Moneymaker, Hachem Bust Day 5; All Past WSOP Main Event Champs Out
There will be no "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!" at the final table of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Joe Hachem and Chris Moneymaker both busted early on Day 5, guaranteeing the eventual winner will be a first-time champion.
Tuesday's session began with 441 players, including the two aforementioned previous champs. Moneymaker famously won it in 2003, which helped spark a massive poker boom. Hachem, the Australian poker legend took it down in 2005 when he defeated Steve Dannenmann heads-up.
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The 2023 WSOP Main Event had a record field of 10,043 players, smashing the previous record of 8,773 entries set in 2006. When a champion is crowned next week, one lucky and skilled individual will receive a whopping $12.1 million.
Former Poker Champs Headed Home
No one knows who among the remaining 390 players, at the time of publishing, will be crowned the 2023 world champion. But it won't be either of the last two standing past winners.
Moneymaker entered the day with 435,000 chips, quite a bit below the average stack. With the blinds at 10,000/25,000, the former accountant put the last of his 345,000 chips in the middle early on Day 5 with 5♦5♥ but ran into the K♣K♥ of Ryan Brown, who scooped the pot when the board ran out 9♣7♥3♣K♦3♠, sending the former PokerStars ambassador home.
Despite the abrupt Day 5 exit, Moneymaker recorded his fourth straight cash in the Main Event, excluding the 2020 hybrid version, after failing to reach the money since 2003 when he won the whole thing.
As for Hachem, another popular figure from the poker boom era, he began what turned out to be his final session in better shape than Moneymaker with 1,485,000 chips. But he too would exit stage left rather quickly.
On a flop of A♠10♦2♠, the 2005 world champ appeared to be sitting pretty with AxQx, but had to dodge a spade and a straight draw as Mason Vieth was holding K♠J♠. Vieth, the preflop three-bettor, wagered 200,000 into an already bloated pot and received a call. When the 5♣ appeared on the turn, Hachem checked and then called off his remaining 600,000 chips.
After the 8♠ was turned over on the river, it officially ended any possibility of a former champion winning the Main Event this year. There are, however, still plenty of big names left in the field, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Seymour, political polling expert Nate Silver, and past runners-up Dario Sammartino and John Racener.
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