Main Event for the First Time
- 13 Phil Hellmuth Coolered Out of WSOP Main Event by Nicholas "Dirty Diaper" Rigby
- 14 2023 WSOP Main Event Registration Closes w/ 10,043 Entries & $12.1M to Winner
- 15 Tom Dwan Busts WSOP Main Event; What Would You Do Here?
- 16 Popular Rapper Returns in Time for Poker World Championship...And Gets Aces Cracked
- 17 The Muck: Was the WSOP Main Event Payout Structure Absurd?
- 18 Queen on the River Dashes Nicholas Rigby's WSOP Main Event Title Dreams
- 19 Pollster Nate Silver's Chances of Winning 2023 WSOP Main Event are Now 0%
- 20 Nicholas Rigby Busts Chance Kornuth in a 200 Big Blind Pot on Day 5
- 21 Moneymaker, Hachem Bust Day 5; All Past WSOP Main Event Champs Out
- 22 Nicholas Rigby Talks "Dirty Diaper" Strategy in the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 23 Nightmare Runout Knocks Alexandra Botez Out of the WSOP Main Event
- 24 Father & Daughter Make the Money of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 25 Kings Lose to Aces on the Bubble of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 26 Do You Know Which Poker Player Just Set the Record of Cashing Seven Consecutive Live WSOP Main Events?
- 27 2023 WSOP Main Event Hands of the Week: Royal Flush Twice in 4 Hands; Miracle Running Kings
- 28 Would You Rather Get a WSOP Main Event Seat for Life or $200,000?
- 29 Alexandra Botez Wants the WSOP Main Event Stream to Be Free; Do You Agree?
- 30 Can Some Fool's Gold Help Adam Walton Capture the 2023 WSOP Main Event Bracelet?
- 31 Jones, Weinman and Walton to Battle for 2023 WSOP Main Event Title
- 32 Pros vs. Jones: One of These 3 Players is Hours Away From Poker Immortality
- 33 Adam Walton Jams 80 Big Blind Stack Into Pocket Aces, Busts WSOP Main Event
- 34 Daniel Weinman Wins Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000
- 35 How Much Money Players at 2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Made