2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship

2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day: 2
Event Info

2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
400,000 / 800,000
Players Info - Day 2
Players Left

2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Day 2 Completed

Krasimir Yankov Leads 255 Survivors After Day 2 of the PokerStars Players Championship

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Krasimir Yankov
Krasimir Yankov

It was a short but action-packed Day 2 at the 2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship in The Bahamas that saw only six one-hour levels played out. A total of 1,014 entries were recorded when late registration closed with just 255 advancing to Day 3. Leading the pack is Krasimir Yankov who is the only player with a seven-figure stack with 1,002,000 chips followed by Philipe Pizzari (965,000) and Jeremy Ausmus (791,000) to round out the top three.

Yankov is widely known for competing on the European Poker Tour but has recently been dabbling overseas as well. The Bulgarian's most recent standout performance came in the WPT World Championship where he finished in 11th place. With a handful of six-figure scores on his poker resume already, Yankov will be looking to go one step further and add a seven-figure payday when all is said and done.

Top 10 Leaderboard After Day 2 of the 2023 PSPC

 1Krasimir YankovBulgaria1,002,000167
 2Philipe PizzariBrazil965,000161
 3Jeremy AusmusUnited States791,000132
 4Dylan DestefanoUnited States696,000116
 5Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom685,000114
 6Justin LibertoUnited States658,000110
 7Tommy NguyenCanada642,000107
 8Ignacio GonzalezSpain610,000102
 9Renato MinicuciItaly585,00098
 10Christian DresslerGermany562,00094

Speaking of which, the prize pool and payouts were confirmed today once registration was closed. A total of $24,843,000 will be up for grabs over the next three days. There will be 175 places being paid with a min-cash being worth $35,100 and the winner taking home $4,053,200. Each of the final six places will be guaranteed to become at least a millionaire.

Some more familiar faces advancing to Day 3 with a shot at PSPC glory include 2023 PCA Main Event champion Michel Dattani, WSOP Main Event winners Chris Moneymaker, Martin Jacobson, and Espen Jorstad, along with PokerStars ambassadors Alejandro Lococo, Sam Grafton, and Arlie Shaban. Lococo put 473,000 in the bag for Day 3 and will be joined by Grafton with 377,000 chips and Shaban who bagged the same as Day 1 with 259,000.

Alejandro Lococo leads the PokerStars ambassador team
Alejandro Lococo leads the PokerStars ambassador team

Day 2 Action

There were 680 players who returned to their seats after Day 1 and they were joined by an additional nine new entries before late registration closed prior to the start of level 11. One of those late entries was Bryn Kenney whose time at the table was a mere flash. Just 10 minutes in, Kenney bricked out on a flush draw and was sent to the rail by Noah Schwartz.

Five-time Survivor contestant and winner of the 22nd season Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano was also one of the last few entries. Mariano, who is now taking the game of poker a little more seriously, maneuvered his way through to Day 3, bagging up a stack of 119,000.

Boston Rob Mariano still in contention heading to Day 3
Boston Rob Mariano still in contention heading to Day 3

One of the feel-good stories of the tournament belongs to Platinum Pass winner Glen Craigen. There is no doubt that Craigen is playing in the biggest tournament of his life but has proven he can still play with some of the biggest names in the game. Craigen recently did an interview with PokerNews where he got a little emotional talking about what this type of tournament means to him.

Joining him in search of turning a Platinum Pass into a massive payday include Ignacio Gonzalez, Renato Minicuci, Dinesh Alt, Bastian Hess, and many others.

With a field littered with familiar faces at each and every table, there were many who fell by the wayside over the course of the day as the field was whittled down to just 255 players. Some of those that were unfortunate to be eliminated were Ryan Riess, Jonathan Little, Ben Lamb, Sam Greenwood, and PokerStars ambassadors Benjamin Spragg, Jen Shahade, and defending champion Ramon Colillas who will not be going back-to-back.

As the field quickly disintegrated over the course of a few hours, it was announced that only six levels would be played on Day 2. When the action resumes on Day 3, everyone will have their sights set on the money bubble that will likely occur in the opening couple levels of the day.

