2023 World Series of Poker

Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed)
Day: 1
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2023 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
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Prize Pool
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300,000 / 600,000
Players Info - Day 1
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Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed)

Day 1 Completed

Justin Bonomo Bags Chip Lead in Day 1 of $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed)

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

One of the most exciting events so far at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off today as Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed) drew 111 players on Day 1 at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, including several Poker Hall of Famers and many of the best high-stakes pros. That includes all-time money leader Justin Bonomo, who bagged a sizable chip lead as the only player with over 2,000,000 chips.

Bonomo will return for Day 2 tomorrow at noon local time with fellow high rollers Talal Shakerchi (1,688,000), Sam Soverel (1,450,000) and Chris Brewer (1,618,000), who is looking to best his recent third-place finish in Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer

Also among the 48 players who bagged on Day 1 are last year's $250,000 Super High Roller champion Alex Foxen (1,236,000), recent Event #2: $25,000 High Roller (6-Handed) runner-up Chance Kornuth (1,236,000), five-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus (1,016,000) and controversial defending champion Jake Schindler (670,000), who was eliminated by Kornuth late in the day then reentering.

End of Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsDay 2 Big Blinds
1Justin BonomoUnited States2,024,000127
2Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom1,688,000106
3Chris BrewerUnited States1,618,000101
4Sam SoverelUnited States1,459,00091
5Chance KornuthUnited States1,313,00082
6Alex FoxenUnited States1,236,00077
7Leon SturmGermany1,118,00070
8Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,016,00064
9Sergio AidoSpain984,00062
10Seth DaviesUnited States961,00060

Of a trio of Poker Hall of Famers, only John Hennigan was able to survive as Daniel Negreanu, who will have to rely on a deep run in Event #18: $300 Gladiators of Poker, fired two bullets before running ace-queen into the pocket queens of Kornuth, while Erik Seidel was also eliminated as Day 1 came to a close.

Other players who will return for Day 2 include Dan Smith, Justin Saliba, Dominik Nitsche, Kevin Rabichow, Brian Kim, reigning Main Event champion Espen Jorstad and newly minted bracelet winner Isaac Haxton.

Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton

There were plenty of exciting moments during the eight 60-minute levels of Day 1, including a hand at the end of the night where Bonomo crushed Ren Lin's pocket jacks to nearly double into the chip lead. Bonomo and Lin were seated side-by-side and chatted jovially throughout the day.

Bonomo wasn't the only one to crack a big pair as earlier in the day Alexandros Theologis flopped a set of treys to double through the aces of Masashi Oya. He almost did it a second time against Hennigan after he flopped the nut flush draw with Big Slick before the six-time bracelet winner's rockets ultimately held up for a double.

In another highlight, Daniel Rezaei flopped quads in a three-bet pot against Seidel and managed to get two streets of action against the nine-time bracelet winner, who laughed as Rezaei showed him his cards.

There are sure to be plenty more highlights as the action continues Saturday with Day 2. Players return to blinds of 8,000/16,000/16,000. Late registration is open until the start of Day 2, so there will likely be more players joining.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back tomorrow for continued coverage of Event #23: $50,000 High Roller (8-Handed) here at the 2023 WSOP.

Tags: Alex FoxenAlexandros TheologisBrian KimChance KornuthChris BrewerDan SmithDaniel NegreanuEspen JorstadIsaac HaxtonJake SchindlerJeremy AusmusJohn HenniganJustin BonomoRen Lin'sSam SoverelStephen ChidwickTalal Shakerchi

Seat Draw for Day 2

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Please be aware that late registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Therefore, the seat draw is subject to change.

CasinoTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Paris1357Dominik NitscheGermany329,00021
Paris1358Espen JorstadNorway542,00034
Paris1361Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,016,00064
Paris1362Christoph VogelsangGermany394,00025
Paris1363Tobias SchwechtAustria272,00017
Paris1366Alexandros TheologisGreece795,00050
Paris1367Masashi OyaJapan901,00056
Paris1368Albert DaherLebanon319,00020
Paris1371Carlos Chadha-VillamarinUnited States134,0008
Paris1373Daniel RezaeiAustria595,00037
Paris1375Alex FoxenUnited States1,236,00077
Paris1377Micah RaskinUnited States618,00039
Paris1381Yang WangChina550,00034
Paris1383Justin BonomoUnited States2,024,000127
Paris1384Sam SoverelUnited States1,459,00091
Paris1385Chance KornuthUnited States1,313,00082
Paris1386Christopher BrewerUnited States1,618,000101
Paris1387Brian KimUnited States896,00056
Paris1388Anton MorgensternGermany230,00014
Paris1395Sung Joo HyunSouth Korea697,00044
Paris1396Jake SchindlerUnited States678,00042
Paris1397Sergio AidoSpain984,00062
Paris1398Barak WisbrodIsrael450,00028
Paris1404Jans ArendsNetherlands111,0007
Paris1405Vlad DarieRomania498,00031
Paris1406Cary KatzUnited States316,00020
Paris1407Dimitar DanchevBulgaria276,00017
Paris1408Michael MoncekUnited States894,00056
Paris1414Julien MartiniFrance338,00021
Paris1415Artur MartirosianRussia786,00049
Paris1416Seth DaviesUnited States961,00060
Paris1417Roman HrabecCzech Republic627,00039
Paris1418Leon SturmAustria1,118,00070
Paris1422Kevin RabichowUnited States904,00057
Paris1423Chad EveslageUnited States303,00019
Paris1424Punnat PunsriThailand285,00018
Paris1426Charles PachecoUnited States146,0009
Paris1428Danny TangHong Kong754,00047
Paris1433Chris HunichenUnited States378,00024
Paris1434Talal ShakerchiESHER, , GB1,688,000106
Paris1435Kristen FoxenUnited States300,00019
Paris1436Isaac HaxtonUnited States310,00019
Paris1437John HenniganUnited States867,00054
Paris1441Tyler CornellUnited States676,00042
Paris1443Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia536,00034
Paris1444Dan SmithUnited States700,00044
Paris1445John BrooksUnited States750,00047
Paris1448Justin SalibaUnited States556,00035