The cards will go back in the air at 12 p.m. noon EST for Day 3 with the blinds resuming on level 15 at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length and an expected eight levels will be played on Day 3.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates as the action unfolds en route to crowning a new PSPC champion in just a few day's time.

Tags: Alejandro LococoArlie ShabanBastian HessBen LambBenjamin SpraggBoston RobBryn KenneyChris MoneymakerChris MoormanDinesh AltDylan DestefanoEspen JorstadGlen CraigenIgnacio GonzalezJen ShahadeJeremy AusmusJonathan LittleJustin LibertoKrasimir YankovMartin JacobsonMichel DattaniNoah SchwartzPhilipe PizzariPokerStarsPSPCRamon ColillasRenato MinicuciRob MarianoRyan RiessSam GraftonSam Greenwood

2023 PSPC Main Event: Day 3 Seat Draw

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Adrien SzydlowskiFrance108,00018
12Shannon ShorrUnited States340,00057
13Christian DresslerGermany562,00094
14Sebastian HuberAustria93,00016
15Elias GutierrezSpain100,00017
16Alexander FarahiUnited States416,00069
17Nikolai TulinRussia340,00057
18Adrian Vinuela GarciaSpain145,00024
21Georgios VrakasGreece100,00017
22Richard SeymourUnited States251,00042
23Quentin CoueffeFrance121,00020
24Miguel MartinezSpain130,00022
25Shiva DudaniUnited States170,00028
26Gonzalo LealSpain247,00041
27James MendozaUnited States323,00054
28Oliver BlancoUnited Kingdom268,00045
31Michael ChiappettaUnited States122,00020
32Paulina LoeligerUnited States334,00056
33Georgi SandevBulgaria155,00026
34Guillermo GordoSpain111,00019
35Dario SammartinoItaly324,00054
36Francesc SubiradaSpain168,00028
37Raul CarrilloSpain335,00056
38Robert CowenUnited Kingdom326,00054
41Lucas Silva RochaBrazil299,00050
42Griffin BengerCanada113,00019
43John KrpanCanada260,00043
44Benjamin DieboldUnited States50,0008
45Josep Pastor De RamonSpain199,00033
46Ricardo de la RosaSpain300,00050
47Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom165,00028
48Matt BerkeyUnited States92,00015
51Oscar GironellaSpain266,00044
52Jonathan RandUnited States66,00011
53Clement EloyFrance163,00027
54Kenny HallaertBelgium81,00014
55Jerome MoreauFrance80,00013
56David PetersUnited States115,00019
57Nicolas BetbeseArgentina205,00034
58Alejandro RoaSpain255,00043
61Ignacio MoronSpain494,00082
62Alexander HerrmannGermany83,00014
63Padraig O'NeillIreland80,00013
64Blaz ZerjavSlovenia85,00014
65Tom KunzeGermany476,00079
66Aram OganyanUnited States297,00050
67Omri MogaCanada93,00016
68Jonathan JaffeUnited States429,00072
71Jake SchwartzUnited States75,00013
72Sergio Carro MarinSpain168,00028
73Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom685,000114
74Mats RosenSweden146,00024
75Leon SturmGermany77,00013
76Diego CuellarPeru138,00023
77Sergio AidoSpain357,00060
78Alejandro LococoArgentina473,00079
81Andrei BogheanRomania467,00078
82Luis FariaPortugal140,00023
83Joni JouhkimainenFinland257,00043
84Kitty KuoTaiwan272,00045
85Laszlo BujtasHungary284,00047
86Connor RashUnited States334,00056
87Tom ParsonsUnited Kingdom228,00038
88Chance KornuthUnited States337,00056
91Nacho BarberoArgentina340,00057
92Justin ZakiUnited States185,00031
93Noah SchwartzUnited States242,00040
94Pedro GaragnaniBrazil394,00066
95Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom377,00063
96Marius IrimiaRomania285,00048
97Anton WiggSweden143,00024
98Mehdi ViolleauFrance270,00045
101Marcello Del GrossoItaly210,00035
102Krasimir YankovBulgaria1,002,000167
103Elia AhmadianUnited States166,00028
104Weiran PuChina70,00012
105Niclas ThummGermany324,00054
106Matthew HuntUnited States186,00031
107Istvan FabianSpain119,00020
108Julien PerouseFrance121,00020
111Christopher RobinsonCanada59,00010
113Yannick SchumacherGermany169,00028
114Eric AfriatCanada48,0008
115Zhi Yi NingThailand271,00045
116Amel HusnicBosnia and Herzegovina481,00080
117Luis Garcia MorenoSpain98,00016
118Christoph WalkenhorstGermany226,00038
121Eduardo LopesBrazil251,00042
122Asher ConniffUnited States278,00046
123Chris MoneymakerUnited States404,00067
124Martin JacobsonSweden229,00038
125Armin RezaeiAustria67,00011
126Cosme Gomez MartinezSpain131,00022
127Andrew MorenoUnited States283,00047
128Alex KulevBulgaria144,00024
131Luca VenturiniItaly220,00037
132Eric WorreUnited States67,00011
133Christoph CsikUnited States213,00036
134Martin ZamaniUnited States313,00052
135Alexandre VuilleumierSwitzerland97,00016
136Daniel StancerUnited Kingdom24,0004
137Allan MelloBrazil138,00023
138Roberto PerezSpain98,00016
141Kalidou SowFrance70,00012
142Aliaksandr ShylkoBelarus450,00075
143Luis FonsecaPortugal106,00018
144Jonathan BussieresCanada178,00030
145Scott BaumsteinUnited States92,00015
146Aurelie ReardFrance163,00027
147Porfirio NavarroSpain103,00017
148James TolbertSpain178,00030
151Fedor HolzGermany421,00070
152Dan SmithUnited States52,0009
153Rakesh RamdialUnited States66,00011
154Maxime PetitprezFrance390,00065
155Ignacio GonzalezSpain610,000102
156Jiachen GongCanada394,00066
157Fabiano KovalskiBrazil251,00042
158Christopher DayUnited Kingdom286,00048
161Christopher PuetzGermany495,00083
162Maxi LehmanskiGermany104,00017
163Eliseo PascualSpain159,00027
164Chris LeeUnited States136,00023
165Dovid LakeinUnited States181,00030
166Felipe BoianovskyBrazil379,00063
167Lucas PignayFrance322,00054
168Esteban MaquillonSpain318,00053
171Dominik NitscheGermany448,00075
172Philipp GruissemGermany81,00014
173Richard BelcastroCanada46,0008
174Rodrigo SeijiBrazil124,00021
175Blake BohnUnited States554,00092
176Fabio BonattoBrazil384,00064
177Conor BeresfordUnited Kingdom336,00056
178Michael GoodmanCanada88,00015
181Michael RoccoUnited States139,00023
182Niklas WarlichGermany159,00027
183Petar KalevBulgaria260,00043
184Tommy NguyenCanada642,000107
185Timothy AdamsCanada194,00032
186John OrlowskiUnited States304,00051
187Pedro MarquesPortugal125,00021
188Marius KudzmanasLithuania76,00013
191Andrew ChenCanada119,00020
192Rayan ChamasCanada495,00083
193Ben HeathUnited Kingdom107,00018
194Chris OliverUnited States310,00052
195Colton BlombergUnited States292,00049
196Jose EspinaSpain97,00016
197Sean WinterUnited States438,00073
198Glen CraigenCanada141,00024
201Ori HassonIsrael163,00027
202Miguel PosadasSpain232,00039
203William MicalUnited States62,00010
204Norbert SzecsiHungary350,00058
205Diego VenturaPeru267,00045
206Rui BouquetPortugal84,00014
207Nadya MagnusUnited States273,00046
208Nikolay MourzikovCanada266,00044
211Sammy LafleurCanada236,00039
212Sergio FernandezSpain264,00044
213Fabian GumzGermany262,00044