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
2,024,000 44,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
WSOP 3X Winner
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
1,688,000 88,000
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
1,618,000 18,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
1,459,000 34,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
1,313,000 63,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
1,236,000 636,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Leon Sturm de
Leon Sturm
1,118,000 118,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
1,016,000 455,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
984,000 -216,000
Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
961,000 216,000
Kevin Rabichow us
Kevin Rabichow
904,000 254,000
Masashi Oya jp
Masashi Oya
901,000 691,000
Brian Kim us
Brian Kim
896,000 596,000
Michael Moncek us
Michael Moncek
894,000 894,000
WSOP 2X Winner
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
867,000 -333,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Alexandros Theologis gr
Alexandros Theologis
795,000 445,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
786,000 476,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
754,000 754,000
John Brooks us
John Brooks
750,000 750,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
700,000 50,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Sung Joo Hyun kr
Sung Joo Hyun
697,000 697,000
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
678,000 378,000
Defending Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Tyler Cornell us
Tyler Cornell
676,000 676,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Roman Hrabec cz
Roman Hrabec
627,000 169,000
Micah Raskin us
Micah Raskin
618,000 218,000

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Bonomo Eliminates Lin in Biggest Pot of the Tournament

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo opened to 28,000 under the gun and Ren Lin, seated right next to Bonomo, three-bet to 75,000. Everyone else folded and Bonomo called leaving action heads-up going into the flop.

Bonomo checked on the 495 flop and called a 65,000 bet from Lin.

Both players checked the 6 turn.

"One time river" Lin said as the river came the 4. Bonomo went all in, covering Lin who had approximately 800,000 behind in a massive overbet for nearly five times what was in the pot. Lin did not take long before making the call to put himself at risk.

Ren Lin: JJ
Justin Bonomo: 55

Lin's overpair could not overcome Bonomo's full house and he was eliminated just before the end of Day 1, while Bonomo scooped the biggest pot of the tournament to become the chip leader going into Day 2.

Player Chips Progress
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
1,980,000 930,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
WSOP 3X Winner
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin

Tags: Justin BonomoRen Lin

Kornuth Busts Negreanu

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Chance Kornuth opened to 26,000 on the button and Talal Shakerchi called in the small blind before Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 127,000 in the big blind. Kornuth responded with a four-bet to around 500,000 and Shakerchi folded as Negreanu pulled out the selfie stick.

"This is an interesting spot," he told his vlog viewers. "I call."

Daniel Negreanu: AQ
Chance Kornuth: QQ

"I was hoping he'd have jacks!" Negreanu said when he saw he was in bad shape.

The runout of 361043 was no help to Negreanu and he was eliminated on his second bullet as Day 1 closes out.

"Boom! Dead. GG guys," Negreanu said as he left.

Player Chips Progress
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
1,600,000 400,000
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
1,250,000 510,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu

Tags: Chance KornuthDaniel NegrenauTalal Shakerchi

Soverel Chips Away at Arends

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Jans Arends opened to 25,000 from the cutoff and Sam Soverel called from the button.

Action was heads up leading to the flop. Both players checked the flop and turn leading to a final board of 5AJK10. Arands bet for 24,000 and Soverel raised to 60,000.

Arands made the call and Soverel showed KQ for the broadway straight to win the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
1,425,000 165,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Jans Arends nl
Jans Arends
237,000 97,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Jans ArendsSam Soverel

Martirosian Gets Things Brewing

Level 8 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Artur Martirosian opened in early position and Chris Brewer called out of the big blind.

Brewer checked on the K66 flop and Martirosian continued for 24,000. Brewer called. Brewer checked again on the 5 turn and Martirosian checked back.

Brewer checked once more on the A river and Martirosian fired a bet of 75,000. Brewer laid it down while hanging on to the chip lead.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
1,600,000 -100,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
310,000 -394,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Artur MartirosianChris Brewer