214Julien SitbonFrance314,00052
215Istvan PilhoferHungary231,00039
216Sami KelopuroFinland219,00037
217Franco SpitaleArgentina272,00045
218Max MenzelGermany197,00033
221Emil HolmstenSweden399,00067
222Mauricio Ferreira PaisGermany332,00055
223Bastian HessGermany451,00075
224Alejandro HerreraSpain153,00026
225Byron KavermanUnited States127,00021
226Zsolt VassHungary119,00020
227John HowlettIreland421,00070
228Soraya EstradaSpain359,00060
231Adi RajkovicAustria95,00016
232Dinesh AltSwitzerland338,00056
233Patrick QuinnCanada188,00031
234Carlos Gurdiel RoblesSpain330,00055
235John KniskaUnited States101,00017
236Justin SalibaUnited States155,00026
237Alfie PoetraUnited States99,00017
238Johannes StraverNetherlands182,00030
241Josh AriehUnited States210,00035
242Rob MarianoUnited States119,00020
243Quentin Krug-BasseFrance106,00018
244Ignacio HernandezSpain208,00035
245Yigit AksoyTurkey39,0007
246Rafael CarchanoSpain184,00031
247Turbo NguyenUnited States81,00014
248Adrian ChabbiSpain163,00027
251Daniel DvoressCanada400,00067
252Carlos AlvaradoUnited States106,00018
253Mustapha KanitItaly262,00044
254George ChiriacRomania170,00028
255Lander LijoSpain67,00011
256Matthias AuerAustria192,00032
257Arlie ShabanCanada259,00043
258Thomas EychenneFrance410,00068
261Victor VargasArgentina458,00076
262Javier Rodriguez GonzalezSpain61,00010
263Leo MargetsSpain88,00015
264Aaron DuczakCanada131,00022
265Ema ZajmovicBosnia and Herzegovina66,00011
266Thiago CremaBrazil127,00021
267Renato MinicuciItaly585,00098
268Will FaillaUnited States205,00034
271Brett BaderUnited States259,00043
272Stephane JoryFrance87,00015
273Alberto MeranDominican Republic79,00013
274Tony TranVietnam196,00033
275Jorge AlberdiSpain344,00057
276Bastien HazouardFrance272,00045
277Philipe PizzariBrazil965,000161
278Elizabeth Bennett-MartinCanada72,00012
281Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom559,00093
282Davidi KitaiBelgium197,00033
283Ezequiel WaigelArgentina286,00048
284Nathan ZimnikUnited States125,00021
285James RannUnited Kingdom243,00041
286Noah BoekenNetherlands215,00036
287Sebastien AubeCanada142,00024
288Espen JorstadNorway38,0006
291Iosif SpulberUnited Kingdom295,00049
292Imad MoumenFrance137,00023
293Lawrence BrandtUnited States155,00026
294Dan TaiebFrance62,00010
295Rory JenningsUnited Kingdom138,00023
296Cristian VaqueiroSpain70,00012
297Andre MarquesPortugal322,00054
298Joris RuijsNetherlands354,00059
301Kevin EysterUnited States205,00034
302Frederic NormandCanada163,00027
303Cam KieuFrance67,00011
304Veronica CanedaSpain153,00026
305Hugo RodillaSpain334,00056
306Jonathan BorensteinUnited States173,00029
307Dimitrios BarmpathanasisGreece153,00026
308Justin LibertoUnited States658,000110
311Rafael EltzBrazil93,00016
312Michel DattaniPortugal258,00043
313Abel LasobrasSpain170,00028
314Rafael RomeroSpain25,0004
315Michael GathyBelgium331,00055
316Romain LewisFrance333,00056
317David ShallowUnited Kingdom246,00041
318Javier ZarcoSpain318,00053
321Joep van den BijgaartNetherlands316,00053
322Ramon LampertSwitzerland368,00061
323Mason PyeUnited Kingdom333,00056
324Bruno VolkmannBrazil206,00034
325Dylan DestefanoUnited States686,000114
326Omar Del PinoSpain248,00041
327Jeremy AusmusUnited States791,000132
328Kou VangUnited States117,00020

Day 2 Completed

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

An unofficial 256 players have survived Day 2 and they all bagged and tagged their chips. Assorted counts are to follow shortly, the full chip counts, a recap of today's action and the Day 3 Seat Draw will be published soon as well.

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
1,002,000 62,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Philipe Pizzari br
Philipe Pizzari
965,000 410,000
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
791,000 291,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Dylan Destefano us
Dylan Destefano
686,000 327,000
Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
685,000 275,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
658,000 173,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Tommy Nguyen ca
Tommy Nguyen
642,000 -10,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ignacio Gonzalez es
Ignacio Gonzalez
610,000 250,000
Renato Minicuci fr
Renato Minicuci
585,000 355,000
Christian Dressler de
Christian Dressler
562,000 412,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
559,000 119,000
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
554,000 204,000
Christopher Puetz de
Christopher Puetz
495,000 245,000
Rayan Chamas ca
Rayan Chamas
495,000 263,000
Ignacio Moron mx
Ignacio Moron
494,000 262,000
Amel Husnic ba
Amel Husnic
481,000 322,000
Tom Kunze de
Tom Kunze
476,000 417,500
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
473,000 218,000
Andrei Boghean ro
Andrei Boghean
467,000 339,000
Victor Vargas ar
Victor Vargas
458,000 302,000
Bastian Hess de
Bastian Hess
451,000 -14,000
Aliaksandr Shylko by
Aliaksandr Shylko
450,000 25,000
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
448,000 178,000
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
438,000 188,000
Jonathan Jaffe us
Jonathan Jaffe
429,000 86,000
WPT 1X Winner

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Blomberg Ensures No Bag For Brewer

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

Chris Brewer raised to 10,000 from the hijack and Colton Blomberg called in the big blind.

The flop came {j-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Brewer continued for 15,000. Blomberg check-called.

The {6-Clubs} was the turn and Blomberg checked. Brewer bet 35,000 and Blomberg check-shoved all in for around 90,000 effective. Brewer snap called.

Chris Brewer: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Colton Blomberg: {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}

Brewer left the tournament area as he saw he was drawing dead. The river came the {j-Clubs} which gave Brewer trips but Blomberg had a full house which ensured Brewer's elimination just before the end of play.

Player Chips Progress
Colton Blomberg us
Colton Blomberg
300,000 226,000
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Chris BrewerColton Blomberg

Kaye Eliminated in Last Hand of the Night

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
David Kaye
David Kaye

Ema Zajmovic drew the final three hands of the night and predicted she would double with aces in the final hand of the night.

There were pocket aces around in the last hand but they didn't belong to Zajmovic, who had to forfeit her big blind. David Kaye jammed from under the gun for 76,000 and Tony Tran called from the next seat. Mauricio Ferreira Pais then jammed for 122,000 and Tran called that, too.

David Kaye: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Mauricio Ferreira Pais: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Tony Tran: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and Kaye was eliminated while Ferreira Pais nearly tripled.

Player Chips Progress
Mauricio Ferreira Pais de
Mauricio Ferreira Pais
332,000 170,500
Tony Tran us
Tony Tran
196,000 -72,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Ema Zajmovic ba
Ema Zajmovic
66,000 -39,000
WPT 1X Winner
David Kaye us
David Kaye

Tags: David KayeEma ZajmovicMauricio Ferreira PaisTony Tran

Late Double for Leal

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Gonzalo Leal
Gonzalo Leal

On a completed board of {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, Maxime Petitprez bet 59,000 and Gonzalo Leal then pushed all-in for 76,000. Petitprez sigh-called the few chips more and was shown the {9-Spades}{8-Spades} by the Platinum Pass winner from Spain, exposing {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for a straight.

Player Chips Progress
Maxime Petitprez fr
Maxime Petitprez
390,000 -66,000
Gonzalo Leal es
Gonzalo Leal
247,000 167,500

Tags: Gonzalo LealMaxime Petitprez

Saliba Folds Out Hallaert

Level 14 : Blinds 2,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

In a battle between the blinds on a flop of {10-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, Kenny Hallaert checked from the small blind and Justin Saliba bet 7,000. Hallaert check-raised and Saliba called.

Hallaert then checked on the {a-Hearts} turn and Saliba checked back. Hallaert checked again on the {10-Spades} turn and Saliba took a moment before betting 65,000 to leave himself just a single chip behind. Hallaert sighed and gave it some thought before folding.

Player Chips Progress
Justin Saliba us
Justin Saliba
160,000 10,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
86,000 26,000

Tags: Kenny HallaertJustin Saliba